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Monday, June 11, 2018

Callie (The Bayou Hauntings, Volume 1) by Bill Thompson

Callie (The Bayou Hauntings #1)Callie (The Bayou Hauntings, Volume 1) 
by Bill Thompson


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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All her life Callie has felt like a failure, not worthy of the affection of her grandmother or anyone else for that matter, part of that came from the fact that her father took off the minute he found out her mother was pregnant, and part was the way the extended family treated her. Her misguided attempt to "grown up" and make something of herself found her estranged from her grandmother for the last decade. Now her grandmother was dead and Callie still found herself feeling like a failure. When her Uncle Willard calls to tell her that she must be in Louisiana for the reading of her grandmothers will, she found herself at his mercy as he had to wire her the money to get there. There is no love lost between Callie and her Uncle Willard, and once the will is read and what she inherits is discovered, it becomes clear that Uncle Willard wants what she got, and will do anything to get it. Callie, The Bayou Hauntings is the story of Callie's discovery of her family history and in turn of herself. Author Bill Thompson delivers a southern story high on suspense and family.

Callie is titled as the first Volume in The Bayou Hauntings, which gives the impress of a series, but not necessary following just the one character. Author Bill Thompson gives the reader a book high in suspense and supernatural or paranormal in the form of a friendly visitor that seems real but just might be a ghost. The key to the story is the discover of the family history, how everything that happened in the past actually came to be, and that history unlocks the secrets of the plantation mansion that Callie inherited and also allows Callie to come into her own. This book is clean in that there is no sex, although there are the mention on illegitimate children and there is only a few curse words spread throughout the story, they are appropriate when they come into play. Therefore I have no problem recommending this book to readers of all ages.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

The House on Serpent Lake by Brenda Hill

The House on Serpent LakeThe House on Serpent Lake
by Brenda Hill


My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Lindsay and Eric met and married later in life, it was a second marriage for the both of them, each having a child from the previous relationship, but they were good together and very happy, well at least they had been but recently Eric had seemed to be pulling away. Lindsay hoped that it was just work and the passing of his aunt, but now that they were in Crosby to look at the house on the lake that Eric inherited, Lindsay felt strange. It started with the knowledge of how the house had looked in the past, of where things were even though she had never been here before or even seen pictures of the house. Then there was the strange smell of Bay Rum aftershave, only she seemed to be able to smell. Was she going crazy or was it something else? The House on Serpent Lake is the story of two couples in love, a past live and regrets. Author Brenda Hill has created a compelling story that felt natural.

The House on Serpent Lake is a bit supernatural in the ghost that inhabits the house, a bit paranormal in that Lindsay can interact in some ways with the ghost, and a bit romance or love story. There is the history of the house and the family that Lindsay needs to uncover to help her to understand what is going on, and then there is Eric's disbelief and his leaving her alone in the house. This was a well written book and an enjoyable read that I liked. It is reasonably clean and would be fine for most readers of any age. Although I couldn't help be feel like I had read this story or something like it before, and maybe I have in a past life, it wasn't enough to stop me from reading, in fact it made me want to read more to find out if I had read it before.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Sutherland by Karen Trailor Thomas

SutherlandSutherland
by Karen Trailor Thomas


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Jennalee might be eighteen, but she is throwing a huge tantrum at having to move in the middle of her senior year, never mind that her father had a major heart attack and surgery and was told to give up his law practice and move somewhere quiet for his health, all Jennalee can see is that she had to move away from her first boyfriend and her beloved music teacher. Luckily for her, the fourth of July weekend sees the annual Sutherland family reunion at the quant hotel her parents now run. The hotel is packed full of family members that are trying to one-up the others, having affairs with each other, and all kinds of other general family feuds. Harley Laidlaw is one of the Sutherland family members, but he is nothing like the rest and an amazing violin player, over the weekend Jennalee and Harley bound over music. Sutherland is the story of a large family and their dysfunction while at the same time being the coming-of-age of Jennalee. Author Karen Trailor Thomas has created a multi-layered story.

