Double Feature Friday: Kitty Hawk 4 and 5

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hi Everyone! 

Stopping by today with another Double Feature Friday. Today I am bringing you the next two books in the Kitty Hawk Series. :) Happy Reading!


Kitty Hawk and The Tragedy of the R.M.S Titanic

Author: Iain Reading

Summary from Goodreads:
Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world.

This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London - from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper - until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure.

Much like the earlier books in this series, Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of armchair detectives of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history the reader will find themselves immersed in brand new worlds that are brought to life before their very eyes as Kitty Hawk experiences the stories and history of a doomed ocean liner and unravels the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic.

Personal Review:
This is probably my favorite of Iain's books so far. I really enjoyed read this story and liked the adventure that Kitty had gotten herself into this time. She continues to have a strong desire to know and a natural curiosity that I find to be very enduring.

The plot of this book brings to life a world that is unknown, but in discovery yields so much. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book!


Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces

Author: Iain Reading

Summary from Goodreads: 
Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces is the eagerly anticipated fifth instalment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency book series. This series features the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot and amateur detective Kitty Hawk as she continues in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart on her epic flight around the world.

After meeting up with an old friend in the eternal city of Rome, Kitty Hawk unexpectedly stumbles (almost literally) into a bizarre mystery involving creepy disembodied voices, secret hidden rooms, unbreakable mathematical codes, ominous chain-smoking strangers and an array of plundered artworks by such famous masters as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Vincent van Gogh - all of it wrapped up and entwined in an enigmatic riddle hanging in plain sight right in front of everyone's noses.

With the help of friends both old and new, Kitty Hawk follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads her on a breathless tour across a quintessentially European landscape - from ancient Roman Italy to the darkest corners of Germany, Austria and beyond.

As with the previous books in the series, this new installment is perfect for firing the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history, this exhilarating adventure will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they attempt to help Kitty Hawk try and solve the extraordinarily bizarre Mystery of the Masterpieces.

Personal Review: 
In this book, Kitty is back in Europe (Rome) to meet up with a person from her earlier adventures. The book is descriptive in both what is happening around them in this adventure, but also in the setting. I really appreciate the authors attention to the details and it really paints a vivid picture for the reader.

I know I have mentioned it before, but these books really bring to life a strong female character and I really appreciate that they do that. They are  interesting reads and well worth the time! Thank you for the opportunity to read these books.

Disclaimer: I was awarded these books from the publisher. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Onions in the Stew

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Audiobook Info
Audiobook Title: Onions In the Stew
Author: Betty MacDonald
Narrator: Heather Henderson
Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes
Audio Release Date:
Synopsis: The bestselling author of the American humor classic The Egg and I continues the adventure with this collection of tales about life on the fringe of the Western wilderness. Writing in the 1950s, Betty MacDonald, sophisticated and urbane, captivated readers with her observations about raising a family on an island in Puget Sound. As usual, humorist MacDonald is her own favorite target. She manages to get herself into scrapes with washing machines set adrift in rowboats, used cars, and a $25 Turkey Squasher. And then there's the scariest aspect of island life -- teenaged children.

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Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today with one more Betty MacDonald book. I have enjoyed these audio books very much and I am excited to have one more added to the collection. This book was another one that made me laugh and I enjoyed the story very much.

Once again, we are greeted with the familiar voice of Heather Henderson on this book. I think I wont be able to ever not associate it with these books. She does an amazing job at bringing the books to life.

If you have never read a Betty MacDonald book or you are looking for a new author, I would recommend these books. It has been so much fun to follow along the story of her life and the challenges she faced along the way. I enjoyed this book very much.

Happy Reading! 

