August 4, 2020

Book Review: The Black Midnight

The Black Midnight
Book Title: The Black Midnight
Author: Kathleen Y'Barbo
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publisher Date: August 1, 2020 (256 Pages, E-ARC, E-Book)
Genres: True Crime, Crime, Historical Fiction, England, USA, Mystery
Series: True Colors #7
Two Series of Murders Seem Mysteriously Connected
Step into True Colors -- a series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Could a series of murders in London in 1889 be related to unsolved murders in Austin, Texas, 1884? Queen Victoria wants to know and asks her granddaughter—who left the queen’s good graces by going off to America to become a Pinkerton agent—to quietly look for any connection. The catch is the queen doesn’t want her to do it alone. Alice Anne must find her former Pinkerton agent partner—now an attorney in Austin—and enlist him in the hunt. As the pair get closer to finding their suspect, their lives become endangered, but they refuse to be intimidated. Can this case be solved?
Discliamer: I received a complimentary E-ARC copy of this book from Netgalley and Barbour Publishing for an honest review and was under no obligation to post a review.
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If you are a history lover and enjoy England, you will enjoy this book. Well, you will get a bit of a tour of London. Though we start in Austin, Texas. We are introduced to every strong Pinkerton detective and her partner. We seem to have unsolved murders in Texas. But our detectives seem to be quite busy otherwise while chasing down a killer.

Will Annie and her partner Isaiah solve the murders in Austin and London? Will they find the killer that is killing women in their beds in Austin and the connection with the killing in London? The queen seems to want her great-granddaughter to look into them with her friend from Texas.

The pages will make you want to read until the last page. You will be on your toes and turning or sliding your pages up reading until the end. Is the killer Jack the Ripper, or is it someone else? You will be trying to guess and figure out along with the Pinkerton detectives in their investigations.

I felt like I was investigating along with them trying to find the killer of the mysterious deaths. You do get pulled into experience the London along the way. Who or What is the Black Midnight? Is the Midnight Assassin the same person as The Black Midnight or Jack the Ripper?

All fans of historical fiction and crime will love this book and the series. It had me wanting more. It is in does go into details about investigations but not a lot into the deaths of killings. This is good in that way. What does the Prince want with his daughter? Why is he trying to bring his daughter home? Who is Annie Walters? Will she give herself away? What up with Cameron Blake and his reporting. Some entertaining story plots are going on. We go on as adventure with this one.

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July 31, 2020

Book Review: Think Big

Book Title: Think Big
Author: Kat Kronenberg
Publisher: Greenleaf
Publisher Date: May 12, 2020 (48 Pages, Hardcover)
Genre: Children, Animals,
Series: The Lives Big Series #3
Set in the wilds of the African savanna, Think Big follows moody Baboon as he discovers another powerful secret.

In the third installment in her Live Big Series, best-selling, award-winning author Kat Kronenberg takes readers back to the wilds of the African savanna where the animals not only still struggle to find food, but now they face life-threatening situations. They must fight to survive and are terrified.

But when our beloved moody Baboon challenges Kudu on what to do, everything begins to change. One by one, Kudu, Giraffe, and Bee are faced with the dilemma of who they want to be. After watching Bee choose to do good, Baboon figures out a new secret: We can light the stars in our hearts, empowering our lives, once we smile big deep within, truly believing in who we are, our ideas, and the importance of caring for others.

The danger continues to mount and Baboon finally gets so scared that he cries out for help. Luckily, some fun animals and Baobab Tree come to the rescue! Will they try the new—SHHH—secret so their collective ideas not only help all the animals survive, but thrive together so that their dreams can come true?

Once again, Kronenberg creates a mythical evolution story of some of nature’s most fascinating characters to teach young readers foundational skills for life—in this case, helping them build a loving community that knows the joy of gratitude, giving, and going for the extraordinary. Through playful dialogue and beautiful illustrations, readers learn to take a deep breath, connect their heads to their hearts, and celebrate their best lives as they problem solve. As with Dream Big and Love Big, Kronenberg includes hands-on activities at the end of the book and on her website. Her dream is that the whole experience will inspire young readers everywhere to learn to think big together.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
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I love the way the pictures can tell a story. Think Big is adorable. It tells a story of helping each other out and along with believing in yourself. The way this story is told is just unique to anything I have seen in a children's book.

