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Book Review: Roll the Dice

Roll the Dice

By Wayne Avrashow

Fiery Seas Publishing

November 28, 2017

Political Thriller

I want to thank Fiery Seas Publishing for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

What happens when one of America’s biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?

The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics – his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists.

Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with; sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties. Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?

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Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/VlpxKuyr3OM

I give this book 5 out of 5 Political Thriller Stars! I really enjoyed this book and with it being told from an author with experience in politics mad it that much better! I usually don’t read political thrillers but love all fiction and was definitely intrigued by the thought of a rock star going into politics and I wasn’t let down. The characters were enjoyable and well written. The plot was also solid and 5 star worthy! This book had me flipping pages through the night and was full of scandals and corruption.

I will definitely be checking out the author’s future works and more of this genre! Dani-approved and highly recommended!

About the Author:

Wayne Avrashow was the campaign manager for two successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and a Deputy/Chief of Staff to those two elected City Council members. He served as a senior advisor for a successful city-wide referendum in the City of Los Angeles, co-authored ballot arguments on Los Angeles County-wide measures, served as Chairman for a Los Angeles County ballot measure, and was a Los Angeles government Commissioner for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Yaroslavsky Institute, a public policy institute founded by long time Southern California elected official, and now UCLA professor, Zev Yaroslavsky.

His background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.

Wayne is a practicing attorney who specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. Formerly, he was an officer in two real estate development firms. As a lawyer-lobbyist, he has represented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. He has lectured at his law school and taught at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. He has also authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers, legal, business, and real estate publications. In addition, he is the author of a self-published book for the legal community, Success at Mediation—10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys.
Website: https://www.wayneavrashow.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wayneavrashowauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WayneAvrashow

*Three Bookish Cozy Mystery Reviews*

I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity! I am catching up on reviews and working on my layout and thought it would be wise to group some together on one post. Bare with me I am new to all this customizable stuff! Lol. These three reviews are for three seperate bookish cozies. Cozy mysteries are perfect for this time of year and a great way to relieve the holiday blues. I hope you guys enjoy my reviews and have a fantastic day!

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

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Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble. Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families… including her own. When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

I give “A Murder for the Books”5 out of 5 Cozy Stars! I loved this fun and bookish cozy mystery! I am always drawn to books that are book related in some way and it makes me feel proud to be a bibliophile. This book intrigued me from the very first line, “Anyone who claims there are no stupid questions has never worked in a library.” I could relate to this sentence because I am a member of my local Friends of the Library Association and so I do volunteer work at the library, book sales and etc. I also volunteer at a small local bookstore when my body is able and receive new books as payment! Which is awesome! I have been asked some crazy questions to say the least. I loved the characters in this book and thought they were well written. At one point, I thought the book was a bit slow but the surprising twists and everything else made up for it resulting in my 5 star rating. I also loved how descriptive this book was with the historic town!😁 I definitely recommend this cozy!💖📚

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Death by a Whisker by T.C. LoTempio

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Getting used to life back home in Deer Park, North Carolina, Sydney McCall and her right-hand tabby, Toby, are helping her sister Kat run the local animal shelter. Syd and Kat are all excited about the prospect of the shelter’s newest fundraiser: shopping channel queen Ulla Townsend. Shelter admin Maggie Shayne vehemently refuses to have anything to do with the woman, but the fundraiser ensues as planned. That is, until Ulla turns up dead in the middle of the event. The cause of death is determined to be an allergic reaction, but Syd and Toby are sniffing out something fishy. When Syd met Ulla, it was clear she was distasteful and rude. And right before the event, Syd spotted some behind-the-scenes drama between Ulla and her manager. As they begin to investigate, they realize there is no shortage of suspects, and Maggie is at the top of the list. Now Syd and Toby must claw their way to the truth before everything goes paws up at their animal shelter in Death by a Whisker by national bestselling author T. C. LoTempio.

Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 Cozy Kitty Stars! This was a highly enjoyable cozy mystery. I loved how this book was perfect if you are an animal/cat lover. Meow! I have 5 feline friends, 1 canine friend and 2 turtles. So you can definitely say I am an animal enthusiast/crazy cat lady! This book also had some bookish elements that made me oh so happy! The story was well written and was entertaining. The only issue issue I had was that this was second in the series and I have made the mistake of choosing a few books off NetGalley that were part of a series that I haven’t read so the characters were missing a little depth. This is my fault for not paying close enough attention but overall, I highly recommend this book!😄📚

Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

Inversgail, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, welcomes home native daughter and best-selling environmental writer Daphne Wood. Known as the icon of ecology, Daphne will spend three months as the author in residence for the Inversgail schools. Janet Marsh and her business partners at Yon Bonnie Books are looking forward to hosting a gala book signing for her. Daphne, who hasn’t set foot in Scotland in thirty years, is . . . eccentric. She lives in the Canadian wilderness, in a cabin she built herself, with only her dog for a companion, and her people skills have developed a few rough-hewn edges. She and the dog (which she insists on bringing with her) cause problems for the school, the library, and the bookshop even before they get to Inversgail. Then, on the misty night they arrive, a young man—an American who’d spent a night in the B above Yon Bonnie Books—is found dead outside a pub. Daphne did her Inversgail homework and knows that Janet and her partners solved a previous murder. She tries to persuade them to join her in uncovering the killer and the truth. To prove she’s capable, she starts poking and prying. But investigating crimes can be murder, and Daphne ends up dead, poisoned by scones from the tearoom at Yon Bonnie Books. Now, to save the reputation of their business—not to mention the reputation of their scones—Janet and her partners must solve both murders. And Daphne’s dog might be able to help them, if only they can get it to stop howling. . .

Review: I give this book 3 out of 5 Cozy Stars! I liked this book, overall. Just like the two previous cozies, this book had a lot to do with bookish things. I really enjoyed the setting and the mystery of the story but the main character just didn’t sit well with me. Rude people just make me a bit uncomfortable. Also it was a bit hard to catch up with all the characters. The book was well written so I look forward to checking out the author’s other books.

Book Review: The Lost King by Michael Cuell

I want to thank Michael Cuell for providing me with a print copy of The Lost King in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own. I appreciate this opportunity.

I know I have posted a good bit of reviews up today dudes and dudettes but I swear I’m not reading like a speed demon. I am trying to catch up on reviews from the last few weeks or so and this one I was super excited about so I had to share especially because I usually don’t pick up a book based on this time period! Thank the heavens that I said yes to this author request!

Arundel’s past had been lost to him, his early childhood memories gone. His simple village life changed forever, when tragedy struck and set him on a path of vengeance, that would cause his past to unravel and his future to take a wild and uncertain twist. Join Arundel on his journey of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, taking him into the heart of the fight against a tyrannical King. Immerse yourself in Arundel’s story as he discovers his lineage as The Lost King.

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 Medieval Stars! Michael reached out to me about The Lost King and at first I was a little hesitant. I mean honestly its been a while since I read a novel based on this time period and really enjoyed it, but I thought “What the heck, if I don’t click well with it I can be honest with the author and say I tried my best but this is as far as I got.” Well little did I know that I was about to embark on an incredible adventure!

I quickly became deeply invested in Arundel and felt like I was able to travel along with him. This book was Michael’s debut and it was AMAZING! I started reading it and figured I could read it here and there along with my other books. Well lets just say that was impossible and in no time I was completely engulfed in the main character‘s world. This medieval fantasy had it all; it had adventures, deep characters, tragedy, romance, historical elements, drama and twists and turns!

Mr. Cuell hooked my imagination from page one and I didn’t want to let go! My only complaint is that there was no dragon and I’m a sucker for dragons but that’s not really a complaint. Hehe. Also this is only book one so hopefully a dragon is in store for us next but if not I’m sure it will still be epic! Lol.

This book is definitely one epic fantasy adventure! *Highly Recommended*

If you enjoy a good medieval fantasy read, look no further than Michael Cuell’s Medieval Masterpiece!

About the Author:

Michael Cuell

*picture credit: Michael and his family on his Instagram account*

Bio:

So where do I begin?

Telling the story of a character seems so easy compared to telling the brief story of yourself. Well if you don’t count paper rounds I have worked since I was fifteen years old and have been in full time employment since I was seventeen, straight after I finished A-Levels. But that is the boring stuff. I have a beautiful wife and an even more beautiful daughter and they inspire me to pursue this dream in the hope we can share in it together.

What about the person behind the keyboard?

Well, I have always been someone who is passionate about things and it has often been said that if I am passionate about something, then I am 100% all in. My passion for Crystal Palace FC is the biggest example of that, my club is my heart, my blood is red and blue and has been since age six. My day is influenced by the results and I have a ridiculous list of superstitions that I know are rubbish, but hell I do them anyway because I can’t help it!

