Review: Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous


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 Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Release Date: August 2015
Length: 24 pages
Series?: Bed Time Tales #2
Genre: Children’s

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Bala-Gala the Brave and Dangerous is a bed time story for kids, and also a first-read for early readers.

Bala-Gala lives in the forest of Gamba-Bamba, and must save himself from the crocodile, Brammy-Gommy, who lives in the River Kanga.

But who is Bala-Gala? Is he is deer, a tiger, a dinosaur, or a dragon? The answer will delight kids, as will the story.

This is a tale to tickle the imagination of every child. A picture book for ages 3-6.

 

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***** Review *****

The Skinny

Bala-Gala is a cool creature! He comes alive and can change from one animal to another.

Bala-Gala lives in a forest, Gamba-Bamaba, and his first objective is to save himself from a crocodile, the mean Brammy-Gommy, at the River Kanga.

The Players

Bala Gala – an animal that can transform; he used to be a deer and is now a tiger

The Quote

When Bala-Gala was a tiger, all his friends stayed away from him. They were scared he would eat them. So he became a dinosaur.

The Highs and Lows

  • + The Imagination. There is so much imagination built into this story, which is perfect for young, beginning readers. They will easily identify!
  • + Bala-Gala. He is so interesting! He can transform into anything he wants to. He starts off as a deer, then a tiger. After he realizes his friends are afraid of him, he becomes a dinosaur and helps all his friends gather food and travel. How nice is that? Also, I want to be like Bala-Gala. I want to just become a dinosaur!
  • Setting. The setting is marvelous! All the animals of the forest come together in this one place and seem to all be friends with one another.

The Take-Away

This story is so different than most children’s books I’ve read, and I enjoyed the twist to the ending. It explains why Bala-Gala can change and transform from one animal to another at will.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

Buy! This is another cute read. It has more text than most beginning readers might be able to read on their own, and it has a great storyline that will inspire youngsters’ imaginations.

***** About the Author *****

Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for middle-graders and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

She wrote and illustrated her first picture book for kids in August, 2015. She plans to write a few more because the experience was very satisfying.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes.

She enjoys painting and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

She also writes under the name Heera Datta.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Feature Follow Friday (December 18)

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This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

There are some general rules to the Feature Follow, and they have recently been updated. There are now TWO Featured Bloggers each week, one at Parajunkee’s View and one at Alison Can Read. It is required that you follow both of these Featured Bloggers, so make sure you stop in with both hosts’ posts to meet the Featured Bloggers and follow them.
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The Questions:

 

If you could write a book what would it be about? – Suggested by Go Book Yourself.

 

My Answer:

If I wrote a book, it would most likely be largely based on personal experiences compiled into some type of adult literature/memoir styled novel or vignettes. Or, whatever my writing partner and I decide to do…

What would you write about? Have you written a book? Leave me a comment about anything! 

Read This Round Up #62

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Review + Giveaway: Light Fantastique

Welcome to my tour stop for the Aether Psychics Series by Cecilia Dominic! The tour runs December 14-18 with reviews of both Eros Element and Light Fantastique.  This is a New Adult Steampunk with a sweet romance (not graphic). The book is available in ebook formats worldwide.

Earlier this week I reviewed the first book in the series, Eros Element, and today I am reviewing the second book, Light Fantastique. You can read my review of the first book here.


Title:
 Light Fantastique
Author: Cecilia Dominic
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: December 2015
Length: 301 pages
Series?: Aether Psychics #2
Genre: Historical Steampunk

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

At the Théâtre Bohème, danger decides who takes the final curtain call.

Hailed as the most talented actress of her generation, Marie St. Jean has something more to her ability than mere talent. She loses a bit of her soul to each role. When the ghostly spirit of the theatre promises her an easy fix, she’s tempted by the chance to finally live a normal life.

Unfortunately, the man she’s drawn to is the last one to settle for normal. But with the Prussians surrounding Paris, there’s no escaping that temptation, either.

