Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks

I was very excited to get to read this book! I wanted to read the first one, but I haven't been able to do that yet. Gwen is a forensics re-constructionist. She can sketch a face from someone's memory, or she can take a skull and figure out what that person looked like. So here is Gwen, and of all things, her dog brings her a human skull! Well, that starts things off with a bang.

Gwen is going through a great deal at once. Divorced, raising a child, having had cancer, struggling to pay bills, this sudden skull find is going to change a lot more than she could have imagined! We are able to follow along with Gwen's thinking as she works to get to the bottom of the killer. She's got some issues to resolve, and not just this killer.

In the process, a serial killer thinks he is doing God's work. He is killing girls that look like Gwen's daughter. That is plenty scary, but it isn't the entire thing by a long shot! I really enjoyed this read, and I hope I can read the first book in this series.

Carol :) 

This week, the

is introducing

Thomas Nelson (August 11, 2015)



Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist and internationally known forensic artist. Along with her husband, Rick, she travels across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement as well as civilian participants. She has won numerous awards for career excellence. Carrie is a popular platform speaker, presenting a variety of topics from crime to creativity.

Animals have always been a large part of her life. Her parents, Ned and Evelyn Stuart, started Skeel Kennel Great Pyrenees in 1960. Carrie inherited the kennel and continues with her beloved dogs as both an AKC judge and former president of the Great Pyrenees Club of America. She lives on the same ranch she grew up on in Northern Idaho.


A killer with a penchant for torture has taken notice of forensic expert Gwen Marcey . . . and her daughter.
When Gwen Marcey’s dog comes home with a human skull and then leads her to a cabin in the woods near her Montana home, she realizes there’s a serial killer in her community. And when she finds a tortured young girl clinging to life on the cabin floor, she knows this killer is a lunatic.

Yet what unsettles Gwen most is that the victim looks uncannily like her daughter. The search for the torturer leads back in time to a neo-Nazi bombing in Washington state—a bombing with only one connection to Montana: Gwen. The group has a race-not-grace model of salvation . . . and they’ve marked Gwen as a race traitor.
When it becomes clear that the killer has a score to settle, Gwen finds herself in a battle against time. She will have to use all of her forensic skills to find the killer before he can carry out his threat to destroy her—and the only family she has left.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Bones Will Speak, go HERE.

Carrie can be reached through the Contact link on her Website 

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Doctor Who Big Bang Generation by Gary Russell

More fun, mystery, and yes....The Doctor! A few things I don't get tired of, and The Doctor is one of them. This book mainly features the 12th Doctor, and some different companions. Benny Summerfield and her crew, Legs, Dog Boy, Da Trowel (I like that name) are working with The Doctor to stop a bang that is so big that nothing will be left. Possibly, less than nothing, since this explosion would make "The Big Bang" look small and fizzy. These giant pyramids are a serious issue. Can they fix this in time? 

This was a fast read, but a fun one. It could have been a bit stronger, but I still really liked it. My copy of this book came from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review and nothing more. 


An original adventure tying in to the ninth season of Doctor Who, the spectacular hit series from BBC Television, featuring the new 12th Doctor as played by Peter Capaldi.

“I’m an archaeologist, but probably not the one you were expecting.”

Christmas 2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus “the mobster” Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone’s dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.

This gang consists of Legs (the sexy comedian), Dog Boy (providing protection and firepower), Shortie (handling logistics), Da Trowel (in charge of excavation and history) and their leader, Doc (busy making sure the universe isn’t destroyed in an explosion that makes the Big Bang look like a damp squib).

And when someone accidentally reawakens The Ancients of the Universe - which, Doc reckons, wasn’t the wisest or best-judged of actions – things get a whole lot more complicated…


Gary Russell has written over 35 fiction and non-fiction books on subjects including Doctor Who, The Lord of the Rings movies, Frasier and The Simpsons. He has served as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, Creative Producer at Big Finish Productions Ltd,… More about Gary Russell

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

Sophie, the midwife's daughter helped a child into the world. The child is her neighbor's daughter, and his wife is very fragile. Six years later The General and his daughter are back next door now, at Tall Acres. 

Sophie's Mother is deceased, as well as her father. Her home, Three Chimney's is on the brink of financial destruction. Sophie's Father aligned himself with the Tories. Now that the war is over, it still haunts her. She is unwelcome and unwanted. When the General's daughter takes a deep liking to Sophie she wonders what her future might hold. 

The world has changed a lot, and Semus's issues from the war have altered him. What plans can God work out from their arranged marriage? With several lovely characters to become fond of, this book was just as good as the last one, maybe better!  My last book by her was The Colonels Lady, which you can read my review here:

Redemption, forgiveness and healing are a few of the things in this lovely read. 
My copy of this book came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

The First Principle by Marissa Shrock

I'm going to *TRY* for three days with this post. Here is today's post!

The First Principle is hard hitting. This book hit me so hard, that I put it down to take a break after 20 pages! Here is a government controlling the Bible, all the way down to forced termination of pregnancies that aren't approved. One such example, teen-age pregnancy. The Rebels are dead set against this. Vivica Wilkins, the Governor's daughter totally shocks herself when she finds herself upset about the Termination Law by defending a classmate that she hardly knows. To top things off, she finds herself in a situation that is beyond what she expected. It's the tip of the iceberg. Her Mother, the Governor, is doing her part to crush the Rebellion. Will this also crush her own child, or will she care?

This book is amazing, and scary, realistic, and covers topics that are relevant. I was really impressed by the way this book unfolded, and what all it covered.

Carol :)

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. 

