T's Stuff too

T's Stuff too

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

5 Stars
Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach by Stephen Perkins, James Caughman
Addison Mizner The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach - Stephen Perkins, James Caughman

Addison Mizner was an architect who designed and changed the look of Palm Beach and other towns of South Florida. His buildings are beautiful. They are designed in the Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. 


The book is filled with pictures of some of his impressive buildings as well as pictures and the story of Addison Mizner. I actually chose this book for the pictures but once I started reading it I was enthralled by Addison's vision and thoughts. 


I am a huge fan of architecture and love learning about the differences between the different styles. I very much enjoyed learning about Addison's personal touches to the these styles as well. 


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

5 Stars
Fix, Freeze, Feast, 2nd Edition by Kati Neville
Fix, Freeze, Feast, 2nd Edition: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family; The Make-Ahead Plan: 1 Day of Cooking = 12 Days of Dinner; Fill Your Freezer with Dozens of Homemade Meals - Kati Neville, Lindsay Ahrens

This yummy book of 150 recipes that will make dinner time so much easier was awesome. I love how simple this book makes tasty meals so much easier for me. Yes the prep day is a kind of a pain but once it's done you can eat well in very little time. You gather all the ingredients, put them in freezer containers or bags toss them in the freezer and when you know you are looking at a busy day set one of the meals out over night in the refrigerator, toss in a pan when you arrive home and in under 30 minutes you have a home cooked meal ready to serve and eat. Some of the meals are ready crockpot ready as well, just dump the bag or bowl in and when you arrive home you house smells amazing and you can feed your family a yummy home cooked meal, without getting your hands dirty.


I travel a good bit and my poor hubby stays at home. I just returned from a trip and while I was gone I used some of the recipes in this book. I made up the bags and bowls before I left and he was able to have fresh cooked meals without any fuss while I was gone.

Some of the recipes make several meals with one prep. For us since it's just him and I home now, I got 10 to 12 meals instead of 6. On some I just cut the recipe down by halves or quarters, since I do not have a deep freeze anymore to store so many meals. I also cut some way back just to try and see if we liked them or not before I make the full recipe. Waste not want not.


The mango-cranberry chicken is to die for. It was delicious. Next time I will make the full recipe so I can have this on hand. It does have a tiny bite to it but is mild enough even for smaller children. The recipe make 4 meals of 4 servings, and takes 15 to 20 minutes to cook and serve.


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


5 Stars
A Collection of Twisted Tales by Kraig Dafoe
A Collection of Twisted Tales - Kraig W. Dafoe

This is a book of short stories and poems written in the style of Edgar Allen Poe. The stories and poems are all different with one thing in common. Death. The death in each story is different as well. There is a variety of causes of death. The stories are complete and not rushed. A couple I would love to read a whole book on, but for the most part you got everything you needed in the few pages dedicated to it.


At the first of the book is a poem dedicated to Edgar Allen Poe. I really enjoyed Mr. Dafoe's outlook on him. It really set the book off with a bang so to speak. There are 9 short stories in the book and a chapter of poems.


i enjoyed all the stories but really liked the story named his Royal Disgrace. The story is based on declassified Jack the Ripper files from Scotland Yard. i am not sure how much of the story is actually based on fact but I loved how the detective work was done. It made it seem filled with true facts. in the poetry section there is a poem called Alone. I don't know why I liked ti the most I just did. It is very dark and depressive but it just stood out to me.

If you are a fan of Edgar Allen Poe's work you really should grab a copy of this book.


I received this book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kraig Dafoe. The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it.

5 Stars
Acceptable Risk by Candace Blevins
Acceptable Risk - Candace Blevins, Noah Michael Levine

This was my first book by Candace Belvins and I am honestly wondering why I hadn't heard of her before. I actually listened to the Audiobook and it was so hot I think I have burns inside my ears. I will definitely be looking for more of her books. 


Acceptable Risk is book 3 of the Chattanooga Supernaturals series. These books are stand alones. As I said this is my first book but I had no problems at all with starting on book and understanding what was going on. I do not have the full back story of each of the characters but there was just enough information on each one to introduce them sufficiently. This is a rather short book, but oh my was it hot. 


