Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WoW: The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!
A McCabe and Savage Thriller
James Hayman
May 9

From New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed McCabe and Savage series comes an electrifying new thriller of taut and twisted suspense.


On a freezing December night, Hannah Reindel leaps to her death from an old railway bridge into the rushing waters of the river below. Yet the real cause of death was trauma suffered twelve years earlier when Hannah was plucked from a crowd of freshman girls at a college fraternity party, drugged, and then viciously assaulted by six members of the college football team.

Those responsible have never faced or feared justice. Until now. A month after Hannah’s death, Joshua Thorne—former Holden College quarterback and now a Wall Street millionaire—is found murdered, his body bound to a bed and brutally mutilated.

When a second attacker dies in mysterious circumstances, detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage know they must find the killer before more of Hannah’s attackers are executed. But they soon realize, these murders may not be simple acts of revenge, but something far more sinister.

The Girl on the Bridge is a compelling and harrowing tale of suspense that once read will not easily be forgotten. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
She grinned. When she had first come aboard, she'd had words -- strong words -- to say about privacy and where she expected to be unmonitored by Bechimo himself.
This week I'm reading The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This is the 20th Liaden Universe novel by the pair. Here is the description from Amazon:
The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware intelligent ship Bechimo to whom Theo is bonded, they’re also trying to arrest her crew members, and throw the dignity of an important passenger, the duly-constituted norbear ambassador Hevelin, into question.

No wonder Theo and her crew felt the need of a break, and retired to what Bechimo refers to as "safe space." Unfortunately, safe space may not be so safe, anymore.  It seems that things are leaking through from another universe, and another time. In fact, whole spaceships are coming through.  One of those ships is a blasted battleship seemingly fleeing a long-lost war. What’s more, its crew may be members of Theo’s ancient ancestral line—her relatives. It’s certain that they are in dire need of help. Theo has a choice to make. It seems that Bechimo’s “safe space” is about to become deadly perilous.

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 24, 2017)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

I had another busy week packing and organizing at my house. I am not a big fan of clutter and it is already starting to bother me that I have piles and piles of stuff laying around that will be part of my rummage sale. The sale is still a month away. I'll be living with this clutter for a lot longer.

I'll be cleaning my garage later today. I want to wait until the day warms up a little more before I start. It's time to get rid of odds and ends that can be thrown away and also to get rid of the road sand that accumulates each winter. If I was willing to keep my car outside, I could start transferring rummage sale stuff to the garage. But spring in Minnesota often brings hail storms and I want my car protected.

The friend who is helping me with my packing is hoping to come today to take the bookshelves I'm giving her. She needed to arrange a time when she could borrow her dad's truck and bring her boyfriend to help do the heavy lifting. That will remove one large piece and give me room to stack more boxes. We've packed my books from A - McCaffrey and have only one room of books to pack. I don't have to have those shelves empty for the painter since they are built in and have backs. Also, a lot of rummage sale stuff is in front of them right now. We're thinking that we can be packing them after the sale and maybe even after the painter is finished. 

I signed the contract for a mover this week with the scheduled loading date of June 8 and delivery date of June 9. Now the move seems even more real. At last count, I had 27 more work days and only 35 more days that I will be here at my house before the moving van arrives. I'm also planning four more trips to my new home. I'll be there eleven days before June 8.

Read Last Week
A Gleam of Light by T.J. & M.L. Wolf was a contemporary science fiction/paranormal story that I received for review from the authors. I thought the inclusion of Hopi mythology made the story interesting. My review will be posted on May 6.

Death in the Abstract by Emily Barnes was a nice cozy mystery. I liked the Edina, Minnesota, setting and the fact that the main characters were retirement age. It had a nicely twisty plot and some really quirky characters. My review will be posted on May 11.

Currently
Edited Out by E. J. Copperman is a cozy that I got for review from Crooked Lane books. It is next on my stack.

Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Grave Visions
Author: Kalayna Price
Series: An Alex Craft Novel (Book 4)
Publication: Roc (February 2, 2016)

Description: The USA Today bestselling author of Grave Memory and Grave Dance returns with her bewitching heroine Alex Craft in a new novel of twisting urban fantasy where the secrets of the dead can wreak havoc on the living.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie.

Fae can’t survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex’s true nature has awoken, she’s no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.

My Thoughts: Alex Craft is back. Her fae heritage is causing problems. If she doesn't swear to a court or gain independent status, she will fade away taking those sworn to her with her. She makes a deal with the Winter Queen to track down the being making a new drug called Glitter which is killing humans and which is being supplied by someone in her court.

Alex's investigation uncovers something not right in the Winter court which she needs to fix or the queen who promised her independence won't be alive to grant it. She is being assisted by the Queen's Knight Falin when he isn't being called away to fight off challenges to the Queen. Alex and Falin have a difficult relationship because she can't trust him. His first loyalty will always be to the Queen.

