Books to discover!

This is a new page and I will add some of the books I have discovered and reviewed; there are hundreds! I enjoyed reading them and thought you might too. Underneath each book will be my review and some details about the author and the book itself. I will only add 4 or 5 star reviews here. Click the book title for the book link to buy your very own copy! Book covers via Amazon.

My latest reviews will now be posted on the main page with links here so that they are easily found by readers of each genre.

MYSTICAL ROMANCE:

Spirit of the book, by D.E. Howard: Book details and my review.

POETRY:

Heart’s journey home, by Natalie Ducey: Book details and my review.

“If Only There Was Music…”

The poetry of forbidden love, by Nonnie Jules: Book details and my review.

FANTASY:
Elemental Earth:  Book details and review.
A thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair : Book details and review.
Spirit of the book by D E Howard: Book details and review.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS: 
I’m not even eating a cookie by Regina Puckett: Book details and review. 
The complete adventures of Shelby f squirrel and friends. Eleanor Lawrie

 

Some of the other books I’ve read. Reviews posted on Amazon. 

A Freebooter’s Fantasy almanac – Sian Glirdan
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women. Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
Just Haven’t Met You Yet – Cate Woods
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleton – Robin Gregory
The Best Is Yet to Come: Novella Bonus for Her Best Match – Tamie Dearen
Summer at Shell Cottage – Lucy Diamond
Papala Skies – Stephen Geez
The O.D. – Chris James
Deception- S M Spencer
Sacrifice – S M Spencer
I’ve loved these days – Bethany Turner
 Finding Liam – Cheryl Phipps
Where did your heart go? – Audrina Lane

MY READING LIST: REVIEWS COMING SOON:

Sun Kisses – Lynda Beaver
All This Time – Kim Cox
Myth and Magic – Mae Clair
Christmas cruise – Kim Cox
Held by Him – Michelle Abbott
Deadly Secrets – Gordon Bickerstaff
Deception – Bill Ward
One Hot Summer – Kat French
The One Discovered: Chronicles of the Diasodz, Book 1 – Yvette M Calleiro
Be Careful What You Wish For – Alexandra Potter
My Life In Bad Jobs – Rob turner
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past – Paul Cude

REVIEWED LIST

SAGAS

Milele Safari: An Eternal Journey by [Hawke, Jan]

Millie Safari by Jan Hawke

Milele Safari – An Eternal Journey …twines around a single day, in an unremarkable border village that snuffs out the lives of four people and shatters many others, only to draw the survivors back to a different time and, perhaps, a hope of atonement and peace. Step out on the journey and discover an Africa that could have been, is and might one day come to be.

About the author:

This will be pretty basic for now – I’m Jan, English, retired but hoping to be writing full time from now on.

I live near Launceston in Cornwall UK with Toby and Benji the Springer Spaniels – it’s a tie between us all as to who’s maddest, but as I outrank them in being weird anyway it’s not open to debate really.

I’m physically lazy with things that don’t hold much interest for me (so that’s mostly housework and, increasingly, cooking…), but I love where we live, mainly because I chose it for being so quiet and off the beaten track, very close to the moors and quite near to the sea.

I also love books, both to write and to read, the latter of which can be very eclectic (I enjoy Julian Barnes, Kate Atkinson, Jeanette Winterson and will happily admit to Jilly Cooper too) but in the main I’m heavily into SF&F, particularly Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and Julian May, although I can pass on Zombie Apocalypses fairly easily…

…how I’ve chosen to write about Africa for my first novel may be something of a surprise to my friends, but if you read it you may find that all of the above information manifests in there somehow!

My review:

This book had been recommended by a friend and although it is not the usual genre I enjoy, as I am an avid romance reader, I thought I would give it a try. I’m really glad I decided to read it, as the story is poignant and troubling, but also very beautiful and moving.

The characters are well written and the surrounding are vividly bought to life by the author. My attention was caught from the first page and I read the book over three days, as once you open the cover, you immerse yourself in the details and have to read on.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS:

The Adventures Of Stupid The Cat by [Borders, Brenda, Borders, Bruce A.]

The adventures of a stupid cat by Brenda and Bruce A. Borders

All cats can be a little strange! Some might even be crazy! But it takes a smart cat to pull off some of the things this lovable cat named Stupid does! Follow his adventures, told in his own words. (Based on the life of a real cat, who thanks to his head-shaking behavior, earned the nickname of Stupid).

