Mist, by Emily Mims: Review by Minette Lauren

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As a reader, I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover. After seeing the cover of Ruby, by Emily Mims, I decided to check out a sample. Realizing that it was a series, I decided to start on book one, Mist, during my vacation to Greece. I love to read everything, but a warm romance laced with some of my own bluegrass roots sounded like the perfect beach read. Emily Mims did not disappoint. Her characters were warm and funny, with real southern dialect, and her background in music leant reality to the main plot. She worked out a mystery that kept me in the story, which I finished reading in about three sittings. The Mist offers steamy romance, musical entertainment and a promise of more to come.

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Review: Wickwythe Hall

 

Wickwythe Hall

Wickwythe Hall https://www.amazon.com/dp/1626946795/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fPHgBb3JQT0AS

Wickwythe Hall, by Judithe Little is an amazing story set during WWII. The collection of real and fictional characters weave emotion and tactical maneuvers into a compelling story about surviving Hitler’s siege. I felt like I was watching an old black and white film, starring Katherine Hepburn as Marbry. I love the rich history woven into the novel along with the very real dialogue. The author does a wonderful job of combining the thoughts and movements of her characters, and is careful to balance the fictional love story with the actual history of WWII. If you love Doctor Zhivago, you will love Little’s smooth flowing tale of a Virginia heiress, a champagne businessman, a French refugee and so much more.

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2nd book in trilogy due out May 24th! Don’t miss it!

 

Survival isn’t guaranteed…

Years ago, dark magicians opened a dimension to another world and unleashed a new power on the earth. Governments toppled, millions died, and magicians became earth’s most feared predator.

After rescuing her younger sister from the clutches of the coven, twenty-four-year-old Becca discovers her enemies have left an unholy gift behind−a demon bound to her sister’s soul. On the run from Ryma and his twisted coven, Becca joins forces with her best friend, Caleb, and a pyromancer who tempts her untrusting heart.

Desperate to protect her sister and her friends, Becca finds temporary safety with a rogue faction she’s not sure she can trust. As war looms on the horizon, Becca is forced to pick sides in a game where survival isn’t guaranteed.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Rising-Dark-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B07BVYG2YJ/

Some sacrifices cost more than death…

Thirty years ago, dark magicians unleashed new power on the earth fueled by demons. Governments toppled, millions died and magicians ended up on top of the food chain.

Twenty-four-year-old Becca survives these dangerous times by relying on her wits, her fists, and the limited goodwill of her boss, a local crime lord. When news comes of a fire back home and the family she left behind dead, she realizes her dark past has finally caught up to her.

On the hunt for her missing sister, she must rely on Darion, a treacherous ex-boyfriend with ties to the local coven for back-up. Problem is he’s a pyromancer that can’t be trusted, especially with her heart. Becca’s forced to navigate a dangerous web of deceit and must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save her sister.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DeAnna-Browne/e/B074L9BH72

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Death Promise

 

Death Promise

Action, romance strung along by a murder mystery. The stakes are high and the heat level is super hot between Daniel and Michelle. This couple isn’t new to attraction, but after giving up on love once before, there is no way Michelle will fall for the handsome doctor again. Pulled together by a investigative issue, the couple rolls the story to the glam of Las Vegas and focuses on Daniel’s long-lost teenage half sister. Never a dull moment between the casinos and brothel scenes. If you like action and romance, don’t miss, Death Promise.–

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Signing this weekend! Houston Polish Festival!

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​Houston Polish Festival!!!!

Come get a signed copy of Blinked or Daisy Dukes ‘n Cowboy Boots!

Friday, May 4th 2018        4 pm to 10 pm

Saturday, May 5th 2018   10 am to 10 pm

Sunday, May 6th 2018      10 am to 6 pm

Our Lady of Częstochowa Parish
1731 Blalock Rd
Houston, TX 77080
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Deadly Thyme, by RL Nolen

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I bought this book after hearing RL Nolan speak at an MWA meeting in Houston. I was intrigued  by the book’s beautiful cover and interesting title. I’ve never read British mysteries before, but the creative story line and descriptive passages led me on a tour through a sleepy coastal town, throwing out many red herrings in my path to deter finding out ‘who done it’ too soon in this psychological thriller. I could feel the sea spray from the jagged cliffs and smell the stale ale in the ambiance of the cozy local pub. RL Nolen leaves the reader wondering who’s on first until the very end. A methodical character building thriller.

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Action packed…

The Chase by [Rougoor, Leonardus G.]

If you like action books filled with vigilante episodes, to rectify the injustices of humanity, this is your book! Move over Keanu Reeves, Joeseph takes getting even to an all new level. With nothing left to lose, he sets his life back on track by getting Even-Steven, with an arsenal of different tools for the trade. I might even have a few nightmares over the scenes described by Leonardus Rougoor. What a scary imagination and descriptive use of weapons. I see this being a top action movie in the near future. If not, someone alert Netflix they are missing out!

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The Girl’s Weekend Murder!

 

The Girls' Weekend Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery (Izzy Walsh Mysteries Book 1) by [McPherson, Lynn, McPherson, Lynn]

This cozy mystery made me curl up in my seat, as it tossed me back to an era of spunky movies with Ava Gardner and Jane Russel. One part Gentleman prefer Blondes, one part Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this murder was anything but dreary! A real page turner from the playful start, this author held my interest as the wild goose chase, to find out “who done it,” ensued. I felt like I was in an old black and white film, looking for hints of who the real killer could be. Izzy and Ava are remarkable character’s that never let up their banter or their support to help a great friend. A quick read for mystery lovers that I highly recommend.

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The Clock by Leonardus G. Rougoor

 The Clock

 

This young adult novel is exciting from the beginning to end! Brother and sister duo embark upon a time travel adventure when vacationing along the ocean shore. Curious young minds find an oddity about the rental cottage that sends them on a exploration, to find what is inside a secret room. A mysterious clock sends them back in time to save a girl in danger in 1911, and the list of characters involved make the story ping-pong between the past and present with never a dull moment. There is a lot of forward thinking by this author, who makes sure to contemplate all the possibilities as the clock winds down. Don’t miss this great story by a new author!

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Murder Mystery Treat!

 

Murder in the One Percent

Murder in the One Percent is a well crafted mystery that keeps the pages turning. There are few books that I call potato chip novels, that you just can’t put down and this was one of them! I found myself snagging pages anytime I could read. The characters are intriguing, and Detective Parrot has a fresh warm appeal that steadies the course for exploration of the crime. Hats off the Saralyn Richard for her stellar debut novel. The menu had my mouth watering and lent reality to the story. A wonderful setting and alluring list of characters to keep the reader entertained and guessing until the very end.

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