Review: Song Chaser by Kandi Steiner

Hey everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  Today I am bringing a great book to you.  Song Chaser by Kandi Steiner is a great story that will have you anticipating the next turn of the page.  This is the second book in her Chasers series and I look forward to the next book she writes.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all are having a great week and have a great weekend ahead.

20881641Book Blurb:

For more than a year, Tanner West has tried to shake his feelings for his long time best friend, Paisley Bronson. She was the perfect girl to fit the lyrics in all his favorite songs – the girl he had always wanted. When she fell in love with another man before Tanner had the chance to tell her how he felt, he was left with no resolve to find love again. Burying himself in school and easy girls has become his new lifestyle, but when Kellee Brooks shows up at his favorite bar, he begins to think there may be another verse to his song, after all.

Kellee Brooks moved to New York City for one thing: escape. Growing up in a small town where her entire life was planned out for her, she’s desperate to break free and find herself without following the same path as her mom. Kellee thought working at the local dive bar would mean more money for school, but when she meets the smoldering, scarred honey eyes of Tanner West, she finds there’s much more hiding in the smoky building than just a few tips.

With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?

Break free with this heartbreaking story of letting go and letting love in.

Review:

Tanner’s perfect girl has always been his best friend, Paisley.  But, when Paisley falls for another he is devastated.  This is how we meet Tanner.  He is drowning his sorrow after a year at a bar he frequents when he isn’t a resident doctor.  It is here that he meets the spunky new bartender, Kellee.  She immediately intrigues him when she isn’t as easy as all other girls that normally fall at his feet.  But after Kellee and Tanner run into each other at an underground concert they realize that both of them have a passion for underground music.  With this connection the two of them begin dating and grow even closer.  Unfortunately, Paisley is never too far from Tanner’s mind.  Can Tanner let go of Paisley to find something real with Kellee or will Tanner prefer to live in his regret and sorrow forever?

I loved Tanner and Kellee.  I think these were two of the best characters I’ve read in a while.  They were fun and their banter was entertaining and real.  I also really liked that the two of them both had to work through their own issues when it came to relationships.  This brought a level of realism to the story.  I do have to say though there were times when I just wanted to shake Tanner and tell him to grow a pair and let Paisley go.  It was rough at times with his obsession with her.  Kellee’s character was definitely the most real and made the story.  I think if she was different I wouldn’t have liked this story.  This only works because of how her character is written.  Overall, I think this is a great little love story.  I have not read the first book called Tag Chaser, but after reading this I know I want to.  Also, you don’t have to read Tag Chaser to get into this book.  Kandi Steiner does a great job tying the two stories together for anyone who hasn’t read the first book.  I can say for sure I can’t wait for the next book from Kandi Steiner.

Review: Solstice Island by Mae Clair

Today’s review is a short novella that will carry you away with its mystery and romance.  Solstice Island by Mae Clair has a wonderful blend of good characters hunting down a mysterious creature.  It is a quick read that is wonderful if you want something refreshing between big books.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all have a wonderful hump day!

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Can an ancient leviathan work magic between a practical man and an idealistic woman?

Rylie Carswell is an amateur cryptozoologist in search of a mythical creature, the Sea Goliath. In order to reach Solstice Island, a location the ancient leviathan is rumored to haunt, she’s forced to hire charter boat captain, Daniel Decatur.

Initially, Daniel wants nothing to do with the trip or the fool woman waving double payment in his face. Convinced she’s yet another loony treasure hunter looking for gold on the remote island, he reluctantly agrees. An embittered neighbor wants to have his charter license yanked, so the extra cash will help him stay afloat.

It doesn’t take long for Daniel to realize Rylie is after the same beast his parents were tracking when they mysteriously vanished ten years earlier. He’s avoided all links to cryptozoology ever since, but the smart and sexy cryptid hunter has him second-guessing his oath and wondering what he’s signed on for.

Warning: A family legacy, glowing plankton and rough waters

Review:

Rylie enters Daniel’s life with a hefty proposition that he can’t refuse.  Rylie offers to pay double the fee for Daniel to charter his boat around Solstice Island.  It isn’t until the first day of Rylie’s charter that Daniel finds out that she is a cryptozoologist and she is looking for an elusive Leviathan.  Daniel is all too familiar with both of these things.  His parents were well-known for their research as cryptozoologists and disappeared in their attempt to discover this creature.  Though his first instinct was to tell her to forget about her trip and money he finds her enchanting and can’t say no.  It is searching for this creature that Rylie and Daniel find in each other exactly what the other wants and needs.

Rylie and Daniel’s story was an entertaining read.  It was a great blend of paranormal and romance.  The characters of Rylie  and Daniel really make this story.  Their love story was quick and cute.  I also thought it was a clever idea using the mutual background of the mythical creatures known as cryptids.  I did find the small background story of Daniel and Craig a bit unnecessary.  I think everything would have ended up the same way without that which seemed more like filler than something important to the story.  Overall, this is a great little novella.  Mae Clair has scored another great one in my book.

