September 19, 2019

Flora Air by Janice Cairns

Author : Janice Cairns

Published Date : June 20, 2019

Publisher : Self-Published

Genre : Fiction

About The Book

Flora Air is passionate about writing and she dreams of becoming an author, but she’s in a fog with her mundane day job. She meets a charismatic professor who nurtures her writing and suddenly her dreams seem possible. A touch of magic at the professor’s home adds old-fashioned charm and enchantment to Flora’s writing journey. When she realizes she loves the married professor, her journey takes a wild turn. Can Flora actually succeed in becoming an author? What happens to the love Flora Air feels for the professor?

About The Author

Janice Cairns is the author of quality romantic fiction.  For more than thirty years she has lived in Edinburgh and her first three novels are set there.  She now lives in a historic market town not far from Edinburgh.  Most of her time is spent writing or thinking about writing.  She loves long country walks, reading good books and eating out in lovely restaurants.

September 18, 2019

Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Enlightened Cow by Columbkill Noonan

Author : Columbkill Noonan

Published Date : September 18, 2019

Publisher : DarkStroke Books

Series : Barnabas Tew / Book 4

Genre : Fiction / Comedy

About The Book

Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it.  Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?

About The Author

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling "Barnabas Tew" series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

September 17, 2019

The Perfect Son by Lauren North

Author : Lauren North

Published Date : August 13, 2019

Publisher : Berkley Books

Genre : Fiction / Thriller

About The Book

When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie's eighth birthday, she's sure of these things: She's been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.

After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that's what matters.

But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won't listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark's death and Jamie's birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

About The Author

Lauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside.

September 16, 2019

Charlie Hernandez & The League Of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

Author : Ryan Calejo

Published Date : October 23, 2018

Publisher : Aladdin

Series : Charlie Hernandez / Book 1

Genre : J Fiction / Adventure / Fantasy

Rating : 5 Star

About The Book

The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.

Charlie Hern├índez has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.

But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.

Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).

No pressure, muchacho.

The Review

I have never fallen in love with a fantasy book until this very book that left me wanting more!!

Charlie Hernandez grew up listening to the stories that his abuela told him of his Latin American heritage but never thought that they would be real until his parents went missing in a house fire. As Charlie discovers that he might be something not of this world, he starts looking for clues to where his parents are to why is he changing into something that his abuela used to tell stories of. With the help of his crush, Violet, Charlie discovers a world that he only thought were tales and not real.

It all comes to a head when Charlie discovers the truth about everything with who is good and evil in a battle that will shake you down to your core! All I can say is that ending will set everything up for what may happen next in this outstanding start to this series!

I'm gonna say this right now, I don't like fantasy books that much but this one is different from all the others. With using the Latin American folklore of La Llorona and Bruja's, it just made the whole Hispanic culture come alive in this story! Having grow up along the border, I knew some of these legends but to see them in this book and this setting just made my day! I don't want to spoil any more than what I already said but let's just say that this book will keep you glued to the pages and it will leave you wanting more of what will Charlie discover next in this awesome start to this series!!

Thank You to Aladdin & Ryan Calejo for a great debut book that made a great start to this series!!

I voluntarily reviewed this complementary book from the Publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my very own!

September 15, 2019

Conversations With The Fat Girl by Liza Palmer

Author : Liza Palmer

Published Date : August 6, 2019

Publisher : Forever

Genre : Fiction / Women's

About The Book

Everyone seems to be getting on with their lives except Maggie. At twenty-seven, she's still serving coffee at Joe's while her friends are getting married, having babies, and thriving in their careers. And now Olivia, Maggie's best friend since grade school, is getting married too. The man in Maggie's life? Well there isn't one, except the guy she has a crush on, Domenic, who works with her at the coffee shop. Oh, and her dog, Solo (the name says it all).

When Olivia comes to town and asks Maggie to be her maid of honor, Maggie is thrilled... but she can't help comparing herself to the new and "improved" Olivia. Way back then, they befriended each other because they both struggled with their weight. Now grown up, Maggie is still shopping in the "women's section" while Olivia went and had gastric-bypass surgery in search of the elusive size 2. But as the wedding nears, Olivia's seemingly perfect life starts to unravel, and Maggie realizes that happiness might not be tied to a number on the scale.

About The Author

Liza Palmer is an internationally bestselling author of nine novels, including Conversations with the Fat Girl and Nowhere but Home. An Emmy-nominated writer, she lives in Los Angeles and works for BuzzFeed.