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April Showers bring May Flowers and New Books.

April had some interesting new titles for us all to enjoy and May will be no different. Here’s my multi-genre list for the coming month and I hope you enjoy it.

Nora-A

 

Week of May 1st.

Once Upon a Summer Night – Mists of Fate #3 – Nancy Scanlon  *

The Dark Prophecy –The Trials of Apollo #2 – Rick Riordan

Cold Reign – Jane Yellowrock #11 – Faith Hunter *

Killer Characters – A Books by the Bay Mystery – Ellery Adams *

Death in Dark Blue – A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery – Julia Buckley *

Ghostal Living – Hampton’s Home & Garden Mystery – Kathleen Bridge *

The Case of the Green – Dressed Ghost – Lucy Banks *

Alien Education – Alien Novels #15 – Gini Koch *

Less Than a Treason – A Kate Shugak Novel #21 – Dana Stabenow *

The Best is Yet to Come – Summer Lake #1 – Bella Andre *

The Girl with the Ghost Machine – YA Novel – Lauren DeStefano *

Until Tomorrow – A Boot Creek Novel #5 – Nancy Naigle *

Murder in the Bowery – A Gaslight Mystery #20 – Victoria Thompson *

Kiss the Bricks – Kate Reilly Racing Mystery #5 – Tammy Kaehler *

Magick & Mayhem – NEW SERIES – A Magickal Mystery – Sharon Pape *

First Case – Writer’s Retreat Southern Mystery – Kathy Daley *

Any Day Now – A Sullivan’s Crossing Novel – Robyn Carr *

Moon Shimmers – Otherworld #19 – Yasmine Galenorn *

Deadman Walking – A Deadman’s Cross Novel – Sherrilyn Kenyon *

 

Week of May 8th.

Deadmen Walking – Dark-Hunter: Deadmen’s Cross Trilogy #1 – Sherrilyn Kenyon *

The Final Vow – A Living History Museum Mystery – Amanda Flower *

Making it Right – A Most Likely to Novel #3 – Catherine Bybee *

Umberland – Neverland #2  YA – Wendy Spinale

Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse – An Aunt Dimity Novel #22 – Nancy Atherton *

Going in Deep – Billionaire Bad Boys #4 – Carly Phillips *

Death in Abstract – A Katherine Sullivan Mystery – Emily Barnes *

Edited Out – A Mysterious Detective Mystery – E.J. Copperman *

Charmed Wolf – Wolves of Whisky Hollow #1 – Lia Davis *

 

Week of May 15th.

Secrets in Summer – A Novel – Nancy Thayer *

Lethal Lies – Blood Brothers series #2 – Rebecca Zanetti *

Bayside Desires – Bayside Summers #1 – Melissa Foster *

Mother’s Little Helper – A Margie Peterson Mystery #3 – Karen McInerney *

Hospitality and Homicide – Tourist Trap Mystery #8 – Lynn Cahoon *

 

Week of May 22nd

Lord of Shadows – A Dark Artifices #2 – Cassandra Clare *

In the Cowboy’s Arms – Thunder Mountain Brotherhood – Vicki Lewis Thompson *

 

Week of May 29th

One Fete in the Grave – A Live and Die in Dixie Mystery #3 – Vickie Fee *

About a Dog – A Bluff Point Mystery – Jenn McKinlay *

Death by Vanilla Latte – A Bookstore Café Mystery – Alex Erickson *

Bearly Departed – A Teddy Bear Mystery #1 – Meg Macy *

The Cajun Doctor – A Tente Lulu Novel – Sandra Hill *

Marriage is Pure Murder – A Blossom Valley Mystery – Staci McLaughlin *

No One But You – A Silver Springs Novel – Brenda Novak *

Shadow Reaper – The Shadow Series #1 – Christine Feehan *

Yews With Caution – A Flower Shop Mystery – Kate Collins *

Wrecked – A Lost Series Novel #6 – Cynthia Eden *

Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse – Aunt Dimity Mystery – Nancy Atherton *

Beyond Reason – A Romantic Mystery – Kat Martin *

Burn for Me – Phoenix Fire Novel #1 – Cynthia Eden

Murder at Rough Point – A Gilded Newport Mystery #4 – Alyssa Maxwell *

To Hell and Beyond – A Novel – Mark Henry *

Mulch Ado About Murder – A Local Foods Mystery – Edith Maxwell *

Come Sundown – Nora Roberts *

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Welcome to January 2017

So here we are starting a whole new year of reading. I hope you find something new and interesting in this list.  I try hard to find new to me authors to add and new genres and sub-genres to check out.  I’ll tell you now, this list is already pretty full and I’ve even got books for 2018 listed on my home computer to track as it comes to press.

Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!

Nora

 

January 2017:

Week of Jan. 1st.

Telling Tails – A Second Chance Cat Mystery #4 – Sofie Ryan *

Bookman Dead Style – A Dangerous Type Mystery – Paige Shelton *

A Wee Death in the Hotel – A Scotshop Mystery – Fran Stewart *

Pop Goes the Murder – A Popcorn Shop Mystery #2 – Kristi Abbott *

It Happened in Scotland – A Kilts and Quilts Mystery #6 – Patience Griffin *

The Perils of Paulie – A Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance – Katie MacAlister *

The Guests on South Battery – A Tradd Street Novel #5 – Karen White *

Assault and Beret – A Hat Shop Mystery – Jenn McKinlay *

Fudge and Jury – A Bakeshop Mystery – Ellie Alexander *

Lethal in Old Lace – Consignment Shop Mystery #6 – Duffy Brown *

She Stopped for Death – A Little Library Mystery #2 – Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli *

Third Times a Crime – A Love or Money Mystery #3 – Diana Orgain *

A Frying Shame – Deep Fried Mystery #3 – Linda Reilly *

Murder Impawsible – Paws & Claws #4 – Krista Davis *

War and Peach – A Georgia Peach Mystery #3 – Susan Furlong *

Graveyard Shift – A Pepper Martin Paranormal Mystery #10 – Casey Daniels *

Holiday Hangover – A Zoe Donovan Mystery #23 – Kathi Daley *

 

Week of Jan. 8th.

Dead Cold Brew – A Coffeehouse Mystery – Cleo Coyle *

Dark or Dusk or Dawn or Day – Seanan McGuire *

The Elusive Elixir – An Accidental Alchemist Mystery – Gigi Pandian *

The Summer Wedding – Married in Malibu #2 – Bella Andre *

Explore/Create – Science Fiction – Richard Garriott *

 

Week of Jan. 15th.

Feversong – A Fever Novel – Karin Marie Moning *

A Perilous Undertaking – Veronica Speedwell Mystery #2 – Deanna Raybourn *

Twelve Angry Librarians – A Cat in the Stacks Mystery #8 – Miranda James *

Hot as Sin – A Book Boyfriend Novel #1 – Carly Phillips *

River City Dead – Addie Mundeen Mystery #4 – Nancy Glass West *

A Love for Leah – The Amish Matchmaker – Emma Miller *

Heartstone – Paranormal Romance – Elle Katharine White*

 

Week of Jan. 22nd. – 31st.

Murder Wears White – A Wedding Planner Mystery – Stephanie Blackmoore *

Staying for Good – A Most Likely To novel – Catherine Bybee *

Snared – Elemental Assassin – Jennifer Estep *

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight – A Charley Davidson Novel – Darynda Jones *

Into the Firestorm – BOSS, Inc. #3 – Kat Martin *

Ava’s Place – Emily Beck Cogburn *

Some Kind of Magic – Mary Anne Marlowe *

Brighton Belle – A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #1 – Sara Sheridan *

The Second Sister – Mary Bostwick *

Murder Go Round – A Witch City Mystery #4 – Carol J. Perry *

Murder in an Irish Village – PB –  Carlene O’Connor *

On Second Thought – A Novel – Kristan Higgins *

Accidentally on Purpose – A Heartbreaker Bay Novel #3 – Jill Shalvis *

Power Game – A GhostWalker Novel – Christine Feehan *

A Short Time to Die – A Novel of Suspense – Susan Alice Bickford *

Justice Ascending – The Scorpius Syndrome #3 – Rebecca Zanetti *

We Can Remember it for You Wholesale and Other Classic Stories – Philip K. Dick *

Scene of the Grind – Killer Coffee mystery series #1 – Tonya Kappes *

At Close Range – A Tracers Novel – Laura Griffin *

Falling for a Highlander – Romance Novel -Lynsay Sands *

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Amazing: It’s almost September already!

