Sunday, July 31, 2022




Book Details:

Book Title:  Mickey on the Move Farming by Michelle Wagner
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   July, 2022
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: July 12 to Aug 1, 2022
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Mickey is on the move again!

He and his mom take pride in farming and gardening together, doing everything from raising chickens to growing delicious fruits and vegetables in their backyard orchard.

Mickey, who was born with deafness in both ears, has overcome obstacles to fully enjoy the great outdoors.

His Aqua Cochlear implants allow him to hear and appreciate the beautiful sounds in nature without the worry of weather dampening his day!

Join Mickey for another adventure!

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Author Michelle Wagner
Meet the Author:

Michelle Wagner is a full-time realtor, mom, and award-winning author who dedicates her time and energy to charities and events supporting children with hearing loss. Michelle takes pride in assisting families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special-needs child in a typical environment.

After discovering that her son Mickey was profoundly deaf in both ears, Michelle made it her mission to provide Mickey with the tools to ensure that he would live his best life. Today, Mickey, who wears bilateral cochlear implants, plays tennis and is currently in eighth grade at the St. Helena Montessori Farm School, where he is thriving and is social with his friends. Michelle makes sure that Mickey has the courage to be his optimal self. Michelle is donating 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of Mickey on the Move Farming to the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

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My Review
MICKEY ON THE MOVE FARMING by Michelle Wagner  was a great kids book. I liked the farm setting and all the animal pictures. The fact that Mickey is deaf, but is able to hear with cochlear implants, was really cool. I liked the way this would help kids understand a bit more about deafness. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

Rose Hawthorne


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Inside the Book:

Title: Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders
Author: Shannon O’Gorman
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 200
Genre: Mystery

Book Blurb

Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders follows Rose, a celebrity author in her early seventies, who dislikes the limelight but does like Hermes scarfs, round violet sunglasses, and old colonial hotels. One day, she receives a letter asking her to visit Newgrange, Ireland and discover something that has been hidden there for a thousand years.

She asks her granddaughter Samantha to accompany her, but she hadn’t expected her to continually post photos of their progress on her Instagram account. An encounter with an old love and an unexpected discovery leads Rose deeper into the past, where she finds she must make a hard decision about her future.

Book Information

Release Date: March 16, 2022

Publisher:  Independent

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1736801079; 200 pages; $10.99; Free on Kindle Unlimited


Meet the Author

Shannon O’Gorman is originally from Winnipeg, Canada and has been living in San Jose, California for the past 10 years enjoying the sunshine. She completed a BA in English at the University of Manitoba, with a specialization in Creative Writing. After university, the travel bug bit her hard and she spent the next 10 years traveling the world and supporting herself with odd jobs ( lots of fruit picking, waitressing, temp. work and ESL teaching). She spent many years in London, a few years in Israel on a moshav, and several years in Hong Kong. And then she found herself in Japan, where she married, had a daughter and ran an English school with her husband for 10 years. Throughout this time she kept diaries and wrote many short stories, some of which were published in small ex-pat magazines. Eventually, she returned to Canada and taught international students at U of Winnipeg, and newcomers to Canada at a technical college and was a teacher trainer for new ESL teachers. One day her husband said, “Guess what I got a job in California…” and not long after they packed up the car and drove south.  She taught ESL again in the USA, and one day decided to walk the Camino de Santiago a 500 mile walk across France to Spain and wrote a book about it, The Camino de Santiago: One Wanderful Walk, and found her love for writing again. She also completed a book of short stories about her travels, Some Wanderful Times and started a book series featuring the character of Rose Hawthorne. The first book of the series is Seven Wanders: The Ancient Wanders. Last year she retired from teaching, and is enjoying writing every day with her dog at her feet.

Her latest book is the mystery, Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders.

You can visit Shannon at Facebook and Instagram.  

