Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Books read July 30










Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell
Although this book is a series book this is the first I've read of the author.
Didn't feel so much in the dark but there are a lot of characters from past cases that have popped up as the investigations go on.
Four women take a vacation at a resort and find not only one hostess has been murdered but one of their friends is getting married -they were not invited.
But now that the family's relatives won't come to the resort island the friends are now the brides best friends. Also one of the girls lucky underwear is stolen.
Lots of drama from a lot of different people made this a funny book for me to read while they go through the clues. Loves the Sea Vixen bag although I'm not
a woman who cares what bag I carry I just found it amazing what some will do for a special bag.
Good book and I am pretty sure I will read the others in the series and by this author as she covers all bases.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review


The Perfume Collector
1955 Grace Monroe finds her husband cheated on her and is given an inheritance. Book also follows Eva Dorsey in Paris and she has been told she must stop drinking.
An abandoned perfume shop and all the secrets they hold.  Loved when she found the shop with all the vials and they are able to read their names...
Kind of confusing as the chapters change to different years along the way and go back, then forward, then back, etc. Really good story if you can follow along.
Especially loved learning how to blend the items to create one's own special fragrance.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


Wish List by Fern Michaels
Ariel is just about 50 when she realizes Hollywood has done its best for her and time to move on-the medical scare doesn't help her move on.
She buys a trucking company along with her lifetime maid and they proceed to educate themselves how to run it.
Men come into their lives and the relationships are interesting to hear about. Love the rescue dog that adopts her. Trucking business doesn't like having female bosses that they learn about firsthand.
Glimpses of her past life are given throughout giving us the full picture. Love who come to help her...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).



The Beach Quilt by Holly Chamberlin
This summer novel is about teen girls who've been friends forever.  Cordelia and Sarah and they are starting to like boys, dating, etc. One ends up pregnant and it changes all their lives in the small Maine town near the ocean.
The story also not only follows their story but one of their mothers. Cordelia's mother, Adelaine owns the local quilt store.  Sarah's mother, Cindy works at the quilt store and they are all family friends, outside of work.
Sarah becomes pregnant and everybody's lifes are now upside down. Adoption comes up and keeping the baby would mean major adjustments to the family core as Sarah would have to continue going to high school. The women do open up to one another of their past lifes.
Reason I wanted to read this book was not only the story line, the beach but the quilt that binds and hold them all together. Love that they all know how to quilt=some like it more than others.
Was not prepared for the outcome although the families rally throughout the whole book, in support of one another.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review



Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin
This summer novel is about two women who met each other as girls and summered each year in the same town in Maine. Delphine Crandall not only works the family farm, but helps in the diner.
Maggie Weldon grew up on the other side of the tracks and has never wanted for anything in her life. They were the best of friends, even pinky promised some things and they were able to go off to college together.
Years later they reunite back in the town but Maggie can't get through to Delphanie. I found this a hard book to read because there are few characters but mostly they just needed to talk out their problems with one another
as to why they stopped communicating with each other. Del realizes when a family medical tragedy occurs that she has to back out of her plans with Maggie and doesn't give an explanation.
Maggie tries to help by intervening several times and Maggie doesn't see that side of things. Glad of the ending and getting things out in the open....
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review


Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The money they had spent on Christmas last year was enough for a cruise to warm balmy weather in the Carribean and they decide this year to just skip the holiday.
The neighbors have strong feelings about the house being left alone-not decorated like all the others on the block. The kids are away for the holidays.
Neighbors bombard them with pleads of help for charity and it falls on deaf ears. Tanning salons and going on a diet are the plan of action so they will fit in on the island when they arrive.
Could one phone call change their minds about the plans? This really concentrates on all the drama and commercialization surrounding the holiday, makes me laugh.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).


The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Wanted to read this book for a few reasons, storyline sounded strong and something that interests me and that it's about one who cooks and bakes.
Like how this story starts out and the magic of the knowing. Fast paced til Portia gets to NYC where she moves into her apartment left from an aunt. Her sisters had sold their apartments.
She is now divorced and has not much money left and her sisters approach her with an idea that really does not appeal to her. I am so glad she brought the glass kitchen cookbook from her grandmother with her.
Love her ideas and the food selections from the customers ailments that she is able to cure with ingredients that are healthy.
She is able to not only help the children of Gabriel but she stands up for herself with help from others, vs. her ex husband and his dealings. Misunderstandings draw them all apart from one another and secrets, hidden well, will bring them back together.
I received this book from ReadingGroupGuides.com in exchange for my honest review.



