Monday, September 22, 2014

Currently Listening: Game On by Tracy Solheim

Game On by Tracy Solheim
Obtained From: Tantor Audio for review at Ramblings from that Chick

Why I chose this one: I'm a sucker for sports romances right now and this one intrigued me.  I also have the second in the series and I can already tell I'm going to enjoy these books.

Date Started: 9/21/14

About Game On:
With a reputation for fast moves on the gridiron and even faster moves off the field, Shane Devlin was a player in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, his bad-boy persona has made him a risky prospect as a quarterback, and only the Baltimore Blaze are willing to give him a chance. And he’s about to take a hit he never expected.

Working for the Blaze, Carly March knows too well how jocks think—and what they think with—so she’s always made a point of keeping them at arm’s length. But when she shares a kiss with the devilishly handsome Shane, she finds it hard to play by her own rules—and even harder to resist him.

Can a football hero and a business-minded beauty take it all the way? Or will their mutual attraction cost them the big game?

Currently Reading: Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Obtained From: Library
Why I chose this one: I read and enjoyed the first in this series and with the catch-up I seem to be doing lately with James Patterson books, it seemed like a good one to read.
Date Started: 9/20/14

About Confessions: The Private School Murders:
In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy.

Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan's exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren't looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents' deaths. Now, while she's working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend's homicide, she's driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree.

One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy's own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn't listening to her...and Tandy can't ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer's targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

What Are You Reading Monday #6

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in!

Books Completed Last Few Weeks:
  • Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton (audio for Ramblings from this Chick)
  • Private Games by James Patterson (library)
  • Private: London by James Patterson (library)
  • Private #1 Suspect by James Patterson (library) 
  • In This Moment by Autumn Doughton (audio for Ramblings from this Chick)
Reading Now: 
  • Game Changer by Collette West (for Ramblings from this Chick)
  • Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs (review)
  • Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson (library)
  • Game on by Tracey Solheim (for Ramblings from this Chick)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (just because)
  • The Betrayed by Heather Graham (review)
  • Four Seconds To Lose by K.A. Tucker (library)
Summary -
Busy weekend out of town to attend a park opening in my great-uncle's name.  That was special and a wonderful dedication to a man who gave his life for his country in WWII.  I also got to spend quality time with my kids, watching a favorite stupid movie (Talledega Nights), watching a football game on tv (Clemson/Florida State, boo on the loss), going to favorite places to eat and even having pizza delivered (we live out in the country and always have to pick it up).  It was also wonderful to spend time with family.  The 6 hour drive allowed me to finish one of my audiobooks and start another using the one-headphone in method.  The audiobooks I had for review were not kid appropriate, but it was great because both kids needed to do their own reading for school (oldest just read Divergent and loved it) and I got to do my required reading :)  Oh and it appears I'm on a bit of a James Patterson kick.  I realized how behind I was and I am just enjoying.  I know a lot of people aren't crazy about him anymore, but I still love his books.  They entertain me and don't require much concentration which with trips, football, more football and general life is perfect right now.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Currently Reading: Game Changer by Collette West

gamechangerGame Changer by Collette West
Release Date: July 18, 2014
Obtained From: Ramblings From This Chick (watch for review there)
Date Started:  9/16/14

Why I chose this one:

For some reason I am addicted to books involving sports players right now and I loved the sound of this one.  It’s definitely off to a great start!

About Game Changer:

Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

Currently Reading: Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs



Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Release Date: October 7, 2014 (review will be posted closer to release)
Obtained From: ARC from the author
Date Started:  September 16, 2014

Why I chose this one:

While I will read gruesome mysteries and suspense tales, I do love a cozy, especially settling into fall, and what better than a Halloween cozy involving a woman who owns a scrapbooking store.  I have read Laura Childs in the past and adore her works so this was an easy yes when asked by the author to review.

About Gossamer Ghost:

Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble-rousing, costumed craziness—and she can’t wait to get the party started. But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real-life danse macabre…

An evening’s work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela’s night is abruptly put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet—and into her arms.

While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the passion required to kill. But when Marcus’s assistant—and fiancĂ©e—Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn’t the culprit’s sole intention.

Carmela can’t resist the urge to investigate the growing mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes it’ll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there’s another night of murderous mischief…

Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Today we're excited to announce the cover reveal of Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This is a cozy mystery that releases December 30th by St. Martin's Press. This is the first in the Bakeshop Mystery series!

About the Book:
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

"Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike."―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

"Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die

About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Currently Reading: In This Moment by Autumn Doughton

In This Moment by Autumn Doughton
Obtained From: Tantor Media for review at Ramblings from This Chick

Why I chose this one: It sounded like a book that I would really enjoy and so far I am.  The readers for this one are great for their parts.
Date Started: September 15, 2014

About In This Moment:
A year ago, Aimee Spencer's world imploded, and she has been running ever since. She doesn't want to feel. She doesn't want to remember. To bury the ghosts that haunt her, she is living a life that has become unrecognizable. 

Cole Everly has grown accustomed to girls throwing themselves at his feet, but when Aimee trips and literally lands in his lap one afternoon, she's not at all what he expects--difficult, damaged, and closed-off. If Cole needed to make a list of qualities to avoid in a girl, Aimee would probably match up with every single one of them. He knows that he should stay away, but he's drawn to her in a way that he can't exactly explain. 

In this honest and absorbing story, Aimee and Cole struggle to sort out the thin spaces between loss and love. Ultimately, they will need to learn how to navigate through the pieces of the past if they want to hold on to the future and each other.