Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Week's Reads

The Land of Ar-kinuth
by  FerdinandLadera (DeviantArt)

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
**I saw this book awhile ago on another blog and wanted to read it then. I then forgot about it until I was at the store and saw it again. Had to grab it and find out about the library that involves a god and can control creation.

Love is Red by Sophie Jaff
Nightsong Trilogy #1 (Goodreads)
**I came across Crown of Stars  and wanted to read it but, luckily, realized it was the second book in a series. I've been reading a lot of mysteries lately and like the fact that this one is more towards the thriller side of the genre. I am worried about the love triangle (can't stand them) but hope it doesn't bring down the whole book/series.

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
The Shadow Campaigns #1 (Goodreads)
**A new fantasy series to check out (at least new to me). I've read other books by this author and have always enjoyed them. I don't read a lot of military novels but find when I do they are better, for me, in a fantasy setting.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 06/26/2017

A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander (#6 Bakeshop Mystery)
A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes (#1 Diamonds in the Rough)
A Stardance Summer by Emily March (#13 Eternity Springs)
Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt (#3 Laura Elliston)
Blue Hollow Falls by Donna Kauffman (#1 Blue Hollow Falls)
Branded as Trouble by Delores Fossen (#5 Wrangler's Creek)
Come Helen High Water by Susan McBride (#4 River Road)
Constructing the Soul by Annabella Michaels (#5 Souls of Chicago)
Dead Drop by Marc Cameron (#8 Jericho Quinn)
Death of a Bachelorette by Laura Levine (#15 Jaine Austen)
Death of a Lobster Lover by Lee Hollis (#9 Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mysteries)
Double or Nothing by Craig Schaefer (#7 Daniel Faust)
Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates (#12 Copper Ridge)
Dr. ER by Max Monroe (#2 St. Luke's Docuseries)
Dropout by Carrie Ann Ryan (#1 Bad Boy Homecoming)
Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins (#2 Studies in Scandal)
Easy Nights by Kristen Proby (#6 Boudreaux)
Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman (#2 Henry Farrell)
Feral King by Sparrow Beckett (#1 The Dominant Bastard)
Final Target by John Gilstrap (#9 Jonathan Grave)
Garden of Graves by Keary Taylor (#8 House of Royals)
Generation One by Pittacus Lore (#1 Lorien Legacies Reborn)
Grace to the Finish by Julie Hyzy (#8 Manor House Mysteries)
Her UnBearable Protector by Reina Torres (#14 Howls Romance)
High Stakes by Fern Michaels (#5 Men of the Sisterhood)
Honor by Kennedy Layne (#4 Bad Boy Homecoming)
If the Haunting Fits, Wear It by Rose Pressey (#5 Haunted Vintage Mystery)
King of Clubs by Sandra Owens (#2 Aces & Eights)
Knife's Edge by Hope Larson (#2 Four Points)
Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer (#6 Liz Talbot Mysteries)
Luca by Sarah Castille (#2 Ruin and Redemption)
Make Me Stay by Sidney Halston (#2 Panic)
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court #2)
Mud Run Murder by Leslie Langtry (#5 Merry Wrath Mystery)
Murder at the Puppy Fest by Laurien Berenson (#20 Melanie Travis)
Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose (#1 Murder on Black Swan Lane)
Now I Rise by Kiersten White (#2 The Conquerors Saga)
On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss (#2 The Perfect Fit)
Oversight by Santino Hassell (#2 The Community)
Primrose Lane by Debbie Mason (#3 Harmony Harbor)
Race Against Time by Sharon Sala
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne (#6 Haven Point)
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Collection)
Take Out by Margaret Maron (#9 Sigrid Harald)
The Alpha's Enemy Mate by Jessie Lane (#15 Howls Romance)
The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne (#2 Bound Gods)
The Duke of Defiance by Darcy Burke (#5 The Untouchables)
The Fatal Gate by Ian Irvine (#2 Gate of Good and Evil)
The House of Memory by Carolyn Haines (#2 Pluto's Snitch)
The King by Skye Warren (#4 Endgame)
The Legend by Donna Grant (#3 Sons of Texas)
The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan (#2 The Draconis Memoria)
The Mech Who Loved Me by Bec McMaster (#2 London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy)
The Queen of Swords by R.S. Belcher (#3 Golgotha)
The Separatists by Lis Wiehl, Sebastian Stuart (#3 Newsmakers)
The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost (#2 Broken Destiny)
The Tell-Tale Tarte by Maya Corrigan (#4 Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Thrax by Christina Bauer (#4 Angelbound)
Unlucky by Avery Aster (#3 Jagger & Poppy)
Unsub by Meg Gardiner (#1 Unsub)
Zero Sum by Barry Eisler (#9 John Rain)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This Week's Reads

