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I love to read and actually read books from several genre's. My favorite is paranormal though. I also have been blessed with 11 Grand Children from our 4 kids, so I do read a lot of Children's books as well to the kids. i have a regular blog where I post tons of book tours. Check it out if you enjoy books: http://teresanoel.blogspot.com/.

 

This blog is for reviews of the books I have read. I do also accept books from authors to read and review. Contact me if you have a book you would like reviewed at my email: mshogrider67@gmail.com

The Blood Detective (Nigel Barnes #1) by Dan Waddell

The Blood Detective (Nigel Barnes) by Dan Waddell (2008-06-10) - Dan Waddell

I have been working on Genealogy for about 15 years now and really thought this story would be right down my ally when I saw it. I was really not disappointed. There are some far fetched things throughout the book that maybe a person not knowing about genealogy would over look but caught my attention. Like the shaving cream to do a headstone rubbing, this is a huge NO NO!! I did shake my head and kept reading though. I did really enjoy how the detectives took the code carved into the victims chest and came to the conclusion that it was record number. Very clever. 

  I also liked Dan Waddell's writing style, there was not an over abundance of of useless information or description. The story started a bit slow for me but kicked into gear soon enough. I did enjoy reading this book and look forward to his next.

The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Bali Mystery: Amelia Moore, Book 1 - Linda Weaver Clarke, Diane Lehman, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing

I really enjoyed this book. I got a trip to Bali along with our stars Amelia and Rick. I loved how Linda Weaver Clarke basically gave a lesson in Bali culture, history, and also a description of many of the landmarks Bali is famous for. And she done all of that gently without over describing or becoming boring at all.  I personally do not like books that veer away from the story with overly descriptive parts, this one did not do that at all you got just enough to picture it in your mind and it stayed right on track as well as being part of the story as well. The book has very little strong word sand no F bombs. There is 1 steamy kiss scene but no sex at all in the book. So it would be good for older teens as well as adults. 

 

Diane Lehman has done a great job narrating this audiobook as well. She has done  great job with the different characters. She also does a great job relaying the emotion in the book. Her voice s easy to listen to. I felt like she was getting into the book as much as I was.  I will be watching for more books narrated by her.

 

The book itself is about private detective Amelia Moore. She gets a call from a  lady looking for her brother William who has gone missing. Amelia calls in her college Rick to help her investigate the case. The case takes them to Bali. The 2 seems to be 2 steps behind William at all times. Every place they go someone has seen William. They are also being followed every where they go. They need to figure out why William has just up and quit his job and put his house up for sale and taken off to Bali without a word to anyway and also find out why they are being followed. 

 

I really liked the characters int his book. Amelia is a bit stiff, she is all business. But Rick gotta love him, yes he can be all business when needed but also knows how to have fun. He turns their investigation into a vacation as well. When not investigating he is playing, taking int h sites and loosening Amelia up. 

 

I cant wait for the next book in this series. I want to travel to Ireland with Amelia and Rick as well as watch their budding romance gain strength. 

 

Dreamland with Mommy by Dana Salim

Dreamland with Mommy - Dana Salim

It's bedtime for little Yousef. Instead of reading him a story she decides to play a game. The game is called Imagination Time Travel. Mommy start Yousef on his journey by starting a tale then it is up to him to complete his Imagination Travel. Along the way Yousef lands in a large strawberry pie, Elephants show him down with their long trunks. We meet Gerard a wacky pirate who gives Yousef a riddle to solve. And more.

 

This is a fun book to read the kids really enjoyed the words but they loved the illustrations. They pointed at things in the pictures, asked questions and mad their own comments. For such a short story it took us a while to read. After reading it they set down with the book and looked at it again. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

New York City Monsters Anne Paradis

New York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book - Anne Paradis, Lucile Danis Drouot

This is absolutely an awesome book. The whole series is actually. The kids and I have read a few of the books from the series. The kids love finding all of the monsters on each page and I love that they get a lesson about things in each of the cities. These books are fun for the kids and the parents both.

 

This book is about exploring New York City. All of the main sites are listed throughout the book. You get to see the Statue of Liberty, The empire State Building,  Grand Central Station and more. There is a small paragraph written about each site. Also there are Monsters hidden all over the place. There is a spot on each page telling yo how many Monsters to find. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

In Deep Trouble (Triple-D Ranch #2) by Terry Odell

In Deep Trouble (Triple-D Ranch) (Volume 2) - Terry Odell

Cecily Cooper is a dispatcher for the Sheriffs Department. She knows all to well of the angst in peoples lives. She has decided to open a pilot program on her brother Derrick's ranch called Healing With Horses. She wants to give deserving people a second chance. She feels that some hard work and responsibility will help turn lives around. 

