Book of the Month April Selections

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Book of the Month Club is a monthly book club that gives you the option of picking one of five books selected for the month. If you like more then one book you can add the other books for $9.99 each. I really like this book club because you get hardback books and the price is amazing. The following are the selections for April 2017.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Judge Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ)

Startup by Doree Shafrir – Judge Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl)

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Graan – Judge Sarah Weinman

American War by Omar El Akkad – Judge Maris Kreizman

One Day We’ll All Be Dead by Scaachi Koul (Exclusive to BOTM) – Judge Kevin Nguyen

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Back in the Saddle: A Double S Ranch Novel by Ruth Logan Herne

back in the saddleBack in the Saddle is the first book in the Double S Ranch Novel Series written by Ruth Logan Herne. Colt Stafford returns home from Wall Street after becoming financially strapped. Being home also means he gets to help with the ranch while his father is ailing. Upon returning him he is met with a shotgun pointed directly at his chest by the beautiful Angelina who is the ranch house manager. Her job is to take the house, the meals, and his father. But Angelina has secrets that could change everything. These issues are revealed as the two brothers argue over several issues. Together the brothers work to save the cattle ranch while battling a crazy winter storm. This heartwarming romance that is well worth the read. Herne book is well-written with an amazing plot line, characters, and setting. If you love a cowboy romance novel, then this is the book for you! **I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** Get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again. He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye, and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.  Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick, who’s longbeen Sam’s right-hand man isn’t thrilled when Colt inserts himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the town’s people forces all the Stafford men to reconsider what it truly means to be a neighbor.  As Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district—or stay in the saddle for good?

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A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings

A Coldwater WEddingA Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding by Lexi Eddings is perfect book to read on a rainy day or when you are feeling a little blue. I really enjoyed reading this book and felt it left me with an overall warm heart because even though this book has its ups and downs it leaves you with a feeling of hope. Eddings does a superb job writing a story that you can see yourself there in the middle of all the twists and turns this story takes. The plot line and setting is one that a lot of people have been through or you know someone who has been though. I can close my eyes and see exactly what Eddings seen when she wrote this book. I think this is a must read if you are looking for a great romance novel.  **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get your copy HERE

(from amazon.com) Everyone longs for a place to be loved and accepted, warts and all. And Coldwater Cove has its share of warts! But while this cozy corner of the world is home to just about anyone who wants to put down roots, the way has been barred to Michael Evans. Mike’s dad saw to that some ten years ago when he ordered him to leave town and never come back. But when Michael learns his mother is battling breast cancer, not even the animosity between him and his father can keep him away. Of course he didn’t figure on getting roped into being best man at his sister’s upcoming wedding, but as long as Michael’s back in town, he figures he’s got a second chance with the girl who got away—Heather Walker. Long-legged Heather has had a love/hate relationship with the town bad boy ever since he christened her “Stilts” in middle school. She was voted most likely to succeed. Michael seemed destined for the state pen. Even so, she hopes there’s more to him than leathers and a Harley, for his family’s sake if nothing else. But while her fascination with him grows, a decade-old secret involving a member of her family threatens to tear them apart…

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Psychic Dreaming by Loyd Auerbach

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Psychic Dreaming Dreamworking, Reincarnation, Out-of-Body Experiences and Clairvoyance By Loyd Auerbach is an interesting read that discusses the different stages of the sleep cycle.  Auerbach goes into very detailed explanation of all four of the sleep cycles, several sleep disorders, and the outside effects in daily activities or stress. I find this a really informative read that shares many new insists on dreams and the psychic abilities. If you are looking for something to help you learn how to recall dreams and learn to interpretation, then this is the book for you. I really feel like I learned a lot from reading this book! ** I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Everyone is psychic to some degree, but did you know that your abilities can be enhanced while you dream? Psychic Dreaming explores how parapsychology and dreamwork can be combined to boost creativity, improve your decision-making, and heal yourself in body and soul. Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach shows you how to identify telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and other psi experiences as they occur through dreams. Discover dream incubation, lucid dreaming, and symbol interpretation to solve problems, relieve stress, confront your fears, and overcome nightmares. Use your dreams to create psychic connections with your loved ones, and explore other points in time and space to create a complete picture of the person you are, the person you have been, and the person you will be in the future.