My Review

I found that I quite enjoyed the mystery in the pages of Rose Hawthorne: The Irish Wanders. I really liked the combination of Rose and her grandaughter Samantha, the age difference between the two offered two different view points that I really liked!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022



Book Details:

Book Title:  Off Broadway: A Marriage Drama by William A. Glass
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  276 pages
Genre:  Family Drama
Publisher:  Hawkeye Publishers
Release date:   May 2022
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (Gifted Kindle)
Tour dates: July 11 to July 22, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Contains some profanity, has mature themes including drug use, adultery, sexual situations. There are no graphic sex scenes. Still, this is definitely adult material.

Book Description:

Cindy and Dave Knight got married too young. Several years later they are trying to make the best of it. He is a salesman on the fast track with a prestigious corporation. She is the indispensable assistant to a prominent Broadway producer. They own an apartment in Manhattan and enjoy knocking around the city together. However, Dave’s erratic behavior and career obsession strain the relationship. Can it be saved?
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Author William A. Glass
Meet the Author:

William is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina. She teaches high school German while Bill is the soccer coach at a small college. Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. Now Bill and Bettina enjoy long walks with their dogs. When the weather permits, Bill commutes on his motorcycle. “It’s like taking a roller coaster to work!” he enthuses.

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BY: William A. Glass, author of Off Broadway: A Marriage Drama
Suggested best friends for Dave Knight, my main character.
Recently, I was asked to name a literary character Dave Knight, the protagonist of Off Broadway, might
like to dine with. My answer was Mrs. Waters. That got me wondering about other characters in literature
who would be kindred spirits with Dave.
It’s no surprise that the first character that comes to mind who would befriend my main character is Tom
Jones. Like Dave, Tom is an unrepentant but lovable scamp. They would thoroughly enjoy going out on
the town together, hoisting a few brews, and maybe meeting some ladies.
Another literary figure who might chill with my main character is Yossarian. Like Dave, he’s a study in
alienation. Who knows if maybe, before the war, Yossarian was socialized? But by the time we meet him
in Catch-22, Yossarian is a gone cat. His orderly mind has been blown by what passes for military logic.
Dave Knight’s alienation has a simpler explanation. He has Asperger’s. This is not spelled out in the
book, but there are clues. It’s why he, like Yossarian, is of this world but not part of it. 
Dave grew up with kids like Ben Meecham. Both are military brats, but they would never have met since
Dave’s father was army while “The Great Santini” was a Marine. Still, if they had known each other while
growing up, they might have played touch football after school or gone to the post rifle range on
Saturdays. A difference between the two characters is that Ben is a good student and an athlete, while
Dave is a delinquent.
A real-life literary character Dave would relate to is Frank McCourt, who wrote the memoir Angela’s
Ashes. The two differ in that Frank grew up in abject poverty while Dave’s military family never lacked
life’s necessities. What makes them similar is both of their fathers were degenerate alcoholics, and their
mothers were loving but ineffective. Frank and Dave are both blessed with intelligence. They use it to
escape their families at the earliest possible opportunity.
My Review
I personally found OFF-BROADWAY: A MARRIAGE DRAMA by William A. Glass to be a well-written and entertaining fictional family drama book. The author did a great job in handling the adult themes in that while they were very much there he did not make them too graphic. I found I really felt for both Cindy and Dave Knight who got married too young at different times in the book.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Semper Fi Brothers: A Hero's Dangerous Journey for Redemption by A.C. Turner


Book Details:

​Book Title:  Semper Fi Brothers: A Hero's Dangerous Journey for Redemption by A.C. Turner
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  150 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction / Military Action Fiction
Publisher:  Write My Wrongs LLC
Release date:  March 16, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA only), ebook (EPUB and PDF
Tour dates: July 18 to August 5, 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 (some f-words, violence, non-explicit sex scenes)  
Book Description:

Yarmuck, Syria is under attack. ISIS goons under the command of ruthless Commander Abu, have infiltrated the village and are determined to purge it of its Yazidi heritage... by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, half a world away in California, tormented Shamus "Gunny" O'Malley-retired Marine and Vietnam Vet who's done nothing but drink his way through civilian life as a TV personality and bar owner-learns his young Yazidi bartender, Quassam, fears for the lives of the family left behind in Yarmuck.