Author Bio

Betty Bard MacDonald (1907–1958), the best-selling author of The Egg and I and the classic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s books, burst onto the literary scene shortly after the end of World War II. Readers embraced her memoir of her years as a young bride operating a chicken ranch on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, andThe Egg and I sold its first million copies in less than a year. The public was drawn to MacDonald’s vivacity, her offbeat humor, and her irreverent take on life. In 1947, the book was made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and spawned a series of films featuring MacDonald’s Ma and Pa Kettle characters.
MacDonald followed up the success of The Egg and I with the creation of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, a magical woman who cures children of their bad habits, and with three additional memoirs: The Plague and I (chronicling her time in a tuberculosis sanitarium just outside Seattle), Anybody Can Do Anything (recounting her madcap attempts to find work during the Great Depression), and Onions in the Stew (about her life raising two teenage daughters on Vashon Island).
Author Paula Becker was granted full access to Betty MacDonald’s archives, including materials never before seen by any researcher. Looking for Betty MacDonald, the first official biography of this endearing Northwest storyteller, reveals the story behind the memoirs and the difference between the real Betty MacDonald and her literary persona.
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Narrator Bio

Heather Henderson is a voice actress and audiobook narrator with a 20-year career in literary and performing arts.  Her narrations include the NYT bestseller (now also a feature film) Brain on Fire;  and Sharon Creech’s The Boy on the Porch, which won her an Earphones award and was named one of the Best Children’s Audiobooks for 2013 by Audiofile Magazine.   She earned her Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and is co-curator of, a pronunciation research site for the audiobook industry.  In 2015, Heather was a finalist for a Voice Arts Award (Outstanding Narration, Audiobook Classics), for her narration of Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I.


Tour Schedule

Mar. 11: terriluvsbooks (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 12: The Phantom Paragrapher (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 13: The Pursuit of Bookishness (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 14: Dab of Darkness (Review)
Mar. 15: CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 16: Hall Ways (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 18: Ali the Dragon Slayer (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 20: Bound4Escape (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 23: He Said Books Or Me (Review)
Mar. 24: Just Us Book Blog (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 26: Buried Under Books (Review)
Mar. 27: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Mar. 28: Babs Book Bistro (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)
Mar. 29: Celtic Lady Reviews (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 31: Avid Book Colector (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Giveaway)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Art of Feeling

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I am excited to feature a book that looks really good to me! :) 

The Art of Feeling

Author: Laura Tims
Release Date: August 2017 

Summary from Goodreads: 
Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven’s New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, this contemporary YA novel explores the friendship between a girl in constant pain and a boy who feels nothing at all.

Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother’s death, which has devastated her family. After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression.

But then Sam meets Eliot, a reckless loner with an attitude and an amazing secret—he can’t feel any pain. At first, Sam is jealous. But then she learns more about his medical condition…and his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn’t seem to care about anything at all—except maybe Sam. As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories of the accident—memories that may hold a startling truth about what really happened that day

Happy Reading!

Book Promotion: The Good Dictator

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by today with a promo about a books that is available for free today to download on Amazon. The Author asked if I would help get the word out about here you go! 


The Good Dictator I – The Rise of an Empire 

There’s an object parked on the moon, but curiously, the unfolding of the story does not take place in New York, but rather, in Lisbon suburbs and in a small village between Portugal and Spain.

The main character, Gustavo, does not get along well with his parents-in-law, and his wife does not like Gustavo’s friends.

A genre-busting book that includes adventure, thriller, dystopia or utopia and an exciting 
love story.


Have you read this book? What did you think?

Happy Reading!

#BorrowAThon Readathon

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by with another reading challenge announcement. This time it is the #Borrowathon and it should be fantastic. This event started yesterday March 19 and will go until the 26th. 

It is being hosted by the lovely folks here:

There are a bunch of ways you can participate, such as reading sprints. I am most looking forward to the reading challenges:

Will you be participating?

Happy Reading! 

Guest Post: Leonora Meriel

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here with another guest post for your reading enjoyment today. :) Please help me by giving Leonora a warm welcome to the blog!

Guest Post from Leonora Meriel, author of “The Woman Behind the Waterfall”

Hello and thank you for inviting me to your book blog. I am happy to be in any place where there are book lovers and writers and readers!

I would like to talk a little today about the country where my debut novel is set – Ukraine.

