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Otherworld Chills - An Otherworld Novel

“Otherworld Chllls” by Kelley Armstrong is an anthology of seven stories that tie together the various threads of the Otherworld universe, starting with “Brazen” that focuses on the search for the evil Malcolm Danvers. Hope the half demon s...

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  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
  • Publisher: Plume

Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology - An Otherworld Novel

One of my favorite collections of paranormal stories is the ‘Otherworld’ series by this author. I am fascinated by the interactions of the various characters, including the thought-provoking idea of a female alpha who became a werewolf beca...

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  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: * Urban Fantasy / Paranormal, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Plume

Speakers of the Dead - Walt Whitman Mysteries

This novel is a historical fiction taking place back in 1843 in New York City. The main character, Walt Whitman, a journalist, gets involved in a mystery involving dissections of the dead. Back in 1843, a rarity has just been founded, a med...

3 Stars
  • Author: J. Aaron Sanders
  • Review by: Bemiown
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Debut Title
  • Publisher: Plume

Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step - Secret Formulas with Photos for Duplicating Your Favorite Famous Foods at Home

I really enjoyed this fun cookbook. The author takes lots of recipes from famous restaurants and fast food chains and recreates them in this book. There is every type of food you can imagine. It covers main dishes, side dishes, drinks and d...

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Sweet Forgiveness

Sweet Forgiveness, by Lori Nelson Spielman, is definitely a character driven novel. Hannah Farr, the main character, is beyond complex. She has so many people in her life, but when it comes right down to it, who is really there for her? Del...

4 Stars

Whiskers of the Lion - An Amish-Country Mystery

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Whiskers of the Lion, by P. L. Gaus. It combines several things I like- an Amish setting, law enforcement, and the ability to not always follow the stupid laws as I call them. The research done to write this mys...

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The Perfect Mother

This book caught my interest because it’s a real-life kinda story that any parent – mother or father – could find themselves in. But while the story got off to a good start, it kinda lost me because the main character, Jennifer, was not ver...

3 Stars

The Look of Love

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio is a smartly written romance from the very beginning. It kept up a good even pace. The plot was wonderful. It hooked me a few pages in with the smart dialogue. It was both a happy and sad story but I wouldn't c...

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  • Author: Sarah Jio
  • Review by: Rockchick
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Plume

Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

I have been reading novels by Jennifer Chiaverini for many years, including all of her Elm Creek Quilt series. I recently read “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” and was captivated by it. This latest novel, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival” is as wonderful a...

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  • Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Review by: Barb
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Plume

Enchantress - A Novel of Rav Hisda's Daughter

Ever been in love with more than one guy to the point where you couldn’t decide which one to marry so you chose both? Ever felt like you’ve been cursed? Are you interested in Torah? The main character Hisdadukh is and believes she has reaso...

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American Blonde

American Blonde is a wonderful novel. It’s fast paced and you just can't stop reading it. Readers will keep turning the pages. The characters keep you interested and moving along. There’s not a boring moment within these pages. I’m happy to...

5 Stars

Madam - A Novel of New Orleans

I love historical nonfiction, especially anything with a naughty bent, so I was intrigued to see “Madam: a novel of New Orleans” which was supposed to be based on a true story. This book by Cari Lynn and Kelly Martin covers the creation of...

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  • Authors: Cari Lynn, Kellie Martin
  • Review by: Danya
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Plume

Throw the Damn Ball - Classic Poetry by Dogs

“Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs” by R.D. Rosen, Harry Prichett and Rob Battles is a fun book that combines photographs of various canines and poetical musings that have ostensibly been penned by them. The poems range from pithy...

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  • Authors: R. D. Rosen, Harry Prichett, Rob Battles
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets
  • Publisher: Plume

The Genius of Dogs - How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think

This erudite volume addresses the concept of intelligence in dogs and how it can be evaluated. There are interesting postulations on the cause and effect of domestication as several different species with varying degrees of interaction with...