About the author:

Bruce A. Borders was born in 1967 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Bruce’s childhood years were spent in a number of states, including Missouri, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
During his high school years, he was a member of the football, basketball and track teams, involved in various non-athletic activities such as school yearbook production and photography, and won numerous awards for his artistic creations. Bruce graduated Valedictorian in 1984
While in school, Bruce held three part-time jobs; a store clerk, a janitor, and a dental technician, working about 60-70 hours per week. After graduation he became employed full time as a dental technician. Other jobs have included restaurant manager, carpenter and grocery store cashier. For the past sixteen years, he has worked as a commercial truck driver, logging more than two million miles.
At the age of fifteen, Bruce decided to become a writer. He began by writing songs, news articles and short stories. Eventually, books were added to the list. Over the years, he continued to write and currently has a catalog of more than 500 songs, numerous short stories and nine completed books. He writes on a variety of subjects such as the Bible and politics, as well as fictional novels of legal issues and westerns.

My review:

I wrote a review of this book as soon as I finished it, but the review has disappeared from my phone twice! It was such a lovely book to read, that I didn’t want to miss writing a review. This is a tale of a family cat who enjoys making mischief. It’s is a children’s book, but I read it with my children and enjoyed it as much as they did! There are some poems at the end of the book, which we all read together. A great family read.

 

The Complete Adventures of SHELBY F. SQUIRREL and Friends by [Lawrie, Eleanor]

The Complete Adventures of Shelby F. Squirrel and Friends by Eleanor Lawrie

“The Complete Adventures of SHELBY F. SQUIRREL and Friends”
Ages 3 – 11

Shelby is a young flying squirrel, who lives with his mother and twin sister, Darby.

This delightful series of 24 stories takes us through two years. The adventures include necessary lessons for skills the young ones will need as adults, and endless fun and excitement as Shelby explores the world around him.

Shelby hiccups and stutters when he is upset or excited, trouble finds him much too easily, and growing up is not what he wants to do.

The forest provides him with many good friends. They all decide to move to another forest when a possible disaster threatens their favourite meadow.

In Part Two, “SHELBY ON THE FARM”, he meets and learns about farm animals.

The stories relate loosely to the realities of wild flying squirrels, but liberal poetic licence allows much more to happen.

Shelby F. Squirrel is the perfect introduction to learning more about real flying squirrels, one of nature’s very little-known and most amazing creatures.

About the Author:

Eleanor Lawrie retired from a career as a professional musician, appearing in symphony, chamber and solo settings from Toronto to Niagara. She kept a busy studio teaching flute, piano and recorder. Writing became a retirement hobby, and several poems and short stories have been published in contest finalist anthologies, since 2010, by Polar Expressions. Shelby came into existence at first as a short story, which soon begged for more, eventually becoming 24 linked adventures. Each one stands alone and reaches a satisfactory conclusion, which makes them perfect for reading to younger children, school use, etc. However, the overall spread clearly shows SHELBY developing and maturing. Eleanor also enjoys reading, nature, coffee with friends, and especially Writers Forum where reading, tips, and support are eagerly shared. Eleanor lives with her husband, Andy, and their three budgies.

My review:

A really lovely book for all the family to read. Follow the adventures of Shelby squirrel as he tests the boundaries set by his mother and meets lots of new friends. A well written and fun filled story. I would have liked to have seen small illustrations of the characters instead of the photos that start each chapter, but this is just personal preference. A great book to sit and read every day with your children and their friends.

MYSTERY:

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Deviled! by Maureen K. Howard.

Fireworks and spectacular performances were to be expected at the Drama Divas Convention over the Fourth of July weekend, being framed for murder was not.

Best friends Francie and June thought attending a three-day acting seminar at Devil’s Island Luxury Resort and Amusement Park would provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in some relaxation and entertaining girl time, but stumbling over a dead body throws a monkey wrench into their holiday agenda.

Glamorous women, gorgeous men, and unlimited access to free food, drinks, and the resort’s world-renowned spa do little to distract the unwitting sleuths from their mission to uncover the murderer’s true identity.

Encounters with zombies, creepy clowns, and a peculiar conventioneer with a bad toupee muddy the waters as Francie and June sort through clues, dodge disaster, and uncover a devilish plot backed by a dangerous group of sinister criminals. Can they unmask the murderer before their lives are forever changed?

About the author:

Maureen K. Howard is the pen name of mother/daughter writing partners, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. Together they have created the Lake Erie Mysteries series set in and around the beautiful islands of their favorite summertime locale. They both live in Findlay, Ohio.

