Warrior Saints Blitz

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Hello and Welcome to the Warrior Saints book blitz

I would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours for the honor of hosting this Blitz.

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Book & Author Details:
Warrior Saints – Creator
by Carla Thorne
(Stonehaven Academy Saints, #1)
Publication date: April 17th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Supernatural, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:

“Hello. My name is Mary Antonia Hunter, and I picked up the snake.”
Strange days have come to the halls of Stonehaven Academy.
From brutal fights in the supernatural realm with a demon-like presence, to battling obstacles in the halls at school, Mary knows she’s different.
She just doesn’t understand why.
Then it gets even weirder.
As her supernatural battles increase, she is drawn into friendships with others who seem to be as confused about their bizarre abilities and encounters as she is.
Now that Mary, Deacon, Scout, and Ivy have found each other, what is their purpose and why? And who gifted these newly-named Warriors, and how do they manage their powers and maneuver the confusing maze of school, family, romance—and the occasional demonic force?

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Amazon Book recommendations

Hello and welcome to my little corner, I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought I would post this as I was cleaning out my email and I get the Amazon Book recommendations and I found this article interesting and all of the books that they have recommended I am now on the hunt to purchase them and if any are available on Amazon Prime.  Oh there are some great suggestions.

 

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This Week in Books

Murder and Mind Games

5 thrillers to read if you you loved ‘The Silent Patient’

If you read and loved The Silent Patient, here are five psychological thrillers we think you’ll enjoy.

The Practice of Deceit

When Eric Lavender gives up his perch as one of Manhattan’s hippest and most eligible psychotherapists, it’s to marry the sexy Colleen O’Brien Golden, and he’s so besotted he considers trading Manhattan for married life in the suburbs a bargain. But heroically helping police during a hostage crisis leads to revelations about secrets in Colleen’s past, and those secrets land Eric in handcuffs — maybe for a long, long time — in this sharp thriller that goes from marital bliss to mayhem in no time flat.

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The Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict

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Too Close

Too CloseForensic psychiatrist Emma is tasked with determining if suburban housewife Connie can stand trial for the heinous crime with which she’s been charged. The more time Emma spends with Connie, though, the more Connie feels like a friend, not a patient. Is Connie an innocent woman being railroaded for a crime she didn’t commit, or is she a master manipulator, about to penetrate Emma’s professional distance and pull her into a dangerous game? Two narrators and one cat-and-mouse game drive this powerful thriller.

 

 

Too Close by Natalie Daniels

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SomeTimes I LieSometimes I Lie

When Amber wakes up in a hospital, she is in a coma, unable to move or communicate, or even open her eyes. But she can hear the people around her, including a therapist who advocated shock therapy, and as she tried to piece together what has brought her to this point, she observes three things: she’s in a coma, her husband doesn’t love her anymore, and sometimes she lies. That last may be the only truth this unreliable narrator tells in this claustrophobic and unsettling thriller as it hurtles through a series of twists, pivots, and shocking reveals.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

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All is not ForgottenAll Is Not Forgotten

The small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, is picture-perfect, until the night local teenager Jenny Kramer is raped at a party. After she is given a controversial drug to medically erase memories of the attack, neither Jenny nor her family are prepared for the effects of her emotional memories of the rape. And when they seek psychiatric help as a family, all it does is widen fissures that already existed in the marriage. Meanwhile, the hunt for the rapist sets everyone on edge and leads to a succession of poor choices that drive this thriller to its stunning conclusion.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

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HeartsickHeartsick

The beautiful, deadly Gretchen Lowell puts the psycho firmly in psychological thriller in Heartsick. Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent a decade chasing a therapist-turned–serial killer, only to be captured and then tortured by her for 10 days. Now, as addicted to her as he is to painkillers, and unable to get either of his addictions off his mind for long, he visits her weekly in prison. Watching a serial killer play on a detective’s neuroses like she was playing a banjo is the key to this whip-smart thriller that has drawn comparisons to The Silence of the Lambs

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Have you read any of these?  If so which ones and what were your thoughts?  I would love to hear thoughts or comments on these title.
Happy reading everyone.