The Sea Witch
by UlaFish (DeviantArt)

Showing some of my Kindle buys this week. Still getting used to grabbing the kindle instead of a physical book but coming along.

Rise of The Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke
**I don't usually read a lot of story based on sea characters but I had to grab this one. First, I love the cover. The colors and image just made me stop and read what the story was about. Second, Ursula is one of my favorite Disney villians ever. So hoping this lives up to the cover and blurb.

Wisteria Witches by Angela Pepper
Wisteria Witches #1 (Goodreads)
** I enjoy reading about witches and this one looked like a fun, humorous , cozy mystery that hits a lot of the plus buttons for me picking up a book.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 06/19/2017

A Death in the Flower Garden by Gin Jones, Elizabeth Ashby (#14 Danger Cove)
A Second Chance for the Single Dad by Marie Ferrarella (#19 Matchmaking Mamas)
Bound by Desire by Ryan Michele (#2 Ravage MC Bound)
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich (#2 Knight and Moon)
Dark Immolation by Christopher Husberg (#2 Chaos Queen)
Diablo by Chiah Wilder (#3 Night Rebels)
Dragon Unleashed by Eve Langlais (#3 Dragon Point)
Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez (#4 Offbeat Crimes)
Gone to Dust by Liliana Hart (#2 Gravediggers)
Home to Wickham Falls by Rochelle Alers (#1 Wickham Falls Weddings)
Kill the Heroes by David Thurlo (#4 Charlie Henry or Pawnbroker)
Noble Prince by Sidney Bristol (#4 Twisted Royals)
Perilous Prophecy by Leanna Renee Hieber (#5 Strangely Beautiful)
Playing With Temptation by Reese Ryan (#2 Pleasure Cove)
Police Protector by Elizabeth Heiter (#2 Lawmen: Bullets and Brawn)
Proof by C.E. Tobisman (#2 Caroline Auden)
Revenge by Lexi Blake (#3 Lawless)
Ride the River by Patricia McLinn (#1 Rodeo Knights)
Salvaged by Jay Crownover (#5 Saints of Denver)
Seek and Destroy by William C Dietz (#2 America Rising)
Sheik Defense by Ryshia Kennie (#4 Desert Justice)
Taming of the Tabby by Kathi Daley (#12 Whales and Tails Mystery)
The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White (#1 Angie Pallorino)
The Light of Summer by Mary McNear (#5 Butternut Lake)
The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries (#4 Sinful Suitors)
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (#1 Jane Hawk)
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
Trap the Devil by Ben Coes (#7 Dewey Andreas)
Unbreakable Stories: Rowe by Jocelynn Drake (#3.5 The Unbreakable Bonds Series)
Undercover Husband by Cindi Myers (#2 Ranger Brigade: Family Secrets)
Veiled in Moonlight by C. J. Archer (#8 The Ministry of Curiosities)
Warrior of Fire by Shona Husk (#2 Blood & Silver)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Week's Reads

Aztec Queen
by Greg "Dark One" Williams (deviantArt)

And I Darken by Kiersten White
The Conqueror's Saga #1 (Goodreads)
** I've been looking forward to reading this one. I haven't really looked at any reviews so hopefully it's as good as it sounds.

