Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon Pape

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring a really fun paranormal cozy mystery - Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1) by Sharon Pape.

About the Book
What’s in a murderer’s bag of tricks?

Twenty-something Kailyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a descendant of small-town New Camel’s most magickal family. She just didn’t expect to inherit her mother and grandmother’s centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep coming when Kailyn goes to finalize the estate at the local attorney’s office—and stumbles over the body of her best friend Elise’s husband . . .

As a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kailyn summons her deepest powers to find answers and start an investigation of her own. What with running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, she’s closing in on a killer—who will do anything to make sure she never tests her supernatural skills again!

Book Beginning
"You need to summon a familiar of your own," my grandmother Bronwen said. Her voice was easy to recognize, despite the fact that it emanated from a small amorphous cloud of energy hovering above my computer.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
"We've had a bit of an accident."

What have you been reading lately?


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Reckless Warrior by Jennifer Youngblood – 99 Cent Sale & $25 Giveaway

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The Reckless Warrior by Jennifer Youngblood

A deadly vendetta, a country music singer on the rise, and the hot-tempered Navy SEAL who could either wreck or save everything …

Corbin Spencer’s made his share of mistakes and would give anything to have a do-over. When he gets the opportunity to join an elite security task force of ex-Navy SEALs, he jumps at the chance. Too bad the woman he’s supposed to protect just gave him the brush-off, then sicked her knuckle-headed security detail on him.

Delaney Mitchell is on the verge of hitting it big in the country music industry. At the very time when she should be flying high and enjoying life, she finds herself fleeing from a ruthless man who’s out for revenge.

Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she realizes that the jerk she met at the party—the one with the chiseled body, intense green eyes, and rebel-without-a-cause attitude is her new bodyguard.

In order to protect Delaney, Corbin finds himself taking her back to his hometown, teaching her how to ski, and, unexpectedly, dancing with her in his arms. Sparks fly as their mutual attraction kindles to something deeper and they question if they can put aside the heartaches of the past and learn to trust each other.

What will Corbin and Delaney find around the next bend? Retribution or redemption?

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Author Jennifer Youngblood

Jennifer grew up in rural Alabama and loved living in a town where “everybody knows everybody.” Her love for writing began as a young teenager when she wrote stories for her high school English teacher to critique. While Jennifer enjoys writing in many genres, she has settled comfortably into the world of clean contemporary romance and is loving every minute of it!

Jennifer has B.A. in English and Social Sciences from Brigham Young University where she served as Miss BYU Hawaii in 1989. Before becoming an author, she worked as the owner and editor of a monthly newspaper named The Senior Times. In addition to her love for writing, Jennifer enjoys working in the home design industry. She and her husband owned an interior design gallery where she specialized in custom window treatments and floral arrangements.

As far as Jennifer is concerned, there are few of the world’s problems that can’t be solved with a warm brownie and vanilla bean ice cream. She loves romantic movies, roller blading, clogging, and jogging.

She now lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family and spends her time writing and doing all of the wonderful things that make up the life of a busy wife and mother.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower releasing May 8, 2018.

About the Book
Fiona Knox lost her fiancĂ© and her flower shop—but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather’s cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she’s swept into a murder investigation.

Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancĂ© left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in Scotland, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows her to the cottage upon her arrival, she finds the once resplendent grounds of Duncreigan in a dreadful shambles—with a dead body in the garden.

Minutes into her arrival, Fiona is already being questioned by the handsome Chief Inspector Neil Craig and getting her passport seized. But it’s Craig’s fixation on Uncle Ian’s loyal caretaker, Hamish, as a prime suspect, that really makes her worried. As Fiona strolls the town, she quickly realizes there are a whole bouquet of suspects much more likely to have killed Alastair Croft, the dead lawyer who seems to have had more enemies than friends.

Now it’s up to Fiona to clear Hamish’s name before it’s too late in Flowers and Foul Play, USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower’s spellbinding first Magic Garden mystery.

Why I Need It
I love cozy mysteries that have a touch of magic. Flowers and Foul Play sounds like it'll be a great one.

What book are you eagerly anticipating?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Ellie and the Prince (Faraway Castle #1) by J.M. Stengl

About the Book

Enter the world of Faraway Castle and live the magic . . . and the romance!

Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him!

But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar's help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it's too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?


My Thoughts

I recently read the prequel novellas set in this world, LOVED them, and couldn't wait for the first full length story to release. Ellie and the Prince did not disappoint. It was so much fun!

Ellie and Omar are such likable characters and I really enjoyed getting both of their POVs. Having both sides really added a nice element to the story.

I loved the world that Stengl created. It's very much a fantasy setting, but adds a contemporary feel to it with the addition of many modern conveniences. And all the magical creatures are so great. I loved that there were so many different kinds! They're all so interesting.

While it's not necessary to read the prequels before starting Ellie and the Prince, I think I'd recommend it to better understand the backstories and magic system.

I highly recommend this story to lovers of fairytales. I'm excited for the next book, The Siren and the Scholar and I hope we get to see more of Ellie and Omar in forthcoming books.

Four Stars

Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Ellie and the Prince by J.M. Stengl

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Ellie and the Prince by J.M. Stengl. This is a really cute and fun fairytale retelling. One of the things I like about it is that even though it's obviously set in a fantasy world there's a bit of a contemporary twist to it with modern conveniences and such.

About the Book

Enter the world of Faraway Castle and live the magic . . . and the romance!

Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him!

But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar's help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it's too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?


Book Beginning
Ellie had just entered the castle lobby when her wristband pager sent a tingle of magic up her arm. She checked it and hurried over to Faraway Castle Resort's front desk. "I'm here, Sten. What's going on?"

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
"Would you like us to delay the hunting party?" Miria asked. "The dwarfs will help us, I know."

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

About the Book

Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.


My Thoughts

Yay! I finally read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Why haven't I read it before now? Or watched the movies? I have no idea. I literally have no explanation – none. I wish I would've read it sooner, though, because it was awesome! It was everything good that I've heard about it and so much more. It's one of those books that completely sucked me in and the real world faded away. I couldn't put it down. It was SO GOOD! I can't wait to start the second book!

Five Stars

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2) by Rachel Dylan

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice #2) by Rachel Dylan releasing May 1, 2018.

About the Book
Prosecutor Sophie Dawson's first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.'s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don't know who they can trust.

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what's right--but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?

Why I Need It
Deadly Proof, book one in this series, was the first time I'd read any kind of legal thriller and I really enjoyed it. I've been looking forward to Lone Witness ever since I finished Deadly Proof.

What book are you eagerly anticipating?