Wild Thing Cover Reveal

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I would like to thank  Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to do the cover

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Synopsis:

Savage. Reckless. Wild. These are only some of the words used to describe me. I’m all of those things, and I never wished to be anything else in almost 500 years of existence.

Then she came along. Aurora Leal, the daughter of the High Witch and destined for that role. She’s practically royalty in the magical world, but most importantly, she’s forbidden fruit.

I was taught never to mess with witches, and I had no intention of breaking that rule until the night she crashed into my life. I couldn’t resist the pull, and like an idiot, I succumbed to her charms.

Now I’m screwed. What was supposed to be only a hookup left a permanent mark. I ended up mated to the sassy witch. An eternal commitment wasn’t something I ever wished for, but when your destined mate is promised to someone else, that’s a much bigger problem.

I only have two choices. Either I find a way to break the mating bond or Aurora will become a widow before she says I do. That will definitely start a war between vampires and mages. But the more time I spend with her, the less inclined I am to give her up.

Damn, I guess I’m killing some mages, then.

 

Wild Thing
by Michelle Hercules
(Blueblood Vampires, #2)
Publication date: May 29th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Cover Design: Michelle Hercules
Photography: Michelle Lancaster (@lanefotograf)
Model: Lochie Carey (@lochie_carey)
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USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would write a novel. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first book, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.


Michelle Hercules resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Legends of Gattica series.
You can follow Michelle on social media

Facebook Readers’ Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mhsoars/

Oracle’s Hunt (Oracle series Book 1)

When an explosion annihilates a highly protected US-based facility, battle-hardened military investigator Donovan Pierce is called in. His mission–locate the perpetrators behind the attack and put a stop to them without delay.

But first, he must learn who the target of the attack is, and this leads him to something called Oracle. But what is it? No matter what he does to unravel the mystery, Donovan is blindsided by the executive body of the Internationals that will do anything to protect it.

Lara Holsworth would like nothing more than for Oracle to remain a secret. To expose Oracle’s true meaning would be detrimental to everything she has worked so hard to accomplish and pro41aOz-cd-CL

tect. But how long can she keep Agent Pierce away? Still, facing the threat of more attacks and the exposure of Oracle by its phantom enemy, Holsworth has no choice but to team up with Pierce as she strives to protect its secret at all costs.

With time running out and precious lives at stake, their mission must succeed.

Blending equal amounts of action, romance, mystery and suspense, Oracle’s Hunt is a fascinating book, a techno thriller set in the near future when fiction could very well become a reality. A recommended read for fans of Tom Clancy, Douglas E. Richards, Dale Brown, and Michael Crichton.

If you like page-turning suspense and fast-paced thrillers, you’ll love Oracle’s Hunt, the first novel in the Oracle technothriller series. Don’t miss the sequel, Oracle’s Diplomacy, available now!

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  • Publisher:Author & Sister (May 4, 2017)
  • Publication Date:May 4, 2017

About Author

A. Claire Everward takes the world far too seriously. She is passionate and sensitive to her surroundings, and tends to fight for what she believes in. She is direct, although she tries not to be, at least not always. She leads a quiet life and prefers to spend time with her characters, and for her escaping into writing is always the best refuge. She would say it maintains her sanity but her sister Kate says that sanity tends to be overrated.
Claire spent years away from home getting a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, with a risk management specialty. During that time, she lived in the university, surrounded by forested hills and too much silence, so to keep away the boredom she also took on an MBA, and now she feels ridiculously over-educated.
She tried to work in her field, she really did, and even put her education to good use in the finance field. But eventually her love for writing took over, and she decided to leave it all and move to the world of her imagination. Her characters had a lot to do with that–they had lived in her mind, waiting patiently for her to be ready, for too long, they felt, and so they finally decided enough is enough and took over. And Claire didn’t put up that much of a resistance. She has always loved to read, but writing, that’s a whole new world she soon knew she could never give up.
Claire lives with her two cats, Mary Boleyn who is much smarter than her and who likes to sit on her laptop just when she wants to write, otherwise she starts throwing stuff off the desk, and Henry VIII who loves to jump on top of the kitchen cabinets and scream at the ceiling. Especially at night.
Nowadays, when she’s not rudely peeping into the lives of her characters, or having in-depth conversations with them, which she does tend to do quite often, Claire actually manages to do some writing. The First is only the first of her novels, with a sequel on its way and a whole new series to follow.