Children will love it. The big words around the page will have little one say them. I loved that it a fun way for some children to repeat them. The animals are relatable. I enjoyed the story. Each animal and living thing has to find their way to see how are the best that they can be.

Kat Kronenberg can does this though the animals need to learn to work together and help to survive. Will they do it. Will their hearts and minds connect and they Think Big to get what they need to grow and be the best they can be?

Parents and Grandparents will love reading this to their children and grandchildren. It makes me want to read and reread the book myself if I had children. It is adorable and cute. I hope to pick up the first to books of this series.


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July 27, 2020

Book Review: Ghost Moon

Book Title: Ghost Moon
Author: Kathryn Knight
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher: Wicked Whale Publishing
Publisher Date: 4/15/20 (213 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 978-17322522-5-7 (Paperback) |
When Lark Cavanaugh's life in New York City falls apart, she's left reeling from a staggering betrayal. She escapes to Cape Cod, where a distant relative has left her an old house with a tragic past. Rumors of a haunting presence plague the abandoned home, but Lark doesn't believe in ghosts...until she has no choice.

After completing his military duty, veterinarian Jesse Holt returns to his small hometown to take over his father’s practice. He soon finds himself drawn to the alluring redhead now living next door, but she has made her intentions clear—she’s moving back to the city as soon as possible. When frightening events threaten her safety, though, he can’t deny his protective instincts.

Unable to fight their feelings, they give in to desire…but another battle looms. Lark’s arrival has awakened a decades-old mystery, and the truth of what happened at Holloway House will only be revealed when it claims yet another life.
Discliamer: I received a free copy from the author for an honest review. My opinions are not influenced by anyone but they are mine.
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Ghost Moon is something different. Though not by ghosts or paranormal. Just different in a way that it tells a story but given that it more mystery and romance than paranormal. The title does not give away much about what this book is about.

We meet Lark as she is driving to the new place that she inherited. When she arrives she sees someone in the front window. Things get even more interesting and enjoyable once she comes goes into the house. Her cat is my favorite. How he reacts is funny. I guess if your pet is acting weird you might want to think about it. They seem to be able to sense something or someone.

Kathryn Knight writes a well-written story. Though it seems this one was very heavy in the romance department. He also meets Jesse Holt. What is happening at Holloway House seems to affect Jesse neighbor Lark. He meets him and he comes to Lark recuse the first night. He offers to talk to his mother and her friends to find out who this ghost is.

If you enjoy ghost or ghost stories, this one is good. It seems it should be ghost mystery or at least paranormal mystery. This is good for fans of mystery and or romance as well. My favorite part is the paranormal which is the ghost in it. Why I do not know, could be that I want to know what happens to the ghost and why she there. There are many twists and turns throughout. You will be trying to guess along the way as to what happens and what does this ghost want until the end.


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July 25, 2020

Book Haul - #1 (July 2020)

July Book Haul
My very first book haul post. Though I been getting books for a while. I did not know how to create a post. I was not sure how to set up. Who say it has to be a certain way. So I am going to try. After reading and looking up book haul post, I seen you can make them anyway you like to. So I am giving it a shot. Here are are books I picked up in July. Sorry I did not do this before now. Better late then never I say.


Here are the books I received from several different publishers. I want to say Thank you to Barbor Publishing and Book Crash. All are review books.
  • The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y'Barbo
  • The Lake and the Secret Sweetheart by Judith Grimme
  • The MockingBird's Song by Wanda E. Brunstetter
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books soon. This is my Book haul for this month.

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July 24, 2020

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2020 Edition


The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag
I have been wanting to do this for some time. With this being my first and a little late.. Sorry I am doing it in July or late July. I been wanting to do this so, now better then never or waiting until next year. So I am stealing the Questions from Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
I am going to choose two books. They are favorites for to different reasons but that okay with me I will be happy. One is my childhood favorite series growing up. The first one is The Berenstain Bears' Nature Rescue by Mike Berenstain. The other one was The Nutcracker Conspiracy by Lauren Carr, I just love mystery and she delivers.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
The Missing Planets by Hawk MacKinney is the second book in The Cairns of Sainctuarie series. It was great.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
There are to many to list. I have stack to end. Here are a just a few to say the least.


