Getting off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards 

Overview 

A scorching Las Vegas summer is about to get even hotter. Aspiring journalist Copper Black has just found out that her boyfriend is responsible for his not-quite-ex-wife’s pregnancy. An unexpected house-sitting job at a notorious Las Vegas “party house” should provide not only a private swimming pool but also much-needed distraction.
While researching a story about an exclusive private school, Copper accidentally discovers the dead body of the school’s beloved founder. Now involved in a high-profile murder investigation, Copper turns to her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is overseeing the construction of a center for the homeless. A Paiute medicine man claims the site is a sacred burial ground, attracting hordes of protesters.
As she tries to solve the murder, help her brother, advance her career, and sort out her love life, Copper stirs up a world of trouble. Her escapades as she evades a sociopath, a disturbed cowgirl, and a suspicious homicide detective make Megan Edwards’ rousing debut Getting Off on Frank Sinatra a nonstop roller coaster of a read.

Review

Copper is a journalist in Vegas (what better place!!) While researching a story about a private school….enter a DEAD BODY! 

Copper is an adorable character.  Something is always happening to her, through no fault of her own…. Well, maybe a little fault. She almost gets blown up, beat up and arrested, just to name a few!   I enjoyed her many escapades and her floundering to get out of a mess!

I also enjoyed the history splattered within this book. I love Vegas!! The author did a fabulous job weaving old mobsters and their tales throughout this story. Not sure if the tales are real or imagined, but really adds to the setting and the plot itself. I loved the mobster house and all it’s history and quirks! 

This is a really good long car 🚗 ride book. I could have finished it in one sitting if my crazy life allowed. I actually lost time while reading one day and was almost late for work. I got caught up in a blown up house and a lost tortoise name Oscar. Completely entertaining and  sometimes that is exactly what you need! 



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Across Great Divides by Monique Roy 


Across Great Divides

By Monique Roy

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit, centered in one of the darkest periods in history. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa.

Across Great Divides chronicles Eva and Inge, two identical twin sisters growing up in Nazi Germany. As Jews, life becomes increasingly difficult for them and their family under the oppressive and anti-Semitic laws of the Nazis. Then, after witnessing the horrors of Kristallnacht, they realize they must leave their beloved homeland if they hope to survive.

Unsure of where to go, they travel to Antwerp, Belgium, and then on to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, chasing the diamond trade in hopes of finding work for their father, a diamond jeweler. Finally, they find a home for themselves in the beautiful country of South Africa and begin to settle down.

But just as things begin to feel safe, their new home becomes caught up in its own battles of bigotry and hate under the National Party’s demand for an apartheid South Africa. Eva and Inge wonder if they will ever be allowed to live in peace, though they cling to the hope for a better day when there will be “an understanding of the past, compassion for all humanity, and …hope and courage to move forward across great divides.”

 Review

As most of you know, WWII is one of my favorite time periods to read about. So, I jumped on this book when asked to review. 

This is a good read.  There is really nothing new and unique to the story except their travels  and escape from Germany.  How they ended up in Brazil then in Africa makes this tale unique.  However, the story is just a little too convenient . You will need to read this story to find out what I mean. I do not want to give away a spoiler. 

This is a story about family and strengths to get through the trials of life. It still amazes me…Mans inhumanity to man!! 

I received this novel from the author for a honest review.

About the Author


Monique loves writing that transports her to another time or place. Her passion for writing began as a young girl while penning stories in a journal. Now she looks forward to deepening her passion by creating many unique stories that do nothing less than intrigue her readers.

Monique holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is the author of a children’s book Once Upon a Time in Venice. She is working toward completing her next novel, which is also a historical fiction story that takes place during World War II and present day England.
Monique works for a large software company as a senior marketing communications specialist. In her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis, pursue her passion for writing, and read historical fiction. In 2008, she was chosen by the American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program to travel to Berlin, Germany, on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, to explore German and Israeli relations along with 20 other Jewish professionals from across the U.S.
Monique was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and her grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It’s their story that inspired her to write Across Great Divides.