You can follow A. Claire Everward on social media

And if you want to know more, hop on to www.authorandsister.net

My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

This is the second book that I have read from this author, I really enjoy her books.

This book started out slow for me, and I thought to my self is this going to get better.  I also that it was going to be more of a science fiction, boy was I wrong.   I kept reading and I finally got into the book and could not put it down.  The two main character of this book was investigator Donovan Pierce and Lara,  I love how the author wrote about each of these characters.  When the secret and truth comes out it become more personal for Donovan.

I can’t wait for the next in the series for this,  I will definitely continue with the series.

I highly recommend this and I am giving it 4 stars.

 

This Vicious Way By Madeline

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REVENGE IS NEVER EASY…

Aged five, Inga was snatched from her sister’s arms by Bridie’s Assassins, a group of Untamed rebels who believe the way to win the War of Humanity is to use more Untamed children as soldiers. For seven years, Inga’s life consisted of violence, exploitation, and death as they shaped her into their most deadly weapon. Then she escaped.

Now twenty-one, Inga has spent the last six years seeking revenge on the assassins–using the skills they taught her against them–and trying to find her family. She knows the Gods and Goddesses are behind her, because with every assassin she murders, Inga’s gifted with a vision of her cousins, Keelie and Elf. And soon–very soon–Inga is sure she will find her family again. She’s just got to kill all the assassins first.

But when she discovers her own sister is now leading the assassins, Inga’s resolve is tested. Sure, she will stop at nothing to get the life she deserves–even if it means putting other Untamed in danger and losing herself–but can she kill her own flesh and blood?

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  • Publisher:Ineja Press (February 11, 2020)
  • Publication Date:February 11, 2020

About Madeline Dyer

MADELINE DYER lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books–sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter.

My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

This is the second book in The Dangerous Ones series.  This is also the second book that I have read by this author.  This could also be read as a standalone.  .  I found her first book much better than this one.

The story is being told by Inga from, changes from the past to the present.

I really wanted to like this book, I had a hard time getting into it and I found it to be really slow and dragged out. I couldn’t get into the characters.  I did like how Amelia was brought to life in this one, I wanted to learn more about her and see how she became part of the story.

I have seen that this got a lot of good reviews, but I am just giving it three stars.

Cover Reveal of Thieves of Fate

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BOOK DETAILS:

Thieves of Fate
by Ophelia Bell
(Fate’s Fools, #9)
Publication date: September 29th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Once an Ultiori Elite, Benedetta’s psyche crumbled under the corrupting mind control inflicted on her by her evil master. She begged for release by the immortal dragon who loved her, and her death in his cleansing fire severed their bond forever.

But a new force in the world has resurrected Benedetta’s essence from the ashes left behind. Life magic blended with fire has reached back through the Bloodline, lighting a spark and calling to a soul that never really perished.

Alive once more and free from the soul bond to her old immortal lover, her lonely soul cries out for a mate, but who can fill the void left by the Void himself?

A trio of Shadow dragons, that’s who.

Exclusively available in the Wicked Souls Reverse Harem Collection. Releases September 29, 2020.

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49008322-wicked-souls

Pre-order:

Amazon:

https://books2read.com/u/banREy?store=amazon

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-souls-ripley

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iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/wicked-souls/id1490107228

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/wicked-souls-5

AUTHOR BIO:

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

You can follow Ophelia Bell on social media

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7791394.

