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Highlights of the Month - January 2017 (And something new!)

Hello Everyone,
So far, my reading this year is going good. This month my highlights will include books that I've read, as well as other bookish-related things (ones that I've done for the first time since I've started my blog). I'm going to start by mentioning the favourites that I've read (or am still busy reading) this month:

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This was a new one for me; and I so far I'm really enjoying it. A very close second(s) would be 'Pumpkintown Perils: Volume 2' and 'Maybe Tomorrow'. It seems like this month is one of those that I can't choose just one favourite. 

Here's some bookish-related things that I've also started doing:
I started doing cover reveals this year; and I find them relatively quick and easy. I also decided to start a Read-a-thon, which I'm going to be kicking off in February. For those who would like to find out more; you can go here

Second lastly (not sure if that's actually a p…

My Week of Reading (23 - 28 January 2017)

Hello Everyone,
I've now noticed that I have done THREE reviews this week...can you believe it?! It would appear that I had a really good reading week. So I'm first going to start with the reviews and then get on with an elaboration of the sort of reading week I had:
Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff: Amazon: Amazon Review - Grimm Woods Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Grimm Woods Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Grimm Woods
This book I'd already read and finished in December last year, but the tour was only this year in January. 
The Forgotten Painting by Gabriel Farago: Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Forgotten Painting Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Forgotten Painting
You'll notice that there isn't an Amazon review here; and for those that haven't read my blog review of the book; it doesn't appear as if the book is on Amazon, which is why there is no review for Amazon. Now onto the last and most recent review:
Pumpkintown Perils: Volum…

Review - Pumpkintown Perils: Volume 2 by Aubrey Law

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Paranormal; Mystery; Suspense with a touch of humor
Blurb: The adventures of Wanda, Sam, Alice, Amber, and Aunt Hazel continue because there's always another crime about to be committed in Pumpkintown. New mysteries, new enemies, new magic, and lots of new laughs. A suspicious vampire attack, a festival of poisoned pumpkins, and an unknown assassin determined to eliminate all leprechauns will keep Wanda and her team fighting for justice and their own lives. Revisit the Jagged Wood and enjoy a few more mysteries with the Tempest family and Jinxy too of course! This book is rated PG-13 and contains Wild Wild Witch mysteries 5-7.
About the Author: Aubrey Law is a mystery and comedy writer from Los Angeles, California who shares a small apartment with a spoiled Siberian black cat named Jinxy. Aubrey's magical Wild Wild Witch series contains a mixture of mystery, laughter, and some romance. These unique, entertaining stories are rated PG-13 …

Book Tour: Book Review - Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff

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Blurb:
A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings. Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
About the Author:
D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen…

Review - The Forgotten Painting by Gabriel Farago

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Contemporary; Mystery; Suspense with a sprinkling of historical fiction
Blurb: When celebrated author Jack Rogan stumbles upon a hidden diary, he can’t resist investigating. Honouring the last wish of a dying friend, he is irresistibly drawn into a web of intriguing clues, hinting at a long forgotten treasure.  Joining forces with Cecilia Crawford, a glamorous New York journalist, and Tristan, a remarkable boy with psychic powers, Jack soon finds himself on a precarious journey of discovery, exposing dark secrets from a distant, violent time, when life was cheap and cruelty ruled without mercy.  Meanwhile, Emil Fuchs, an enigmatic Swiss banker with a murky past, has an agenda of his own. Ruthless, and determined to defend his reputation at all cost, he threatens to expose a fraud that could destroy everything.  Will Rogan succeed? Can he find the forgotten treasure he has been searching for, or will it be lost forever, depriving the world of a …

My Week of Reading (16 - 21 January 2017)