Violinist Johann Bledsoe thought he’d left his disgrace in England, but a murder outside the Théâtre Bohème makes him wonder if he’s been exposed. Another reason not to stick around once the siege ends, even if Marie fascinates him.

More murders, steam-powered ravens, and past and present secrets bring them closer to discovering just what lurks within the theatre, and who threatens from without. The only way to save themselves is to reveal their darkest shames—and use the Eros Element in a way that has already driven one man to the brink of madness.

 

***** Review *****

The Skinny

The convoy of Professor Bailey, his friend the Maestro Bledsoe, archaeologist Iris McTavish and her “maid” Marie St. Jean, along with their companions Dr. Radcliffe and Patrick O’Connell, have all returned to Paris to the theater Marie’s mother owns and runs. Of course, they return to Paris battered from their experiences in Rome, and are trying to recover from that incident while staying off of the radar of Parnabay Cobb and The Clockwork Guild, to whom Bledsoe owes a debt. Lucille St. Jean holds over the entire group of vagabonds that they are staying in her theatre free, so they are all contributing in various ways to keep her happy. Chief among their contributions is Professor Bailey’s work with the new Eros Element to produce gas lighting for the theatre. The more the element is studied and used, the more unusual things happen. Deadly things.

This second installment in the series focuses heavily on Marie, who is Fantastique in the play, and for which she is known by in Paris.

 

The Players

  • Professor Edward Bailey – a neuoritic professor who is suffering from his own guilt about what occurred in Rome; he is dedicated to making the aether and Eros Element work in the Théâtre Bohème; he is very good friends with Bledsoe and is semi-courting Iris
  • Maestro Johann Bledsoe – a formerly known womanizing, gambling musician; he is dedicated to Edward; he feels an affinity for Marie and is a target for most of the book

Madame St. Jean turned to Johann, and he had to take his eyes from the retreating figure of her daughter. He made it a policy not to ogle young women when their mothers were present – he’d almost gotten trapped into marriage that way once.

  • Iris McTavish – an archaeologist and scholar who is helping with the Eros Element and other research; she loves Edward and will be in the hot seat if she ever returns to London (with the authorities and more)
  • Marie St. Jean – a young actress turned maid for Iris during their trip; she has resumed her acting career for her mother at the Théâtre Bohème; she resents and regrets and is ashamed of admitting she was wrong

“Maybe I want to be someone else.” Or someone else wants to be me. She’d never been able to explain it, only that when she was preparing for a role and on stage, she felt possessed by whatever character she played. 

  • Doctor Chadwick Radcliffe – an African American doctor; he serves as the theatre’s in-house doctor
  • Patrick O’Connell – an Irishman who worked with Doctor Radcliffe and now is helping Edward with the lighting
  • Madame Lucille St. Jean – Marie’s mother and the owner of Théâtre Bohème; she has an insane network of spies and resources; an elite in Parisian society

Now Lucille beamed at her, and Iris wondered again just how much of what Lucille did and said was real and how much an act to manipulate others. 

  • Inspector Davidson – the London detective assigned to the monitor the convoy at the Théâtre Bohème, especially Bledsoe
  • Frederic LeClerc – another violinist in the production; favors Marie; at odds with Bledsoe
  • Fouré – a musical conductor invited to conduct for the theatre; Marie discovers another element of his identity

Marie couldn’t explain it, but she felt strangely at ease with Fouré. He was like Zokar, an older gentleman who never looked at her inappropriately and whom she felt she could trust. To a point. 

  • Zokar – an underground Roma whom Marie visits so often; he helps Marie always; Marie also discovers another element to his identity as well
  • The Spirit – a masked man who continues to “visit” Marie in the theatre; he wants to hear her story and role with Parnabay Cobb
  • Parnabay Cobb – the wealthy American  who fired the convoy and left them high and dry in Rome; at odds with the spying Clockwork Guild

 

The Quotes

 “I’ll let you know if the Prussians are upon us.” 