Dark Heir by Faith Hunter
Jane Yellowrock #9 (Goodreads)
** Really loving this series. It just seems to get better with each book. Add that we seem to have finally moved past Rick and book 8 was probably my favorite so far. Unfortunately, I'm almost caught up on the series and then will have to wait for new books to come out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 06/12/2017

A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett (#11 Booktown Mystery)
All the Secrets We Keep by Megan Hart (#2 Quarry Road)
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance (#1 Agnes & Effie Mystery)
Beyond the Sea by David L Golemon (#12 Event Group Adventure)
Black Forever by Victoria Quinn (#4 Obsidian)
Butterfly Kisses by Leigh Duncan (#1 Orange Blossom)
Deep Burn by Kimberly Kincaid (#2 Station Seventeen)
Devil's Due by Taylor Anderson (#12 Destroyermen)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #2)
Endgame by Bill Pronzini (#45 Nameless Detective)
Fierce Obsession by Suzanne Wright (#6 The Phoenix Pack)
Hell Bound by Felicia Beasley (#2 Trenton Investigations)
I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne (#4 Oxford)
Issued to the Bride One Sniper by Cora Seton (#3 Brides of Chance Creek)
Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan (#2 Julia Vanishes)
Knife Creek by Paul Doiron (#8 Mike Bowditch Mystery)
More Than Need You by Shayla Black (#2 More Than Words)
One Week to the Wedding by Olivia Miles (#1 Misty Point)
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (#2 Monsters of Verity)
Point of Contact by Tom Clancy, Mike Maden (#10 Jack Ryan, Jr.)
Roar by Cora Carmack (#1 Stormheart)
Scent of Brimstone by Felicia Beasley (#1 Trenton Investigations)
Setting Off Sparks by Jennifer Bernard (#5 Jupiter Point)
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1)
The Bad Luck Bride by Jane Goodger (#1 Brides of St. Ives)
The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks (#1 The Fall of Shannara)
The Bourne Initiative by Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader (#14 Jason Bourne)
The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter (#13 Lords of the Underworld Series)
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (#3 The Falconer)
The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler (#4 The Kingfountain Series)
The Templars' Last Secret by Martin Walker (#10 Bruno, Chief of Police)
The Unexpected Husband by Miranda P. Charles (#8 Captured by Love)
Thief's Cunning by Sarah Ahiers (#2 Assassin's Heart)
Too Close to Call by Tessa Bailey (#4 Romancing the Clarksons)
Wages of Sin by Mark Wheaton (#3 Luis Chavez)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Product Review ~ #DarlingVoxBox @Influenster

I received the Darling VoxBox from Influenster (website). Included were free products provided by the companies in exchange for an honest review of their products. I had mixed feelings about this box as a whole. I ended up liking the things I was unsure or unfamiliar with and disliked some items that I thought I would like more.

Nature's Bounty Energy Gummies: Mixed feelings on this one. These gummies are watermelon flavored. I'm not sure if this is the only flavor available but these had a weird aftertaste that I wasn't crazy about. They did seem to work as an energy aid but not sure I'll be able to get past the taste. There were other products listed on the coupon, such as the Probiotic or Multivitamin, that I would be more likely to use.

Country Crock Buttery Spread (free coupon): I grew up with Country Crock. It was the only thing my mother bought. We grabbed the Churn Style spread with our coupon. We gave this a try on some biscuits. While I still like the flavor, I also liked how smooth this spread. It was easy to use and did not rip the bread.
#Country Crock

Duncan Hines Perfect For 1; Chocolate Lovers Cake: This also came with a coupon for a Perfect For 1. I liked the thought of this better than the actual cake. I made sure I followed the directions exactly when trying this. The top inch or so had a weird texture, almost rubbery. The rest of the cake was exactly what I thought it would be. It was very chocolatey and moist. Unfortunately, that top part was the first bite and left a bad impression.

Eva NYC; Therapy Session Hair Mask: This is a conditioning product and can be used states it can be used as either a weekly treatment or as your daily conditioner. I chose to use this as a weekly treatment. First thing I noticed was how shiny it made my hair. It left my hair smooth and strong and will continue to use this product.

