Sunday, February 28, 2010

Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton



Becca Robins leads a simple life, making jams and preserves on her very own farm. But when there's a murder in her quaint little town, she puts herself in the line of fire to defend her friend's innocence-and goes from making jam to being in one.

Books Read in February

  • Caught by Harlan Coben
  • Deception by Jonathan Kellerman
  • How To Host A Killer Party by Penny Warner
  • Innocent by Scott Turow
  • Looking For A Love Story by Louise Shaffer
  • Motherhood is Murder by Diana Orgain
  • Pretty In Ink by Karen Olson
  • Reckless by Andrew Gross
  • Silent Scream by Karen Rose
  • The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

Friday, February 26, 2010

Book Giveway - Blood Vines by Erica Spindler - ARC


Blood Vines by Erica Spindler

When Alexandra Clarkson starts having terrifying visions filled with blood and ceremonial images, she tries to find a rational explanation – maybe her mind is playing tricks on her, resurrecting creepy tableaux from her research on religious ceremonies and sects. But when Alex’s mother, Patsy, commits suicide without leaving behind any information, Alex is left wondering: could she be haunted by something from the childhood she doesn’t remember?

Naked, writhing bodies…


Detective Daniel Reed was the last person to speak to Patsy. What he reveals to Alex is shocking. Twenty-five years earlier, Patsy was married to Harlan Sommer, one of Sonoma County’s most prominent vintners, when their infant son disappeared without a trace. The loss destroyed the Sommers’ marriage, causing Patsy to leave and take Alex with her.

A dead child…

Called on to investigate the identity of a baby’s remains unearthed in a Sonoma vineyard, Reed had picked up a trail that led him to Patsy in San Francisco. Now Reed and Alex both wonder if the cold bones could be her baby brother Dylan, and Alex decides to accompany Reed back to Sonoma for the investigation. No sooner does she arrive, however, than she is drawn deep into the search for a twisted killer…

Release date: March 2, 2010

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Friday Fill-Ins


And...here we go!

1. A cup of tea always warms me up.

2. Love & laughter makes a place feel like home.

3. Everything has its beauty you just have to look for it.

4. I love the taste of strawberries?

5. Art makes me cringe.

6. LOL I just noticed I forgot to unlock the door to the building to let people in.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to catching up on TV and relaxing, tomorrow my plans include a waxing, pedicure, reading and relaxing and Sunday, I want to read, relax and sleep!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum (ARC)

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

As a teenager, Karena Jorge had always been the one to look out for her twin brother Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder. But as Charles begins to refuse medication and his manic tendencies worsen, Karena finds herself caught between her loyalty to her brother and her fear for his life. Always obsessed with the weather - enraptured by its magical unpredictability that seemed to mirror his own impulses - Charles starts chasing storms, and his behavior grows increasingly erratic....until a terrifying storm chases with Karena ends with deadly consequences, tearing the twins apart and changing both of their lives forever.

Two decades later, Karena gets a call from a psychiatric ward n Wichita, Kansas, to come pick up her brother, whom she hasn't seen or spoken to for twenty years. She soon discovers that Charles has lied to the doctors, taken medication that could make him dangerously manic, and disappeared again. Having exhausted every resource to try and track him down, Karena realizes she has only one last chance of finding him; the storms. Wherever the tornadoes are, that's where he'll be. Karena joins a team of professional storm-chasers - passionate adventures who will transform her life and give her a chance at love and redemption - and embarks on an odyssey to find her brother before he reveals the violent secret from their past and does more damage to himself....or to someone else.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

W..W....W.... Wednesdsay


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

What am I currently reading? ~

Innocent by Scott Turow (ARC) ~ The much anticipated sequel to Presumed Innocent featuring Rusty Sabitch and Tommy Molto. How does one not learn from the sins of his past????? Release date: May 4, 2010









What did I recently finish reading?

How to Host a Killer Party: A Party-Planning Mystery (Party Planning Mystery) by Penny Warner ~ Presley Parker has no idea that the surprise wedding party she's hosting for the mayor at Alcatraz will turn into a murder investigation that may leave her locked up for good. A cute start to a new series.







What do I plan on reading next?

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum (ARC) ~ The latest book from the author of Those Who Save Us detailing the lives of twins Karena & Charles whose lives are irrevocably changed one night while chasing a storm. I have been waiting and waiting for this book and can not wait to start it.













Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina

A CAR CRASHES IN WYOMING . . .

A young mother is thrown clear of the devastating car crash. Dazed, she sees a figure pull her infant son from the flames. Or does she? The police believe it's a case of trauma playing cruel tricks on the mind, until the night the grief-stricken woman hears a voice through the phone, "Your baby is alive."

A BOMB EXPLODES IN A RIO DE JANEIRO CAFE . . .

The heinous act kills ten people including two journalists with the World Press Alliance news agency. Jack Gannon's first international assignment is to find out whether his colleagues were innocent victims or targets who got too close to a huge story.

A CARIBBEAN CRUISE ENDS IN HORROR . . .

Doctors are desperate to identify the mysterious cause of a cruise ship passenger's agonizing death. They turn to the world's top scientists who determine that someone has resurrected their long-buried secret research. Research that is now being used as a deadly weapon. With millions of lives at stake, experts work frantically against time. And as an anguished mother searches for her child and Jack Gannon pursues the truth, an unstoppable force hurls them all into the panic zone.

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira
  • ISBN-10: 0778327949 / 978-0778327943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327943
  • Release date: June 29, 2010
  • Amazon price: $9.99


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesday


It’s that time of week again, everyone, and time for the Tuesday Teaser.
Again the reminder of what this is all about. We are asked to:
  1. Grab your current read.
  2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
  3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
  5. And again remember – avoid spoilers.
Here's mine ~

A man is sitting on the bed. He is my father. The body of a woman is beneath the covers. She was my mother.

This teaser comes from Innocent by Scott Turow. What's YOUR teaser??

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Innocent by Scott Turow (ARC)

Innocent by Scott Turow

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

Twenty years have passed, and here we are again. Rusty Sabich has once again been accused of murder. This time it's not his mistress who they're claiming he killed, but the wife he'd been married to for over 30 years. One morning Rusty wakes up to find his wife dead beside him in bed. Does he call the police? Coroner? His son? Not right away - and not for the first 24 hours. Why? Is he spending the time concealing evidence, or is he just in a state of shock?

Rusty Sabich has come a long way since he was a married chief deputy prosecutor accused of the rape and murder of the colleague he had an affair with (see Presumed Innocent.) While he is not convicted of the horrific act, the reader is left wondering - Did he or didn't he do it? Fast forward twenty years and Rusty is the Chief Judge for the Appellate Court for Kindle County. He is also a candidate for the state Supreme Court in the next year's election, not to mention turning the big 6-0. He and Barbara are still married, although not very happily. Barbara suffers from severe depression and just about anything can set her off. With all of this going on, Rusty once again makes the fatal mistake of turning to someone else for comfort. And with love, lust, and deceit comes sadness, destruction, and devastation.

Nat, Barbara & Rusty's son, is a lawyer as well. He prefers to teach law rather than practice. Growing up in a tense, emotionally charged home has left him quiet, distant and aloof. But will finding the right girl and falling in love bring him back to the land of the living? Anna is the woman that Nat falls in love with. She also happens to be Rusty's former law clerk. She initially fights her attraction to Nat, but soon realizes she can't go against what every fiber of her being is telling her. But could the secret she holds destroy both of their lives forever? Jim Brand is now the chief deputy prosecutor of Kindle County with an ax to grind and bite on Rusty's a** sharper than any pit bull with a bone. He will stop at nothing to put Rusty in jail once and for all. But just how far will he go? Will he cross that line? Is this deja vu all over again? Finally, Tommy Molto is back as the acting prosecuting attorney. When Brand comes to him with the news that Sabich's wife is dead, and at first deeming to be from natural causes, Tommy won't take the bait. Brand just knows there is more to the story and pushes Tommy until he caves, but warns him to proceed discreetly and with caution. No one, not even Tommy with a new wife and baby, wants a repeat of twenty years ago. They're either going to let it go or nail his butt to the wall. Tommy will not be shamed again, especially by Rusty Sabich.

So begins a tale of intrigue, romance, lies, betrayal, sex, murder, lust, and intense courtroom scenes that will completely capture your attention. Your opinion on whether or not Rusty is guilty to see-saw back and forth with every question asked. What I loved most about this book was how well it kept me guessing about not only whether or not Sabich did the murder, but also whether or not he will be convicted of the crime - this time! Rusty has an explanation for every single shred of "evidence" that the prosecution has. But is the explanation the truth, or just clever, yet completely plausible answers to cover up what really happened to his wife. The stunning conclusion will have you wondering if for once you've been told the truth, or if you've been lied to once again.