“You have nothing and everything to lose, so must never let them take anything away, least of all your pride.”

“And I know who you are, English swine.”

Sometimes dreams don’t come true the way you want or expect them to.

The rose opens, and the thorns will dance.

The Highs and Lows

  • + Lucille St. Jean. She is a master manipulator, even to those who know her best. It makes me wonder if she even manipulated a person with a double identity in the book. Iris believes she is 70% manipulator and 30% real. Lucille is beguiling and knows just where to twist with the perfect amount of pressure. She is one of the behind-the-scenes driving forces in the book.

Madame wanted to have control down to the smallest detail. She acted with the aggressiveness of someone who had let it slip once and had lost a great deal.

  • +/- Frederic vs. Bledsoe. Frederic’s opposition of Bledsoe is so strong it is comical, and extremely frustrating for Bledsoe. All the while, Marie does nothing to make her favor known one way or another. A love triangle that has some dire consequences later.

Johann found himself in the role of concertmaster, conductor and cat herder during the rehearsal. Every time he suggested something, Frederic would argue with him about it, and by the end of the first hour, he was sure he’d lost clumps of hair due to pulling on it in frustration. 

  • Setting. The book begins in 1870 England with the convoy returning to the Théâtre Bohème. There were a few times the era and year was referenced in narration, but not as time relative to the expedition. I found the negative commentary about the American “Civil” War unnecessary, especially the reference that it was “a proxy war between England and France.”  At this time, they are under siege by the Prussians. The city of Paris is essentially shut down at its borders and they cannot receive goods or people in or out, however, we all know what happens during times of dire trouble…rioting, looting, and those who have $$$ run the show. *hint hint*
  • + Théâtre Bohème. The theatre is the perfect place to have multiple characters coming and going. It is the set up that allows for Inspector Davidson to further his investigation due to the suspicion of individuals, and also allows Lucille St. Jean to run a lucrative business (and maintain her spy networks) as this is the only theatre in Paris still operation instead of serving as a hospital out of wartime necessity.
  • – Inspector Davidson. The inspector has it out for Edward, Iris, Marie and especially Johann. It is interesting how quickly he arrives on the scene when they fled Rome in secrecy. Everyone must keep the inspector happy, least he get arresting-happy. He’s like a dog who won’t give up the hunt for the bone, but is led on a wild goose chase in the process, but he’s going to get that damn bone, by God!
  • + Iris. She is devoted to Edward after Rome, and she is the classical woman yearning for him to open his eyes. All in a good way, as she will wait for him until he is ready and past his fragile mental state. She is also pretty smart and continues with her research where it left off in Rome, which I know is going to pay off big. After a time I felt her character kind of dissolved in to the background when the plot really picked up.

“Don’t worry about me,” Edward said and pried Iris’s hands apart before taking them in his.

“But I do.” The tears her eyes fragmented the reflection of the aether light into sparks. 

  • – Edward. He is very fragile and dealing with a lot that he refuses to talk about to his friends. They all walk around on eggshells, and he pushes them away and buries himself in his work with the aether for the theatre’s lighting. I feel like there were very few and small parts where he appeared in the book.
  • – & + Marie. She is a mixed character from beginning to end, especially in her interaction with Bledsoe. She fears she is going mad due to the theatre’s “spirit” haunting her. The main focus of the book revolves around Marie and the theatre (an extension of her mother), so she is involved in everything. When the spirit starts visiting, and all these other things, she begins to fear something far greater than Inspector Davidson.

Most girls her age were being trotted out for potential husbands. She was being put on stage, although she had never objected, only wondered. But as for confiding in her mother – absolutely not. Lucille would only want Marie to develop her talents further at the cost of her sanity. That was why she needed to get away, to spend time in an unfamiliar place among people who didn’t know her so she could figure out who she was. As young as she was, she was mature enough to know she needed to determine her own identity before she could think about loving someone.