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I managed to do one review this week. Reading this week has been alright. So far, I'm keeping on track with my reading goals this month. I'm hoping to squeeze another book or two in before the end of the month. Now the book I'm going to be reviewing down below, I'm also going to be adding another link for review that I did. 
The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Promise of Forgiveness Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Promise of Forgiveness Readers Warehouse: Readers Warehouse Review - The Promise of Forgiveness Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Promise of Forgiveness
I unfortunately don't review very often on Readers Warehouse, since they stock more of your commercial and popular reads and authors, and it was a pleasant surprise when I was able to review 'The Promise of Forgiveness' on this site. There unfortunately isn't a Readers Warehouse store in my town, the nearest is an hour and a half…

Review - The Promise of Forgiveness by Marin Thomas

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My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Contemporary; Romance; Drama
Blurb: When it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty-one and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them. But the road to redemption takes a detour. Hank McArthur, the biological father Ruby never knew existed, would like her to claim her inheritance: a dusty oil ranch just outside of Unforgiven, Oklahoma.  As far as first impressions go, the gruff, emotionally distant rancher isn’t what Ruby has hoped for in a father. Yet Hank seems to have a gift for rehabilitating abused horses—and for reaching Mia. And if Ruby wants to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Joe Dawson, the ranch foreman, she must find a way to open her heart to the very first man who …

My Week of Reading (9 - 14 January 2017)

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This week I managed to get two book reviews done, and a cover reveal as well; so overall, it's been a good week.
I'm going to start with the book that was released this week, and then move onto the book that I read for a book blog tour.

Brake Failure by Alison Brodie:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Brake Failure
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Brake Failure
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Brake Failure

I really enjoyed the above-mentioned book, and now for the next one:

Kill't Dead...or Worse by R.W. Hacker:
Amazon: Amazon Review - Kill't Dead...or Worse
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Kill't Dead...or Worse
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Kill't Dead...or Worse

The book I mentioned above is one I did for a book blog tour.
At the moment, I'm reading 'The Promise of Forgiveness' by Marin Thomas, and am hoping to get a review out next week sometime. 

Last Word:
At the moment, I'm on track with my Goodreads Reading Challenge. If I …

Book Tour: Book Review - Kill't Dead...or Worse by R.W. Hacker

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Blurb:
After a murdered partner, a cheating wife and a lost job in Houston, Nick Sibelius sets up a private investigation business in a small Texas town hoping to find some peace and maybe, himself. When two lovers disappear and a fisherman turns up dead, he finds himself drawn into a web of crime and deceit involving MaryLou, a beautiful woman with a mysterious past; Junior, a failed farmer whose best intentions seem to always result in a dead body; and Barry, a sociopathic dentist turned illegal toxic waste entrepreneur with a violent right wing agenda. When the felon who killed Nick’s partner in Houston joins forces with Barry, Nick must not only stop the toxic waste dumping while finding his client’s missing daughter, but keep from being killed in the process. In the end, MaryLou’s dark secret will either save him or kill him -- whichever comes first. 
About the Author: Richard Hacker has been writing most of his life, and professionally, in support of his work in management consulti…

Cover Reveal - Taming Marco by Alexis James

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Taming Marco  by Alexis James  (The Moran Family #2)  Publication date: February 14th 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: Playing the field does have its perks. Hot…passionate….naked perks. Marco Moran knows all about those perks. Wealthy, successful, and fully committed to being single, he’s content strolling through life with numerous women traipsing in and out of his bed. Unapologetic, he embraces the life of a single man, doing all he can to avoid tying himself down. Amita Morales has a mediocre life….a decent job, a car that runs, a boyfriend she tries convincing herself is worth staying with, even though any love she might have felt for him died years before. Meeting Marco Moran is nothing more than an inconvenience, and yet their attraction to one another is undeniable. When Amita is suddenly single, everything changes. For the first time in years, her future is open to possibility and happiness. But friendship is the name of the game for Marco and Amita. The committed ba…