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Death In The Cloud by EJ Simon, is my most anticipated release. It was supposed to have released in July but because of Covid 19.. It now sometime in October.. This other three books are Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In, Death Logs Out are the best thrillers I have read and reviewed. I Can't wait for Death in the Cloud.
Biggest disappointment
A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles was an okay book. If you want to read about Jamica history, this book is for you. The tile is not all that impressive. Let me at mention that I am not all the into this book. It has way to much of one thing that is not healthy. It a disappointment kinda read for me.

Biggest surprise
GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chomey was really big surprise to me. I really enjoyed this one. So much so I was talking about it to my mom almost every time I was with her or found her in the house once i finished a chapter. I am not this way with Nonfiction books. This one wanting to read more. I am into technology but is also talks about Generations.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
I am choosing two authors for this one. One towards Middle Grade (MG) and the other is for a Young Adult (YA). Alba Arango has become a favorite by creating a series that I just want more of. Her series is the Decoders. I picked one book up to read and then I wanted the whole series. Alba Arango books are The Lady Ghost, The Miner's Gold, The Mysterious Music Box, The Sleepwalking Vampire.

Andrew Peterson became a favorite of mine. His book North or Be Eaten became a favorite of mine. I wish I had the first book as well. But I was only to receive one book and it was the book mention above. There are two more books that go with this one and I hope to see it go on sale or work my way to get them and his first one as well. I did not expect to enjoy the book that much as it Fantasy and I don't read much of it.

Book that made you cry
I do not recall any that made me cry. None that were emotional heavy in where I was in tears. And with the way things are at the moment. Real Life is stressful  right now to make me cry.

Book that made you happy
Well 5 books made me smile.  It hard choosing just one. So I put 4 books to a number generator. I gave 4 of the five books a number and let it generate a number. It choose the number 2. I Hate, Hate, Hate This Time of Day!: A Cute Bedtime Story by Alyssa Miracle is the winner.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Look at these lovely books! The Gingerbread Train, The Edge of Everwhen, The Treasure Tree, Think Big, Mindfulness at the Park. All are review copies.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
All of them! I do not need the stress of that time. I will read them when too. Only one has to read by October. I have my list of books I want to read in what order.. I am not being pursured into when they are done. We been stressed out enough in our real life..

That the wrap up on the first half of 2020! I hope that I can pull myself out and read a bit more in the second half, so I have a few reviews to post in the second half.

How was your first half of 2020? I love to know.. Tell me in the comments.

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July 19, 2020

Monthly Wrap up: June 2020


June is gone and Summer as finally decided to show like no one business. I read more this month then I did the month before. Coronavirus is sticking around and getting worse now. Well more so in beginig of July. Been reading a bunch this month. Better then last. Hit my goal for the year and still have half the year to go.

I been watching tv a bit more. I been watching video games Let's Play on YouTube. I enjoy some of the games people are playing. I want to say Thank you them and those on the front lines of this pandemic.

I am been watching my TV shows on demand as well. Some of them are Deadliest Catch, Little People Big World, Bringing up Bates, Portals to Hell, Teen Mom OG, Call of The Midwife, Sister Wives, Ghost Adventures. I know am playing Animal Crossing New Horizons.

I have giveaways going on my blog. Check my sidebar on my blog under "Giveaways".

Books Read in May:
  1. Yoga at the Zoo by Teresa Anne Power 
  2. Mindfulness at the Park by Teresa Anne Power
  3. North or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
  4. Lucy and la Petite Nouvelle by Judith Gimme
  5. In the Cradle Lies by Olivia Newport
My books really fell in 3 different genres for this month. They are in 2 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Children - 2 Book
  2. Fantasy - 1 Book
  3. Historical - 1 Book
  4. Christian - 1 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Paperback - 4 Books
  2. Hardcover - 1 Books
I have read a total of 781 Pages, for the month of June. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2020 is 5,716 Pages and 00 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. Yoga at the Zoo - 17 Pages
  2. Mindfulness at the Park - 32 Pages
  3. North or Be Eaten - 352 Pages
  4. Lucy and la Petite Nouvelle - 124 Pages
  5. In the Cradle Lies - 256 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 1,004 Pages
  2. February - 964 Pages
  3. March - 1,687 Pages
  4. April - 440 Pages
  5. May - 840 Pages
  6. June - 781 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 6 Books
  2. February - 5 Books
  3. March - 7 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 5 Books
 
