October 19, 2016

Review: If He Had Not Come

Book Title: If He Had Not Come
Author: David Nicholson
Genres: Short Story, Christmas, Holiday, Christian Fiction, Jesus, Children
Publisher: WestBow Press
Publish Date: 2014-05-16 (40 Pages, e-book)
Disclaimer: I received this book free for an honest review from +BookLookBlogger
Description: If He Had Not Come, a Christmas story by Nan F. Weeks set in the ‘30s, asks the profound question: What if Jesus Christ had never come to Earth? David Nicholson provides a refreshing update to this timeless classic, originally included in Cynthia Pearl Maus’ anthology entitled, Christ in the Fine Arts. Through an eye-opening, somewhat bewildering dream, a young boy discovers some of the enormous changes the world would face if Jesus had never come to Earth.
If He had not come is the really good short story. It has a really meaning for Christmas. What would our world be like “If He Had Not Come”? This show you though a boy named Bobby as he experienced this.
What if Jesus was not born? Would we have the world we have now? We can draw anything from the words “If I hadn't come”. Would we still be celebrating Christmas or the birth of Jesus?
If I hadn't come and spoken to them, they wouldn't have any sin. But now they have no excuse for their sin.

This book is good for children and their parents. It good for bedtime. I would even say it even good for the holiday season and around Jesus birth. If you like a good mean full book this one is good for that.

David Nicholson, a retired teacher, discovered Nan Weeks’ story when his own children were young. He has taken on the rewarding mission of resurrecting and reintroducing it to a new generation of families, now with classic-style illustrations, suggested topics for discussion, and further information for “going deeper” into matters of the Christian faith. David and his wife, Barbara, currently reside in St. Paul, Minnesota. They have two married daughters and two grandchildren.

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Review: Roma Underground by Gabriel Valjan (Blog Tour)

Book Title:  Roma Underground
Author: Gabriel Valjan
Genres: Mystery, Thiller, Crime / Detective, Italy, Rome
Series: Roma #1
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Publish Date: February 13, 2012 (340 Pages, E-book)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book  free to review with the book that is on a book tour with +Laura Fabiani which is Book Five of this series. My options and honesty review is my own.
Description: Savvy forensic accountant Alabaster Black is hiding in Rome from her former employer, covert U.S. organization “Rendition.” While there under an assumed name she meets Dante, an investigator, erstwhile explorer and member of the Roma Underground, a band of amateur archaeologists who map the city beneath Rome. With Italian artifacts disappearing at an alarming rate, Alabaster and Dante search for answers and create a trap for the thieves. Through a mysterious online contact Alabaster learns she is being followed, and with her safety at risk she is forced to rethink her chosen alliances and discover hidden truths about herself.

Roma Underground is done well. The author start out with a woman we meet as Bianca N. We do learn a little about her past. Her name is mentioned, as Alabaster Black. You may think well, is that her real name or not? We also meet up with Dante, Alessandro, Farrugia and Gennaro. We also run into a few more people along the way.

What out a bit of a boring start with this story. It does get much better. Somehow this group gets involved with a smuggling artifact. Why is Bianca recruited by “Rendition”? Who are they, and what do they want?

Though you do not know how this group gets brought in to start a hoax? You will just be wandering in the world is going on and what it roughly about. Someone is stealing artifacts or art artifacts that have been going missing. The hoax is started by an idea that is shared by Dante.

You do go about learning about Roma Underground and what happens there along the history of Rome. I can not wait to find out what to happen next in the next book named “Wasp Nest.” This book is worth the reading and it offers so much more.

5 winners get a paperback copy of CC
5 winners get an ebook copy of CC
1 winner gets whole set of Roma series in paperback (signed)
1 winner gets whole set of Roma series in ebook format
12 winners total
Print copies open to USA and ebooks open international
Giveaway ends Dec 17

Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Roma Series, available from Winter Goose Publishing. Gabriel has also written numerous short stories and essays found online and in print.

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October 17, 2016

Spotlight Tour: Killer In the Band by Lauren Carr

  Book Title: Killer In the Band
Author: Lauren Carr
Genres: Mystery, Crime/Detective, Thriller, Cozy Mystery
Series: A Lovers in Crime Mystery
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Disclaimer: I received a Free copy of the book from the author/publisher. I received all information from +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours  for this spotlight tour

Summer of Love & Murder

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

Praise for Lauren Carr’s Mysteries:

“Lauren Carr could give Agatha Christie a run for her money!” - Charlene Mabie-Gamble, Literary R&R

“As always, Lauren Carr brings an action-packed story that is almost impossible to put down. Her mystery plots have so many twists and turns that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. And the action just didn’t stop from the very beginning till the very end.” - Melina Mason, Melina’s Book Reviews

Eleven Years Ago—Dixmont State Hospital, Outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Hard to believe this was once a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital,” the young Pennsylvania state trooper said to his partner, an older officer who seemed unimpressed with the long history of the century-old hospital that rested on top of a hill overlooking a major freeway and railroad tracks.
Heavily damaged by fire and decades of neglect, the complex’s main building had once been a historic landmark, a toast to what had been considered cutting-edge psychiat- ric treatment back in the 1800s. More than a century later, the many buildings that made up the facility lay in ruins, decaying, and the grounds were overgrown and covered in trash left by kids, psychics, and  filmmakers.
“Only goes to show you how quickly the state of the art can become out of date,” the older officer grumbled. “Do you have any idea how many crazies died here? How many are buried in that cemetery?”