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I would like to thank  Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to do the cover reveal.  I will be looking into reading this book.

Happy reading everyone.

 

 

“Collioure Shall Always Be Collioure” about Olga Meerson, model to Henri Matisse By: Derma Drudge

What are you reading or what have you finished.  Here is my review on “Collioure Shall Always Be Collioure”

First a little about the book:

21226467This ekphrasic tale is based on the real life story of an obsessed model, Olga Meerson, and the artist, Henri Matisse who will not acknowledge his feelings for her but instead has her institutionalized. Olga Meerson, an artist in her own right, guides the reader through her life’s story with a piercing first person narrative that defies time, culminating in her tragic demise, all told from her static position as the painter’s model during the painting of Matisse’s Olga Meerson.

 

 

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Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. She’s represented by literary agent Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company.

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can follow Drema on Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/dremadrudge/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/dremadrudge?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/dremadrudge/

And now for my thoughts on this:

This is an amazing short story! When I was taking classes for my Associates degree in Medical Assistant, one of my classes was Appreciation of Arts, I wasn’t sure why that class, but after doing the class I was amazed with all the Artist and paintings.  I am glad that I had to take that class, as now I understand art a little more than I did.

Reading this book was awesome and I loved learning more about the obsessed model, Olga Meerson.

Derma Drudge’s book called Victorine comes out March 20, 2020.  I am looking into buying that.  Here’s the link for more information on Derma

Debut #historicalfiction, Victorine, March ‘20. Preorder now: https://amzn.to/2QoEqXM. Newsletter http://www.dremadrudge.com. Article: http://trbr.io/QAZ6viNdremadrudge.com

 

 

Debut Victorine By: Drema Drudge

Hello and welcome to my quarantine corner.  I hope that everyone is staying safe. 

Today I would like to share with you a new book that is debuting today.   Here is a little about the book.  

Debut #historicalfiction, Victorine, March ‘20. Preorder now: https://amzn.to/2QoEqXM. Newsletter http://www.dremadrudge.com. Article: http://trbr.io/QAZ6viNdremadrudge.com

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Book Description

My debut novel, Victorine, features Victorine Meurent, a forgotten, accomplished painter who posed nude for Edouard Manet’s most famous, controversial paintings such as Olympia and The Picnic in Paris, paintings heralded as the beginning of modern art. History has forgotten (until now) her paintings, despite the fact that she showed her work at the prestigious Paris Salon multiple times, even one year when her mentor, Manet’s, work was refused.

Her persistent desire in the novel is not to be a model anymore but to be a painter herself, despite being taken advantage of by those in the art world, something which causes her to turn, for a time, to every vice in the Paris underworld, leading her even into the catacombs.

In order to live authentically, she eventually finds the strength to flout the expectations of her parents, bourgeois society, and the dominant male artists (whom she knows personally) while never losing her capacity for affection, kindness, and loyalty. Possessing both the incisive mind of a critic and the intuitive and unconventional impulses of an artist, Victorine and her survival instincts are tested in 1870, when the Prussian army lays siege to Paris and rat becomes a culinary delicacy, and further tested when she inches towards art school while financial setbacks push her away from it. The same can be said when it comes to her and love, which becomes substituted, eventually, by art.

Blurbs

Victorine is a compelling rendering of the life of a model working for Edouard Manet in the 1860s, who longed to be a painter in her own right. In this book, you will feel paint flow onto the canvases of Manet, Monet, Degas, Morisot, Stevens, Meurent, and others. You will imagine life on the streets of Paris in all its beauty, harshness, and fragility. And you will see a relationship between painter and model unfold with remarkable clarity and sensitivity. Victorine Meurent s body is the vehicle for Manet s artistic vision, while her robust courage, irreverence and honesty, and her longing for her own agency, shapes the painter s vision. The intimate collaboration between two artists creates life-changing revelations on both sides this dance of color and light complicated, sensuous, and intense. –Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell from the Sky

