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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!

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Emma: A Latter-Day Tale by: Rebecca H. Jamsion

cover32286-mediumTitle: Emma: A Latter-Day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamsion
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pages: 256
Format: ebook
Source: Cedar Fort Book Tour

Description:

NOT Looking for Love: Single woman (23) seeks best friend to chat on the phone, shop the clearance racks, watch chick flicks, try out messy cooking projects, and eat Dove dark chocolates.
Emma isn’t so good at the whole life-coaching thing. Her first client ended up with a broken heart and is threatening to relapse into bad habits. Now Emma has problems of her own to deal with, and they all start with one name: Justin.

Justin is her best friend, so it’s hard for Emma not to feel betrayed when she suspects he’s falling for her childhood rival. And she knows she’s losing him despite her best efforts. How is she supposed to help other people when she’s drowning in her own failures?

Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel. Fall in love with Emma’s latter-day tale of redemption, forgiveness, and the quest for true love.

My Thoughts:

This book was fun and interesting to watch all the relationships take form and build up.  The main character Emma decides she wants to be life coach and help a new girl to the neighborhood Harri meet a man to be her husband unfortunately she spends a lot of time messing that up even messing up relationships with her family and friends.  In the end she learns that if she works to life coach properly then she will be successful but she has to make herself happy and really listen to her clientele which she does.

I really enjoy these latter-tales they are so much fun to read about.  I can’t wait to see what Ms. Jamison comes up with next!

Book Spotlight: Untimed by: Andy Gavin

Join Andy Gavin, author of the Young Adult Time Travel/Adventure novel, Untimed, as he tours the blogosphere July 1 – July 26, 2013 on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00004]ABOUT UNTIMED

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can’t remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Yvaine… another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine’s got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.

Purchase your copy at AMAZON

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ABOUT ANDY GAVIN

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

His latest book is the young adult time travel novel, Untimed.

Visit his website at www.andy-gavin-author.com.

Connect with Andy:

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Untimed Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Monday, July 3 – First Chapter Review at Reader Girls

Tuesday, July 4 – First Chapter Reveal at Margay Leah Justice

Wednesday, July 5 – Book reviewed and First Chapter Reveal at Ellis (Reviews and Life)

Thursday, July 6 – Book Featured at Sweeping Me

Monday, July 10 – Book reviewed at The Musings of ALMYBNENR

Monday, July 10 – First Chapter Review at Read 2 Review

Monday, July 10 – First Chapter Reveal at Books and Needlepoint

Tuesday, July 11 – First Chapter Review at Wanted Readers

Wednesday, July 12 – Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Friday, July 14 – Guest blogging at Bibliophilia, Please

Monday, July 17 – Book Reviewed and First Chapter Reveal at Miki’s Hope

Wednesday, July 19 – Book Reviewed at Create with Joy

Monday, July 24 – Book Featured at My Cozie Corner

Monday, July 24 – Book Featured at Book Lover Stop

Monday, July 24 – Book Reviewed at Alexia’s Books and Such

Tuesday, July 25 – Book Reviewed and Character Guest Post at My Book Addiction and More

Wednesday, July 26 – Book Reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Wednesday, July 26 – Book Featured at A Room Without Books is Empty

Thursday, July 27 – Book Reviewed at Review From Here

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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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Allan Leverone Book Featured Parallax View

Join Allan Leverone, author of the thriller, Parallax View, as he tours the blogosphere May 6 – June 28 on his third virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

Allan LeveroneABOUT ALLAN LEVERONE

Allan Leverone is the author of five novels, including the Amazon Top 25 overall paid bestselling thriller, THE LONELY MILE. He is a 2012 Derringer Award winner for excellence in short mystery fiction, as well as a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee. Allan lives in Londonderry, NH with his wife and family, and a cat who has used up eight lives. Visit his website at www.allanleverone.com.

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ParalaxView300dpiABOUT PARALLAX VIEW

It’s late in the Cold War, and the Soviet Union is slowly disintegrating. In the midst of this uncertainty and upheaval, a mysterious group of KGB officials has concocted a desperate plan in an attempt to maintain power. And one beautiful young CIA operative is all that stands between this shadowy cabal and the outbreak of World War Three. Spring, 1987. CIA Special Operations agent Tracie Tanner is tasked with what should be a relatively straightforward mission: deliver a secret communique from Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. After smuggling the document out of East Germany, Tracie believes she is in the clear. She’s wrong. There are shadowy forces at work, influential people who will stop at nothing to prevent the explosive information contained in the letter from reaching the White House. Soon, Tanner is knee-deep in airplane crashes and murder, paired up with a young Maine air traffic controller and on the run for their lives, unsure who she can trust at CIA, but committed to completing her mission, no matter the cost.

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Parallax View Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6 – Book reviewed at Author Rebecca Graf

Wednesday, May 8 – Interviewed at Examiner

Thursday, May 9 -Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Monday, May 13 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, May 15 – Guest blogging at Janna Shay

Thursday, May 16 – Guest blogging at The Book Connection

Monday, May 20 – Book reviewed at Vic’s Media Room

Tuesday, May 21 – Guest blogging at My Cozie Corner

Wednesday, May 22 – Interviewed at Digital Journal

Thursday, May 23 – Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope

Monday, May 27 – Guest blogging at Rainy Day Reviews

Wednesday, May 29 – Book feature at Book Lover Stop

Friday, May 31 – Interviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, June 5 – Interviewed at I’m Shelfish

Monday, June 10 – Book reviewed at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Monday, June 10 – Book featured at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Tuesday, June 11 -Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Thursday, June 13 – Interviewed at Broowaha

