Friday, November 20, 2015

Die I Will Not (John Chase Mystery #3) by S.K. Rizzolo

Die I Will Not is the third book in the Regency Mystery series by S.K. Rizzolo. It is a book best read if one has read the previous two books in the series but is easy enough to follow if one has not. I am not sure if some of my issues with the book would have been resolved had I done so, but I found it an enjoyable mystery.

Penelope Wolfe is unhappily married to an artist. His distant relationship with her has given her plenty of time to involve herself with intrigue. Her father, Eustace Sanford, wrote letters under the pen name Collatinus. These letters were connected to the death of a woman known only as N.D.—who had a closer than proper relationship with the Prince Regent. Penelope’s father has been exiled, so when the Collatinus letters begin again, it is a mystery as to the writer’s identity. When the newspaper editor who receives the letters is murdered shortly after Penelope visits him, she seeks assistance from two different men—lawyer Edward Buckler and Bow Street Runner John Chase. The three work together to unmask the identity of the murderer and to unmask the new Collatinus. It is, after all, a matter of life and death.

I found Die I Will Not to be overpopulated by minor characters, and I had a hard time keeping them clear in my mind. This is most likely because many of these characters were not fleshed out. They appeared, did a little (nothing memorable) and showed up later with no context or hints as to who they were. After a slow beginning to Die I Will Not, I figured that it was just not worth the mental energy to remember them all. I was right. Only a handful of characters were significant, and the book suffered from its overstuffed nature.

I found the plot interesting enough and I liked the nature of the mystery. It kept me guessing, and the hint of romance was also well done. The plot led from newspaper office to courtroom to under the city and those changes of locale were most welcome and well done.

In short, I wish about half the characters had been eliminated from the book and that more effort had been made to tighten a compelling plot.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Regina

Friday, November 13, 2015

You: Staying Young; The Owner’s Manual to Looking Good and Feeling Great by Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. and Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

Now substantially updated with a groundbreaking new introduction on telomeres, bioidentical hormones, and more, Drs. Oz and Roizen—the bestselling coauthors of the blockbuster YOU series—present a new edition of their #1 New York Times bestselling indispensable guide to maintaining vibrant health, improving longevity, and aging gracefully.

Most people think that by age forty-five, every aspect of our bodies is bound to decline. But the wear and tear associated with aging is not inevitable. In fact, the biological processes that age you can be reprogrammed to work the same way they did when you were younger. In this revised edition of the bestselling classic, Drs. Oz and Roizen show you how to beat the seemingly inevitable aging process.

With their entertaining style and signature insight, Dr. Oz and Roizen share a new introduction on telomeres, the nucleotide sequences that cap your chromosomes and may the hold the key to determining your lifespan. There are steps we can take to protect and lengthen these sequences, and YOU: Staying Young explains what to do.

Grounded in the latest scientific research and filled with illustrations, Dr. Oz and Roizen’s fourteen-day plan for staying young will help readers boost vitality, increase energy, and improve vitality…and age beautifully. Because living longer isn’t about dodging disease, but about sustaining a high quality of life for years to come.

As a fan of Drs Oz and Roizen’s “You” series (You: The Owner’s Manual, You: On a Diet, etc), I was excited to own their latest book. The book (like the rest of their series) is a version of ‘health for dummies’. They are able to break down the most complicated science in a way that makes it easily understandable. 

The book is separated into 14 chapters of “Major Agers”. These include the obvious (like Toxins and Calorie Consumption) to the surprising (Nitric Oxide and Atrophy). They’re fun chapters with little factoids, quizzes and drawings. I had to take my time with each chapter in order to properly digest all the information. The second part of the book is an actual plan that you can customize to your specific needs

. I am a big fan of their no-nonsense writing style and wacky humor and I think that anyone who is even a tad bit concerned with aging will benefit from owning this book. And you have to own it since you will come back to it time and time again (this is not a book to borrow). As the authors say “Aging is inevitable, but the rate of aging is not” or better yet “In the end, genetics loads the gun but your lifestyle pulls the trigger”.    

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Roberta

Sunday, November 8, 2015

SO.TRASHY Release Day Blitz & Giveway!

Title : SO. TRASHY. a Bad Boy Next Door Novel
Author :
 Kelley Harvey
Genre :
 Contemporary Romance
Release Date :
 November 6, 2015

I lost her before. It won’t happen again.
I gave her up and broke her heart for her own good.
Now, my second chance has gone to shit.
Lou’s not the same good girl I left.
She’s turned bad, but it makes me want her more.
The world loves me for my bad boy ways, on screen and off.
They’ll love us together—once I convince her she’s missed me.
When I was young, only he saw the real me.
I don’t need Buck Wylder anymore; I’ll take care of myself.
He went to Hollywood. I became a Marine.
Buck’s back and he’s the same arrogant, infuriatingly attractive man who left.
Only this time? I’m not falling for him.
I thought I escaped my past, but when his fame drags
me into the spotlight, the world sees the truth.
I’m poor Loula Mae—daughter of a junkie and her pimp.
To them, I’m just

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Kelley and her husband Mike live in North Central Texas with their two daughters. Having one teen and one in her early
twenties keeps them on their toes. In other words, they’re saturated in angst and excitement. Kelley often feels as though she lives on Teenage Drama Island and desperately needs a vacation to Adult Sans Kids Resort. The upside is they keep her awash in oceans of inspiration.
Kelley enjoys reading YA and NA, although on occasion she gets caught reading other genres. Writing is her full time job. Though it’s hard work, it’s also a dream come true. Her characters knock on the door of her heart and constantly poke their heads out the windows of her imagination. She hopes you connect with them as deeply as she does.


