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December brings fabulous reads!

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Ex-NFL star + snarky single mom = a touchdown of a holiday romance


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The vampires are coming... and this time, the lights won't stop them.


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The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery...


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This holiday season, love is on the menu.


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A Spartan heart can conquer anything, even myths, magic, and monsters.


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There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas...


Reviews

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Home For The Haunting
by Juliet Blackwell
"Tragic Past Leads to Modern Mystery In this Ghostly Cozy"
Posted June 22, 2014

HOME FOR THE HAUNTING, Juliet Blackwell's fourth in the Haunted Home Renovation Series meets the high standards set in the previous three. Mel Turner and her group of friends and family are just as entertaining, the mystery even more eerie than in books past, and the resolution Read more...


Fair Play
by Deeanne Gist
"Sweet Yet Realistic Romance Set in Time of Historical Change"
Posted June 19, 2014

FAIR PLAY makes great use of research Deeanne Gist used in her earlier book, It Happened at the Fair but moves the focus to social change happening in Chicago (and one can assume other urban areas in the United States of that time), giving a realistic, yet not too harsh Read more...


It Happened At The Fair
by Deeanne Gist
"Sweetly Substantial Love Story Surrounded by Historical Excitement"
Posted June 19, 2014

Deeanne Gist uses the 1893 Chicago World Fair (also known as the Columbian Exposition) to showcase a charming and deeply satisfying love story set in a time when society was changing at a breakneck pace. IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR brings together a young inventor facing physical challenges with a Read more...


Against the Wild
by Kat Martin
"Sparks Ignite the Wilds of Alaska in Kat Martin's Newest Series"
Posted June 4, 2014

Beverly Hills interior designer Lane Bishop follows her heart to take on a huge job restoring a remote Alaskan lodge, and take on its owner the uber-sexy Dylan Brodie. Dylan knows why he is paying top-dollar to bring Lane to his home, and although she is a more Read more...


The Drowning Spool
by Monica Ferris
"Number Seventeen is as Engrossing as Number One"
Posted June 1, 2014

THE DROWNING SPOOL is Monica Ferris' seventeenth Needlecraft Mystery. Yes. SEVENTEENTH, and yet this book is as fresh, smart and engrossing as any of the previous sixteen books. Heroine Betsy Devonshire begins teaching needle punch classes at a local upscale senior complex where a mysterious death leads her Read more...


Night Vision
by Yasmine Galenorn
"Intricate, Engrossing Urban Fantasy Delves Into Faery"
Posted May 31, 2014

In NIGHT VISION, book four in the Indigo Court series Cecily, Wind witch and soon-to-be-crowned Fae Queen of Winter and her cousin Rhiannon, soon-to-be-crowned Fae Queen of Summer have a number of obstacles and challenges between them and the ultimate goals, taking Read more...


Murder of Crows
by Anne Bishop
"Plunge Into Book Two in This Exciting Series"
Posted May 31, 2014

MURDER OF CROWS fulfills the promise of the world Anne Bishop introduced with Written in Red, giving readers an immersive journey into an alternate history of Earth where humans are the minority, useful yet a nuisance to those who came before. More often than I'd like, the second book Read more...


Billionaire Blend
by Cleo Coyle
"The Thirteenth in the Series Fails to Live Up to Previous Book's Sparkle"
Posted April 6, 2014

In the thirteenth installment of the Coffeehouse Mystery series coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a billionaire causing concern to both her ex husband and current squeeze. I'll cut to the chase. Although I greatly enjoyed earlier books in this series, I Read more...


A Dark and Stormy Knit
by Anne Canadeo
"A Cozy Fiberlicious Mystery For Crafters and Non-Crafters Alike"
Posted April 6, 2014

Knitted graffiti, a talented young artist and a few mysteriously arrogant professors liven up the cozy lives of the Black Sheep Knitters in this sixth installment of the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series. Maggie's young assistant, Phoebe, turns to her as a friend when Phoebe becomes embroiled Read more...


