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review 2017-02-02 14:10
Third Time's a Crime (A Love or Money Mystery) - Diana Orgain

See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews

Third Time's a crime is reality TV in book form! Except in Cold Case at the Castle, the drama wasn't scripted! Set at an old mansion that had operated as a boys home many years in the past, ex-cop Georgia and the nine other contestants are tasked with solving the murder of a girl who disappeared decades ago, to solve the mystery first. But when an employee at the castle is found dead, and another contestant is murdered after he was voted off the show, Georgia knows all the murders are tied together and the killer is still very close to the scene. Can she find a cold blooded killer at the Castle before she's the next victim?

This was recommended to me by a friend, who sent me a copy of the book. (Thanks, Joann!) This was the first book I've read in the Love or Money series, and I really enjoyed it. I don't care for reality shows, so I skipped over a lot of the backstabbing/partnering/cheating sort of reality tv shtick. But at the heart of it, this was an excellent plot, lots of action and suspense with plenty of misdirections and a hint of is-it-or-isn't-it-paranormal to keep you guessing. The satisfying ending tied everything up nicely, and although the book can be read as a standalone, it will definitely suck you right into the series.

I loved the crumbling old mansion setting, very well described and so vivid I felt like it was real. I eagerly followed along as the contestants combed the mansion and gardens, and I love the dumbwaiter scene (I've always wanted to do that!) Combined with the animated characters (especially Bert!) the entire story was dimensional, exciting and totally engrossing.

Overall, Third Time's a Crime is an excellent mystery, and can be read as a standalone or even an entry into the series. I definitely recommend it for cozy mystery and reality tv fans.

How come the whole issue of all the contestants who tried to cheat by looking at the results in Cheryl's office was dropped without another word? Georgia even mentioned it when she was voted off, but literally nothing ever came of it, despite them being caught on film. And don't get me started about the DNA kit.

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review 2016-08-22 00:00
For the Love of Money: A Memoir
For the Love of Money: A Memoir - Sam Polk I would recommend this book to anyone who is obsessed with money. It reminded me of a Jim Carrey quote: "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."
Read my whole review (http://www.silviapatriche.com/book-review/for-the-love-of-money/) if you want to know if it's worth reading.
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review 2015-08-18 21:09
For Love or Money By Susan Kaye Quinn
For Love or Money - Susan Kaye Quinn

“Writing challenges me to discover who I am. Publishing challenges me to remember it.”


“You have to work like crazy, be smart, somehow invest every particle of emotion into the book itself, but then fling it out in the world and be ruthlessly pragmatic about how to sell it.”


Those two quotes (of many that I jotted down) from For Love or Money (Crafting An Indie Author Career) by Susan Kaye Quinn nails how indie authors should go about developing a writing career.


Quinn writes from a philosophical perspective on how indie (I don’t use the term self-published) authors can make a living from their books and how writing for love or money can be beneficial no matter which path a writer takes.


I heard Susan Kaye Quinn on The Creative Penn and Author Strong podcasts recently talking about her career (she is best known for her YA Science Fiction: The Mindjack and Singularity Series) and how she has learned to balance writing for love and money.  Also, she has published romance novels under a penname that gets quite a bit of attention in For Love or Money.


I read this book in one setting and there are plenty of nuggets to digest like Why Do Want To Write, Creating A Mission Statement, Leave Your Biases At The Door If You Are Writing For Money, Being Patient, & Writing Like You Are On Fire.  These are excellent motivational tips that will make a reader dig deeper on how they should craft their career as an indie author.


There are quite a few how-to indie author books on the scene.  However, I believe that For Love or Money stands out from the pack because of its philosophical as well as a practical approach to the ever changing world of Indie Publishing.  I highly recommend For Love or Money as a permanent resource for Indie Authors to keep on their bookshelf or eReader.

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review 2015-05-13 12:21
For Love or Money - Kathy Disanto

For Love or Money was a cute and sweet adult contemporary romance. It was a cheerful and romantic read that is filled with lots of emotions. I found the dialogue entertaining, the writing excellent, the romance sweet and the story engaging.


From the moment I read the prologue I was hooked. It was a great start to the story. It sets the tone for the remainder of the story. This is where we are introduced to Jen Casey a high school English literature teacher. Here we see her with her best friend discussing how the male protagonist, Brent Maddox, was clueless when it came to dating and choosing the right woman. (Now this was coming from someone who has never had a serious relationship). Her friend dared her to email Celebrity Magazine with the hope that they would forward the email to Brent. The purpose of the email was to provide him with some sage dating advice. Now being a woman who was addicted to taking dares, she took the challenge and did just that and oh what an email it was.


"Dear Brent, No doubt it’s the teacher in me, but when I saw the article about you in the June issue of Celebrity Magazine, I had to write. Because, you know, education is my life. That makes it almost impossible for me to turn my back on anyone as desperately in need of remedial instruction as you seem to be. Funny, you’re the last person I’d have expected to need tutoring in this particular subject. When we were classmates at Donnerton High, you earned a perfect 4.0 in romance for four years running. I’m not sure how you dropped so many grade points since then, but I am sure the ABCs and 123s will come back to you with a little help from your friends. So, let’s get started".