Scott Turow

Release date: May 4, 2010

Click here to pre-order your copy today. You don't want to miss out on this one!


FTC Full Disclose - The publisher sent me this book, in hopes I would review it.

How To Host A Killer Party by Penny Warner


Presley Parker was just happy to get her party planning business off the ground. Now she's gotten the gig of the year, planning Mayor Davin Green's sumptuous "surprise" wedding for his socialite fiancée, to be held on Alcatraz.

But when the bride is found floating in the bay and the original party planner is found murdered, Presley becomes the prime suspect. If the attractive crime scene cleaner, Brad Matthews, doesn't help her tidy her reputation, she'll be exchanging her formal wear for prison stripes...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book Giveaway - The Red Thread by Ann Hood (ARC)




“In China there is a belief that people who are destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. Who is at the end of your red thread?” After losing her infant daughter in a freak accident, Maya Lange opens The Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing baby girls from China with American families. Maya finds some comfort in her work, until a group of six couples share their personal stories of their desire for a child. Their painful and courageous journey toward adoption forces her to confront the lost daughter of her past. Brilliantly braiding together the stories of Chinese birth mothers who give up their daughters, Ann Hood writes a moving and beautifully told novel of fate and the red thread that binds these characters’ lives. Heartrending and wise, The Red Thread is a stirring portrait of unforgettable love and yearning for a baby. .

To enter to win, simply fill out the form below.


The contest is open to USA residents only!

The contest will end on March 2nd.




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Deception by Jonathan Kellerman

Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help—to whoever may be listening—comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.’s most prestigious prep schools. With Elise now dead by uncertain means, homicide detective Milo Sturgis is assigned to probe the hallowed halls of Windsor Prep Academy. And if ever he could use Dr. Alex Delaware’s psychological prowess, it’s now.

From the get-go, this case promises to be an uphill climb for truth and a down and dirty fight for justice. Allegations of rape, assault, and possibly murder at this esteemed institution renowned for molding Ivy Leaguers make for a social and political time bomb—especially given that one of the students has connections high up in City Hall. As the scandal-conscious elite of L.A.

close ranks around Windsor Prep, Alex and Milo must penetrate the citadel of wealth and scholarship to expose the hidden anguish, dirty secrets, and deadly sins festering among society’s manor-born. But power and position are not easily surrendered, for that’s when the best and the brightest turn brutal and ugly. Searching for predators among the privileged, Alex and Milo may well be walking into a highly polished death trap.

Release date: March 30th

W..W....W.... Wednesdsay

W..W....W.... Wednesdsay


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?

What am I currently reading? ~

Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (ARC) ~ I've always been a huge fan of Alex & Milo and can't wait to see what goes on in this 25th book in the series. (Release date 3/30/10)









What did I recently finish reading?

Caught by Harlan Coben (ARC) ~ AMAZING! I am a huge fan and this book certainly did not let me down. While it's not a Myron Bolitar book, it does stand solidly on it's own. (Release date 3/23/10)









What do I plan on reading next?

Innocent by Scott Turow (ARC) ~ The long awaited sequel to Presumed Innocent brings back Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto, once again pitted against each other when Rusty's wife dies suddenly. This is one highly anticipated book! (Release date 5/4/10)

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Grace Under Pressure (Manor of Murder Mysteries, No. 1) by Julie Hyzy

Everyone wants a piece of millionaire Bennett Marshfield, owner of Marshfield Manor, but now it's up to new curator Grace Wheaton and handsome groundskeeper Jack Embers to protect dear old Marshfield. But to do this, they'll have to investigate a botched Ponzi scheme, some torrid Wheaton family secrets--and sour grapes out for revenge.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • ISBN-10: 0425235211 / 9780425235218
  • Release date: June 1, 2010
  • Amazon price: $7.99



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday



It’s that time of week again, everyone, and time for the Tuesday Teaser.
Again the reminder of what this is all about. We are asked to:
  1. Grab your current read.
  2. Let the book fall open to a random page.
  3. Share two teaser sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  4. Share the title of the book that the “teaser” comes from, so people can find the book if they like the teaser.
  5. And again remember – avoid spoilers.
Here's mine ~

"Do you know any other way? This isn't about bloodlust or violence either. We are all human beings, but if you do something like this - if your own genetics or pathetic life are so messed up that you need to harm a child - well, the most humane thing to you can do is put a man down."

