Defending the DeadTitle:  Defending the Dead
Series:  Relatively Dead Mysteries #3
Author:  Sheila Connolly
Genre:  Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Published:  April 28, 2015
Publisher:  Beyond the Page Publishing
My Rating:  3 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Abby Kimball has slowly accepted her recently discovered ability to see the dead, but none of the harmless sightings she’s experienced could have prepared her for the startling apparition of a centuries-old courtroom scene—where she locks eyes with a wicked and gleeful accuser. Thrown back more than three hundred years, Abby realizes she’s been plunged into a mystery that has fascinated people throughout American history: the Salem witch trials.

With her boyfriend Ned at her side, Abby digs into the history of the events, researching the people and possible causes of that terrible time and her own connection to them—all the while going more deeply into her connection to Ned, both extraordinary and romantic.

As Abby witnesses more fragments from the events in Salem and struggles with the question of how such a nightmare could have come about, she’s suddenly confronted with a pressing personal question: Were one or more of her ancestors among the accused? Unraveling the puzzling clues behind that question just might give Abby and Ned the answer to a very modern mystery of their own.

Read on for my thoughts on Defending the Dead.  No true spoilers, promise.

Unfinished BusinessTitle:  Unfinished Business
Series:  Angela Panther #1
Author:  Carolyn Ridder Asperson
Genre:  Paranormal, Romance
Published:  March 25, 2014
Publisher:  Booktrope
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home—crazy or not—Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence.

It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

Read on for my thoughts on Unfinished Business.  No true spoilers, promise.

The Fairy Tale BrideTitle:  The Fairy Tale Bride
Series:  Montana Born Brides #1
Author:  Scarlet Wilson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 4, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta…

Lisa Renee loves weddings. As owner of Marietta’s bridal salon, Lisa takes charge when a celebrity wedding rolls into town and does what she does best: hosting the fairy tale wedding her clients dream of. But the celebrity’s badly behaving bridesmaids shatter Lisa’s poise, excitement, and hopes of putting Marietta and her boutique on the map. The only place she can find peace is on the pediatric ward of the local hospital where she volunteers, a place that holds more meaning to her than anyone knows. Leave it to the handsome and charming new doctor to change all of that…

Dr. Adam Brady is enjoying his new job and anonymity at Marietta’s hospital, but he hasn’t been able to focus entirely since the gorgeous business owner and hard-working volunteer piqued his interest. As he spends more time with her, sparks fly, and he realizes that he’s not the only one in Marietta with secrets…

Read on for my thoughts on The Fairy Tale Bride.  No true spoilers, promise.

Print“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating… cannot wait to get our hands on… having hissy fits at having to wait… you know, waiting for the book is exhausting work!

Sometimes I just need to be scared silly – I’m thinking this one will do that.  Spore releases on June 2, 2015

SporeThe dead are coming back.

Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey’s backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead. One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave. Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring—and worsening—nightmares. Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean’s front door.

As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear. When mutilated children match Sean’s nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.

What are you waiting for?

teaser tuesdayOne of the fun parts of taking part in blog hops (aside from getting to visit new to me blogs) is finding great ways to interact with other book lovers.  This is one:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

I seem to be on an Historical Romance slant recently for my non-review planned reading.  This is from the book currently on my reading table.

The Duke in my Bed“You are so bent on getting the best of me that you haven’t even realized your lips are a mere fraction of an inch from mine.  I’m trying to decide if I should kiss you and be the wild rogue you accuse me of being, or if I should step away and be the gentleman you insist I’m not.  Tell me, Miss Prim, which should I be?” ~ The Duke in my Bed

HERE COMES THE GROOM
As a notorious member of the Heirs’ Club, Bray Drakestone can’t resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues—especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn. Bray is forced to agree to marry one of his challenger’s five sisters—sight unseen. Now gamblers all over London are placing bets on whether Bray will actually go through with it…

THERE GOES THE BRIDE
Miss Louisa Prim, the eldest sister, doesn’t care a whit what the reckless rogue at the Heirs’ Club promised her brother—she has no intention of marrying the future Duke of Drakestone. Bray, however, sees her rejection as another challenge. He bets that the fiery Miss Prim will not only agree to marry him, she will propose to him! With four sisters behind her, Louisa knows she can’t lose. But why does her opponent have to be a divinely handsome scoundrel? And so sweetly, irresistibly seductive…

open book and  pink flowerMusing Monday is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I bought just one new book last week, which is a miracle for me.  It’s described below.

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION:

What would you do if you wanted to buy a book for someone, but didn’t know what they like to read? Would you ask them? Would you choose something you, yourself, like? How would you go about buying them something?

My Answer:  I’m pretty sneaky.  I’d find a way to bring the conversation around to books and new releases – then ask them what they are looking forward to reading.  That would at least give me an idea of what genre they read.  Then I’d either find the book they said they were wanting to read or if that wasn’t out yet, then something similar.  If none of my sneaky ways were working, then I’d take the easy way out and get them a gift card from a specific book store – so I’d know they still bought a book.

To me book choices are very personal.  In the end I would rather they get something they like and would read, instead of my randomly choosing something that might not be in their tastes and would sit, unread, on a shelf.

I love my paranormal werewolves and vampires, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I just want something different.  When I saw Dream of Me reviewed recently, I thought it would be a different and unusual read for me.  I should be getting into it later in the week, I enjoy the “slightly different” so this one should fit that just perfectly.

Dream of Me by Quinn Loftis:

Dream of MeSince the dawn of time, Brudair, otherwise known as the Sandman to the world, has faithfully lived out his purpose, faithfully performed his duties. He has never questioned his lot among the immortals, until now, until her. Sarah Serenity Tillman, a consummate beauty both inside and out, is a high school senior five months from her graduation. She has great plans, dreams of leaving the small town of her childhood behind her forever. But destiny has other plans, and it’s the Sandman’s job to make sure those plans are fulfilled.

