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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.

A Hot & Nerdy Romance Comedy

I’m typically not a big reader of romances unless they’re funny and this book delivered big time. Ella Menza’s life has been grounded in politeness and following all the rules. Unfortunately, others take advantage of her good-naturedness. Self-centered Burton, her fiancée is, as Janet, a favorite co-worker aptly describes him, “a cold fish.” Her mother, the Professor, who reminded me a lot of Leonard’s mom on the Big Bang Theory, belittles and embarrasses her. She finds her job as a copywriter unfulfilling. Ella Menza has been a doormat for too long and has had enough.

The book immediately illustrates Ella’s temperament when she needs to leave work for her bridal shower but can’t bring herself to be rude to a co-worker. Ella arrives late and things go downhill from there. The book is atypical because it has several POVs, instead of the traditional heroine only or the POV bouncing back and forth between the hero and heroine. I enjoy multiple POVs, so this was a plus for me. It was refreshing to read about characters who have flaws instead of too perfect ones. Ronnie, Ella’s bestie’s auto-corrected curse words and her wild card behavior made me giggle. A host of quirky characters whirl through the revolving doors of Ella’s life.

One POV was Eddie’s, the brother of Ella’s love interest. I thought it was odd at first, but I would have found him a much more unsympathetic individual without getting a glimpse into his thoughts and at the end of the book, a sequel is alluded to involving Eddie and Ronnie. I love EM Kaplan’s Josie Tucker series and look forward to seeing what the author has in store for the bro and the bff in book 2.

Don’t miss the release date May 24th!

 

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

Review of Halloween Hijinks By Kathi Daley

Halloween Hijinks (Zoe Donovan Mystery #1) by Kathi Daley

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love a good mystery, so of course, I had to get this book. The main character, Zoe Donovan, has many characteristics I admire. She is an animal-lover who fights to find a forever home for every stray and nurtures every hurt or needy wild animal. She has a good heart, and, despite having a busy job as an animal control officer, is one of the first to aid those who need help. Mysteries fascinate her and she is eager to seek out clues.

Since this was the first of a series, much time was taken to introduce the main characters. Zoe has two close friends she has known since they were kids, Ellie and Levi. Levi has his hands full with training the high school football players for a game against one of their biggest rivals. Ellie and her mother run a bakery. Thrown into the mix is Zak, Zoe’s nemesis starting back in seventh grade. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and Zoe makes a couple of surprising discoveries about her nearest and dearest. When a dead body is found, Zoe is determined to root out the perpetrator.

I read a wide variety of books including some very gritty, explicit crime novels, but sometimes I’m in the mood for something sweet. Halloween Hijinks is a clean, cozy mystery that was exactly what I craved, a sweet whodunnit with little violence and sexual content.

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.

Meet Zari Reede at the Houston Polish Festival!

Houston Polish Festival!!!!

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Waiting for Aegina

I didn’t read the first book in this series, but this didn’t diminish my enjoyment of Waiting for Aegina. The story about a circle of dear friends dealing with the repercussions of the decisions made in their lives was compelling and emotionally intense. I kept a box of tissues handy shedding tears in equal measure of joy and sadness. Married to a Greek, I was thrilled with the references and loved the inclusion of recipes.  I heartily recommend this book.

RL Nolen’s Deadly Thyme…

Deadly Thyme

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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I love Naquin’s Monster Haven series. I wasn’t sure if I would like a spin-off. Happily, I really enjoyed it. I also was a big I Dream of Jeannie fan as a kid, so I lived vicariously through Kam. (I haven’t dressed up as a genie yet! ☹) The Toast Genie food truck idea was awesome. I wanted her to yell, “Let them eat toast!” ala Marie Antoinette. Someone’s killing food truck owners. Dead bodies pile up as Kam strives to solve the mystery before all those business men are stuck sitting in the Chick-fil-A drive thru lane half their lunch break.

The Chase…to kill…

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