Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: Entertaining Angels by: Emerald Barnes

Title: Entertaining Angels
Author: Emerald Barnes
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Pages: 259
Format: e-book
Source: Street Team

Description:

Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep. 

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips. 

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

My Thoughts: 

This book follows Madison Andrews and her close friend Chase.  Madison seems to be having a religious battle going on with her, and who will win out?  Chase and Zach are determined that Madison win her battle!

What I liked:

Oh my god everything I liked the characters of Zach and Chase.  I love how they both care about her, and show her what she needs to know, and that some people aren't fat, just beautiful curvy women.  I enjoyed the journey Madison had to go on to learn more about herself and Chase.  And I loved the ending it was great!

Review: Populatti by: Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper

Title: Populatti
Author: Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 338
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Getting in is hard. Staying in is harder...

Joining social network Populatti.com let sixteen-year-old Livi Stanley trade her awkward middle school past for the social life of her dreams. Because Populatti isn't just a social network. It's a club, providing access to friends. Parties. And Livi's crush, star baseball player Brandon Dash. Yet lately, online rumors have been threatening Livi's place in the group. And not even her friends are doing much to stop them. Leaving Livi to prove them wrong, and fast.

Before her life as a popster is over.

My Thoughts: 

This book follows teenage Livi who is part of Populatti which basically is an online club where members attend great parties and are part of the in club.  When Livi gets voted out her life changes drastically and what she thought she knew is about to change forever!

What I liked: 

I liked how Livi came to terms with her life outside of Populatti and how Val and Briana filled her in on her "so called- best friends" even hearing some of it from their mouths when they thought Livi wasn't around.

I liked how Livi was able to be friends with Val and Briana regardless of them being in Populatti and how Brandon didn't leave her when she got voted out.  Also how she was able to see the true colors of her so called friends.

There really wasn't much I didn't like in this story once I started it I was rivited to my seat to see what would happen next I was also glad in the end when Livi did the right thing and used her brain to decide what the right thing was to do.

Review: Embellished To Death by: Christina Freeburn




Title: Embellished To Death
Author: Christina Freeburn
Publisher: Henery Press
Series: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery #3
Format: ebook
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour

Description:

When Faith Hunter agrees to help PI Bob Roget find an identity thief at a local scrapbook retreat, her friendly croppers’ weekend quickly morphs into a dangerous one. As croppers share their own memories, a killer collects them for her new identity, and doesn’t appreciate Faith in the picture. Faith struggles to balance her professional, detecting and personal lives as threats and secrets keep her off-balance. Things turn deadly when a woman is killed and Faith is blackmailed. Truth and lies collide when Faith discovers croppers aren’t the only ones embellishing, and the results might end her life.

My Thoughts:

In this book Faith Hunter finds out that someone is stealing her identity and want's to know why?  Faith and her boyfriend Steve are off to a scrapbooking retreat where early on murder is on the croppers.   Someone killed a woman and it turns out she is Marsha Smith but there already is a Marsha Smith so what is going on?

It's up to Faith and her associates to figure out what is going on and why there is a PI acting like a FBI Agent strongarming Faith?  What does he hope to accomplish?  And what is Faith's hidden secret she hasn't told anyone?  Will it come back and bite her big time?

This book was good and quick the story pulls you in and has you wondering who committed this horrible crime and why?  I enjoyed this story so much there are great characters that do come together to help Faith, only one thing wasn't answered but hopefully it will be in the next book!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Promotion: Great Escapes Book Tour

I have gone through many book tour agencies.  Through out them all I have found one I enjoy over the others whether it be my love for reading cozies or just the friendliness of the book tour company.

So here is the information on the book tour I prefer above all others:

A virtual book tour will help spread the word about your cozy mystery book, stopping at 7-14 blogs, with reviews, interviews and guest posts. It’s the perfect way to spread the word to readers in this technological age, without travelling!

Great Escapes Book Tours schedules and arranges virtual book tours, and here is the best bit – I DO IT FREE OF CHARGE! Don’t pay $400 or more for a virtual tour.

All you need to do is provide review copies and your time to answer interview questions or write a few guest posts. I will also need a synopsis of the book, a photo of yourself, and the book cover for your personal tour page and tour banner. 

Non-Cozy Tours start at just $100.

All tours include:
·         A Banner in the far left sidebar on my blog and for use promoting tour.

·         Tour will be featured on the new Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours Facebook Fan Page and on the Escape With Dollycas Facebook Fan Page.

·          Daily updates on Facebook and Twitter featuring the blog hosting that day.

·         Its own page under the Great Escapes Virtual Tour tab at the top of this page and be listed on the Current Tour Page. Future Tours will have a page as well as I book hosts.    After the tour is completed the links will move to the Past Tour Page.

·         Review bloggers will be asked to post their reviews on Amazon.com and/or B & N. com in addition to posting on their blog. Goodreads members will be encouraged to post there as well. If copies are obtained through NetGalley reviewers will post review there too.

·         If you want to include a giveaway that is entirely up to you. You can host one giveaway for the tour than spans across all blogs participating or give a book away on each blog or on just a few blogs. Swag can also be included.