I love films, I am a massive geek. If it’s Batman, I’m sold. I don’t do plain, everything I have is novelty because I wear my passions on my sleeve as it were.

I have a memory that forgets when I need to do something like get a card, but I can remember the name of every Marine in Aliens!

I am certainly a strange one, no doubt about it.

I have always had a creative mind, ever since I can remember. If I am interested in something, there is no limit to my minds creativity. My problem is I have never been good at putting that creativity into a practical form, at least not until now. I hope that my book(s) will finally give my mind its platform to shine and enable me to share with the world a little insight into me.

As a boy I loved to read. I love to live out every page of a good book and place myself into the heart of the story. As I have grown and my imagination has grown, I have found I am not always satisfied. If one of my favourite characters dies, such as Ned Stark, I never really get over it. Or if I feel characters could have done something differently or something more, I will be left feeling short changed. Writing my own book enables me to change that. It enables me to tell a story how I want it told, but in a way that I feel people will enjoy. Naturally not everyone will, we are all such different people after all, but hopefully my imagination will capture the eye of others and bring them the joy that so many books over the years have given me.

*Bio gathered from Michael’s website listed below where you can find out the latest from this awesome author!

https://www.michaeljcuell.com/

Book Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

Book Blurb:

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Review: This book receives 5 out of 5 AMAZING Stars! This was just what I needed to lighten up my mood! This book was absolutely hilarious, surprising, romantic, fun, open-minded and more! I loved escaping into this book! I loved Holland and Calvin! They were awesome seperately but even better after their “nuptials”.

I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants! Okay, I know some of you are thinking “TMI, GROSS!” (Thank you motherhood!) Anyways back to this awesome book, I loved the romance and loved the family drama.

I also loved that there was an #LGBT+ couple in the mix. Holland was a hot mess but I just loved her! Calvin was completely a fiction husband to say the least! I mean who can go wrong with a sexy guitarist who is uber talented and uber awesome.

There’s so much that goes down, but not too much. I am so thankful that I had the pleasure of reading this book and will definitely be checking out the authors’ other works! Oh that’s another thing, this book was written by two ladies and I had absolutely no idea and all I wanted was more!

I received this book through the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reads & Reels Blog Tours Book Review: Follow the Snowflakes

I want to thank Reads & Reels and Angelina Kerner for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

Book Blurb:

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 heartwarming holiday stars! I am so thankful that Reads & Reels reached out to me regarding this holiday novella! I have been in this wicked slump lately and haven’t been in the Christmas spirit at all and have been rather depressed being stuck in bed with health concerns. Reading this novella certainly was what the doctor ordered! While reading Follow the Snowflakes, I felt my heart instantly warm and all that I could focus on was wanting more. I fell in love with the characters in this book and felt that I could relate to Cat and Regina! If you love Hallmark movies, I highly recommend this sweet novella! Angelina Kerner took her passion and dreams and created a holiday romance masterpiece. I was a little nervous about reading this novella because I follow Angelina on WordPress and she is a fellow blogger but from page one she put my worries at bay! YAY!💖❄ Also I enjoyed her shoutout to all fellow WordPress bloggers in her dedication! Woot, Woot! This book was also open minded and fun. The story was open minded towards the LGBT+ community and also had a fun Christmas party scene!

Okay, so the party wasn’t like this but I had to add this GIF. Lol. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it helped me get out of this nasty slump I was in. I even enjoyed that it was a short novella! I love novellas because you can hit it and quit it! Wam bam, thank you ma’am! Some novellas the author just can’t pull it off, but in this story that is clearly not the case! I know I am rambling a bit lovelies, but I truly want to share my joy of this holiday family oriented novella! I felt like I was inside of a Hallmark movie and this book gave me hope for brighter days! I hope everyone has a fantastic week and a lovely holiday season! Oh and one more thing, I loved how open minded this book was with different religious and spiritual beliefs! The main character even celebrated a Pagan holiday. I am an open minded Christian but love diversity and open minded characters! Thanks Ms. Kerner for a remarkable experience that I won’t soon forget!

Angelina Kerner’s writing career started at a young age when she discovered that her creativity could be channeled through a bit of ink and paper.

