BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Monday, November 19, 2018

Review For WRANGLER'S RESCUE By B.J. Daniels- 4*

Title: WRANGLER'S RESCUE

Series: Montana Cahills #7

Author: B.J. Daniels
Genre: Romance/Suspense
Rating: * * * * 
Publishers: HQN
(Nov 20, 2018)
Paperback: 384 pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

She'll risk everything to bring her cowboy back home... 
One week ago, Cyrus Cahill told Ashley Jo "AJ" Somerfield that he'd be back in her arms by the weekend. He just needed to buy a bull
for his ranch, and then they'd pick up where they left off after that romantic ride through the foothills. But now he's gone missing and everyone - even the sheriff - believes he's dead. 
Everyone... but AJ. She suspects foul play and she won't rest until Cyrus is back home in Gilt Edge, right where he belongs. Because Cyrus isn't the kind of cowboy who breaks a promise. And since she's not the kind of woman who gives up on her man, AJ will risk anything to help bring him home... even her own life. 

Don't miss this suspenseful conclusion of The Montana Cahills series from New York Timesbestselling author B.J. Daniels.


Wow, what an awesome ending to an awesome series! Cyrus is not Daniel's typical hero, he is so shy it is almost painful. I don't know if she's had a Montana cowboy that wasn't so sure of their masculine appeal, it was actually kind of refreshing and cute. I loved how loyal and sure AJ was of Cyrus's feelings for her. I don't want to spoil any of the awesome twists and turns in this conclusion so will not say anymore about AJ's determination to discover what happened. If you haven't started this series now's the time to round up copies of the rest of the series and indulge in a binge read of one of the best of Daniel's series.

Montana Cahills

1. Renegade's Pride (2017)
2. Outlaw's Honour (2017)
3. Cowboy's Legacy (2017)
4. Cowboy's Redemption (2018)
5. Hero's Return (2018)
6. Rancher's Dream (2018)
7. Wrangler's Rescue (2018)
Cowboy's Reckoning (2017)


NYT and USA Today Bestselling author B.J. Daniels was born in Texas but moved with her family to Montana at the age of five. Her first home was a cabin in the Gallatin Canyon and later a lake house on Hebgen Lake outside of West Yellowstone. B.J. Daniels' life dream was to be a policewomen. After a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, she wrote and sold 37 short stories before she finally wrote her first book. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award last year for romantic suspense. 
Most of her books are set in Montana, a place she loves. She lives now in a unique part of the state with her husband and three Springer Spaniels. When she isn't writing, she loves to play tennis, boat, camp, quilt and snowboard. There is nothing she enjoys more than curling up with a good book.

www.bjdaniels.com


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review- SOMETIMES I LIE By Alice Feeney -5 *

Title: SOMETIMES I LIE 
Author: Alice Feeney
Genre: Psychological Mystery
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: Flatiron Books 
(Mar 13, 2018)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1250144843
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from public library

My name is Amber Reynolds. 
There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?


This is one of those books that once started you won't want to put down and hours, nay, days afterwards you are going to question what you think happened. I won't rehash the storyline as I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but seriously this is one twisty, turny book! If you like a good psychological mystery, put your life on hold and ban everyone from your home for the day and go for the ride of your life.

I'm still questioning what I think I know and it's been a week since I finished it and read everyone else's opinion of what they think happened (here). I keep having to remind myself though that the title was "Sometimes I Lie". I can so see this as the next great "Big Little Lies" type of TV drama.

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Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 15 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer.
Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.
Sometimes I Lie is her debut thriller and is being published around the world. 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review For CHRISTMAS HIDEOUT By Susan Sleeman -4*



Title: Christmas Hideout
Series: McKade Law #3
Author: Susan Sleeman
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: * * * *
Publishers: Love Inspired Suspense
(Nov 6, 2018)
Paperback: 224 pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Copy provided for the purpose of providing an honest review.
 This does not affect my opinion of this book.

Cowboy lawmen make the best protectors 


Fleeing from her dangerous ex-boyfriend, on-the-run single mother Nicole Dyer takes refuge in a cabin—and is discovered by the ranch owner, Deputy Matt McKade. It’s easy to fall for the handsome lawman and his kind family, but staying at the ranch endangers them all. When everything Nicole loves comes under direct fire, can Matt keep her—and her heart—safe?

This is a tightly written romantic suspense that will keep you reading till the wee hours of the night. I found myself gripping my Kindle till my fingers cramped many times throughout this story. Having an adorable three year old tossed into the story definitely added to my enjoyment. The secondary characters were as engaging as the main characters and I loved the final twist in the story. Having read the earlier books in this series, it was nice to find out what this family had been up to since last visiting with them.