·         The number of stops, guest posts, interviews and giveaways are set by you.  It is entirely up to you and you can say Zero if you wish.


o   Guest Posts are articles written by you and can be about anything at all. 500-1000 words and can include pictures. Some bloggers have a set format which I will send you if their blog is booked for your tour. Each stop booked for a guest post must have an original article. The tour would be quite boring if the same post was used at every stop. Don’t worry about customizing them for each blog. I will match what you write with a great blog.
o   Interviews are a collection of questions from the blogger. I will send them to you as soon as I receive them.
o   Giveaways are entirely up to you and can range from just one book across the entire tour, a book at a set number of stops, a prize package including swag, books or even gift cards to span the tour, or no giveaway at all. I will set up whatever you wish and email you the winner/s information from all giveaways after the tour completes.

Everything runs through me so you only have to deal with one person and can spend more time writing great stories.
Sound too good to be true, I do this because I love promoting good books. Personal service is what I want to offer so I am looking forward to make this a wonderful tour to launch your book!

Generous site sponsors help me to be able to offer these tours. I hope you will consider sponsoring my blogs and these tours. Sponsorship starts at just $30 per month with discounts for multiple months. Just ask me if you would like more information.

Are you ready to book your tour? To learn more contact Lori here!  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Snow Angel Cove by: RaeAnne Thayne

Title: Snow Angel Cove
Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a helping hand…for her sick young daughter's sake as well as her own. But she's not expecting her holiday hero to almost run her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza's hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew that what his life was missing was Eliza and her little girl. But is he willing to risk hoping for a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?


Synopsis: 

In this book we get to meet Eliza Hayward and her daughter Maddie are moving to a small town when Eliza secured a job at a local inn.  As they show up the building is burning to the ground and with that Eliza's job.  When Maddie and Eliza are crossing a street Eliza gets hit by an SUV driven by Aidan Cane who is so horrified by what happened and tries to think of a way to help this mother and child.

My Thoughts: 

This book was great the characters each grow as the story flows.  Eliza had to learn to let love in again in her life after her husband died in a car crash where Eliza always wondered if suicide was an option.  Maddie showed everyone how magical Christmas can be in the eyes of a child.  Aidan had to learn that keeping secrets and shutting the world out won't let others get close to you and that sometimes you have to set work aside and smell the roses.  This book was great full of so much fun and festivities.  I really think many will enjoy this love story for the holiday season!

Review - Dorothy Must Die by: Danielle Paige

Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins

Description:

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

My thoughts: 

If you've read the Oz books when you were little like I did, loved them, and even pretended you were Judy Garland and clicked your heels together like crazy as in the Wizard of Oz movie, then you better stay away from this book. As you may or may not know, the movie, filmed in 1939, is famous for being one of the first examples of the "technicolor" technology. Yet, this book has made that all grey.

When it comes to classics (as in books I've grown up with), I either love or hate the remakes whether it's in written or film form. Dorothy Must Die happens to be one I did not enjoy. I was all tense while starting the movie "Oz, the Great and Powerful"  because I knew I'd either love it or hate it. I ended up loving the new movie. Yet, I was rather annoyed and rather bored while reading the adventures of a girl from Texas who finds herself in Oz, which, in this dimension of reality, is a miserable place where Dorothy has gone evil.

I appreciate the effort, but here are the reasons why I disliked this book:
  1. It took a very long time for the story to even actually start. Especially those who know the original will get bored.
  2. The main character Amy Gumm is very needy, always complaining. I felt like she didn't even deserve to go to Oz no matter how Oz ended up.
  3. When the storyline is supposed to raise your curiosity, it's way too obvious what's going to happen and makes you feel rather silly.
  4. I didn't like that there was a love story forced in between when everyone in Oz is suffering. First work, then play, kids!
  5. This is going to be a spoiler but Amy can't even kill Dorothy as she's supposed to. I wonder what kind of obstacles the author will come up with as the series proceeds forward. I must admit I'm not really curious.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Christmas at Twilight by: Lori Wilde

Title: Christmas At Twilight
Author: Lori Wilde
Publisher: Avon
Series: Twilight, Texas #5
Pages: 400
Format: ebook
Source: Edelweiss

Description:

It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

My Thoughts: 

I got this book for a fair and honest review through Edelweiss.  With that being said I loved this story which follows Brian "Hutch" Hutchinson who has been healing in a hospital after being a solider in the war.  Having his finger cut off and damage to his throat he has found himself unable to speak.  He ends up being discharged from the hospital and the military and no where to go but home.

Meredith Sommers is living in Twilight working at a spa as a masseuse.  She is hiding under an alias of Jane and is hoping this time she can stay longer than other homes she's lived in.  When she finds her roomate Ashley has run off with a new man, Jane is worried that Ashley is in trouble.  Jane is taking care of her son Ben plus Ashley's daughter Kimmie until Ashley shows up or Ashley's broth arrives.

When Brian arrives in Twilight he is met with pepper spray and a crazy woman trying to protect herself.  Little does she know Ashley's brother is in town and can't communicate to his niece or Jane his problems without the help of a board to write what he wants to say.  But where is Ashley and what happened to her?

I loved watching Hutch and Jane figure out their relationship and that sometimes PTSD isn't as bad as it is made out to be as both Hutch and Jane suffer from it.  Jane from her ex-husband and Hutch from what he has seen at war.  The two both have issues they have to work through but also find they can lean on each other when they need too.

I had never read this series and now am regretting not checking out this great series full of promising characters and brightness in these stories!  Such a big fan of Ms. Wilde's keep up the great stories!

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