She moved around during her younger years from Novosibirsk and Kaluga Russia to finally settle in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. This startling contrast between the fierce snow of Siberia and the bright sun of the American West is a crucial source of inspiration and humility: the forces of people is to be found not only in their spirits, but in their land too.

Angelina’s curiosity in the human condition led her to pursue courses in psychology and blossomed into a master’s degree in Topographical science. It was with a burning fire that she rejected the status quo offered to her generation, and after many meaningless jobs, she decided that writing could be the canvas in which she could express this dichotomy. While working full time behind counters and registers, she persisted in supporting her family, her full-time coursework, and her creative dreams.

She dared to believe in her talents, and most importantly, in her ability to make a real mark on this world.

Like any creative soul, there was time for doubts, self-loathing, and loneliness, but never fear. She worked on countless experimental narratives, universes, genres, until her voice crystallized into her first published narrative. She is now the author of Deity’s Soulmate and Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted. Her next project involves a competition for a beautiful phoenix. Angelina currently divides her time between her family, work, writing, lots of cats, and two celestial dragons.

Author Links:

https://www.facebook.com/AngelinaKernerFiction (Facebook)

https://twitter.com/kernerangelina (Twitter)

https://kernerangelina.live/(Blog)

https://www.pinterest.ca/angelinakerner/ (Pinterest)

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14651070.Angelina_Kerner (Goodreads)

*~Yay! I am Featured on this Awesome Author’s Website~*

Hello lovelies! I know I am still on a break besides my scheduled posts due to health concerns but I had to share this post that this awesome author posted on her website. I promise I will be back as soon as I can to show everyone my love back and catch up on everyones’ amazing posts! You guys rock and are the best!

You can find Annie Wood’s post at http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/home/sunday-spotlight-december-10-2017

Which featured the one and only ME! YAY!💖💖💖

On Annie’s website you can find her bio, book reviews, info about her debut novel First Came Forever and other amazing posts!

I am so thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting Annie and calling her a friend. Check out the link above that spotlights me and it also has links to mine as well as others’ review of First Came Forever by Annie Woods!

Abroad



Abroad Book Two
Liz Jacobs
Publication date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance

The heartwarming and romantic conclusion to the duology celebrated by Teen Vogue as “a nuanced and sexy take on growing up and learning to accept who you are.”

Nick Melnikov has finally done it — he’s come out.

To himself. To his sister. And to Dex, who listens, hears him, and understands. To Dex, who kisses him and shows him all that they could be, if Nick could only find the courage. It’s one thing to let yourself be open thousands of miles away from your family, but exchange student Nick is uncomfortably aware that his time with Dex is running out. Who will he be when he goes home again?

Dex Cartwell is as happy with Nick as he’s ever been, but he can’t ignore the shadow of Nick’s inevitable departure from London, back to his life in Michigan. Is it worth it for Dex to expose his heart to another doomed relationship with a predetermined expiration date? What does Dex really want for the beginning of the next chapter in his life, post-graduation?

Dex wants to turn to his best friend in the struggle to find a way forward, but Izzy Jones has her own problems. She’s got one friend in love with her, and when she turns to another for help things get twice as complicated. Izzy never wanted complicated, but life just keeps getting in the way — and sweeping her off her feet.

Then Nick’s mom and sister come for a visit, and he is forced to decide between living his truth and protecting himself from fear and change. It’s going to take a lot of courage and a few leaps in the dark if Nick, Dex, and Izzy are to find a way to live and love on their own terms.

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EXCERPT:

A shift next to Nick, then a sigh. He froze. Had he woken Dex up after all?

He waited as Dex moved behind him, and then the futon shifted. Dex was up. Nick turned over, only to see him escape quietly out of the study.

Nick took advantage of it and shifted into a position he could maybe fall asleep in, provided he could shut his fucking brain up. God, sleeping next to another person was stressful as hell. He and Lena did it rarely enough that he had never managed to get used to it. Dex didn’t seem to have this problem. Again, Nick’s lack of experience made him squirm.

Dex came back shortly, kneeing his way up the futon, his body graceful in the dark. Nick swallowed. “Hi.”

“You’re awake!” Dex plopped down next to him and immediately cuddled up, their knees meeting. “Did I wake you? Sorry.”

“No, I wasn’t asleep yet.” Nick wished he hadn’t said it the moment it left his mouth.

“You all right?” He almost jumped when Dex’s hand found his side, wrapped around his back.

“Yeah,” he lied. “Maybe just not tired.”

