Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett - #review #giveaway

She fancied herself part of a timeless chain without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairytales to the far side of the world.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My 2018 Vintage Mystery Challenge Sign-up

Trying to go slow in my sign-ups by choosing books ahead of time.  Usually I sign up for too many and then get overwhelmed.  Anyway, the Vintage Mystery RC (Just the Facts, Ma'am) is hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.  Click on the button above to go to her blog for the full details and to sign up.

I'll be attempting the 'Constable' level on both the gold and silver level, which is one book from each of the six categories per card.

The Golden Age card refers to mysteries written before 1960.

(links below currently go to GoodReads)

WHO - Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie, 1st pub 1929 (crime-solving duo)
WHAT - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 1st pub 1859 (color in title, ref to woman)
WHEN - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, 1st pub 1934 (during a trip
WHERE - The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace, 1st pub 1916 (locked room)
HOW - A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming, 1st pub 1874 (???)
WHY - The Paradise Mystery by J.S. Fletcher, 1st pub 1921 (new-to-me-author)


The Silver Card refers to mysteries written between 1960 and 1989.

WHO - The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969 (patriarch)
WHAT - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre, 1963 (ref to man, two title words same letter)
WHEN - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 1966 (a historic crime)
WHERE - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson,1962 (castle/village)
HOW - The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, 1967 (method)
WHY - The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, 1966 (new to me author)

For right now, these are tentative titles/categories.  Some may not actually fit, some may need to be changed for whatever reason, but it's a place to start.


Remember, go to 2018 Vintage Mystery Challenge HQ at My Reader's Block for full details and to join the challenge!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold - #review #giveaway

Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight) Mystery/Crime Fiction
8th in Series Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353661
Paperback: 460 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353647
One hit man who’s back for revenge. 
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#2017ChristmasMoments Photo Challenge

This challenge is hosted on Instagram by Stephanie, as well as WhitneyBeth, Jess, Emily, Danielle, Emily, and Whitney.  No sign-ups, no obligation, but they do ask that you tag things #2017ChristmasMoments to ease in finding your co-challengers' photos!

I'm probably going to put mine on my blog as well, as I've not done a lot with Instagram up until now, so not a lot of folks might know I'm there!

So far, I can tell you two things for sure:

1.  Friday, 1st December's post will probably have something to do with my older son, Brian, who turns 21 that day!

2.  I'm too young to have a son that old! *ROFL*

(I'm desperately looking for a picture from his 1st Christmas, when he was laying on a red cloth beside a 2' tabletop fake Christmas tree, decorated with a single strand of colored LED lights with beaded earrings I had made as the ornaments. :)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Black Arts, Tarts and Gypsy Carts by Erin Johnson - #review #giveaway

With the Summer Sea Carnival visiting the enchanted island of Bijou Mer, Imogen jumps at the chance to help run the royal bakery booth. It’ll get her out of the palace and allow her to continue avoiding her feelings for a certain engaged prince.

Imogen’s plans to lay low are shattered when the world-famous necromancer, Madame Zerna, is found dead, sawed in half on the dark magician’s table and Imogen’s friend Rhonda is caught red-handed. With incriminating evidence piling up against Rhonda, Zerna’s rival, Imogen promises to help clear her name by finding the real murderer.

My 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge Sign-up

The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is hosted by the inimitable Lori at Escape With Dollycas.  Click on the button above to go to the sign-up page, where the details of this challenge are listed.

Below is my tentative list (because I think it will be easier for me to keep track of things that way).  It is not necessary to pick your books beforehand.  Links go to GoodReads for now.  When the read/review is finished, I'll change the link to where my review is - usually another post on this blog.  If 'planned for' with a date/month is after the entry, the book is also being used for the 2018 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge.

A - Above and Beyond (To Serve & Protect #1) by Kathryn Shay (tentative for January)
B - Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen (planned for November)
C - CS Lewis: A Life Inspired by Christopher Gordon (tentative for February)
D - Dark Isle: Book 2 by Shannon Mayer (tentative for March)
E - Enchantress: The Evermen Saga #1 by James Maxwell (tentative for April)
F - Fortune's Flower by Anthea Lawson (planned for May)
G - Gumbeaux by Kimberly Vargas (tentative for May) 
H - Homemade Body Scrubs by Dogwood Apps (tentative for June)
I - Ice Blue by Emma Jameson (planned for June)
J - Just Evil (Evil Secrets Trilogy #1) by Vicki McKeehan (tentative for July)
K - Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1) by Rebecca Ethington (tenative for August)
L - Limelight by Emily Organ (planned for March)
M - The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller (tentative for September)
N - Nailed (Ron Ketchum #1) by Joseph Flynn (tentative for October)
O - The One You Love (Emma Holden #1) by Paul Pilkington (tentative for November)
P - The Price of Innocence by Bryan Devore (tentative for December)
Q - Murder in the Latin Quarter by (Maggie Newberry #7) by Susan Kiernan-Lewis (tentative for January)
R - The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson (planned for December)
S - Sweets and a Stabbing by Harper Lin (planned for February)
T - There's Always a Catch by Stephanie Taylor (planned for September)
U - Unexpected Gifts (Castle Mountain Lodge #1) by Elena Aitken (tentative for February)
V - Vampire Catch (The Angler #2) by Annie Nicholas (NOTE: listed as such on Amazon; listed as "Catch (The Angler #2) on GR.  Hope this is ok.  It not, it's cool.  It's not like I'm lacking *vampire* for books *vampire* starting with "V" *vampire* anyway. *lol*) (tentative for March)
W - White Hell by Remington Kane (planned for January)
X - **going to have to do some searching on this one** (tentative for April)
Y - Yellow Ribbon (Devlin Haskell #1) by Mike Faricy (planned for August)
Z - The Zombie Chronicles #1 by Chrissy Peebles (tentative for May)


Is that clear as mud?

Well, it's 6:10 in the morning and I'm needing a 2nd cup of coffee, so please be gentle. :O)  Escape With Dollycas & My Reader's Block are great places to find reading challenges (I know there are others, but these are the 2 that come to mind right now.  Oh, and of course, GoodReads!  If you know of sites hosting RC's, please let us know in the comments! 

You don't have to pick books before your start the challenge, I'm just hoping that my record-keeping gets a little better in 2018.  I usually get the reading done with no problem, but get behind on the link-ups and such and then wind up letting everything drop.  Trying to do better in the new year!

Friday, November 17, 2017

That Olde White Magick by Sharon Pape - #review #giveaway

It’s time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .

Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.