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Horns of the Devil by Marc Rainer

The second book in the Jeff Trask crime/legal thriller series, a series hailed for its realism by those in the law enforcement career field, Horns of the Devil is the story of the havoc wreaked upon the nation’s capital city by a drug gang turf war. As one career prosecutor wrote, “As a long-time prosecutor, I continue to be astounded by Rainer’s perfect pitch for police/prosecutor dialogue. Outstanding Read! Rainer is way ahead of his contemporaries in this genre.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $9.45 (Paperback) via Amazon

For: Thriller Fans

Palmetto Review Take: Nonstop legal and procedural crime novel that’s rich with detail and suspense.

Scrink.com Take: Since I’ve been reading a lot of cheesy romantic Christmas books I think this would be a perfect one to get into for some extra excitement.

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Too Quiet In Brooklyn: A Fina Fitzgibbons Mystery by Susan Russo Anderson

Twenty-two-year-old Fina Fitzgibbons stumbles upon a throttled woman in the heart of Brooklyn Heights and discovers that the dead woman’s four-year-old grandson is also missing. She begins a wild hunt for the strangler-kidnapper, Ralph. During the chase, she resists falling in love with her boyfriend, Denny, an NYPD patrol officer, steps on the toes of Detective First Grade Jane Templeton, and uncovers secrets about her own past. In the end, Ralph has a deadly surprise for Fina.

Price: $.99 (Pre-order) $3.99 (After 12/20/2013) via Smashwords

For: New Adult

Palmetto Review Take: Crime, passion, and New York City – count us in!

Scrink.com Take: Hey this is the best of both worlds. Passion AND crime. Count me in!

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Tug of War by Ross Collier

An action packed, tension filled espionage thriller set in Melbourne, Australia during WW2, based on actual events between the US forces and the Australians.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $16.95 (Paperback) via Amazon, B&N, and iTunes

For: Fans of Thrillers and Espionage

Palmetto Review Take: A fresh plot line to enjoy as you follow the political intrigue down under in this historical look at the relations between two seemingly cozy nations as friction emerges.

Scrink.com Take: Political intrigue and friction, no, never, haha, of course this is one I have to read just so I can then create witty banter between my husband and I.

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Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus

For fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz — Enjoy a creepy supernatural thriller with over 100 Five Star Amazon Reviews.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) $12.78 (Paperback) via Amazon and Audible (12/20/2013)

For: Adult Supernatural Thriller and Horror Fans

Palmetto Review Take: One of the most highly rated books we’ve reviewed, read at your own risk of being frightened half to death.

Scrink.com Take: The photo on the cover reminds me of the little girl from the terrifing Ring movie. There was a time when I loved scary books and movies but I’ve gotten to become quite a sissy as I have aged, I’m not sure about this one although I’m excited it is rated so well.

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The Jack Templar Monster Hunter Series – Books 1-3 by Jeff Gunhus

A new series for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Price: $.99 (Kindle) $9.79 (Paperback) via Amazon, B&N, and Audible (12/20/2013)

For: Middle Grade and YA

Palmetto Review Take: Ignite your imagination with this trio of supernatural books focused on monsters, mystery, and mythical adventure.

Scrink.com Take: This series sounds interesting, especially since I am a huge Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fan. Maybe these are ones I can read along with my oldest son.

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Vengeance Out of the Shadows by David Peretz

In the third thriller to feature Ross Cortese, NYPD, the detective contends with both a killer targeting landlords and a Russian assassin out for retribution. Kirkus Review described it as “a seamless blending of stories and first-rate characterizations.”

Price: $4.99 (Kindle) $11.25 (Paperback) via Amazon and B&N

For: Suspense, Romance, and Thriller Fans

Palmetto Review Take: Indie Must-Read Book of Summer Winner as voted on by everyday readers.

Scrink.com Take: Sounds like I need to find the first two in this series before I jump into this third book because if they blend together then I do not want to miss anything.

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Lunch with Lucille by Annarose Ingarra-Milch

Readers can expect to be inspired and entertained as “Lunch with Lucille” whips up a delightful dish of hope and optimism, served by a fun-loving, sassy, female character who shares a message all women need to hear – you are your best asset, at any age. Voted overwhelming the Buzzworthy Book of Summer, “LwL” overflows with nourishing wisdom and humor as you are treated to simple, practical solutions to some prickly issues such as aging, confidence, self image, and achievement. This fast-paced novella is thought provoking and leaves you hungry for the next course.

Price: $4.99 (Kindle) $13.13 (Paperback) via Amazon and B&N

For: Women

Palmetto Review Take: A perfect gift for any woman in need of Inspiration.