  • + The Spirit. I was DYING to know who the heck this person was, whom I assumed was a man. (BTW, I was right, but had no clue who he was. Such little details!)
  • + Bledsoe. His hold on his womanizing ways is loosening, and he comes to stand as the protector of Marie and the theatre until other characters appear later in the book to stand by his side. He is a proponent and supporter of Marie and clearly cares for her, while trying to evade the Inspector and the Clockwork Guild.

And she is the idealized woman in a room full of fools and madmen.

 

The Take-Away

I liked one particular aspect above all the rest: the waiting game. None of the characters knew what was coming, nor was it ever directly hinted at by the narration, leaving absolutely no clue just where the ending was going…and who was orchestrating it, just like a puppet. Lucille is excellent at that kind of game, but for once even she was at odds and a loss of how to protect her Marie. I wondered the entire time what happened to a character from the first book, and was frustrated that the character seemed to have just died in this second installment, as if they didn’t exist anymore. Oh, no.

The ending is also marvelous. It was angsty and shocking, and I want to know what will happen in the next installment and where it will take the convoy.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

I definitely recommend buying! It will be needed for re-reading and referencing previous events in detail.

 

***** About the Author *****

Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She also enjoys putting her psychological expertise to good use helping other authors through her Characters on the Couch blog post series.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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Blast + Giveaway: Dead in a Park

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Can she find the killer before the killer strikes again?

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Publication Date: November 12, 2015

Genre: Mystery, Romance

Series: Leah Norwood Mystery #2

When Leah Norwood finds the body of Donald Collins in the city park, she doesn’t know he is a distant relative. Young Donnie was a jewel thief and a career criminal. Hidden in the lining of his suit jacket was an exact replica of a ring that has been in Leah’s family for over a hundred years. After her home is burglarized, the sexy chief of police is convinced the ruby ring has something to do with the murder.

Leah wants to find out what happened to Donnie, but why would someone kill for a hundred year old ring? She discovers a connection between Donnie and the drug-dealing Cantono family, between the Cantono family and a jewelry appraiser, and between the jewelry appraiser and one of her own employees. Chief Griggs might be onto something. All clues lead back to the family ring.

Leah loves a good mystery. Can she find the killer before the killer strikes again?

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“According to my grandfather, who was Albert’s oldest son, Arthur refused to give Albert his share of the money and after Arthur died, Rose took off with it. After Rose disappeared, Albert changed and he refused to discuss the money or Rose ever again.”

“If she took the money, my grandmother never saw it.”

“She didn’t take the money,” Wade said.

“You seem very sure of that.”

“I am. My grandfather died five months ago. He lived in the same house all of his life. It had been Albert’s house as well. When we were cleaning it out, we found a box with a letter from Rose and a sketchbook.”

“Really?” I asked excitedly. My grandmother had often talked about her father’s sketches. She had been nine when he died, but she remembered looking through his books and watching him draw.

Wade nodded. “The letter was dated a month after Rose disappeared. She told Albert that the money was gone, and that she had left the gems where Arthur had hidden them. She said they had caused their family nothing but pain. She begged him to leave them and her alone. With the letter, she sent the sketchbook.”

“When Arthur died, his jewelry was in high demand. Those sketches would have been worth a good deal,” I said. “He never sold them?”

“No,” Wade replied. “As far as I can tell, they’re all still there. The letter and the sketchbook were wrapped in an old cloth and stored in a box. The letter was postmarked Dallas, Texas.”

We were both silent as I took it all in. When I looked back at Wade, he was watching me. I smiled slightly. “He let her go.”

Author Bio

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B. L. Blair writes simple and sweet romance and mystery/romance stories. Like most authors, she has been writing most of her life and has dozens of books started. She just needs the time to finish them.

She is the author of the Holton Romance Series and the Leah Norwood Mysteries. She enjoys reading books, writing books, and traveling wherever and as often as time and money allows. She is currently working on her latest book set in Texas, where she lives with her family.

