Thursday, October 23, 2014

Are You Ready for a Fun Ride?

I had a lot of fun with Fire and Ice.  I happened to get the audiobook to listen to this novel.  You can always count on  that they are really well done!    Fire and Ice introduces us to FBI agent Jack MacAlister and reintroduces us to Sophie Rose, Alex Buchanan, Reagan Buchanan, Bobby Rose, and others.


Sophie is busy at her desk writing an article for the Chicago Chronicle.  She wonders what the next assignment might be.  Mr. Bitterman her boss soon let’s her know that she needs to interview a man who called the newspaper for an interview.  Sophie contacts and meets with William Harrington who called the paper.   When they met he talks for three hours on his favorite topic himself and his upcoming races and lets slip about the Alpha Project.  Sophie barely pays attention until he shows up dead a couple of days later.  Well naturally she’s curious!  There is one major problem someone has made a threat on her life.  Will she accept help from Jack and her friends?  Will she be able to find out what happened to William Harrington?

My Thoughts:

Remember I said fun right!  What makes Julie Garwood’s characters so interesting is how unique she makes them.  We met Sophie in another of Julie’s novel The Murder List.  I am glad that we got to know her a little better in her own novel. What would you do if you had a father who is wanted by the authorities on a regular basis?  You are constantly called in by the cops for questioning.  You are used to having your life threatened.  How does the author make the pairing of Jack and Sophie so relatable?    

The other concepts of the story are well done.  The plot is predictable but an entertaining ride.  I am always very entertained by Julie’s novels.  Humor makes it all that much more entertaining!  



Please visit Julie on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and Her Website.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Flash Giveaway for Letter to My Daughter

Author Nina Gaines is sharing her novel Letters to My Daughter here today.  It discusses celebrating the time you have with loved ones.  There  is a chance  to win the audio version of her novel. 

Let's let Nina share with you what her novel is about:

What would you say to a Loved One if you had one day to live? A Letter
to My Daughter is a short book of individual letters to my dearest
daughter. I leave her with advice on Love, Positive Thinking,How to Tap
into your Inner Power, The Importance of Unplugging, realizing your
Inner Beauty etc. A Letter to My Daughter will inspire you to appreciate
and cherish the time that you have been given with your Loved Ones.

"I woke up in the middle of the night wondering if this was the end. I thought no Lord not like this, not here, not now. I have so much to do, so much to finish, to give, to see. I began to cry and started thinking about my daughter. I had nothing to leave her but my love and words. I started to pray and came to a place of peace. I got up and began to write A Letter to My Daughter."
To win you must be 18 years of age.  This giveaway is open anyone with an ereader or eaudio capability.   Please comment below with your email address.  Tell me why your mother means so much to you?

To buy a copy of this book follow these links for Create Space or Amazon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Are You Ready For a Rip Roaring Good Time?

Today I have the honor of sharing Beth Harbison’s latest novel Driving With the Top Down.  I won this novel from Goodreads First Read  and St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review.  I really enjoyed Beth’s last novel that I had a chance to share here.  So I couldn’t wait to share this one!


Colleen is debating about taking a business trip to find new pieces of furniture or trinkets for her shop.  She turns junk into treasure.   Since her husband Kevin is taking Jay their son to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  What could she do with her time?  She decides to go on a trip down the east coast visiting various auctions for work. There is one catch she must take her niece Tamara along, because her father doesn’t want her left alone at home.  Will this be the road trip from hell or a good time?  When the ladies leave and start traveling all starts as planned. They suddenly they find themselves in Colleen’s college hometown at a favorite diner. Who should be there but her old college friend Wilhelmina Camalier (Bitty).  What is one more for the trip?  Will they make their destination?

My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this novel by Beth Harbison.  She has been a hit or miss for me in the past.  I am glad that I gave her another shot.   I enjoyed the humor between the characters in the novel.  I think the character that I enjoyed the most is Biddy.  She definitely brought a lot of humor to the story and was an excellent addition.  The character that I had a hard time liking initially is Tamara.  I thought that Colleen explained Tamara’s family situation pretty well later in the novel.  How many of us know people who don’t know what is truly missing in their lives?  Many assumptions are made about why Tamara is the way she is, but it often misses the truth. 

Colleen’s job as an antiques dealer is something that I have read about before.  I didn’t think it went into a lot of detail in what she does with making antiques shine or turning it into something new. 

The setting is the east coast from Maryland to Florida.   A journey that will be enjoyed by all!



Please visit Beth on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and her Website.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

In My Mailbox October 19, 2014

Good afternoon!  Another great week at Writer's Corner.  We are continuing with our Read for Pink series.  Please  make sure you enter the Spooktacular giveaway which features some of the Read for Pink selection.     We also  have a great mailbox this week.

Read for Pink selection The Time Between by Karen White

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

So What is Really Going On?

Hidden is the most recent novel by Catherine McKenzie.  A very interesting story!  Something is definitely hidden between three people: Jeff, his wife Claire, and Patricia. So what are they hiding?  How engrossing is this story?


Jeff is not looking forward to what he has to do.  He has to fire a colleague who has mentored him.  While Tish (Patricia) can advise him as a member of Human Resources at the company they both work for.  They work at a company that is located in two Springfields.  John’s choices will affect both women in his life.  Claire is his wife and the mother of their son.  Then there is Tish Underhill the wife of Brian and her daughter Zoey.  So who do they all relate to one another in this story?    There are many ways because his death causes paths to cross that may or may not give answers to both Claire and Tish.

My Thoughts:

I am a fan of Catherine’s work.  I liked Hidden!  I found the story interesting especially the way she chose to tell it.  It is told from three different perspectives of: Jeff, Claire, and Patricia or Tish.  The story is told in first person by each character.  The question becomes can you keep the details straight? The story deserves to be taken apart with a fine tooth comb.

I didn’t find as many hooks in the story to keep me interested as I have with her previous novels.  I would probably have to go back and read more myself.   I actually found myself wanting to fight for the character of Patricia.  Her story won me over and how she strove to move forward. 

Very interesting read!



Please visit Catherine on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to Writer’s Corner!  We are participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway  Hop this year!  The giveaway is hosted by Inspired Kathy and will run from October 15-31.  This month we are focusing on Read for Pink at Writer’s Corner.  It is the campaign that Penguin participates in every year where they raise funds for the fight against Breast Cancer.  I will feature a few of the novels that are part of this year’s campaign.
If you would like to contribute the campaign click on the link below.  Please enter in the rafflecopter.

This giveaway is open to US Residents only.  I am not responsible for anything that might be lost in the mail.

Here are the novels part of this years collection:  

The Witness by Nora Roberts:  
Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems -- and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something -- and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Dream Eyes by Jayne Anne Krentz: 

The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies including Gwen. And though she survived while two others didn’t, Gwen knows that Ballinger’s death is related.

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception, and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist.

The Time Between by Karen White:

Thirty-four-year-old Eleanor Murray is consumed with guilt for causing the accident that paralyzed her sister—and for falling in love with her sister’s husband. But when her boss offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, Eleanor accepts, hoping this good deed will help atone for her mistakes.

On the barrier island of Edisto, Eleanor bonds with Helena over their mutual love of music. Drawing the older woman out of her depression, Eleanor learns of her life in Hungary, with her sister, before and during World War II. She hears tales of passion and heartache, defiance and dangerous deception. And when the truth of Helena and her sister’s actions comes to light, Eleanor may finally allow herself to move past guilt and to embrace the song that lies deep in her heart.

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