Scrink.com Take: So I just love the cook cover, I know I shouldn’t judge it that way but I’m a visual gal! Plus everyone needs a little hope and optimism every now and then so this sounds like just the thing.

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Tall, Dark, and Handsome and Other Devotionals by Christopher Hall

A collection of Christian devotionals based on one man’s life experiences. “This book makes you think! It is funny, uplifting and a down to earth view of Christianity. We all have those bad days at work that make you wonder if it is it all worth it. Chris Hall takes a bad day and redirects it to a lesson in Christ… I highly recommend this book to all my friends.” Karen Brooks-Rochelle

Price: $5.99 (Kindle) $11.57 (Paperback) via Amazon

For: Anyone interested in uplifting stories related to Christian Living

Palmetto Review Take: Deepen your walk in faith, or take your first step to finding it with this inspirational book rooted in the real world, and written for you to discover the next.

Scrink.com Take: So I just love the cook cover, I know I shouldn’t judge it that way but I’m a visual gal! Plus everyone needs a little hope and optimism every now and then so this sounds like just the thing.

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At The Gates of Walhalla By Justen Forge

Suspense, intrigue, and action. A page turner that makes you feel like you’re in the scenes. This novel sets itself apart with its vivid writing and top notch storytelling. Perfectly priced so you can give this to all the readers on your Christmas shopping list.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) via Amazon, Sony, iTunes, B&N, and $21.99 (Paperback) McNally Robinson

For: Thriller & Mystery Fans

Palmetto Review Take: After a horrific series of events a hero emerges to set wrongs right in spellbinding detail.

Scrink.com Take: Whereas before I said I loved a cover and thus would read the book, I really do not like the cover of this book because the typography is terrible. However, I am a fan of mysteries and therefore I am open to give it a try.

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Liberty’s Torch (Dystopia Trilogy Book 3) by Janet McNulty

Expect excitement action, and to learn the meaning of true sacrifice. All it takes is one spark to ignite Liberty’s Torch.

Price: $2.99 (Kindle) via Amazon

For: YA, Teens, Dystopian Genre Fans, Those Who Like Strong Female Characters

Palmetto Review Take: Like Hunger Games and Divergent, this dystopian drama is both entertaining and plausible.

Scrink.com Take: Dystopian books are not my favorite but I do love reading books with strong female characters, I think this is definitely one to check out.

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Some of my recent favorite Kindle books

I took my last Fall 2013 Semester final exam yesterday and so now I’m super excited about all the books I’m going to be able to read. Admittedly though I still read every night while I’m rocking Amelia to sleep. I cuddle with her and hold my iPhone up to screen through the tiny Kindle pages. It’s my 15 minutes per day of absolute peace.

Lately, the books I’ve been reading have been mostly chick-lit. Some of them have been suspenseful, some have been romantic and some have been paranormal in nature, but all of them have been entertaining and because they are Kindle books they are all affordable! These aren’t in any particular order and the authors did not ask me to post about the books or anything. I just felt like sharing some of my enjoyment with you now that I feel more relaxed. No more school until February! Sweet!

Here are some of my recent favorites:

unexpected-giftsUnexpected Gifts (Castle Mountain Lodge, #1) by Elena Aitken

This story is a highly unlikely romantical something in which two people find themselves at a lodge for Christmas, and wow they realize they knew each other from years ago and what a coincidence, right? Colin Hartford and Andi Williams realize they might just have found everything they didn’t know they were looking for when they end up needing to share a villa. Andi, depressed and hating Christmas becomes a challenge for Colin who makes it his duty to show her the magic of Christmas as an adult.

This was a very quick, entertaining read.

It is a holiday love story that did exactly what it was meant to do and that was to put a smile on your face and hope in your heart :)

wetheringthestormWethering the Storm (The Storm, #2) by Samantha Towele

To say the book is smutty is putting it mildly but I enjoyed it. I especially appreciate the way this couple communicate with each other even in their “I hate you” moments because they rise above dark times and come out so sweetly and imperfectly perfect if you know what I mean. I really loved the end like the whole last 100 pages was just so good. I cried and I smiled I just really felt for the characters which is the sign of good writing. But the book is definitely pretty ummm arousing and definitely meant for mature audiences only.

theguardianThe Girl (Guardians #1) by Lola St.Vil

So this book wasn’t rated well by everyone but I liked it so much that I also purchased the rest of the series. It’s about angels on Earth and it’s done in such a way that it isn’t overly religious which I appreciated. The story was really just very well done and original. I don’t want to give away anything, I just highly suggest downloading the first book and reading it if you like anything “other wordly” it’s geared towards young adults but I still liked it. The only thing was the lead character kept wavering between being an annoying complainer to being a stubborn tough girl who actually wanted to help herself and her friends, so… you might find parts of her inner dialogue a bit whiny.

buriedsecretsBuried Secrets by Emme Rollins

Wow! This book was crazy intense and just plain crazy all throughout. Talk about a monster story! I’ve not read anything so gory that was done in an effective way. Usually gory means it’s written poorly and only meant to be gross. This author handled the descriptions well. Even the most minimal details of finding a pair of glasses broken at the bridge before Dusty and Shane happen upon their friends dead bodies.