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Review: Power of the Matchmaker

Title: Power of the Matchmaker
Author: Karey White, et al.
Publisher: Mirror Press
Release Date: November 2015
Length: 60 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Novella, Anthology

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

A prequel novella to the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER Series
Mystical . . . Beautiful . . . Romantic . . .

Read the matchmaker’s story to find out where it all starts . . .

Mae Li has been in love with Chen Zhu for years, and he with her. But when the matchmaker arrives at the Zhu family home, she recommends another village girl for Chen.

Heartbroken, Mae Li watches as Chen does his duty by marrying another. Mae flees her village with the clothes on her back and her only possession—a pearl embedded comb, given to her as a goodbye gift from Chen Zhu.

Upon Mae’s arrival in Shanghai, she quickly learns that she’ll starve within days unless she sells her prized comb or joins a courtesan house. She goes to the Huangpu River and promises the River God that she’ll always be selfless if he will save her from becoming a prostitute . . . Her wish is granted when Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae. But Mae must completely change her future and her name if she is to become the next matchmaker.

 

***** Review *****

The Skinny

Mae Li loves Chen devotedly. It is not unrequited love; he loves her in turn deeply. However, the village matchmaker does not envision them together, and Chen would never disgrace his family by dishonoring the matchmaker’s choice. With heavy heart, Mae Lin steals away to Shanghai with one precious item – the pearl comb Chen gave her as a goodbye gift. In a new place, Mae Li quickly learns there is little work she will be hired to do, despite her many talents.

Mae Li quickly finds herself in the bowels of hell in Shanghai, and must find a way out.

As a last resort, she promises the River God to be selfless if he’ll spare her from the dredges of prostitution. When Ms. Tan, the matchmaker of Shanghai, finds Mae, she cannot look a gift horse in the mouth. Over the course of a year, Mae Li learns the trade of matchmaker and must decide her own future if she is to become the next matchmaker.

This is a short novella.

The Players

Mae Li/Pearl – an innocent village girl in love with Chen; later in life she takes the name Pearl

Chen – the love of Mae Li’s life, who chooses to marry another out of duty and honor

Ms. Tan – the Shanghai matchmaker, who is kind and wise beyond her years

The Quotes

“I’m the matchmaker.”

 

“All I ask is that you be my apprentice for twelve months in which I will teach you the powers of matchmaking. I will teach you to read and write. I will educate you in the art of bringing true love together, and at the end of the twelve months, you may choose your own path.”

The Highs and Lows

  • – Mae Li. I found Mae Li to be a very silly girl. To give her massive credit, upon arrival in Shanghai she tries multiple ways of retaining employment, but she lacks any kind of common sense. This is why she ends up where she does before Ms. Tan finds her and takes her in.

Like a flock of ravens descending, the weight of the future settled against her chest, weighing her down. The matchmaker held the power of happiness and love. And that had the potential to break Mae’s heart. 

  • + Ms. Tan. What an incredible woman. At the end of the story, readers discover just how much a very young Ms. Tan had to give up. She is incredibly kind and wise.
  • + Pearl’s Ending. There is no greater testament to a person’s character than a love that lasts a lifetime.
  • + The Writing. There are vivid descriptions of Mae Li’s suffering in Shanghai, as well as depth of emotion from Mae Li, Ms. Tan and Chen.
  • + Chinese culture. I knew from watching Mulan as a child that Chinese culture is very paternal and uses matchmakers. However, I learned something new:

Affection wasn’t common in most Chinese families. 

The Take-Away

I liked most Pearl’s Ending. I cannot talk about it without spoilers, but it was such sweet and strong sentiment that it was very heartfelt and reassuring.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

Borrow. There will be 12 books coming out next year featuring Mae Li/Pearl, so I definitely recommend borrowing this one since it is so short.