Alas, things did not go has planned. Instead of the email being forwarded, it was published. The outcome as a result made for a fun and entertaining read. Many times I found myself laughing out while reading.


It was a joy to read about the characters. They were likeable and relatable. Initially Jen came off as a snob. She was very judgemental when it came to wealthy persons. However, as the story progressed we see her finally accepting that she had been wrong in her perceptions. The chemistry between Jen and Brent was off the charts. Brent was bowled over by Jen. She was unlike any woman he had ever dated.


What I liked about this story was that they took time to know each other before taking their relationship to the next level. If you are one of those readers who love romance stories that contains explicit love scenes then you will be disappointed. However, it should be noted that in spite of this the story is one that can be enjoyed no matter what. This just goes to show sex is not required to make a romance story enjoyable.


This is my first time reading the author’s work and I must say I was impressed with her writing style. The story flowed and was easy to follow. The pace was well balanced and all the scenes blended well together. I can’t wait to read more from this author.


N.B. This is the first book in the Golden States Hearts trilogy and it can be read as a stand-alone. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Source: totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2015/05/for-love-or-money-by-kathy-disanto-book.html
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review 2015-05-11 22:49
Book Review of For Love or Money (Sweet Remix) (Golden States Hearts Trilogy Book 1) by Kathy DiSanto
For Love or Money - Kathy Disanto

A semi-sweet remix of Kathy's award-winning romantic comedy, sensual but not explicit!

“Whoever said a kiss is just a kiss never locked lips with Brent Maddox.”

Small-town practical to the soles of her size fives, high school English teacher Jen Casey has one weakness—she’s never been able to resist a dare. Ergo, when her BFF Candy Johnson throws down the triple-dog dare gauntlet, Jen has no choice but to accept the challenge. She e-mails former-classmate-turned-millionaire Brent Maddox, offering advice for the lovelorn.

But, really. Is it her fault Celebrity Magazine published the e-mail instead of forwarding it?

See, that’s the problem with dares in Jen’s experience—they almost always have dire consequences. Like Brent Maddox showing up on her doorstep—tall and golden and sexy as sin—determined to get payback. Like finding herself a reluctant guest at his sprawling Malibu hacienda, sentenced to a week of the same high life she blames for his romantic snafus.

Of course sparks start to fly. She’s only human, and Brent is an unexpectedly endearing hunk and a half. Unfortunately, Jen isn’t built for quick and steamy affairs. She’s been dreaming of that love of a lifetime man, and now she’s falling fast. She can run before it’s too late, or stay and take the biggest gamble of her life. Brent promises nights filled with passion, but will he ever offer his heart?

Review 5*

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Golden States Hearts Trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it!

Jen Casey is a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is a high school English teacher, who also happens to be completely unable to resist a dare. This compulsion to prove that she can do anything anyone dares her to tends to lead her into trouble. But, will her latest dare prove to be more than she can handle?

This is a fun, lighthearted and entertaining read. This book was originally published as a Loveswept Romance. I used to love reading romances from that series, though I have no idea if they were a division of Mills and Boon or a completely different company. Nevertheless, when I heard that this book was being re-written and updated for the 21st Century, I grew excited. Having previously read a science fiction novel by this author, when she offered me the opportunity to read this book, I jumped at it.

I started to read this story and was quickly hooked. The characters are likable and lifelike. I love Jen's impulsive behaviour and, even though she should know better than to accept dares, she is just crazy enough to go through with them. I did, on occasion, think that her best friend Candy is one of those people who knows exactly which buttons to press to get a reaction. She takes perverse pleasure in winding Jen up and watching the feathers fly, so to speak. I did like her, though. Brent Maddox is a complex character. I liked him, as well as his response to Jen's e-mail. I found myself smiling through some of the dialogue, which to some may sound a bit cheesy, but that's part of the charm of this story, and the comedic situation that Jen finds herself in. The descriptions of the people and places are quite vivid and this meant I could picture each scene in my mind's eye with ease.

In a way, this story was a little bittersweet for me because I haven't read a sweet romance like this for some time, and it reminded me of how much I loved to read them. I cut my romance eye teeth on books such as this as a teenager and read them faithfully for many years. As an adult, my reading habit has seen a shift in genres, but I will always have a soft spot for romances such as this one. I can't wait to read the second book in the trilogy!

Kathy DiSanto has written a fantastic, sweet contemporary romance. I love her writing style, which is neither too fast nor too slow and the flow is wonderful; each scene flowed into the other like liquid. I am a huge fan of this author and will definitely read more of her books in the future.

As this book does not contain explicit scenes of sex (although there are some sensual ones), I highly recommend this book to teens (aged 15 upwards) and adults who love sweet contemporary romances. - Lynn Worton

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