Friday, December 2, 2016

Cross Trails Marshal by S J Bounds

Valentine Smith rides into town thinking he'll stop here for the night, get a good meal, and sleep in a bed for a change.  He's not pleased when the cattle drive gets close to town because he knows it will be a rowdy night.  He's right...

Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.

When he gets caught in a scrape, he takes care of it.  Next thing he knows he's been offered the job of marshal at $100 a month.  That's a lot more money he can make in temporary work, so he takes the job.  He knows Cross Trails has two sides of town and they each have their own boss but the bosses are paying his wages.  He also lets them know he's not for sale; he'll just apply the law as it should be.

Cross Trails is growing.  They have nesters on the outskirts and the cowboys with the cattle drive don't like them.  When he finds himself being a target by his bosses, he decides it's time to get serious.

In the middle of all of this turmoil, he meets a very pretty cowgirl that catches his eye.  He doesn't want a woman in his life.  He's not settling down.  When she tells him she loves him, he casts her away and walks out.  It's not until he thinks about it later that he realizes maybe he does care for her.  But he's in a battle for his life and then has no time to worry.  Until one of the bosses takes her hostage...

I like these old fashioned westerns.  Guns seem to be the real justice here.  I also like the romances that are so subtle but still catch your heart a bit. 

Lost Cause (Daisy Dunlop Mystery #1) by J.L. Simpson

Daisy wants to work.  She really would like to be a private investigator but sometimes that can get hairy, so she's just going to search for lost heirs at the moment.  Once she gets some experience, she'll see where to go from there.  At least if she lives through it, she will.

The author kindly shared her ebook with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

If you enjoy Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, you'll  love this series.  Daisy's husband, Paul, has teamed her with his best friend who is a private investigator.  Both men think a few days looking for an heir that doesn't want to be found will be enough to discourage her.  Wrong...

Daisy just seems to bounce off trouble.  She's not shy, follows her impulses and drives Solomon mad!  He's trying to keep her out of trouble and she's like a trouble magnet.  She does investigate well and asks questions he doesn't.  She gets information but she often tries to pursue it in the wrong way.  She's not a large woman and she's attractive enough to get hit on.  When she investigates a school by herself, she almost gets raped.  It doesn't help that Solomon saves her by telling the head of the school she forgot to take her pills and he'll take her back to the "home" she escaped.  How mortifying!

When Solomon won't tell her anything about him, she investigates him.  She finds out his real name and quite a bit more.  He's not happy.  She doesn't care.  My favorite part is how they fight with each other.  They like each other but it's like oil and water.  They are two different types and it shows.

My favorite part of this story is when his case and hers merge and she comes to rescue him.  He fighting for his freedom and she's scared and they both end up badly.  You can bet he'll never hear the end of it.  You can also bet there will be more cases.

I really enjoyed this read.  If you like lots of action, banter back and forth, and camaraderie, You'll like this book. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Alex + Ada: The Complete Collection Deluxe Edition HC by: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn, Art: Jonathan Luna

Alex lives in a world very like the one described in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.  His TV flickers into life on his wall and wakes him up for work.  A drone-like robot makes his coffee for him and brings it to him.  He just does his day's work and then comes home and watches a bit of TV before bed.  He just lost his fiance six months ago and he hasn't recovered. His friends try to cheer him up.  They even have a birthday party for him.  But he never expected the present his grandmother gave him...

Image Comics sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

This book really grabbed me.  It's about a young man alone who has too much time to think.  When his grandmother gifts him a female robot that will do all he asks, including having sex, he freaks.  He's going to send her back.  But once he talks to her, even though she's just a robot, he feels like it would be wrong to send her back.  He keeps her.  They get along.  But he wishes she had a mind of her own.  That's where the problems arise.

Since there was a robot revolution a few years ago, it's against the law to make robot sentient.  He tries to find a way around it and does.  When she's sentient, he falls in love with her.  But someone rats on him and the cops are after them.  They run but they don't get far.  It looks hopeless, but the authors find a way to make it all work out.

I really enjoyed this read.  I've Asimov's robot stories and others as I find them.  This is one more to add to the group I could reread again.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wild Men by Alan David

He's a young man who loves his father and their ranch.  They have a nice piece of land with good grass and good water and they are starting to build new lives here.  But the past comes calling...

Pioneering Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.

