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text 2018-03-19 12:27
NBTM, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Hope and Honor by Marilee Brothers
Hope and Honor - Marilee Brothers

Life is becoming more complicated for soul reader Honor Melanie “Mel” Sullivan. Her boss needs help with his rebellious teen daughter who believes rules are made to be broken and Mel’s current boyfriend, Homeland Security agent Mick Petrov, is becoming an absentee lover, dropping hints about a major decision he faces. To make it worse, Mel’s ex, 3 Peaks detective “Billy the Kid” McCarty wants her back. And those aren’t the only challenges. When a paramilitary group called New Dawn wants her soul-reading skills, Mel meets five-year-old twins who steal her heart. Unwilling to abandon the motherless children, she strikes a deal with the compound’s charismatic leader. Drawn deeper and deeper into New Dawn’s twisted agenda, Mel must figure out a way to save the twins and herself before it’s too late.


Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/03/nbtm-excerpt-guest-post-giveaway-hope.html
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review 2018-03-13 22:11
Cozy Mysteries Cookbook
Cozy Mysteries Cookbook: Recipes from Hope Callaghan's Cozy Mystery Books - Hope Callaghan

I do enjoy mysteries with recipes in them. I have found some really good ones and I love when the author puts all the recipes (or a large grouping of them) into a cookbook so that I can just look in one book for the recipes instead of searching through all of the books. I realize that the author was attempting to get people to buy her books by putting excerpts from the books near the recipes, but I didn't want to read the excerpts here, I just wanted to look at the recipes and plan when I was going to use them (like for Easter). 



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text 2018-03-12 21:05
seriously? It's a real thing! (And the author appears to be an a-hole)
Hope Never Dies - Andrew Shaffer

(I just did a really brave thing for me -- I asked for an ARC!)



UPDATE -- 16 March 2018


Stolen from Twitter.


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review 2018-03-12 19:40
Emotional Story of Forgiveness
Shadows of Hope - Georgiana Daniels

Shadows of Hope is a story of Marissa & Collin Kimball’s journey to recovery after suffering infertility for years in their marriage. Shadows of hope tells a vivid story of not only their journey to overcome the strain infertility has placed on their marriage, but their individual sources of distraction from the issue. While Marissa is distracting herself with the clinic she has built, her husband has a distraction all his own. Attempting to fast track his career as a college professor into tenured status, Collin has placed everything on the line for a young co-ed; including his marriage.


Tristan, best friend to Marissa is caught between a rock and a hard place. He has to watch his friend agonize her way through the situation, without wanting anyone to help. Conflicting with his psychologist nature to help. Tristan may not be on team Collin, but he does a good job of providing unbiased advice.


Meanwhile, Marissa is befriending the very women that has her contemplating what to do about her marriage; Collin’s mistress. Saving grace for the mistress, Kaitlyn, she has no idea until it’s too late, that Collin is married. You won’t spend the whole story disliking her or upset (or that could just be me). I think anyone can identify with Kaitlyn’s guilt at being a part of situation she didn’t know the whole truth about until it was too late. Ignoring the red flags, an often in hindsight, obvious signs that something wasn’t right.


While there are some spiritual elements & brief scripture references in the story, it wouldn’t be hard for someone who has had the same struggles, and doesn’t believe, to identify with the struggles of Marissa & Collin. Georgiana Daniels uses great imagery & technique to evoke emotional responses to her characters. You will hurt with Marissa as you watch her attempting to cope with the infertility. Which will leave you furious with Collin’s behavior at focusing on his own selfish feelings, from the problems he has created.


I gave the book 3 stars, because I didn’t like the development of Marissa. She lacks accountability in her actions and throughout the story. Collin’s affair isn’t justifiable, but her unwillingness to accept responsibility for the state of her marriage prior to knowing is on Marissa. As well as her relationship with Tristan. When you knowingly manipulate a person’s involvement in your life because it is beneficial for you, its wrong. In Marissa’s relationship with Tristan, you get no sense that Marissa has any regard for how her desire for his friendship affects Tristan. She acknowledges awareness, but never accountability.


Overall, I would say it is a good story, with a lovable group of characters. The ending definitely came out of left field for me. It was definitely a plot twist I wasn’t expecting.

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text 2018-03-01 19:23
First Reads (formerly "Kindle Firsts") for March 2018
Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard
True Fiction - Lee Goldberg
Trespassing - Brandi Reeds
Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men - Harold Schechter
Digging In - Loretta Nyhan
A Glimmer of Hope - Steve McHugh

Amazon prime members can get a free kindle edition ARC* of one of these Amazon published choices (or a discounted hardcover ARC).  See https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads 


(SIde note, still the Amazon,com bug with 2017-2018 books -- I had to add all 18 of 19 editions of these to the library plus none would "+" to this post or show in search by ISBN or ASIN -- and the 19th was a kindle edition someone added cover-less while I was working on these.)


*well, Trespassing - Brandi Reeds  is a reprint.

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
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