Friday, February 24, 2017

Review 'Silver Thaw' by Catherine Anderson (Audio)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25895611-silver-thaw
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Coulter and Harrigan Family novels comes a brand-new contemporary romance series about first love, second chances, and hope reborn…

After years of living in fear of her husband, Amanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better…and that she can find happiness again.

Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered across his land are the first hints that his life is about to change. Nor does he understand why he feels so compelled to help Amanda Banning and her daughter when a cold snap leaves them temporarily homeless. Maybe he’s inspired by Amanda’s courage or perhaps by her beautiful brown eyes. Either way, the man who once renounced love suddenly finds himself willing to do anything for the pair. Amanda seems to have given up on her dreams, but Jeb refuses to quit until he makes her every wish come true…

The Facts:


Publication Date:
January 6th, 2015
Series:
Mystic Creek #1
Narrator:
Kate Turnbull
Length:
12 hours and 14 minutes
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

My Review:


I’ve read several reviews over the Mystic Creek series, and I mostly read only very positive things about it. And since I love books about small towns, and life there, ‘Silver Thaw’ sounded like a book for me. When I saw ‘Silver Thaw’ on Audible, I decided listening this book on Audio would be perfect.

In ‘Silver Thaw’ we meet Amanda Banning and her young daughter Chloe. Amanda is trying to get by every single day. She has almost no money, only an old, cold and small home and she is on the run from her horrible husband. Amanda knows if her husband ever finds her, she and her daughter are in great danger.
Jeb Sterling has been living in Mystic Creek all his life. He has his own house, has livestock and money isn’t a problem. For weeks Jeb is finding little written notes by a woman in danger and he is more than intrigued by them. When a cold front hits Mystic Creek Jeb and other town members visit all houses to look if everybody is save. Soon Jeb finds Amanda and Chloe and they are definitely in need of help. And before Jeb’s knows it he finds himself being hooked by both woman and he desperate to help them. But Amanda doesn’t know if she can ever trust another man again.

From the very beginning I enjoyed listening to ‘Silver Thaw’. The narrator Kate Turnbull has a nice voice to listen to and Mystic Creek sounds like a perfect small town. Especially in the beginning I found Kate’s voice for the little girl Chloe very annoying, but I do find most young girls voices annoying so it seemed to fit. And half way through the book I didn’t notice as much anymore. 

‘Silver Thaw’ was definitely a fun audiobook to listen too. But I did have a view problems with this book. For one it’s a very predictable story, which isn’t such a problem since most romance stories can be a little predictable. But some more unpredictability would have been nice. 

The other thing that bothered me was Jep. His character was just a little unbelievable if you ask me. For example how did he get so rich? From the very first moment Jep pays a lot of money for Amanda and Chloe. And I do get that he wanted to take care of them, but he didn’t even know them for more than a day and he was giving out hundreds of dollars. I didn’t believe it! 

And my last problem with this book was the whole ‘God’ bit. I’m not religious at all but I don’t mind reading a book about people who do. So I didn’t mind reading about the praying for dinner, and the god’s plan bit. But the whole part in the end of the story just made me angry. I can’t really explain it because I would spoil the story, but I got very frustrated about it. Without spoiling anything.. Having an abusive husband is bad enough, but suddenly wishing him the best is just wrong in my eyes. (And you really have to read this book to get what I’m saying!)

For the most part this was a nice book, but not really for me.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Adeline Catherine was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector to teach was a dream come true. In 1988, she sold her first book to Harlequin Intrigue and went on to write three more before she tried her hand at a single-title historical romance. Nine books later, she did her first single-title contemporary.

Catherine married Sidney D. Anderson, an industrial electrician and entrepreneur. They had two sons, Sidney D. Jr. and John G. In 2001 she and her husband purchased a central Oregon home located on a ridge with incredible mountain views and surrounded by forestland honeycombed with trails. It was her dream home, a wonderland in the winter and beyond beautiful in the summer. She named it Cinnamon Ridge after the huge ponderosa pines on the property, which sport bark the color of cinnamon. 

Sadly, Catherine lost her husband to a long-term illness in 2014. She has kept Cinnamon Ridge as her primary residence but divides her time between there and her son John's farm, where she has the support of her loved ones and can enjoy his horses, cows, and raise her own chickens.

Catherine loves animals and birds, both wild and domestic. She presently has two Australian shepherds, six cats, and a very old canary. She is very family oriented as well. Her older son has lived in Japan, Australia, and now resides in New Zealand. Catherine and her stateside family will celebrate Christmas on the north island with Sidney, his wife Mary, and their two sons, Liam and Jonas.

For more information please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My Favorite.. Sci Fi Novel



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I haven’t read many Sci Fi novels. Not because I don’t want to or don’t like to, but I somehow just don’t find a lot of Sci Fi novels to read. But the Sci Fi books I did read where some of my favorite novels. Writing this post definitely made me realize I need to read more Sci Fi novels. I’m missing out.