This teaser comes from Caught by Harlan Coben. What's YOUR teaser?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Caught by Harlan Coben - ARC


Caught by Harlan Coben


17-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate—and nationally televised—sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.

In a novel that challenges as much as it thrills, filled with the astonishing tension and unseen suburban machinations that have become Coben’s trademark, Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realizes she can’t trust her own instincts about this story—or the motives of the people around her.

What happens when the consequences of well-meaning choices inadvertently result in the cost of human life? What happened to just trusting your instincts?


Wendy Tynes is a new reporter doing a story on pedophiles who prey on young children on the Internet (think To Catch a Predator.) Pretending to be a teenage girl, Wendy lures Dan Mercer, a social worker with no family and very few friends, to the decoy house, springing the cameras and accusations at him. Dan, thinking he was coming to the aid of one of the children he counsels, flees the scene. At the preliminary hearing Dan's lawyer does some fancy footwork and gets the charges dismissed. Meanwhile Wendy is approached by Ed Grayson, the father of one of Dan's "victims". He wants Wendy to help him find Dan so that he can seek his own brand of justice. Because he knows the town hates him, Dan goes into hiding. While in hiding, Dan contacts Wendy and asks her to meet. He tells her that he was set up and wants her help in figuring out who set him up. Because she starts to have some doubts about Dan's guilt, Wendy agrees to the meeting. But unbeknownst to her is followed by Ed Grayson. What happens next will rock her to her core, yet at the same time will be very hard to prove.

Hailey McWaid is a beautiful, popular, happy teenager who vanishes one night. The anguish her parents feel is palpable throughout the p
ages of the book. How can a girl with everything going for her just disappear? They do their best to convince the police that she is not a runway and that something terrible has happened to her. Not only is the community devastated by the actions of Dan Mercer, they are trying to understand how a 17 -year -old girl can just disappear. Her parents struggle to go on for the sake of their other children, but can't live without knowing what has happened to their beloved Hailey.

Jenna Wheeler is Dan's ex-wife and closest friend. Dan is the g-dfather to her youngest child and babysits often. When the charges against Dan are leveled, she is the first one to defend him at the expense of her own reputation. She knows that he is not capable of the horrific things they are accusing him of. Will defending her ex force Jenna to flee to a place where no one knows her and w
hat she's been through?

Something about both the Dan Mercer story and Hailey's disappearance bothers Wendy. And when Hailey's phone is found in Dan's motel room, she thinks maybe her instinct was wrong and she is missing something. So, being the investigative reporter she is, she starts digging. She finds a sinister connection between Dan and his former college roommates. All of whom have had their lives destroyed in one way or another and all who claim they have been set up. Could Wendy have been so wrong about Dan, causing the vigilante execution of an innocent man? The shocking information Wendy turns up will bring both closure to some while de
stroying others.

Caught is filled with so many twists and turns you will swear you're on a roller coaster ride. Just when you think you have things figured out, a twist is thrown at you that takes things in a completely different direction with a
stunning conclusion you will never see coming. Is everything really as it seems? Make sure you pre-order a copy of this book, because you don't want to be the only one Caught not reading it.




Mailbox Monday


Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.
We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week.

Here's what I got ~

What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1) by Victoria Laurie ~ M.J., her partner Gilley, and their client, the wealthy, de-lish Dr. Steven Sable, are at his family's lodge, where his grandfather allegedly jumped to his death from the roof-although Sable says it was foul play. But the patriarch's isn't the only ghost around. The place is lousy with souls, all with something to get off their ghoulish chests. Now M.J. will have to to quell the clamor-and listen for a voice with the answers...

Looking for a Love Story: A Novel by Louise Shaffer (ARC) ~ In Louise Shaffer’s delightfully charming new novel, a hopeless romantic (and author adrift) searches for a happy ending—and decides to write her own love story. After the success of her first novel, Love, Max—an irresistibly funny look at divorce as seen through a dog’s eyes—Francesca’s fictional saga becomes real when her sexy photographer husband bails on her. The good news is that Francesca gets custody of their apartment and their dog—an adoring scamp who has mastered the art of unconditional love. Still, a girl and her dog have to eat, so a desperate search for income leads Francesca to Chicky, a spunky, red-haired octogenarian who wants Francesca to write the memoirs of her parents, Joe and Ellie, who toured the vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s. Francesca is reluctant to take the job, but Chicky’s tales soon lure her into a showbiz era as irresistible and unlikely as the love story that unfolds. As she re-creates Joe and Ellie’s story, Francesca reflects, with hilarious honesty, on her own childhood and marriage—and discovers how to put the pieces of her life back together in a way that redefines herself and the true meaning of family and love.