In the book Bethany who is a once bit twice shy kind of girl has always joked if she were to settle down it would be with her own harem of men. One night in the bar she says to a friend she would like to have those 3 guys as a harem. Little does she know "those 3 guys" are shifters with super hearing. Mac is a recently turned werewolf and over hears Bethany, Ranger is the one who turned Mac, and Jonathan is a wereleopard. 


Bethany gets a whole lot more then she bargains for as well as a future with not one but 3 loves of her life. 


This book is filled with super hot sex, BDSM and more. If you are the least bit prudish you may not want to pick this book up. For the rest of us, RUN, get your copy and lock yourself in a room for a few hours. 


The Audiobook is Narrated by Noah Michael Levine. He has doe a great job with all the character voices, even the female voice. He did not rush or drag the story out. He kept pace extremely well. He really made this book enjoyable for me. 

5 Stars
The Haunting of Dove Cote House by Rachel Jordan
The Haunting of Dove Cote House - Rachel Jordan

The Haunting of Dove Cote House has a top shelf creep factor. There are ghosts on almost every page. I am a true fan of the Paranormal genre and Ghosts are my favorite. This book is filled with ghosts. You have the laughing little girl, the mean and nasty old lady, and the very creepy black mass with red eyes. 


In the book Cat Fletcher's fathers has passed away and left Dove Cote House to his only daughter. Although Cat grew up in the house a lot of her memories of the house are faded or fogged over. After she grew up and went off to college her parents never let her return to the house. 


Now as an adult and owner of Dove Cote she returns to the house. Almost immediately strange things start to occur, she hears laughter and see's shadows. The longer Cat is in the house the more she starts to remember things that went on as she grew up. The old lady would tuck her in at night and lay her clothes out for her in the morning. She has always heard the little girls laughter but never seen her, until now. 


She runs into her best friend from childhood Rob. Rob tells her he is now a paranormal investigator. At this point Cat still has no memories of all the happenings in her house. Rob comes to the house and the old lady ghost appears and tells him to get out. After this things really get strange and dangerous. Cat talks to the Father Thomas who is Priest of the local Catholic Church and asks for a house blessing, instead her calls upon a excommunicated Priest and Exorcist, Father James, to lend a hand to Cat and hr ghost problem.


It seems that the ghostly activity as well as demonic activity has been going on in Dove Cote for decades. Cat, Rob, Father Thomas, James and Cat's estranged husband Phil are all pulled into solving the mysteries of Dove Cote house, while trying to stay alive. 


I rally enjoyed this story. Rachel Jordan has done an amazing job. I loved how she adds her own personal paranormal experiences to this story. This is Rachel's debut novel. I personally cannot wait to see where she will go in her future novels.


I was given my copy of this book from the Author and as part of a book tour hosted by RABT book tours. 


5 Stars
Trains Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine by Jennifer B. Bodine
Trains Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine  - Jennifer B. Bodine

If you like trans you will love this book. My 3 year old Grandson who loves trains set with me while looking through this book, and he loved it. The pictures are in black and white. They range from 1938 to the 1960's. There are pictures of trains, cargo, railroad workers, and rail road stations. The photography in this book is just awesome. It is a relatively short book only 128 pages, but most of the pages are pictures. There are about 10 pages at the back of th ebook that tells you about the pictures as well. 


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

4 Stars
A Cowboy's Fate By: Gini Rifkin
A Cowboy's Fate  - Gini Rifkin

A Cowboy's Fate is a short read or in my case listen. I listened the the Audiobook. Gini Rifkin packed a lot in this short 3 hours audiobook. It s the tale of Britania Rule and Cody James. There are a couple of sex scenes and a few curse words. A few places the book felt a little rushed btu was still a good read. 


Britania was basically kicked out of England when she read tarot cards for a man she met. Not knowing it was a Royal family member. She went to the police with the information she learned for the reading. This offended the Royal family and she was given options. She does a taort card reading for herelf and basically the cards tell her to go to America and she does. When Britania arrives she has changed her whole persona. She is playing off being a high borne lady. She heads to Leadville Colorado to open her own parlor of spiritual enlightenment.