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The Amarant by Tricia Barr

the amarantI really enjoyed reading The Amarant by Tricia Barr. I found this young adult novel different than the other vampire based novels. The way the characters are introduced and described by Tricia Barr is simply amazing. The story is about a teenage girl named Crimson Wilkinson who is in love with a collection of vampire books she has read. Crimson is more in love with the main character Nicholae Albaric. She decides to type his name in the search engine of a people finder program after she falls bored while searching for her father. What she does not expect to find is a match, Nicholae Albaric is real. This starts many twists and turns with the story. I found my self really interested in this fictional vampire. All the clues made you really wonder how this love story will end. I was very surprised with the ending and I loved it! I really find that Barr took a popular young adult book theme and made it her own. I found this a really good read. ***I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.***

(from amazon.com) A fictional world brought to life, a dark romance that promises eternity, and a secret that threatens to end it all. Crimson Wilkinson is a teenage girl who, having survived a dark childhood, finds her escape in reading a popular vampire series. After some investigation, she becomes a very active part in the very true vampire stories the world thought were fiction and falls in love with their author, Nicholae Albaric, the sweetly lonely vampire celebrity. But her happiness is short-lived as she discovers she has a rare gene that makes the carrier extremely powerful if turned into a vampire, and she is targeted as the vampire community’s number-one most-wanted, some who want to kill her before she becomes a threat, and others who want to use her powers to their own ends.

Some Small Magic: A Novel by Billy Coffey

 

2017-03-14-20-37-47The book Some Small Magic: A Novel by Billy Coffey was an amazing find. Billy Coffey manages to create characters that you can relate to or you know someone who favors one of the characters in his book. I feel this Christian fiction novel is full of twists and turns that allow you to get completely involved in the story leaving you wanting to know what happens on the next page or next chapter. It is one of those stories that shows life and death, the way people handle loss of a loved one. **I received this book from Book Look Bloggers for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past. When Abel discovers letters to him from the father he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems. With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely on his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman they met on the train. From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is it the magic that will one day lead him home?

 

Runes by Ednah Walters

runesWhen I saw the cover for the book Runes by Ednah Walters  I really liked the look of the cover and became curious about the story. I have to admit that this was a very quick read taking only about 2 1/2 to 3 hours tops! To me I felt like it reminded me a lot of The Mortal Instrument Series. There are runes which are a lot like the ones from The Mortal Instrument Series and a love triangle. Another friend that is in love with their best friend who in return is in love with some else kind of story. While I felt the characters development as a whole was well thought out, I just could not get past the similarities and the fact that it is a shorter story (a fast read).  I just was really not impressed with this book.  **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her. Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run. Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life

Swinging At Love (Suttonville Sentinels) by Kendra C. Highley

swinging at loveSwinging At Love by Kendra C. Highley  is the second book in the Suttonville Sentinels Series. Alyssa has all sorts of problems from training for a ballet camp and worry about her father’s failing business. She is not sure if her father can even afford the camp due to the family business being on the brink of closing.  Alyssa’s father owns The Swing Away Batting Cages but a brand new sports center has just opened and is destroying their business.  Then there is Tristan. Who shows up at the batting cages, to find a way to fix his batting problems. He doesn’t expect to find anyone from the high school to be there. Alyssa is there and she can see that there is something wrong or not quite right with his swing. She turns out to be the perfect person to help him find the reason why.  They end up falling for each other and needing each other in order to deal with their problems by never minimizing them or dismissing them, just by listening and being supportive. They discover that they are happier more together then apart.  This is such a sweet romantic story that needs to be shared. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how? Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood. Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

By Your Side by Kasie West

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I really love a good book! You know the one that keeps you up all night because you can’t put it down. The type of book where you fall in love with the characters and have to know what happens next. Well that is exactly the type of book that By Your Side by Kasie West  was for me. I admit that I was drawn in by the cover. Kasie West books always have cute covers. I really like how you can judge a book by its cover with this author and she never disappoints me! By Your Side  is about two people who get stuck in the library all weekend. I mean how awesome would that be! Autumn has anxiety and I appreciated how well she was written and the message that came across with it. Autumn was still a strong character, but it also showed how she dealt with it (or in some cases didn’t deal with it). Anxiety is a real and scary disorder that many people have to deal with on a daily basis. This disorder can control your live in many ways. Then there is Dax who was smooth and easy despite his upbringing. He had a lot going on even though he wasn’t given a lot to start with. A true opposites attracts!  This is a great read for anyone who loves a good love story.

The Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone

the travelersThe Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone  is the third book in this series. This book has so many twists and turns that you are likely to be shocked again and again. The main reason of the story gradually floats to the surface. Which will be a complete shocker to what you thought was going to happen. This book, like a lot of Chris Pavone’s other books centers around espionage.  While the book is a true page turner it does change rapidly from New York City to Mendoza, Argentina, Falls Church, Virginia, Paris, Capri, Istanbul, and other amazing places around the world.  I found that the suspense was very intoxicating.  A good stay up all night suspenseful read!
(from amazaon.com) It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is? Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all. It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.

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