Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review: Unscripted by Davis Bunn

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A Hollywood producer reeling from his best friend's betrayal and an LA lawyer who has sacrificed everything for her career are drawn together to untangle a web of lies and deceit that threatens their future.


My Thoughts:

I was not sure what to expect going into this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised and very much enjoyed this story. Getting a peak at the goings on behind the scenes of Hollywood was like looking into another world. There is much involved and a lot of work to try to pull off that movie magic. 

Danny Byrd is a character who has been betrayed and falsely accused. That is where the story begins. As we go through the story we get to know him and his character and why he was in a lot of demand in Hollywood as a line producer.

Megan Pierce is a lawyer that is tired of the favoritism and schemes of her LA law firm. Megan explains some of the shenanigans her bosses and coworkers did and what she described was ruthless. Megan is looking for a new start and becomes the lawyer for Danny Byrd.

There is quite a bit to this story, even a little bit of a mystery as the characters and the reader are left in the dark on some of the plot points. At times I was confused and wondered if I missed anything as I reread a section, but I just think that was how the story was written. The chapters are relatively short and that kept the story moving at a fast clip.

As a movie goer and a TV show watcher, I guess I never put too much thought on how all the movie "magic" happens. There is a lot of work and a whole lot of people that need to work together to produce a good movie and I liked getting a behind the scenes look at that.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.


Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Hope's Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller


About the Book


Book: Hope’s Highest Mountain
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: October, 2019

When Ingrid Chastain agreed to accompany her father to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, she never could have anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. Rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man who tends her injuries, but she’s hesitant to put her trust in this man who seems to have wounds of his own.

After tragedy struck his family, Micah Bradley left his work as a doctor and escaped to the wilds of Montana. But his self-imposed solitude is broken when he finds Ingrid in desperate need of medical attention, and he’s forced to call on his doctoring skills once again.

Micah can’t help but admire Ingrid’s tenacity despite the severity of her injuries, until he learns the crate she brought contains smallpox vaccines to help quell a nearby outbreak. With Ingrid dead set on delivering the medicine–with or without his help–he has no choice but to accompany her. As they set off through the treacherous, snow-covered Rocky Mountains against all odds, the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.


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My Thoughts:


I am thoroughly convinced that author Beller is the Queen of writing rugged, against all odds wilderness and mountain adventures through any and all kinds of weather. If you have ever read one of her novels you know what I am talking about.

This one started with a doozy of an opening and I must say that the fortitude and courage of these people really is beyond what I can understand or would want to deal with myself. I know they are fictional, but like the pioneers and those that lived in the past with out all the electronics, electricity, cars, planes, central heating that we have today, how did they do it? My only conclusion is that we have become much too reliant on modern day conveniences while the past folks forged their way through mountains and desert and relied on their own ingenuity. 

Ingrid Chastain is helping her father to deliver small pox vaccines to a small town before the population is wiped out. Before they make it to their destination the unthinkable happens. The before and the after of Ingrid's journey now looks very different. Now she is very reliant on a once doctor now turned mountain man to not only help her save the townspeople, but also to save her.

There was a lot of natural drama in this story line and I wondered how these two were going to get out of their circumstances when so much was stacked against them from the get go. But you'll have to read the story for yourself and go on this very dangerous and courageous journey with them. 

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author


After working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.
 

More from Misty

Remember Lassie? Old Yeller? Chance and Shadow from the movie Homeward Bound? There was something about these dogs that gripped my heartstrings and made me love them as though I’d known them for years. (And, yes, I cried during every one of these movies and books.)

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had real dogs I’ve loved too. As far back as I can remember, we’ve had at least one or two dogs, and each one has been my very best friend. They’ve suffered my undying love, even allowing me to dress them up like dolls during my younger years. 

But the dogs in my stories have a special place in my heart. Handsome, the sweet little black fluffball in Hope’s Highest Mountain is no exception! He was the runt of the litter, and such a dark black that the story’s hero nicknamed him Shadow. You can see the picture that inspired Handsome at the book’s Pinterest page. Those eyes! Hard not to fall in love, right? 

The more I wrote in the story, the more I enjoyed getting to know this little guy, and I could almost feel his soft puppy fur as he snuggled in close. I completely see why Ingrid (the heroine) is smitten him! As you read Hope’s Highest Mountain, I hope you love Handsome as much as I do. Please give him some extra petting for me! ? 

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

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When a spunky photographer wrangles her way onto an 1871 survey crew of the Grand Canyon she thinks nothing can stand in her way. But her mind changes when she finds out she'll be working alongside the one man she doesn't want to fall in love with.

My Thoughts:

It has been a little while since I have read an author Scott novel and one that was not a regency. This was a very good story about a time in history when women were still very limited in the work that they could do outside the home. 

In 1871, Meg is trying to make her way in the world after her father's untimely death. His profession was a photographer, and Meg learned everything she knew from him. Trying to escape unscrupulous relatives, Meg travels out west to be the photographer with the U.S. Army as they navigate trails, roads, and maps around the Grand Canyon. As you can imagine a female photographer caused quite a stir.

I have not had the pleasure of seeing the Grand Canyon yet in my life, but author Scott's descriptions and the intense pleasure and awe her characters experienced was well described.

This story was full of adventure, romance, and mystery. The romance was between Meg and Captain Ben Colridge who already had a history together. Ben had once upon a time asked for her hand in marriage, and she had turned him down due to thinking that was best for him. Now out here in the west and forced to travel and work together and even relying on each other, they both must deal with the love that both still have for each other. 

