Kiss the Sky Book Tour & Giveaway

Today, I am featuring a contemporary romance novel in our book spotlight!  Check out Kiss the Sky, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Kiss the Sky
by MK Schiller
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Love can move mountains . . .
Strong, athletic, and driven, Tristan Sinclair is determined to fulfill his late brother’s wish to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain. He never expects part of the challenge will be getting along with one of his fellow climbers—or that the greatest peril may lie beyond the summit . . .
A passionate, life-long climber, Pakistan born Farah Nawaz is skeptical of the hotshot from Arizona. But as she and Tristan help each other conquer obstacle after obstacle, they find they have more in common than they thought—including a simmering attraction. And when suspicious deaths put them in the sights of a ruthless killer, they’ll have to cover their tracks long enough to find out why—and stay alive for a future together . . .

MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. In the dark of night, she sits by the warm glow of her computer monitor, reading or writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is! She started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact, she got so good at it that friends asked her to create plots featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as the hero. She hopes you enjoy her stories and find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor. M.K. Schiller loves hearing from readers.

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Murder on St. Patrick's Day Book Spotlight & Review

I have featured books by P. Creeden in the past--and looked to forward to reading this quick-read mystery for an Amazon review. Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to give Murder on St. Patrick's Day a quick feature and share some of my thoughts about the book and the Ridgeway Rescue Mystery series. What did I think of Murder on St. Patrick's Day?

I received an ecopy of this book from the author or publisher for use in my review.  
All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end! It's St. Patrick's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright is working hard at training five-month-old Molly, her foster puppy, to become a therapy dog. But her training coach and neighbor gets an emergency call, cutting the lesson short, and Emma volunteers to pick up her daughter at a St. Patrick's Day concert in town. When Emma arrives, the concert has just finished up, and the teenage girls are visiting with the band. Then the lead singer stumbles and falls to the ground, dead. Emma becomes the only level head in the crowd and calls for help. When the Sheriff and Colby arrive, they investigate it as a potential accident. But Emma finds subtle clues that something more sinister is going on. Did the leader of the band die in an accident, or was it murder?  

My Review

Quick Read for Mystery Lovers and Animal Lovers.  While I read a lot--I do not always have the time nor attention span for a long, full-length novel. I love short stories and novellas because I always seem to have a bit of time (usually while waiting for a child at an extracurricular activity).  Murder on St. Patrick's Day is truly a quick, hour or so read that has a little more depth than a simple short story.  The author creates an entertaining, clean mystery with frequent mentions of Molly, a rescued, foster dog, that appeals to all ages of cozy mystery fans.

Would I recommend Murder on St. Patrick's Day by P. Creeden?  I always enjoy the author's characters and her cozy mystery writing style.  While the story does offer a short mystery from murder to solution--everything may be wrapped up a little too quickly for some readers. This is a simple mystery with the cozy mystery "realism" of Murder, She Wrote or Diagnosis Murder where the police (sheriff's department) follow the lead and insights of an amateur, slightly more observant, "detective".  Entertaining read with likeable characters--and, of course, a lovable dog for short story fans. 

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About the Author

P. Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.    

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Rope Me, Cowboys Book Spotlight & Giveaway

This morning, we are featuring a romantic comedy series in our book spotlight--with the .  Check out the books of the Coyote Ranch series (beginning with Rope Me, Cowboys), learn about the author & enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Rope Me, Cowboys
Coyote Ranch Book 1
by Alexa B. James
Genre: Contemporary Reverse Harem Rom-Com

Three sexy cowboys. One mishap-prone virgin. What could go wrong? 
To avoid a public scandal after a night of too much tequila, senator's daughter Amber Durant agrees to disappear for three months. 
She thinks she's going to babysit her new stepfather's three sons on his ranch in Wyoming. Turns out, they're all grown up. In all the right ways. But she can't have any of them, because they're her stepbrothers. 
It's going to be a long three months.
***This is a book one (of 4) in a slow-burn reverse harem contemporary romance series, suitable for ages 18+***

Wrangle Me, Cowboys
Coyote Ranch Book 2

Determined to contribute at Coyote Ranch, Amber Durant finds herself in charge of feeding and exercising the horses. Surely even a mishap-prone Manhattanite can't screw up that simple task...unless that Manhattanite is Amber. 

