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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 Curl Revolution by Michelle Breyer

The Curl Revolution: Inspiring Stories and Practical Advice from the NaturallyCurly Community - Michelle Breyer

I have extremely curly, extremely thick, and extremely frizzy hair. My hair still lays in perfect ringlets, and at my age that's not a cute look. 

 

This book is filled with tips and support for those of us with unmanageable curly hair. Along with some amazing pictures. I have learned some things from this book. I have found new hair products that I am trying and some are on a list to try. There are also some recipes for home made hair products. Also a wonderful website. 

 

As much as I hated my hair before this book I am learning to love it, well I am in like with it right now. Learning these new tips and tricks and ways of styling has really been a gift. 

 

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

Ghost Box: Voices from Spirits, Ets, Shadow People & Other Astral Beings by Chris Moon, Paulette Moon

Ghost Box: Voices from Spirits, ETs, Shadow People & Other Astral Beings - Paulette Moon, Chris Moon

I love books involving the paranormal. I really love books that are more investigation then story. This book is about the investigations of Chris Moon and his Ghost box. The Ghost Box is basically a radio that picks up voices through white noise. 

 

Chris Moon takes us along on his past investigations where he uses not only the box but his own intuitive skills. He listens to his feelings, thought, and the ghost box. 

 

The places he has investigated and the EVP's he picks up are astonishing. I really enjoyed this book and would love to go along with Chris on his investigations and see the ghost box in action. 

 

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

Frozen Lives: Karl and Anna Kuerner, Andrew Wyeth's Iconic Couple by LuLynne Streeter

Frozen Lives: Karl and Anna Kuerner, Andrew Wyeth's Iconic Couple - LuLynne Streeter

I have seen some of Andrew Wyeth's painting but never knew that these were actual paintings of actual people. Never really paid attention to the fact that these paintings were all of the same family. 

 

Andrew Wyeth grew up int he Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania. He grew enamored of his strange neighbors the Kuerner's.  This German family became the main inspiration for Andrew's paintings. He put their life on canvas for the whole world to see. 

 

the book not only shows you some of the paintings but it gives you the Kuerner's story. It is a very interesting read and really makes you stop and think in parts. This family are German refugee's who came to America for a better life. They brought plenty of baggage along with them and not just clothing. The books delve's into many things mental illness, poverty and more. 

 

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

Gone with the Dead: An Anthology of Romance and Horror by Lori Perkins

Gone with the Dead: An Anthology of Romance and Horror - Lori Perkins
Oh my what a book. It's hot and steamy along with scary. I honestly cannot pick one story I liked the most. I love reading paranormal and I love the south. With this book coming from Atlanta it was kind of like going home. I was raised about 20 minutes from Atlanta. I loved that these were short stories. Some I wish had of been a bit longer a few felt like they were rushed. Some I would love to read a whole book on. I was able to read this book without staying up late. I read a story here and there over a couple of days and my house still got cleaned, things were tended to and I got my reading in. 

There are 16 stories in the book. They feature all types of Paranormal from ghosts to vampires and everything in between. Great read any time of the year but great during the Halloween season.

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

Fireworks in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery) by Kathi Daley

Fireworks in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery) (Volume 8) - Kathi Daley

Kathi Daley has done it again with book 8 in her Tj Jensen Mystery series. I love that these books can be read as stand alones. I have read most of the series and have enjoyed every book. 

Fireworks in Paradise is the 8th book in the series. Tj is still in Gull Island South Caroline when she receives a call her beloved Father has been in a terrible accident and may not make it, and family Friend Judge Harper was killed. She rushes back home to stand vigil over her Father.  Once home she finds out the accident was not an accident when they discover the brake lines to the car has been cut. Tj of course dives right into the investigation even though the new police officer does not want her help. 

I love that the romance of Tj and long time friend Kyle is actually moving forward. Every book needs a bit of romance. The book does not center of the romance but I love the sweetness of it. Tj and Kyle have been awesome in the last few books as friends now I can see them going far as lovers as well. 

Spirits of the Cage: True Accounts of Living in a Haunted Medieval Prison by Richard Estep & Vanessa Mitchell

Spirits of the Cage: True Accounts of Living in a Haunted Medieval Prison - Richard Estep, Vanessa Mitchell

Wow what a book. This is a true account of one of England's most haunted homes. In the 16th century it was used as a prison for people accused of witchcraft. Some of the people have never left. Among some of the spirits there is the Jailer, at least one woman accused of witchcraft, a child, a previous owner who committed suicide in the house and more. 

