Thursday, January 27, 2022

Paranormal Romance #Review ~ New Wolf (Arctic Wolf Book 2) by J.R. Rain and H.P. Mallory #PNR


A break-in at the local bar seems at first glance a routine case of vandalism, likely the result of high schoolers looking to score some free booze. Except no alcohol was stolen, there's no evidence of an actual break-in, and the thief was clearly looking for something.

But what? Chief Elodie Matthews wants to know.

Meanwhile, as a new werewolf, her first official turning is rapidly approaching―and she's not looking forward to it. By all accounts, it's going to be painful and super weird, and she just doesn't have time for it.

Not when it turns out someone is hunting all the werewolves in town. No one is safe, least of all the new chief of police and the town's newest werewolf resident. With the full moon fast approaching and a killer about to unleash unholy hell upon the citizens of Hope, Alaska, it's up to Elodie Matthews to save the day.

The only problem is... she barely knows who she is anymore.

Or what she's about to become...



Publisher: ‎ Rain Press
Publication Date: ‎ January 7, 2022
Print Length: ‎ 221 pages

My Review and Rating:

We are back in Hope, Alaska with newly bitten police chief Elodie Matthews. Worried about her first turn coming up soon has her anxious. Her mind is momentarily taken off the impending turn when a local business owner reports a break-in where the perpetrator tossed every space in the bar. Nothing had been taken that the owner could see but there was a mess that point to whomever was there frantically looking for something. Her anxiety returns full force when Elodie realizes that her turning and the bar vandalism are small in comparison to the newly discovered evidence of a werewolf hunter in their midst.

New Wolf is a fast-paced supernatural story set in a small, unassuming town. There is more world building in this second book, as we learn more about the town of Hope. The development of Elodie's character continues as her life is forever changed and she must learn to adapt. I love how visual the authors have written New Wolf. Their descriptions had me right there in the middle of the snow, the trees, inside the bar, and present during the conclusion. There is a shocking twist I never saw coming and the events unfolded flawlessly. As the layers of a long-ago mystery are pulled away, I was surprised at the outcome. I enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next book.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Paranormal Women's Fiction #Review ~ The Broken Mirror (Haven Hollow #13) (Remarkable Remedies #1) by J.R. Rain and H.P. Mallory #PWF @HPMallory


When Poppy accidentally breaks her bedroom mirror, she has no idea the bad luck she’s in for!

With just about everything going wrong, Poppy’s first order of business is to reverse the curse of the broken mirror ASAP! Unfortunately for her, though, that’s not quite how the cosmos work.

Saddled with a serious case of misfortune, imagine Poppy’s surprise when one of her clients walks into her store with yet another mirror! This one isn’t cursed, though.

It’s haunted.

The ghost of the woman stuck inside the mirror appears to be from pioneer times, and as she yells in silent horror and pounds against the glass, it’s pretty clear she wants out.

But just how does one free a ghost from a mirror?

Poppy’s about to find out… the hard way.



Publisher: ‎ Rain Press
Publication Date: ‎ January 21, 2022
Print Length: ‎ 171 pages

My Review and Rating:

The Broken Mirror (Haven Hollow #) (Remarkable Remedies #1)The Broken Mirror (Haven Hollow #) by J.R. Rain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Broken Mirror is the 13th book (fitting, I think) in the Haven Hollow series, but it’s also book 1 in the Remarkable Remedies spin-off. I love all the different books in the same world. In this book, Poppy’s day starts off incredibly bad. She breaks a mirror in her rush to get moving in the morning and her luck snowballs from there. When she discovers the 7-years-of-bad-luck curse if real and she’s living proof, she knows she must figure out how to break the curse.

In the middle of her crisis, a new customer seeks Poppy out for assistance. It would appear she purchased an antique mirror at a local estate sale that might just be haunted. Poppy is curious and when she inspects the mirror – yes, indeed, the mirror is haunted. A woman is trapped inside, reliving whatever horror trapped her in the first place. Poppy sure is going to be busy in The Broken Mirror.

The Broken Mirror is another fantastic and fun novel in the Haven Hollow series. This writing duo brings interesting stories, intriguing characters, and thought-provoking mysteries to life. The character development provides history and growth, and the world-building creates a fantastic world to watch the characters do their thing.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Paranormal Women's Fiction #Review ~ Hauntingly Happy: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Spirits Book 10) by H.P. Mallory and J.R. Rain ~ #PWF

Zombie curses, licorice witches and ghost children, oh, my!

When Luke Montague was hit by a truck, courtesy of Angharad’s witch magic, I was in shock. But, when he opened his eyes and looked up at me, saying “ma minette,” I knew my life would never be the same again.

And I was right.

But, even with Drake alive again, everything isn’t daisies and roses. No, far from it.

I’m still playing puppet on a string to Guarda (ahem, zombie puppet on a string) and important artifacts are still going missing throughout New Orleans, stolen at the hands of ghostly children. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a witch terrorizing the city with wands of licorice that turn into deadly snakes.

