Minette Lauren

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Waterwight, by Laurel McHargue

Waterwight: Book I of the Waterwight Series

 

A fantasy world for children and adult readers alike. I think it’s a great tool to prepare youngsters for the unexpected in life. As humanity expands and life becomes more complicated, this adventure could be a future guide for youth. In this imaginative story about a young girl who can fly and talk to animals, there has been a devastating event. Destroying parts of the earth, most people and places, the event changes Celeste’s surroundings and gives powers to the earth’s leftover inhabitants. Celeste has a positive view on her long journey and dictates a lot of messages that are great for young people to hear. Themes like, not blaming yourself for bad things that happen and that are beyond your control, building friendships where they grow, helping who you can and being proud of what you are capable of accomplishing. It reminds me of a powerful Disney animation with strong and fun characters that save the day. Laurel McHargue teaches children and adults alike how to survive against surmountable odds.

Storm Crossed, by Dani Harper

Storm Crossed (Grim Book 4) by [Harper, Dani]

This is my first book to read by this author. I actually listened to the Audible while driving or exercising. I loved the reader’s voice and ability to portray so many characters. I applaud the author’s ability to world build, develop interesting characters and keep the action going. Most of all I loved the way she showed Fox’s disability as a super power. I thought it would be all fantasy, but as Trahern takes up with the Wild Hunt, he finds himself on a different journey in the human world. Drawn to Lissy and her small, yet powerful son, Fox, Trahern makes a blood oath to protect them from harm. As beautiful as the fairy world seems, evil lurks in the fabric of both worlds. Uplifting and entertaining with lots of heartfelt romance. Women who love fantastic fantasy with romance will love Dani Harper.

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Sins of the Sister

Sins of the Sister

 

The Last Humans, by Steven M. Moore

 

What would you do if it was the end of the world? Penny Castro is the unlucky lotto winner to survive the apocalypse. A bio terror attack on the US has gone wrong, and the attacker didn’t calculate the jet stream dumping toxins worldwide. Hazardous chemicals deployed by missiles lead civilization to a rapid demise. 

When Penelope Castro, ex-navy diver, goes underwater for the sheriff’s department, she has no clue everything will change when she surfaces. Picking through the puzzle of what has happened to the world is only part of the major challenges she will face. Food, water, shelter and cannibalism are some of her immediate obstacles .

I like this author’s website and newsletter, so I wanted to test out his latest novel. I am not a fan of doom and gloom and worried I would not enjoy this story.  After reading the sample, I had to download the book. Passages such as… “Spotted Mulholland drive. Remembered how it used to look like a string of pearls at night with traffic moving along it—white pearls anti-parallel with bright red rubies like some starlet’s million-dollar necklace.”

The authors depiction of a strong female character paired with the post apocalyptic California landscape gave a gritty sense of urgency to find out what caused the meltdown and how survivors could sustain the aftermath. 

I found Penny’s character unbreakable, at times cynical, yet believable. I found myself cheering for the under dog and wanting the Last Humans to find enough hope to survive. There is a hint of romance, intrigue, government conspiracy and inspiration for a new start. No spoilers here! You’ll Just have to read it for yourself. 

A thoughtful, expansive look into what could very well be our future. Don’t miss, The Last Humans.

Belle Ami’s, The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio

 

The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio - A Time Travel Thriller (Out of Time Thriller Series Book 2)

Belle Ami has done it again! I couldn’t say enough good about book one, but book two is a continuation of this intriguing story. Blending past, present and now future, Angela and Alex are on a new journey that is just as fascinating as the first.

Art history, time travel, romance and the ability to overcome fear are some of the high points of this second novel in the Out of Time Thriller Series. I loved the descriptions of Rome, Naples, Florence and the California West Coast. I have walked the cobbled streets of Italy and knew the writer had truly been there. Her breath taking descriptions of the landscape and the exotic food were just a few of the high points that engrossed me in this adventure.

I loved delving into the rich history of Caravaggio’s life of art, chivalry and the love of his mistress. Don’t miss the twists and turns that expose the inner core of Alex and Angela’s eternal love in the hunt of another famous masterpiece.

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Charlotte “Lottie” Fistbinder is cocky on the outside and guilt ridden on the inside. With the changes in the hierarchy of the Vancouver Island Clan, her shapeshifter alpha promoted her to head of security, and now the safety of the entire pack is on her shoulders. Trouble is, she’s not sure she’s fit for the job. She worked alongside a whacko and never knew it until it was almost too late. What other serious threat is she missing? So, she’s thrilled when her alpha brings in help to train her and the security team…or is she?

