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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 Essential Garden Design Workbook by Rosemary Alexander; Rachel Myers

The Essential Garden Design Workbook: Completely Revised and Expanded Third Edition - Rosemary Alexander, Rachel Myers

This book is filled with so much information. It is a wonderful way to plan not only your personal gardens but to do it on a professional level. A lot of the books is pointed towards the professional level but I was able to learn a whole lot on the personal level. There are forms in the books that can be used to work out your ideas and plans. There are also tons of tips.

 

I have never personally done a blueprint of my gardens I just plant things where I think they will look good. Sometimes it works out sometimes not so much. Now I have a better understanding of how and where to put the plants I want and have them actually grow.

 

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

Kitchen Table Tarot by Melissa Cynova

Kitchen Table Tarot: Pull Up a Chair, Shuffle the Cards, and Let's Talk Tarot - Melissa Cynova

I am fascinated with Tarot and have been for years.  I own several tarot decks and have reads tons of books. Some of the books I have read have been more like a text book, others were written so hard no one could actually understand them. This book on the other hand was very simple to read and understand.  I love the easy to follow directions. I love how this book is also to the point while adding some life experience and even a little humor.  I love that this book was written by a person who has actually used tarot cards and has come up with the simple to follow ways of the book. A lot of books just seem to be written by someone who has never picked up a card much less used them.  

 

This is one of those books you want to keep around as well. A refresher is always a good thing when working with tarot cards since most of us do not use them on a daily basis. 

 

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

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books by Marta McDowell

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books - Marta McDowell

As a child I loved Little House on the Prairie both the books and the TV show. I still watch reruns now and then. This book is an awesome addition to anyone who loves Laura Ingalls Wilder and her adventures. It actually gives you actual historical facts. It introduces you in depth to more people mentioned in the story like Momma and Poppa Ingalls' family and more.

 

There are wonderful drawings, pictures, and maps in this book. It gives you an even deeper understanding of life during Laura's time.  You also learn about the small towns, the foods both wild and farmed and so much more. it really is a very interesting book. 

 

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

The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop Janit Calvo

The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World - Janit Calvo

A few years ago I was given a box of miniatures and packed them away not really knowing what to do with them. After getting my hands on this book I cannot wait to get started making beautiful miniature gardens out of the things in the box. 

 

This book is filled with wonderful ideas, tips, and more. The awesome color pictures are amazing.  each piece can be personalized to your tastes as well. This book has really opened my creativity. No every miniature I see can be turned into a wonderful part of a garden. 

 

I also loved the section on tools needed. I  ever thought about using my nail polish to paint small items. I know the craft shop is going to love seeing me come and my porches and several places in my house are going to be wonderful with all the miniature gardens I am envisioning in my minds eye thanks to this book. 

 

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

The Living Forest: An Eye-Opening Journey from the Canopy to the Woodland Floor by Robert Llewellyn

The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods - Robert Llewellyn, Joan Maloof

Beautiful book. the pictures are just stunning throughout the book.  Who knew the bark of a tree could be so beautiful.  The actual text of the book which is very minimal, gives you a whole new outlook on walking through the forest. We usually look for wildlife or flowers but if you look a bit closer there is so much more to see. This book will help you see it too. 

 

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

Sacred Signs & Symbols: Awaken to the Messages & Synchronicities That Surround You by Sherrie Dillard

Sacred Signs & Symbols  - Sherrie Dillard
This is actually not a book you read once and pass on. This is one of those books you keep close at hand and go to when certain things happen in life. You do need to read it through once so you learn how signs and symbols can be useful in your day to day life. Also to get a feel for how to tell when something is a sign and not just a everyday object in a weird place. 

The book is written for the layman it is not in scientific and other strange words. it is written very well and easy to understand. It is also very thought compelling. I personally whole heartedly believe in signs and symbols and have for years. This book has given me even a better understanding of what these signs and symbols mean and how they can make a difference when heeded. 

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

The Ashes (The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy Book 2) by Vincent Zandri

The Ashes (The Rebecca Underhill Trilogy) (Volume 2) - Vincent Zandri

This is the 2nd book in the Rebecca Underhill trilogy. I did not read the 1st book but will be soon. Even though I had not read the 1st book I had no real problems following this this book as it can be read as a stand alone. Mr Zandri does give you enough of a back story to let you easily follow along. I think if you had read the 1st book the amount of backstory would just give you enough of a refresher but not to much to bore you.

I love horror so this book was right up my alley. There were some blood and gore but not very much so it would be great for someone not into that as well. This is more of a creepy physiological book. It is a real page turner. It kept me on the edge of my seat and in a few places had me looking over my own shoulder. You don't want to read this book in the dark and some may not want to read it while alone either.

This book takes place 8 years after Rebecca's harrowing ordeal in a wooded cabin. Rebecca narrowly escaped a deranged killer then, but now has bigger problems as "The Skinner" is after her.

Rebecca's original boogeyman Joseph William Whalen who is dead, had a cell mate while in prison. Lawrence Frederick Hanover AKA The Skinner. The skinner has escaped prison and is now after Rebecca, but instead of going straight for her he has decided to get her where it really hurts, Her Kids.

Rebecca may be weak in some aspects but when it comes to the dark she is strong. She must save her kids as well as herself.

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. 

 

 

You can check out this Audiobook on Aubidble

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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.