My Sister’s Books Review #52

Small Blessings

By: Martha Woodroof

Rose Callahan has always been a wanderer, never staying long enough to get too emotionally attached to people.  However, when she starts her new job at the college bookstore, the welcoming, quirky individuals pull at her heart. Tom Putnam leads a monotonous life and with the help of his mother-in-law, they try to cope with his wife’s debilitating depression. When a shocking letter arrives, declaring Tom a father of a ten year old son, his world Is about to change forever. How will the people of this small college town cope, as their lives turn upside down?

Martha Woodroof challenges readers to think about the qualities that truly make up a family, whether it is love, duty, responsibility or blood. Broken into two distinct parts, the first section is a fast paced action ride, while the second is more descriptive and verbose. There is a strong cast of secondary characters that play a vital part to the story. With a little help from Shakespeare and Harry Potter, readers will dive into the magic of life and the beauty of love. This debut novel will leave readers hoping for more.

Notes:
This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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What are you reading today?

Good Morning Everyone,

They are calling for rain today, therefore I have declared today a reading day!!! I will be reading Snow Fence Road by Phyllis Edgerly Ring and Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans. (Possibly a few more, but we shall see how the day goes!) What are you all reading today? Is it raining where you live?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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My Sister’s Books Review #51

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Hazel has terminal cancer that has forced her out of school. Despite her desire to stay inside reading, sleeping and watching television, her Mom forces her to get out and go to Support Group each week. It is there that she meets Augustus Waters, a boy who has been cancer-free for close to a year. He has a different outlook on life and with his unlit cigarette, he plans on making Hazel Grace’s life broader and brighter.

Written in a first-person narrative, John Green has created a poetic and powerful novel.  This book has a dark, realistic beginning, but quickly it sweeps the characters and readers up into a majestic fantasy. The author focuses on how cancer affects the patient, but also how it affects everyone. Knowing the end result, means grief is a daily experience for all, but the choice is to continue living life for however long it exists. Brimming with references to another heart wrenching, fictional tale, Green manages to tell an additional story within this one, to help foreshadow the growth of his main characters. Readers will cry and laugh as they fall in love with Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac.

 

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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Sasee Review for August

Hi Everyone,

As you all know, I have had the honor of writing the book reviews for Sasee Magazine. Here is a snippet of the review that I did for month of August.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Who Left Me in Charge?

By: Erin Spatz

This past month, I had the pleasure of reading this new release by local author and new Sasee columnist, Erin Spatz. Erin mixes reality and humor as she shares her journey through Postpartum Panic Disorder. This book is a collection of her journal entries dealing with everyday topics that most Moms face.

Erin Spatz thought that throughout her pregnancy and childbirth that life would be magical once she held her newborn baby. Unfortunately, she developed Postpartum Panic Disorder that worsened after each of her four children were born. Throughout her struggles, she found a form of peace through writing and kept a journal of her chaotic days. Her honest and playful writing style makes it easy for all women to relate to her. Since the chapters are organized by topics, they are short and easy to read. Perfect for busy Moms looking to find something they can connect to, when they don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading.

 

You can read this issue (and the full review) at this link.

 

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Tripped Up Love

By: Julie Farley

Heather Nester Meadows thought she had her happily ever after. She was married to her childhood love and had three delightful kids. However her world was tossed upside down when she unexpectedly lost her husband. Trying to manage the kids, staying strong on the outside and fending off the waves of friends filled with pity, became her daily routine over the past year and a half. That is, until a pothole struck her down during one of her morning jogs. Peter Adamson saw Heather fall and immediately rushed to her aide, but what he can’t explain is why he seems drawn to this complete stranger.

Julie Farley has created a sweet romance that develops in a completely relatable world. Readers will be able to connect with Heather on an emotional level as she struggles to find her own happiness. The point of view switches between Heather and Peter, which is confusing in the beginning. Even though this is an adorable romance, the author covers two very important topics through Heather’s behavior. The first being survivor’s guilt. Throughout this whole book, Heather is coming to terms with her loss, while learning when it is okay to be happy again without feeling as though she is betraying her lost husband. The other thing that Heather struggles with is something that every reader can relate to: the role of social media. In this technology-obsessed society, has human nature suffered a blow to self-confidence due to humans being consumed with how their actions will be taken by others? During the development of this book, readers will be cheering for Heather and by the end, they will be anxious to read the rest of her story in the next book.

 

Notes:

The author of this book, provided a copy in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“What day is it?
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

With very little sleep this week, I am not quite sure what day it is, but I sure do hope it is a great one for all!

