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text 2017-06-01 00:08
May Reading Wrap Up
Deep Deception - Cathy Pegau
Forbidden - Beverly Jenkins
Killer in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
A Charming Crime - Tonya Kappes
A Wedding in Springtime - Amanda Forester
London; the story of the greatest city on Earth. - Edward Rutherford
Learning to Swim - Sara J. Henry
Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren
A Christmas Hope - Stacy Henrie
After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo

May went by so fast! But the big project, reading the 800+ page book for the Pop Sugar challenge, was a success and now I can easily finish the challenge in the second half of the year.

 

I took a day to read some really short freebies from my NOOK, none of which worked for me. Hurtling through space and time in a tin can for two days provided a lot of time for me to read. My BL-opoly bank balance is sitting at $68.00.

 

Highlights/Lowlights:

Best Books: London, Forbidden, Vision volumes 1 and 2

Worst Books: Shimmy for Me, Summer Flings series

Disappointing book: A Charming Cure - I had big expectations for this series and I hope the second book can live up to those expectations

 

Challenge Progress

Pop Sugar: 4; 33/52 for the year

Library Love: 4; 32/36 for the year

BL/GR: 77/150

BL-opoly: 10

 

1. Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

2. Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverly Jenkins (BL-opoly) - 4.5 stars

 

3. Killer in High Heels (High Heels #2) by Gemma Halliday (BL-opoly) - 2.5 stars

 

4. A Charming Crime (Magical Cures #1) by Tonya Kappes (BL-opoly) - 2 stars

 

5. A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester (Pop Sugar prompt - 1 of 4 seasons in title) (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

6. The Dateless Wonder by Anjali Mya Chadha - 3 stars

 

7. Shimmy for Me: A California Belly Dance Novella by DeAnna Cameron - 1.5 stars

 

8. Learning to Swim (Troy Chance #1) by Sara L. Henry (BL-opoly) - 2 stars

 

9. Selkie Heart by Sam Asher - 1 star

 

10. Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1) and Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings #2) by Aimee Duffy - 1 star

 

11. London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd (Library Love challenge) (Pop Sugar prompt - book with 800+ pages) - 5 stars

 

12. Nothing But Trouble (PJ Sugar #1) by Susan May Warren (Library Love challenge) - 3.5 stars

 

13. A Christmas Hope (Of Love and War #1.5) by Stacy Henrie (BL-opoly) - 4 stars

 

14. After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo (BL-opoly) - 3.5 stars

 

15. Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo (BL-opoly) - 3 stars

 

16. Vision Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King (Pop Sugar prompt - Re-read a shelf keeper) - 4 stars

 

17. Vision Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King (BL-opoly) (Pop Sugar prompt - non human perspective) - 4 stars

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review 2017-05-14 18:14
Review: A Charming Crime (Magical Cures #1) by Tonya Kappes
A Charming Crime (Magical Cure Mystery, #1) - Tonya Kappes

A quick, fun read but it suffers from first bookitis. Also it need a copy editor.

 

June Heal is trying to keep her mom's business alive. Her BFF (and crush) Oliver wants out from his uncle's watchful eye. So they move to Whispering Falls, Ky, a twenty minute drive from their hometown. But Whispering Falls is a very different place; the world building is fantastic and the people that populate the town each serve a specific purpose while also feeling realistic (save for their magical power/ability). There is a murder of the only person not well liked by everyone so there are a number of suspects, including Oliver and June. In addition to finding the killer, there is also an investigation into the truth behind Oliver and June's family history. So. Much. Backstory.

 

It all works out in the end, and I will read the next book in the series, but I am hoping for more in the plot line then Oliver and June's family story. I would also like to see a romance build up more between Oliver and June.

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Read for Booklikes-opoly

Pages: 155 Bank: $2.00

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text 2017-04-29 18:27
Dewey Readathon Edition of Booklikes-opoly (Turns Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth)
Killer in High Heels - Gemma Halliday
A Charming Crime - Tonya Kappes
A Wedding in Springtime - Amanda Forester

 Between the two books from Thursday's roll and the three rolls today, I will be reading through RT.