The shadow of Dex’s face loomed closer, then Dex’s breath fanned over his face. A kiss—a peck really—to his lips. “Sorry.”

It was so much darker here than in London. “Not your fault.”

Their voices were quiet, almost whispers. Dex sounded uncertain when he said, “I hope you like Easter. It’s one of Mum’s favorites.”

“I’m excited,” Nick said. He sort of was. The only Easter thing he had ever done was dye eggs in school as a kid, back in Russia. “I’m sure it’ll be great.”

Dex sighed. “This is weird, isn’t it?”

“Which part?” Nick tensed.

“Just, you know. You, meeting my folks. I mean, the last boyfriend of mine they met was the one I had in school for, like, a month.”

“Well, the last set of parents I met were my parents’ friends, so … ”

“Is that … parents of someone you dated?” Dex sounded careful. Nick sighed. He hadn’t meant to open up this door, but Dex had been so generous with his past. It was probably time for Nick to mirror him.

“Yeah, my girlfriend. My ex-girlfriend, I mean. We dated in high school and college.”

“That long, huh?”

More than one question in his voice, Nick knew. He was so glad they were in the total dark. He squirmed. “Yeah. I mean, I did … you know, I did like her. We were best friends. I … I really messed that up when we broke up.”

“When was that?”

“Just this past summer,” Nick breathed.

“Was it … why? Who broke up with whom?”

Nick chewed the question over. He still didn’t know what had given him the courage to do the right thing, as it were. He hadn’t ever really felt comfortable with Lena, not in a physical relationship, anyway. He loved her so much, and he’d hated having her as a girlfriend. Just as he would have hated having any girl for a partner.

“I did. Before I left for London. I mean, I think … I think I used that as the overall reason, but really, it was because … ” He sighed.

“Because you’re gay?” Again, Dex sounded careful, tender, even.

Nick’s breath whooshed out of him. “Yeah. I didn’t tell her that, though.”

“She didn’t take the breakup well?”

Nick screwed up his eyes. Thoughts of Lena always brought on intense flushes of shame, peculiar only to her. He had used her, whether as a cover for others or for himself, he had used her, and discarded her. She deserved so much better than him. “No,” he whispered. “She … she kind of hates me now.”

“Would you … I mean. Would you consider telling her?”

Nick swallowed. “Telling her what?”

“That you’re, you know. Gay.”

The very thought made him wince. How could he? What if she felt more hurt? What if she would hate him even more, if that was even possible? What if—what if she told her parents, who would—no. God. No, he couldn’t—he couldn’t even imagine that. He couldn’t imagine anyone besides Zoya knowing, he couldn’t even form an image, it was all static in his mind. Could he ever look them in the eye, knowing that they knew he was into boys, into—no. He recoiled from the very idea, felt sweat break out on his back, soaking into his t-shirt.

“N-no, I—I don’t know. I can’t … I don’t think I could.”

“Why? What could happen?” Dex’s whisper sounded halting. Nick twisted away and Dex’s hand slipped off his side. They were only touching at the knees.

“I just … I guess I’d never thought about it,” he said. Maybe if he pretended to keep the demons in the past …

“That makes sense,” Dex said. “‘S all right.” Again he leaned in and kissed him. Then he turned over. “We should probably sleep, long day tomorrow.”

Nick felt cold everywhere Dex had been touching him. He made himself roll over and get into a good position for sleep. If he ever did sleep. “Good night,” he whispered, but it had been so quiet, he wasn’t sure Dex had heard.


Author Bio:

Liz Jacobs came over with her family from Russia at the age of 11, as a Jewish refugee. All in all, her life has gotten steadily better since that moment. They settled in an ultra-liberal haven in the middle of New York State, which sort of helped her with the whole “grappling with her sexuality” business.

She has spent a lot of her time flitting from passion project to passion project, but writing remains her constant. She has flown planes, drawn, made jewelry, had an improbable internet encounter before it was cool, and successfully wooed the love of her life in a military-style campaign. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her essay on her family’s experience with immigration.

She currently lives with her wife in Massachusetts, splitting her time between her day job, writing, and watching a veritable boatload of British murder mysteries.