Favorite Book of the Month:

  My Review for In the Cradle Lies

A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees
On a solo ski vacation in Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker has a love-hate relationship with his wealth, spending indiscriminately while skiing fearlessly and preparing to conquer the overgrown slope of Hidden Run, a dangerous run not attempted in decades. As genealogist Jillian tries to uncover enough of Tucker’s family tree to understand his charming nature but reckless resolve, Jillian’s equally charming father, Nolan, cajoles Tucker into giving him ski lessons to get him talking about the suspicious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s life in St. Louis in the 1930s.

On the surface, Tucker’s family’s history seems too perfect. The secret may lie in the sealed envelope Tucker carries with him at all times—even on the ski slope. When no one can find Tucker to tell him the fiancee that he never mentioned turned up in Canyon Mines, they realize he must be off attempting to ski Hidden Run alone in a snowstorm. And they may be too late.

In the Cradle Lies is the second book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.
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Book Haul of the Month:
Book Challenges:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge 30/30 Books (Completed June 28, 2020)
- Fiction Addiction's Monthly Wrap up
- Backlog of Reviews (0 Reviews) 2011 though 2018
Bloggers Commenting Back
Follow me and I follow back

Giveaways:
None

Upcoming Reads / Releases

 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.



My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
What are your Reading this June? How have you coping with the Coronavirus?
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Monthly Wrap up: May 2020

May has finally come and is now leaving. It been a strange few months. I am getting reading done. Not as much as I like. It getting nicer out. Maybe some time outdoors and a little reading outdoors. I am still currently reading a book that I started at the end of April. I hope to finish it soon. Though it got still lots of chapter to go.

I been watching tv a bit more. I been watching video games Let's Play on YouTube. I enjoy some of the games people are playing. I want to say Thank you them and those on the front lines of this pandemic.

I am been watching my TV shows on demand as well. Some of them are Deadliest Catch, Little People Big World, Bringing up Bates, Portals to Hell, Teen Mom OG, Call of The Midwife, Sister Wives, Ghost Adventures. I know am playing Animal Crossing New Horizons

I have giveaways going on my blog. Check my sidebar on my blog under "Giveaways".

Books Read in May:
  1. When I Meet You by Olivia Newport  
  2. GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chromey (Book Tour 6/12/20)
  3. The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma
My books really fell in 3 different genres for this month. They are in 2 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Historical - 1 Book
  2. Nonfiction - 1 Book
  3. Fiction - 1 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Paperback - 1 Books
  2. E-Book - 2 Books
I have read a total of 840 Pages, for the month of May. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2020 is 4,935 Pages and 00 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. The Frights of Fiji - 134 Pages
  2. A Curse of Mayhem - 173 Pages
  3. Big and Little Activity Devotional - 96 Pages
  4. I Hate, Hate, Hate This Time of Day!: A Cute Bedtime Story - 40 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 1,004 Pages
  2. February - 964 Pages
  3. March - 1,687 Pages
  4. April - 440 Pages
  5. May - 840 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 6 Books
  2. February - 5 Books
  3. March - 7 Books
  4. April - 4 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
 
Favorite Book of the Month:
 My Review for When I Meet You
A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees
A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.
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Book Haul of the Month:
Book Challenges:
- Goodreads Reading Challenge 25/30 Books
- Fiction Addiction's Monthly Wrap up
- Backlog of Reviews (0 Reviews) 2011 though 2018
Bloggers Commenting Back
Follow me and I follow back

Giveaways:
The Frights of Fiji
A Curse of Mayhem

Upcoming Reads / Releases

Isaiah's Legacy - TBR
Don't Call The Wolf - TBR
Ghost Moon - TBR
North! or Be Eaten  - CR




 Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.






My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
What are your Reading? How have you coping with the Coronavirus?



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