No babies in our house but we tried both products. I love the baby powder smell of these items.
Live Clean Tearless Shampoo & Wash: My son said this smelled like vanilla ice cream (gotta love kids). He liked it and said it worked at getting him clean.
Live Clean Baby Gentle Moisture Baby Lotion: I really liked how soft this made my hands when I tried it. I can imagine it would work great for a baby's skin.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This Week's Reads

Reading About Dragons
by Daniel Eskridge (deviantArt)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass #3 (Goodreads)
**Catching up on some series that I've started but for various reasons haven't stayed up to date on.

Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
Marie Antoinette #1 (Goodreads)
**I found this at the bottom of my netgalley list. Somehow missed it. I enjoy historical fiction especially when I don't know more than the basics of the story going in.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 06/05/2017

A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot (#2 Mercy Kilpatrick)
A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff (#2 Peacekeeper)
Abandoned by Rhonda Pollero (#2 Justice)
All Good Things by Emma Newman (#5 Split Worlds)
An Unnatural Vice by KJ Charles (#2 Sins of the Cities)
Black Diamond by Victoria Quinn (#2 Obsidian)
Broken Pride by Erin Hunter (#1 Bravelands)
Camino Island by John Grisham
Cast the First Stone by James W. Ziskin (#5 Ellie Stone Mystery)
Cougar Bait by Evangeline Anderson (#2 Cougarville)
Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl (#2 Defenders of Justice)
Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews (#4 Merry Folger)
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (Dividing Eden #1)
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy
Executed by R.R. Haywood (#2 Extracted)
Firebrand by A J Hartley (#2 Alternative Detective)
French Fried by Kylie Logan (#2 Ethnic Eats Mystery)
Guilt Game by L J Sellers (#1 Extractor)
Haunted Covenant by Amanda M. Lee (#1 Dying Covenant Trilogy)
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer (#2 Ladies of Harper's Station)
Highland Hellion by Mary Wine (#3 Highland Weddings)
Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods (#42 Stone Barrington)
Inked Expressions by Carrie Ann Ryan (#7 Montgomery Ink)
Lex Talionis by Peter Nealen (#5 American Praetorian)
Love Like Blood by Mark Billingham (#14 Tom Thorne)
Love Story by Karen Kingsbury (#25 The Baxters)
Moonbreaker by Simon R Green (#11 Secret Histories)
Need You Dead by Peter James (#13 Detective Superintendent Roy Grace)
Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells (#6 John Cleaver)
Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle (#11 Bibliophile Mystery)
Only Skein Deep by Maggie Sefton (#15 Knitting Mystery)
Our Chance by Natalie Ann (#3 Lake Placid Series)
Patterned After Death by Elizabeth Lynn Casey (#12 Southern Sewing Circle Mystery)
Rejected Writers Take the Stage by Suzanne Kelman (#2 Southlea Bay)
Run To Ground by Katie Ruggle (#1 Rocky Mountain K9 Unit)
Say Your Goodbyes by Linda Ladd (#2 Will Novak)
Talen by Rebecca Zanetti (#8.5 Dark Protectors)
The Alabaster Hip by Maggie Fenton (#3 Regency Romp Trilogy)
The Black Cat Sees His Shadow by Kay Finch (#3 Bad Luck Cat mystery)
The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen (#0.5 The Malediction Trilogy)
The Buried Cities by James Frey (#3 Endgame: The Fugitive Archives)
The Kill Society by Richard Kadrey (#9 Sandman Slim)
The Rogue World by Matthew J. Kirby (#3 Dark Gravity Sequence)
The Weight of Night by Christine Carbo (#3 Wild Inside/Mortal Fall)
Tyrant's Throne by Sebastien de Castell (#4 Greatcoats)
Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson (#3 Follow Your Heart)
Wanted: Texas Daddy by Cathy Gillen Thacker (#4 Texas Legacies: The Lockharts)
What the Dead Leave Behind by David Housewright (#14 Mac McKenzie)
Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler (#6 SWAT)