You can view Monique’s website at http://www.monique-roy.com.

 

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AcrossGreatDivides/ 
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/MonWriter1

On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Across-Great-Divides-Monique-Roy-ebook/dp/B00DQB0ON8/ 
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On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/135742.Monique_Roy

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I saw this on Pinterest(the devil!) I could not wait to try it out! I used Graphic 45 papers. 

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Dreamslippers series Box Set by Lisa Brunette plus Author Interview

A BOXED SET OF THE AWARD-WINNING NOVELS IN THE DREAMSLIPPERS SERIES + A BONUS STORY! 

Dreamslippers Series Boxed Set

By Lisa Brunette

Genre: Mystery, Female Sleuths, Romantic Suspense

5-STAR REVIEWS FOR BOOKS IN THE SERIES…
“This might possibly be a ‘great book.’” – Sharon E. Leighton, a reader in Canada, on CAT IN THE FLOCK
“Lisa Brunette’s FRAMED AND BURNING is a brilliant, suspenseful whodunit…” – Anthony Award-winning writer of the Inspector Chen series, Qui Xiaolong
“The plot runs deep, and the characters are both quirky and interesting. This is a total whodunit mystery that will keep you on edge until the very end!” – Sage Adderley, on BOUND TO THE TRUTH
SERIES OVERVIEW
What if you could ‘slip’ into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. 
In Cat in the Flock…

Following a mother and girl on the run, apprentice dreamslipper Cat McCormick goes undercover inside a fundamentalist church. Is its enigmatic leader guilty of domestic violence? Did his right-hand man really commit suicide?
In Framed and Burning…

It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame.
In Bound to the Truth…

The dreamslippers don’t quite trust their client. Did Nina Howell really fall under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host—as her wife claims?
PLUS explore Amazing Grace’s back story in the bonus story found ONLY in this boxed set!
For readers who enjoy strong female leads, quirky, well-developed characters, and a dash of dating drama with their mystery. Fans of J.A. Jance, Mary Daheim, and Jayne Ann Krentz will love Cat and “Amazing” Grace!

 

About the Author


Lisa was born in Santa Rosa, California, but that was only home for a year. A so-called “military brat,” she lived in nine different houses and attended nine different schools by the time she was 14. Through all of the moves, her one constant was books. She read everything, from the entire Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series to her mother’s books by Daphne du Maurier and Taylor Caldwell. 

 

A widely published author, game writer, and journalist, Lisa has interviewed homeless women, the designer of the Batmobile, and a sex expert, to name just a few colorful characters. This experience, not to mention her own large, quirky family, led her to create some truly memorable characters in her Dreamslippers Series and other works, whether books or games.

 

Always a vivid dreamer, not to mention a wannabe psychic, Lisa feels perfectly at home slipping into suspects’ dreams, at least in her imagination. Her husband isn’t so sure she can’t pick up his dreams in real life, though.

 

With a hefty list of awards and publications to her name, Lisa now lives in a small town in Washington State, but who knows how long that will last…

 

Follow Lisa online:

Twitter: @lisa_brunette

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LisaBrunettePage1

http://www.lisa-brunette.com  

On Amzon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N7EKJB8

Interview

1. What inspired you to write this type of novel?

The idea for the series came from three sources:

1) I read a lot of supernatural and psychic mysteries and interviewed four of Seattle’s top writers in the genre for Seattle Woman magazine. I was also a huge fan of the TV series Medium; I loved how psychic visions came to the protagonist in her dreams. I’ve always been an active dreamer and for many years suffered from PTSD-related nightmares, so dreams have held great significance for me.

2) For five years I worked with game developers to design story-driven mystery games for an audience of women 40+. Since most of the developers were young men in their twenties, they often struggled to understand the audience, sometimes resorting to stereotypes that either pandered to older women or missed the mark entirely. That experience drove me to create a kick-ass grandmother/granddaughter duo based on the real women in my life.

3) One of those real women was my husband’s mother, who passed away within the first year that he and I began dating. She was a woman after my own heart, trailblazing and spiritually openminded. She inspired the 77-year-old character Amazing Grace in the Dreamslippers Series. I created the character in part to keep the real Grace with me longer. 