 

Her first client is 17 year old Grady. Grady has been arrested for shoplifting and is a runaway. He's super smart but doesn't want people to know. He loves to read as well. He has had a rough life. Mom has brought home countless men home until it was almost a revolving door of men. Mom finally married one, yep he has money but he is also a child molester. When Grady turned 17 he ran away. After being arrested his social worker signs him up for Cecily's program. Reluctantly he goes.

 

Bryce Barrett is an Ex- Army Ranger who is a hand at the ranch. He prefers the animals to people but he has a thing for Cecily. It's ore of a love hate relationship though. To his grief Bryce is put in charge of Grady. Being as Grady knows nothing about horses or ranch life Bryce has his work cut out for him. 

 

All is going pretty good until they start finding mutilated cows on the ranch. After they catch the cow killer, Grady goes missing. Trying to find out if Grady just ran away or if he was taken. Cecily and the gang decide to take it upon themselves to find Grady which proves to be dangerous when she is also kidnapped.

 

I really enjoyed this book. It has some romance, some mystery, and some danger. All things I enjoy in a book. There is very little strong language and actually only 2 hot sex scenes and 1 of the 2 are interrupted. 

 

Pamela Almand has done a great job narrating. She carries the story through very well. She lets you feel the emotions portrayed in the book with her voice. She does a great job with the voices for each character as well. 

 

 

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish - Ashley Herring Blake

This was actually my first F/F YA book. It is not something I have seen a lot of. I did enjoy how Ashley Herring Blake wrote the book as what I call gently. it was a sweet love story combined with a terrible relationship with Grace's Mother, which was heartbreaking.

 

The book flowed along very nicely. I like the sweetness of new love whether it is M/F, F/F, or M/M. I really liked how the love blossomed slowly instead of full blown all at once. I liked the friendship as well. It was really great that Grace had a has a support system with her friends since her mother is horrible.

 

You also get some controversial things in the book. I personally have no problems with them but some people may. Grace is bisexual and the romance is biracial. Parts of this book actually would be very good for a teenage girl struggling wit her sexuality. Even heterosexual's could learn more and understand better how their bisexual and gay friends feel and think.

Rachel's Dream (Hope Chest of Dreams #3) by Lisa Jones Baker

Rachel's Dream - Lisa Jones Baker

Rachel loves animals. Her favorite horse Cinnamon is very sick, and Rachel is terribly worried about him. Rachel's father calls in a vet Jarred Zimmerman to check on the horse. Almost immediately feelings grow between the 2 more then just for the horse. The 2 are pretty much opposites. Rachel is a bubbly happy the glass is 1/2 full kind of girl. Jarred is kind of dark haunted and moody. As their friendship grows and turns to love Jarred tells Rachel his story of his 7 year old brother dying on his 4th birthday and his parents abandoning him. He is full of guilt believing his brothers death is his fault and that his parents blame him. Another huge difference is Rachel is Amish, Jarred was raised Mennonite and now goes to a Methodist church.

 

Jarred wants to be with Rachel so much he decides he will join the Amish church and marry Rachel.
Rachel decides that she is going to help Jarred reconnect with his family so he can get past his guilt. But in doing so will Jarred rethink joining the church, can Rachel leave the only life she knows to follow Jarred from Illinois to Ohio. To be together they decide how to make their dreams of life together come true.

 

This a very good book. At times thoughts took a few to many pages to get through but it was still a great story of love and faith.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Dead on Ice by Lauren Carr

Dead on Ice - Lauren Carr

I first met Joshua Thornton and Cameron Gates in Lauren's book Shades of Murder. I really liked the character int at book so decided I had to check out Book and series to see how much I liked them as the main characters. I am so glad I did. I like them just as much as Mac Faraday and Archie if nt more. I really love Cameron's attitude. She is great. I am sure I am going t love the rest of the series as much I have this book. I will also have to get a hold to the Joshua Thornton series so I get a better look at his past. 

 

Yep I am a huge fan of Lauren Carr's I have read or listened to several of her books. I cannot get enough. I love her writing style and the twists and turns she tosses in all through the book. I feel like I am investigating cases along with Detectives. Every time I think I have it figured out a new clue is dropped and makes me rethink my assumptions. 