Sutherland revolves around the dysfunctional Sutherland family, but it also is the story of Jennalee, her tantrum and the ability of an outsider to see what she is doing, how she is hurting herself to spite her parents, and to get her to focus on the big picture and stop blaming her parents for a move, that was necessary to save her fathers life, even though she won't admit it. Author Karen Trailor Thomas was able to weave two separate stories into one and create a wonderful novel of family and life. This story is definitely for the more mature reader as there is a great deal of sex and sexual references.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Bitch Witch by S.R. Karfelt

Bitch WitchBitch Witch
by S.R. Karfelt


My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Sarah Archer is trying everything in her power to be a good person and not to use witchcraft to benefit herself, which is what her mother and her aunt did all their lives. Unfortunately a late night run to Target in the middle of PMS and a rude woman honking at her in the parking lot was more than Sarah could take. When she allowed her inner bitch to come out the aftershock of the spell was way bigger than Sarah expected, and an innocent man is swept up into the mix. Bitch Witch is a tell of good vs evil, well really more like dark vs light instead of true evil. It is the story of Sarah trying to live her life but without following in the footsteps of her mother and her aunt. Author S.R. Karfelt creates a fun, easy and almost comedic at time story of life and love.

Bitch Witch is the story of a woman who doesn't want to be the same as her family before her, but has no real idea how to go about it. She works a clerk job to keep her mind occupied and keep herself from using the dark magic that courses through her veins. Author S.R. Karfelt has taken a modern story, a woman with a desire to be something different than her ancestors, but making clumsy attempts at it. When Paul is swept into the afterschock of her spell, he becomes a friend and confidenate that allows Sarah to find her way in the world. This is aqq reasonably clean book with no real sex or bad language, I defientely would recommend it to all readers. I found the idea of a woman breaking away from her past and trying to forge her own life away from what she has always saw her mother and aunt do as a refreashing plot line.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fire Warrior: Dark Warrior Alliance Series, Book 14 by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

Fire Warrior: (Dark Warrior Alliance Book 14)Fire Warrior: Dark Warrior Alliance Series, Book 14 
by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Fire Warrior is book 14 in the Dark Warrior Alliance Series. That in and of itself is an amazing feat in that most series have to tap out at five or six books because they start becoming repetitive. Authors Brenda Trim and Tami Julka have not ran out of ideas yet and they are able to craft yet another book in the series that engages the reader as much as the first.

Fire Warrior is finally Breslin's story, and it has its own ups and downs.

In addition to fBreselin, we still get to keep up with the rest of the residents of Zerum and it is so much fun to see what is going on with them all and what new things are happening in the general population.

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Ramiel: Dark Warrior Alliance Book 15 by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

Ramiel: Dark Warrior Alliance Book 15Ramiel: Dark Warrior Alliance Book 15
by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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In another life Ramiel was married to Elise before she became the Vampire Queen but now he is the Guardian Angel of her daughter Izzy for his final test as an Angel of Retribution. The biggest problem that Ramiel has is his temper, and then his anger over Elise being happy and moving on with her life after his earthly death. Now Izzy has been kidnapped by Lucifer and Ramiel is determined to rescue her on his own, problem is that he needs the help of a fallen to get into hell, and that requires a bond, which is not in his plans. Throughout this book there are also glimpses into life at Zerum and updates on all your favorite couples and characters from earlier books. Ramiel is the fifteenth book in the Dark Warrior Alliance series by authors Brenda Trim and Tami Julka.

The Dark Warrior Alliance is an amazing series, especially given the fact that Ramiel is book number fifteen. Authors Brenda Trim and Tami Julka still are able to weave a story as fresh and new as they did in book one. Personally I have read every book in this series, and I am always amazed at how the authors are able to weave the story without repeating plotlines and ideas. Each book is new and unique, and could, if needed stand alone, but the story makes more sense when read in order. Ramiel again is able to pull the reader in and have them feeling as if they are part of this unique and varied world. These are definitely adult books, as there is a good about of talk about fated mates and the intimate acts that go with that, yet at the same time the writing about those acts fit the story and are not overly graphic. There is also a good deal of violence between the Warriors and the Demons, but that is to be expected when you are talking about Lucifer wanting to take over the world and get rid of the human population.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ice Warrior: Dark Warrior Alliance, Book 13 by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

Ice Warrior: (Dark Warrior Alliance Book 13)Ice Warrior: Dark Warrior Alliance, Book 13
by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is Bhric's story....

Those of us who have followed this story have been waiting for Bhric to finally get his story, to change his ways and to become the warrior we all know he can be. Finally we have that story.

Alex Layne is a human doctor, working in the same hospital as Jace but still completely naïve in the ways of of the supernatural world. Fate is in control when Bhric is attacked by a rogue vampire bent on killing him and he is brought to the ER, Dr Alex is the one who takes care of him and instead of being completely frightened by him she is determined to keep him from becoming an experiment.

As with all the Trim and Julka books, this is amazing and so worth reading! I have loved every minute of this series and have read every book. That says something because ususally authors run out of ideas after five or six books, but here we are at book 13 and it is still as exciting and intriguing as book one.


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