McKade Law
4. Taken in Texas (2019))

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 inspirational/Christian and clean read romantic suspense books. Readers love her romantic suspense series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts thesuspensezone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director, and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review For WYOMING LEGEND by Diana Palmer- 2*

Title: Wyoming Legend 
Series: Wyoming Men#8
Author: Diana Palmer

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: * *
Publishers: HQN
(Oct 30, 2018)
Paperback: 384 pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley
Copy provided for the purpose of providing an honest review.
 This does not affect my opinion of this book.
A Wyoming rancher finds love where he least expects it in this heartwarming second-chance romance.
Micah Torrance could use a helping hand. Between managing his expansive Wyoming ranch and caring for his willful little girl, Janey, Micah’s plate is more than full. Usually, it’s not in this cowboy’s nature to ask, but when beautiful Karina Carter offers her help, Micah can’t resist. With her sweet smile and her easy way with Janey, Micah wants to trust her. But he knows better than anyone that love only leads to heartbreak.
Champion ice-skater Karina Carter needs a fresh start while her body heals. Caring for little Janey is just temporary until she can get back on the ice—or so she keeps telling herself. But the longer she spends with this gorgeous single dad, the more drawn she is to him and the family they could share. Now if only she can convince him that she’s here to stay, this new life with him could be beyond her wildest dreams.


I loved the storyline between Karina and Janey. Getting an inside look at the life of an Olympic ice skater was by far a much better story than the romance between Micah and Karina. Micah was pretty much an jerk both to Karina and Janey. Micah's allowing someone to continually be mentally abusive to his daughter made me pissed that I was even  reading this book. I used to really enjoy Palmer's books but this one really let me down.


Wyoming Men
1. Wyoming Tough (2011)
2. Wyoming Fierce (2012)
3. Wyoming Bold (2013)
4. Wyoming Strong (2014)
5. Wyoming Rugged (2015)
6. Wyoming Brave (2016)
7. Wyoming Winter (2017)
     aka Wyoming Christmas
8. Wyoming Legend (2018)
Wyoming Men Series Books 1-3 (omnibus) (2016)
Wyoming Bold / Wyoming Strong (omnibus) (2017)
Wyoming Men Series: Books 5-6 (omnibus) (2017)
Wyoming Tough / Wyoming Fierce (omnibus) (2017)


New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer, AKA Susan Spaeth Kyle, was born in Cuthbert, Georgia, the eldest daughter of William and Eloise Spaeth.  in 1964. Susan married James Kyle in 1972. They have a son, Blayne, who is married to the former Christina Clayton.  
In 1991, Susan returned to college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, in 1995. She continues to work on her master’s degree in history as time permits. Her first novel as Diana Palmer was published in 1979. She has over 115 novels in print. She has written historical novels as well as contemporary romance, and has produced science fiction.
Susan’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology, and animals. She has dogs, cats, birds and lizards. She enjoys getting mail from her readers, but is slow to answer it.
Genres: RomanceParanormal RomanceHistorical RomanceRomantic SuspenseInspirational




Monday, September 24, 2018

Review For A TALL, DARK COWBOY CHRISTMAS By Maisey Yates- 4 1/2*

Title: A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas
Series: Gold Valley #4
Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Christmas Romance
Rating: * * * *
Publishers: HQN
(Sept 25, 2018)
Paperback: 384 pages
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Copy provided for the purpose of providing an honest review.
 This does not affect my opinion of this book.

It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…


Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Snowed in with the Cowboy!
 


Though this is listed as a Gold Valley series book, it takes place in the same community that the Copper Ridge books do so you may "see" familiar faces. I've just started on my Christmas reads and this has been one of my favorites so far. 
Grant is a member of the walking wounded and it's fascinating watching him gradually come back to life while helping homeless McKenna adjust to life in what has become one of my favorite areas, Copper Ridge. As always with Yates books, the underlying story is family and this one will tug at your heartstrings on multiple levels.

Gold Valley 
0.5. Cowboy Christmas Blues (2017)
1. Smooth-Talking Cowboy (2018)
2. Untamed Cowboy (2018)
2.5. Hard Riding Cowboy (2018)
3. Good Time Cowboy (2018)
4. A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas (2018)
5. Mail Order Cowboy (2018)
Snowed in with the Cowboy (2018)
Unbroken Cowboy (2019)


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. 

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. 
She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.