Britana hires Cody to be her guide along the way.  Britania does a tarot card reading for Cody which says he will fall in love. There is instant sparks between the 2 of them. They choose to ignore those sparks, but the cards have spoken. 


Once they arrive in Leadville Cody's past comes back to haunt him. They both have to survive the skeleton in the closet now. 


The audiobook was narrated by Richard L. Walton. I really enjoyed his gravely with a hint of a lisp voice. I could listen to him all day. He done an amazing job with the voices for the characters as well as adding emotion to each sentence. 


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 Stars
Sweet Hollow Women by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Sweet Hollow Women  - Holly Tierney-Bedord

Sweet Hollow Woman is the story of 4 generations of woman in the same family. The story tells the ups and downs of these woman's lives. you get the story of Louisa, Maggie, Rhonda and Carasine. The book does alternate chapters between each woman and at times was bit confusing to me especially during the first part of the book, trying to figure out each woman's place in the family tree so to speak.


I did enjoy that you learned each woman's history and followed their lives. Each of the paths that are taken by each of the woman are interwoven. The choices by one woman effect the other 3 in some way.


This is not a happy fairy tale story. This woman do not have an easy care free life. This takes a real life look into these ladies lives. There is heartbreak and grief as well as good times. The book does run a bit slow, there is not a lot of excitement involved. But it is not a bad read.


I was given my copy of this book from the offer and Lola's Blog Tours. My review is my own thoughts on the book.

5 Stars
Haunted Souls by Kathryn Knight
Haunted Souls - Kathryn  Knight

This book dragged me in on page one and didn't let me go until the final period on the last page. I had a hard time putting this book down. There was a couple of spots where I did skim over a few paragraphs that got a little long winded but other then that I loved this book. I am all about paranormal reads, and ghosts just happen to be my favorite. I am not a huge romance reader and this book does center a lot of romance, I am impressed it kept my attention so well.


In the book Emily and Brett met 4 years ago and had a whirlwind 2 week affair. Both agreed it would be no strings attached. Brett was headed to the Air Force to be a EOD Tech and Emily was headed back to college to finish her senior year and become a vet. Neither one wanted to admit they had begun to have feelings for each other so at the end of the 2 weeks they parted without looking back. Until a few months later when Emily finds out she is pregnant. She knows that her and Brett's parting was the end, and that his schooling and training in the Air Force was all he could handle at the time so she decides not to tell him about the baby.


Now 4 years later Brett is back in town and Emily has Tyler their son now 3 1/2 years old. She knows she has to tell him now before he finds out on his own. Brett steps right into his role as a father, and Emily and him do their best to keep their feelings to themselves for each other which are still in place even after the 4 year separation. Both also have their own demons to battle with. Emily has lost everyone who has ever been close to her and Brett has PTSD from his years of deployment. There's also a new presence in their life in the form of a 12 year old boy ghost who died over 300 years ago that Tyler picks up as a friend from a ghost tour and invites to come home with him. Brett who at first does not believe in ghosts tries to help Emily with the haunting, and in the mean time their feelings grow stronger for each other. Can they fight their demons, rid themselves of the haunting, and become a family?


There are a few sex scenes in the book, some violence, but very few and very light cuss words in the book. Katherine Knight has done an amazing job with this story. The book is filled with feelings that grab you by the heartstrings. Like I said I am amazed at how well this romance help my attention.


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

5 Stars
Chills by Mary SanGiovanni
Chills - Mary SanGiovanni
This book is down right creepy, especially if it is snowing where you are. The book takes place in Colby, Connecticut during a freak snowstorm in May. Detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. Unfortunately this will be just one of many. The murder seems to be occult related so Kathy Ryan, an occult specialist is called in. 

The snowstorm has the whole town cut off. Businesses and schools are all closed. Power and phone lines are down. As the snow rises so does the body count. The detectives and Kathy Ryan discover that the snow and the murders are related to a secret society and a ritual they are creating to bring in their powerful Gods to take over. The snow takes form as people and creatures that are capable of killing, but how do you kill snow. Kathy finds a way to do a ritual of her own in order to close the door that the Occult is opening. If she can stay alive long enough.