When Quassam, "Q" to his friends, announces his plan to save his mother and sister from the ISIS goons, Gunny's hapless best friend (and best customer), Buzz, decides he's going to aid young Q on his journey, and does everything he can to convince Gunny to come along for the ride.

​With time running out and ISIS tightening its grip, Gunny has a decision to make. As the son of a white father and black mother, O'Malley knows from his time in the Marines that race can never break the bonds between semper fi brothers. Will he stay brash and boozy in sunny California, or will he take a leap of faith and journey to hellish, war-torn Syria to help his brothers and slay his-and Yarmuck's-demons?

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Author A.C. Turner
Meet the Author:

A. C. Turner's writing career began in the 1980s with a focus on screenplays. In that time, and with the help of his agent, Anne Getty, he was able to option two of them, Shoplift and Hercules Down and Out, to major film companies. Unfortunately, neither went into production, but that didn't stop the Los Angeles Times from featuring him on the front page of their Sunday edition on up-and-coming writers in Los Angeles. He then moved on to write two plays, Chickenscratch and Down and Out in Sioux Falls, which were produced at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. He achieved all of this while raising three kids and coaching high school and junior college football, predominantly in inner-city Los Angeles. After taking twenty years off from writing, he got the itch back in his mid-fifties. He wrote Semper Fi Brothers as a screenplay and entered it in Final Draft's screenwriting contest, where it placed third out of nine thousand. The story was inspired by the military exploits of his career-soldier dad and his three overseas tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as his Army daughter's four tours, including one in Afghanistan. The script was given to a large production company again, which was exciting at first, but when Covid-19 hit and the script found itself on the back burner, he decided to run with it and turn it into a novel, feeling the story was too inspirational not to be told.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Promise of the Heart


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Inside the Book

Author: Susan Berry
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 203
Genre: Clean Romance

Book Blurb:

After a distasteful first meeting, and a rocky start to their romance, Maggie Kinsley has been happily married to Desmond for the last eleven months. And although she was often alone when he traveled for business, she rather enjoyed how he passionately greeted her when returning home.

So when he received a letter naming him as executor of a property that belonged to a deceased family friend and had to leave for a few weeks, Maggie should have been content as she kissed him goodbye. But there was something about the whole thing that made her uneasy. Why was Desmond so evasive with her when she asked him about the previous owner. And why had he insisted she not tell anyone of his plans to stay on the property. Maggie soon found the answers to her questions were more than just a woman’s intuition, but rather something that not even her wildest, darkest fears could have foreseen.

“I so enjoyed the long awaited final book to the trilogy the author so lovingly created. Maggie’s story has a wonderful ending and she’ll be in my heart and mind for a long time.” – Amazon

Book Information

Release Date: February 21, 2022

Publisher:  Independent

Soft Cover: ISBN: 979-8420398647; 203 pages; $6.99; E-Book, $1.99



Meet The Author

Since Susan Berry was a young girl, she loved to write. Her imagination was filled with stories that she couldn’t write down fast enough. But it wasn’t until her grandmother had given her a Harlequin romance novel to occupy her time on a long, boring car ride, that she fell in love with reading romance. The excitement of the characters first meeting, and the dance of the heart that followed, left Susan frantically turning pages. From that day on, Susan spent her free time with her beloved grandmother, reading the latest novels they’d retrieved from a used book store, or the local second hand shop. That reading eventually turned into the writing of her own romance novels. Novels filled with characters who have not yet found love, but eventually find a way to overcome romantic troubles with humor, wit, and the consumption of lots and lots of chocolate.