Here’s my multi-genre list of September reviews.  As usual I post it early so you can pre-order or reserve them at your library in time to get the first copy available.  I hope you find some amazing reads for the coming month.

Nora-Adrienne

 

September 2016

Week of September 1st. – 9th.

Paint the Town Dead – A Silver Six Crafting Mystery #2 – Nancy Haddock *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Deja Who – MaryJanice Davidson *

Letters from Paris – Paris Key novel #2 – Juliet Blackwell *

Cancelled by Murder – A Postmistress Mystery #2 – Jean Flowers *

Murder of a Cranky Cat Catnapper – A Scumble River Mystery #19 – Denise Swanson *

No Farm, No Foul – A Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1 – Peg Cochran *

Digging up Dirt – A Southern Ladies Mystery #3 – Miranda James *

Cheddar Off Dead – An Undercover Dish Mystery #2 – Julia Buckley *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

My Wild Irish Dragon – Boston Dragons #2 – Ashlyn Chase *

Once Broken Faith – An October Daye Novel #10 – Seanan McGuire *

The Question of the Felonious Friend – Asperger’ #3 – E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen *

Guardian’s Mate – A Shifter Unbound Novel – Jennifer Ashley *

Closed Casket – The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries – Sophie Hannah/Agatha Christie *

Black and Blueberry Die – A Fresh Baked Mystery – Livia J. Washburn *

Two Tall Tails – A Magical Cats Mystery #9 – Sofie Kelly *

Apprentice in Death – In Death #43 – J.D. Robb *

Santorini Caesars – Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis #8 – Jeffrey Siger *

 

Week of September 12th.

Driving Heat – Nikki Heat #7 – Richard Castle *

Death of an Avid Reader – Kate Shackleton #6 – Frances Brody *

 

Week of September 19th.

The Magician – Dark Arcana #1 – E.J. Stevens *

By Familiar Means – A Witch’s Cat Mystery #2 – Delia James *

Immortal Nights – An Argeneau Novel #24 – Lynsay Sands *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

Pushing up Daisies – An Agatha Raisin Mystery #27– M.C. Beaton *

Crushing on Love – Love in Bloom (The Bradens) – Melissa Foster *

Not Quite Perfect – Not Quite Perfect series book 6 – Catherine Bybee *

 

Week of September 26th.

Death by Pumpkin Spice – A Bookstore Café Mystery – Alex Erickson *

It’s Your Party, Die if You Want To – A Liv and Di Mystery – Vickie Fee *

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter – A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery #3– Colette London *

High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides – A Happy-Hoofers Mystery #5– Mary McHugh *

British Manor Murder – A Lucy Stone Mystery – Leslie Meier *

Christmas Caramel Murder – A Hannah Swenson Mystery – Joanne Fluke *

Shadow Silence – Whisper Hollow #2 – Yasmine Galenorn *

Magic Binds – A Kate Daniels Novel – Ilona Andrews *

A Cherry Cola Christmas – A Cherry Cola Book Club Novel – Ashton Lee *

A March to Remember – A Hattie Davis Mystery – Anna Loan – Wilsey *

Before She Dies – Suspense Mystery – Mary Burton *

Bite Me – The Pride Series #9 – Shelly Laurenston *

Nick of Time – Suspense/Thriller/Action – John Gilstrap *

Shoot ‘em Up – A Maisie McGrane Mystery #3 – Janey Mack *

The Babe Ruth Deception – A Fraser and Cook Mystery #3 – David O. Stewart *

The Bark  Before Christmas – A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery – Laurien Berenson *

The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club – A Contemporary Novel – Lexi Eddings *

The House on Honeysuckle Lane – An Oliver’s Well Novel #2 – Mary McDonough *

The Murder of a Queen Bee – A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery #2 – Meera Lester *

Dangerous Protector – Aegis Group Book #5 – Sidney Bristol *

Dandelion Dead – A Natural Remedies Mystery #4 – Chrystle Fiedler *

 

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Let’s start the year off right!

As always my lists are multi-genre. This means there’s something for everyone.  Happy Holidays and a Happy Healthy New Year to you all!