When it comes to her stepbrothers, things are even more complicated. As things heat up, she is torn in three directions. But will all three men run the other way when they find out she's still in possession of a much-despised V-Card?

And if that doesn't scare them off, will a couple nosy parents and judgmental ranch hands do the trick?

Ride Me, Cowboys
Coyote Ranch Book 3

Amber and her boys ready themselves for the future...but time is running short as her three months in Wyoming comes to a close.

Wreck Me, Cowboys
Coyote Ranch Book 4

Amber's story concludes in this fourth and final installment of the Coyote Ranch series. After a betrayal, will she and her men find their Happily Ever After?

Alexa B. James is the contemporary romance pen name for a 2-time USA Today Bestselling author of YA paranormal romance. 

Alexa is a mom, wife, librarian, and country girl at heart. When she's not pounding away on her keyboard, you can find her in her garden, chasing chickens around the yard, or holed up under a blanket with a cup of coffee and a book with lots of kissing. She loves romance novels of every variety (why choose?) and plans to publish more this year.

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Willow Woods Academy for Witches Series Spotlight & Giveaway

Today, we are featuring the books of the Willow Woods Academy for Witches series in our book spotlight!  Check out this fantasy / mystery series for young adults, learn about the authors & enter for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Willow Woods Academy for Witches
Willow Woods Book 1
by R.L.Weeks & Skylar Mckinzie
Genre: YA Fantasy Mystery

An unforgettable YA novel filled with mystery and magic. Fans of Harry Potter and Beautiful Creatures will love this series.

Kat and Angie have just enrolled at Willow Woods Academy for Witches against their parent's wishes. They're thrown into a magical, mysterious world that is everything they dreamt it to be. However, when an ancient book falls into their laps, their worlds are turned upside down.
10 years ago, a rivalry between the covens of Willow Woods Academy and Morwood's School cost many their lives and cast a dark shadow over the academy. Now, Morwood's has opened again for the first time since the incident, and mysterious happenings are occurring - and they all seem to be surrounding Kat.
School's never easy, and with her exams coming up, a stalker in the trees, and her family name shadowing doubt over what side she's on, the first year of school is more of an adventure than she had ever anticipated.

Willow Woods Academy for Witches and Wizards
Willow Woods Book 2

An unforgettable YA novel filled with mystery and magic - Fans of Harry Potter and Beautiful Creatures will love this series.

The girls are back at school, but Angie's dreams about a secret order may be more than just dreams. 
Lara Ash is about to find out that all choices have consequences, and that being back from the dead isn't as fun as she first thought. She catches the eye of Angie's older brother, Grayson, and clings to him as her world falls apart. The rift between her and Angie Dupree, her sister Kat's best friend, causes Kat and Angie to fall out for the first time. 
Angie meets two new friends, the peppy Isolde and secretive Lizzie. However, they seem to be holding secrets of their own. 
When it comes to crunch time, can the group work together to stop an evil from destroying their lives, or will their own secrets be too much? 

This book is recommended for readers aged 13+. 
Warning: This book deals with bullying and has scenes of mild violence.

R L Weeks is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Dead Loves Life Series, Bloodlust, The Fallen, Willow Woods Academy for Witches, Cursed, and the owner of Enchanted Anthologies, publisher of Fractured Fairytales Books 1 & 2, A Deadly World: Vampires in Paris, Things Only the Darkness Knows, and Christmas Nightmares.

She lives in a small village in the UK.
When she's not writing, she's traveling, reading (paranormal, fantasy and horror being her go to genres) and designing covers for Dark Wish Designs.