I love how the story incorporated timely
Environmental elements like the chemicals involved in fracking. The description of the sustainable cabin was amazing I want to visit this imaginary place so badly.

The story was tragic and devastating but also informative and eye opening. The kind of story to put questions in your head and make you wonder.

midnightbrunchMidnight Brunch at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta

This is the second in the Casa Dracula series and I loved it oh so much better than the first.

Even during the one slow point when Milagro was meandering aimlessly in life thinking she needed to be cured and not wanting anyone to touch her I still loved the way this story was shaping up.

Oswald and Milagro are such the oddly perfect couple. Although they are also the safe couple for those who root for her to hook up with Ian.

Edna made a much more pleasant appearance in this book as well. I grew to be quite find of her and I continued to be quite find of Gabriel.

One character I never understood and very much disliked was Thomas Cook, even if he did have hot chocolate breath.

In short I’m psyched for the next in the series and am sure I’ll be just as entertained. I love when I can slip into a good book and lose myself for a wee bit.

The Rush by Rachel Higginson

therushUltimately, I gave this novel 4 out of 5 stars. I wavered between three and four because there were several typos and grammatical errors in the Kindle version which really irritated me. (Although I shouldn’t talk because I am the queen of such errors myself.)

This story got really good towards the end. I’ll admit it took me some time to get into it. There was so much needless foreshadowing. The book says is part of a Siren series, we knew from the beginning so this constant oh woe is me routine about her curse really didn’t need to be so irritating. However, I whipped through the last 100 pages when more came out about Nix and his role in all the drama.

I really like the Ryder character, brilliantly done. Although I think there should probably be more of a back story on his family. How could his uncle and dad be affected by Ivy but he not be affected? Also it seemed really insane to me when Kenna broke up with Ryder. The way that bit of detail played out just didn’t seem right at all.

Regardless, I give this 4 stars and I will read the next in the series. Gotta see what happens with ‘Red’ and Ryder.

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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Ideas

Look no further than FrugalDad.com for the best Amazon deals out there. If you are like me you get the daily emails which explain the buy of the day for Amazon.com, but they don’t break it down by topic and they certainly don’t tell you all of the deals. That’s why we use FrugalDad.com’s website because everything is organized and broken down for you all in one place.

I know my father-in-law is constantly entering contests for a Kindle Fire so it’s cool to see that FrugalDad.com has Kindle Fire Deals readily available on his site. Come on if you are being honest with yourself you are curious just by the fact that this is not a Mommy Blog talking about deals and frugality, it is a DAD! That does not happen every day folks.

There are buttons on the website which help prompt you if you are specifically looking for book deals. You can click for special coupon codes in places. Everything is nicely color coded so you can easily see if you are saving a specific percentage or if a certain amount of money is going to be taken out of the total or if you will be getting a special daily deal, etc. I find that helpful because based on those colors you can more easily know if this is something you have time to think about or if you should jump on it pronto.

There are other frugal tips on the website, not just regarding Amazon.com but since Amazon is so huge FrugalDad takes more time to break things out in maybe a friendlier way that requires less searching and poking through pages. Hey anything that can save money AND time is a winner in my book. So with holidays and special times coming up, definitely click through for Kindle Fire Deals or for a bunch of other gift ideas.

 

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Bin a grindle? Fin a spindle? WIN a KINDLE? #giveaway

What rhymes with Kindle? Or better yet, what rhymes with WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A KINDLE?

Okay so a Kindle Touch is from Amazon and has built in WiFi with a fantastic touch screen that allows for easy downloading and reading of any book Amazon has to offer online. New X-Ray feature lets you look up characters, historical figures, and interesting phrases which I think is so cool because I wish I could do that all the time while I am reading the physical book.

My father-in-law just received a Kindle for Christmas and he uses it all the time now. He is happy with the fact that there are eight different sizes and three font styles. He also likes that if the book also has an audio option you can enable that feature so he can listen to his audio books in addition to reading them if that feature is available.

For me, I like that you can email personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle to read and annotate on-the-go. So I can use the Kindle for work or being back in school. Score!

What will you win exactly?

Kindle Touch including two eBooks by Andrea Pearson “The Key of Kilenya” and “The Ember Gods.”

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