 

Vanessa Mitchell is the owner. After 3 years of living in terror in the house finally had to move out. She tried renting the place out but her tenets never lasted long. Now she allows the curious to tour the home and allows Paranormal Investigators in to do investigations. Paranormal Researcher and author of this book Richard Estep was one of those who investigated int he house. The book is about his week there and also he tells Vanessa's story as well as a few others eyewitness accounts. 

 

The book is awesome. It has those terrifying moments that make you turn another light on while reading. He lays out how their investigation goes from day one. I would personally love to go to England and visit this house. I wouldn't want to be on a lock down there but a visit would be amazing. 

 

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

The Specter of the Indian: Race, Gender, and Ghosts in American Seances, 1848-1890 (Hardcover) by Kathryn Troy

The Specter of the Indian: Race, Gender, and Ghosts in American Seances, 1848-1890 - Kathryn Troy

I am thrilled someone has finally decided to explore the Native American side of the United States story. This is the spectral side of their story. The Indians had a hard way of life even before the White Man came along and tossed them off their lands and took away not only their livelihood but also their lives. In this book we get to explore how after death the Native's let their thoughts and feelings be known to early spiritualists. Native's have always believed in the spiritual side of life. This book will show you they were right. If you believe.

 

Kathryn Troy has done an outstanding job with this book. I was so into this book I couldn't put it down. This book gives you so much history, so much research, and so many point based facts. It is not over the top mind blowing though. She has written it all out with the perfect amount of information that it does not bog your brain down. The research she has done must have been astronomical. Everything in the book is backed up with documentation so you know this is not just her opinion of the facts. I love how she takes you back in time to the seance as it is happening. She lays it all out for you to the point your mind will actually take you the seance. You can feel the power around you.

 

I was given a copy of this book to read by the author for review.

Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque

Alycat and the Monday Blues - Alysson Foti Bourque

Ok I have to just say I am a 40 something woman and I loved this adorable book. This is one book I really enjoyed not only reading to the kids but I personally enjoyed it. Not just the story either. The illustrations are are top notch. They are so colorful, bright, and eye catching. The pictures themselves pretty much tell the story without the words. The story itself is great. Not only is is a sweet story but it also teaches a lesson. I really like reading stories to the kids that have meaning more then just a cutesy story. 

 

The story is about Alycat. Alycat wakes up on a Monday morning and just can't get it together. She just wants to go back to bed. Lord knows I have a lot of Mondays as I am sure we all do. Mom tells her she must go to school an that she must work out her problems. 

 

One of her biggest worries for the day is the talent show is coming up the next day and she has no clue what her talent will be. Still worrying and thinking about what she would do for the show she ran across Spotty. Spotty was practicing his saxophone for the show, he played wonderfully but wanted some lyrics to go with his music. Together they decide Spotty would play the sax and Alycat would sing. Both friends get very excited and now can't wait for tomorrow.

 

Alysson Foti Bourque has done a wonderful job with this story and Chiara Civati has done a wonderful job with the illustrations. This book would make a great bedtime story or even a great story when your child is having a bad day. 

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History by Richie Unterberger

Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History - Richie Unterberger

If you like Bob Marley you will love this book. The books starts with Bob's birth and goes up past his death in 1981. Death did not slow Bob Marley down in his quest to make Reggae known around the world. His band mates the Wailers are still going strong today and carrying on his legacy. 

 

The books takes you through an illustrated tour of all things Bob Marley. His life, his death, and his music. I was actually fascinated with not only the pictures but also the written parts of this book. I thought I knew a lot about Bob Marley before reading this book to find out I actually knew very little. I knew basic facts before and honestly very few. After reading this book Not only do I know more about Bob Marley but I also understand him more. 

 

I have always enjoyed Bob Marley's music. This book is the perfect edition to the albums I have of Bob's. Great book for any library or music collection. 

 

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

Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats by Johanna Kindvall

Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats - Johanna Kindvall

I love to cook. To me it is more of a hobby then a means of sustaining life.  This book is more then just a bunch of recipes. First of all you get a history to go with some of the dishes. This book features Swedish recipes. It gives you better understanding of why these dishes are served at certain holidays. It also has a bunch of tasty recipes. Including a starter recipe for sourdough. Which I have on my kitchen counter. The bread from it is AWESOME!! The books has recipes for soups, condiments, breads, main dishes, veggie dishes, desserts and more. This book is well worth it. 

 

I actually read this book a while ago but was asked to hold my review until publication. 

 

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

Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia O'Hara, Lauren O'Hara

Hortense and the Shadow - Natalia O'Hara

This weekend 2 of my Grand Daughters spent the night to have a slumber party at Nana's house. I read them this book. It is a short read. The book is about Hortense. She is a young girl who is afraid of the her shadow. She doesn't want it to follow her around. Until one night something scary happens and her shadow actually helps her get out of the trouble. 

