Thursday, August 30, 2018

Review of The Siren and the Specter

The Siren and the Specter book cover

 When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Review of Night and Silence

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire book cover

Things are not okay.

In the aftermath of Amandine's latest betrayal, October "Toby" Daye's fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can't sleep, Sylvester doesn't want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. 

She needs a quest.

What she doesn't need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn't need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harboring secrets of her own. There's no question of whether she'll take the case. The only question is whether she's emotionally prepared to survive it.

Top Ten Tuesday - Nonfiction Books I Loved

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's TTT is Back To School/Learning Themed. 
I decided to go with the nonfiction books I've read and enjoyed.

Monday, August 27, 2018

It's Monday. What Are You Reading? #7

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Not much happening on the blog this past week. Lots of craziness at work and prior volunteer commitments! Hopefully, this week will see it busier around here.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Author Interview: Lawrence M. Nysschens and Review of the White Globe

The White Globe by Lawrence M Nysschens book cover

One little Globe. One whole World.
When your world vanishes and you're somewhere else. And the one you love is lost. Finding the way home takes on a new meaning. (3 x illustrations within.)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Review of Painless


The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong. 

For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life's obsession.



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Reading Slumps

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's TTT is books that will pull you out of a reading slump. For those of us in the blogging world, we are almost in competition with ourselves. We eat, breathe and sleep reading. We are not the average reader though. 

According to the research, Americans read a mean average of 12 books per year, and the typical (median) American has read four books in the past 12 months. 

Can you imagine only reading that few? I certainly can't. That's a bad couple of weeks for me! What happens though when we hit that reading slump and no book is "talking" to us? When our TBR starts piling up and there's no end in sight?

Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #6

It's Monday. What are you reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Happy Monday, Everyone!


Hope your reading week was productive! I got much more accomplished this week than last, or at least it feels that way.

Read this week:

The White Globe book coverButterfly Blood book cover

Painless by Marty Thornley Book CoverThe Siren and the Specter book Cover

Out of the four this week, Painless was my favorite. Look at that cover! *shudders* 
 I signed up with Xpresso Tours for this one and was so sad when it was a blitz and not a review. (That was my fault, not theirs. I forgot what I signed up for!) NetGalley came through for me in the end! Hooray for NetGalley!
"In a clinical trial gone wrong, patients cured of physical pain act out against themselves and each other. In a violent, explosive conclusion they confront an obsessed doctor who is ready to defend his life’s work at any cost."
I cut my teeth on Robin Cook so I do love medical horror! Painless did not disappoint!

Currently Reading:

Damned by the Ancients by Catherine Cavendish book cover
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Reviews this week:

Butterfly Blood by Rebecca Carpenter
Creature by Hunter Shea


Happy Reading!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Review of Creature by Hunter Shea

Creature by Hunter Shea book cover


The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal.


 But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead. Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Review of Butterfly Blood


HER BLOOD. HER LOVE. HER FREEDOM. 

“How many of my sins will have to be paid for in blood?”

Sixteen-year-old Bethany Keatley finally has the healthy body and looks she’s always desired. But the price she’s had to pay has left her traumatized. 
The only thing making her battle on is the memory of that kiss with Jeremiah.
Now miles from him and living in Florida with an aunt she's never met, shocking revelations about her parents are too much to bear. After collapsing from exhaustion and shock, Bethany wakes in a hospital bed awaiting test results—results that might lead to the discovery of her unusual butterfly blood. 

But that’s the least of Bethany’s concerns when the doctor informs her she’s infected with a parasite and without immediate treatment, she’ll die.

Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Monday. What Are You Reading? #5

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Happy Monday, Everyone!

This was a sad reading week and I couldn't even tell you why. I picked up a couple of books but they just didn't keep my interest so I didn't finish them. I was distracted this week.

The Devil to Pay Cover Reveal

(Shayne Davies, #1) Publication date: September 18th 2018 Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Review of Kingdom of Needle and Bone


We live in an age of wonders.

Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more.

Or so we thought. For with the reduction in danger comes the erosion of memory, as pandemics fade from memory into story into fairy tale. Those old diseases can’t have been so bad, people say, or we wouldn’t be here to talk about them. They don’t matter. They’re never coming back.

How wrong we could be.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Painless Book Blitz and Giveaway


Painless by Marty Thornley Book Blitz

The debut psychological-horror novel from author Marty Thornley is a page-turning ride, a front row seat to a clinical trial gone horribly wrong.



For Greg Owens, this was supposed to be a chance to end years of back pain and escape his reliance on pain pills. If it all worked out, he could maybe even get back the life he left behind as the pills took control.

Instead, as the patients are cured of their physical pain, they encounter a different sort of pain building inside them – obsessive thoughts, depression, self-destruction. The side-effects grow worse, and the suspense ratchets tighter. The patients want answers and violent revenge, setting them on a collision course with a crazed doctor, determined to protect his life’s obsession.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review of Plague Land Reborn


THEY THOUGHT IT WAS DEAD. THEY WERE WRONG.

Two years ago, a virus hit London, killing thousands of people and driving the rest into hiding. But Leon has somehow survived, making it through two harsh winters. Now he’s living on the fragile hope that the freezing snow and ice of the English climate wiped out the virus for good. Word even reaches Leon of a rescue boat on its way.

But all is not as safe as it seems. The virus has been busy…

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Girl Who Sees Book Blitz and Giveaway

I decided to join with Xpresso Tours in promoting some of their titles by joining their blog tours!
I'm very excited about these upcoming titles so you'll be seeing more of these on the blog.

Urban Fantasy is hands down my favorite genre. There just aren't enough authors churning it out fast enough to keep me occupied for long so I am always on the lookout for a new series to love. I kept seeing this one pop up and couldn't resist. Isn't that cover great?
Check it out and see what you think.

Make sure you scroll down and enter the giveaway!


Monday, August 6, 2018

It's Monday. What Are You Reading? #4

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by The Book Date. This meme lets you show fellow readers what you have read, what you are reading, and what you will be reading.

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Here we are again, huh? I hope everyone had a wonderful week. We've had rain every day...forever. It's been pretty constant for the past two weeks. Unfortunately, the rain and the subsequent drop in barometric pressure gives me migraines. I've had multiples this week and last. So much for recently starting on a new med that is supposed to prevent them. Yeah, that's working real well.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Review of Rattus New Yorkus


THEY’RE BIGGER

Deep in the sewers of New York City, the rat population is growing. Dr. Randolph Finch is determined to break the cycle. His new rodenticide, Degenesis, doesn’t kill rats. It sterilizes them from reproducing. But nothing adapts faster than a New York rat . . .

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review of The Goblin's Daughter


the forest beckons

the Shadow watches


Nolin doesn’t know why her mother is terrified of the forest— only that is has something to do with her, a cold night, a baby crib, and an open window.
Throughout her life, Nolin struggles to gain the love of her crazed mother, all while grappling with recurring dreams of a twisted, ancient tree, and the perpetual feeling that she’s being watched by a dark presence in the surrounding forest.


After a childhood mental breakdown, Nolin returns to her hometown as a grown woman, ready to face her mother to put old demons to rest. When Nolin stumbles across disturbing details of her mother’s past, she ventures deeper into the mystery of her own identity, the related causes of her mother’s illness, and learns of violent, ancient creatures who live in the woods. . .