This story had me biting my nails at times. It is a toss up if that was from the story Mary Sangiovanni has written or if Chris Abell's narration caused it. The story was awesome and Chris Abell has done a great job of bringing it to life in the audiobook. 

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
5 Stars
Home Life Around the World Anita Martinez Beijer
Home Life Around the World  - Anita Martinez Beijer

Home Life Around the World is so much more then a book of pictures taken in rooms of peoples houses. Not only does the book show you rooms for personal homes but it also introduces you to those people and even tells you some of the reasons for the designs. The pictures are taken from around the world and the people are from different walks of life.

Some of the designs I fell in love with, some were over the top for me and some were too bland. There was at least one thing in just about every room I did like if not love. There was a bright red couch in one living room with colorful pillows in a stark white room. I just loved it.

A lot of people may think why would you want to read a book or look at the pictures of someones living room or bedroom or other room. I love art, and I look for it all over the place. Each of these peoples rooms are actually a work of art to me. They express themselves with objects more then mediums, and I really enjoyed it.

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

5 Stars
Container Gardening Complete by Jessica Walliser
Container Gardening Complete   - Jessica Walliser

I love plants of all types. Fruits and veggies, flowers, and greenery are all my favorites. I was raised around plants and have them all over my house and yard now. I do know a lot about plants but I also feel you are never to old or to good to learn more, and I did learn more.


This book is packed full of information and tips on Container Gardening. It will teach you how to choose the right size and type of pot, how to get your drainage correct, and so much more. I loved everything about this book. 


I really loved the sections on mixed plants in the same pot. I love when puts are filled with different types of plants. but I usually end up putting in at least one pot that over grows or root system takes up to much room, or needs more water then the other plants in the pot and they do not do well. With this book I can now solve that problem. 


With Spring almost here I am excited to get started on my house, porch, and yard plants. 


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

4 Stars
Gothic Tales of Haunted Love by Edited by S.M. Beiko and Hope Nicholson
Gothic Tales of Haunted Love - Hope Nicholson

Gothic tales of haunted love is a new comics anthology curated by Hope Nicholson. It is not your normal book of paranormal stories. The comic book style actually gives to some of the stories as well as some it takes from. There were a few stories int he book I would of loved to read a whole book on instead of a few pages of comics.


The stories were good do not get me wrong I am just not a big comic book kind of girl. There are 19 stories packed into this book. There are pretty much every paranormal entity I can imagine in this book from Ghosts to just plain old murders. The stories are short. There are only 216 pages in the book.


The art work is done very well and tell the story pretty well without any words. The story Minefield is mostly not in English so I had to rely on the pictures. It is a story from 1950's Vietnam.


I did enjoy the story The Return. It is about an Indian who brings back his love who has died. She was actually engaged to another man. When they brought the man in to see her after hr return he was mortified but her. She had not been fully returned to the living yet. When she was fully returned to her formal self and her beauty restored the Fiance decided he did then want her back. /She tells him no since he did not love her enough to want her when she was ugly she would not take him now that she was fully restored.


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

4 Stars
When They Come Calling by Sarah Fleming Mountford
When They Come Calling (Anna's Nightmare Series) (Volume 1) - Sarah Fleming Mountford

This was a very good story. I really enjoyed it. Dr. Anna Roberts works for an inner city clinic during the day and banishes ghosts occasionally at night. On her way home one night she is nearly run over by a beer truck. In jump Jed. He pushes Anna out of the way of the truck and saves her life. 


Anna allows Jed to come home with her thinking he is homeless. Now I personally do not think any single woman would do this no matter the reason, but anyway she does. Ghosts start coming to kill Anna almost immediately. She is actually super powerful when it comes to crossing ghosts over. But there is another reason they want her gone. With her gone they can take over the world. Also Jed is not homeless he is actually there to help Anna end this war so to speak.