My review:

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but it wasn’t a problem at all. I enjoyed the antics of the main characters, Francie and June, who get mixed up in a murder and then have to try and bail themselves out.

This book is really well written and there are lots of exciting plot twists to keep you turning the pages. The story is intriguing and the authors bring this book to a satisfying conclusion.

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Into Dark Waters by Rebecca Reilly.

A cruise ship is an easy place to commit murder. Body disposal’s a cinch, and suicide’s the likely verdict. The only problem is determining how to choose the next victim.

Sad and sexy, women find Detective Jim Tanger attractive. He doesn’t care. His wife’s suicide three years ago froze his soul. When Jim hears that Sunburst Cruises has lost another young female passenger to an assumed suicide, Jim’s passions erupt. He pushes the department and the cruise line into letting him investigate. Battling seasickness and overwhelming shyness, Jim must protect the women and find the killer only he believes exists.

Julie Cooper loves her husband Joel. She hopes their anniversary cruise to Hawaii will be a new beginning for them. Before her suitcases are unpacked, someone unleashes a campaign of terror against her. Anonymous threats, cryptic messages in her cabin, and an attempt on her life force Julie to look at the one person who might want her dead; the one person she trusted with her life.

About the author:

Rebecca loves a challenge; consequently, she worked as a Pastor, a Health Coach, a Massage Therapist, a Zumba Instructor, a musical theater Director/Producer, and a Writer – all at the same time!

She took on three, wildly different genres for her first three novels – a murder mystery at sea, a humorous look at sex and marriage, and a children’s chapter book on bullying (under the pen name, Becky Reilly).

My review:

I had already purchased another book by this author when I won Into Dark Waters in a competition, so I decided to read this one first.

I am usually a fan of romance novels, but this book was such a great read that I couldn’t wait to find time to discover what would happen next. I read the whole novel over two days and found the writing style and attention to detail really wonderful. The characters were interesting and vibrant and the plot intrigues you so much that you have to keep reading.

If you love mystery and suspense, give this novel a try!

PARANORMAL:

Haunted Hearts by Kim Cox.

Will Lana Malloy solve the twenty-year-old double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé by Memorial Day? If she can, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts for another year.

About the author:

Kim Cox is an author of Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense and Romance. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chain saw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers–Scooter and Harley, and a Yorkie mix, Candi. She’s a mother and grandmother. Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles.

My review:

This story is really easy to read and the characters are well written. The book is about a young woman who is setting up her own investigation company and the first client is her dead aunt! The relationship between the two is interesting and the aunt is quite mischievous. I really enjoyed discovering more about the author at the end of the book and it made me want to read her other work.

SELF-HELP:

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I’m not crazy…I’m allergic! by Sherilyn Powers

What would you do if you found out that after 50 years of being told you have a “chemical imbalance” and mental illness, that severe allergies were at the root of your problems?

When this happens to a skeptical Julie, she goes on a journey of self-discovery that not only identifies the everyday things she reacts to, but also for the first time in her life, gives her control of her life and her attitude.

This book explores how every day things could be related to reactions like panic attacks, depression, uncontrollable crying, brain fog, body aches and pains and many more.

About the author:

Sherilyn Powers has been a writer all her life. She has written and published poetry, completed several fiction novels and published blogs and articles.

Sherilyn has been a facilitator and presenter for company VPs and CEOs, office staff and field workers on a variety of health topics and safety presentations. She has been interested in health and body work for many years, starting with family members’ with ADHD and mental illness, up to and including her own health challenges with Celiac disease and allergies.

My review:

This book was so helpful and informative. If you have someone in the house who suffers from anxiety, depression or has allergies, then this book is well worth a read. I read with interest the links between anti-depressants and antihistamines and will be looking further into this as my family members take antihistamines regularly. Having allergies can often make you feel a bit isolated and this book helps you to realise that there are so many people out there with undiagnosed allergies or intolerances.

A well written and easy to read book that should be in every family home!

Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! by [Harris-Slaughter, Shirley]

Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air. Or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off, so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label?
The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, how I got out of them, and the affect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being.
Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!! Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!
My review:
I bought this book as the cover and title caught my eye. The book takes you on a journey of the author’s life and she describes some of the awful times she has been through and how she has had to deal with various health issues with little support at first. As you read on, you discover that she began to look at her nutritional and emotional wellbeing and how this resulted in a healthy and happy new lifestyle.
It’s empowering to read her story of overcoming some really tough obstacles, but her spirit pushed her through and helped her to become the lady she is today. A great read for anyone who would enjoys alternative medicine or has food intolerances.