The tall muscular Sandman, known as Dair to his friends, dressed in black, wrapped in shadows, is more than a myth. And he has a job to do. His very existence makes him a creature of the night, because dreams, (yes the legends got that part right), were indeed his specialty. But his purpose was more than just weaving dreams for sleeping children. No, his dreams were made to influence, made to ensure that certain special individuals, those individuals who would change the course of history, actually accepted their chosen destiny.

Little does Serenity know that she is Dair’s next assignment. And the dream that he weaves for her, if she follows its influence, will change the course of, not only her life, but possibly the whole of history as well. But she isn’t the only one being influenced. The beauty inside of her was weighing on the Sandman, lighting up the darkness that was his constant companion. Her light was warmth, it was life, and he didn’t understand how he had survived the previous millennia without it.

The Sandman was indeed greater than anything humans had ever imagined, and his purpose was vital to the course of history. So what happens when the weaver of dreams gets so distracted by a mere human that he ignores his own duties in the immortal realm? How can an immortal who was never meant to have a mate, join a young woman in her destiny without irrevocably changing the lives of millions and potentially altering history in a way the Creator never intended?

“Dream of me, Princess,” Dair whispered into her ear.
“Then weave me a dream, Sandman,” she said softly. “And we can dream together.”
As her eyes grew heavy, she heard Dair’s voice telling her to sleep, to open her mind to him and let him in. I’m all yours, she thought as sleep finally claimed her.

Definitely different.  This is the start of a new series.  Have you read this yet?

Be My LoveMonday’s Pick” is a feature here at Keeper Bookshelf that showcases a novel I picked up for free.  This week’s pick was found at Amazon’s Free Kindle Books offerings.

Look for a “Free” novel to be picked each Monday and the review to appear on the following Monday.   There are some really good “free” novels available (and some not so great too).  Let’s weed them out.  If this sounds like something you might like to take part in — awesome, just leave a link with your Free Monday Pick in the comment section and let us go check it out.

Blurb:

Come for a visit to Walker Island where you’ll find stunning Pacific Northwest ocean views, men too intriguing to resist…and five beautiful, close-knit sisters who are each about to find their one true love.

After four years on the Seattle mainland, when Hanna Walker returns to Walker Island to make a documentary about the infamous Peterson-Walker feud from the early 1950s, she’s shocked to realize that passions still run high. Especially when it comes to Joel Peterson, the one man who is totally off-limits…but that she’s never been able to stop dreaming about.

The last thing Joel wants is for Hanna to dredge up the past, but when he realizes she’s determined to follow through with her documentary no matter what, he knows he has no choice but to join her. But despite vowing to hold back his growing feelings for her, as Joel works with Hanna to unravel the mystery of what really happened between their two families, he soon begins to see that love is an unstoppable force…and that sometimes two people are meant to be.

Let’s be honest.  We do not like to think of emergencies happening.  That is something that happens to other people – until we become those “other people”.

Yesterday I sent my son and two of his nurses off on a business trip he had planned.  So there is only me and the two cats at home right now.

Thank God.  Because all hell broke loose here.

I am fine.  Things are calming down – and I have a chance to breathe slowly and survey the results.

My blogs suffered because I didn’t take the time – couldn’t find the time in my tight schedule – to plan in advance.  Oh, it’s not the end of the world kind of thing.  I’ll be late on some reviews that should have been up, and now I am about 48 hours behind on just about everything.  Those things can be taken care of with a solid nose to the grindstone kind of effort.  Life will go on and everything will work out.

The point I am trying to make, and doing a piss-poor job of it because my mind is so scattered right now is this:  It didn’t have to be this way for my blogs.  If I had simply taken a day a week to plan, schedule and have posts in place to go automatically – no one would have been the wiser about my 37 hours from hell.  Since that didn’t happen because I just “couldn’t find the time” to plan ahead, now I am looking at a lot of work to make up quickly.

There are always fun Challenges around – the irony of Anna’s Blog Ahead Mini-Challenge starting today is not lost on me at all right now.  The reality is that we need those challenges, fun though they are, to help motivate us or kick us in the butt to get our stuff taken care of… in advance.

I wish I had been better prepared for an emergency to strike.  I wasn’t, and that is on me this time.  It will not happen again.  That is a truth I now know with certainty – not gonna happen to me twice.

His Forbidden PrincessHis Forbidden Princess
Series:  Royal Holiday #4
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 30, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

Eight years ago, university student Ian Stuart fell in love with his sweet, beautiful classmate and he’s never forgotten her. Sofie loved Ian with all her heart in return, but she didn’t trust him with one little detail about her life she’d neglected to share.

She was a princess, and they could never be together in the outside world.

Now Crown Princess Sofia is in danger. An insurgent faction in her country has targeted the royal family, and while Sofia is visiting the United States, she is forced to go into hiding. Assigned to protect her is none other than FBI Special Agent Ian Stuart.

Once again Ian and Sofie are in an impossible situation, fighting their feelings for one another, while trying to stay safe. Will their love for each other prove to be the most dangerous game of all?

Read on for my thoughts on His Forbidden Princess.  No true spoilers, promise.

Since X-Files days I have enjoyed watching David Duchovny work.  Now, even though there are rumors (perhaps more than mere rumors) of a limited run return of X-Files with both Duchovny and Gillian Anderson… for now there is Aquarius to look forward to in a few weeks.  It was the murder spree of a generation, it defined the ’60s in many ways.  On this Waiting on Wednesday when we most often talk of books, I’m also looking forward to this:

 

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