Now for my thoughts. There is a lot of description in this book. A bit to much at times. Other then that I did enjoy the book. There is a mix of paranormal, mystery, suspense, and fantasy. The characters are well thought out and played. There are only a couple characters that do not end up with large parts int he book. That I really liked. I do not like books with tons of characters who give nothing to the story. I do feel that the story was a bit drug out in parts. Jed could of explained the reasoning in the attacks at once instead of bits and pieces here and there. Yea the book may of been shorter, but some things could of turned out different.


The audiobook is Elizabeth Saydah. This is my first book narrated by Elizabeth. She does very well with the different voices, but I do wish she had put more feeling into the voice of Anna. Anna's voice just kind of dragged along. Although I enjoyed this book, I do feel it would of been better if Anna had been more lively, it just felt like she was bored or depressed. 

4.5 Stars
Wading Through Shallow Water by Toni Morrow Wyatt
Wading Through Shallow Water -  Toni Morrow Wyatt

Dee Dee Montgomery was born with a gift. She is a witch. Her parents died in a car accident when she as young and her mother never got the chance to teach Dee Dee how to use her gift. After her parents death she went to live with her Paternal Grandmother who refused to allow Dee Dee to use her gift. Now as an adult she owns a book store.


Alex Winter's just published a book. It is about his life after loosing his wife to cancer shortly after their son was born. In his heart and mind he believes there will never be another for him except his Mary.


Alex is scheduled to do a book signing at Dee Dee's store. he comes in to check out the place and immediately He and Dee Dee are drawn together. They help each other heal from their losses and even become engaged. Until Alex and his son are in a terrible car accident. Alex looses his short term memory and all memory of Dee Dee.


Mary's sister Kate who is also a witch, but a dark one, then comes into the picture. She wants Alex to think she is there to help them recover but instead she has her own agenda. She wants her families Book of Shadows, and Billy's (Alex's Son) power as well. And will stop at nothing to get it.


Dee Dee and Ada (Alex's housekeeper) must come up with a way to save everyone, and help Alex get his memory back.


This is really more a romance to me. It centers around Dee and Alex's relationship more then the witchcraft aspect for most of the book. I still think it was a really good book even though romance is not my chosen genre. I did enjoy all the characters even Kate who I hated, but her character was wall thought out and brought to life very well. This was my first book written by Toni Morrow Wyatt, but I will be on the lookout for me.


I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, from the Author and Silver Dagger Book Tours.

3.5 Stars
Caramels with a Side of Murder (Daley Buzz Mystery #2) by Meredith Potts
Caramels With A Side Of Murder (Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery) (Volume 2) - Meredith Potts

Caramels with a Side of Murder by Meredith Potts is book 2 in the Daley Buzz Mysteries Series. This book pretty much leaves off where book 1 Chocolates with a side of murder leaves off. This time Sabrina is taken by her best friend to visit Miss Terry the town psychic. Miss Terry tells Sabrina her sister will be found, but gives her no more information. The next morning Sabrina heads back to ask Miss Terry more questions. Instead of talking to her she finds Miss Terry dead.


David, Sabrina's cop boyfriend is on the case to solve the murder. Sabrina weasels her way into investigating the murder as well.


I personally do not like Sabrina or David. They interrogate everyone as if they had evidence they were guilty, instead of no evidence at all. I felt so bad for the poor son and sister. The way the 2 went after them was just shameful, but yet they were so easy on the boyfriend. They have no evidence on anyone so everyone is considered guilty until proven innocent.


When Sabrina runs into Melissa from book 1 who she accused of murder. I wanted to slap Sabrina when she got all huffy when Melissa does not accept her apology. She only apologized to try and get info on someone anyway.


I do think David should be taking the lead on the investigation instead of standing back and letting Sabrina do it. If Sabrina wants to be a cop maybe she should go to school and get her badge.


I think if the characters were a bit more likable I would enjoy this series more. The story lines are good. The mystery is really good and leaves you waiting until the very last pages. That I really like. I don't really like knowing within the first few chapters who the murder is.


Lisa Beacom narrates this audiobook. I do prefer her narration over book ones narration with Lainie Pahos. She does very well with the character voices and kept my attention better. 


I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Meredith Potts. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.