 

Dead On Ice is the 1st book in the Lover's in Crime Series. Joshua's Uncle passes away in a freak accident. While checking on his Uncle after no one has seen him for a few day not only do they find his body but they also find out he is a hoarder. While family and friends are helping to clean out the house a bomb is spotted in the basement. Everyone barely gets clear when the house blows up. 

 

Cameron and Joshua set out to find out who and why the house was bombed they run across an old freezer in the basement. They are surprised to find the mummified remains of a woman. Once the body is ID'd they find out the woman in the freezer was a Porn Star in the 80's, but more then that she was the main suspect in a murder of a teenage girl she wen to school with. They are all left with more question then answers. 

 

They have to figure out who killed Angie, the teenager. Who killed Cheryl aka Cherry Pickens the porn star. Who put Cherry's Body in the freezer. And the big question is WHY?

 

Put your seat belt on for this one and maybe take a Dramamine. This book is in high speed with tons of twists and turns. 

 

I did listen to the Audiobook. Mike Alger is the narrator. I have listened to a few of the books he has narrated and love the expressiveness of his voice. He does a great job of letting you hear all the emotions in the story. I really enjoy listening to him. 

Shades of Murder (Mac Faraday Mystery #3) by Lauren Carr

Shades of Murder - Lauren Carr

Shades of Murder is book 3 in Lauren Carr's Mac Faraday Series. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone. I am a huge fan of Lauren and have read or listened to several of her books. She is amazing. I love the characters n her book especially Gnarley. Gnarley is a huge German Shepherd and brings lots of humor to the series. This is one of my favorite books so far. All of hr books come with puzzles but this one wasn't a 500 piece puzzle it was a 1000 piece one. I really love playing detective along wit Mac while reading her books. 

 

This book features the regular cast of characters as well as a few new ones. In this book a surprise package arrives at Mac's door. It is a the painting by a woman who's murder 7 years ago was never solved. The note with the painting says that it was to go to Robin, Mac's real mother or if she had passed away to her heir. The arrival of the painting has Mac reopening the cold case. 

 

Meanwhile in Pittsburg PA, a convicted murderer has contacted former JAG Lawyer Joshua Thornton to look into the only case he was not convicted of 8 years ago. There was one woman that was never proven he killed mainly because he dd not kill her. Joshua finds Cameron Gates who had worked on the case. Even though the powers that be does not want the case reopened Joshua and Cameron set out to solve the case. 

 

Now comes the twists and turns. How can one woman be killed twice and so far apart in time and mileage. Joshua and Cameron follow their clues which brings them to Mac and his case. Now they need to work together to put the pieces of the puzzle together and solve the murders. 

 

This is also not the first book I have listened to by Mike Alger. I really like listening to him. He does a great job with his voices. His energy in the story is a great. He grabs you with the feeling he puts into his reading.

Dark Screams: Volume Six by Brian James Freeman

Dark Screams: Volume Six - Stephen King, Norman Prentiss, Richard Chizmar, Brian James Freeman, Joyce Carol Oates

Wow what a read! This book is filled with 6 creepy stories from some of the top horror writers.  If you are not familiar with a writer this is a great way to be introduced.  Each story has it own creep factors to it. The stories are short so great for on the go.  This was my introduction to the series so cannot wait to get my hands on Volumes 1 thru 5.   I also had not read any  of Nell Quinn-Gibney but am now on the lookout for her books.  I enjoyed each story int his book not sure which I would call my favorite. I do love Stephen Kind and have for many years so not sure if that is my favorite story or just because I enjoy his writing so much.  Anyway this is a awesome book. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian Raquel Pelzel

Sheet Pan Suppers Vegetarian: 100 Recipes for Simple, Satisfying, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven - Raquel Pelzel

My family and I are not vegetarians but we do like our veggies. This book could though turn a person though. There are so many delicious recipes in her you won't miss the meat. There are actually 100 recipes in the book, with variations there are more then 100. The recipes are pretty simple and you don't have to stand over the stove. Stick them in the oven and walk away, who doesn't love being able to do that.  I did make the mushroom Risotto and it was awesome. 

 

The book is broken down into sections to make it even easier to use.  There is everything from appetizers to desserts. The pictures will have your mouth watering. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Quackery by Lydia Kang; Nate Pedersen

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything - Lydia Kang, Nate Pedersen

After reading his book it is a wonder any of our ancestors lived making way for us to be here.  There are strange but true accounts all through this book of the medicines of the "day" so to speak, and the repercussions of using them.  There are a few historical names in the book and their stories. Like Abe Lincoln and his bout with taking mercury for headaches.  The book goes into to detail of how the medications were mixed, what they supposedly cured, and what they actually would do to the human body over time and more.  There are some great pictures and drawings in the book as well.  You do not have to be  Doctor to read and enjoy this book.  it is written is easy to understand word instead of scientific jargon. And there is a good bit of humor as well. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

The Flip by Michael Phillip Cash

By Michael Phillip Cash The Flip [Paperback] - Michael Phillip Cash

I have been dying to get to read this book. I love ghost stories, I love haunted houses, I also love history. This book had it all for me. 

