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How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes

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Author: Amber Stokes
Publisher: Seasons of a Story
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Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; New Adult Contemporary (novella)
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: When you’ve admired and eventually counted as a friend bloggers who have dreamt of entering the publishing world by putting out their own novels, it’s a joy to watch them realize that dream – and be a shining example of excellence in the all-to-often brushed aside Indie world of publishing. Amber Stokes took us on a journey to the old west with her sweet prairie romances in the Hearts Spring series and has now broken from that pattern to charm us with a new adult novella that is nothing if not sweetly romantic. Without dillydallying – I understand the reason for this being its limited pages, the story immediately gets into the heart of what is coming as our already confused (being dissatisfied with the direction his life is going) hero, Derrick happens upon the mysterious figure of Brielle, a girl no one seems to know. Continue reading “How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes”

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This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

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Author: Joanne Bischof
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
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Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical YA Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: I’ve only recently discovered the pen of Joanne Bischof, however all it took was one novel to know this was an author whose works I had to further look into – that one work of fiction was poignantly beautiful, so much so that my usual preferences for a specific era were blown out the window and I read her book, Though my Heart is Torn in (mostly) one day. Her latest offering is a novella of the YA persuasion and tells the story of Sarah, a teenage schoolgirl, who is struggling in math and thanks to her teacher, gains a tutor in the kind, Tucker a boy who soon reveals there is more to him than Sarah first thought – and is the one boy who changes her life forever. Continue reading “This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof”

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Hawk by Ronie Kendig

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Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Shiloh Press
Source: NetGalley ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Quiet Professionals, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Thriller, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: It’s hard to believe we’re already upon another launch for one of the talented Ronie Kendig’s novels and yet the calendar says that is exactly where we are. The second book in her newest series, this follows the titular Raptor team member Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe, who manages to get into quite the scrapes in the beginning of the book – one that transfers him to another team following a leave that sends him back  home. Then there is Fekiria Haidary. Fekiria is an Afghan pilot who has been trained by the American’s only her beliefs not to trust them makes it hard for her to get along with any of them – even if she does think Hawk is handsome, his annoying manners don’t endear him to her. Circumstances put them together in such a way that the two of them have to depend on the other for survival and the possibility of friendship… Continue reading “Hawk by Ronie Kendig”

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At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot

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Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Texas Crossroads, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis: Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). There Kate meets Greg Vange, the resort’s handyman. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye–billions more, in fact, as he recently sold his successful software company and is at the resort in search of what’s next for his life.

Kate isn’t looking for romance, but she can’t deny the sparks of attraction that fly every time she and Greg are together. She even starts to see potential in the rundown resort. Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city? – Goodreads Continue reading “At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot”

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Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington

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Author: Rachel Heffington
Publisher: Ruby Elixir Press
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Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Sadly I have not gotten around to reading either one of Rachel’s previous works – both of which sound as if they are likely charmers. What I did know is her writing has been praised in the blogosphere and I knew, sooner or later, I would be reading something from her poetic pen. It came “sooner” when I had an opportunity to read Rachel’s newest release, Anon, Sir, Anon. The story introduces us to the feisty, unmarried and clever Genevieve Langley who is unremarkable in her appearance but is a good hand at nursing, which prompts her well-to-do parents to send their daughter to care for an uncle suffering some health issues. Upon her arrival, Genevieve – or Vivi as she becomes, finds living among a crusty bachelor’s world to be a drastic difference to her own life, but the real excitement finds her when a popular actress is murdered – and along with Uncle Farnham, Vivi sets out to solve the case. Continue reading “Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington”

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Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

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Author: Mary Elizabeth Summer
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal. – Goodreads Continue reading “Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer”