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review 2016-12-15 12:42
The Extraordinary Journey of Vivenne Marshall by Shannon Kirk @ShannonCKirk
The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall - Shannon Kirk

Shannon Kirk’s award winning debut novel, Method 15/33, blew me away…so when I saw The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall was available on Netgalley, I snagged it. Thank you Shannon Kirk and Reputation Books.

 

Such a gorgeous cover and I do hope I am walking on clouds when it’s over.

 

Book Design:  Lisa Abellera

Ebook Design:  Mary C Moore

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Be careful…when you are texting. Your inattention could be the death of you.

 

Vivienne lay hovering on the brink of death, one foot in the land of the living and one foot with the dead.

 

Noah, her dead, dream husband explains it to her. The scene made me think of a Supernatural episode, where Castielle says our Heaven is of our own making.

 

Is there a Heaven? Does our life pass before our eyes?

 

What would it look like? Who would you want there with you?

 

What secrets would be brought to light after your death?

 

And if there is a Heaven…what about Hell?

 

The lovely pics sprinkled throughout are a nice touch and I love it.

 

I am sitting in one of my favorite reading places, my patio and watering the lawn, even as the black clouds roll in, the thunder rumbling, and I am lost in Vivienne’s world, unable to quit reading.

 

Shannon’s descriptive words draw me into this novel from the opening pages, her poetic words bring to life fantasy worlds full of vibrant colors, beauty and love, but the flowery prose becomes onerous for me, having me starting, stopping and rereading, but that is me. I think there are many readers who will LOVE it and get lost in the story too.

 

This Heavenly love story is tragic, yet hopeful and very thought provoking.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free ARC copy of The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall from Shannon Kirk.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2016-12-13 14:48
#Kindle Giveaway, Interview & Review – Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie
Killer in the Band (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) (Volume 3) - Lauren Carr

 

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MY REVIEW

 

OMG. She did it again. Lauren Carr has created another romantic suspense mystery that had me reading, ignoring my hubby and my mother, unable to put it down until the last page was read.

 

Killer in the Band is A Lovers in Crime Mystery that is chock full of wonderful characters, both human and animal. Her ability to bring them all to life is amazing. I laughed and cried, because she made me do it.

 

I cannot pick a favorite character. They are all amazing in their own way. It took me a little while to figure out the culprit(s). Even the bad guys have their reasons for doing for what they do and I could empathize with them…for a moment or two. BUT nothing justifies taking a life.

 

There is more than one mystery that will have to be solved and more than one villain. I felt so bad for both of them and that is when I know I have read a fantastic story.

 

Lauren does have a way of springing surprises on me that have my jaw hanging open, thinking, I sure didn’t see that one coming.

 

The animals…I just don’t know what to say. Some people do seem to have a special ability making it seem as if they talk to them. I do not want to spoil anything, but…have you ever looked in your critters eyes and wondered what they are really thinking?

 

The characters have trust issues that take time to work through, making it read like real life. I want to tell them…to be a go between and explain things, but that is not my place. I am just a spectator in this complicated story.

 

My emotion were high and low, happy and sad, and I was left with a good feeling when all was said and done.

 

I WANT MORE!!!!!!!

 

I received a copy of Killer in the Band from Lauren Carr.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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review 2016-12-06 15:06
Ghost Whisperer Meet Celeste by Kristine Mason @KristineMason7
Celeste Files: Poisoned (Book 4 Psychic C.O.R.E.): Psychic C.O.R.E. - Kristine Mason

All right. I confess. I am a huge fan of Kristine Mason and I am delighted to share the final story of the Celeste Files: Poisoned.

 

Like a good ghost story? Like some romance and thrills with your paranormal?

Then you won’t want to miss this stand alone series.

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MY REVIEW

 

Kristine Mason writes some of the best suspense stories I have ever read, whether paranormal or mystery, and I was amazed…again…at her ability to take a ghostly story and make it read like a horror novel.

 

Celeste is psychic but she kept pretty quiet about it, helping out whenever she could.

Heavily pregnant, Celeste received a call for her sister, Eden, for help.

 

The gene had skipped Eden and had caused a rift between her and Celeste, but when events began happening at her new home, she felt Celeste was the one to call.

 

The house Eden and her husband had bought is haunted.

“You chase murderers for a living, I write about them…It’s fitting that we live in a murder house.”

Celeste thought she could handle the ghosts, stay grounded and in the land of the living.

 

It seems like she is learning more about her abilities by “living’ through new experiences. Could her over confidence in dealing with situation be her undoing? Would she come out of the trance or push her luck one too many times? And this time, her unborn baby’s life is at stake.