Review - Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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Year Published: 2017 Genre: Chick Lit, Suspense
Blurb: “Is it too late to tell him you love him when you are looking down the barrel of his gun?” An English debutante transforms from Miss-Perfectly-Correct to criminally insane as she breaks the bonds of her rigid upbringing. Sheriff Hank Gephart tries to reel her in - but she’s out of control and she’s not hitting the brakes. What happened to the genteel lady in twin-set and pearls? And why did she shoot Mr Right? Brake Failure is set in 1999 in the months leading up to Y2K “meltdown” when the US government was spending $150 billion preparing for Armageddon As Lionel Shriver says in her novel, We Have To Talk About Kevin: "1999, a year widely mooted beforehand as the end of the world."
About the Author: Alison Brodie is an ex-model and internationally-published author. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING chose her debut for their Pick of the Paperbacks. The Scottish Daily Mail reviewed 'Face to Face': "Vain but wildly funny lea…

My Week of Reading (2 - 7 January 2017)

Hello Everyone,
I had quite a decent week of reading. I've managed to finish one book this year already, and am busy on the second one. I also did a cover reveal this week, which you can check out here
Now onto the reviews. I've managed to do one review this week.
Aftermath by Joe Reyes: Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Aftermath Amazon: Amazon Review - Aftermath Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Aftermath
The book that I'm currently reading is called 'Kill't Dead...or Worse' by R.W. Hacker, and I'll have this review up by next weekend.
Last Word: I'm hoping to do another cover reveal this month - I found my first one enjoyable, and find it pretty quick to put together as well. Reading this year has been quite good so far, so I'm hoping to keep it up. I'd also just like to take a quick moment to welcome my new followers, and welcome.
There was also a book store that I went to yesterday: A friend and I went to Monte Casino in Pretoria yesterd…

Review - Aftermath by Joe Reyes

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Book Cover
Year Published: 2016 Genre: Thriller, Post-Apocalyptic
Blurb: Aftermath is a growing series about war, love, brutality and most of all, survival. What was once the United States has become a savage post-apocalyptic environment where the worst of the worst prosper and the remaining good hide. The series features a brutal setting, where seven characters in different parts of the United States must adapt to this new environment. The "fight or flight" mentality plays into the story, as the nation is divided into factions fighting for control of the country. The government is outnumbered, outgunned, and forced into hiding as well to recoup their forces. The novel follows a fast paced momentum from the first page to the last word. The plot pits these characters against the elements and each other, with plot-lines intertwining on opposite sides of the war effort. And one character's quest for revenge can jeopardize not only the war outcome, but the reshaping of the entir…

Cover Reveal - Varsity by Lori Goldson

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About the Book:
Adrienne Jones was just another high school junior, eager to spend her days on the streets of Baltimore despite her mother’s objections after a stint in juvenile hall for marijuana possession the previous year. With no close friends or ties to her community, her closest ally is new teen mom, Mariah Warner, whom Adrienne has decided to help raise her child, much to her mother’s dismay. Not particularly interested in anything but her newest love interest, varsity football player Drew Houston, Adrienne and her group of friends were self-proclaimed outcasts. They weren't sought out for anything but jokes at their expense by the school’s elite, the athletes and cheerleaders. Ironically, they were okay with that. It means they all knew where they stood. One day after a blood-boiling confrontation with her mother, Adrienne decides to show her mother up by trying out for the cheerleader squad, much to her own surprise. With the support of her boyfriend, Malkum Warner, she ma…

My Week of Reading (26 - 31 December 2016) and Happy New Year!

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I can't believe that I've been able to get two reviews out this week (I needed to get my Goodreads Reading Challenge done), and Happy New Year to everyone! I've also blogged more this week than ever, simply because I've had reviews to get out, along with various wrap ups.  So as you can see it's been quite a hectic (but also pleasant) week of blogging. So without further ado, I'm going to post the links of the reviews I did this week:

The Last Valentine by Felix Alexander:
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Last Valentine
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Last Valentine

This book 'The Last Valentine' is only going to be released in February, so I'll only be posting an Amazon review link then. So onto the next one:

After Me by Deborah Coonts:
Amazon: Amazon Review - After Me
Goodreads: Goodreads Review - After Me
Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - After Me

I'm hoping that I'll be able to post reviews mor…