Not only was there the adventure of traversing the Grand Canyon, there is an unkown mystery and a danger that seems to dog them at every turn. As vast as the west is, the danger lurking behind every rock, crevice, and tree gave a bit of an enclosed feeling even in the great grandness of it all. The atomosphere really came alive and kept me turning pages. I look forward to more in this series. 

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Review: Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon

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When former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan hires private investigator Heather Shields to help him solve a mystery that began with a trail of blood, a callous murderer will do whatever it takes to stop them—even if it means killing again.

My Thoughts:


Despite it being the third book in the series, this was the first one I read, but that didn't detract from the experience. It was interesting watching Rick Jordan, a former soldier with a big heart, deal with the complications of having a female PI who he was very attracted to and wanted to protect, but also didn't want to be chauvinistic and interfere with the job he was paying her for. But their story was only half the tale, because we were getting four other POVs- a business man preparing to run for president, the wife he adores, and the ex who wants him back. And a single first person POV of the villain killing people behind the scenes who appears to be one of the three.

The climax was adrenaline-pulsing and devastating. Be ye warned.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the opinions are my own. 


Reviewed by Jes Drew

Friday, October 18, 2019

Review: Summer's Promise by Barbara Cameron

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Can she leave everything she knows for love?

Summer Carson has lived near the Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania, all her life. Now she's following in her father's footsteps and earning her degree in agricultural science so she can continue his work helping local farmers.

In her job at the county extension office, Summer moves between the Englisch and the Amish worlds. While she sometimes finds herself speaking—and even thinking—in Pennsylvania Deitsch, the transition isn't always easy. But what has come naturally to Summer is her attraction to one of the farmers: Abram Yoder is handsome, steady, and hardworking. He's everything so many of the Englisch men she knows are not. And Summer quickly realizes that she's caught his eye as well.

Can Summer give up the comforts she's always known for a life with this Amish man? And is Abram willing to let her try?

My Thoughts:

Summer's Promise is a very sweet read that shows how important true love is and what two people are willing to give up to attain that goal. Summer is an Englisher who has always lived near her Amish community. She is up to her eyeballs in work and college yet she is a very sweet woman who honestly is trying her best at living. Even helping others in very spare time. She recently lost her father to cancer and she strives to live in a way that would make him proud. She also has a great relationship with her mother whom she lives with and it was refreshing to see a beautiful mother and daughter relationship.

Abram, an Amish man, has taken over his parents farm after they have moved to Florida for a quieter life. He is missing his family and bachelorhood is not something he actually likes. But he is bound and determined to wait for true love and sees that as something much more rewarding than having a wife for convenience sake. Unfortunately even though there are several young single Amish ladies, none has caught his eye. Only one has and she is not part of his world.

These two have a connection almost from the start yet they try to hide their feelings under their growing friendship. They know how they feel and what their hearts desire is, but their love seems almost impossible from the start. Especially when one of them would have to sacrifice much to be accepted in the other's society. 

I enjoyed this lighthearted and inspirational romance. It was nice to just sit back and enjoy a story of romance at the heart of it all. 

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review and Giveaway: The Last Thing She Said by Lauren Carr



"Too many twists and turns to easily share about this book. Nevertheless, Carr has pulled off another "hit" that kept me reading in one setting until the clues were so well together that the villain fell into our laps...or Chris's, LOL Carr has put a lot into the book beyond the mysteries this time...Characters enjoyed chocotinis, visited book stores...and even blundered into getting engaged (the ring had been purchased 4 months ago)... But, for me, a special thank you for the political spoof at a time when politics at the national level is devastating, gave me a laugh and lightened the load of it all!" - Review by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven 




Book Details:

Book Title:  The Last Thing She Said (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #3) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  386 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 22, 2019
Formats available for purchase:  paperback, ebook, audiobook (audible & itunes)
Tour dates: October 7 to November 15, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr's books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!





Book Description:
“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again.

For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!

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My Thoughts:

The Last Thing She Said is so full of mystery after mystery that I am not sure where to even begin. First off, we meet a 7 year old Chris Matheson and his mom at a book signing convention of not one but two famous authors. Mercedes Livingston and Robin Spencer. Yes THE Robin Spencer of the Faraday fame. I think that was my favorite part of this book: the crossover with Chris Matheson and the Faraday's, Mac and Archie. 

Since Chris is retired and he only deals with cold cases and he obviously needs help, in steps the Geezer squad and all their nefarious ways of gaining information. Like I have said before, I have always enjoyed author Carr's family dynamics but in this series not only is it family but friends are also extremely important. And these friends have each other's backs and go that extra mile for each other. And this one really affects them as they find out some startling secrets about a dear friend who has passed away.

I love the puzzle this story was framed in. There was more than one mystery that needed solved and I knew that by the end all of them would tie together to make a very clear picture. The prologue was the border, the rest of the story had the reader and the gang filling in and fitting the rest of the puzzle pieces together.

If you haven't read an author Carr mystery before, she does a very good job of bringing all readers up to date on what has been going on and who all the players are. I highly recommend her mysteries as pretty clean escapes.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.





Meet the Author:
 
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers inCrime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


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​Oct 7 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of The Last Thing She Said
Oct 7 - JB's Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book review of Ice / giveaway
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Oct 15 – Pause for Tales – book review of The Last Thing She Said
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Oct 19 – Bookriot – audiobook review of Winter Frost / giveaway
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