Skylar McKinzie lives in the small town of Screven, Ga. When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her family. She also loves long walks and sitting by the bonfire in October, which is her favorite month of the year.

She writes horror and paranormal romance. She is working on her next novel due to be released by the end of the year.

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Why Should You Hire a Professional Plumber?

Plumbing problems are a very annoying thing to deal with. However, all people will have issues with their plumbing eventually. It is important that you always leave these repairs to people who have been trained to perform them. There are many people who try to fix their own plumbing problems in an attempt to save some cash. However, this usually always ends badly. Here are a few of the main reasons why you should always call professional plumbers like the ones at Daniel's Plumbing when you have a serious problem.  
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You will save money in the long run. People who do not know what they are doing could end up causing more damage than was there originally. This will result in a higher repair bill than they would have had to pay if they called the plumber in the first place. A professional plumber will be able to quickly diagnose the problem and determine the best and cheapest way to resolve the issue. An inexperienced person might take things apart unnecessarily and not put them back together the right way. It goes without saying that this would be a disaster waiting to happen. If plumbing is not assembled correctly, it could create a leak that could seriously damage your home. Then what would your repair bill be?  

A professional plumber will be able to detect problems you were not aware of. A great plumber will not just fix the problem you called him about. He will also look for any other serious issues that might be in their very early stages. This will allow them to be fixed very easily and cheaply. Being proactive like this can help you to potentially save thousands of dollars. A plumber that can perform water heater repair Austin can be a big help to you.  

You will most likely not have the right equipment to perform many repairs by yourself. A plumber will obviously have more knowledge about plumbing repairs than you do. However, he will also have all of the latest equipment that only professional plumbers have access to. This equipment will enable him to fix any plumbing problems you have in a very safe and efficient manner. For example, plumbers will usually use a snake to unclog a toilet. It is unlikely that you own one of these snakes. A plumber will always have the right equipment for the job.

The Clock Flower Book Review & Giveaway

This morning, I am sharing a review of the third mystery in Barbara Casey's F.I.G. Mystery series.  After reviewing The Cadence of Gypsies last week, and reviewing The Wish Rider earlier this week--I was looking forward to reading and reviewing The Clock Flower.  What did I think of this mystery novel?

Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy

About the Book

Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.

Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.

Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.

The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.

Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.

My Review

The Clock Flower is another Stand Alone Novel.  I loved the first book in this series.  The second book devoted a bit of time to recap new readers on the events of the first book.  This third novel devoted a fairly large chunk of the book to bringing readers up to speed on both of the first two adventures.  While this is wonderful for first time readers--it made the remaining novel a bit abrupt for series readers.  
The author continues her realistic storyline and wonderful character interactions in The Clock Flower.  The characters continue to use their individual gifts and talents (and connections) to move the storyline along and solve another personal mystery.  I love the author's writing style and her characters--and the very realistic, systematic way the girls work through thy mystery (ies) of each novel.

This is a Wonderful Series for Younger, Young Adult, Gifted Girls.  Being gifted has its certain rewards--and its challenges--especially for gifted and talented girls trying to find their space and roles in our tween/teen world.  I think this is a great series to remind gifted and talented girls that they have a lot to offer the world--and that finding like minded individuals for companionship and collaboration may be difficult--but, not impossible.  The characters in this series learn to accept (and enjoy) their individual differences and use their individual talents--without being portrayed as a weaker sex or requiring male love interests for a successful story.  

Would I recommend The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey?  I do love the characters in this series, I enjoy the author's writing style--and I always find the mysteries (and their solutions) very interesting.  As a reader of the series, the first book was my favorite.  This book, like the second, feels more rushed and less detailed than the first once the author re-introduced a great deal of old material from the earlier novels.  I do recommend this series to families with gifted and talented students as it is an interesting portrayal of the social aspects of giftedness--and the novels are well developed and interesting.

To read more reviews, please visit Barbara Casey's page on iRead Book Tours.

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About the Author

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

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