Friday, April 29, 2016

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young

  • Series: Program
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (April 19, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1481444700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481444705


Quinlan McKee has spent her life acting as other people. She was a closer—a person hired to play the role of the recently deceased in order to give their families closure. Through this process, Quinn learned to read people and situations, even losing a bit of herself to do so. But she couldn’t have guessed how her last case would bring down her entire world.

The only person Quinn trusts is Deacon, her best friend and the love of her life. Except Deacon’s been keeping secrets of his own, so Quinn must set out alone to find Arthur Pritchard, the doctor who’s been trying to control her life. The journey brings Quinn to Arthur’s daughter, Virginia, who tells Quinn the truth about Pritchard’s motives. The former closer will start to see that she is the first step in fighting an epidemic.

But Quinlan doesn’t want to be a cure. And with all the lies surrounding her, she realizes she has no one left to rely on but herself—even if she doesn’t know who that is anymore.

The Epidemic by Suzanne Young is a riveting story that I could not put down.  While it is part of the Program series, it definitely can be read as a stand alone novel but I must admit that after reading this book, I went straight on to working my way through the wholes series!

The Epidemic's plot and it's characters are fascinating. The story line is compelling and it just grabbed me at my deepest emotions and wouldn't let go.  This story has stayed with me with me a long time after reading this book and for me, that is a sure sign of having read a great book!  


4.5 Stars

Thank you to Simon Pulse and Edelweiss for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Redemption Falls by Kate Hewitt

  • ASIN: B00W79RKM8

On Sale for Kindle~ $ 3.99 


Welcome to Littleton, Vermont... a college town with a whole lot of memories for two people who have finally found the courage to return... 

It's been twelve years since Linnea Schmidt left Littleton, Vermont--and her daughter Ambler behind. Now she's back to make amends, and the last thing she needs is preppy, new college president Rob Sanders on her case, asking her up to the college on the hill. 

Rob Sanders is trying to escape his own mistakes when he returns to Littleton, Vermont, and he isn't prepared for the unexpected attraction he feels for tough girl Linnea. But as an unlikely friendship develops between the college president and the woman hiding behind her don't-mess-with-me persona, will Rob and Linnea be able to help--and heal--each other? 

One of my favorite author in Women's Fiction is Kate Hewitt  (who also writes under the name Katherine Swartz) and I must say that Redemption Falls by Ms. Hewitt did not disappoint in any way!

I spent a wonderful afternoon spent reading this book that moved me through the gambit of emotions  ~ sadness, joy, happiness  and the warm comforting feeling I always get from reading  a wonderful romance story.   

Ms. Hewitt's book was a charming tale with a great plot and realistic characters. I so enjoyed Redemption Falls and it was a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon! 

4 Stars

Thank you to Kate Hewitt LTD and Netgalley for the free gift of  this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Summer Reading ~ Waiting on Wednesday

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I decided to spot light a few books I am waiting for and plan to read this summer ...

For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. 

The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it. 

As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth--or for Tara--will ever be the same again.

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the 'bossy' cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

Breakout author Stacey Lee masterfully crafts another remarkable novel set against a unique historical backdrop. Strong-willed Mercy Wong leads a cast of diverse characters in this extraordinary tale of survival.

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star. 
Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground...
And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

What books are you waiting for? 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg

  • Book 2 in the J. B. Collins Series

  • ISBN-10: 149640615X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496406156
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 29, 2015)


What if the Islamic State captured the most valuable hostage in history?

“The president of the United States . . . is missing.” With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, report-ing from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.

As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .

Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and res-cue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.

The First Hostage , the second book in the J. B. Collins series is a fast-paced political thriller that will have you spellbound from the moment you start reading it till the very last page. 

Mr. Rosenberg's writing is believable, his characters engaging and the plot is action packed, on the edge of your seat reading! He has an incredible ability to write both fiction and non-fiction superbly well and his books just keep getting better and better. I highly recommend this series! 

5 Stars!

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Myron Mixon's BBQ Rules: The Old-School Guide to Smoking Meat

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617691844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617691843


In barbecue, “old-school” means cooking on a homemade coal-fired masonry pit, where the first step is burning wood to make your own coals, followed by shoveling those coals beneath the meat and smoking that meat until it acquires the distinct flavor only true pit-smoking can infuse. With easy-to-follow, straightforward instruction, America’s pitmaster shows you how and also demonstrates methods for cooking on traditional gas and charcoal grills common in most backyards. 

The book is divided into four parts—Meat Helpers, The Hog, Birds, The Cow—and features recipes and methods, including:
  • Pit Smoked Pulled Pork
  • North Carolina Yella Mustard-Based Barbecue Sauce
  • Prize-winning Brisket
  • Smoked Baby Back Ribs
  • Thick and Smoky T-Bone Steaks
Presenting step-by-step illustrations on building a pit, managing a fire, selecting meats for the pit and the best wood to burn in it, and more, Mixon offers all of the fundamental lessons to becoming a champion backyard pitmaster.

Myron Mixon's BBQ Rules really and truly rocks! It has so many great BBQ tips and the recipes are mouth-watering tasty and made for bbq pit smoking, traditional gas or charcoal grilling. I have to admit I started to get ravenous just reading the recipes. :)

This book is down home BBQ at it's best! I was pretty intrigued with the history of BBQ pit smoking and my husband would be over the moon to create his own BBQ pit.  Till then, he plans on incorporating some of Mr. Myron's techniques and advise for our back yard gas grilling.  We both are definitely looking forward to trying some of the recipes out! 

5 Stars!

Thank you to Abrams ~ Stewart, Tabori and Chang publishing  and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.