And my sudden onslaught of dreams of the Colonial 17th century are somehow related, I’m sure. In my dreams, I’m in a garrison under attack from ghostly invaders and they’re searching for someone—someone who, in turn, is searching for me.

Yep, just another day in the life of Peyton Clark, spiritualist, medium and perpetual mess up.


Publisher: ‎ Rain Press
Publication Date: ‎ December 31, 2021
Print Length: ‎ 298 pages

Hauntingly Happy: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel (Midlife Spirits Book 10)Hauntingly Happy: A Paranormal Women's Fiction Novel by H.P. Mallory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hauntingly Happy is book 10 in the Midlife Spirits series featuring Peyton Clark series. Picking up where book 9, Making Spirits Bright, left off, Peyton finds herself face-to-face with a very dead Luke Montague. When Luke re-animates though, the person looking back at her is decidedly not Luke. If she thought her world was crazy now, it’s about to crank up a few more notches.

The ghost children are still stealing certain artifacts from various placed around New Orleans. Mysterious women keep popping up in Peyton's dreams, visions, and life. There is no end to the weird occurrences in this book. I love the crossover into another series by H.P. Mallory and J.R. Rain. This installment of the series is fun, scary, and full of twists, turns, and surprises.

I love all the characters in this book. Petyon is a fantastic heroine. Drake, Maggie, Lovie, and Ryan make for a well-rounded support system for Peyton They are likable and complex. I enjoy the smooth and conversational writing style. The story is fun yet terrifying. I found this novella completely engaging, fast paced, and I couldn't put it down. The characters have grown throughout the series and the authors do a wonderful job writing them. The storylines in the book are not resolved, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger ending. I'm excited to read the next book.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

#Romance Review ~ The Wedding Setup by Sonali Dev @Sonali_Dev ~ #Amazon

Book Details:

Title: The Wedding Setup

Author: Sonali Dev

Release Date: January 11, 2022

Publisher: Amazon Original Stories

About the Book:

Ayesha Shetty lost her brother seven years ago, the same time she lost everything else important to her: her dreams, her fierce independence, and the man she loved. Not wanting to see her mother hurt anymore, she put her wild self away and became the dutiful daughter her mother needed and took on her brother’s role in the family business.

Now her best friend’s big, fat Indian wedding is a chance to get away from her endless duties at the restaurant and maybe even have some fun (if she remembers how). But a setup arranged by her mother, with a doctor no less, is the last thing she needs. The fact that he checks all her mother’s boxes just makes everything better…and worse.

Then Emmitt Hughes shows up. Her brother’s best friend. The love she once chose over family duties and her responsibilities. The one she asked to leave, and who did. The one who knows the real Ayesha. Torn between a love from the past that could cost her the only person she has left and her sense of obligation to her mother, will Ayesha find the strength to stop thinking about what everyone else wants and finally put herself first? Or is the old Ayesha truly gone for good?

My Review and Rating:

The Wedding Setup: A Short StoryThe Wedding Setup: A Short Story by Sonali Dev
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ayesha Shetty has had a lot of tragedy in her life. The death of her brother snowballed into further loss. She gave up her dreams, her independence, and love to become the straightlaced daughter she felt her mother needed from her. Ayesha did a complete 180-degree shift in personality.

Bela, Ayesha’s bestie, is getting married. This event allows Ayesha to step away from her responsibilities for a minute, spend time with her friend, and finally have some fun. Ayesha’s heart drops when her mother informs her she’s using the wedding as a mechanism to set Ayesha up with a doctor. Then Ayesha’s lost love arrives.

The Wedding Setup is a beautiful romance. The novel is a wonderful story of love, loss, heartache, and renewal. I was drawn in by the descriptive prose, well-written characters, and engaging dialogue. This is a short story, but everything was fleshed out with a satisfying conclusion. This is my first time experiencing the writing by Sonali Dev and I’m hooked.

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Read an Excerpt from The Wedding Setup:

Goose bumps rose across Ayesha’s skin, one sharp dot at a time.


That was it. Just that one word. Her name. In a voice that was its own ghost.

She squeezed her eyes shut. One tight squeeze. Tight enough to hurt, tight enough to almost dislodge the false eyelashes Andre had pressed into her lash line one by one with the precision of a surgeon. Then boom! she was in control again and back to Ayesha on Ice.

Eyes blank, face set, she turned toward the voice.


The impact of him was a body blow.

The entire universe stilled. Words weren’t a thing. Or sound. Breath? What was that?

Ayesha! Get a grip.

No grip. That’s how it had always been. She’d had no grip when it came to Emmitt Hughes. Not even a little bit. Not when she’d spied on him and Ajay playing Mario Kart and Minecraft and GTA for hours, for years. Not when she’d yearned and dreamed and spun stories with him at the center.

I’ve made my love for you, my god.

It was the cheesiest of lines from one of those Bollywood songs her parents had played on repeat at the restaurant. Amma had loved translating the over-the-top lyrics and explaining their nuances.