Review: Jumper by Rebecca Scarberry

Today’s review is one that’s a bit different.  This book is the first children’s novella I have reviewed.  This sweet little story will capture the imagination for all who read it.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Jumper is a red beach ball, trying to escape from a toy store. He wants to find a swimming pool and Carnival Castle. Join in the fun as Jumper tells you all about his adventures away from the toy store. This book was written to be read to four-year-olds. Due to it’s length, you might choose to read a little to them each day. Eight-year-olds are able to read it without any problem. Many first and second graders have enjoyed this highly original, action packed, book when it was read to them during the library ‘story time’. This book is in ebook format and paperback

Review:

The adventure of Jumper, a red ball,  and his drive to escape his home at the toy store.  His attempts to go to a swimming pool and Carnival Castle is a fun adventure for a little red ball.  All ages will fall for this ball and feel for his trials and successes.  This story is shock full of lessons and any youngster will be bouncing in their seat as they read this short novella.

Review: Dragon Knight’s Sword by Mary Morgan

Today I have a wonderful novel to share with you.  It’s an enthralling story that brings lore of Scotland and its enchanted lands to life.  This is the first book in Mary Morgan’s Order of the Dragon Knights series.  Dragon Knight’s Sword will drag you in and make you fall in love with the story and the land of Scotland.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Order of the Dragon Knights

Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family — even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse.

Brigid O’Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest that will alter everything she believes.

Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together

Review:

When Duncan Mackay plays a tragic role in cursing his family he feels that redemption only comes with giving up his own life.  This all changes when Brigid O’Neill comes into his life.  Brigid is from the future and has always been interested in her Scottish heritage.  When she is sent an ancient sword and begins dreaming of a handsome Highland warrior who beckons her to bring him the sword.  On an impulse, Brigid travels to Scotland to return the sword to the owner’s family.  But, on a strange twist of fate and faery magic Brigid finds herself in 1205.  Not long after landing in 1205 Brigid comes face to face with her dream Highlander.  Instantly, Duncan and Brigid feel tied together.  What Duncan doesn’t realize is that Brigid is his way of lifting his part of the curse and thawing his frozen soul.  But, will Duncan let Brigid help in his quest or will he choose the wrong path and be doomed forever?

This was a fantastic story.  It drew me in and wouldn’t let go until the very last page.  Duncan and Brigid’s love story was epic.  It was one for the ages. Not only will you fall in love with Duncan and Brigid but you will also love all the other characters like Nell, Finn and Cormac.   This story isn’t just the love story that is so prominent.  Scotland both past and present is a character.   Through this story the land draws you in and calls to you.  Like all good stories with memorable characters you will be dreaming of them for days to come.  I guarantee you will be dreaming of Scotland after reading this book.  This beautifully written story and wonderfully described scenery sets up this series as one I will definitely be following.  This is definitely a story and series that will stay with you for a while.

Surprise!

Today I have a fantastic surprise for you all. I had a unique chance to be the guest reviewer on Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine.  With this I was able to do a one question interview with an author of my choice.  I have been so lucky to interview author Tara Sivec.  Here books make you laugh out loud and crush on her hunky heroes.  Here is the link to my review spot.  Below you can read my interview and get to know the fantastic Tara Sivec and her newest book, Burned.  Enjoy my surprise to all of my fantastic readers.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books and characters?

My inspiration comes from so many different places that it’s sometimes hard to shut down my brain! So many things can be the basis for a new story idea like music, real life events, etc.  A lot of my ideas come from dreams. I make sure to keep the notepad app on my iPad open and next to my bed at all times!

TS_Burned_Cover_Final_JWEndorsment_800x1200_Revised-200x300Book Blurb:

Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.
Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.
Seventeen years together.
Seventeen thousand problems.
Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.
Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.
Seventeen breaths until I took my last.
This is my story…and it’s going to burn.
Book 2 in the Ignite series – Branded is expected to release in September 2014

TaraBio:

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. She is the author of the Playing with Fire series and the Chocolate Lovers series. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara also writes under the pen name T.E. Sivec.

Tara Sivec
I’d like to thank the wonderful Tara Sivec for stopping by and giving us some insight into her inspiration.  If you haven’t checked out her books I highly recommend any of her books.  Her talent crosses genres and continues to grow with each of her new books. 

