My Top 10 List of New Releases for the week of 11/3/14

Happy Monday! and welcome to my first new post where I’ll be sharing with you some of this weeks new releases that I’m looking forward to.

I’d love to know if any are on your reading list or what new books you’re looking forward to this week.

Happy Reading!

1. A Thousand Pieces of You – by Claudia Gray

YA, Mystery, Fantasy

November 4, 2014

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions. Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You, the first book in the Firebird trilogy, explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.


2. Waistcoats & Weaponry – by Gail Carriger

YA, ages 12 & up

November 4, 2014

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style–with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what–or who–they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine’s proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Timesbestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger.


3. The Burning Room – by Michael Connelly

YA, Mystery, Fantasy

November 3, 2014

In the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly, Detective Harry Bosch and his rookie partner investigate a cold case that gets very hot… very fast.

In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other clues are virtually nonexistent. Even a veteran cop would find this one tough going, but Bosch’s new partner, Detective Lucia Soto, has no homicide experience. A young star in the department, Soto has been assigned to Bosch so that he can pass on to her his hard-won expertise.
Now Bosch and Soto are tasked with solving a murder that turns out to be highly charged and politically sensitive. Beginning with the bullet that has been lodged for years in the victim’s spine, they must pull new leads from years-old evidence, and these soon reveal that the shooting was anything but random.
As their investigation picks up speed, it leads to another unsolved case with even greater stakes: the deaths of several children in a fire that occurred twenty years ago. But when their work starts to threaten careers and lives, Bosch and Soto must decide whether it is worth risking everything to find the truth, or if it’s safer to let some secrets stay buried.


4. The Map To Everywhere – by Claudia Gray

Childrens, ages 8 -12

November 4, 2014

Wherever you need to go–the Map to Everywhere can take you there.

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere–but they aren’t the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!

In Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’s first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.


5. A High-End Finish: A Fixer-Upper Mystery – by Kate Carlisle

Cozy Mystery

November 4, 2014

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed….

Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.…


6. True Love- by Jennifer Lopez

Biographies, Memoirs

November 4, 2014

In Jennifer Lopez’s first ever book, True Love, she explores one of her life’s most defining periods—the transformative two-year journey of how, as an artist and a mother, she confronted her greatest challenges, identified her biggest fears, and ultimately emerged a stronger person than she’s ever been. Guided by both intimate and electrifying photographs, True Love an honest and revealing personal diary with hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections and an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery, and resilience.

Completely full-color, with photos throughout and lavishly designed, True Love is a stunning and timeless book that features more than 200 never-before-seen images from Lopez’s personal archives, showing candid moments with her family and friends and providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at the life of a pop music icon travelling, rehearsing, and performing around the world.


7. Mermaids In Paradise – by Lydia Millet

Fiction, Dark Humor

November 4, 2014

Mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries hijack a tropical vacation in this genre-bending sendup of the American honeymoon.

On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deb and Chip—our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who’s friendly to a fault—meet a marine biologist who says she’s sighted mermaids in a coral reef.

As the resort’s “parent company” swoops in to corner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with other adventurous souls, including an ex–Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and a hipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the “Venture of Marvels,” which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.


8. A New York Christmas – by Anne Perry

Mystery, Historical, Holidays

November 4, 2014

Anne Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City—a sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace.

The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of Britain’s Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding—a grand affair that will join together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world.

But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion. Missing from the festivities is Delphinia’s mother, Maria, who is marked by disgrace. Nearly sixteen years ago, Maria abandoned young Delphinia and disappeared—and now the Albrights refuse to mention her name. But when Harley, the groom’s charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Maria and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.

From Hell’s Kitchen to Fifth Avenue, the Lower East Side to Central Park, Jemima trudges through strange, snowy streets, asking questions but getting few answers—and never suspecting that she is walking into mortal danger, from which not even a handsome young police officer named Patrick Flannery may be able to protect her.

Once more, Anne Perry delivers a suspenseful, deeply moving novel that captures the essence of the holiday spirit.


9. A Letter For Leo – by Sergio Ruzzier

Childrens, ages 4-8

November 4, 2014

The illustrator of Eve Bunting’s Tweak Tweak and Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? makes his Clarion debut as author/illustrator with a tender book about loneliness and friendship. Leo, a mailman, takes in a small bird, Cheep, who missed the autumn migration of his flock.When spring comes and Cheep moves on, Leo is sad to see him go, but he also has hope, and the letter he has been longing for finally arrives. Sergio Ruzzier’s signature, slightly surreal animal characters and the setting, rendered in brilliant colors, make this simple, eloquent story a visual treat for the very young.