The model for great impressionist artist, Manet, the sassy, sexy, smart and artistic Victorine is as vivid as his best paintings. Yearning to paint herself, she questions Manet and his artist friends closely annoyingly about what they paint and how they paint it, treating the reader to a sequence of fascinating exchanges about art, its creation and demands. In a gallery of episodes, narrated in the gaudy, evocative voice of the protagonist, author Drema Drudge renders Victorine Meurent from flesh to soul. Applying bold strokes of language, Drudge animates the story of a life lived at high intensity sparkling, inventive, imaginative, ambitious a totally original life. You can t help but love them both. –Julie Brickman, author of Two Deserts and What Birds Can Only Whisper.

  • Paperback:362 pages
  • Publisher:Fleur-de-Lis Press (March 17, 2020)
  • You can purchase it HERE

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Author BIO

Drēma Drudge suffers from Stendhal’s Syndrome, the condition in which one becomes overwhelmed in the presence of great art. She attended Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program where she learned to transform that intensity into fiction.

Drēma has been writing in one capacity or another since she was nine, starting with terrible poems and graduating to melodramatic stories in junior high that her classmates passed around literature class.

She and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, live in Indiana where they record their biweekly podcast, Writing All the Things, when not traveling. Her first novel, Victorine, was literally written in six countries while she and her husband wandered the globe. The pair has two grown children.

In addition to writing fiction, Drēma has served as a writing coach, freelance writer, and educator. She’s represented by literary agent Lisa Gallagher of Defiore and Company.

For more about her writing, art, and travels, please visit her website, www.dremadrudge.com, and sign up for her newsletter. She’s always happy to connect with readers in her Facebook group, The Painted Word Salon, or on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

You can follow Drema on Social Media:

https://www.instagram.com/dremadrudge/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/dremadrudge?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/dremadrudge/

Here is a preview of Chapter one

Book Excerpt

Chapter One: Portrait of Victorine Meurent, Paris, 1862

Chapter One: Portrait of Victorine Meurent, Paris, 1862

I am called The Shrimp, Le Crevette because of my height and because I am as scrappy as those little question-mark-shaped delights that I used to study when my father took me to Les Halles. I would stand before the shrimp tank and watch the wee creatures paw at the water, repeatedly attempting to scale the tank, swimming, sinking, yet always rising again. I hoped eagerly for one to crest the tank, not realizing until later that the lid was there precisely to prevent their escape. 

          So why am I reminded of that tank today?

            Today, while I am giving a guitar lesson in my father’s lithography shop, the gifted yet controversial painter, Édouard Manet, enters the shop. He gives me the nod.

            I cover the strings of my guitar with my hand to silence them.

Pѐre has mentioned Manet’s recent patronage of his shop, of course, but I have never been here when the artist has come by.

            “M. Manet, this is my daughter, Victorine. I believe you’ve. . . .”

            “We’ve met,” I say. 

            “And where is it we have met, Mademoiselle?” he asks, wincing as he looks in the vicinity of my nose.

Is this a snub? I run my hand over the swollen, crooked lump of flesh on my face.

            “I must be mistaken.” I turn away, smiling bitterly at my quick temper, at my trying to turn up a nose such as this. Of course he doesn’t recognize me.

            I motion for my student to put her guitar away: “That’s enough for today, dear.” Though she looks at the clock with a puzzled brow, she does as I say.

            My father graciously allows me to give lessons in his shop, claiming he loves to hear young musicians learning to play, though I suspect it’s more because my mother hates allowing anyone into our house besides her regular millinery clients.

Manet moves toward me, puts his face close to mine; I don’t pull away, but only because that is the way painters see.  I would have punched another man for standing so close. He snaps his fingers. “Le Crevette?” he exclaims, backs away.

             I raise my chin to regard the posters on my father’s wall. The Compagnie Francaise de Chocolats et des thes declares my father’s fine sense of color, his signature mingling of coral and scarlet. The other posters reveal his repeated twinning of these colors.