Review: Color of Danger by Alexa Verde

Happy September!  I know I have been a bit absent lately and I have missed all of you.  I have been busy with vacations and getting something pretty exciting started.  I officially have an etsy store where I have coasters both decorative and useful with your favorite book covers on them.  I also have a made to order option if the one your looking for isn’t there.  Here is my shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MavenKrafts  .   OK…so now that I have caught you up on some of the exciting things going on here I am reviewing for you guys a great novel for you, Color of Danger by Alexa Verde.  This was a fast paced and exciting with every turn of the page.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

22017076Book Blurb:

Former runaway Mari Del Lobo works hard to save her struggling restaurant and to trust people again. Dallas surgeon Dr. Luke Goodman turns her world upside down with terrifying news. A recent murder has her late brother’s – aka the Smiling Killer – signature and MO. When attacks on her escalate, Mari fights her growing attraction to the good doctor as fiercely as she fights for her life. To rescue herself and those she loves, will she be able to stop the murderer before he strikes again?

Luke couldn’t save his fiancée from the Smiling Killer, but he’ll do anything to prevent more murders, even ask help from the serial killer’s sister. Finding a kindred tortured soul and the perpetrator’s next target in Mari, Luke is determined to protect the stubborn ex-rebel. But Mari would rather face danger than risk the safety of the man she comes to love.

Review:

Mari is living in the shadow of her serial killer brother.  Though he has been dead for a year she still feels that shadow.  When Luke Goodman comes into town to ask Mari questions about a murder that is just like her brother’s things begin to get dangerous.  Mari begins to get threats and more people start dying.  Could this be a copycat or is her brother still alive?  While these questions swirl around her connection with Luke deepens but with that comes more risk to all Mari loves.  Can they catch the killer before the killer catches Mari or will everything end the way her brother really wanted it to?

I really loved this story.  It really catches you from the first page.  I adored Mari’s character and all that made her story.  It was definitely a unique perspective of how the life of the family of a serial killer could be effected.  The supporting characters of Mari’s friends was a fantastic addition.  It also allows for follow up stories.  The story itself was unique and had you guessing who could be the culprit.  At one point in the story everyone is a suspect even Mari’s dead brother.  I adore stories that keep you wondering what is happening next.  Alexa Verde really knows how to write a suspense filled story.  I truly can’t wait to read her next story in this series.  Overall, if you like to be kept guessing and love memorable characters you will love, Color of Danger.

Review: In Your Arms by Merry Farmer

Today I am bringing to you a wonderful historical romance.  In Your Arms is both captivating in the the romance and in the historical significance of the story.   The characters are engaging and well-written.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  I hope you all are having a great week.

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Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?

Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down and ravages his heart.

But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms

Review:

Christian Avery has been a thorn in Lily Singer’s side ever since she became the teacher in Cold Springs.  He is constantly challenging her and her progressive views.  But, its not just Christian she must fight.  Her heritage and skin color is a challenge for many to accept.  So, when robberies start happening and the local Indians are being pegged as the perpetrators Lily is thrust into a political climate that could end with her losing her job.  As the turmoil progresses so does her relationship with Christian.  Their spark becomes a flame in more ways than one.  But, can their love save her, her job and the town or will it just leave ashes behind?

I really loved this story.  I’m a sucker for a good historical romance and this is definitely one of those.  I loved Christian and Lily.  Their fiery relationship was great.  I loved that Lily didn’t just fall all over herself around Christian and Christian didn’t pull punches (verbal) when he sparred with Lily.  I think another great level to this book was the historical significance of interracial marriage between native Americans and whites during this time period.  In today’s day and age I think we forget how tumultuous loving someone who didn’t look like you effected not just your relationship but those around you and quite possibly your livelihood.   This aspect is beautifully portrayed.  Overall, I think this was a fantastic novel and now I’d like to go back and read more by Merry Farmer.  I know once you pick this up you won’t let it go until the final page is turned. 

Review: Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

I am very excited to bring to you today Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff.  I have been a fan of hers since I read A Vintage Affair.  She is an engaging storyteller that takes hold of you and won’t let you go until you turn that final page.  Ghostwritten is no exception.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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A childhood mistake. A lifetime of regrets.

Jenni is a ‘ghost’: she writes the lives of other people. It’s a job that suits her well: still haunted by a childhood tragedy, she finds it easier to take refuge in the memories of others rather than dwell on her own.

Jenni has an exciting new commission, and is delighted to start working on the memoirs of a Dutchwoman, Klara. As a child in the Second World War, Klara was interned in a camp on Java during the Japanese occupation – she has an extraordinary story of survival to tell.

But as Jenni and Klara begin to get to know each other, Jenni begins to do much more than shed light on a neglected part of history. She is being forced to examine her own devastating memories, too. But with Klara’s help, perhaps this is finally the moment where she will be able to lay the ghosts of her own past to rest?