Release + Giveaway: Vertical Lines

Welcome to the release event for Vertical Lines by Kristen Kehoe! Vertical Lines is a new adult contemporary and is now available for sale on Amazon.

About the Book:

An artist and a smart girl.
A staid family and a broken one.
She’s adorably literal; he’s big and quietly emotional.

Jordana Richards was determined to make the best of her post high school life, despite the fact that nothing about her current college experience was of her choosing: not the school or the major, and definitely not the place. But it wasn’t home, so that’s something. Yet, the harder she tried to fit in, the less she felt like she did.

Until the night she said screw it.

Until the night she walked out on her parents and bought her very own piece of cake.

The same night she met Brooklyn Novak: brooding artist, huge man, overall scary human being who took a keen interest in her.

Brooklyn was out of ideas. He had no art, because really, his subjects had no soul. When the girl at the convenience store clicked her way into his life on five hundred dollar shoes and the fumes of a tantrum, this changed. Jordana Richards: the rich girl with a mission who gave Brooklyn the spark he needed to create again.

Uncomfortable with their attraction, Brooks and Jordan strike a deal: he’ll help her have fun, she’ll be his muse for as long as he needs. Simple.

Yeah right.

The more time they spend together, the more both of them realize that what started out as a convenient relationship is now transitioning to vital, and neither knows how to deal with it.

When a truth comes to light that has the potential to break both of their worlds, Jordan and Brooks have to decide how deep their feelings really go, and just how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to be together.

 

About the Author:


Mom, Wife, Coffee Addict, and Book Lover

I am a writer of YA/NA contemporary novels.  I write about those crazy ages of 18-23 because there is nothing scarier than being told to grow up and decide what to do with your life and who to be so suddenly.  I write about love because it’s my belief that love, in one form or another, saves us all at some point in our lives.  I am married to a man who understands and believes in me, and mother to a beautiful baby girl and a neurotic Great Dane Puppy.

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WWW Wednesdays (December 16)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

I changed my mind. I want to read Ellie Alexander before Frankie Dupont.

The first book for review in January is the third in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mysteries series, On Thin Icing. I have read the previous books in the series and love the MC, Jules. Recently I also won the first two books and other goodies from the author in a giveaway! Unfortunately, it didn’t include the third book.

If you would like to learn more about books 1 and 2 in the series, here are the links to my reviews:

Book 1 – Meet Your Baker

Book 2 – A Batter of Life and Death

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It’s the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she’s asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up…until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules’s own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit…and make sure he gets his just desserts.

 


 What did you just finish reading?

I was pushing it this week, you guys. Why? Read my Sunday Post.

This was a short novella that seemed to cover a lot of ground for this character. It was very-well written with vivid descriptions and emotion.

Now I am more intrigued than ever! Does this new series written by a multitude of authors follow Mae from the beginning to the end of her life? Does it cover some of the best of her matches? I am dying to know!

Power of the Matchmaker, opens up a new series that follows one recurring character – the match maker – that is written by various writers. There will be a new book published each month next year. However, each book can be read as a stand-alone novel. You can find out more about the first book in the series, Broken Things to Mend, here.

 

Eclair Goes Geocaching is the third installation in the Eclair series.

The first book is Eclair Goes to Stella’s. The second is Eclair Meets a GypsySomehow I missed out on the second book, but it seems Eclair has grown up a little bit!  She definitely looks older on the cover.

You can read my review of Eclair Goes to Stella’s here.

When seven-year-old Éclair goes geocaching for the first time, she finds a treasure that isn’t the one she imagined.

Young readers will discover what geocaching is all about through Éclair’s journey with her eccentric grandma.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

I am hyped up on Frankie Dupont! These are the two most recent books and will get me all caught up in the series.

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is the third book in the Frankie Dupont series. I have read the first two and thoroughly enjoyed them, so why stop at two?

Frankie Dupont is less than impressed when he has to attend the Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. Upon his arrival, he learns that Amy’s brothers have had their robotics chip stolen.