Enjoy,
~Ariesgrl”

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July 31, 2014 · 8:37 am

The Quest for Juice

By: Jonathan-David Jackson

 

It all started because Oscar’s favorite juice has disappeared and unfortunately for him, it doesn’t end there. Yes, his one friend notices that he has stopped taking his anti-psychotic meds, but that is not of any importance when the people out there are messing everything up as part of a grander scheme. It is up to Oscar to uncover this hidden organization and reveal their plans, before the whole world is lost. Sadly his mission is waylaid when he lands himself in the mental institution.

Told from the first person narrative of a paranoid schizophrenic, this book will take readers on a wild and bizarre theme-park ride. Even though readers understand Oscar is mentally ill, they will fall in love with his humorous, witty and gloomy antics on his journey to find the truth. As readers dive further into the story, they will begin to look over their own shoulders, as Jackson seems to be echoing their singular thoughts, just in a more extreme fashion.  Quest for Juice is a satirical and entertaining story with a dash of suspense thrown in towards the end.

Has anything in your daily life become suspiciously different over time?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

The author of this book, provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #50

Miss Julia Strikes Back

By: Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia’s new husband and friend are each away on their own dream vacations, so she decides to throw a party to occupy her time. Unfortunately for Miss Julia, the day after the party, she discovers her prize engagement ring missing. Someone has stolen several of her friends’ jewelry too. Miss Julia is determined to get her possessions back, before her loved ones return. The search takes Miss Julia, Little Lloyd and Miss Wiggins on a wild adventure down to Florida in hopes of catching the unsuspecting criminals. Upon their arrival, Miss Julia realizes she must also sober up Florida’s most prominent investigator to help her go undercover, before the Feds confiscate her rings as evidence. Will Miss Julia’s plan work or will her items be lost forever?

This book is the eighth installment in Ann B. Ross’s series, which contains fifteen titles thus far. The first person point of view carries readers on a wild ride with Miss Julia, which will allow them to feel everything that she is feeling. Ann B. Ross has created a pristine character full of southern charm and class, whom readers will adore. Since this book has Miss Julia on the road, it takes several chapters before the real fun begins. This is a delightful series for fans of cozy mysteries with a southern twist.

 

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This review was originally written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

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Quick Update

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all are doing well this evening. Personally, life here as been unraveling, but that seems to be a consistent theme here. However, what has changed is the fact that I have gotten back into the rhythm and escape that is reading. :) The hard part is getting caught up with computer time… I currently have seven reviews in varying stages, which need to be typed up and posted. As my family rests right now, my goal is to get as many as I can finalized and shared with all of you. (That is until the fireworks start and/or my one dog starts showing signs of pain again. But don’t fret, I will make sure that they all appear this week!) So, my apologies for the onslaught of reviews, but I have to say it feels good to be back!!!

In the meantime, I want to know what all of you are reading on this fine Tuesday night.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Kelsey Browning Blog Tour

PROBLEMS IN PARADISE by Kelsey Browning

Author of Texas Nights Series

Co-author of The Granny Series

 

Problems In Paradise Cover - FinalAbout the Book

Title:                Problems In Paradise (Texas Nights, #3)

Release:          July 14, 2014

Genre:                         Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Format:           e-book

Tags:                Texas, sexy, small-town, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, southern, Kelsey Browning

Book Links:      Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Books-A-Million / Carina Press / Goodreads /My Sister’s Books

 

Book Summary:

Eden Durant hasn’t always been Eden Durant. She’s made a fresh start in Shelbyville, Texas, far from her mother’s notoriety. Running the Paradise Garden Café is as much excitement as Eden wants—or it was, until she meets Beck Childress. Although he’s the one man who could expose her past, she’s willing to open up enough to see if he might be her future.

Chief Deputy Childress is determined to get to know the real Eden, when he isn’t busy cleaning up after the sheriff and running in the election to replace him. When several men fall sick after eating in Eden’s café, he investigates even as her mysterious past raises both his suspicions and his protective instincts.

As their relationship heats up, so do the pressures of Beck’s campaign. When Eden’s secrets are revealed, jeopardizing his dream of becoming sheriff, he’ll need to choose: serve and protect the town he loves or the woman who makes it home.


Excerpt:

When Eden burst through the kitchen door a few minutes later, he grinned. She paused to refill coffee cups while balancing four plates on her left arm. Damned if Dolores, the longtime waitress over at the Skillet, wouldn’t have been proud. Eden stopped off at Charlie’s table and somehow served without missing a beat or dropping a sprig of that green crap she garnished the plates with.