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*~Book Review: The Wife Between Us~*

WifeBetweenUs_BlogTourBannerr1I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Book Blurb:

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

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Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 Twisted Stars! Wow what an enthralling thriller! I was blown away with how many twists and turns were in this novel! There was so many surprises and it was hard to keep up with everything at all times! I can’t go into the plot that much because it would cause major spoiler alerts, but I felt the plot was very well written and descriptive! The reason I am not giving this 5 stars is because I was confused on how one of the characters “orchestrated something” but felt all upset about something at the same time but I know people can be so confusing. I can’t yet again explain it right because of the whole spoiler thingamajig but this was an emotional roller coaster! One minute I’m totally invested and think I am all Ms. Sherlock Homeboy telling my good friend Kim at By Hook or By Book that I had it all figured out in my head but of course this book brought me so much twists than I thought possible and she kept her lips sealed of course. Some scenes were a little intense for me personally so I have to admit that this may be a trigger for some who have suffered some kind of domestic violence. I’m not trying to give away anything but it’s brought up in this book and think the warning is deserved. 

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I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good thriller that will keep you up late turning up pages! This book had me up way past my bed time and the kids have to go to school in a few hours but overall this was #WorthIt!!!

On another note friends: I am still going back and forth with the support people via email to get my issues with following and interacting with some followers fixed. I hope they are able to fix this issue because I really want to follow my new followers and definitely keep my old and awesome ones! I hope everyone has a great week!!! Yay!

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Reads & Reels Blog Tour: White Water, Black Death by Shaun Ebelthite

I want to thank Reads & Reels Book Tours and the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and being one of the hosts for this blog tour.

Book Blurb:

Magazine editor Geneva Jones has been sent on a trans-Atlantic cruise to help secure a major advertising agreement from the CEO of the cruise line Rachel Atkinson, but her efforts to win her over are curtailed by a mysterious crew death. Geneva suspects foul play. Rachel insists its suicide. A former investigative journalist, Geneva can’t resist digging deeper, but what she finds is far more devastating. There’s an Ebola outbreak on the ship, everyone is trapped aboard and Rachel is trying to keep it secret.

Geneva knows enough about Ebola to be terrified, but she’s also onto the biggest story of her career. Rachel turns Geneva’s own colleagues against her when she tries to investigate, so she enlists the help of her son, Aaron Atkinson, whom Rachel adopted from Uganda seven years ago, when he was a teenager. Now an isolated and vaguely broken adult, he’s an easily manipulated source. At least that’s what Geneva thought. Off the coast of Bermuda, with the ship anchored in quarantine, Aaron makes a public announcement informing passengers of the outbreak.

Panic surges through the ship. People begin jumping overboard, ignoring a ship-wide lockdown. The ship’s security start to lose control, tasering passengers indiscriminately. A mayday is declared in front of the world’s media, but Bermuda refuses to open its maritime border. The ship limps toward Miami, with more than half of everyone aboard sick. Rachel shocks everyone by resigning after a public lounge is converted into an apocalyptic triage clinic. Geneva has lost her story, Ebola can’t be treated on-board and the nearest help is more than 3,000 miles away.

Review: Wow what a thrilling and fantastic book! I give this book 4 out of 5 thrilling stars! While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat and so anxious to figure out what was going to happen next! The reason I am not giving this book 5 stars is because I was a bit confused in the beginning and wasn’t sure what was going on at first. This probably could have just been me but overall this was a great read! This book was filled with twists and turns that I didn’t see coming! There is action in this book from beginning until end! I highly recommend this book!

I did a little bit of buddy reading with Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads and we both agreed that we will never step foot on a cruise ship after reading this thrilling book!😰😰😰

Here’s the listed schedule of the blog tour hosts and when their reviews will be placed for this book! Happy Reading!

Book Review: Everything You Wanted to Know About Watergate

I want to thank NetGalley and Riverdale Avenue Books for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Book Blurb:

The story of Watergate is usually told through the prism of the straight, white male journalists and politicians who were at the center of the scandal—but Watergate happened to all of us – wives, mothers, children, black, white, queer, immigrants. Those voices and perceptions are rarely heard today.

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WATERGATE was envisioned as a book that looks at the wider ripples of the Watergate explosion and how it changed the way Americans saw themselves, their country and the world around them.

This is both a serious, and irreverent book, put together by a team of two newspaper journalists and ten college interns from throughout the country. Think of it as a primer on Watergate for the generation that grew up watching The Daily Show.

Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 Political Stars! I decided to pick up this title because I wanted to know more about what happened with the Watergate scandal. I am glad I made this choice, not only because this book was very informative but because I was able to hear stories and see perspectives from people who lived through it and were impacted by this scandal. I loved hear everyone’s stories and how it effected our lives and how this changed America. I thought this was a great quick but effective read because a lot of the things that were discussed seems to be repeating themselves in our current political state. Even though I may not have agreed with everyone’s perspective I enjoyed seeing everyone’s and learning more about this treacherous scandal. This period of time woke up a lot of Americans and showed them that we can’t always trust our political leaders.

*~Book Review: Dare You To Love Me by Becca Fox~*

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I want to thank Becca Fox for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own. I appreciate this opportunity.

Book Blurb:

It’s senior year. He rules the school. She just wants to make it to graduation. With prom only six weeks away, and his reputation at stake – will Brian be able to get “Scary Pants” out on a date?

Brian Royland is the golden boy of Palm Beach High. He’s smart, handsome, athletic, and charming. He could get any girl in school – but he procrastinated and is now dateless for the most important dance of the year. When he hears about the new girl, Iris Newman aka “Scary Pants”, Brian is intrigued. But when Brian’s friends doubt he’ll succeed in scoring her as his prom date, bets start flying, and she turns into a prize to be won.

Iris has set several goals for herself; make sure her older sister has a smooth pregnancy, help her recently single mother support and manage their family, and find a way to stop her band’s bass guitarist from asking her out every week. She doesn’t have the time or the energy to deal with the arrogant and pesky Brian Royland, who is suddenly determined to get her out on a date.

It only takes six weeks for them to realize they have both experienced great loss. Surrounded by mayhem and high school drama – could they be the key to each other’s healing?

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 sweet stars! I will have to admit when I agreed to read this book I was skeptical especially since it was a teenager love story. I was scared it would just be the usual cliche boy meets girl but I couldn’t be more wrong. I Dare You To Love Me by Becca Fox was so much more than that. I also met Becca in the blogosphere and liked her as a person so was scared that if I had to write a negative review I would be devastated. Thank God, when I read this book I was utterly pleased. Becca Fox created a sensational, unpredictable and heartwarming romance that I won’t soon forget. I loved how well written this story was and how the character’s stories unfold.

I am so glad I picked up I Dare You To Love Me and can’t wait until the next novel Mrs. Fox has in store for us! If you are looking for something sweet, that will make you tear up, has twists and turns and is unpredictable I would recommend reading this book!

Becca Fox was that strange girl in high school, who always seemed to have her nose in a book. She didn’t talk much because, more often than not, she was daydreaming about different fantasy worlds. During class, under the guise of taking notes, she wrote scenes for her works in progress.

Becca is a bit more social now but still enjoys reading, writing, and daydreaming. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, a fat orange tabby cat, and a forever-puppy.

*Copied from her Amazon page*

Book Review: The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger by Lucy Banks~5 Stars

I want to thank NetGalley and Amberjack for granting my wish to provide an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Book Blurb:

Only a few months have passed since the day Kester Lanner forced an angry ghost through the spirit door, but business prospects for Dr. Ribero’s supernatural agency haven’t improved. Things are looking grim when the agency lands a contract which they must share with a rival agency headed by Dr Ribero’s sworn enemy, Larry Higgins. Desperate for the job, the team accepts and begins to investigate the seaside town of Lyme Regis, where elderly victims are dying.

The same mysterious clue links the horrendous deaths: the victims all see a double of themselves before dying. The teams wonder if they are dealing with a rogue doppelgänger, one that isn’t content just predicting deaths, but carrying them out as well. The victims’ connection to an ancient grave site leads to speculation that they may have disturbed a spirit more powerful than the two agencies can handle.

One thing is certain, the won’t stop unless Kester and the others can overcome their rivalry and stop this deadly spirit.

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 supernatural stars! Even though this was the second in the series I was able to read it as a standalone. This book was filled with twists and turns. I didn’t want to put it down and at times it was hilarious! I loved the characters for the most part but what sold me on 5 stars besides the plot was how the author had a transgendered person in the story and discussed the importance of it being accepted. She covered the issue quite well that trans men and women face. Lucy Banks weaved supernatural elements, humor and sleuthing into a worthwhile series. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the first one to get a better feel for things but this was also great as a standalone. When I read this a couple weeks ago it had me up through the night and kept my mind off of trials in my life and topk me on a fun adventure! I definitely recommend this series for those who love something supernatural!😊👻😄

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