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Mr. Monk Helps Himself by: Hy Conrad

16158523Title: Mr. Monk Helps Himself
Author: Hy Conrad
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pages: 286
Series: Mr Monk
Format: Hardcover
Source: Book Tour

Description:
Now that Monk and Natalie are both in San Francisco again, life is almost back to normal for the duo, with one exception: Natalie is studying for her PI license, the last step to becoming Monk’s full partner.

Before taking the plunge, Natalie sneaks off to Half Moon Bay for a retreat run by Miranda Bigley, charismatic leader of the Best Possible Me self-help program, whose philosophy has helped Natalie deal with her recent life changes. But her plans for a relaxing weekend away are disrupted when Monk tracks her down, determined to rescue her from the cult.” Their argument is cut short when Miranda, in full view of everyone, calmly walks to the edge of a cliff and jumps off.

Even though Miranda’s death looks like suicide—especially when it’s discovered that she was on the brink of financial disaster—Natalie is sure it is murder. But Monk brushes her off to help the SFPD solve the murder of a clown, despite his coulrophobia, or fear of clowns—number ninety-nine on his list of one hundred phobias.

As Natalie and Monk begin their separate investigations, they are quickly caught up in many precarious situations, but if they want to figure out whodunit, they will have to find a way to become true partners….

My Thoughts:

I felt like reading this book was going back to the television shows and reminded me so much of Adrian and Natalie’s banter from television which I think is great when a writer can continue what was done on tv.  This one follows Natalie as she is trying to pass the P.I. test to become a licensed private investigator.  She goes off on a retreat at Half Moon Bay and not long into that her self help guru has committed suicide but Natalie doesn’t buy it something doesn’t add up.  Meanwhile Monk is dealing with a murder of his own when a Clown ends up dead, for Monk this is a huge deal as he has an OCD to Clowns.

Like any Monk story this one has all the makings of a great story.  We get to see Leland the head of the police department and how he has to get Monk on board to deal with the clown death, and how no one is buying into Natalie’s theories on the guru death. This one had all sorts of great ups and downs and very true to Monk fashion in the end we get the “this is how it happened” that everyone loves!  I am definitely going to check out all the Monk books as I am a huge fan of the tv show and miss it dearly!

The Little Sparrow Named Too by: E. Dantes

My Review:

This was a great kids book about a bird that is named Too and wants to fly like other birds but his wings are long enough so he tries to make them bigger by using other feathers, gum from under shoes and other things to secure the wings, but once he is up really high he finds his new wings falling apart!  Which sends him soaring to the ground but all is not lost as Too will find a way.

The pictures in this book are great really well illustrated!

Join E. Dantes, author of the children’s picture book, The Little Sparrow Named Too, as he tours the blogosphere July 1 – August 30, 2013 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

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The Little Sparrow Named TooABOUT THE LITTLE SPARROW NAMED TOO

The series of “TOO” focuses around a sparrow hatchling who is new to life and keen to explore it. He is clever though strong-willed which means he always getting “in” and “out” of trouble – especially when he has a bright idea! Each of the books will broach everyday parental / childcare issues helping children understand the importance of parental guidance and social respect.

Purchase your copy at iTunes

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ABOUT E. DANTES

Hi, I’m Dantes, the author of a new series of illustrated children’s books about a little sparrow named “Too”.

Due to my father’s job, my early years were spent running barefoot around the wildernesses of the world and though it gave me a rich appreciation of “Bonne Terre” – literacy came a little later than most. Yet every night literature was still there, with either my mother or father reading a bedtime story.

Concerned with my education, my parents made the hard decision to ship me off to boarding school. During those first long nights away from home, I suffered incredible homesickness and that’s when I discovered the magic of words. Reading the same books I had heard at bedtime somehow made me feel closer to home and in those familiar paragraphs my pangs slipped away. To this day good books are still both my joy and my solace.

The Adventures of Too book series is my “thank you” to children’s literature and it carries only one hope, that a new generation of readers feel the same lasting connection to books as I do.

Find out more about the author at the different places below:

Book Website:
http://www.toosparrow.com

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The Little Sparrow Named Too Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, July 1 – Book reviewed and 1st chapter reveal at Ellis (Reviews and Life)

Tuesday, July 2 – 1st chapter reveal at Miki’s Hope

Wednesday, July 3 – Book reviewed at Book Lover Stop

Wednesday, July 3 – 1st chapter reveal at Parenting 2.0

Friday, July 5 – Book reviewed and interviewed at My Devotional Thoughts

Monday, July 8 – Book featured at Read 2 Review

Wednesday, July 10 – Book featured at Faerotic Prose

Thursday, July 11 – Picture reveal at My Devotional Thoughts

Friday, July 12 – Guest blogging at 4 the Love of Books

Friday, July 19 – Book reviewed at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Wednesday, July 24 – Picture reveal at Melissa’s Midnight Musings

Wednesday, July 24 – Book reviewed at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit

Thursday, July 25 – Guest blogging at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Friday, July 26 – Book featured at Parenting 2.0

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Wedding Belles by: Beth Albright

17251447Title: Wedding Belles
Author: Beth Albright
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 336
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

The Sassy Belles are back

and this time, wedding bells are ringing!

