Friday, January 20, 2017

Review:Hurricane in Paradise by Deborah Brown


Title: Hurricane in Paradise
Author: Deborah Brown
Source: Amazon

Blurb:

Set against the steamy backdrop of Tarpon Cove's sun-kissed, tropical waters, sexy sleuths and best friends Madison and Fab are at it again dealing with the occasional dead body. Hidden just below the surface of the small town lies an underworld, one steeped in deceit, corruption, and deadly secrets. 

It's only a matter of time before Madison and Fab find themselves on a collision course with the police, who consider them likely suspects in a murder.Ride along on their adventures when the duo realizes that a family member is missing and pull themselves away from all jobs to track him down. Theories: walked away, freak accident, kidnapped? If so, then why no ransom demand?

Hurricane in Paradise is book ten in the thrilling and humorous provocative Paradise series, which finds the two waist-deep in mystery and romance. It is a smart, adventurous read that delivers heart-thumping, non-stop action. Join Madison and Fab as they solve the most twisted of cases, through unconventional - and highly entertaining - measures... sometimes in flip-flops.


Review:

As always this series is one of my fav's and it certainly didn't change with book ten. I love these characters and I am anxiously awaiting the day when we get to see Madison walk down the isle with her man. PLEASE be book 11!!!

The story this time around I felt took a different twist because it seemed like the drama was more personal. However it can be argued that it is always personal with Madison.

I loved this ending most of all I think. And after 10 books some author's need to retire the series ... with Deborah Brown that is the exact opposite of what needs to happen. She needs to write us MORE Paradise books!

5 Stars as always for Hurricane in Paradise. By Deborah Brown

HEA Book Tours Presents: Dirty by Scott Hildreth


DIRTY by Scott Hildreth
Biker MC Romance #3
— SYNOPSIS —
Lex Monsters come in all shapes and sizes.

Mine came in the form of four Calle 18 members, southern California’s most ruthless drug gang.

They kidnapped me, locked me in a room, and ripped the life from my very soul. The things that happened to me were unimaginable, even in my most vile of nightmares.

Then, one night he opened the door.

His name is Cholo and he slays monsters.

Cholo Monsters come in all shapes and sizes.

Mine came in the form of fearing failure. So, I made sure everything I did, I did better than any other man. The only thing I didn't do well? Commit to a woman.

The son of a Hispanic mother and an Irish father, I grew up known as a ‘half breed’. The Hispanics saw me as white and the white’s called me a Beaner. Soon, I found a place where I fit in, and fit in well.

With the Filthy Fuckers MC.

I had no idea that one night I'd stumble upon a room filled with kidnapped women, or that one of them would steal my heart.

She did, though. Her name is Lex and she saved me from my monsters.



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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SCOTT HILDRETH—
A multi-genre author who pushes boundaries even when he’s asked not to.

Born in San Diego California, Scott now calls Naples, Florida home. Residing in Florida with his wife, Jessica, and six children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing. A hybrid author who has published more than two-dozen romance and erotica novels, his three book series through Harlequin is due to start release with the first book in summer 2016.

Scott has spent his entire life pushing boundaries, and his writing is no exception. Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, he can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.

Loyal to the fans and faithful followers who allowed him to make writing a full-time career, Scott communicates with his followers on Facebook almost daily. He encourages his readers to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Enchanted Book Promotions Presents: After The Fall by Carissa Lusk




About The Book
Title: After The Fall
Author: Carissa Lusk
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Amity cries out into the darkness that surrounds her, hoping for a solitary voice to provide direction; she hears two.

She has an epic love for Alexander, yet the loneliness brought on by the miles that separate them can only be curbed by the cryptic affection of Marcus Riley. Amity can’t understand the strange familiarity she finds in the wild blue of Marcus’s eyes, but she will soon learn his secret.

Plagued with dreams and memories of lives beyond her own, a tragic fate will emerge from the ashes of a love scorned. Eventually, she will discover the dark truth that will leave her running for her life, and she will learn who sacrificed everything to save it.

Author Bio
Carissa Lusk grew up in a small town in West Virginia and never moved far from home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Concord College. She credits her love of reading and writing to Kate Chopin, Emily Bronte, and her mom. After the Fall is Carissa's debut novel. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: Inferno by Dan Brown


Title: Inferno

Author: Dan Brown
Source: Amazon
Blurb
#1 WORLDWIDE BESTSELLERHarvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Inferno Dan Brown has raised the bar yet again, combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science in this sumptuously entertaining thriller.

Review

My initial reasoning for reading this book was the fact that I went and saw the movie. I really enjoyed the movie and I had read the other Dan Brown books and thought I should read this one too. At this point before picking up this book Angels and Demons was my favorite. I really really loved it. Do I think this book was as good as that one? It came close. But this book was so much better than the movie.
I really love Tom Hanks in his roles and before I read the book I thought the movie was quite good. But the details that are missed or changed in the movie from the book really take away from Dan Brown's story in my opinion.
The book's detail was fantastic, seriously great. Loved that I could put myself in the shoes of each character and feel their pain and suffering.
In the movie the twist that happened felt sudden and kind of abrupt ... in the book the twist, even though you know it is coming because of the movie it is still overpowering. I told my husband that the twists in the book I didn't see coming at all, but I was wrong! It was total misdirection and the twist I thought was happening wasn't happening at all. What a great book!
I want to give it a 5 star but the reason I am not is because I am comparing it to Angels and Demons. That book blew me away. And while this came pretty darn close ... it will be my second favorite. So this one is ending with a 4.5 Star rating. But it really was great. However in this book, unlike Angels and Demons after the story was over I did not find myself pondering over what happened in the world long after the story was over. Which is another reason why it is a 4.5 star. A non the less fantastic book that I really did love!



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Enchanted Book Promotions Presents: Murder at Midnight



About the Book

Title: Murder at Midnight
Author: John Ukah
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.

The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …

Author Bio
John Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a MastersDegree in Business Administration (MBA). 

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Purchase “Murder at Midnight” on Amazon: United StatesUnited KingdomGermany, FranceSpainItalyNetherlandsJapanBrazilCanadaMexicoAustralia, and India

It is also available on SmashwordsKobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble (Nook)Okadabooks, and major online stores. 
Okadabooks is mainly for buyers in Africa. 

Book Excerpts

Have you set the rat poison?” I asked Ayuba, when he was filling my glass with water. And as if on cue, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria struck. We were all enveloped in darkness. 
Do sit still, everyone,” Ayuba cautioned. “I will get the generator working now.” 

I heard him open the main door and go out. Someone was still walking around the dining area, in the dark. There was the harsh scraping sound of a chair moving across the terrazzo floor surface and the person sat down finally.

Ayuba and the generator had a good understanding. They had known each other for years. It purred and came to life. Soon enough, it was roaring like a wounded lion and the lights came back on. I looked around at everyone, they were all at their tables as calm as you please. I wondered which one of them had been moving about in the dark and why.

I was asking you about the rat poison, Ayuba,” I said when he came back. 
It's there on ” began Ayuba pointing to a shelf. But now his mouth was agape in surprise and he couldn’t seem to continue. His hand hung in space, still pointing at the shelf, as if held by a spell.
What is it?” I asked him.
The bottle of rat poison was on that shelf just before the lights went out, but it is no longer there now,” he explained, standing up to see better.
Maybe someone accidentally knocked it over, when it was dark,” I suggested. We left the dining area and searched around the shelf and the bar area, but it was a waste of time.
You’re sure it was here?” I asked.
Yes, I saw it just before the lights went out.” 
That was when Wahimda screamed.
Ah! My tummy!” she shrieked, clutching at her stomach.
What is it?” I asked going over to her. She was already on the floor. 
She kept screaming, “My tummy! My tummy!” 
Tonye almost jumped out of his skin. His eyes grew as wide as saucers. I was also startled by the piercing scream.
Is she in labour?” Tonye asked no one in particular. His head seemed larger than usual. 
Maybe she had an abortion?” he suggested.

Oh,  shut up, Tonye!” I snapped. Then, I went on my knees and tried to calm Wahimda. What was the matter with her?
The hot chocolate! The hot chocolate!” said Wahimda. “Ah! The hot chocolate!” There were beads of perspiration and signs of agony on her face.
The hot chocolate?” repeated Amina incredulously. “How do you mean?” 
But Wahimda groaned louder.
She had better answer right now,” said Tonye, impatiently.
Wahimda,” I called, holding up her head and wiping off some of the perspiration with my handkerchief. “What is the matter?”
The hot chocolate. It tasted funny like insecticide,” she said weakly, her eyes became glazed and she seemed to have difficulty keeping them open. “It tasted funny …” her voice trailed off as if she hadn’t the strength to continue.
Oh, I see now,” said Tonye nodding his head sagely, as if everything was now crystal clear. He grinned at everyone with a moronic smile on his face. He reminded me of a cow having a good time in a grass field.
But was it not normal chocolate?” asked Willie.
It was,” Amina answered, looking bewildered. 
The rat poison!” said Ayuba in a sudden fit of inspiration.
What happened to rat cousin?” asked Tonye with a blank expression on his face. 
The rat poison must have somehow found its way into the chocolate,’ explained a distraught Ayuba.
It is not possible!” said Amina, with an emphatic shake of her head. “The bottle was never near where I made the hot chocolate. It was on that shelf until the lights went off.”
Let’s get this young lady to the hospital,” said John. 

