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    Review: Debris & Detritus, The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok

    Someone once tried to convince me that anthologies were books for people with short attention spans. I prefer to think of them as a word buffet, with a multitude of delicious varied tastes, and I appreciate them because I can also devour them in small bites (if I can show self-restraint). If you feel the same, I have just the book for you: Debris & Detritus, The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok.  And much like me viewing a dessert buffet, complete with chocolate fountain, I wasn’t able to resist devouring this in one sitting. Debris & Detritus, The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok Authors: Patricia Burroughs, Michelle Muenzler, Robin D Owens, Irene…

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    Reviewing Foy: On the Road to Lost

    FOY:ON THE ROAD TO LOST by GORDON ATKINSON   Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Material Media LLC Facebook  I  Twitter Date of Publication: March 1, 2017 Number of Pages: 194   Scroll down for Giveaway! Gordon Atkinson, of the popular blog RealLivePreacher, brings us Foy, a recently- divorced, recently-resigned pastor in the midst of redefining personal meaning. As Foy travels to New Orleans, hoping to find a new identity separate from the church, he keenly observes the everyday, rendering ordinary moments unexpectedly significant. Atkinson’s own background as a preacher and blogger inspires Foy’s confessional voice, the voice which characterizes this story about how our own experiences impact the universal search for…

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    Two Twisty-Turny Psychological Thrillers

    When the world feels upside down and my anxiety is through the roof, a fast-paced, tense roller-coaster of a psychological thriller through which I can funnel and filter that anxiety is often  just the thing I need. Forget a gentle, happy book. I need to work through my jitters and restlessness. In this case, I have just the books for you. Set in London, both books have the kind of eye-opening endings that will make you look back at everything you read. Both will have you looking over your shoulder – but you’ll forget all your other concerns!   I See You Author: Clare Mackintosh Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 21 Feb 2017   372…

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    Book Review: For the Record by Regina Jennings

    FOR THE RECORD by Regina Jennings     Genre: Historical Romance / Christian Publisher: Bethany House Date of Publication: December 6, 2015 Number of Pages: 336   Scroll down for Giveaway! Rather Than Wait for a Hero,  She Decided to Create One Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle’s newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she’s ever had comes riding into town. Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this…

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    Oh, How The Years Fly By (A Whimsical Coloring Journey)

    Oh, how the years fly by! A whimsical coloring journey. . . & A whimsical inspirational journey . . . by Annette Bridges Genre: Inspirational Adult Coloring & Quote Books Date of Publication: August 1, 2016 Publisher: Ranch House Press # of pages: 72   Scroll down for Giveaway!   Oh, how the years fly by! A whimsical coloring journey is an adult coloring book that features thirty vibrant original illustrations and quotes that will take you on an enchanting voyage of reflection. Be reminded of the simple pleasures that make you feel happy. Find the encouragement you need to nourish your soul and refresh your spirit. Get out your…

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    Favorite Book Picks for Fall Reading

    Summer vacation is but a memory as  kids are back to school, fall weather is looming and Christmas decorations are popping up in stores.  (Believe it or not, my Kindle is quickly filling with Christmas-themed books for holiday season reviews – hard to get in the mood, too, when it’s 94 degrees and I’m sweating on my patio.) But I digress…as we get back into the swing of homework, sport practice, dance lessons and the like, you KNOW you are going to need some downtime, so when you can find it, I have the perfect reads for you.  I’ve had my nose in a book all summer, so the following are (a…

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    Book Review: Bury the Living

    I’m drawn to historical fiction, and I’m a sucker for a bit of the paranormal or contemporary fantasy. I’m also a fan of Jodi McIsaac’s Thin Veil series and as well as her thriller “A Cure for Madness” (which I’m sure she wrote into a full novel after I insisted in my Amazon review that her original short story of  should be so much more.) When an e-galley of her newest book Bury the Living came available on NetGalley, I pounced on it, and then brewed a cup of tea and settled in for a late night of reading. She didn’t disappoint. Bury the Living has a little bit of everything:…

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    Tuesday’s Read: Seashell Season

    What do you do when your one long-held hope is finally realized – and it’s nothing like you expected? What happens when you find out that most of your life has been a lie? Intrigued? Holly Chamberlain’s newest novel, Seashell Season, tackles this and more in a book that will tug on your heartstrings. When Verity Peterson’s baby was two months old, her estranged husband runs off with baby Gemma. For sixteen years, Verity has waited, and hoped, patiently, that she would be found and returned to her. And sixteen years after being abducted, she is.  While Verity is overjoyed, Marni Armstrong – the name her father gave her –…

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    Two Middle Grade Books for Summer Reading

    My 10-year old is an avid reader, and her reading pile is ALMOST as tall as mine. We both have a problem walking away from a tempting book (and what a good problem to have), particularly as we are both making sure we are set for summer reading. Of all the books we’ve both read lately, two stand out as superb choices for your kids: The Real Boy by Anna Ursu, and The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst. Both are excellent options for your kiddo to pick up over the summer because they are fun and engaging. I picked up The Real Boy at the encouragement of our…

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    What I’m Reading Wednesday: Relativity

    Generally, I judge the strength of a book by a combination of how difficult it is to put down and how much effort it takes to slow down and let myself sink into the story and the language. It’s a difficult balance, after all, setting a reading pace when you can’t wait to see what happens next but you don’t want the story to end. Antonia Hayes debut novel “Relativity” scores a ten on both specs. Beautiful language, a few twists and turns, it is an emotional, compassionate and carefully crafted look at familial relationships, the lengths we go to protect someone from hurt and disappointment, and forgiveness (the seeking and the…