Zavier Koering is intrigued by Charlotte the moment he sees her file picture. Meeting her for the first time at night in the woods, and in the flesh, is everything he’s hoped for. Especially their first kiss. She’s beautiful, feisty, and gives him as good as she gets. But he has a job to do before he can get her between the sheets. Then her pack is threatened, and all hell breaks loose.

Werewolf Nights, by Mari Hamill

For Indie April, I wanted to show my support by picking two novels to read and review. Author Mari Hamill Tweeted her book to me and I couldn’t resist a book with such a cool cover. Here is my review…

Who knew love could be so hairy! This is a fun, love story filled with plenty of curious events, twists and turns. True love is never forgotten. Hardworking bakery owner, Catherine, finds herself caught up in several fascinating love affairs after a long stint alone as a widower. She takes one for team Wereville, giving up her day job to become a local Hollywood film’s leading lady. Punchy, mysterious and entertaining, Werewolf Nights has a fresh bite on romance.

The Lost Kitchen, by Miriam Green

 

 

The Lost Kitchen is a book of recipes, poems, and a heartfelt story of a woman working through the pains of losing her mother to Alzheimer’s. I didn’t know what I would think about the layout of this very different book, but it flows incredibly well. Mixing all the ingredients of the three subjects together, the author bakes up the perfect complex map of what it’s like to be with an individual battling Alzheimer’s. Miriam’s love and respect for her family is immense, and she tells the reader just how to weather the storm of loss, savoring the days for what they are.

 If you know someone, or have a loved one who has this illness, you will identify with Miriam’s plight. I lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s. This book touched my heart, made me laugh, cry and contemplate the meaning of each poem. (Frog in My Throat is one of my favorites.)I am not a huge fan of poetry, but I loved these funny, heartfelt, meandering sentiments that truly described the confusion and frustration of all given parties. I even bought another copy of the book for my sister in-law as a gift. I found it very therapeutic and inspiring to read.

With scrumptious recipes that have awakened my desire to try new things, Miriam Green makes things seem simple. Warm and inviting Cauliflower soup, Bubalehs, to peanut butter-chocolate cake, she shares recipes from across the Atlantic while describing her exotic location in Israel. I’m not Jewish but found her explanation of the food and culture interesting. The book is filled with enticing chapters of food, family, and  how her faith related to cooking. With humor and strength, Miriam shares the warm memories of her family together, in the kitchen of their past and present.

With respect, dignity and love, Miriam Green’s book is inspiring, humbling and teaches that we are all humans with the same essential needs. Savor the moment you are in and find a place in your heart to remember with love.

Dear Maude by Denise Liebig

Dear Maude is a fascinating adventure that resonates in most women’s fantasies—finding tall, dark and handsome, with a trip back to the time of Downton Abby. Twists and turns around every corner, make it an addictive read. I found myself getting in my car more often to listen to this Audible book. The reader was great. I wasn’t sure what I thought for the first ten minutes or so. I think it took a few minutes for the reader to find her groove, but the story was amazing, and the reader was fabulous once I got into the story.

 The author does a great job of describing the emotions of a young college student and the reasons that make her commit to this specific journey. I loved the warmth of Emily and the love she had for her family and respect of others. Her quirky thoughts, yet steadfast actions, propel the story along with great interest. I liked that the beginning was laid out over many chapters, showing the life of Emily and her relationship to Sophia. It threw me for a loop wondering how the time travel would possibly fit in. Then when the TIME came, I was thrilled to embark upon the adventure.

I keep a Kindle book and an Audible going at all times. I picked this book out of a long list of Indie author books for my support of #IndieApril. I love time travel, great characters and a story that keeps you guessing. I look forward to reading more from Denise Liebig.

Birdie and Jude by Phyllis H. Moore

In Phyllis H. Moore’s, Birdie and Jude, characters come to life and spark interest in the soul of the reader. Birdie, a lifetime resident of Galveston Island, keeps to a happy routine with her dog, Ollie.

Walking the shore on one of their usual excursions they pick up a visitor in distress. Not knowing much about the young woman, Jude, or her disastrous situation, Birdie invites her back to her home to shelter out the storm.

Through routine activities, the writer reveals glimpses of Birdies unique personality. Well loved by the community, Birdie has secrets and a strong desire to be left out of social graces, though she can fake it well enough for a few friends and her over protective nephew, Barry. Young and beautiful Jude also has a past and slowly reveals her situation to Birdie as they become fast friends.

The real part of this story is not in the daily lives of its characters or the events they are caught up in. This story transcends across time and has a warmth to it that stays with the reader long after the story is over.

Birdie and Jude has the sass of Rita Mae Brown mixed with the warmth and racial equality struggle of The Help. I strongly recommend this book for any occasion, but I picked it up on my vacation and couldn’t put it down. A wonderful page turner and hope for a future with loved ones past and present.