Friday, October 9, 2015

Go Home Flash by Ruth Paul

Here's a precious story about a puppy.  He looks a bit scruffy, he loves his family and he especially likes to go on walks.  The illustrations are luscious.

Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

Flash doesn't want to stay home.  He wants to go with one of his people.  He's OK with going to work or school or even grocery shopping.  Staying home is boring.  He has a few adventures but always ends up back at home.

This is written for young ones and has easy concepts to share about Flash digging a hole to get out or jumping over the fence.  My favorite part is when the family gets home and is ready to take Flash for a walk and can't find him.  Where he's hiding is sweet and so is he.

My "New Yorker" Stories by Thomas Owen

If you like esoteric stories that are a bit odd, you'll like this book.

Mr. Owen sent me a copy of it to review.  You can buy it now on Amazon.  These are stories he wrote hoping to get them in the New Yorker magazine.  I've seen the New Yorker but never read it.  I always thought it was bit stiff and formal.  Mr. Owen's stories are not but they are unusual.

The first one (and my favorite one) is The Winner's House.  It all started out as a good idea for a class project and it turned into a monster.  Two families are doing anything they can to win it.  With all the chances they've bought, they should be sure too.  Right...

Reality - "The Final Episode" reads just like some of these TV shows.  They keep going further and further trying to ensure the public will watch.  I think some are going beyond the pale now and don't watch, but here's the ultimate reality show for you.

February is an interesting story.  Apparently there are people who go nuts in February and act out however they can.  There's no real harm done, but this main character in this story is not normal.

These stories don't even taste like they were done by the same author but I know they were.  It's amazing what roads our minds can travel.  If you'd like to walk down some different ones, try these stories.  Who knows, they may sound familiar...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Devil's Hook by Pearl R Meaker

Emory's husband is a professor at the college.  She teaches crochet and knitting during different semesters.  This time her class is crochet.  She has young and old in her class, a couple of men, and the wife and daughter of the college president.  When the mom has to show off her expensive crochet hook made of wood, Emory tries to smooth it over.  Hooks are personal preference but not everyone can afford the expensive one.  It gets worse when it turns out to be a murder weapon...

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours let me read this book for review as part of the tour.  The book has been published and you can get a copy now.

The college president's psychic abilities seem to be faltering.  Emory's are working fine, but she can't understand what they are telling her.  When she's in the house where the murder takes place as it takes place, she knows Amy didn't kill the woman with her crochet hook.  She may have hated her but she wasn't that sort of person.  But who did?

I enjoyed the "Mrs. Marple" Emory working with the "Nancy Drew" Madison to work out the mystery.  Having someone on the inside helps.  And Emory's husband works on forensics, so he could add to the investigation, too.  

The story is interesting, the crochet part sets the stage but doesn't overwhelm the story, and the ending was fascinating.  You might leave your old life behind but it doesn't leave you...

Pearl R. Meaker will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Enter HERE.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found HERE.

Buy it at:
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Happy reading and good luck!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Gift of a Charm by Melissa Hill

Her charm bracelet is the most important thing in the world to her.  It signifies both happy and sad events in her life and she treasures each one.  She knows just what each moment and memory means.  When she finds one in the pocket of a jacket from donor, she wants to return it to the owner.  After all, she's sure she didn't mean to donate that.  But how?

St. Martin's Griffin gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th, so you can grab a copy then.

This is an excellent read for Christmas.  It's set in the Christmas season and romance is in the air.  Holly and her son are doing fine.  Greg is going to propose to his fiance.  Greg's mother is dying but she's still here.  Who could imagine how things would work out?

Greg's fiance says no.  Holly's son's father comes back into their life long enough for the boy to get hurt in a skating accident.  Holly is attempting to find the owner of the bracelet by tracing the charms.  Most are expensive and have trademarks or dates on them.  However, most of the records are long gone or the seller is dead.  Holly persists in her search.

This is a good story with lots of personal mysteries and problems being solved along the way.  Holly finds out, almost by accident, that the bracelet was Greg's mother's.  She and Greg click in a way that lets you know he'll be buying her charms in the future.  And the best part was the story of how the bracelet ended up in that pocket.

This book is charming (no pun intended) and it was great fun to read.  How can you not like a happy ending?  Why not get a copy and get yourself in the mood for Christmas?  You'll be glad you did!

