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Assuming Names (Criminal Mischief #1)

Assuming Names (Criminal Mischief #1) - Tanya Thompson ‘Assuming Names’ is one of those books that effortlessly propel you forward through an incredible story by means of masterful writing, all the while keeping a firm hold on your attention. Given that this is a true story, to say that it is a truly remarkable one would be a great understatement.

Tanya tells of her life at fifteen, and her adventures as a highly intelligent thrill seeker/con artist. With high-speed chases, close encounters with criminals and the law, and scenarios that will set you on the edge of your seat, there is never a dull moment. There is also a fair share of irony to be had between it all that often blurs the lines between good morals and corruption in our society.

This is a story that would make a great movie, as it's smart, filled with action, thrills, and just the right recipe of elements to appeal to just about anyone, whether you’re a saint at heart or the more mischievously-inclined. A very worthwhile and enjoyable read that will stay in my collection to read again and an author to watch!

American, Die. A Philip Eckstein Thriller

American, Die. A Philip Eckstein Thriller - Falko Rademacher In ‘American, Die,’ Philip finds himself caught between his conscience and what turns out to be a not-so-crazy story when a man claiming to be pursued by the NSA comes into his office. What starts off as just another job for the private detective, soon becomes a tangled web of cover-ups, spies, and government agents who won’t stop till they have Philip’s newest friend, Sam.

Falko Rademacher’s realistic and complex characters never fail to entertain, and thriller enthusiasts will not be disappointed. There is also a good amount of humor and twists that will keep you turning the pages and guessing what happens next. I found the conflicts between German and American norms that Philip faces to be highly entertaining as well, as the author brings a humorous light to the many differences between the two. Rademacher’s 'Philip Eckstein' series is one that is proving to get better with each installment, and I look forward to reading the next book!

One More Day

One More Day - Shirleen Davies In ‘One More Day,’ Cameron Sinclair and Lainey are easily one of the most romantic couples I’ve read so far from Shirleen Davies. There is an intense and strong energy between them that just electrifies the pages. As they try to sort through their feelings for each other, there is plenty of other things going on that comes with both of them being a part of the Search and Rescue team. Along with that, Lainey has her own obstacles from her past to conquer.

There is lots of suspense to be had as well, only starting with the threats that Lainey soon finds herself getting after relocating to northern Arizona. Even with her handsome hero to help her out, Lainey is independent and determined to hold her ground and protect what’s important to her to the best of her own abilities.

This was a really enjoyable read from start to finish, and I look forward to reading more from the MacLarens of Fire Mountain!

Wilder than the Rest

Wilder than the Rest - Shirleen Davies In this story of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series, we get to follow Mollie and Pierce as they are assigned a case to help uncover a dangerous conspiracy. Their uncertain feelings for each other creates a great deal of tension between them, and more fights than their job alone can bring their way.

Mollie was a strong woman who could hold her own, which is what I liked best about her, and Pierce complimented her character well by not trying to change who she was, while still staying close by to help her out. The ending had a cute and unexpected twist that I didn’t expect too.

I was happy to see some of my other favorite characters from previous books as well, and Shirleen Davies’ writing is entertaining and keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. This is a wonderful Western series and set of characters to invest in, and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!

Crown of Betrayal: The Sirens

Crown of Betrayal: The Sirens - Marie F. Crow ‘Crown of Betrayal’ is a beautifully imagined, mesmerizing fantasy story about the Siren, Verona. She is princess to the throne in an underwater world where mermaids and magic exist. But with power comes those who want it for themselves, and danger and deceit explodes around her when the queen goes missing.

I found Verona to be a very strong heroine, and one who adapts quickly when her friends and family have to rely on her. There was much to uncover that had been hidden from her all her life, and she rises well to the challenge.

With just the right amount of intrigue, action, and a complex storyline, Marie F Crow’s characters will quickly pull you into their world, and you will not want to leave. This is a wonderful book for fantasy and mermaid enthusiasts to pick up!

THE MIXTAPE : An Urban Love Story

THE MIXTAPE : An Urban Love Story - Paula M. Stinson 'The Mixtape' is a heart-wrenching play of one woman's triumph over the negative impact of her childhood. This immersive script pulls you quickly into an unforgettable story of finding one's true self, and escaping the negativities that tie us to our past sins by bringing them into the light.

Paula Stinson's characters inspire those in similar situations to break free of the negative cycle that haunts them, and to find hope and happiness starting from within themselves. This is a hard play to put down once you start reading it, and a great gift for yourself or anyone who is depressed and in need of some positive reinforcement.

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch - Lewis Dartnell An interesting book that takes on the huge topic of what goes behind the things we use everyday, and how to recreate the fundamental essentials of what we take for granted in modern society. A must-have book for Apocalyptic writers, survivalists, and the research types who enjoy a good dose of useful knowledge, whether humanity hits the end of the world, or not.