2. Without thinking hard….off the cuff….what is your favorite book? Quickly now…if you think you will change it. I want the first thing that pops in your head!

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. It’s one of those rare classics you can reread at different points of your life and get a completely new experience, each reading equally profound. 

3. Which author, dead or alive, would you want to meet and have a conversation with and why? 

I’d love to meet Tana French, whose Dublin Murder Squad series breathes new life into the detective murder mystery. French’s writing is wickedly ingenious. Her novel Faithful Place was the best book I read last year, better than Girl on a Train, which is far more popular. 

4. Catherine Mckenzie must have her tunes, Dan Brown needs his gravity boots. Is there anything special you need to write? 

Just quiet, and lots of it. That means the absence of notifications as well. I make use of my laptop’s “Wi-Fi Off” setting and hate when I have to turn it back on to research something online, which results in an onslaught of distracting flags, dings, and pop-ups designed to call me away from my work.

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Lost Rider by Harper Sloan #XOXPERTS


Overview 

In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

Review

Maverick has blown back into town after head injuries put a halt to his rodeo career. He is unhappy and has a lot of ghosts to deal with.  He arrives the day of his father’s funeral and creates havoc with his family and Leigh, his sister’s best friend. 

Maverick and Leigh have a past. A past all the way back to high school. When I started this novel I hated Maverick.  He was rude, hateful and completely disrespectful.  But as his story unfolded, I fell utterly in love with him. He and Leigh make a super couple….once they get past their horrible start. And believe me….it was horrible. Took a lot of “telling the truth” to convince Leigh to give Maverick a chance. 

There were places where the conversations were a little stilted. But Leigh and Maverick make up for it with the steamy, hot bedroom scenes! 😍💋🔥. I enjoyed reading about this couple’s  return to each other and second chances.  Maverick’s tale is not to be missed! This is book one in the series.  Wonder who the next book will be about?!?!  Hmmmmmm!! Cannot wait! 

I love discovering new authors.  Now to add more books to the infinite TBR LIST! 

I received this novel from Simon and Schuster as part of the XOXPERTS.

                                                                           


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Heartache & Sin by Charles Soto – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

Heartache & Sin

By Charles Soto

Genre: Suspense, Drama

 

When a Midwestern farming town is hit hard by a crop-destroying drought, people are willing to put their faith into anything that might bring them some relief.

 

Steven Wheaton is burdened by the effects of the drought on his farm, and heartbroken knowing that the chances of starting a family with his wife Karen have been damaged by her recent diabetes diagnosis.

 

Devastated, Karen turns to the new pastor in town, looking for faith and guidance…but even her relationship with God cannot fill the void in her life.

 

When ulterior motives collide with harrowing miracles, where does the line between good and evil begin?

 

About the Author

 

Charles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghost writer of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).

 

Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.

 

Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters. 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/charlesSoto/ 

https://www.twitter.com/CharlesSoto

http://www.authorcharlessoto.com

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33542.charles_soto 

On Amazon: http://amzn.to/2j2YvjG

 

 

 

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 Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey


Overview 

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart. 

Review

A family of four ladies, the mother, Ainsley and daughters Caroline, Emerson and Sloane. They are trying to heal in some form and family is the best way they know how. Everyone ends up back in Peachtree Bluff to repair and soothe their wayward lives. 

This story is basically about Caroline as her family is falling apart. She heads back Peachtree Bluff, a place she never expected to be her saving grace. As her marriage publicly implodes her family becomes her restorative.  Caroline is a strong, yet quirky woman. She has some OCD issues and can be a little more “truthful” than you want her to be. This was an endearing trait which I loved. 

There are so many great aspects to this read. Wonderful setting, awesome characters and there are some fabulous lines in this book. I laughed out loud in several places and wanted to cry in others! I did feel there were too many characters. I had to think about a character and how they were related. All in all a really good, heartwarming read! 

There must be a sequel in the works….a story line is not finished and I so want to know more! 

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.


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