“Which is why it’s one of the most haunted places in the world.” The young officer uttered a sinister laugh.
“Shut up.”
An unmarked police car rounded  the  curve  in  the  road that weaved up the long hill from the highway down below. Recognizing the woman driving the cruiser, the older trooper muttered something under his  breath.
“What is it?” his partner asked. “Gates.”

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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October 13, 2016

Book Tour: Michelangelo's Ghost

Book Title: Michelangelo's Ghost
Author: Gigi Pandian
Publisher: Henery Press
Publish Date:  2016-10-04 (288 Pages, e-book)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Crime / Detective, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
Series: Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series (#4)
Disclaimer: Irecieved this book from +NetGalley and from +Laura Fabiani for a book tour and honest review
Description: Can treasure-hunting historian Jaya Jones unmask a killer ghost?

A lost work of art linking India to the Italian Renaissance. A killer hiding behind a centuries-old ghost story. And a hidden treasure in Italy’s macabre sculpture garden known as the Park of Monsters…

Filled with the unexpected twists, vivid historical details, and cross-cultural connections Pandian is known for, Michelangelo’s Ghost is the most fast-paced and spellbinding Jaya Jones novel to date.

When Jaya’s old professor dies under eerie circumstances shortly after discovering manuscripts that point to a treasure in Italy’s Park of Monsters, Jaya and her brother pick up the trail. From San Francisco to the heart of Italy, Jaya is haunted by a ghost story inexorably linked to the masterpieces of a long-dead artist and the deeds of a modern-day murderer. Untrustworthy colleagues, disappearing boyfriends, and old enemies—who can Jaya trust when the ghost wails?

 Jaya was somehow recruited to find a lost treasure. Her old professor starts it off by trying to get to her and with her research. Something happens that, makes Jaya, has to pick up the research after her professor dies.

The author has you intrigued by wanting to know what Jaya gets an email from her former Professor. Once she gets her hands on the sketchbook or famous artist from Italy. Are there connections with Michelangelo?

You will be so involved you will be wondering what's going on with it. How is a ghost story connected to present day Murder? For me, this book seems to have you guessing along the way.

They're a disappearing boyfriend that comes and goes. What up with that. It seems to grow even more intense with a ghost that keeps appearing and disappearing. It comes to be even more intense, as you, go. I thought it was growing creepier. It, not creepy scary. It just my opinion of how I felt at a point. I loved it. You did not ever know what was going to happen when you go to turn the page.

One grand prize winner will receive:

- Signed copies of the first 3 books in the series
- 6 book-themed recipe cards from the locations where each book is set (Italy, Scotland, India, France, and the US)
- $20 gift certificate to the winner’s favorite bookstore
Open to USA & Canada
Giveaway ends on Oct 29

USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. She spent her childhood being dragged around the world, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gigi writes the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt mysteries, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries, and locked-room mystery short stories. Gigi’s debut novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012” debut by Suspense Magazine. Her fiction has been awarded the Lefty Award and short-listed for Macavity and Agatha Awards. Sign up for her email newsletter at www.gigipandian.com/newsletter.

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October 12, 2016

Book Challenge: Halloween Bingo Update #8

Ghost Stories and Hunted Houses: Michelangelo's Ghost by Gigi Pandian
Vampires vs. Werewolves: The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr
Locked Room Mystery: Roma Underground by Gabriel Valjan
Creepy Crawlies: Wasp's Nest by Gabriel Valjan
Supernatural: Bloodrealms by Aurora Whittet
Genre: Horror: Friends in Dark Corners by Jill H. O’Bones
Young Adult Horror:
Classic Horror:
Magical Realism: Far-Knowing by Melinda Brasher
Black Cat: Oliver and Jumpy Stories 16-18 by Werner Stejskal
Gothic: Hungry Moon: Quicksilver by Claudy Conn
Full Moon: Bloodmoon by Aurora Whittet
Genre: Mystery:
“Fall” Into a Good book:
Set in New England: Corporate Citizen by Gabriel Valjan
Grave or Graveyard:
Read w/ (Booklikes) Friends:
Read by Candlelight or Flashlight: Turning to Stone by Gabriel Valjan
A Dark and Stormy Night:
Scary Women (Author): Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet
Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun:
Set on Halloween: 
Free Space: Threading by Needle by Gabriel Valjan

Bingo #1
Vampires vs. Werewolves: The Murders at Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr
Locked Room Mystery: Roma Underground by Gabriel Valjan
Black Cat: Oliver and Jumpy Stories 16-18 by Werner Stejskal
Scary Women (Author): Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet
 Free Space: Threading by Needle by Gabriel Valjan

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