We called for help from the policemen. They assisted in getting Wahimda into one of their police vans.
Please, hurry!” Amina called out, as they went to the nearest hospital.

I wondered what had happened. Had Amina accidentally or deliberately put rat poison in Wahimda’s hot chocolate? But why would she want to hurt her husband’s cousin? Had someone else done so under the cover of darkness? Who moved when the lights went off? Had the young lady deliberately poisoned herself? But she was not the suicidal type! Or was she?

The other guests huddled and were asking themselves questions along similar lines. But where was the bottle of rat poison now? Empty or not, where was it? 

I called out to Tonye, “Help me look around for the bottle of rat poison. Don’t touch it if you see it. Just show it to me.”

We began searching for it. Unfortunately, Tonye was hell-bent on following me around and searching in the very places where I put my hands to search. At a point, we were both under the same table. I had no idea he would try to get under the same table, as I was. We ended up knocking our heads together. Stars exploded before my eyes, as soon as my head struck his rocky head. I was pissed, to say the least. The others asked what we were looking for, when they saw me rubbing my head in pain. I stared at Tonye with deadly intent; he had the nerve to watch me in surprise, as if wondering what the matter was with me! I told them what we were looking for, then tried to get up, forgetting that I was still under the table. This time, when my head struck the table, I saw stars, comets and asteroids colliding and exploding.


Murder At Midnight” is available in all Amazon markets on Kindle. It is also available as an EPUB and iBook on Smashwords, Overdrive.com, Okadabooks, Apple, Kobo and all major online stores.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Life Style Changes ... 15 days in

Two weeks into the new life and yes I have changed. You wouldn't think so much could change in such a short time but I am walking around and FEELING the difference!

I am going to try and start taking pictures of myself every weekend to track the progress.

The hardest part for me is finding something new to eat so I am not eating the same ole thing every day. It's fine when you're a kid and you love the same meal for lunch but sometimes as adults we want a variety.

What I think I am going to try this next week is pre making my food today (Sunday). I am thinking of baking 4 chicken breast and then adding a 1/3 cup of rice, peas, carrots and maybe some eggs and mixing it all together in a Tupperware and eating that for lunch. This would be in place of the current lunch I bring.

My current lunch consists of:
2 Slices of gluten free bread
1 teaspoon of organic peanut butter
1 teaspoon of raspberry preservative
1/2 cup carrots
3 tablespoons of organic peanut butter
1 serving of fruit (Grapes, Banana, or Apple)
1 String Cheese
This comes to just under 500 calories for lunch a day

My breakfast is either 1/3 cup of oatmeal or 3 eggs and diced turkey. So calories at breakfast never exceed 250.

I think my problem may be I am not eating enough. When you add in dinner that is never more than 600 calories unless I eat out. But even at Taco Cabana my dish was only 610 calories.

Who knows. Guess we will see once I plateau if maybe I need to up it some.

I am really excited about this new life style choice though. I really do feel a lot better mentally and physically. And seeing the inches shed off of your body and the weight vanish doesn't make this a bad thing at all :)

Here is a pic of me on the 8th and a pic of me on the 15th. I am going to attempt to wear the same outfit in each picture

January 8th 2017
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January 15th 2017

January 15th 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler


Title: The King's Traitor
Author: Jeff Wheeler
Source: Amazon

Blurb:


Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain—and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action…and Owen’s destiny demands that he lead the strike.
Ordered to incite war with a neighboring kingdom, Owen discovers its beautiful, reclusive ruler, whose powerful magic might even exceed his own. Together they mount a daring plot to overthrow the corrupt monarch, crown the rightful heir, and defeat the prophesied curse threatening Kingfountain with wintry death. But Severn’s evil is as bottomless as the fabled Deep Fathoms. To keep his ill-gotten throne, he’ll gladly spill the blood of enemies and innocents alike.

Review:

Wow, I did not see this book ending the way it did, wow. There were some predicable parts but that was okay because there were other twists and turns that I just didn't expect. Once again this series is just captivating. Book 4 comes out this summer and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

I really like that these characters have flaws and are believable. What I couldn't believe was how much drama and action was packed into just one book. It was like at every turn there was something else facing them that just had to be toppled. 

What suspense! Great book, great sci-fi, great fantasy get away. A def must read!