Friday, July 3, 2015

Kindle Freebie: Shadow of a Century by Jean Grainger

A journalist in modern New York stumbles across a story from a century earlier when the streets of Dublin were ablaze as men and women fought valiantly for liberation from the British Empire. This is the story of three women.

Mary Doyle was reared by nuns and knows nothing of her parents, except that they were a source of shame. Arriving to Dublin in 1913 at just eighteen years old, she is resigned to facing a lifetime of domestic service. Instead, however, her eyes are opened to the political and social turmoil of a fledgling nation struggling for independence. Suddenly, all that was once inevitable is no longer a certainty as she is embroiled in the very heart of the Easter Rising.

Scarlett O’Hara has overcome many hurdles to get where she is today, not least her name. A successful political analyst, on a reputable New York broadsheet, her seemingly perfect existence goes up in a blaze of media headlines when she makes one catastrophic error of judgement. As she tries to rebuild her life from the wreckage, she has no option but to start at the very beginning again.

Eileen Chiarello is ninety-three years old and she has a story that will draw her back to Ireland, the land her parents fought for and loved so passionately. A chance meeting with Scarlett gives her the opportunity to fulfil a promise she feared she never could.

Shadow of a Century is the story of three women, whose stories are inextricably linked over the span of a century.

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Print Length: 404 pages
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Publication Date: June 3, 2015
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Language: English

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Bargain E-Book: Murder Bay by David R. Horwitz

No one noticed anything suspicious about the death of a wounded soldier at the height of the Civil War—not, that is, until almost a hundred years later.

In 1957, a young Washington, D.C. police sergeant, Ben Carey, heads up a team of officers in a dilapidated house three blocks from the Capitol. Though Carey's career is on the rise, his marriage is circling the drain, and as he spends more time at the office, he discovers there is something not quite right about this decaying old home. It harbors some dark secrets—connecting him to the long-dead soldier and others in ways he can't understand. With his personal life in shambles, and forces from within the house vying for his attention, Carey casts reason aside and begins an investigation to uncover the truth about what happened in this haunted place. As he peels back the layers of history, he finds courage and love, but also deception, greed, jealousy, and murder.

Twisting through time—between an America torn by Civil War and the prosperous 1950s—Murder Bay is a mystery that spans eras and the gulf dividing what can and cannot be explained.

File Size: 1415 KB
Print Length: 285 pages
Publisher: Top Five Books (April 1, 2008)
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

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David R. Horwitz was born in Washington, D.C., the son of a D.C. police officer and a piano teacher. Raised in suburban Maryland, David read voraciously, wrote short stories, and biked into the city whenever he could. He studied journalism and Russian in college, wrote for the school paper, and earned a degree in information systems. In 2000, he and his wife moved to rural Minnesota, where he programmed computers by day and wrote on nights and weekends. David's dream of writing full-time ended when he died in 2004. He left behind his wife of ten years, parents, siblings, and the manuscripts that would become the Ben Carey mystery series. Murder Bay was his first book.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: The Minimum Wage Millionaire by Bill Edgar

The Minimum Wage Millionaire by Bill Edgar is a must have book for every working or soon to be working teenager.

In under 100 pages, Edgar gives the average teen advice on the importance of saving and investing in order to secure his future. From smart saving to investing wisely to never touching your investments and more, The Minimum Wage Millionaire provides young people with the advice they need in a conversational and easy to understand manner. With graphs and full explanations, this book can help put your teen on the road to success.

Also included is a list of resources with additional reading material, information on brokerages and investment advisors, and a list of career websites.

If there was any book that should be required reading in high school, this is it.

File Size: 823 KB
Print Length: 80 pages
Publisher: Bill Edgar; 1 edition (April 14, 2014)
Publication Date: April 14, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

I received a copy of this book from the author's publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Review: Dead Reckoning by Caitlin Rother

A frightening, yet fascinating story of greed, deceit, and murder can be found in Dead Reckoning.

This is a true crime investigative account by Pulitzer Prize nominee Caitlin Rother. She lays out the story of Skylar Deleon, a former child star, who along with his wife and others plots to kill a retired couple and steal their yacht.

Dead Reckoning is a chilling story. It reveals the horrible evil this world can contain. It leaves the reader wondering: are killers born or are they made? A life of abuse was all that Skylar Deleon knew. Did that turn him into the greedy, immoral person who could hatch a plot to steal the Hawkses' yacht and throw them overboard while they were still alive?

Or was it the influence of his wife, Jennifer? Was Skylar willing to do anything to please her--even murder?

I've been fascinated by true crime stories for decades, and this is one of the best told books I've ever read. Rother covers all sides to this story. The reader learns about the Hawks family; Skylar and Jennifer and their families; the detectives on the case; the attorneys on both sides of the case; the family of Jon Jarvi--another of Skylar's victims, and Skylar's co-conspirators. The end of the book includes an interview Rother had with Skylar in prison.

If you enjoy true crime, Dead Reckoning by Caitlin Rother is one book you shouldn't miss.

Series: Pinnacle True Crime
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786022175
ISBN-13: 978-0786022175

I received a free copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

On Sale Now!: Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush

In January of 2013 I had the pleasure of reading Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush. With an updated cover, this Kindle book is currently on sale for only 99 cents. You have to grab it! I loved this book. It is superb. You can read my thoughts here.

1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.

Belle Richards, a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read, cleans, cooks and holds together her family’s meager property. A violent brother and a drunken father plot to marry her off, and gain a new horse in the bargain. But Belle’s got other plans, and risks her life to reach them.

Reed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting, but wheelchair bound, is unable to protect her from violence. Bleak times will challenge Reed and Belle's courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.

File Size: 578 KB
Print Length: 299 pages
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Publisher: Holly Bush Books (February 21, 2014)
Publication Date: February 21, 2014
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Language: English

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Review: You Won't Remember This by Kate Blackwell

In this powerful collection of stories, author Kate Blackwell has opened hearts to deep human emotion. Her characters are so genuine they seem real. There are struggles: a southern bride with her list of books pining for a lost love; a mysterious letter telling of an illicit affair; a single mother trying to stay clean.

Eloquently written, deeply moving, and filled with raw emotion, You Won't Remember This is literary fiction at its best. Lovers of Southern fiction, women's fiction, and exquisite short stories will be drawn to this book's pages.

Highly recommended.

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Bacon Press Books (April 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0986306010
ISBN-13: 978-0986306013

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I received a copy of this book through Pump Up Your Book virtual book tours. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Spotlight: You Won't Remember This by Kate Blackwell

The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell’s debut collection illuminate the lives of men and women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode quietly on the page. Her wry, often darkly funny voice describes the repressed underside of a range of middle-class characters living in the South. Blackwell’s focus is elemental—on marriage, birth, death, and the entanglements of love at all ages—but her gift is to shine a light on these universal situations with such lucidity, it is as if one has never seen them before.

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I haven't quite finished reading this short story collection yet, so I figured I would post a spotlight today and my review on Friday. It's spring season for the housing market, so my time is a bit more limited than usual. 

What I have read was very enjoyable and engaging. Can't wait to finish this one. Check back on Friday for my full review.

KATE BLACKWELL worked as a journalist and editor before turning full-time to fiction. Her first collection, YOU WON’T REMEMBER THIS, was published in hardback in 2007 by Southern Methodist University Press.  Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, including Agni, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Carve, The Literary Review, The Greensboro Review, Sojourner, and So To Speak. She lives in Washington, DC.

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