            Manet grasps my hand with frank friendliness that I almost believe. Want to believe. “It is you; I’ve seen you model at Coutoure’s. But what has happened to your nose?”

            I rise on my toes, though the height it gives me is minimal. I motion for Gabrielle to gather her music, and she shuffles the sheets.

            I move closer to him while withdrawing my hand from his, take out my emerald green enamel cigarette case (a gift from a wealthy student at Coutoure’s studio) and light a cigarette. I empty my lungs straight at the yellowing ceiling, though my torso is not a foot from his.

            My father frowns and waves the smoke away; how many times must I tell him that I am eighteen and I will smoke if I please? He smokes a pipe sometimes. What’s the difference?

            “I give guitar lessons now. Obviously, I’m no longer a model.”

            Manet’s eyes graze on me. I stand straighter. When I realize it, I relax.

            “I know just how I’ll paint you. Shall we say tomorrow at one?”

            My father runs his grungy shop cloth through his hands.

            I raise my chin, art lust in my eyes.

“We shall say two.”

            He crooks his eyebrow. “Wear something else, will you? That frock does nothing for your apricot skin tone, much less your eyes. And wear your hair down….” He touches a section of my red hair that flows forward, and I jerk away. “No. Better wear it up.”

            I glance down at my mud-colored calico dress, pick up my guitar case and make to lead my young charge out the door. 

            “Meurent?” he says. I smile, erase it before turning back.

“Do you know where my studio is?”

“You may leave your card with my father.”

I am well aware of the opportunity I have been offered. If it weren’t for this trouble with Willie, I would be ecstatic. As it is, I am just a flicker beyond moved.

Happy reading everyone.  Please let me know if you are reading this or plan on purchasing it, I would love to hear your comments of what you think.

Hello and Welcome to First Line Friday

Happy Friday everyone hope that your week was event full.  My week was a hectic and Friday could not come fast enough and I am still trying to get over this nasty flu bug, which just doesn’t want to leave me.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

She wasn’t at the Halloween block party.  Neither were any of her friends since their parents had grounded them all.  None of the teenagers living in the neighborhood of Shadow Hill were present when it happened, but they all heard screams in the night.  At first Jazmine thought, it was just the grown-ups partying, yelling, and maybe finally have too much to drink, maybe even fighting as usual.  But as the screams didn’t die down, she realized this was a lot more serious.

“Oh, dear God!” someone exclaimed.

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Have you read it, if so what were your thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Happy reading everyone.

Glittering Death: An Alyssa Chalmers mystery By: Carmen Radtke

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1862:  A group of brides from Australia have arrived in British Columbia, and love is
in the air – until their new-found happiness in the prospectors’ town “Run’s End” is
shattered when the hotel-owner is murdered. To make matters worse, something is
wrong with the stored gold at the hotel, and an epidemic makes it impossible for
anyone to leave town.
The brides set all their hopes on their friend Alyssa Chalmers to find the murderer
and restore peace in their new home. But the killer is cunning, and desperate …

 

 

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  • Publication Date:January 7, 2020

You can purchase it HERE

93m2nea5qiau1bfgi455p842e9._US230_About Carmen Radtke

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner.
Carmen was born in Hamburg, Germany, but had planned on emigrating since she was five years old. She first moved to New Zealand and now lives in York, UK, with her family, including a cat and a leopard gecko.

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My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Cafe – Review Group and publishers for an honest review – Thank you

Not a normal choice of book for me however I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  Although I wished I had read the first one just to know the characters a little before reading this one.  I did take me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

Glittering death is set back in the 1800’s, a group of women were sent from Australia to a small gold prospecting town in America to find themselves husbands. Alyssa our main character is hard not to like, a well educated lady helps her new found friends find love and settle.  There is a mystery in this volume as well once they arrive in Canada.  Alyssa, our heroine, also is at an important choice… Doctor Mark or Mr Kendrick. She’s spoiled for choice! She makes the decision of life-time while solving a crime. It was well-written and a joy to read.  I am looking forward to read the next one.