 

 

April 27th: Rolled a double, so I landed on Tomorrowland 33 (reading Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau) and then on Frontierland 1 (reading Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins).

 

Dewey Read-a-thon Rolls:

1st Roll: 7 (1+6) - Fantasyland 8 (a book shelved/tagged as mystery or that has a title beginning with any letter in the word "clue") - Killer in High Heels (High Heels #2) by Gemma Halliday. Good Reads page total 260; NOOK edition has 272 - close enough since it keeps me in the same value bracket. 260 pages = $3.00.

 

2nd Roll: 3 (2+1) - Main Street USA 10 (read a book that is set in small town in the USA) - A Charming Crime (Magical Cures #1) by Tonya Kappes is set in Whispering Falls, KY. Good Reads doesn't have a page number for the NOOK edition, so going off my edition 155 pages = $2.00.

 

3rd Roll: 9 (6+3) - Just Visiting - as per the instructions on MR's post about the special read-a-thon rolls, any space that doesn't give you a book to read is one to be skipped. So continuing on...

 

3rd Roll, take 2: 9 (6+3) - oh come on...

 

3rd Roll, take 3: 5 (1+4) - Space with the ring on it (someone gets married, jewelry on the cover, or a millionaire / billionaire character) - A Wedding in Springtime (Marriage Mart #1) by Amanda Forester. This also will take care of a Pop Sugar prompt. Good Reads has the book clocking in at 415 pages, but my NOOK edition only has 309. So I am going with the NOOK this time. 309 pages = $4.00

 

 

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review 2017-04-11 22:12
Giveaway & Review – Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes @tonyakappes11 @dollycas
Southern Fried - Tonya Kappes


Southern Fried (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Henery Press (April 4, 2017)
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111873
Kindle ASIN: B01N212SJ8

 

MY REVIEW

 

Tonya Kappes had me laughing from the opening pages of Southern Fried, when  Kenni Lowry is shushing her ghost.

 

Kenni is the Sheriff of the small of Cottonwood and the ghost is her Grandfather. It was no surprise that she carried a gun, but there were those who frowned on her being the Sheriff.

Even though Cottonwood is a small town, the characters are far from being small.

 

The story contains funny quotes and unique characters that will have you smiling and laughing, and shaking your head.

“It’s hotter than a prostitute’s doorknob on pay day in here.”

Murder, the supernatural and humor are the norm in a Tonya Kappes novel.

 

There are plenty of suspects to keep me guessing, with some romance on the side and a lovable hound dog that, even though he’s not a guard dog, acts like one.

 

The small town of Cottonwood is like all small towns. Even with all the personality conflicts and disagreements, the people come together in the end.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

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review 2017-03-17 16:10
Giveaway & Review – A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes @tonyakappes11
A Ghostly Mortality: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) - Tonya Kappes

 

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

With the tease  at the end of A Ghostly Reunion, I knew I had to have me some more of Emma and her granny in this riproaring Ghost Whispering kind of haunting murder mystery.

 

A plastic Santa had fallen on Emma’s head and now she sees dead people. It’s fitting that she lives and runs a funeral home.

 

This Ghost Whispering sleuth lives in a small town where everyone knows your business and some considered the creepy funeral girl a bit wacky, talking to herself…or at least that’s what they think as she talks to ghosts that no one else can see.

 

Jack Henry is her hot cop sweetie and he jumpstarts her day with a happy feeling.

 

Emma’s seventy seven year old granny rides a moped. I can see her tooling around town in all her glory.

 

Marla and her pet hen.

 

Mable always has a coin for passing children.

 

Her new client? The only reason I saw it coming was the tease in Ghostly Reunion and I love it. I could see the ghost…whispering in her ear, laughing, talking, telling Emma to “get on with it.”

 

Humor, murder, mystery, family situations that made me want to laugh out loud.

 

Warning! Be careful where you read this. You too may be considered nuts for laughing out loud in public.

 

A Ghostly Mortality contains a ton of mystery, laughs and love…the total package for a cozy mystery.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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