Ghost Times Two by Carolyn Hart

A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel

Ghost Times Two (A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel) by [Hart, Carolyn]

Bailey Ruth Raeburn, is dead. As an Emissary with the Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, a job that requires she visit earth to help people in trouble.

This time the trouble is James/Jimmy. A  young, cocky former newspaper reporter who was also deeply in love with Megan, a young and upcoming attorney in a law firm that she can’t wait to leave. And speaking of leaving, her late boyfriend Jimmy is not leaving.

Bailey’s mission is to get Jimmy to climb those golden stairs to heaven and leave the living alone.But Jimmy is stubborn and when one of the law firm partners is found dead, with Megan on the scene and covered in blood, Jimmy refuses to leave until Megan is cleared and safe.

Wiggins, Bailey’s boss, is a lovely fellow who just wants her to follow the precepts laid out and get the job done. He also knows that sometimes Bailey Ruth has to break a few rules to get the job done. In this case, help Megan and Jimmy solve this case.

Bailey Ruth and her adventures are pure enjoyment. She loves coming back to her old haunts and has even made some new friends who can hear and see her.

Paranormal Cosy Mystery and very likable characters make this a quick and fun read!

HARVEST OF SCORN BY F.G.COTTAM

Harvest of Scorn (A Colony Novel)

KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, AND LOCK THE DOORS!

Harvest of Scorn, A Colony Novel, is the final book in the Trilogy featuring New Hope Island. New Hope Island is located on a desolate island in the Scottish Hebrides  and 200 years ago every one of the colonists living there disappeared. Surrounded by superstition and fear, even the locals won’t go near it. While the living disappeared, the evil that is there has not. And it is getting stronger every day. And hungrier.

Felix Baxter, with the help of architect, Helena Davenport, is banking on his new project, a sort of retreat from the modern world, to bring in the rich and bored, making him richer.

Things start going wrong when they are close to opening. People disappearing, inexplicable breakdowns and very little communication with the outside world, but Felix is greedy and manipulative and really doesn’t care as long as his project gets completed.

When the survivors of the last island trip begin getting signs that the danger on New Hope has not been destroyed as they thought, they know they have little time to finally end this evil once and for all. The last time some of them did not return. But one of them has a promise to fulfill and the others need to be there to successfully do that.

It was so nice to see Ruthie, Phil, Patsy, Rachel and Elizabeth again. It is no secret that I am a huge Cottam fan. No one can scare me like he does!  His writing puts you right in the middle of the story so well, you will have goosebumps!

I can’t believe this is the last of The Colony books. Ruthie is one of my favorite characters. Are we really finished with her? Say it isn’t so!

Let me say that while this is the last book in a Trilogy, you can definitely read it as a stand alone book. He is just that good of a writer. But you really must get the other two.

Very few books really scare the heck out of me but these sure do! I highly recommend all of his books.

THE AUTHOR:

F.G. Cottam is the author of the Colony trilogy, three novels which explore the enduring enigma of New Hope Island, a desolate Hebridean wilderness from which a thriving community abruptly vanished almost 200 years ago.

The series begins with The Colony, continues with Dark Resurrection and concludes with his most recent book, Harvest of Scorn. Atmospherically located, the trilogy focuses on the present-day repercussions of an occult curse inflicted in revenge by a dying sorcerer.

Combining mystery and history in equal parts, and involving an all too human cast of characters, this three-book story is a saga of ambition and betrayal, courage and loyalty, dark magic and terrible secrets slowly uncovered.

Cottam’s paranormal debut The House of Lost Souls won The Children of the Night Award, was a Times Book Club choice and was translated into 16 languages. He is the author of eleven full-length novels, titles among which include The Waiting Room, The Memory of Trees and Brodmaw Bay.

F.G. Cottam

TODAY IS RELEASE DAY FOR THIS BOOK, SO JUMP ON IT PEOPLE!

Welcome to the Mud Room

A lot of stuff goes on in the mudroom on the farm. Babies are raised, seeds are started and dirty shoes and boots are left for the dirt fairy!

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The only time they go inside their own house is at night. Somehow everyone gets along here. The dogs love the hens and the cows and they are loved right back.

Vicki, Susi, and Vangie like to sit and sing on the porch most of the time. And don’t even think of changing their positions.

They like to come in for a visit. That’s Red there on the left, looking for Gracie Lou the Shih Tzu and Vicki on the right looking for a pick up game of Guitar Hero. And no, they never poop inside. They are ladies and gentlemen.

Barbara showing off her Halloween costume and the rest running to see the new decorations for Halloween.

Gracie and her friend having a chat about the day.  Our neighbor Farmer Dave says we are the oddest farmers he knows. You are likely to see me in my farm boots and a dress cleaning the hen house and OU Boy in flip flops mowing the yard followed by 12 fat hens and 2 fancy dogs.

Life happens in the Mud Room. And we are always happy to have people stop by and have some tea and get some chicken love!

The babies had their own YouTube channel for a while. Colonel Sanders and The Nuggets.