Monday, June 17 – Book Featured at Community Book Stop

Tuesday, June 18 – Guest blogging at Allvoices

Wednesday, June 19 – Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, June 20 – 1st Chapter Reveal at Gina’s Library

Friday, June 21 – First Chapter revealed at Rainy Day Reviews

Monday, June 24 – Book reviewed at Create with Joy

Tuesday, June 25 – Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads

Wednesday, June 26 – Book reviewed at Review From Here

Wednesday, June 26 – Book featured at Confessions of a Reader

Thursday, June 27 – Book featured at My Cozie Corner

Thursday, June 27 – Book reviewed at My Reading Table

Friday, June 28 – Book reviewed at My Book Retreat

Friday, June 28 – Book reviewed at Must Read Faster

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The car sped around a corner, and a couple of hundred yards away Tracie could see the control tower and FAA base building. She slowed slightly, trying to come up with some kind of action plan, when a side window in the base building shattered. The glass exploded outward as a metal folding chair flew through the window, followed a heartbeat later by a tumbling body. It looked like Shane Rowley.

He dived through the window and landed on top of the chair, then rolled onto his back and looked up at the window. A second man appeared. The man was older, and as he tried to climb out, his body began to stutter as bullets ripped into him from behind, and then he slumped across the frame.

Shane scrambled to his feet and ran along the narrow alleyway between the base building and the control tower. He burst into the parking lot and ran straight into a man holding a silenced handgun. The man was facing away from Tracie, but she could see him raise the gun and shove the barrel into Shane’s forehead.

And she didn’t hesitate.

She drove her foot to the floor and aimed the Datsun straight at the pair. The gunman didn’t seem to have heard the sound of the little car’s engine, or perhaps didn’t comprehend the significance. Shane was facing the vehicle and Tracie hoped he would understand her intent.

The car leapt forward and the two men grew steadily larger in the windshield. The gunman seemed to be talking, asking Shane a question or maybe threatening him. Nothing in Shane’s demeanor gave away the fact that a speeding car was hurtling toward them. At the last moment Shane dived to the side, just as it seemed to occur to the man in the suit that something was wrong.

Shane hit the pavement and rolled. He disappeared from sight as the Datsun plowed into the man with the gun, catching him in the side with a sickening thud. His body flew up and over the hood. He crashed into the windshield and then tumbled over the roof in an ungainly somersault.

Tracie watched in the rearview mirror as the man dropped onto the pavement and lay still. She slammed on the brakes and skidded to a stop just shy of a big vehicle with U.S. Government plates. Then she jammed the car into reverse and began backing up, one eye on the gunman, still crumpled in an unmoving heap in the middle of the parking lot, one eye searching for Shane.

She spotted him crouched between two parked  cars just as the base building’s front door crashed open and two more men exited the building at a dead run. The men wore suits similar to the downed gunman and each was holding a gun. They turned right and ran toward Tracie and their injured conspirator.

And Shane.

Tracie leaned across the front seat and shoved the passenger door open. “Get in here, now!” she screamed.

Book Tour Allan Leverone

Join Allan Leverone, author of the thriller, Parallax View, as he tours the blogosphere May 6 – June 28 on his third virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

 

Allan LeveroneABOUT ALLAN LEVERONE

Allan Leverone is the author of five novels, including the Amazon Top 25 overall paid bestselling thriller, THE LONELY MILE. He is a 2012 Derringer Award winner for excellence in short mystery fiction, as well as a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee. Allan lives in Londonderry, NH with his wife and family, and a cat who has used up eight lives.

Visit his website at www.allanleverone.com.

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ParalaxView300dpiABOUT PARALLAX VIEW

It’s late in the Cold War, and the Soviet Union is slowly disintegrating.

In the midst of this uncertainty and upheaval, a mysterious group of KGB officials has concocted a desperate plan in an attempt to maintain power.

And one beautiful young CIA operative is all that stands between this shadowy cabal and the outbreak of World War Three.

Spring, 1987. CIA Special Operations agent Tracie Tanner is tasked with what should be a relatively straightforward mission: deliver a secret communique from Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

After smuggling the document out of East Germany, Tracie believes she is in the clear. She’s wrong. There are shadowy forces at work, influential people who will stop at nothing to prevent the explosive information contained in the letter from reaching the White House.

Soon, Tanner is knee-deep in airplane crashes and murder, paired up with a young Maine air traffic controller and on the run for their lives, unsure who she can trust at CIA, but committed to completing her mission, no matter the cost.

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Parallax View Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6 – Book reviewed at Author Rebecca Graf

Wednesday, May 8 – Interviewed at Examiner

Thursday, May 9 -Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Monday, May 13 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, May 15 – Guest blogging at Janna Shay

Thursday, May 16 – Guest blogging at The Book Connection

Monday, May 20 – Book reviewed at Vic’s Media Room

Tuesday, May 21 – Guest blogging at My Cozie Corner

Wednesday, May 22 – Interviewed at Digital Journal

Thursday, May 23 – Book reviewed at Miki’s Hope

Monday, May 27 – Guest blogging at Rainy Day Reviews

Wednesday, May 29 – Book feature at Book Lover Stop

Friday, May 31 – Interviewed at Review From Here

Monday, June 10 – Book reviewed at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Tuesday, June 11 -Book reviewed at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Monday, June 17 – Book trailer revealed at Book Lover Stop

Friday, June 21 – First Chapter revealed at Rainy Day Reviews

Wednesday, June 26 – Book reviewed at Review From Here

 

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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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