Day: September 1, 2018

Book Review: Promised Soul by Sandra J Jackson

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What if in your dreams you kept hearing different parts of a story about a love affair between two people you didn’t know, but ultimately, something said you actually knew them? In Promised Soul by Sandra J. Jackson, you’ll find out. Krista can’t help but remember these dreams about a woman named Mary. There’s a ship. And water. A goodbye. It feels like death. There’s definitely love. But she just can’t figure it out. Then she meets someone who tells her a similar story through their journals. When Krista meets him, everything begins to unravel. Or is it sewn back together finally?

Jackson weaves an alternating plot line seamlessly in this novel. We learn of Mary’s love affair in the past. We see Krista searching for something in the present. How are they connected? Who has set the path of destiny such that they must finally connect… wow! I was intrigued from the premise, but then the beautiful writing and wonderful imagery drew me in further. I’m not normally a huge paranormal / science-fiction / fantasy reader, but this book falls into way too many genres to give me any worry. Once I accepted the concept of past lives (which I do believe in), it was just a beautiful and romantic love story.

Jackson is a new author to me, but this won’t be the first book of hers I choose to read. Her characters are extraordinary. Her plots though simple are full of emotion and opportunity. The devil is in the details, as we often hear, and that’s the case with this book. Trying to understand all the connections and the literal meanings is impossible — there’s just too many parallels to love, pain, loss, misery and need buried both deep and on the surface of this novel.

From a very attention-grabbing prologue to the point where the lovers re-unite, we wonder, as readers, will this actually work out? It’s touch-and-go for a while, but just as much as we want them to find their way back to one another, we question… exactly who is it that have been re-incarnated? Krista is someone I really came to adore. I wanted her to be happy. I needed to see her story come to a turning point where things worked out.

Thank you to Jackson for pushing my limits into loving a different kind of story. Such an ethereal quality with a touch of wisdom and hope built in.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Book Review: A Stranger in France by Kim Knight

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Love comes in all forms. Sometimes you fall in love, then out of love. It happens. As it did in A Stranger in France by Kim Knight. Kate is a wonderful heroine. Unfortunately, she’s emotionally abused by an alcoholic husband. When he pushes her beyond reason, she escapes to France to visit a good friend. She meets a stranger and falls in love. Everything becomes quite wonderful quite quickly. But then it gets a little complicated. She wants out of her marriage. She wants to love her new boyfriend. Can she make it work? If she can’t, I’ll take ’em!

I’m not a romance reader. This book might change my mind. Knight builds a beautiful character in Kate, and I believe her journey and approach to how she wants to fix her life. I’m sad when she encounters trouble. I’m happy when she wins. It happens a lot and then Kate worries it’s not all real, but Knight made me a believer. Is there truly a prince charming (or princess!) out there for all of us? The thriller and mystery buff in me waited for the shoe to fall… I won’t say if/when/how it does. But… you’ll have to read to know.

Knight created a series of scenes and events that easily make you attached to her characters. For story and hope alone, I gave this 5 stars. But it’s quite a solid book and will bring lots of joy and curiosity to many. I like the casual yet structured style between phone calls, letters, text messages and emails. It is modern but old-fashioned. I love a fairy tale ending. I wish I could tell you if we got one here, but that’d be spoiling the story, wouldn’t it?

Kudos to Knight for telling a wonderful story. I must check out more of her work now!

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: Escape into the Blue by Bibiana Krall

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I’m an ardent fan of suspense and multi-book series. When the debut novel, Escape into the Blue A suspense thriller, from the Sophia series published in 2015 by Bibiana Krall, crossed my desk, I needed to give it a chance. What an intense ride!

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The novel is a slow-burner until it’s NOT… Sophia is on a plane seemingly only to escape some drama going on in her life. She’s been hurt physically somehow, but also emotionally. We don’t know why. An escape into the blue sounds amazing, right? Unfortunately, this girl seems to be a magnet for trouble. When she arrives in her destination, things begin to get a little aggressive. It doesn’t happen right away, but by midway in the book, she’s become attached to a few men who aren’t very good for her. And by ‘aren’t very good,’ I mean…. does she want to live or die?