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  • Authors: Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
  • Review by: ELF
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Animals & Pets, Science
  • Publisher: Plume

Why Can't I Be You

After discovering that her boyfriend, who she thought was about to propose, wanted to ‘take a break’ so he could discover how deep his feelings ran for another woman, Jenny Shaw hears someone shout ‘Jessie’ while crossing a hotel lobby, she...

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  • Author: Allie Larkin
  • Review by: Angie
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Plume

Race Across the Sky

It’s always nice to read a debut novel that blows me away, and in Derek Sherman’s case, with his first novel, Race Across the Sky, he has had that affect. This novel really did blow me away. It was written so well and the author really brou...

5 Stars

The Last Camellia

Flora Lewis is an amateur botanist, living in 1940 in New York City. She is a lover of plants and flowers but, at the moment, is working in her parent’s bakery to help keep the family financially sound. There is a problem with the bakery an...

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  • Author: Sarah Jio
  • Review by: Mary Lignor
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Susp: Action / Thriller, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Plume

My One Square Inch of Alaska

A compelling, entertaining read My One Square Inch of Alaska is a story defining what it means to have hope, experience love and endure loss. This is an inspirational read that is suitable for all age groups. Ms. Short will take readers on...

4 Stars

Pastors' Wives

Pastors' Wives contains a very interesting story. I don't think I would want to be a pastor's wife or daughter. From seeing the show Preacher's Daughters and from reading this book, I think these people have their work cut out for them. Pas...

4 Stars

Quiver - A Book of Erotic Tales

Quiver is a collection of 12 interconnected short tales of erotica. They are all about a group of middle aged people finding their sexuality. You get a wide spectrum of BDSM and voyeurism. You have a woman who is tied up and forgotten to bi...

4 Stars
  • Author: Tobsha Learner
  • Review by: Sandiebuck
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Contemporary, Erotica
  • Publisher: Plume

Margaret from Maine

Mr. Monninger penned such an emotionally driven, heart tugging story that I just could not put it down. The book opens up describing Tom Kennedy in the war zone of Afghanistan fighting for his country. While his and another soldier’s Humvee...

5 Stars

The Cat Who Came Back for Christmas - How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love

I found this story to be a heartwarming one due to the things poor George experienced because he was autistic. I was so happy that Ben, the cat, was making such a difference in nine-year-old George’s life. I feel that animals are such amazi...

3 Stars

The Wedding Quilt - An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

There was some sadness in the book. It seemed like the Elm Creek series was coming to a close. Ms. Chiaverini added a little drama to keep the pages turning. It was interesting the way the storyline went to the future in the wedding invitat...

3 Stars

The End of Normal - A Wife's Anguish, A Widow's New Life

Before reading this title it is only fair to put all judgmental attitudes aside and go into it eyes wide open. Think for a moment of what it would be like if you were in the shoes of Stephanie. History shows us that it is possible to live w...

4 Stars

Becoming Clementine

Wow! I just finished a barn-burner of a book. “Becoming Clementine” by Jennifer Niven is a wonderful book set in England and France during World War II during the summer of 1944. It’s the story of a WASP (Women Air-Force Service Pilots), Ve...

5 Stars
  • Author: Jennifer Niven
  • Review by: Barb
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Plume

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty - Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, #1

This story is an erotic twist to the classic “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale that leaves the reader breathless. It delves into the dark and sensual world of total submission. As with other Anne Rice stories, this one is very well written and p...

4 Stars

Beauty's Punishment - Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, #2

I love the Beauty series by Anne Rice. If you are looking for a VERY erotic fairy-tale psychological series that will make you think as well as make you hotter than hell, than the Beauty Series is for you. I warn you that there are very exp...

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Beauty's Release - Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, #3

Beauty's Release is the final book in the sexy and very explicit Beauty Series. I found this one my favorite out of the three simply because I like the Sultan's harem and I truly feel that the characters find an ending or closure. The final...