Susan’s latest book is the clean romance suspense, Promise of the Heart.

You can visit her website at   or connect with her on TwitterFacebook and Goodreads.

My Review

Promise of the Heart was an amazing read! It was way more than just a simple romance as it has mystery and suspense too! I really liked Maggie and I liked her drive to find out the truth and her willingness to trust her gut.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Dead Blood City


Title: Dead Blood City (Saoirse Reilly Series Book One)
Author: Jo Denning
Publisher: Leabhar & Fola Publishing House
Pages: 333
Genre: Urban Fantasy Crime Thriller

Book Blurb

“Drowning might be like going to sleep. It would be nice to sleep forever – leave everything behind in the waking world.” 

Detective Saoirse Reilly commits to finding a missing child before dying by suicide. While investigating the kidnapping of Delaney Bascom, she is snared in the supernatural underbelly of Boston, Massachusetts. She will have to face her demons if she hopes to bring the girl home. 

Reilly has the dubious support of Emrys Somerled, a forensic psychologist with a cellar full of secrets, and Domenico Alderisi, an impossibly youthful club owner with a bad habit. Meet these suspicious characters and more alongside Reilly as she begins to see the world for what it really is. 

The blood moon is coming. 

Will Reilly save the girl and find a reason to live? 

Book Information

Release Date: January 21, 2021

Publisher:  Leabhar & Fola Publishing House

Soft Cover:  979-8985167405; 333 pages; $14.99; E-Book, $3.99; Free Kindle Unlimited


Meet the Author

Jo Denning is the author of the Saoirse Reilly series. She has spent her career as a behavioral health therapist supporting kids and teens who struggle with addiction. Jo began writing supernatural crime thrillers as a way of processing the traumatic things she has seen and heard. Her characters may be supernatural but their stories, their fear, and their pain are real. So, too, are their triumphs over impossible odds. 

When she’s not writing, Jo enjoys baking, drawing, and watching trashy reality TV. She makes her home somewhere in the contiguous United States with her husband, one fluffy cat, and one barely domesticated cat. 

Her latest book is the urban fantasy crime thriller, Dead Blood City: Saoirse Reilly Series Book One.

You can visit her website at or connect with her on TwitterFacebookGoodreadsInstagram, TikTok and BookBub.

My Review

Dead Blood City (Saoirse Reilly Series Book One) was a very well written book and a great start to what seems like an amazing series. I really liked Detective Saoirse Reilly as she was a character that I could not help, but feel for. I kept reading more and more and hoping that she would find a reason to live beyond saving the child.

Friday, July 15, 2022

The Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries


KILLER DEADLINE (a Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Series:  The Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries
Category:  Adult fiction, 496 pages
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  April 23, 2020
Tour dates:  July 5 to July 29, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery book series is rated G. Suitable for everyone. ​
An excellent blend of mystery and suspense with comic relief and romance.... Lauren has a great way of balancing this without taking away from the story. We have well-developed characters, that you can’t help but feel a connection to. I loved Nikki’s character but also her connections to her hometown, her family and her lost love. - review by Working Mommy Journal
Book Series Description:

Folks in the small town of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

After years of chasing mysteries around the globe, Nikki Bryant returns home to Pine Grove to take over managing WKPG-TV and reconnects with her first love, Ryan Spaulding, the chief of the state police crime lab.