Anger, love, violence, threats, and so much more ensure in the coming days and weeks. Paradise is never quite paradise, it it? Krall is very talented in describing scenes and settings. You will feel like you’re there down to every small detail. Her vocabulary is top-notch and offers a wonderful approach to feeling words transcend off the page.

Her characters are flawed, and while I can’t say I particularly loved any of them, it’s only because so much dimension was added to them that it makes you really wonder… does this really happen to people? And if it does, how would you handle dealing with it? I’m sure the answer is yes… and it’s quite a difficult life. Sophia is a survivor, and knowing this was a series, I knew she’d make it out. But the harm that came with it… wow. Poor girl needs a break. Krall likes to torture but find redemption and safety. Good approach!

Kudos to Krall for showing how mastering the right words and descriptions can make the difference in a story. From the cover, you’ll think beauty and peace. From the action, you’ll be far from it. I’m curious to see what else might happen to this courageous and dynamic woman… but I guess we’ll have to wait until the next book is released. If you’re looking for a character and action-driven story, this is one to check out. You’ll feel surrounded exactly as Sophia is, but there are other points of view in the book to take notice of, too… so get ready for a wild ride… a few lessons in how to pack a punch into your words, and some unexpected consequences.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: The Bride of Glass by Candace Robinson

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Earlier this year, I read and adored Candace Robinson‘s first book in the Glass Vault series. When the author’s second book, The Bride of Glass, was published this summer, I had to jump on it. What imagination and creativity lurks in her mind!

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Combining fantasies and fairy tales, this series expands upon everything we thought we knew about the stories of yesteryear and injects them with a twisty punch. Perrie is stuck in Quinsey Wolfe’s crazy glass vault, but she’s no longer Perrie. He’s transformed his bride into something very different, yet memories surface and push her to figure out the truth. Vale keeps a strong hold on her, but her friends are very persistent. Will she be rescued? Will he go back to the underworld? What happens to their strange and addictive love?

What I loved the most about this book was learning the back stories of all the characters who’ve been previously turned into storybook characters… from Little Red Riding Hood to Jack the Ripper, we now understand how Vale transported them into his frozen world, and how they can be turned into glass. The most fantastic part is Vale’s history… who his parents are, what happened to him as a child, and what he really wants from life.

Robinson has built a stellar cast with strong appeal. We root for the bad guys to turn good, yet we dislike some of the things some must to do get there. The world is grey… not black and white. It’s a nice gut punch of passion and fear. To be in her mind while creating this would be quite comical and inspiring. It’s such an easy-reading style full of imagery and thought-provoking concepts. I definitely look forward to reading more from her… this was my third book and I’m sure they will continue to amaze and entertain me. Thanks for this great series… perhaps one day, there could be a third Quinsey Wolfe installment?

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

August Reads & September TBR

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In the hopes I can control my all-too-frequent impulse purchases and agreements to read new books, I started a new monthly segment on my blog where I list all the books I will read in the upcoming month. I hope that having something written, where I can be held accountable, helps me keep from increasing the TBR until I clear off many books I already want to read. I am going to plan 8 books each month, which is in-line with my 2018 Goodreads challenge to read in total 104 books (two per week). I’ve left some room to add anything in case I win an ARC or have a due date for an unplanned read. That said, let’s dive into next month’s planned reads…

April TBR (1)

August 2018 – 24 Books Read

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
it was amazing
After reading/reviewing a book co-written by Candace Robinson earlier this year, I immediately added another of her independently written books, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, to my summer reading queue. Mid-way through the book, I learned…
Goodnight Moon
really liked it
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of the books that followers of my blog voted as a must-read for our Children’s Book August 2018 Readathon. Come check it out and join the next few weeks!This picture book was such a delight….