10. Absolutly Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery – by Heather Vogel Frederick

Childrens, ages 8 – 12

November 4, 2014

An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years.

With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edtion of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.


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I’m back in my blogging routine – sort of…

For those of you who have noticed, my posts have been pretty sporadic this year.

The past 9 months have been a very tiring, chaotic and wonderful time for my family. I have 4 new grandbabies, which is very exciting. unfortunately, the deliveries were not easy for any of them.

My first granddaughter was born by c-section, after my daughter was in labor for 14 hours. Thankfully, both were fine. For the first 6 months, they lived with us so we could help her out until she could get on her own. Having my daughter and granddaughter in the house was absolutely wonderful, but also very exhausting. I forgot how much work a newborn is. But they are now in their own apartment just a few blocks away, so we still get to see them often.

In the middle of all that, my son and his wife delivered twin boys, 6 weeks early. Again, mother and boys were ok with no major problems. The twins were in the hospital for a while, 1 for 4 weeks, the other for 6 weeks. Having to take turns going back and forth to the hospital after working all day pretty much wore us out. But I’m happy to report, both twins are doing great and they are so much fun!

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And lastly, my youngest daughter had the hardest delivery and birth of them all. Born in September, my newest granddaughter was 10lbs 4oz. and gave a fight coming out. My poor daughter struggled with delivery, dislocated her pelvis and wasn’t able to get around for a while afterwards. The baby suffered a broken arm and nerve damage in the other. Her husband is in the Navy, and was scheduled for an extended leave. My husband and I made a 12 hour trip from NY to VA to pick her, the baby and their 2 dogs up to bring them home while he was out to sea. So, once again, we had a newborn in the house. Yes, we loved every minute of it.

And of course, I can’t forget to mention my 5-year-old (now 6). Homework, school activities and soccer practices. No, my life is not boring.

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So, my blog has been put on the back-burner during all this. But things have settled down now, and I will be getting back to regular posts. I am looking into new features, memes and catching up on many overdue reviews.

Thank you to all my followers and readers for sticking with me during my ‘off’ time.


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Review: K-9 Cop by Erna Mueller @theerna7 #giveaway

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middle grade/young adult/action

No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin. 

After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But - what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out? 

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin. 

But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog. He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop. 

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly. 

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love. 

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them. 

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan? 

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet. He just has to become a dog first.


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I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy taking care of some family issues this past month.  But things are getting better, so I’m back today with my review of  K- Cop,  by Erna Mueller.

Erna is touring with Pump Up Your Book Tours and she is holding a giveaway for an audiobook of her novel, K- Cop.  See the end of post for giveaway information.

My Thoughts:

 Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from the author to review for her blog tour with Pump Up Your Book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

K-9 Cop is an adventurous story that will appeal to teens as well as adults. It’s a story about an  unlikable cop, Spencer, who finds himself at the pearly gates of heaven, only to be told he can’t come in. He is then reincarnated back to earth as his k-9 partner, Pepper, to try to redeem himself.

This book was so much fun to read, I wish my son was a bit older because I’m sure he would’ve got a kick out of the story. I always enjoy a story when you get to hear what the animals are saying. It just brings out a whole new perspective to the story at times, even when the dog is a reincarnated man.

It was easy to connect with most of the characters. Spence/Pepper started off as a jerk, and Justin was a troubled kid, but their faults and attitudes are understandable and I feel the author did a terrific job at making them fun and real. You just can’t ‘not’ like them.

Overall, K-9 Cop is a unique, fun, action filled story that will leave you wanting more. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

about the author

Erna Mueller I was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

My new book, “K-9 Cop”, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by

Please visit my web site at for more reviews and other info.

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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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#Review: Under The Sheets by Shirley Hailstock #Romantic #Suspense

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Capitol Chronicles Book 1

romance, suspense

Robyn and Grant Richards’ happily ever after was short lived. He is captured and held prisoner in Lebanon and her government-coerced testimony against a crime network whisked her into Witness Protection as Brooke Johnson. Five years later a critical accident involving Brooke’s daughter forces her hand. She reveals Grant’s location to the doctors. Never believing he’d deliver Kari’s rare blood type in person, her powers of acting indifferent are sorely tested when she comes face-to-face with the only man she’s ever loved.

Grant could swear his dead wife stood in the hospital waiting room -- until she turned around and only her hair reminded him of Robyn. Yet there was something about her and her precious daughter that had him flying in to see them more often than necessary. Despite Brooke telling him she didn’t want a relationship, he refused to take no for an answer.

Being with Grant endangered them all. The crime network may have gone underground, but they would never stop looking for Robyn or anyone she loved.

I downloaded this book when it went on sale for 99¢ last week during the author’s promotion.  It’s an older title that has been re-published, and pleasantly enjoyable.