I am so happy that Edmond proper and some of the other suburbs around OKC are now getting into the Urban Chicken Movement and we support them wholeheartedly and while we don’t eat our hens, they do produce the best eggs. Our extension agent tested them and couldn’t believe how good they were. We are also AWA approved which is important to us as we are all about free range and organic foods.

Basically I’m just showing off my girls here…What is your favorite room in your house?

XXXP

 

Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans

Accidental Cinderella (Accidental, #6)

Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans

First can we just talk about what a lovely cover this book has! And the inside is as lovely as the outside!

Ella Marie Aschen has no idea how she received a scholarship to the elite boarding school in Massachusets.
Ella as been through a lot in her short time on earth. Her mother has died, leaving her with a step-father who remarries giving her a step-mother also. Ella doesn’t know anything about her father.

When an invitation/scholarship arrive at her door along with a trunk of uniforms, she is more than curious, but also more than ready to be gone!
Ella’s goal is to just stay under the radar. Don’t do poorly and don’t do outstanding. Just middle of the road, not attracting attention. She knows she doesn’t belong at this school, with these privileged students and she would just like to fade into the background.
That however is not meant to be. She isn’t the only one hiding things, keeping secrets.
And the biggest secret of all will send her head spinning.

Ella is a great character and I can see young adults loving this author and this story.
I don’t usually read YA fiction, but someone asked me to read this and I did. And I am really glad I did!
I would feel very comfortable recommending this book.

Emily Evans writes fun, young adult romance. She holds a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University and an MFA in Creative Writing from American College Dublin. A native Houstonian, she loves travel, movies, and books and may be found at http://www.EmilyEvansBooks.com

A Pirate’s Life…October Edition

Now that this Pirate has her vision back, the entire Pirate Nation is happy and content. My boys are doing well in the Post Season, Football is a toss up on the college and NFL fronts. Who knows what’s going on. Hockey and Basketball is on and I realize I may need 2 more televisions to keep up with all my teams. Which brings me to my Aha moment of the month.Football, American Football, Sport, Ball

I’ve been sort of sidelined with the eye situation so I’ve become addicted to Hoarders.How to deal with hoarder homes. Strategies and tips for clearing, organizing, and maintaining homes with excessive amounts of stuff.:

If you have been living under a rock, this show goes inside the homes of Hoarders and tries to get them to throw their shit out. And we aren’t talking a collection of National Geographic or newspapers. No these folks hoard everything from receipts to animals, some in the freezer dead. Now, obviously these folks have mental health issues so no judging on that. But it did make me take a long look at my life and ask myself why I keep some of the things I do.Fashion, Hat, Hatstand, Png, FreeSunglasses, Glasses, Sun, Sun Protection

I can’t throw away magazines or books. Ever. If you ever wrote me a letter or card, it’s still here. It just seems rude to throw those things away. Shoes….forget it. I have never thrown away a pair of shoes. If it’s older than dirt or was given to me by a family member, whatever it is, I have it.Magazine, Newspaper, Open, Opened

The book and magazine issue was easily solved. Donate to the Library! Not every book….I can’t do that. Especially the signed copies. Shoes….just let it go. But I did clean out my desk and get rid of those 10 year old receipts for a weed eater I don’t even have anymore.

We live in a big box store world. Sam’s Costco, Wal-Mart….they all encourage us to buy in bulk. Seriously who needs 40 rolls of toilet paper. It’s not like you have to hitch up the wagon and go into town for TP anymore. There is usually a market close enough to your house that you can pop in every now and again to get some supplies.

A friend has challenged me to the 1 year of living simply. And after she told me I could keep all of my shoes/handbags/jewelry/clothes, I agreed. I have to stick to a budget, I made a Needs vs. Wants list. So we shall see how this goes! Any helpful tips will be appreciated.

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THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by [Ware, Ruth]

Book Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

Lo Blacklock is a travel writer and while she has not had the best past few days, having been burgled, and gotten totally drunk right before leaving on a cruise around Norway on board The Aurora, an expensive yacht, built for smaller groups of 10 or less.

As the other passengers arrive, it felt rather like an Agatha Christie tale. On a ship that no one can leave.

The first night on board Lo is once again drunk and wakes suddenly by a noise next door. Is that blood on the glass? Was that a body?

Even after everyone looks into it and no one seems to be missing from the boat, she will not let it go. Of course no one believes her, part of that probably being that she was drunk and on medication.

The problem is the same issue I had with Girl on a Train. Lo is just not a likable person. None of these people are except maybe the boyfriend. Also the ending left a lot of questions for me that weren’t addressed in the book. It left me questioning how some of it could even be realistic. And obviously I am not alone.

When I was finished I thought, Well that was Girl on a Train on a Boat!

who we were before by Leah Mercer

Who We Were Before

Book Blurb:

Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.
Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way.

A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other—and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?

The story of Zoe and Edward is told alternately from each one’s point of view, as they go through the weekend in Paris.

In between are flashbacks where we learn how they met and how there was more than just the one tragedy along the way.