Clifford's Pals
Audio version has turn page sounds and last section does not offer them.
Clifford the red dog and Elizabeth takes care of him. He waits for her after school but gets tired one day and found new dog pals to play with.
Ball at a construction area looks like fun but it's a wrecking ball. Paint spills on them...
Always mishaps with Clifford...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ride to Restoration Release and Review



RIDE TO RESTORATION by DJ Wilson

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Book Synopsis:

In this second book, D learns that paying it forward is not without costs, toss in Candi Parker, the girl of D’s dreams gone rogue, along with vivacious Victoria Lawson, attorney at law, who willingly steps in to fill Candi’s thong, and D’s hilarious misadventures continue across Canada. Reality sets in and the bullets begin to fly just two days after he returns to the states.

D sends Victoria away to keep her out of harm’s way, before tackling his real life demons, aka A.J. Standford, the Ponzi scheming banker who has a bounty on D’s head, and Candi’s extended family, the Gambinos, who will profit from his demise.

The romantic side of the story poses multiple questions: Will D settle for Victoria after being royally screwed by Candi or will his feelings for Candi propel him back into her life and the crime family’s ongoing chaos? Will Candi take back her sleazy ex-husband Joseph or will she somehow manage to break with her powerful family and come crawling back to D’s loving arms?

With all of this going on, there’s bound to be hell to pay sooner rather than later. Like momma always said, “When you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.”




AUTHOR BIO



 

Raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town you've never heard just inside Kentucky quite a few years ago.

At present, we're writing and discovering all that makes our country great; it's people, along with their kindness and generosity.

In the last 15 months we have written and published Ride To Redemption and the sequel, Ride To Restoration, publishing late July. Writing has been healing as I remake me into what I want to be when I grow up.

As a published author and blogger, featured on many sites, including the Huffington Post, I have been humbled beyond measure, more times than not, by all that life has thrown our way.
 

My Review:

Ride to Restoration
This book picks up where Ride to Redemption left off but if you've not read that one this story can give you glimpses of what happened prior. Reading the first book will tell the whole story.
After reading the first book I became mesmerized. I finally figured out why. Just the way the story is told, some narrative, some subconscious thoughts really give you a feel for the characters.
This author reminds me SO much of Nelson DeMille and how his stories are told and evolve. Love the little remarks about 'points' just as DeMille in his books.
This book starts out in Canada and Vic and D are regroupoing after Candi has left. Alternating chapters where Candi is in FL with her family and what's going on in her life while we are along for another ride with Vic and D.
Love all the nature, travel, romance, scenery as it's displayed in front of us, as if we can see it for ourselves. Love scenes and fun bantering throughout. All the new things on this extension of the journey, some new words for me to look up-love learning new words.
All the instances of paying it forward continue in this book.
I like series books but I need to read new things and this one delivers that and more. A different side to the main characters and you learn new things about them, their past, and their future.
Some series books I've read try to play catch up with the first book but they repeat enough of the backstory so that it takes up 3/4 of the new book. This book is not like that. it's all new material with just glimpses of the past so you are not left out in the dark.
Can't wait for the next one in this series.
 I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
B00LW5ROII @dhlakelover



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Celine by Peter B. Miller Book Release/Review/Interview





Céline 

 


Meet the Ultimate Femme Fatale & Art Thief in Céline from Incanto Press
San Francisco, CA. May 8, 2014 - Incanto Press (incantopress.com), announces the publication of Céline by technology entrepreneur Peter B. Miller as part of its inaugural Discovery Series. Each book in the Discovery Series takes readers on a compelling and surprising journey. With Céline, readers are introduced to the world of international art theft and the dark power of a hauntingly beautiful femme fatale.

Céline is the story of Céline, Alexa, and Preston (“Pres”) and the emotional and erotic bonds that connect them. The two women are lovers and members of an international criminal syndicate that steals priceless works of art. Céline meets and seduces Pres who falls in love with this mysterious beauty. He is so blinded by his love he unknowingly becomes a participant in an operation in Switzerland. The nature of Céline’s criminal career and the actions of her associates become a barrier to Pres and Céline’s developing relationship. Can their love survive? Only Céline has the key to that door. Céline is about facing demons, discovering one’s courage, and being transformed through the power of transcendent love.