 My Thoughts:

I bought this book after reading about it from the author’s newsletter. I was a bit hesitant because the blurb makes it sound more like a political thriller, which I’m not a huge fan of, but for a buck, I thought I’d give it a try. I’m happy to say, I was totally captivated by this story, so it was a dollar well spent.

Brooke (aka Robyn) is in the witness protection program. With a new face & identity, she comes face-to-face with the love of her life, her husband, Grant, whom she left behind when she went into the program. Grant believes his wife, Robyn, is dead and can’t help himself with the attraction he feels towards Brooke, who is so different yet similar to his deceased wife.

The story pulls you in and takes you on an emotional roller coaster. You can’t help but feel the heat between the main characters, and the heartache it brings from Robyn trying to protect Grant by pushing him away. I thought Robyn was a strong character, and facing the challenges that she does proves it.

The suspense of the story keeps you on your toes. The secondary characters, Jacob and Marianne, are just as enjoyable as the main characters. This is an older book that’s been re-published, and you really wouldn’t notice unless you’re familiar with Buffalo, as I am. Some of the mentioned landmarks, like War Memorial Stadium no longer exist, so it was a bit of a surprise to me, but I enjoyed the brief memory of it.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline and characters. It’s a well written romantic suspense and would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting love story.

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Blog Tour #Review: Palmetto Moon by @AuthorKimBoykin

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women's fiction, romance

June, 1947. Charleston is poised to celebrate the biggest wedding in high-society history, the joining of two of the oldest families in the city. Except the bride is nowhere to be found…

Unlike the rest of the debs she grew up with, Vada Hadley doesn’t see marrying Justin McLeod as a blessing—she sees it as a life sentence. So when she finds herself one day away from a wedding she doesn’t want, she’s left with no choice but to run away from the future her parents have so carefully planned for her.

In Round O, South Carolina, Vada finds independence in the unexpected friendships she forms at the boarding house where she stays, and a quiet yet fulfilling courtship with the local diner owner, Frank Darling. For the first time in her life, she finally feels like she’s where she’s meant to be. But when her dear friend Darby hunts her down, needing help, Vada will have to confront the life she gave up—and decide where her heart truly belongs.

Today I’m reviewing the woman’s fiction novel, Palmetto Moon, as part of the authors blog tour with Pump Up Your Book.

My Thoughts:

Palmetto Moon is a sweet womans fiction love story that I just didn’t want to end. Even after I finished reading it, I just wanted more.
The story is set in South Carolina in the 1940’s. On the eve of a pre-arranged wedding between two wealthy families, the Hadleys and McLeods, Vada knows in her heart she can’t go through with marrying someone she doesn’t love. With the help of her servants and a lead to a teaching job, she runs away to Round O, a small town not too far away from her home in Charlseton.

This was such a refreshing read. I sometimes have trouble with stories that are told from ‘before my time’, because I can’t relate to how women were treated back then. But in Palmetto Moon, Vada Hadley was a strong, determined women who stood up for what she believed in. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, and she has the courage to stand up to those who try to knock her down.

Frank Darling is the owner of the local diner. He falls fast for Vada, and does everything he can to try to please her. Their courtship is sweet, and I believe that he was exactly as a gentleman would be in the 40’s. He had natural urges, but enough respect for Vada in keeping her innocence. Vada kept him on his toes, and at times he was on an emotional roller coaster. I could totally relate to his ups & downs, and felt sorry for him at times.

The secondary characters all add to this charming story. It was just as easy to get caught up in their stories as it was in Vada’s. I would love to see more of Claire’s and even Becky’s stories.

With this being a Lowcountry novel, I have to admit I have no knowledge or experience with what that is supposed to mean. But, as a city gal, I can tell you I loved the setting and the small town feel that I got when reading this. I could easily envision the country side and each of the characters just as if I was sitting in the diner with them. All in all, this was a wonderful, light, clean read that I am happy to recommend.

*Note- I received a complimentary copy for review for the author blog tour with Pump Up Your Book and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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KKim Boykinim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. She had a happy, boring childhood, which sucks if you’re a writer because you have to create your own crazy. PLUS after you’re published and you’re being interviewed, it’s very appealing when the author actually lived in Crazy Town or somewhere in the general vicinity.

Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who was a master teacher of pacing and sensory detail. He held court under an old mimosa tree on the family farm, and people used to come from all around to hear him tell stories about growing up in rural Georgia and share his unique take on the world.

As a stay-at-home mom, Kim started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since.

Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule, and Palmetto Moon, also from Berkley 8/5/14. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and has a heart for hairstylist, librarians, and book junkies like herself.

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