Alex has a number of other complicated relationships too. Her boyfriend is Death, a soul collector, who has been forbidden to be with her. She has known him since childhood but still knows almost nothing about him. Then there is the almost fiance that her father wants her to marry enough that he betrothed her to him when she was a child. The Winter Queen wants Alex to swear allegiance to her court and marry her nephew to try to get her and her unique ability under the Queen's control.

This story was entertaining and engaging. I like Alex and sympathized with her as she was being pulled in so many directions. I can't wait for the next episode in this great series.

Favorite Quote:
Please let us find something. I needed a break in this case. A map with a big red X on it was unlikely, but hopefully the BIB database would have something.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Memes: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
The first time I raised a shade for profit, my client fainted. Since then, I've tried to better prepare clients for their encounter with the dead.

It doesn't always work.
Friday 56:
A sharp sob cut across the phone. Shit. I hadn't meant it as such, but I'd just broached the fact that the baby might not make it to the point of being a consideration. Foot meet mouth. Geez, I was bad at this.
This week I am finally getting a chance to read Grave Visions by Kalayna Price. I began this series years ago but there has been quite a gap since the previous book. Here is the description from Amazon:
The USA Today bestselling author of Grave Memory and Grave Dance returns with her bewitching heroine Alex Craft in a new novel of twisting urban fantasy where the secrets of the dead can wreak havoc on the living.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie.

Fae can’t survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex’s true nature has awoken, she’s no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ARC Review: Echo of Danger by Marta Perry

Echo of Danger
Author: Marta Perry
Publication: HQN Books (April 25, 2017)

Description: In peaceful Pennsylvania Dutch country, a young mother discovers a shocking danger—and an unexpected ally 

A whisper of a threat looms over widow Deidre Morris. She and her young son have unwittingly become prisoners of her intimidating father-in-law's power. One wrong step could find her son torn from her and in the hands of the influential judge. But when Deidre collides with an intriguing stranger, the prospect of a new friendship gives her renewed hope…until a devastating murder rocks the quiet community of Echo Falls and Deidre learns first impressions can't be trusted.

Attorney Jase Glassman's assignment is straightforward: befriend Deidre, gather incriminating evidence…and allow her dogged father-in-law to take custody of her child. Anything else, including losing himself in her honest charm, will compromise the job he was hired to do. Yet when a murderer ushers danger into the town, Jase's only instinct is to protect Deidre and her son—no matter the sacrifice.

My Thoughts: Jason Glassman has taken a job as an attorney in Echo Falls after he was betrayed by his fiance and almost disbarred because of what she did. When his new boss - Judge Morris - asks him to get close to his daughter-in-law and try to find out if she is a fit mother to his grandson, Jason agrees. But getting to know Deidre Morris shows him a woman far different than the picture the judge painted of her.

At their first encounter, he sees her home and they discover the body of her friend who was babysitting for five-year-old Kevin who has also been badly injured. Kevin doesn't remember anything about what happened. His last memory is of earlier that day. But someone is afraid that Kevin will remember.

Deidre wants to know what happened to her friend Dixie and she wants her small son to be safe. Jason spends time with Deidre and Kevin during this difficult time and begins to care for her. He becomes more and more convinced that the judge's suspicions are baseless.

Meanwhile the judge is keeping the pressure on Deidre to move Kevin and her to his cold, formal home. Deidre is reluctant because she knows what pressure he put on his son and doesn't want to subject her son to it. But the judge is a powerful man in the small town and it is hard for Deidre to go against him.

I enjoyed the setting of this story and the strong relationships. Deidre has a good support system among her Amish cousins. I also liked the way the relationship between Jason and Deidre grew slowly. This was a very nice romantic suspense story.

Favorite Quote:
Jason didn't know where that need to reassure Deidre had come from, but he'd better get back to a more professional stance with her in a hurry. It was not part of his assignment to get that involved with her. All he wanted was evidence, one way or the other, to either prove or disprove the judge's opinion of her. 
I got this one in exchange for an honest review from  You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WoW: Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!
Juliet Lyons
May 2

For mortals wanting to get up close and personal with the beautiful undead, there's...

V-DATE, THE UNDEAD DATING SERVICE

Silver Harris is over clingy men―maybe men altogether. But when she shares a toe-curling kiss with a sexy Irish vampire on New Year's Eve, she wonders if maybe it's human men she's done with. Silver turns to the popular vampire dating site, V-Date, but soon she's in over her head and her mysterious hottie is nowhere to be found...

Logan Byrne can't get that sassy redhead out of his head―or that kiss! When his boss assigns him to spy on V-Date members, he meets Silver again. Turns out, the police are recruiting humans to snitch on vampires through the dating site. As the snark and sparks fly, feelings between Silver and Logan grow deep and suddenly Logan isn't so sure he can betray her, no matter how dangerous the consequences might be.