This is a story of hard men of the west who are used to taking what they want.  When three riders show up at the ranch and his dad doesn't seem very happy about, Steve comes to see what's going on.  It seems his father knows these men and doesn't want anything to do with them.  He sends them on their way.  Then the owner of the abutting ranch shows up and accuses of them of stealing horses from them.  It seems those men arguing with his father were riding them.  They tell them of the visit and the direction the riders took on leaving and things settle down a bit.

It turns out that his father was the leader of that gang twenty years ago.  He never told Steve about it, but now he has to come clean.  He also knows he's probably going to have to leave the ranch.  Steve doesn't want to hear that.

The big rancher wants that grassland and water back and he offers to buy them out.  They won't sell so he decides to run them off.

There's bushwacking, murder, double crossing and more in this tale.  It's about men who likes guns too much.  There's no sweetness and light in this story.  It's a hard cruel world in the west and so are the men that walk it.

Doodletopia: Fairies: Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-Magical and Beautiful Fairies by Christopher Hart

Mr. Hart is back again with more doodletopia for you.  This time he's showing you how to draw fairies.  How could the Book Faerie not review this book?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick it up now.  You might want to look at his other books.  He offers easy designs to try, gives you a template to try, and I'll bet you'll be surprised at what you can do.

He starts you off with heads.  It's amazing how minor changes (ears, head shapes, etc.) can make the fairy look different.  Next is the body.  He teaches you how to draw them facing you or from the side.  He also shows you some magical clothing and accessories.  (You might want to create some of your own.)

Most of the fairy wings he shows us are pretty flamboyant.  I liked the others shown at the bottom of pages in this section best.  The flying poses made me smile.  Then we get to the two main portions of this book in my mind:  Personality and Magic Powers!

Personality is fun.  You can have a happy fairy and with a few pencil marks you have a sad or angry one.  Magical Powers are always intriguing and you might want to create a few more for your fairies.

Then you learn how to draw musical instruments for them.  Those musically inclined will find these whimsical.

My favorite section is the last chapter about fairy dwellings.  I definitely go with the tree.  A small door at the base with a walkway and some landscaping and maybe a garden would be the way to go in my fairy world.  But he offers you other choices.  You might even decide to create your own fairy world in your own way.  Go for it!  Your imagination can help dress it up.

He's done a very nice on this art book, too.  Children will love learning to draw fairies.  If your child embraces this art and has extra copies of their artwork, I'd love to have a copy...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Double Life Of Miranda Turner, Vol. 1: If You Have Ghosts, Story By: Jamie S. Rich Art By: George Kambadais

If you like superheroes, demons, ghosts and impossible things, you'll love this graphic series.

Image Comics shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Miranda didn't know her sister was the Cat that fought bad guys and evil within the city.  Not until her ghost was standing at her bedside and telling her she needed to find her killer.  Miranda wasn't sure about that but she had her costume.  She might be able to fake it.  Her medallion that held all her power was taken by the killer.  Miranda hopes it might lead her to the perpetrator.

You have all kinds of obstacles to the investigation.  There are all kinds of odd beings that have supersize, super strength and more that want to stop her.  An old dead enemy of her sister's is suddenly alive again and after her.  Miranda is finding things out about herself as she attempts to avenge her sister.

It's a busy exciting adventure that kept me reading.  The art reminds me of comic books from the past.  I liked it and found the story fun.  They still haven't found the killer so there will be a follow-up on this story line, I'm sure.  Give it a try.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

Kyra is living in a fog.  She was a marine biologist who was diving at Deception Pass with her husband.  She got caught in the current and hit her head causing brain damage.  She now has amnesia and fits of memory.  Her husband has taken her away to an isolated island where she can recover in peace.  But she's not finding peace...

Touchstone sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published December 27th.

Kyra knows there are gaps in her memory.  Jacob keeps telling her what she's forgotten.  It bothers her that some of those memories don't feel right but that's part of the problem with her injury.  It messes up your mind enough, you're not sure about anything.  She's also on medicine that probably doesn't help.

When she goes to talk to a counselor, she tells her to quit taking the medicine and to take her time at letting her memory return.  It's a very good thing she stopped talking the drugs.

Waking up with no memory is one of my worst fears.  I don't want to lose my years of experience, my views of life and my loves.  In this story of psychological suspense, it's not until you get almost to the end of the book that she realizes how much she's being manipulated.  The worst part is that she is on an island and can't escape.  She knows she needs to.  And soon he learns she knows, too.

This is a tense read because it all sounds so reasonable and then it turns into a nightmare.  You'll remember this story even after you set the book down and read another.  I know I won't forget it easily.