 

Julie and Brad a married couple find houses fix them up and flip them. After their latest house closing Brad decides to take the scenic route home. Julie spots a For Sale sign for a dilapidated old Mansion and immediately is drawn to it. Against Brads judgement they buy it. 

 

Brad is the brawn in their flipping. He does most of the remodeling himself. Strange things and feelings start almost immediately when he begins work on the house.  His attitude changes and he is very short and cross with Julie whenever he is at the house. 

 

Brad wants nothing more then to finish the house and sell it as soon as possible. Julie on the other hand wants to keep the house and tun it into a B&B. After their house mysteriously burns down they move into the mansion and things really get strange. And dangerous. 

 

This was a short book and at times the timeline felt a bit rushed, but it was still a great story. It bounced between the present and Gerald and Tessa (the ghosts) past, filling you in on the history part of the story.  Michael Cash also added in that the house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Which one really did exist in that town but not at this made up house.  The town is real, some of the people are real, and the Underground railroad was real. I really enjoyed everything about this book. It is not really scar the are some creepy parts to it though. 

 

 

I was given this book by the Author for reviewing purposes. The thoughts in this review are my own and not because the Author wanted me to say so.

Amish Refuge by Debby Giusti

Amish Refuge (Amish Protectors) - Debby Giusti

This was a great story. It is a quick read.full of action. At times Miriam being jealous of a dead woman tended to get a bit repetitive but did not hurt the story, seemed like it was a bit of filler, which was really not needed in the story. Also I would of liked a better ending, where we go to trial and whether or not the sister was found. 

 

The main characters are Miriam Miller. Her mother sister and herself are headed to Georgia from Tennessee to find her mother's sister. A woman Miriam never knew existed until recently when her mother begged to find her. Her mother is suffering from dementia. On the they are pulled over by the Police. The Police end up killing the mother and kidnapping Miriam and her sister. They are held and drugged in a cabin in the woods. Miriam ends up escaping after her sister is taken away. As she is running away she is followed by the officer with a Snake tattoo on his neck. She ends up wrecking her car and escapes on foot. She sees a light in a window of a cabin and runs to it. This is when she meets the leading Man Abram and his sister Emma. The take her into their home and try to protect her. Abram has lost his wife and child during childbirth 3 years before but has not gotten past his grief. Abram is Amish and Miriam really does not have a religion. They grow to care for each other. Can Miriam survive the snake man and can she and Abram get beyond their pasts and religious differences?

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Sunrise Sunset by Kim Weiss

Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude - Kim Weiss

Stunning book of 52 sunrise/sunset photos. Also included are poetry, personal thoughts, gentle advice, and shirt stories from different inspirational authors.  This book has a very calming effect whether you just look at the pictures or actually read it. The pictures are stunning.  The book can give you a whole new outlook on each day and an end to each as well. Whether it has been a good day or bad. It basically helps you feel grateful for the lessons learned that day. That each day is beautiful in its own way as well as being a gift. At least this is my take on the book. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development by Melanie Barnum

Llewellyn's Little Book of Psychic Development - Melanie Barnum

I have always seen things, heard things, and known things that I really shouldn't have. I also read people and it has been proven with people I have never met before but told them all about themselves. Still shocks me even though I have always been able to do it, So when I ran across this book I knew I had to read it. I personally devoured this book I read it in one setting. This book is great even if you think yo have no psychic powers. It comes with an easy to read run down a well as tips. I also loved the lessons. I have tried some of the lessons in the book as i was reading it. I do plan to make some audio files for others like the relaxation and protection bubbles, this way I can listen to them and do as they say like close your eyes, can't do that and read, I love how everything is explained in easy to understand terms, and you are totally walked through each and every section of the book.

I have read a lot of books about psychic powers some have been really great others have been boring drawn out pieces of dribble. This book though is written in first person by the author, you learn her story while figuring out your own. It is not filled with a bunch of scientific jargon that you cannot understand. It also makes everything simple. i really enjoyed reading this book, and can guarantee I will be reading it several times.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.