Hard Landing

Hard Landing - Shirleen Davies Shirleen Davies has done it again with her ‘MacLarens of Fire Mountain’ series with a powerful and touching story of the importance of family. It follows Trey and Jesse as they grow closer in their relationship, which seems to be going well until an unexpected turn hits.

Trey and Jesse are a loving couple, and the tension between them proves that when two people really love each other, it takes a great deal to tear them apart. I finished this book in one sitting as I really fell in love with the characters and refused to put them down until I reached the end. If you haven’t read any of this series yet, ‘Hard Landing’ quickly brings you into the loop of the series and won’t leave you stranded. I can’t wait for the next book!

Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Spring

Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Spring - Marie F. Crow ‘Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Spring’ is a wonderful new children’s story from Marie Crow, and just in time for spring! Abigail and her pet zombie are excited to see that spring has arrived and they head outdoors. Abigail finds that she has to conquer her fear of riding a bike, and her pet zombie and friends are just the help she needs.

The illustrations are funny and cute, and like its predecessors, this story offers a wonderful life lesson for kids about facing your fears. This is an adorable children’s series to pick up for your youngsters or gift for a special child in your life.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak I wasn't sure I would enjoy this book when I picked it up, but I was in for a wonderful surprise. What starts off as an interesting premise, the life of a young girl during WWII who loves books enough to go out of her way to obtain them, quickly becomes a story that you can't put down. All of the characters are charming and put through heart-wrenching circumstances that accurately reflect how life was in Germany during the war, and I was in tears more often than once. That said, there are certainly some funny and thoroughly memorable things that happen as well, and enough action to keep the story intense and in high-gear. After I finished the book I watched the movie and it too was worth every moment of my attention. This is a keeper for my own kids and grandchildren to read and watch.

7 Steps to Success Dog Obedience Training: The Quick and Easy Guide to Having Well-Behaved Dog

7 Steps to Success Dog Obedience Training: The Quick and Easy Guide to Having Well-Behaved Dog - David Christopher This is a handy and educational book for any dog owner who wants to teach their dog the basic commands in a correct fashion. Some of the things covered are sit, stay, come and down, and all by using positive reinforcement such as treats and praise. This book is a nice gift as well for a new dog owner.

Second Summer: Book One in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Romance Series (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Series)

Second Summer: Book One in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Romance Series (MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Series) - Shirleen Davies "Second Summer" is a charming addition to the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series. It follows Heath and Annie as they find themselves wanting a meaningful and lasting relationship, but are unsure if they truly want to take a step away from their current circumstances into a more romantically promising direction.

Shirleen Davies’ characters are all intriguing, and the ones in this book are no exception. She leaves no emotion unturned with complex characters who come to life off of the page, intertwined into a realistic and fulfilling story that will have you guessing what happens next to the last page. Overall a wonderful read!

Gabby, Angel of God

Gabby, Angel of God - Greg Sandora Greg Sandora has created an enthralling story where one man finds himself teamed up with an unlikely angel companion. Still grieving from the loss of his wife, Bo has to figure out where his feelings lie, while Gabby helps him along the way. These two find themselves faced off again demons and evils that will put their faith to the ultimate test, as well as their friendship when the use of supernatural powers used on others gets discovered. This was an emotional, believable and witty story that I recommend for paranormal and angel enthusiasts!

Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows - Estela Vazquez Perez “Light and Shadows’ follows the actress Teresa Guzman as her and her friend, Eloisa, try to find the right kind of man, while keeping to and expanding on their creative passions and talents. It’s a story that sweeps you away to a world of luxury and romance, yet this world isn’t immune to the darker sides of emotions like depression and sadness.

Estela Vazquez Perez has weaved together a beautifully written, magical story that proves anything can be triumphed over with the help of friends and loved ones, and it will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

Clean eating

Clean eating - Daisy williams Daisy Williams has assembled an easy to follow guide to start eating clean and keep to it. She explains the basics of what clean eating is, and the importance of avoiding chemicals and hormones in your food, and eating organic fruits, vegetables and meat. Along with this, she explains how finding others who are also making a healthy change can help you to stay motivated and what to expect from your body as you make the switch to a healthier eating lifestyle.

‘Clean Eating’ also breaks down the individual benefits of certain foods and how eating smaller portions and snacks can keep your metabolism high and away from hunger. This is a helpful book for those suffering from diet-related conditions, and the included shopping list and mouth-watering recipes in here are not to be missed as well.

Calm Mind: Proven Tactics to Treat Anxiety Panic Attacks and Take Charge of Your Life

Calm Mind: Proven Tactics to Treat Anxiety Panic Attacks and Take Charge of Your Life - Michael Winford If you ever found yourself overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, this book can help you tackle it on your own, without resorting to expensive medical treatments. With how-to information on meditation, relaxing, and keeping a positive outlook, Winford covers a bit of everything relating to your anxiety and how to deal with it effectively. A great book for sufferers of anxiety and panic attacks.