Silent Scream by Karen Rose (ARC) ~ When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken. David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close--and is moving in for the kill.

Innocent by Scott Turow (ARC) ~ The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

Cook the Books by Jessica Conant-Park and Susan Conant ~ Chloe Carter desperately needs a job, so she takes one assisting a cookbook writer. Unfortunately it stirs up painful memories of her ex- boyfriend Josh, who left her for Hawaii. While compiling a book of recipes from Boston's top chefs, she comes in contact with one of Josh's friends, Digger. Chloe manages to stay cool until later she finds Digger's apartment charred-with Digger in it. Not believing that an expert chef would die from a grease fire, she sets about looking for Digger's killer. But things get sticky when the tragedy brings Josh back to Boston-and back into Chloe's life.

Caught by Harlan Coben (ARC) ~ 17-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst. Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate—and nationally televised—sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined. In a novel that challenges as much as it thrills, filled with the astonishing tension and unseen suburban machinations that have become Coben’s trademark, Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realizes she can’t trust her own instincts about this story—or the motives of the people around her.

The Garden of Betrayal by Lee Vance (ARC) ~ After a stunning debut with Restitution, Vance makes a triumphant return: a whip-smart, fast-paced, and eerily timely thriller that ties the 2008 global economic meltdown and international energy wars to the heartbreaking story of one family’s loss and slow re-formation. Manhattan, 2002: Mark Wallace appears to have it all—married to the love of his life with two bright, beautiful children and a job that keeps them all living in style—until one winter night when his twelve-year-old son, Kyle, is snatched off the street. Seven years later: Kyle was never found, and the loss has almost destroyed the Wallaces’ marriage, as well as Mark’s career. Personal connections have enabled him to recast himself as an energy consultant to the hedge fund community. Now, on the same day that a natural gas pipeline in remote western Russia is blown up by suspected terrorists, a new lead opens up in the case of Kyle’s disappearance. When a colleague slips him classified information on Saudi oil production and then suddenly commits suicide, it remains for Mark, with the help of his tech-savvy daughter and still-grieving wife, to find the sinister connections between everything that’s happening.

Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel by Kathy Cano-Murillo ~ With glue guns, glitter, twigs, or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary . . . especially at La Pachanga. Owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family, the restaurant has a rep for two things: good food and great art. La Pachanga brings people together-even when it looks like they couldn't be further apart. One ill-fated evening, Star jeopardizes her family's business, her relationship with her boyfriend, and her future career. To redeem herself, she agrees to participate in a national craft competition, teaming up with her best friend, Ofelia-a secretly troubled mother whose love for crafting borders on obsession-and local celebrity Chloe Chavez-a determined television personality with more than one skeleton in her professional closet. If these unlikely allies can set aside their differences, they'll find strength they never knew they had, and learn that friendship, like crafting, is truly an art form.

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson (ARC) ~ Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy—-one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose's beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first. Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro's perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she's been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, TX back to her hometown of Fruiton, AL, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate—-death by marriage—-and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best.

How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly by Connie May Fowler (ARC) ~ How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly is the story of a woman in her mid thirties as she tracks one day in her life during which she ultimately transcends the quagmire of her middle-aged existence and leaves her husband.

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci (ARC) ~ Evan Waller is a monster. He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything . . . and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has just begun a new business venture: one that could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe. On Waller's trail is Shaw, the mysterious operative from The Whole Truth, who must prevent Waller from closing his latest deal. Shaw's one chance to bring him down will come in the most unlikely of places: a serene, bucolic village in Provence. But Waller's depravity and ruthlessness go deeper than Shaw knows. And now, there is someone else pursuing Waller in Provence-Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group headquartered in a musty old English estate-and she has an agenda of her own.
Hunting the same man and unaware of each other's mission, Shaw and Reggie will be caught in a deadly duel of nerve and wits. Hitchcockian in its intimate buildup of suspense and filled with the remarkable characters, breathtaking plot turns, and blockbuster finale that are David Baldacci's hallmarks, DELIVER US FROM EVIL will be one of the most gripping thrillers of the year.