It doesn't take long for Nikki and her family to realize that you can't keep this ace reporter and her boxer dog Elmo behind a desk--especially when a mystery is afoot.
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Meet Nikki Bryant!
KILLER DEADLINE (a Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title:  Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Content Rating: This cozy mystery book series is rated G. Suitable for everyone. ​

I love this cozy mystery! It is full of suspense, action packed, fast pace with that small town feeling. I love the characters, I have to admit, I fell in love with Elmo on the spot! I loved Nikki's spunk and determination. She keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book! And I usually try to pick up all if the clues and figure out whodunnit but this story kept taking twist and turns that I was surprised. This is just the type of cozy mystery I love to read. - 5-Star Review at Splashes of Joy 

Book Description:

​Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes. 
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Nikki Bryant’s Next Case Takes Her to
THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER (a Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Wrong Side of Murder (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  274 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   July 21, 2022
Content Rating: This cozy mystery book series is rated G. Suitable for everyone. ​

The Wrong Side of Murder is another wonderful cozy mystery by author Lauren Carr. It has all the elements that draw me in - an intelligent female lead, an equally smart boyfriend who partners to help her, a complicated plot where clues are slowly revealed, people who aren't what they seem to be, comedic moments to balance the darker ones, and several quirky pets full of personality.  

It's a wonderful book to escape into at the end of the day. And get ready to read into the wee hours as, if you're like me, you won't be able to stop reading until the mystery is revealed.  
- Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Book Description:

One spring morning, Jodi Gibbons got up and went to school as she did every day. Her young life went sideways though when the police found that her mother had been brutally killed during the night.
Twenty years later, many in Pine Grove believe Jodi got away with murder. After all, how could she have possibly slept through her mother’s violent death in the very next room?
After decades of silence, Jodi accepts investigative journalist Nikki Bryant’s invitation to tell her side of the story. However, before the interview can take place, someone silences Jodi permanently.
Now it is up to Nikki Bryant and her friends to uncover the secret that Jodi Gibbons has been protecting—a secret someone believes it is worth killing to keep from being revealed.

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release date: July 21

Author Lauren Carr and Sterling
Meet the Author:

​Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five 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. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

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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Thursday, July 14, 2022

HE SERAPHIM'S SONG - Book 5, The F.I.G. Mysteries by Barbara Casey

 The Seraphim's Song by Barbara Casey

The Seraphim's Song (A F.I.G. Mystery) by Barbara Casey

Series Details:

Book Title:  THE SERAPHIM'S SONG - Book 5, The F.I.G. Mysteries by Barbara Casey
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 213 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher:  Gauthier Publications (Hungry Goat Press)
Release date:   April 2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA and Canada), e-book (Gifted Kindle, PDF)
Tour datesJuly 5 to July 25, 2022
Content Rating:  G. THE SERAPHIM'S SONG is suitable for all readers - adult and young adult.
Book Description:

Many changes have taken place at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women while Carolina and Larry were on their honeymoon in Frascati, Italy, on the Granchelli farm. The newlyweds have been given a larger bungalow; Ms. Alcott, niece of the founder of Wood Rose, and Mrs. Ball, assistant to the headmaster, have moved into a bungalow together; and Jimmy Bob, caretaker and night watchman at Wood Rose has moved from his family home down the road a bit into a small bungalow on the orphanage property with his hound dog Tick, as well as his new cat and her litter of kittens.

Summer is coming to an end and the F.I.G.s will soon return to the universities to complete their special projects. They are starting to feel anxious, and the coping mechanisms they have used their entire lives are starting to work overtime. Dara’s thoughts turn to an unknown language, possibly from another world; Mackenzie focuses on the relationship of math to music; and Jennifer keeps hearing the note of B flat minor and is drawing dark swirls on her canvas board.
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Author Barbara Casey
Meet the Author:

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels and book-length works of nonfiction for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Several of her books have been optioned for major films and television series.

In addition to her own writing, Barbara is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

In 2018 Barbara received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas.

Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with three cats who adopted her: Homer, a Southern coon cat; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

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My Review
I have read a few of the F.I.G. mystery books and while I have enjoyed each of them this quickly became my favorite. I really loved THE SERAPHIM'S SONG - Book 5, The F.I.G. Mysteries by Barbara Casey. I really liked seeing how the different women have changed and grown from the start of the series to this book. While I enjoyed all of the characters I have to say that I really liked Dara and the mystery of the unknown language she pursued in her studies.