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On the Island

On the Island, by Tracy Garvis-Graves, is a book I wasn’t sure I wanted to read. The idea of a thirty-year-old woman falling in love with a teen (legal teen) didn’t sit well with me. A lot of my friends had read and loved this book, so I tr...

4 Stars

The Union Quilters - An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

The Union Quilters is a story that covers a lot of ground in different ways during a tumultuous period of time in American history. It is, at once, a story of war, love, courage, loyalty, strength and principle. It is also about how all of...

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Bent Road - A Novel

When the 1967 race riots broke out in Detroit and Negro boys started calling the house for his oldest daughter, Arthur Scott decides to move his family to his hometown, Bent Road in Kansas even though he swore he would never go there again....

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The Puppy That Came for Christmas - How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy

The Puppy That Came for Christmas is a very touching story that is, for me, about the different paths that open up when others seem to end. It is also a story of affection - of people for dogs and of dogs for people. While I think that this...

5 Stars

A Pinch of Love - A Novel

I've never been in love before, and I've never had to lose someone I've been in love with. Thanks to this book I have an idea of what it would be like though. The author is able to do a brilliant job of conveying emotions, and all the chara...

5 Stars

A Stranger Like You - A Novel

This book reminded me of many contemporary classics I read in college. It's difficult to say whether you could love/hate this book as it's a different writing style altogether. One thing to note is the writing style is reminiscent of the 19...

4 Stars

The Marks of Cain - A Novel

The Marks of Cain weaves history (mid-20th century and more recent) with fiction into a beautiful tapestry. It isn't a pretty story, in some ways a violent one, but it is one that does not let the reader (or, at least, this reader) go from...

5 Stars

Stay - A Novel

I have to honestly say that I really didn't enjoy this book at all. Of course I was pulled in by the adorable cover and what seemed like a pretty interesting blurb when I first read it. As I began reading the actual story, I found myself ne...

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Harmless as Doves - The Amish-Country Mysteries

A quiet Amish community is thrown for a loop when a young Amish man comes to his Bishop early one morning and announces that he has killed a man. Bishop Shetler is not sure what to say, no one had ever heard of an Amish murderer. The Amish...

5 Stars

The Stormchasers - A Novel

A call and visit to a hospital about her stormchasing brother, who she hasn't seen in about twenty years, sets Karena Jorge on a quest that leads her into the heart of Tornado Alley. There, as well as in other places (both physical and emot...

5 Stars

Missing Persons - A Kate Conway Mystery, #1

Kate Conway is a freelance television producer for the past twelve years. One of the shows she's written for is Caught! where she interviews criminals who have been caught then she writes an episode based on that particular criminal. But Ka...

5 Stars

Blood of the Prodigal - Amish-Country Mysteries

The Amish are set in their own ways of doing things and their own beliefs, and do not trust "The English" or outsiders. But sometimes they might just have to rely upon others because of unexpected circumstances. A Bishop's grandson is kidna...

5 Stars

Broken English - Ohio Amish Mysteries

David Hawkins comes to Amish country for the peace it gives him. He is a military man and wants to get away from all the violence from his past. He has even fallen in love with an Amish woman with her own past that she would like to forget,...

5 Stars

Separate from the World - An Amish-Country Mystery

P. L. Gaus has done it again. Who ever thought there could be so much intrigue in an Amish Community, especially when it comes to bringing to light the substantial differences of opinion that can tear a community apart. In this case it's a...

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A Prayer for the Night - Amish Country Mysteries

Talk about an eye opener! I never knew all the intricacies of an Amish community. The research done on this book was astounding, with a wonderful tale surrounding the facts. I love a good mystery. This definitely qualifies. It's amazing how...

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Clouds Without Rain - Amish Country Mystery 3

This was a book I loved from the start. I admit a weakness to Amish information, "bonnet novels", news articles, and crafts. This book melded all those items plus my love of reading mysteries to combine into a book (it's part of a...

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