Céline reaches deeply into the history and soul of its characters, exposing their motivations and inner world unlike any other story. It explores the fabric of their complex relationships that transgress boundaries of morality and identity. Ranging over two continents from San Francisco to Paris to Zurich to New York, the characters’ dreams, fantasies, and erotic entanglements along with unexpected plot twists create a powerful sense of revelation for the reader.




Céline
By Peter Miller
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-941217-03-0
Retail Price: $25.00
Publication Date: July 15, 2014



Media Contact: Kevin Finley
Kevin.finley@leabharpr.com


 

 AUTHOR BIO



 

Peter B. Miller is an experienced entrepreneur, technologist, and world traveler. Raised in New York City, he now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Céline is his first novel.

 

MY REVIEW;

 Celine by Peter B. Miller
Wanted to read this book because of the art industry. Love learning about new things and am fascinated with the arts.
This book is about the deep intense electrifying affection one woman has for another (her soul mate) and how they are drawn into a group that also
allows them to bring others in to aid them in their endeavors.
I found the relationships not only intense and deep but very real.
Loved the travel and hiking as these are some of my favorite things to do.
Although the sex scenes for the most part were over the edge to me, I read just regular Harlequin contemporary romance novels,  I can visually see the scenes playing out in front of me-the detailed descriptsions were so vivid.
When things go wrong on one trip it makes those involved realize what they do have with one another. Love all the past lifes and the secrets that come to light. Brings the book full circle as to why things happened.
Enjoyed the history while flying over the European countries and all the fashion and art names in the book. Demons appear in dreams and you wonder how they will overcome their actions.
I did find the French translations confusing as you had to read what they were translated in the footnote section, then get back to the story. Made sense while reading it as the conversations meant more in the native language to those speaking it.
Few characters, easy to keep track of as the evolved over time. This book, under 200 pages really tells a very in depth story, one worth reading.
Hope there is another book with the same characters to continue on their journey.  Surprised at the ending, it could've gone many ways.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
5 stars out of 5








INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:


1. What was your favorite scene to write?

While it’s difficult to pick out a particular favorite scene, I most enjoyed writing the chapter “Ecstasy” when Céline moves in to Pres’s apartment which spurs on their mutual revelations and growing intimacy.

2. What other authors/genre do you read?

I read many different authors and genres from classic fiction by James Joyce and Flannery O’Connor to modern novels like The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem and The Keep by Jennifer Egan and most recently “S” by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst. I’ve just started reading Donna Tartt’s wonderful new novel The Goldfinch. I also very much enjoy history, biography and travel books.

3. What do you do to relax? Cook, read, bike, shop, eat?

I enjoy cooking when I have the time to do it. And reading is of course at the top of my list. I also go to the symphony, dance, opera and theater, mostly in San Francisco. The San Francisco Bay Area, among its many riches also has amazing restaurants. I’m also a music fanatic and have put together quite a large and diverse iTunes library.

4. Where did you get the idea for this book and the previous one?


The story came out of the experience of someone I knew who met a woman whom he fell madly in love with but which ended badly for him. Not just in heartbreak, but financially. I became fascinated by the figure of the beautiful femme fatale and how men can so easily be taken in by them. She became the model for the character of Céline.

5. Will there be a follow-up book with the same set of characters-in the future?


I wrote a screenplay based on the novel and its main characters. It’s currently being looked at by a number of producers. I’m not sure I will write any more about Céline specifically, although people who have read the book have asked me to do a sequel. Who knows, I might still write one.

6. Which city from the book did you enjoy living in the most and why?


Every city is unique like every woman. Each offers something that cannot be found anywhere else. For pure beauty, San Francisco is my favorite. For excitement it’s a close call between New York and Paris. For the pure pleasure of walking, I love Barcelona.

7. Any other books you have in the works?


I’ve started another novel about a man and woman who are involved in unspeakably evil criminal activity. Given their nature, they ultimately betray one another. This novel also ranges widely over America (North and South), Europe and Asia. I’ve completed a second screenplay and I’m working on a limited series for television with a co-writer.

8. What genre would you not like to write?


While I appreciate a good biography, the long years it takes to write one seem daunting to me. One writer I knew took thirteen years to write a biography of a famous American financier. I like to start and finish a book in a year to eighteen months at most.

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