January 2016:

Week of January 1-9th.

Daisies for Innocence – Enchanted Garden Mystery #1 – Bailey Cattrell *

Truthwitch – The Witchlands #1 – Susan Denard *

The Dirt on Ninth Grave – A Charlie Davidson Novel – Darynda Jones *

Foreign Éclairs – A White House Chef Mystery #0 – Julie Hyzy *

Passengers – A Paranormal Adventure – Alexandra Bracken *

Sweet Pepper Hero – A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #4 – J.J. Cook *

To Helvetica and Back – A Dangerous Type Mystery #1 – Paige Shelton *

Scene of the Brine – A Pickled and Preserved Mystery – Mary Ellen Hughes *

One Foot in the Grove – An Olive Grove Mystery – Kelly Lane *

Copy Cap Murder – A Hat Shop Mystery #4 – Jenn McKinlay *

Death of a Bad Apple – A Food Festival Mystery – Penny Pike *

A Ghouls Guide to Love and Murder – Ghost Hunter – Victoria Laurie *

The Cakes of Monte Christo – Piece of Cake #6 – Jacklyn Brady *

A We Dose of Death – Scotshop #2 – Fran Stewart *

1635: A Parcel of Rogues – The Ring of Fire Series (HC) – Eric Flint *

Only the Stones Survive – HC – Morgan Llywelyn *

Silver Bullets – Elmer Mendoza *

The First Order – Jeff Abbott *

 

Week of January 10th.

The Killing Jar – Jennifer Bosworth

The Little Shop of Happily Ever After – Jenny Colgan *

 

Week of January 17th.

 

Week of January 24th. – 31st.

Spider Game – Ghost Walker #12 – Christine Feehan *

No Cats Allowed – A Cat in the Stacks Mystery – Miranda James *

Dearly Departed – Amy’s Travel #2 – Hy Conrad *

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman *

Louisiana Saves the Library – Emily Beck-Cogburn *

Death of an Alchemist – A Bianca Goddard Mystery – Mary Lawrence *

Stiff Competition – A Mattie Winston Mystery – Annelise Ryan *

Murder in Hindsight – A New Scotland Yard Mystery – Anne Cleeland *

Into the Fury – A BOSS Inc. Novel – Kat Martin *

Reckless – A Rescue Squad Novel – Kimberly Kincaid *

The Philip K. Dick Reader – An Anthology of his stories – Philip K. Dick *

Spider Game – Ghostwalker Series – Christine Feehan *

Driven – A Graphic Novella of the Otherworld (HC) – Kelley Armstrong & Xaviere Daumierie *

Roadside Magic – Gallow and Ragged #2 – Lillith Saintcrow *

 

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Warrior Prince Will Fly You Off Into Adventure

Warrior PrinceWarrior Prince

By Nancy J. Cohen

Copyright: September 2012

Publisher : The Wild Rose Press

When mythologist and Florida resident Nira Larsen accepts a job as tour guide for a mysterious stranger, she’s drawn into a nightmare reality where ancient myths come alive and legendary evils seek to destroy her. To survive, she must awaken her dormant powers, but the only person who can help is the man whose touch inflames her passion.

After a dimensional rift in the Bermuda Triangle cracks open and an ancient enemy invades Earth, Zohar—leader of the galactic warriors known as the Drift Lords—summons his troops. He doesn’t count on a redheaded spitfire getting in his way and capturing his heart.

Nira has the power to defeat the enemy and to enslave Zohar’s soul. Can he trust her enough to accomplish his mission, or will she lure him to his doom?

My Review

This is the first in a new series by the author. It is a Sci/Fi Romance series and totally enjoyable. It features Nira Larsen a Grad Student who specializes in Mythology.  Nira is taking a year off from school to earn money for school. After a few bad interviews, Nira Larsen hopes that this next one will go well.  She enters the offices of Drift World, a new adult role playing park.

The first thing she notices about the office is how shabby it is. Considering how well done Drift World’s park is, she is a bit apprehensive about her interview.  After waiting a few minutes she is introduced to Algie Morar and escorted into a back area for her interview.  At that point Nira begins to feel like Alice after she fell down the rabbit hole.  A person is brought into the interview room and she is asked to “make him appear more human”.  ???????  Say WHAT?