MODERN ROMANCE:

Luck of the Irish: Complete Edition by [Gavin, Liz]

Luck of the Irish by Liz Gavin

Keira Ashe’s parents are great but her mother has overprotected her for years. Now, this twenty-two-year-old Bostonian has graduated from college and can go on a trip she has been planning for years. She fears her shyness may get in the way of her enjoying what could be a life-altering adventure. However, Keira feels her luck is about to change when she meets gorgeous bartender Declan Slane.

Declan Slane is twenty-six and works at a hotel bar in Dublin. He hasn’t been very lucky in his love life so far. Also, he has got a troubled past he has chosen not to revisit in order to keep his sanity. Because he isn’t looking for a girlfriend, Declan isn’t very pleased to meet a certain breathtaking American who walks into his bar one afternoon.

Get a taste of adventure and heartache as Keira spreads her wings and matures while she gets to know her great-grandparents’ home country – Ireland. Hold your breath when she faces tough decisions and dangers. Root for Keira while she weighs up the consequences of making love for the first time. Bite your nails when she comes across unforeseen threats.

Liz Gavin’s second full-length novel is hard to put down just as it is hard to pinpoint its genre. She has woven an intricate web around her characters that will leave readers breathless. In the sizzling concoction, this talented new author poured heart-warming romance, heart-stopping suspense, and a dash of heart-searching paranormal. Take your pick. Regardless of the literary genre you might favor, Liz Gavin’s writing will take you to a whole different side of it.

About the author

International best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.
This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese.
Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts. She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in unconventional setups.

My review:

I bought this book as I had enjoyed the first two chapters, which I read as a free download. The characters are interesting and the story gives you an insight into their lives. You can immerse yourself into the descriptions of the Irish countryside and culture and if you like a fast paced story with lots of erotic scenes and a dashing hero, this is the book for you!

Autumn in the Vineyard (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) by [Adair, Marina]

Autumn in the vineyard by Marina Adir

Frankie Baudouin has a hundred reasons not to trust Nate DeLuca. First, he’s a DeLuca. Second, he kissed her—in front of the entire town—and then never called. Oh, and he’s after her land. Sorrento Ranch is Frankie’s last chance to prove to her family—and to herself—that she has what it takes to be an award-winning winemaker. And she will stop at nothing to ensure her success—even if it means playing nice with the starched, sophisticated, and oh-so-sexy Italian.

For Nate, Sorrento Ranch is more than just soil and grape vines; it was his father’s dream—a dream Nate is determined to make a reality. So when he finds himself forced to cohabitate with a hot-headed, irrational, and incredibly gorgeous Baudouin, Nate is surprised to discover that chaos could be so much fun—especially when she sleeps in nothing but lace.

About the author:

Marina Adair is an International and #1 National best-selling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Sugar’s Twice as Sweet, part of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at http://www.MarinaAdair.com.

My review:

A light and easy book to read. Lots of family drama and a cute love interest. Would make a great holiday read, as once you start the story you want to find out how it ends. Great settings and the characters are vibrant and feisty.

Luck of the Draw (A Betting on Romance Novel Book 1) by [Allan, Cheri]

If only life had a refresh button…Kate Mitchell never planned to be a 31 year-old widowed single mom, but when her soon-to-be-EX husband up and dies, her dreams of finishing college and starting over are thrown in the air like a game of ’52 pick-up.’ When she’s given a leave of absence from work and told to “quit or recommit,” Kate retreats to idyllic Sugar Falls, New Hampshire, to figure out whether she can discover her passion and pay the bills. Cue the fresh air, summer sunshine and one sexy local contractor.

Tall, dark, and handy…Volunteer fireman and all-around hunky guy in a toolbelt, Jim Pearson has sworn off complicated women with messy baggage. They cling to his nice-guy stability and skills with a power saw just long enough to straighten out their lives and move on… but then he meets the cute single mom staying at Grams’ lake house for the summer.

While a sizzling attraction draws them together, Jim’s distrust of complicated women and Kate’s incredibly complicated life threaten to pull them apart. But forces beyond their control–match-making grandmothers, the lazy backdrop of summer, and their own reckoning with the past–conspire to make them risk it all… and bet on love.
My review:
A really lovely romance that kept me interested the whole way through. The characters are well written and have a lot of personality. An ideal holiday read.

More reviews coming soon! 

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