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L is for Literary Fiction #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I'm discussing different book genres/categories. Each day, I will give a few details about the...

September 19, 2020

2 Romance Novels to Read

by Susan Roberts

It's always good to have a few romance novels around the house to read on your sad days.  I like to read a light, happy novel with a happily ever after ending to cheer me up.  Here are two that I read recently.

September 18, 2020

Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I tried out another new to me cozy mystery. I've had good luck picking up new series, even when starting in the middle, so I decided to give Handbook for Homicide a try.

The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox ~ a Review

by MK French

Tabby and her sister Alice fled from their Aunt Belefonte, who was exploiting Tabby's gift to communicate with the dead. After getting separated from Alice, Tabby was adopted by Eli, the caretaker for the city's cemetery. There were graves robbed by resurrection men, so Tabby's gift will either help save the cemetery or lead to her own destruction.

September 17, 2020

Universe of Two by Stephen P. Kiernan ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"I first met Charlie Fish in Chicago in the fall of 1943.  First I dismissed him, then I liked him, then I ruined him, then I saved him.  In return he taught me what love was, lust, too, and above all what it is like to have a powerful conscience. (p 1)

September 16, 2020

Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux and Tara Sheets ~ a Review

by MK French

In 1844 Ireland, Liam O'Connor fell in love with Cora McLeod, the squire's daughter. When she ran off with him, it altered the fate planned for many. Angels intervened and sent him to Providence Falls, North Carolina so that Cora's reincarnation can fall in love with and marry Finn, the man she should have married in 1844. This Cora is very different from her past life, and Liam is tempted to damn his soul just to be with her again.

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow ~ a Review

by Alison DeLuca

Lately, I've been absorbed by Catch and Kill. I read this book during a difficult start to a new school year, made all the more delicate with COVID and my daughter's 11th grade challenges during a pandemic. 

September 15, 2020

What I Learned While Writing Dragon's Winter by guest Kandi J Wyatt

You’d think writing fantasy I don’t need to do research, but that’s not the case. One of the reasons my tag-line is “where fantasy and reality meet” is because I write realistic fantasy. That can require research. 
While writing Dragon’s Winter, I had several different places pop up that required me to look them up to see if they fit within the timeframe or even how they were done. 

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat ~ a Review

by MK French

A monster of a mango tree grew in the courtyard of Namwon Prison. Its fluffy green branches stretched across the cracked cement and hung over the soupy brown water of the Chattana River. The women inmates spent most of their days sheltered under the shade of this tree while the boats glided up and down and up again on the other side of the prison gate. (p. 1)

September 14, 2020

The Brothers of Auschwitz by Malka Adler ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"I realized that the war had ended in the world but not in people's hearts.  I knew the war would never leave us. Just like putting a boiling iron with a number on the body of a calf. The calf grows older, the number remains unchanged." (loc 2298)

A Witness to Murder by Verity Bright ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I have discovered the most delightful cozy mystery series. I saw mention of the upcoming Christmas book in the series and since I'm a sucker for Christmas stories I went to Netgalley in hopes of scoring an ARC. That book wasn't listed yet but I did find that a new book in the series was available. I requested it straight away and couldn't wait to start reading it.

September 13, 2020

An Exciting New Trilogy by Deborah Rogers

by Susan Roberts

Deborah Rogers is a new author for me but after I read the first book in her Amelia Kellaway series, I had to read the next two books right away.  I have added her to my favorite author list after reading this trilogy and am anxious to read whatever she writes next.  If you want a series with a strong female main character who gets involved with a serial killer that will keep you rapidly turning pages, this is a book series you don't want to miss. And if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber you can read the ebooks for free.