Her dark hair was tamed into a thick braid starting at her crown and ending midway down her back. One day soon, her hair would be spread out on his pillow. And hopefully on his lap. Too damn bad she wasn’t wearing her see-through robe. Instead, she wore a pair of her god-awful overalls, a long-sleeved T-shirt the color of too-ripe bananas and those California-type suede boots. Except for the boots, everything she had on was probably at least one size too big.

In all her dashing back and forth, little wisps of her hair had come loose from her braid and were falling down across her overall bib, curling around her left breast. Her chest was rising and falling rapidly, and now that he knew just how amazing those breasts were, he wanted to rip away that overall bib.

She finally headed toward him, and he jerked his stare away from her…buttons and buckles. Yeah, he was hot for those damned buttons. Her golden hazel eyes warmed as she smiled. The woman he’d once thought standoffish was actually cautious, and that was a trait he not only understood but appreciated. She was a hard worker and self-sufficient, but now it was clear she also needed the security that would allow her lighthearted nature to shine through. He could be that man for her. He would be that man for her.

“Sorry I forgot to take your order,” Eden said. “It’s been one of those mornings.”

Screw food. He was starving not only for what was behind all those ugly clothes, but also for more of her teasing. “Got anything on the menu today that’ll appeal to a guy like me?”

She tilted her head to the right, as if considering his question like a physicist might contemplate a mile-long equation. “I think I have just the thing for you.”

Oh, yeah, she did. He breathed through the lust cruising through him. They would get to that. Soon. He just needed a little time to get his sister squared away. “What’s…” he cleared his throat to keep his voice from cracking like a jacked-up fourteen-year-old, “…that?”

“A dish I call the redneck omelet.” She pursed her pouty little mouth and shifted her weight to cock a hip. “Lightly whipped eggs stuffed with chocolate, chopped beef jerky and processed cheese.”

“I’ll take two, then.” Damned if he didn’t like this side of her. The way she stood there laughing down at him made him want to shove the salt and pepper and silverware off the table, lift her onto it and have her for breakfast instead. That image had his dick twitching behind his fly. Not cool while he was in uniform. Still, he couldn’t smother his smile. “But only if you sprinkle corn nuts on top.”

She shook her head, closing her eyes as if the corn nuts had screwed the deal. “Would you settle for ham and cheese?”

“American?”

“Goat milk cheddar.”

“That is so wrong.”

“Ham only, then.”

“That’s boring.”

“Bet I can find something to spice it up for you.”

He caught her gaze and could’ve fried his own damn eggs on the heat waving between them. She wasn’t talking about jalapeños or habaneros. “California girls don’t have any idea how hot us Texas boys like it.”

 

 

Praise for Texas Nights Series:

Problems in Paradise:

“Starring a sexy lawman and a woman with a scandalous secret, a deliciously fun read.” - Shannon Stacey, New York Times bestselling author

 

Personal Assets:

“A hot man, a headstrong woman, and sizzling chemistry set against a homey Texas backdrop—Browning’s contemporary debut has all the assets that count!”  -Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster

 

“Sinfully hot, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious—everything a southern romance should be!” -Macy Beckett, author of the Sultry Springs series

 

Kelsey Browning - HeadshotAbout the Author
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories and cozy Southern mysteries. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, and Bad Dog. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series.

Connect with Kelsey: Email / Website / Newsletter / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest

 

 

Giveaway Details:

Kelsey will be giving away one digital copy of Personal Assets, the first book in the Texas Nights series to one commenter at each blog stop. For your chance to win, please leave a comment below between now and Sunday, July 20th at 12noon. Winner will be announced on Sunday! Good luck everyone!

 

Blog Tour Stops:

July 14, 2014

Contemporary Romance Cafe

Brooke Blogs

Reading by the Book

The Reading Café

Amy Manemann

Bookin It Reviews

Night Owl Reviews

So Many Reads

July 15, 2014

Carina Press Blog

Love Romance Passion

The Book Cellar

Gonna Need More Books

Musings From an Addicted Reader

SOS Aloha

July 16, 2014

Coffee Time Romance

TBQs Book Palace

Becky on Books…and Quilts

Eileen Dandashi

Herding Cats and Burning Soup

So I Read This Book Today

Blogging by Liza

Storeybook Reviews

Romance Junkies

Romance Cooks

July 17, 2014

Forget the Housework, I’m Reading

Renee Entress

Doing Some Reading

Pamela Foreman

Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts

July 18, 2014

Dee’s Book Blog

The Book Review

The Romance Reviews

Ariesgrl Book Reviews

Ramblings From This Chick

Stitch Read Cook

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