Seven months pregnant and head over heels in love, Vivi Ann McFadden is busy pulling together the final details for her wedding to Lewis Heart, famous play-by-play announcer for the Crimson Tide. But with two wedding-planners-gone-wild, a psychic giving her advice, and the ceremony happening on the same day as the wildly popular Crimson Tide kickoff game, chaos reigns supreme. Luckily, maid of honor Blake O’Hara Heart is on the job. She’ll tackle this wedding if it’s the last thing she does!

But not everyone is cheering for the happy couple. News of the upcoming nuptials has brought Lewis’s old flame back to Tuscaloosa and she’s got a secret that could mean the end of Lewis’s marriage before it even begins.

Sexy Southern funwith a hint of magnolia!

My Thoughts:

Vivi McFadden is getting ready to get married and have her first baby with her fiance Lewis Heart, but what she doesn’t know is that he’s already married. Part of some hazing in college he got roped into a “fake wedding” but what he doesn’t realize is how real it was.

Also Blake O’Hara who’s all but divorced her no good jerky husband except he’s running for office and now she has to play the happy wife who isn’t stepping out on her no good jerk of a husband with Sonny a chief homicide detective. A man she loved since she was a young belle.

Also while all this is going on Blake is also working on a murder case of her client’s family of Walter Aaron’s who are fighting with insurance company to get his death benefits. Which opens all sorts of issues as to who would want to kill him? Or why he got a secret marriage all of the sudden and then died. And who is the mysterious bride Mrs. Tamlyn H. Hartman Aaron?

This book was so much fun I felt like I was reading similar books I’ve read by Sherryl Woods her magnolia series, I would definitely put this book in with those. I love southern women stories, they have such character, dedication and lots of love to share! Definitely my new go to author for southern books and fun characters! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

The Diva Frosts A Cupcake by: Krista Davis

15810844Title: The Diva Frosts A Cupcake
Author: Krista Davis
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 304
Series: A Domestic Diva #7
Format: ebook
Source: Nook Book
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

Revenge is sweet… Sophie Winston and her BFF, Nina Reid Norwood, share a sweet spot for animals. So Sophie is delighted to help when Nina cooks up Cupcakes and Pupcakes—a fundraising event for animal shelters. All the local bakeries will be selling treats, with the profits going to pups and kitties in need. But Old Town is in for a whole batch of trouble when a cupcake war erupts between two bakeries… Tongues wag and tempers rise when a partner leaves Sugar Baby Bakery and unveils her competing cupcakery, Sugar Mama, precisely as the fundraiser gets under way. Just as it seems nothing else can go wrong, Sugar Baby’s sole remaining employee is found dead. Suspicion falls on the feuding owners, but the scrumptious new guy in town is also raising some eyebrows. Now Sophie and Nina have to sift through the clues and discover who isn’t as sweet as they seem…

My Thoughts:

Sophie is back and helping her BFF Nina with a cupcake and pupcakes fundraiser event to promote adoption of animals. And there is so much more going on, first Sophie has a run in with Clarissa who accuses Sophie of sleeping with her husband, although this seems to be a running issue through out the whole book. Clarissa can’t seem to get the point that just cause she was with Wolf at one point doesn’t mean she’s a husband stealer.

Then someone steals a dog who Spencer the husband of Clarrissa was interested in adopting. The girls set out to find the missing pup. Not long into this book does it take for a murder to take place when Renee’s assistant Muffin winds up dead and found by Humphrey and Sophie. Which has everyone’s jaws flapping to figure out who had it out for Muffin. Then someone is poisoning General Euclid German, with cupcakes, which cuts short the black tie event for adoptions of pets.

At the same time someone drugged Joy who use to work with Renee but since has opened her own cupcakery. And this results with some crazy hallucinations by Joy. Luckily she is rescued by all the attendants at the black tie event.

Then to make things even more confusing and asking more questions Humphrey later that same night is arrested for larceny for stealing a valuable cupcake. It’s up to Sophie, Humphrey, Nina, Francine, and everyone else to find out what is happening in Old Town.