 

This is a great book for helping children ages 5 to 7 to overcome some of their fears. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations. 

 

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

Three Heart Echo by Keary Taylor

Three Heart Echo - Keary Taylor

5*

I wish I could give this more then 5 stars. I really enjoyed this creepy story. I would love to read a background book of this story as well.  Keary Taylor has done an awesome job with this book.  Every other chapter is either Iona or Sully's thoughts. So you get a good picture of the whole story instead of just one side. The book is kind of thought provoking with a "What If?" added to reality. 

 

The book is about Iona Faye. Her Fiance Jack Caraway has been murdered in front of her and Iona just cannot force herself to move on, all she does is think of Jack and her loss. She finds out about Sully Whitmore. Who is said to talk to the dead.

 

Sully lives in the abandoned town of Roselock. Just him and the ghosts of the town live here. The men of Sully's family have been cursed and all males dies when they are 33 years, 3 months and 3 days old. Sully is just turning 33 and is just biding his time and waiting for the end to come. 

 

Iona shows up to get help from Sully by talking to Jack so she can get some closure.  Everything is not as simple as a loved one has passed away move on. They find out that Jack is not what Iona thought he was. He was evil in life and in death. It is up to Sully to find out from the spirits of Jack and the 3 other women's deaths he has had a hand in and save Iona before the curse comes to call him. 

 

I won't tell you the end but I was kind of shocked. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 5 Richard Chizmar, Lisa Tuttle, Norman Prentiss, Kevin Quigley, and Peter Straub

Halloween Carnival Volume 5 - Richard Chizmar, Lisa Tuttle, Norman Prentiss, Kevin Quigley, Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 5 is the last book in a 5 book series. Each book features 5 short stories written by a different author. These books are pretty short. Only takes a little over an hour to read the whole book. A new book will be released each week of October in 2017. This book the final book will be released on Halloween. 

 

The stories are scary or creepy. I think they were more creepy then scary. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing each of the authors style of writing.  I liked all of the stories but if I have to choose a favorite it would be THE HALLOWEEN BLEED by Norman Prentiss. But even though it wasn't my favorite of the stories in this book I really liked Peter Straub's writing style the best. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 4 Kealan Patrick Burke, Ray Garton, Bev Vincent, C. A. Suleiman, and Paul Melniczek

Halloween Carnival Volume 4 - Kealan Patrick Burke, C.A. Suleiman, Ray Garton, Brian James Freeman, Bev Vincent

Halloween Carnival Volume 4 is the 4th book in a 5 book series. Each book features 5 short stories written by a different author. These books are pretty short. Only takes a little of an hour to read the whole book. A new book will be released each week of October in 2017. The final book will be released on Halloween. 

 

The stories are scary or creepy. I think they were more creepy then scary. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing each of the authors style of writing.  I liked all of the stories but if I have to choose a favorite it would be THE HALLOWEEN TREE by Bev Vincent. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 3 by Kelley Armstrong, Kate Maruyama, Michael McBride, Taylor Grant and Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 3 - Kelley Armstrong, Kate Maruyama, Michael McBride, Taylor Grant, Brian James Freeman

Halloween Carnival Volume 3 is the 3rd book in a 5 book series. Each book features 4 or 5 short stories written by a different author. These books are pretty short. Only takes a little of an hour to read the whole book. A new book will be released each week of October in 2017. The final book will be released on Halloween. 

 

The stories are scary or creepy. I think they were more creepy then scary. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing each of the authors style of writing.  I liked all of the stories but if I have to choose a favorite it would be LA CALAVERA by Kate Maruyama. 

 

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

Halloween Carnival Volume 2 by Glen Hirshberg, Lee Thomas, Holly Newstein, Del James

Halloween Carnival Volume 2 - Glen Hirshberg, Lee Thomas, Holly Newstein, Del James, Brian James Freeman

Halloween is coming and it times to get in the mood. I love a good scary or creepy story.  This book has 4 of them. They were more on the creepy side then scary but I as happy with the book. This is the 2nd book in a series. I am not real sure how many books are in the series.  I do have have books 2 through 5 so far. Each story in this book is written by a different person. The writers all have their own style of writing and you can that through this book.  I enjoyed all 4 stories. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the one by Lee Thomas. It is named The Facts in the Case of My Sister. My choice is not to say that their was anything wrong with the others I just liked it better. This is a short book and a quick read, but well worth it. 

 

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