Keen to recover the chip, Frankie questions the kids in the competition, but everyone seems to have a motive.
When baffling clues start rolling in via “Snap-Goss” instant messages, Frankie realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case.

An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12.

Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist is the fourth book in the series. Why stop when you’ve got a good thing going on?

Frankie Dupont seems to catch odd-ball cases in the most unlikely places. You would think he would be used to it by now.

When his next case lands him on a luxury cruise liner full of devious chocolatiers with ulterior motives, Frankie will be expected to solve the crime, even before it’s committed.

Although his mind is certainly up for the challenge, Frankie realises his stomach is yet to find its sea legs.

If you would like to learn more about books 1 and 2 in the series, here are the links to my reviews:

Book 1 – Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor

Book 2 – Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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Blast + Giveaway: Blood Bound

19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble…
Publication Date: September 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Gallows #1

Blood Bound is the bestselling Scottish urban fantasy novel that combines a breakneck plotline with flawed characters and a wicked sense of humour. “It’s a read that grips you from the beginning, and keeps you enthralled until the very end.” – Ashley, Fae Books

19-year-old twin demon trackers Shaun and Sarah Gallows are used to running into trouble – mostly the kind with fangs – but while Sarah embraces her powers to their fullest extent, trusting her instincts implicitly, Shaun distances himself from his abilities and can do little more than despair at his sister’s reckless nature and idly back her up.

When they come across 17-year-old Melissa Carling, a demon tracker who’s been torturing innocent super-naturals, they know they have to stop her. Sarah is desperate to punish Melissa for what she’s been doing but Shaun’s instant attraction to the girl points to a soul-mate bond stronger than anything he’s ever had to fight before…

 

EXCERPT

Sarah’s enhanced sight marked out the maker’s resting spot by the time she was half-way down the rickety staircase. The coffin was cheap veneer painted black, probably a Halloween party prop or part of a hokey magician’s repertoire. Snorting, she spared a glance around the musty room. The stacked boxes and old appliances weren’t hiding any threat. Passing them by, she headed for the coffin, raising the stake.

“Could you have picked a worse cliché?” She wondered, kicking the lid off the box. The roar of the skyward-flung flame sent her stumbling back into the wall. The coffin was just another trap. She felt the drip of something liquid on her head and she held in a breath, moving to the side but not fast enough to stop the rest of the canisters contents from hitting her upper half. “Shit!” She looked at the tipped over oil can on its lever above. The flickering flames rising from the coffin began to consume the wooden box. Suddenly those stacked cardboard boxes held the threat of death. Taking a breath, she moved to the bottom of the stairs. “Shaun! The hell are you doing up there?”

“Is that fire?” He came running.

She held out a hand to stop him before he got too close. “Watch! Don’t bump into me. I’m pretty sure whatever just soaked me was flammable.”

“Why in the hell would a vampire set death traps like this?” His voice was rising.

She sighed, still sensing the maker in the room. There was only one last thing big enough to hold him and potentially prevent the fire from consuming him along with any intruders. The freezer wouldn’t be reachable once the flames started to spread.

“The freezer,” Sarah said, pointing it out. She put her hand over her mouth and nose.

“I’m on it.” Shaun moved towards it, stake in his hand.

Her hand shook. She didn’t need to say it. Any more traps and they were toast, extra crispy.

Sharon Stevenson is the twisted mind behind The Gallows Novels and the brand new After Death Series.  If you want to know a bit about her, here it is:  She spends too much time indoors and probably watches too many horror films.  Some of her favourite things are; Alone time, people who know when to shut up, having a drink, eating pizza (usually after having too much drink the night before), reading books, adult swim cartoons, bad horror and sci-fi movies, proper good TV shows like Dexter & The Walking Dead, and last but not least having a laugh with her hilarious other half – this would usually include some of the above.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.

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Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

I always love and hate this post each year. There are so many good books, and it’s hard to always pick the best ones.

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