One of my favorite Sci Fi novels was ‘Obsidian’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read that book in 2013 and I completely fell in love with the story. It was the first novel I read involving ‘alien’s’ and I remember loving the book so much I bought the other books in the series too. I haven’t read all the books in the series yet because, well life.. But I still plan to finish this series one day.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12578077-obsidian?ac=1&from_search=true

Another favorite Sci Fi novel of mine is ‘Traveler’ by Dennis W. Green. I read that book for a blog tour in 2015 and really enjoyed reading it. It was so unique and fun to me and I couldn’t stop reading. I read the second book in the series two, and it really is a great series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31160301-traveler

What is your favorite Sci Fi novel? Any Sci Fi novels I need to read?

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blog Tour 'Any Boy But You' by Julie Hammerle


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Any Boy But You’ by Julie Hammerle. This is YA Romance novel that was published on February 13th 2017. Check out this post for more info and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end.
For more tour stops please visit the tour page.


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863703-any-boy-but-you
Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver's fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She's his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
February 13th, 2017
Series:
North Pole, Minnesota #1
Genre:
YA Romance
Pages:
201
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


A view weeks ago I was browsing through the Netgalley database when I saw the cover of ‘Any Boy But You’. That cover really grabbed my attention. And when I read where the book was about I immediately requested it. It had been a while since I read a YA novel. And this book sounded really good. I was super excited when I was approved to read ‘Any Boy But You’, and even more when I was asked to join the blog tour.

In ‘Any Boy But You’ we meet Elena Chestnut and Oliver Prince. Elena and Oliver grew up learning to hate each other over a feud that has been between their families for ages. And both Elena and Oliver totally hate each other.
Ever since a Pokémon go kind of game took over the town of North Pole. Elena has been chatting with a boy unlike any other boy she knows. And she has no idea who he is. All she knows is that he lives in the same town as her, plays the same game and goes to the same school.

‘Any Boy But You’ is definitely a very fun read. It’s a combination of You’ve Got Mail, Gilmore Girls and two very nice teens I  would have totally loved to hang out with growing up. There was even a ‘Kirk’ kind of guy in this town and I loved reading about it.
The two main characters Elena and Oliver were also really fun to read about. They were perfect for each other, but because of their family feud they never really got the chance to get to know each other.

This book was definitely a fun YA read. I haven’t been loving YA as much as I used too, but this book was really nice. The writing was easy to follow, the characters were fun to get to know, the town was really nice to read about and although a little predictable, it was very entertaining. 

I never played Pokémon Go, but since this book has a similar kind of game which almost all the characters in this book are playing I really felt compelled to start playing. I won’t though.. I can’t use any more distractions. LOL!

‘Any Boy But You’ is a fun YA read with a nice Romance you’ll keep wanting to read until the very end. Since this book is supposed to be the first book in a series, I can’t wait to read more.

My Rating:


About the Author:


Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which was published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

For more information about Julie Hammerle please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads.

Giveaway:



http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tours/

Monday, February 20, 2017

Promo & Giveaway 'Belle Grove' by Katherine Winfield


Today I’m excited to share a Promo & Giveaway with you about ‘Belle Grove’ by Katherine Winfield. ‘Belle Grove’ is a paranormal mystery set in the beautiful, historical Eastern Shore of Maryland.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33294630-belle-grove?from_search=true
The Eastern Shore of Maryland is known for its beautiful beaches and rich history. But the pristine fishing town of Corsica is about to be thrown from its peaceful, bay-side way of life in the new novel Belle Grove, the second book in the highly-rated Corsica series by author Katherine Winfield. 

During a hot shore summer, Julie Seevers, the owner of a local herb shop, is struggling to run her demanding business while managing a family of five and keep her failing marriage afloat. Meanwhile, summer assistant Tabs Tucker, a misanthropic teen, has set out on a journey to uncover the mystery of who her father is.  Julie’s best friend, Libby Langston, who’s looking for something to ignite her summer doldrums, decides to assist Tab in her quest. But when , Tassie, the town’s oldest living resident and clairvoyant, suggests they have a séance to find out some answers, they discover much more than they ever expected. The suspense grows when a newcomer to town enters the shop — and all of their lives. Soon, they find themselves on a twisted path of betrayal, lies,  and even murder. 

“There are common themes that unite us all, like the importance of family, the battle against temptation and our innate qualities of good and evil,” Winfield says. “Belle Grove explores all that, and shows just how far people will go to be loved and accepted. Sometimes, even good people can do very bad things.” 

Belle Grove is the second book in the highly-reviewed Corsica series. The first book, Haverford House, was a finalist for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and received a five-star review from Foreword/Clarion Reviews.

Full of intrigue and mystery, Belle Grove weaves together unique, likable characters with a page-turning plot, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
December 6th, 2016
Series:
Corsica #2
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
Pages:
428
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

The First Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18104940-haverford-house

About the Author:


Katherine Winfield is a seventh-generation Washingtonian currently residing on a farm nestled in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The rich culture of the Eastern Shore provides the setting for her novels, and the colorful inhabitants of the region serve as inspiration for her unique characters. Winfield has been writing for more than thirty years, all while running a business with her husband, raising three kids and caring for countless animals. 

For more information about Katherine Winfield please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway:



This Giveaway is sponsored by Smith Publicity.
http://www.smithpublicity.com/
 
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