This book had so much going on what I loved is that for once Sophie got to step back and do other things and not be baking the days away. That was a nice change to see her doing other things I especially loved the theme of cupcakes and pupcakes. It was also nice to see that Natasha is not as good at something that Sophie is great at taking care of animals. Natasha adopted Martha and the two never connected no matter how hard Natasha tried to force the issue. It was great to see Sophie excel at something where Natasha can’t.

The part that I think is needing to be addressed is the relationship between Mars, Sophie and Natasha. A few books ago Sophie and Mars had a heated kiss which seemed to go nowhere, and in this book it was obvious that Natasha is alienating people, including embarrassing Mars and it would be nice to see what comes of this issue. Is Mars regretting divorcing Sophie? Does he still pine for her? Will they get back together? They seem to mesh well so I’m wondering if the divorce was a mistake? Also I think Natasha doesn’t need to go to the point she goes to making Sophie feel bad when she gets insulted all the time by her. Natasha just rubs me the wrong way, but there are so many good parts to the story so I deal with the annoying Natasha the main diva of the stories. I don’t really consider Sophie a Diva as much as Natasha.

All in all a great book I enjoyed and was well worth the purchase I made. It definitely made a great book to read for spring going into summer!

What a Ghoul Wants by: Victoria Laurie

17312441Title: What A Ghoul Wants
Author: Victoria Laurie
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 352
Series: Ghoul Hunter Mystery #7
Format: Nook ebook
Source: Barnes & Noble
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

M. J. Holliday has the unusual ability to talk to the dead. But when it comes to a vengeful ghost and a mysterious drowning, this time she may be in over her head….

THAT SINKING FEELING

Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored to be haunted by a deadly ghost—the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster.

Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living. The local inspector suspects father-son serial killers, but M. J. thinks that theory is all wet. To catch the true culprit she will need to dive deep into the castle’s past and bring some long buried secrets to the surface.

My Thoughts:

Usually M.J, Heath, Gilley, Gopher, Meg, Kim and John end up dealing with ghosts that have severe issues but nothing they have done up to this point would have them prepared for what they deal with in this book. Besides Ghost Busting they also are dealing with a serial killer, who seems to be targeting men.

This book had so much suspense and action and one severely ticked off ghost who is out to collect as many souls as possible chaining them to her. When M.J and Heath end up in the hospital M.J. decides that they need to free the souls attached to this evil ghost.

They also end up solving the mysterious murders with the help of Clarence a ghost who was killed by someone other than the ghost.

I love this series going back to see how the gang is doing and watching M.J’s relationship with Heath in this one Gilley gets a love interest how long it lasts is anyone’s guess.

Crossing by: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

17568564Title: Crossing
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

He stole her lipstick…and her heart.

Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.

When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book which started out with Dani Walker who’s the girl that never seems to get the “IT” guy the popular, attractive guy that the popular girls get. When she meets Liam Garrett she wonders why he’s picking her out of all the girls at school to hook up with.

What Dani learns are the secrets of Liam and why he’s not just with any girl. It was such a great love story, showing diversity and acceptance. Learning to love and accept what you may not know about some people their hidden secrets and such.

I think everyone young adult around the 18 year mark should check out this book and learn the valuable lessons Dani learns it’s such a great romantic story!

Cold Killing by: Luke Delaney

ColdKilling_Banner16248193Title: Cold Killing
Author: Luke Delaney
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 437
Series: D.I Sean Corrigan #1
Format: Arc Paperback
Source: Partners In Crime Book Tour
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Description:

Terrifyingly authentic, London-set debut crime novel with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

DI Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. The terrible abuse he suffered in childhood hasn’t stopped him enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters, or pursuing an impressive career with South London’s Murder Investigation Unit. But it has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others – a darkness he recognizes still exists deep within his own psyche and battles to keep buried there. Now Sean’s on the trail of the most dangerous killer he’s ever encountered. The perpetrator has no recognizable MO, leaves no forensic evidence and his victims have nothing in common. But Sean knows they were all murdered by the same man. Now all he has to do is find the evidence, convince his bosses and stop the killing …before his adversary gets too close to home…

My Thoughts:

Early in this book we walk through the crime with the murderer as he kills a young man named Daniel Graydon who was a gay man who charged his clients for sexual services.  Next we get meet D. I Sean Corrigan who has this ability to know what the killer thinks and how he killed his victim.  All clues lead to one killer, but Corrigan is positive that their suspect has committed crimes before.  Even though his record appears squeaky clean Corrigan’s gut says there is more to this than meets the eye.

This book takes place in South London, which has different lingo but still a great story with fabulous characters and makes you wonder to what extent will Corrigan and his team go to get their bad guy.  This book was full of action and a big case of cat and mouse chase.  This book would be great for anyone who loves James Patterson’s Private series or British based crime books.  Definitely a great read and really entertaining.  I loved it.

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