Freezer I'll Shoot
by Victoria Hamilton
"A Charming Cozy Mystery in a Quirky Far Northern Town"
Posted March 23, 2014

FREEZER I'LL SHOOT is a charmingly believable cozy mystery set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is the third in Victoria Hamilton's Vintage Kitchen Mystery series. As heroine Jaymie Leighton struggles to find her path in life, she stumbles onto another body, in the backyard of Read more...


Everlasting Enchantment
by Kathryne Kennedy
"Fantasy-Filled Victorian London Shines in the Fourth of this Riveting Series"
Posted February 17, 2014

Millicent Pantere learned early on to care for no one and nothing beyond herself, the one exception being old Nell. She will do anything necessary at whatever cost to bring Nell safely out of the clutches of the Dark Magician who is pulling Millicent's strings. Gareth Solimere has been Read more...


Between A Rake And A Hard Place
by Connie Mason, Mia Marlowe
"Well-Researched and Well-Written"
Posted January 25, 2014

Well researched, well written and an historical romance with plenty of punch, Mia Marlowe and Connie Mason's collaboration must be rated a success. The characters seem to behave within the parameters set by their historical circumstances, the passion and emotion is certainly appropriate and the story line has enough Read more...


Make Me Howl
by Susan Shay
"Werewolves, Manolo Blahnik, Ancient Legends and Sex"
Posted December 24, 2013

What I liked: Susan Shay has potential. In her bio she stresses her imagination, and she is right, it is a powerful force and probably provides the best of MAKE ME HOWL with her unusual take on werewolves fitting into society. I also liked a few of the characters, especially Read more...


Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny
by Nick Nicholson, M. D., B. A. Blackwood
"A Solid Introduction to Surgical Weight Loss and it's Issues"
Posted December 23, 2013

In 109 pages and fifteen chapters authors Nicholson and Blackwood do a pretty decent job of discussing the issues that accompany the decision to pursue surgery for weight loss. The first few chapters touch on subjects you should ponder before seeing the surgeon, but the bulk of the book is Read more...


The Keepers Of The Library
by Glenn Cooper
"Ratcheting Tension and Future Mixed with the Past Adds to the Thrills"
Posted December 5, 2013

Glenn Cooper has squeezed a third book out in his Library of the Dead trilogy by bringing the readers a bit forward in time. Why not? Much of his over-arcing storyline depends on flashbacks to the distant past grounded by his all-too-fallible hero and his Read more...


Along Came Trouble
by Erin Kern
"Solid Contemporary Romance With Great Characterization"
Posted December 1, 2013

Restaurant manager Brody McDermott is one bad review away from losing his job, more than that, disappointing his father. The long hours he spends trying to make a go of part of the family business costs him time with his son. The last thing he is looking for is a Read more...


Wild Card
by Jamie Wyman
"Kick-Butt Heroine Takes On A Vegas Full of Jaded Gods"
Posted December 1, 2013

Take Vegas, add several pantheons chock full of jaded god- hood plus a multitude of immortal minions and you have a rich environment for Jamie Wyman's debut novel WILD CARD and any books in the series to follow. (Please Jamie, please write some more!) Catherine Sharp's soul was Read more...


Dangerous Seduction
by Zoe Archer
"Gritty Yet Romantic Adventure Awaits"
Posted December 1, 2013

Zoë Archer delivers another gritty and passionate book in her Nemesis, Unlimited series with DANGEROUS SEDUCTION. Alyce Carr and her family are caught up in the endless loop of work and debt to the copper mine that provides the only employment in their village. Somehow the spark of Read more...


Under the Skin
by E. E. Richardson
"Deliciously Dark Paranormal Mystery Novella Packs a Huge Wallop"
Posted November 23, 2013

Flashes of dark humor glint above a pulse-pounding search for an horrific murderer in this first in the new Ritual Crime Unit series. E. E. Richardson's urban fantssy police procedural sweeps you into the world of Claire Pierce, 54-year-old DCI in charge of the Read more...


Spirits From Beyond
by Simon Green
"Book Four in the Ghost Finders Series Has Plenty of Chills"
Posted November 11, 2013

Simon Green continues the adventures of the intrepid Ghost Finders in SPIRITS FROM BEYOND, the fourth in the series. The underlying mystery is furthered a bit in the first part of the book, but matters focus on a seemingly disconnected haunting of an old inn miles from the Read more...


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