Friday, March 29, 2013

Review Day: The Mistaken

It's Review Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: The Mistaken
Author: Nancy Thompson
My Rating: 4 stars

Book Blurb:
Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco's Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick's freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick's new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife-pregnant with their first child-is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn't know her, but he'll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick's Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.

But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell. With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed. He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians' hands, but they're holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl. Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy. But Ty can't do it all: Save the girl, his brother and his own soul. One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

ANSA: Nancy Thompson

Welcome everyone to another week of ANSA (Authors Not-So Anonymous)!  This week it is my pleasure to introduce Nancy Thompson.

Nancy Thompson is a suspense/romance fiction author.  "They're rather dark and emotional and have a bit of violence, but it's never gratuitous.  My books have strong themes.  The Mistaken, for example, is all about forgiveness and acceptance."  She began writing in March 2010 with her debut novel The Mistaken.  Her novels have been published by a new small press called Sapphire Star Publishing.

She currently lives with her husband, son and their two pets in the western part of Washington.  "I've been with the same guy for 30 years and married for 22.  We have one son who's currently attending college.  I have a giant snow dog, Jack, and a new kitty named Skye.  I love to cook, play the piano, watch movies, and travel, but if I could, I'd spend my days reading.  I'm an interior designer by trade, and have operated my own company for the last 16 years.  But most recently, I took a position with my publisher as a book editor, which keeps me very busy when I'm not writing my own stuff."

Nancy's debut novel The Mistaken released in Fall of 2012.  She is currently working on the sequel titled Leverage "It's about a man who turns to vengeance following the death of his pregnant wife, but his poor judgment leads him to do unspeakable things that put he and his his brother's lives in serious jeopardyI'm now working on the sequel, titled Leverage.  Once again, it's all about revenge and how far people will go for personal justice and to protect those they love, but this time, the tables are turned."

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kindle How To: Reading eBooks without an eReader

Hey guys!  Almost every single day someone asks me "How do I read an eBook without and eReader?" or they say "I can't read eBooks, I don't have a Kindle."  Well dear friends, I'm here to tell you that if you have a smartphone, desktop computer, laptop or tablet... then you CAN read eBooks without an eReader!  AND you still get about 70% of the benefits of an eReader, for free.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Reading Goal 2013: Check in

Hey guys!  Remember back in January when I set myself a reading goal of 36 ebooks/books?  (If not, click here.)  My goal is going really well.  So far I have read 12 books/ebooks this year and its only half way through March!  I'm so impressed with myself.  I've really done well with the challenge so far.

Here are all the reviews from 2013:

How many books have you read this year so far? Happy Reading!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Review Day: Tomorrow's Dead

It's Review Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: Tomorrow's Dead
Author: Celis T. Rono
My Rating: 4 stars

Book Blurb:
Downtown Los Angeles is on the mend. An alliance of revolutionary vampires and humans has freed blood slaves, wiped out master vampires that ruled by fear, and is bringing the city back to life. Kaleb Sainvire's goals have been met, but he is miserable. In this third novel of the Julia Poe Vampire Chronicles, Sainvire lures Julia Poe back from her early retirement on Catalina Island to take on vampire threats from San Diego, San Francisco, and even within his own ranks. Still shaken from a shot in the heart a year ago, Poe is not ready to unite Downtown factions or face Sainvire again. However, she has little choice in the matter and must wipe up the mess around her.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review Day: All About Me

It's Review Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: All About Me - A Journey to the Inside
Author: Elvie Dell
My Rating: 3.5 stars

** This novel is for the Christian's out there.**

Book Blurb:
This book is for born-again Christian believers who find themselves frustrated and confused with internal battles and silently ask themselves, "What's wrong with me? Everyone else seems to have it all together." The key word is seems! There is a rest for God's people! II Corinthians 5:17 tells us that if we are in Christ, we are a new creature, old things have passed away and all things have become new. If you're still struggling with a lot of "old" in you, this may be the insight you long for. Being saved doesn't mean an instant personality make-over. The new creature this scripture refers to is our spirit man. We are a 3-part being: spirit, soul, and body. Gaining a better understanding of ourselves and learning to differentiate between the three helps bring us peace. As people begin to recognize where their struggles really lie, and how to hear from their spirits, they find peace in the knowledge of what's normal and common to us all as part of the human experience. Learning to walk out this new found freedom is a fascinating journey. We can rest in the assurance that God has a good plan for our lives.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Review Day: Purgatory Reign

It's Review Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: Purgatory Reign
Author: LM Preston
My Rating: 4 stars

Book Blurb:

Something evil this way comes...sadly for it, Peter Saints awaits.

Peter Saint's life stinks. But things are about to get much worst. First, his parents are murdered in front of him. Then another victim dies in his arms. Visions plague Peter with warnings that something wants him for a sinister cause. It desires the one thing that Peter refuses to give—his blood. Peter carries within him the one gift or curse that could unlock a secret to destroy the human race. On the run with Angel, a scruffy kid, Peter starts to unravel the mystery. It's the one treasure the heavens sought to hide from the world. Unfortunately, when Peter finds the answer that he hopes will save the girl he loves, he opens the door to a great evil that happens to be salivating to meet him.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review Day: Dianna's Way!

It's Review Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Title: Dianna's Way
Author: John Catenacci
My Rating: 5 stars

Book Blurb:
A love story. A spiritual journey. The pilgrimage of a remarkable woman's irrepressible love of life and a man and woman's enduring love.
Dianna, in her late 20's, marries John, a man in his late 40's. Discovering she has an aggressive breast cancer, they embark on 17 year odyssey into the nature of love and healing. While fulfilling her life purpose she helps John fulfill his own.
Descending into the deepest valleys of disappointment, pain and despair they rise to ever higher peaks of appreciation, gratitude and love. Modeling a way of living beyond the usual drama sourced in shame, guilt, regret and fear, they explore what daily practices create a life that works, meets life's challenges, actualizes our relationships and lifts us to our own highest potential.
Sprinkled with laughter and marinated in Dianna's gentleness of spirit, she shows us how an ordinary human being can choose to live an extraordinary life.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hive Five: Cookbooks!

Now that everyone knows I love to bake, I thought I would share some of my Kindle ebooks that are just for baking.  Every single one of these are excellent cookbooks that I have found for free on Amazon.  Every so often they go back to being free, so just keep an eye out for them!

I picked up this ebook just to have more frosting recipes on hand wherever I go.  Plus, The Cake Doctor uses simple ingredients that I always have on hand.  These recipes are super yummy and super easy.

Book Blurb:

In this special bite-sized e-book, Anne Byrne presents thirty delicious frostings that will take your cakes and cupcakes to the next level. Uncooked frostings: Crushed Peppermint Buttercream, Fresh Orange Cream Cheese Frosting, Peanut Butter Frosting, and an elegant Coffee Buttercream. Cooked frostings: silky Chocolate Ganache, Frosty Lemon Glaze, Penuche Icing, and Anne’s Perfect Chocolate Frosting. Includes a Frosting 101 primer and sidebars throughout with tips, tricks, and advice. Whether spread, poured, or drizzled, these icings make the cake.