Back when Amma was full of stories and songs and laughter. Before Ajay.


Her brother’s unspoken name fell between them like a glass bauble and shattered.

“You remember Emmitt,” Edward had the gall to say.

Bela shot him a glare.

You didn’t tell me he would be here. Ayesha threw the silent accusation at her traitorous best friend, who gave her nothing more than another worried look.

No, Eddie. Remind me again who he is? The snarky words stuck in Ayesha’s throat. Old Ayesha would have said them. Old Ayesha said everything.

“Emmitt,” New Ayesha said, every feeling buried under her customer-is-king voice from the restaurant. “Nice to see you again.”

His Adam’s apple bobbed in the long column of his throat. How was he still so darned beautiful?

One swallow, and then he smiled back. Banking feelings where no one saw them had been his thing. Emmitt the Wall. That’s what Ajay had called him. Her brother had been best friends with him since Emmitt had moved to Naperville in fifth grade after his parents’ divorce. Years of friendship, and he’d still held Ajay at that slight distance he’d been so good at. Something she would always wish she hadn’t cured him of.

You broke me, Ayesha.You broke every defense I’ve ever had against the world.

She, Ayesha Shetty—too tall, too dark, too outspoken, too intense, too ambitious, too everything for everyone else had been just enough to break through Emmitt the Wall.

“It’s nice to see you too,” he said gently, sounding . . . she dug through her brain to come up with the right word. Grown-up? Contained?

Good. Because Ayesha was all those things now too. Not a grenade with its fuse pulled, ready to blow up the world.

Meet the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore universal issues. Her novels have been named best books of the year by Library Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, and Kirkus Reviews. She has won numerous accolades, including the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for best contemporary romance, and multiple RT Seals of Excellence; has been a RITA finalist; and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Historical Fiction Book Review ~ The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Book #1) by Kim Michele Richardson @Sourcebooks


In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry.

The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government's new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.


Publisher: ‎ Sourcebooks Landmark (May 7, 2019)
Paperback: ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1492671525
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1492671527

My Review and Rating:

The Book Woman of Troublesome CreekThe Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michelle Richardson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek was an interesting book. I was unaware of a condition that make people blue. The lack of a specific enzyme, diaphorase, caused methemoglobinemia, turning white people blue. The original family came to Kentucky in the 1820s and stayed in a tight-knit community, away from the watchful eyes of those around them. The blue people of Kentucky were ridiculed, abused, and discriminated against.

I was enraged by the treatment of the people of color and the people with blue skin in the book. The author, however, depicted their unfair treatment well and as true as one can describe from information gleaned from primary and secondary research. People reject what is different or what they don’t understand, and people of color and white people with a blue tint to their skin were, unfortunately, no exceptions.

I found the history of the Pack Horse Librarians fascinating. Again, I knew nothing about this New Deal initiative to provide reading materials to those in rural Kentucky. What a wonderful project to make sure children and adults, alike, had reading material. Many families lived far away from libraries and obtaining books, magazines, Bibles, etc. was impossible. These Pack Horse Librarians brought joy and literacy to those who didn’t have access to such things before.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Review of Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward ~ #Romance #Montlake @ViKeeland @PenelopeAuthor #NA #Romance

Book Details:

Title: Dirty Letters
Authors: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Montlake


About the Book:

She had yet to meet him but had never forgotten the British boy who’d warmed her heart.

As childhood pen pals, Griffin Quinn and Luca Vinetti couldn’t have been more different. Over the years, through hundreds of letters, they became best friends, sharing their deepest, darkest secrets.

Until one day it ended.

Griffin never understood why Luca disappeared. She was special. She knew the real him like no one else. He writes her a drunken letter, an angry one, never expecting her to write back.

Before they know it, they’re right where they left off. This time with heat.

But as playing catch-up goes from fun to flirty to downright dirty, Luca wants more. She wants Griffin in the flesh. That’s where it gets risky. Because when they meet, the mystery will be over. And once they really get to know each other, there’ll be no going back.

My Review and Rating:

Dirty LettersDirty Letters by Vi Keeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dirty Letters is a quick and steamy book with delightful characters. I was engaged in the story from the very beginning. The author pulled me in with wonderful writing, descriptive prose, and complex characters.

Griffin and Luca were childhood pen pals when Luca abruptly cut off communication. Eight years later, Luca receives a harsh letter from Griffin. Luca explains why she stopped writing and her explanation must have satisfied Griffin. The duo rekindled their lost friendship quickly.

As adults, their conversations increased in intensity and the flirting began. Griffin is a very patient and understanding guy who, eight years ago, lost his most important friend. When Luca wants to meet him in person, Griffin resists, but Luca forges on ahead anyway. I love it when Luca discovers who Griffin has become since they were children.

Both Luca and Griffin are terrific characters. Luca suffered from a condition that caused major issues in how she lived her life. As a sufferer of anxiety, myself, I completely understand how episodes work, come out of the blue, and can break a person. The authors did a great job writing both of them. I found this book to be so realistic.

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