The Incidental Spy by Libby Fischer Hellmann

She's only sixteen and is being sent to Chicago to stay with her aunt.  It's too dangerous in Germany and her parents want her to be safe.  She regrets leaving them behind, but even more she regrets leaving Josef, her love.  There's no choice, though.

Ms. Hellman shared a copy of this novella with me for review (thank you).  You can get a copy on Amazon now.

Lena begins by learning English.  When she's fluent in that, her family helps her find a job.  She's a secretary in a math/physics section of the university.  She has no aptitude for that science but she's a competent secretary.  She even falls in love there.  She marries and has a child and eventually writes to Josef to tell him.  He takes the news well.

Lena finds herself in a unique situation when her husband is killed in a hit and run accident.  She needs her job more than ever, but she worries about Max, her child.  How can she leave him alone for so long?  It's a good thing she has a close neighbor who can care for him.  Then someone kidnaps Max!

Poor Lena ends up being manipulated by the new men in her life.  They are powerful men and threaten to hurt Max if she doesn't cooperate.  She never meant to be a spy.  And working for three agencies is tearing her apart.  It's like there is no way out.  But then she finds one...

They tested Oppenheimer's bomb here in New Mexico.  The affect from the radiation is still present.  The visitor's center shows you pictures of those involved, of the explosion and of the aftermath.  It was an awful thing but it was wondrous, too.  It certainly was a weapon of mass destruction.

Reading Ms. Hellman's story was like visiting the past and watching them attempt to make the bomb.  Her story flows well and I liked her ending.  Give it a try.  It's a good read.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Stones In the Road By E.B. Moore

Joshua is eleven.  His father is a deacon, his family is plain, and he likes the members of the community and his family.  If only his father would quit sneaking out and drinking, it'd be perfect.  When he drinks, he thinks Joshua is Issac from the bible.  He can't kill him, but he beats him.

New American Library sent me a copy of this book to read for review.  It is being published today, so you can acquire a copy now.

When his father couldn't find his stick and was looking for another weapon, Joshua tries to escape.  In the ensuing battle, he fights back.  Before it's over, the liquor has been knocked to the floor and the the candle has been knocked off the table.  His father throws him out the window to save him from the fire and Joshua runs.  His father almost dies in the fire but Joshua doesn't know because he doesn't stop running.

Years pass as Joshua travels and tries to get to California.  He meets good and bad people, all Englishers.  It seems everyone who was kind to him has to leave him or dies.  He's learning the hard way that he has to depend on himself.  It's even worse when he gets to California and it's no big deal.  His dream was just a dream.  Yes, there's an ocean, but he misses his family.

This story is full of turmoil.  Joshua is treated badly by several people.  He does things he doesn't feel right about. But he's growing up.  The poor boy just has several stones to trip over on the road of life.  But he survives...

Dark Screams: Volume Five by J. Kenner, Bentley Little, Mick Garris

This book is filled with horrific stories.  There's no let up on the terror in the tale.  If you can handle that, then read more about this title.

Hydra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.

The others in the series had really scary and some mildly scary tales, which I prefer.  This one is for the hardcore horror fans.

Here's a list of the stories in the book:

It was supposed to be the night of his life: a celebration of his one hit slasher flick. But the price of admission is higher than this has-been filmmaker ever could have imagined.

When he was seven, Will Underwood's nanny told him she had the Sight. Years later, a broken heart sends him to New Orleans . . . but it's fate that leads him to Madame Darkling's Voodoo Emporium. 

THE LAND OF SUNSHINE by Kealan Patrick Burke
Although she was mute long before the affair that nearly wrecked their marriage, her silence has tortured her husband ever since. Now he will seek out what he has lost—or be driven mad by remorse.

Arnold loves his '68 Camaro almost as much as he loves his wife, and he's willing to do anything to protect them both—especially after hearing strange noises coming from his garage.

THE PLAYHOUSE by Bentley Little
A real-estate agent is drawn into a children's playhouse behind an abandoned property she's trying to sell—and finds herself strangely reluctant to leave.

This volume tends to deal with some real dangerous women.  You don't want to sleep with the wrong one.  And be careful about the ones you think are the right ones.  You should also be wary of playhouses that can steal your life...