She attempts to leave saying she’s changed her mind and heads for the door. While she is attempting her escape at this point the door blows open and a group of masked hotties enter the room and the battle begins.

If you grew (like I did) watching Flash Gordon on television you will absolutely love this book.  The sense of action and adventure and the feeling that you truly have fallen down the rabbit hole will keep you enthralled until the very end.

FTC FULL DISCLOSURE: I received this book from the author who only expects a fair and impartial review.

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INTERGALACTIC UNVEILING OF ALIEN IN THE HOUSE

MAY 7, 2013

Mark your calendars, smartphones, or whatever you use to important reminders!

 

Alien in the House

Alien In the House can be pre-ordered currently from Amazon.

Cover Artist: Daniel Dos Santos

Now for the Back cover details!!!!

Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in intergalactic war and foil dangerous plots. But, in the aftermath of Operation Destruction, the Gower girls’ powers are burned out, the entire A-C population has been “outed” as the aliens living on Earth that they are, and, worst of all, ACE is nowhere to be found.

Then murder and mayhem are served up at an important dinner party at the American Centaurion Embassy, and when the dust settles Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have more problems than just a dead Congressman.
Is there a single criminal mastermind—or multiple enemies—behind all the conspiracies that want Kitty dead and the A-Cs gone or co-opted to become the War Division?

The return of the best assassins in the business, the reappearance of two
individuals long-presumed dead, Agent Malcolm Buchanan felled by something
no one can identify or cure, and new technology that can block even the most
powerful empath on Earth … all of this means the game’s officially afoot.
Then Vance Beaumont comes to Kitty with a wild theory that someone is systematically killing off the House of Representatives…

It’s up to Kitty and the rest of the gang to find out what’s really going on and why. But will they be able to stop the killer or killers before the rest of the U.S. House of Representatives become casualties? And will the replacement Representative for New Mexico’s 2nd District, who happens to be Jeff Martini, be the next to die?   ~  Courtesy of Gini Koch

 

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Kris Neri’s Magical Alienation is a Magical Success

Magical Alienation

By: Kris Neri

Copyright November 2011

Publisher: Red Coyote Press

When fake psychic Samantha Brennan heads to Sedona, Arizona, as the spiritual adviser of the aging bad boy of rock, Rand Riker — she never expects to uncover the most shocking secret the government has kept for the last sixty years: the truth about the being in the spaceship that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

But questions abound in Sedona in the days leading up to an awesome harmonic convergence, which sends Sedona’s mysterious energy off the charts. Such as why Rand defends the most reviled man in the country, militia guru Normal Frankly, accused to trying to kill Arizona’s charismatic senator, Kenny Campbell. Or why Kenny’s real definition of family values doesn’t jibe with what he claims in the photo ops. Even Samantha’s favorite partner in crime, goddess-in-hiding Special Agent Annabelle Haggerty of the FBI wrestles with the most destructive paradox of her life.

With gods and goddesses wielding unimaginable powers, and the shape shifting rock people twisting the very surface of the earth, as Sedona heads into the darkest night the planet has ever seen, Samantha wonders which, if any of them, will survive it. But she should know by now that when Celtic gods are involved, nothing is ever as it appears.

Samantha just had to get out of town, she needed a break from her current life in Los Angeles, and in particular from an unmentioned FBI Agent she knows.  She met aging rock star Rand Riker at a party and found herself working as his personal advisor.  She had reached the high life, or so she thought.  To paraphrase an old revered movie line, Monsters and Goddesses and Aliens, Oh My!

Having Special Agent Haggerty showing up on her doorstep to tell her she’s going to be working together again is NOT what Sam wants to hear.  It’s bad enough that Rand is going to give a Benefit Concert for the person accused of attempted murder of Senator Kenny Campbell. Now she’s supposed to work for the Feds also?  No Way.  She’s introduced to a cat named Mellencamp who is roaming around the courthouse… in fact the cat introduced himself.

If none of this seems to make any sense to you, and you’re wondering where this mystery all comes together. I strongly suggest that you buy, borrow or steal a copy of the book.  I’m giving it FIVE stars and a bullet point.  I can’t wait for Madam Samantha, and Haggerty’s next case to appear on the bookshelves of a store near you.

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