Sister of Mine
really liked it
I requested Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou from NetGalley earlier this year after the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, contacted me about this new 2018 release. It sounded fantastic, so I added it to my August 2018 TBR queue. I enjoyed th…
Where the Wild Things Are: The Movie Storybook
really liked it
Where the Wild Things Are written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak in 1963 was a Caldecott Medal winner the year after it was published. I treasured this book in elementary school when I played the lead in our school play (okay, co-lead…
The World of Winnie-the-Pooh
really liked it
As part of a children’s book readathon on my blog in August 2018, voters chose Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne as one of our award-winning books to read this week. I was very excited to pick up this classic again as I haven’t read it in ov…
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
really liked it
As part of a Children’s Readathon on my blog in August 2018, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems was selected as one of the award-winning books to read. It took home the Caldecott Honor Award in 2004. Since I’d just finishe…
Number the Stars
it was amazing
As part of a children’s book readathon I am hosting on my blog, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry was voted as a winner in the poll. We assigned this stellar Newbery Medal winner to this week and have been sharing all our reviews. Normally …
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / The Magician's Nephew
it was amazing
As part of a Children’s Book Readathon on my blog, we voted and are reading some classic young adult novels this week. Come join us! Today’s review is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe/The Chronicles of Narnia 6 Vols, the 2nd book in t…
Tail of the Dragon
really liked it
I read this book as part of a Cozy Mystery group that I belong to where we get opportunities to win ARCs. I have found so many good books and new authors, it’s really fun. This week’s novel, Tail of the Dragon, the third in the Zodiac My…
Cinnamon Roll Murder
really liked it
Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke is the 15th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series. I borrowed this book from the library as I couldn’t find it in the store last week, and I’m trying to finish them all up this summer before …
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
it was amazing
I’m in absolute awe thinking about the creativity within the Cheadle family. Their culinary and literary talents are fantastic. In one of their newer books, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook, Robbie Cheadle and…
Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics
it was amazing
Charlotte’s Web was selected as one of the young adult book’s to read on the Children’s Book Readathon I’m hosting on my blog this month. This classic by E.B. White has been seen countless times on television, but how many of us have act…
River Bodies
really liked it
I received River Bodies, a new novel written by Karen Katchur coming out in fall 2018, through NetGalley. Besides having a gorgeous cover and an interesting title, the premise was intriguing enough for me to say yes when the publisher of…
Assault & Beret
really liked it
I’ve come to really enjoy the Hat Shop Mystery series written by Jenn McKinlay. In this fifth and possibly final (I’ve heard rumors, but I’m hoping it’s not true!) book, Assault & Beret, McKinlay takes us from London to Paris for a caper…
The Clockmaker's Daughter
really liked it
Kate Morton is one of my favorite authors, and when The Clockmaker’s Daughter came out this year, I was one of the first to jump on NetGalley to get a copy. I was so excited to be awarded the book and added it to my August reading queue….
The Cottingley Secret
really liked it
I chose this book purely based on its cover. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor looked gorgeous, and after seeing it all over Goodreads and thinking about the Cotswolds, I fell in love. Then I learned it doesn’t take place in England,…
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder
really liked it
In the 16th book in the Hannah Swensen cozy mystery series,Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, written in 2012 by Joanne Fluke, Hannah’s under suspicion for killing the competition for her love-interest. Could she have done it? Did she finally go…
Blackberry Pie Murder
liked it
I’ve been trying to catch up on the Hannah Swensen series this summer, so I picked up the 17th book in the series, Blackberry Pie Murder, written in 2013 by Joanne Fluke. All I can say is I just can’t get enough of this silliness. The mu…
Winter Blossoms
it was amazing
Both the title and the cover of this book caught my attention. Winter Blossoms, a novel published in 2018 by Paul Iasevoli, takes place in 1980s New York City where a young twenty-something named Chris struggles to survive amidst everyth…
A Bloody Day In Destiny: Four Stories of the Wild West: A Western Adventure
it was amazing
Over the last year, I’ve read a few children’s books by Russ Towne and loved their strong lessons, vivid characters, and well-thought out settings. Then I noticed on his blog that he’d written a short collection of stories based on weste…
The Bride of Glass
it was amazing
Review to come on August 31st, 2018.
A Stranger In France: Romantic Suspense
Review to come on August 31st, 2018.
Escape into the Blue | A suspense thriller
Review to come on September 1st, 2018.
Promised Soul
Review to come on September 1st, 2018.


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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.