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Friday, November 6, 2015

They All Fall Down by A.K. Mason Book Blast & $50 Amazon GC Giveaway!

02_They All Fall Down 

Publication Date: September 12, 2015 Paperback; 433 Pages
Genre: Contemporary/Women's Fiction

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For her entire life, Alexandra Kramer has been checking a series of boxes. Trapped by the expectations of everyone else around her, she’s made good grades, married the right guy, and secured a place at the prestigious Harvard Business School. But in the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis, Alex suddenly finds herself running into the fire, instead of seeking a safe haven from the flames. Ditching her Ivy League plans, she becomes dedicated to showing she has what it takes in the high-stakes, fast-paced boys’ club of Wall Street trading, as she forges her own path for the first time in her life. As these volatile changes drive her husband Jamie into his own crisis, Alex is forced to examine the choices she’s made—as she’s torn between her traditional role as wife, and the exciting, Wild West appeal of the trading floor. When her two worlds suddenly collide, it becomes clear the institutions she once believed in so strongly are more flawed than she ever imagined—and when everything comes crumbling down, it’s up to Alex to decide for herself what’s worthy of putting back together.


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A. K. Mason is a graduate of Harvard College, who deferred her acceptance to Harvard Business School on three different occasions in favor of working on Wall Street. As a bond trader from 2007 to 2013, she experienced the financial crisis first-hand, and was on the trading desk as Lehman Brothers underwent bankruptcy. In 2013, Mason earned her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and left Wall Street to build a fitness technology and media business. She currently resides in Washington, DC, with her family.



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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Total Emasculation of the White Man by David Valentine Bernard

From the author of the "powerful, fable-like work" ("Publishers Weekly") "Intimate Relations with Strangers "comes a sci-fi mystery--and a very dark comedy--about several (mostly white) men who are systematically driven insane by a series of bizarre events. One of the men wakes up in the woods one day with amnesia and is confronted by a dominatrix who tells him they are on a mission from God. She takes him to Atlanta, where he comes upon an unapologetically racist and sexist book called "The Total Emasculation of the White Man--"which sets him off on an even stranger quest. Another man, a college mathematics professor turned stay-at-home dad, finds himself losing his mind when his son's demonic teddy bear comes to life. Other men see even stranger horrors, but all these seemingly unconnected stories are part of a grand scheme that is either the work of a mischievous god or something even weirder. 

Blending elements of fantasy, mystery, science fiction and comedy, "The Total Emasculation of the White Man "is a provocative exploration of gender and race relations in America today.

Get ready to suspend disbelief and sit back and enjoy a wild ride of a story. The author does not start out gently but throws the reader right into the midst of craziness. I can’t even begin to explain the plot as you have to read it to believe it. 

You’re left trying to understand exactly  1) what type of story it is and 2) what is going on with the characters. These include a hillbilly with memory erasing champagne, leather clad Cassiopeia, stay at home dad Rasmussen, Roadkill Maniac, Granny Stanko with the stripper shoes, pimp Big Slug, white rapper mogul Don Cole, and many more crazy characters. 

This is definitely not a story that you will be able to ‘guess’ where it’s going due to its improbability. It’s not until the moment that the author explains it that you can make sense of the story. Don’t let this discourage you as it’s definitely an interesting read.        

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Roberta

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Stitch to Die For by Louis Winston Book Blast & Giveaway!

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A Stitch to Die For by Lois Winston


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A Stitch to Die For (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) (Volume 5) 5th in Series Cozy Mystery • Paperback: 240 pages • Publisher: Lois Winston (July 7, 2015) • ISBN-13: 978-1940795300 goodreads-badge-add-plus


The adventures of reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack continue in A Stitch to Die For, the 5th book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Lois Winston.

Ever since her husband died and left her in debt equal to the gross national product of Uzbekistan, magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack has stumbled across one dead body after another—but always in work-related settings. When a killer targets the elderly nasty neighbor who lives across the street from her, murder strikes too close to home. Couple that with a series of unsettling events days before Halloween, and Anastasia begins to wonder if someone is sending her a deadly message.

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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry. Visit Lois/Emma at and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, Follow everyone on Tsu at, on Pinterest at, and onTwitter at Sign up for her newsletter at   Author Links Website: Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: Twitter: Pinterest: Tsu: Goodreads: Purchase Links Amazon Nook Kobo iTunes Google Play
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Risky Undertaking: A Buryina Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique

Barry Clayton is a man of many talents.  He is the part-time deputy and the full-time undertaker of Gainesville, North Carolina.  Living in a small town, he is familiar with all of the town’s residents.  Not only are they his friends, but some are also his poker buddies.  Over one weekly game, Barry learns of his friends’ plan to expand the local cemetery.  The construction plans are put on hold, however, when Native American artifacts are found on the land.

         Two factions of the town are pitted against each other:  the pro-expansion group, led by Luther Cransford and the anti-expansioners led by activist Jimmy Panther.  When Luther’s wife dies and Jimmy Panther leads a protest at her funeral, the battle begins to get ugly.  When Jimmy Panther is then killed ON TOP of the Luther’s wife’s grave, the mystery into who would go so far as to resort to murder is launched.

         Risky Undertaking, by Mark de Castrique, is a hard-boiled mystery with a wide cast of characters.  Out of town detectives, locals, and even mob hit men make an appearance and add to the whodunit anticipation.  At times, the cast of characters was hard to keep track of, but fortunately, most characters were fleshed out enough to keep them distinct.

         What de Castrique does very well is to bring to light the particular difficulties between Native American culture and the interest in expansion.  If you visit the area where the story is set, as I have, this conflict is apparent.  I found the inclusion of this conflict compelling and very well explained.

         If you are a true mystery fan, this whodonit might be perfect for you.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Regina