Hell Gate (Alex Cooper) by Linda Fairstein (ARC) ~ Head of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan for decades, Linda Fairstein is America's most visible legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence-which is why she writes some of the most compelling crime thrillers of our time and why her Alexandra Cooper series has been topping bestseller list for more than a decade. Fans turn to Fairstein for ripped-from-the-headline crimes, cutting-edge investigations, and vindication for victims. Linda Fairstein brings readers inside a world of which they can't get enough, but one they hope to never see in real life. And for her twelfth novel, Fairstein takes Alexandra Cooper inside a world she'd rather not see.
New York City politics have always been filled with intrigue and behind-the-scenes deals. In Hell Gate, Alex finds her attention torn between investigating a shipwreck that has contraband cargo-human cargo-and the political sex scandal of a promising New York congressman now fallen from grace. When Alex discovers that a woman from the wreck and the congressman's lover have the same rose tattoo-the brand of a "snakehead", a master of a human trafficking operation-it dawns on her that these cases aren't as unrelated as they seem and that the entire political landscape of New York City could hang in the balance of her investigation. As Alex looks on at the nameless victims in the morgue, she realizes she's looking at the present-day face of New York's long, dark tradition of human trafficking-a tradition that began hundreds of years ago with slave trade from Africa, now a multimillion-dollar industry that will stop at no cost, even if that cost is Alex's life.



Book Giveaway - Silent Scream by Karen Rose - ARC

Silent Scream by Karen Rose

When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.

David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close--and is moving in for the kill.

Release date: May 25, 2010

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Silent Scream by Karen Rose (ARC)

Silent Scream by Karen Rose

When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister: a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He's not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.

David has his own ghosts, and a million regrets. But while he and Olivia try to face the wall of pain between them, a diabolical puppet master is pulling strings to make a group of twentysomethings do his bidding. Soon Olivia and David are scouring the city for a calculating criminal who seems tantalizingly close--and is moving in for the kill.

Release date: May 25, 2010

Detective Olivia Sutherland is still trying to get past the unbelievable horrors of recovering dozens of body parts from the "pit" left by the Red Dress Killer (see I Can See You) seven months earlier. And unfortunately seeing the department shrink hasn't helped much either. She still struggles seeing the victims she has a duty to find justice for. Yet she loves what she does and will find a way to get past the nightmare of what she saw. And it's just possible that love will heal her heart, mind and spirit.

One night Olivia and her partner Kane are called to the scene of an arson where a young girl is found dead in the building. What Olivia and Kane now need to find out is if the girl was part of the group that set the fire or was she just a casualty of their war. But can she do her job when faced with the hot firefighter who she shared a steamy night with, but who also left her brokenhearted?

David Hunter has plenty of demons of his own. He has dedicated his life to doing for others, hoping to atone for what he considers to be the monkey on his back. He meets Olivia at the wedding of her half sister, and after one amazing night, he does the unthinkable and could possibly have lost her forever. Now 2 1/2 years later, he's living in the same city as her, waiting and hoping for the chance to make things right and hopefully find the peace in his own life he's so desperately looking for.

What starts out as what appears to be a single act of arson for environmental reasons quickly turns into a series of arson's, murders and blackmail. How did the blackmailer know the group would be at the condo setting the fire that night? Why did he choose them? Will they become his puppets in a sick game of "pay or die" or will they start to turn on each other and then on him? Could it be possible that one of these offenders is sicker than the other? Can one top the other? The reader will be rendered speechless when their identities are revealed. The devastation these killers bring to those that serve the community will devastate the reader as well. Silent Scream is an intense novel filled with love, murder, revenge, greed, redemption and finding your way home.

This book will leave you silently screaming for more.

Friday Fill-Ins


And...here we go!

1. Pickles from the deli go great with a corned beef sandwich.

2. I wish I was at home.

3. The snow isn't here like they predicted.

4. You can always find beauty in nature.

5. It's 6:04 AM; that means I'm at work.

6. Happiness is hard to find.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to the market, chillling and catching up on TV, tomorrow my plans include reading and napping and Sunday, I want to do the exact same thing as Saturday!