 

Celeste walked in the ghostly world trying to put the pieces together. She talked to the ghosts, but they were so cryptic it was hard to decipher their meaning.The mysterious deaths and the evil presence that resided in the house did not give up their answers easily.

 

What was HE after?

 

Her mantra, “the living are more powerful than the dead,” kept her grounded making her believe she could survive the evil surrounding her and release the ghosts from their torment.

 

Could her over confidence in dealing with the situation be her undoing? Would she come out of the trance or push her luck one too many times?

 

I love Celeste’s hubby, John. It took a while for them to work out some of the kinks in their marriage, but he is attentive, loving and funny. I can see him waggling his eyebrows as he offers to shave her bikini line.

 

I love Kristine Mason’s ability to surprise me and roil my emotions. The level of suspense in her writing kept me on pins and needles, afraid that this time Celeste had bitten off more than she could chew.

 

The characters come alive on the pages, making me feel their pain and suffering, their fear and anger, their sadness and regret. They are not always series and in danger, they have lives us normal people can relate to, with all the daily issues and problems that arise. They can be funny and happy, loving and giving, even when dealing with murder and danger.

 

I’m smiling, teary eyed…

 

I love the television show Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt and I can see that she has met her match in Celeste.

 

I never pass on an opportunity to read one of Kristine Mason’s novels and if you are a suspense and thriller lover like me, I think you will feel the same. I am patiently waiting for the movie/TV world to find her.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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review 2016-12-06 14:56
Review – No One Knows by J T Ellison @thrillerchick
No One Knows - J.T. Ellison

I am familiar with J T Ellison and I do love this gorgeous cover for No One Knows, so there was no doubt that I wanted to read this.

 

I love covers and saw No One Knows has two. Myself, I like this one the best. Scroll to the end of the post and let me know which you prefer?

 

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MY REVIEW

 

No One Knows by J T Ellison is worth reading for the ending alone!

 

Aubrey’s ex is declared dead, but I know I have to ask, “Is her really?”

 

Daisy, her mother in law, needs to get a life. She is a miserable bitch. Is there a sinister reason his mother insists on declaring him dead? I am curious and very suspicious.

 

First the accusations, then the waiting, waiting, waiting for him to come home.

 

Josh and Aubrey are both kinda wimpy. I just wanted to tell them to buck up and get over themselves.

 

Aubrey needs to quit her whining and move on. I find it hard to put myself in her shoes. I love her carefree friend, Meghan, a true free spirit that will drop everything when Aubrey needs her.

 

I have a feeling Josh is far from perfect. And shortly after writing that, I felt that if I never heard of him again I would be happy, but I am still curious.

 

The back and forth, past and present got a bit annoying and disrupted the flow. The chapters were short and I no sooner got involved then I’d have to change gears.

 

Okay, I like this isn’t going quite the direction I thought. I do like a twist in my stories.

 

Another twist in the tale and it is a doozy. Marvelous, simply marvelous.

 

I had been disappointed with the first part of the book. I had felt before I even began reading it would be better, because I have read some of her other work. Now, I have finally come to what I have been waiting for and I”m a little more than halfway through.

 

OMG. I so missed the ending. Totally got me. My mouth is hanging open and I have a smile on my face for the fantastic, creative and mind boggling ending. That last 10% was so suspenseful, with twist and turns that kept on coming.

 

Could there be another Jewel story? I can see her…..

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free ARC copy from Net Galley of No One Knows by J T Ellison.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars

 

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review 2016-12-06 14:46
One Sentence Review – Grave Danger by Heather Graham #HeatherGraham
Grave Danger - Heather Graham

I was so fortunate to meet Heather Graham in Las Vegas at the Romance Convention and she gave me a signed copy of her short story, Grave Danger.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Heather Graham is a must read author for me and she did not let me down in this short hair raising story of monsters and terror, that unfolded like a movie in my mind, with Prince Charming coming to the rescue and don’t we all want that?

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

GOODREADS BLURB:  For special-effects artist Ali MacGregor, it can be hard to tell fantasy from reality. Especially when her coworker Victor leaves her alone in the studio one night, surrounded by scary creations—zombies, werewolves and mangled corpses. And then she hears footsteps…. Footsteps that shouldn’t be there.

 

Nearby, Ali’s ex, cop Greg Austin, is called to the graveyard set of a horror movie after a real corpse appears. But the dead man isn’t who his ID says he is. And Victor isn’t who he seems to be, either. Greg quickly realizes that Ali, the woman he’s never stopped loving, is in grave danger….

 

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