The First Principle -
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Julie Bihn
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback 
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Jalynn Patterson
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Doctor Who:Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale

This was a strong Dr. Who story. A new ship, the Alexandria has been launched. On board the crew, run and hosted by the exceedingly wealthy "captain" and owner of  this brand new ship, pops the Doctor, and Clara. The Doctor feels he might be needed.

Dr. Tippy, an archaeologist of sorts, found a dig site with relics which has led them thus far. This ship's mission is to go into a Phaeron Road. The Phaeron's were responsible for mapping black holes, or wormholes. The problem is, this race is gone. They might have died destroying these wormholes, or they might have been wiped out by another race who felt that they were a threat, the Time Lord's history on this is a bit cloudy. Something else much more sinister could have befallen them.

Each crew member, each person on board the Alexandria has a strong reason for going on this mission. They each have a dream or purpose that has pushed them to explore this at great risk. Are they really doing this of their own volition, or is something bigger and more compelling controlling them? In all his 2,000 years, the Doctor hasn't had this kind of adventure.

I really enjoyed this well paced, nicely written book. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others who enjoy Doctor Who. The cover is also very nice!

 My copy of this book came from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review and nothing else.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cold As Ice by M.K. Gilroy

Oh it s cold alright! Ice cold, too cold, and yes - very hot too. Was that conflicting? Not if your reading this book!  Detective Kristen Conner has fallen into a major murder case. A "whale" that she wasn't fishing for.

Enter the Russian mafia in a way you didn't expect to read about. Kristen, insecure yet smart, had some hang ups. One is she is doing a few things her way, including jogging in killer cold weather in New York City! That was how she wound up trying to save a life, and setting into motion a huge pendulum of events.

These men from Russia, now calling the USA home, brought their mob and mafia with them. The turf wars were one thing, but this was about a whole lot more. Seemingly small things are leads to much larger issues at stake. Kristen's father's murder became a cold case, and to top that off, a serial killer she caught might get off the hook. Wait until you read why! With each page I was more drawn in, and I wasn't sure I would be to start with.

Kristen has been hurt, over and over, but she is so strong that she has pulled through it all. Will this be the case that breaks her? Is her Mom's neighbor also a murder too? Is more than one person she loves in danger?

While not preachy, this book was real, and still had a God core. This is the first book I have read by this author, and the only one I have read in the series so far. I have already remedied that. This book stood alone just fine, but made me want to read the other books as well.

Carol :)

This week, the

is introducing

Sydney Lane Press



Mark won’t claim he has done it all in the world of publishing, but he has packed boxes, edited manuscripts, made sales calls, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, consulted, agented the works of others, and written advertising and catalog copy. He’s authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies. His first ghost writing project, The Wal-Mart Way, was done for Don Soderquist, Sam Walton’s longtime right-hand man.

In early 2012 he put on a new hat as a fiction author. His debut novel, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in April 2012 and was met with rave reviews from USA Today, Fresh Fiction, Publishers Weekly, and other leading national reviewers. His second novel, Every Breath You Take, second in the Kristen Conner Mystery Series, released in Fall 2012 to similar acclaim. Kristen Conner returns in Cold As Ice, which releases in Fall 2014.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned hundreds articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

Gilroy and his wife Amy reside in Brentwood, Tennessee. Their six children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary—the youngest has now headed off for college, so he and Amy are officially empty nesters.


Detective Kristen Conner is back on a new murder case. She’s still fighting with her sister—and no surprise, someone new wants to kill her!

He was a pillar in his Chicago neighborhood: popular school teacher, devoted father and husband, political activist on behalf of underprivileged children—and a master gardener who liked to plant flowers in his neighbor’s yards. What wasn’t to love about him? Who would want him dead?

When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close that you know and love. But the wife? She was always at her husband’s side and just as passionate about his causes as he was. No way could this loving wife and mother of three be a killer. Right?

Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, a quick trip to New York City where Kristen helps her media-star sister for a new apartment—only to discover the body of a man who appears to have been executed by a professional killer on a run through Central Park—and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

What she doesn’t know just might kill her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Cold as Ice, go HERE.

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Doctor Who: The Drosten's Curse by A. L. Kennedy

I never get tired of Dr. Who. This book features the 4th Doctor. He happens to be Doctor that I watched first. That made this book even more fun for me. In this book the Doctor is with two other companions, because it is set between time frames in the TV series.

The Doctor and his friends find themselves up against an issue.  This luxury golf course, the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel, is having major issues. Something evil is breaking up marriages, causing memory issues, confusion, memory loss, using telepathy and in short, causing chaos. Having a man being slurped away while playing golf didn't help matters, and is very bad for business. (Deadly series game, that golf!) Thankfully, we have the good Doctor here to remedy this situation!

My much loved TARDIS had a huge, and very likable role in this book.

Is the alleged monster what is doing this, or is the creepy owner or her twin grand-kids? This one is deep enough to spook even the Doctor himself! I must also add, that I like the cover.

My copy came from Blogging For Book in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.

Carol :)

The book link is here:

From award-winning author A.L. Kennedy, an original Doctor Who novel featuring the beloved Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker.
“I shall make you the jewel at the heart of the universe.”

Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again. It might be related to the strange twin grandchildren of the equally strange Mrs Fetch--owner of the hotel and fascinated with octopuses. It could be the fact that people in the surrounding area suddenly know what others are thinking, without anyone saying a word.

Whatever it is, the Doctor is most at home when faced with the distinctly odd. With the help of Fetch Brothers’ Junior Receptionist Bryony, he’ll get to the bottom of things. Just so long as he does so in time to save Bryony from quite literally losing her mind, and the entire world from destruction.

Because something huge, ancient and alien lies hidden beneath the ground and it’s starting to wake up…