Grief has a way of cementing a marriage or destroying it. When it is your child, you want someone to blame, but what do you do when there is no one to blame? They both have secrets and their communication has been awful, but when it comes down to the wire, will they open up to each other and help each other heal? Or will they decide it’s best to just move on alone?

There may be some triggers in this book if you have suffered from the death of a child whether through miscarriage or illness or accidents. So be aware of that.

I am really enjoying UK lit right now. And this one was a shorter story, but emotionally gripping.

Here’s To Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Here's to Us by [Hilderbrand, Elin]

 The Book Blurb:

Three romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy.

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They’ve established a delicate understanding over the years–they avoid each other at all costs.

But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon’s final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they’re left to pick up Deacon’s mess. Now they’re trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories–a house that they now share in more ways than one–along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide.

Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together–for better or worse–will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon’s honor?

So that is the book blurb on this one. And it’s pretty much the entire story. I am not known for reading much general women’s fiction and if this is what it looks like, I’ll stick to my own lane.

There wasn’t one redeeming character in this book. Not even the child! They were all shallow, scheming, inappropriate and just not likable at all. There was absolutely no depth here at all.

So would I recommend it? No. I’m sure you can find something better to fill your time.

 

 

AN ISHMAEL OF SYRIA by Asaad Almohammad

An Ishmael of Syria

Book Blurb:

Adam is a tortured soul. Exiled from his homeland, forced to watch the horrors unfold from afar. His family, still living – or surviving – in war-torn Syria struggle daily to feed, clothe, and educate their children.
Adam tries to be a ‘global citizen’ and become a part of his new community in Malaysia, but is constantly faced with intolerance, bigotry, and plain old racism. Opportunities are few and Adam finds himself working long hours for poor pay so that he can help his family.
The increasingly distressing news bulletins, along with Adam’s haunting childhood memories, compel him to examine his own beliefs; in God, in humanity, in himself and his integrity as a reluctant bystander in the worst human catastrophe of the twenty-first century.

A personal story told in the voice of Adam. A Syrian, living in Malaysia. Unable to live in his own country due to civil war and upheaval.. The story goes back and forth from the present to the memories of childhood .All of the different parts and pieces that make us who we are and shape our ideas of who we are and where we belong are brought into question. I felt as if I was reading someone’s journal. The feelings of not belonging to any place and unable to go back home.were so heartbreaking. Trying to assimilate into a new country is not easy when you look like Adam and the intolerant and racist people he comes into contact with on a daily basis made me embarrassed as a human being.

As he says in the book “…to their ears, being a Syrian sounds like you’re unclean, shameful, indecent; it’s like you owe the world an apology for your very existence.”

I learned more about the Middle East and Syria in this one book than I have in all of the news shows and history lessons I’ve taken. I can’t imagine being judged solely on my skin color or ethnicity. That the author has tackled this in such straightforward and easy to read book is a gift to us all.

An extremely timely story written by an author I have the deepest respect for.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in the 80s, Asaad Almohammad was raised in Ar-Raqqa, Syria. A member of the International Society of Political Psychology and a research fellow, he has spent years coordinating and working on research projects across the Middle East and North Africa. To date he has addressed a number of psychological aspects of civil unrest, post-conflict reconciliation, and deradicalisation. In his spare time Asaad closely follows political affairs, especially humanitarian crises and electoral campaigns. He is especially interested in immigration issues.

The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden RELEASE DAY!

It’s release day for this beautiful, moving story!  A Must Read!

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by [Arden, Katherine]

The story takes us to Northern Rus’.  Where winter is about 8 months long and not everyone survives. At a time when old gods mixed with the new. A tale of bitter, cold winters, long nights huddled by the fire listening to old fairy tales. Tales of Frost, the winter demon. The king of winter who came in the cold, dark night to take the naughty children away.

Marina, wife to Pyotr and mother of his children, wants another child. A daughter, like Marina’s mother. A powerful woman that few really knew but many spoke of. Marina also has some power, but not like her mother and she will have her powerful daughter, even if it means she loses her life.

Vasilisa, a motherless child, is different from her brothers and sister. She sees things. She talks to the small gods of the house, the forest and the lake. She is not afraid of the cold, or the thick forests that surround her home.

When her father takes another wife, one who also has the power of sight, and then a priest of the new gods arrives in the village, Vasilisa’s life and the lives of the entire village will change. As the new gods try to push out the old, something cold and cruel is waiting. Something that needs the powers that Vasilisa has to break free from his prison. Something that needs for the people to forget the old gods.

Will she choose the right path for her? Will she be able to convince her people of what she sees?

This story, based on fairy tales was one of the best things I have read in a long time. For a debut novel, it is an extraordinary. The writing was superb. The descriptions and the characters were all spot on. I’ve already read it twice. Ms. Arden definitely knows how to tell a story and I for one am hoping there are more to come!

When I first saw this book in the Penguin Random House sneak peek at books coming out in 2017, I wanted it. From the cover to the description, I knew I wanted this book. And I was thrilled to receive an ARC copy from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review. Thank You!

Book Release January 10 2017.