Gripping, poignant and beautifully researched, Ghostwritten is a story of survival and love, of memory and hope

Review:

Jenni’s past has started to catch up with her.  The secret she has kept buried from everyone close to her is now effecting her life.  Though her personal life is being turned upside down, she is given an interesting opportunity to ghostwrite for a woman who’s story will echo close to Jenni’s.  In the beginning Jenni bulks at even doing this because it will take her to the heart of her past and keep her there until she is done with the story.  But, once Jenni meets Klara and her family she realizes that her decision to help Klara tell her story was the best thing to happen to both of them. 

This novel was one of the most poignant stories I’ve read in awhile.  It is emotionally ride that will leave you both happy and sad at the end.  Klara and Jenni’s stories are so realistic and relatable that you feel you are part of their stories.  Klara’s experiences on Java and the internment camps brought a whole new story of WWII that many people may not know.  I think this added a wonderful element of historical significance with a personal touch of someone’s experiences.  The intricate weaving of both Jenni’s and Klara’s stories are done with such ease that you flow between stories naturally.  Isabel Wolff does a phenomenal job going between past and present.  It takes a talent like hers to expertly move between years and not lose a reader.  Overall, this is a story that you want to pick up and never let go.  I know it will remain with me for quite sometime.  I can’t wait to read what Isabel Wolff comes up with next. 

Fresh Face Friday: The Trickster Edda by Crystal Lynn Hilbert

Happy Friday!  Today I will be introducing you to The Trickster Edda by Crystal Lynn Hilbert.  This is a short novel that tackles what would happen if the Norse Gods were real and you were related to one.  Its a quick enjoyable read that will keep you engaged til the end.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Conrad just wants a hotdog. He isn’t expecting to run into the god Loki, or get involved in a family feud of epic proportions. But he does, and the trickster shoves something into his head. Something the other Norse gods are keen to get their hands on.

Conrad is pulled into a world of 24-hour mythological convenience stores and man-sized crows, giant hounds and fairies who’d sooner eat him than grant a wish. Is Loki on his side, or setting him up to be the fall guy? Is this the start of Ragnarok? Is his not-so-secret crush a sort-of-magical being or just another hapless human caught up in the insanity? Conrad isn’t quite certain, but he knows he better find out quick, before he loses his head.

Review:

When we meet Conrad all he wants is a hotdog from his favorite stand.  Unfortunately a crazy person is blocking his way.  Too soon he realizes the crazy person is actually Loki and he is Loki’s chosen one.  Loki puts something in Conrad’s head and by doing so turns Conrad’s life upside down.  His only positive is he finally gets to really meet the girl he’s been crushing on for a while.  The problem with that is she is also supernatural, but she helps him navigate his new world of being chased by giant crows, invisible dragons, Gods just looking for a girls number and a pissed off Fate.  That’s just a part of being Loki’s chosen one.  Can Conrad learn to live in this new world or will he lose his sanity before that day comes?

This was a cute little novel.  It isn’t very long and is very exciting.  It keeps you on your toes and is quite comical at times.  If you are not fluent in Norse mythology you will be by the end of this book.  Whether all of this is true to the mythology, it will peak your interest in the Loki, Odin, Thor aspects of the book.  Conrad and Lily are cute and very well developed for as short of a story this is.  I would like to see more of these characters in the future.  Overall, I think this is a great young adult book that is quick paced and fun. 

Review: Blueberry Hill by Bette Lee Crosby

Today I am reviewing a brilliantly written story that will leave you broken-hearted.  Bette Lee Crosby gives us a story that illustrates the turbulent life of a middle sister and how that life ended in a way that left a hole is everyone she touched.  This is definitely a story that will stay with you for a few days after reading.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Based on the realities of her own family, Crosby calls this a memoir of sorts. Traveling back to a time when the sisters were young enough to feel invincible and foolish enough to believe it would last forever, Crosby has bared her soul in a story of regrettable decisions and inevitable outcomes.

Blueberry Hill is a tale of family relationships, love and tragedy. It is a story that will touch your heart and stay with you long after you have closed the book.

Review:

Donna is Bette’s younger rebellious sister.  She is the sister that isn’t afraid to do or say anything.  With this confidence came an inner freedom that Bette envied but as time went by saw how destructive that freedom can be.  Donna’s wild ways go from running away to marrying a man whom she loved but he was incapable of loving her back the way she deserved to finding out the hard way what cigarettes and alcohol can really do to a body.  As strong as Donna was she couldn’t fight her addiction even with her zest for life.  In the end Donna’s strong life withered away to a sad fate that if she had only chosen one different path would have allowed her to continue on with her exuberant life instead of leaving an emptiness with all those she touched.

This is an almost devastating story.  As Donna’s life is painted in front of you your able to see the wonder that she was.  Clearly she left a mark on all those she was around.  But, with many who have similar personalities comes addiction.  With Donna her addiction was cigarettes and alcohol.  It is eventually what extinguished a bright life.  It is a sad yet funny at times novel that shows how powerful love is and how devastating losing that love can be.  Overall, this is a short novel but one that will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

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