I came to the country of Ukraine knowing nothing about it, and was entirely swept away by the beauty, the warmth, the culture, the food, the laughter, the resilience, the intelligence of the people. It is a country which goes very deep into your heart. I ended up living there for 10 years, in which time I explored the cities and the countryside, and made many friends.

I decided to set my debut novel there, in part so that I could create a window for people to get a glimpse of what a beautiful country it is. My main character lives in a small village in the countryside in the western part of Ukraine, near to Lviv. At the beginning of the book, we see the spring time, when everything is breathtakingly abundant and you can feel the plants and flowers growing around you. The noises of the village are special too – the dogs barking, cockerels crowing, children laughing, the babulyas (grandmothers) gossiping, the market humming, the toads cackling, the goats bleating. It’s a time of very intense life and it is especially shocking after the long, long winter, which lasts from November to March, with long periods of deep snow.

The other season I had in my book was the winter, when my main character is very isolated and her life has fallen apart. The winter is the absolute opposite to the abundant spring in Ukraine, and life really slows down or stops during these months. There are weeks when snow falls constantly, and just leaving the house is incredibly difficult. You have to live off the foods you have saved and prepared – pickled vegetables; salted meat; soups. It is a strange and reflective time, but also has its own amazing beauty.

I tried in my novel “The Woman Behind the Waterfall” to create an impression of the beauty of Ukraine, and of what village life is really like. My deepest hope is that it will spark interest in this wonderful country and lead people to find out more about it, or even visit. There is so much there to discover!

Leonora Meriel is the author of “The Woman Behind the Waterfall” (published October 2016, Granite Cloud), called “an intoxicating world” by Kirkus Reviews; “a timeless and universal novel” by Goodreads reviewers, “a strange and beautiful novel” by writer Esther Freud. Her upcoming novel “The Unity Game” will be published in May 2017.

More about the book:

 Title                                                      The Woman Behind the Waterfall
Author                                                Leonora Meriel
Genre                                                   Literary Fiction, Magic Realism
Publishing Date                            October 1, 2016
Page count, hardback                234 pages
Page count, paperback             262 pages
Standalone/Series                       Standalone

Novel Synopsis

Heartbreak and redemption in the beauty of a Ukrainian village
For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.
All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother’s fateful choices.
Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?
Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

Author Bio

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a law firm. In 2003 she moved to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She studied at Kyiv Mohyla Business School and earned an MBA. During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development. In 2008, she returned to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine. Her second book, The Unity Game will be released in May 2017.

Press & Reviews

“Readers looking for a classic tale of love and loss will be rewarded with an intoxicating worlds” - Kirkus Reviews
“A strange and beautiful novel” – Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky, Peerless Flats, Mr Mac and Me
“A literary work of art” – Fiona Adams, Richmond Magazine
“Timeless and universal novel” – Goodreads & Amazon reviewer

“A beautiful, thought-provoking exploration of family ties” – MP, Amazon reviewer



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Amazon US author page

Amazon UK author page


Twitter - @leonora_meriel



Thanks for being here today!

Happy Reading! 

Spring Bookish Bingo Reading Challenge

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by with another fun reading challenge hosted by Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews. This is the card of books that you need to read for Spring. The link will give you all of the details on how to participate.

Will you be participating?

Happy Reading! 

Guest Post: TA Williams

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here today to bring you another guest post from T.A. Williams. His new book is out and I am excited to be able to help get the word out about it! :) If you didnt see Monday's post about it, please be sure to check it out!


   I’ve been very lucky really. I had a day job (until a few years ago) that sent me all over the world on business and offered me the chance to visit stunningly impressive places like the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan in Mexico, the Kremlin, the Vatican, the Florida Keys and so many others. I’ve walked around incomparable cities like Hong Kong, Venice, Tokyo and Athens. I’ve swum in the Caribbean, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and in a really, really cold lake in the mountains above Zurich. I’ve skied in Austria, cycled over the Pyrenees, windsurfed in Antigua, snorkelled in Thailand and frozen half to death in northern China in December.
   So which are my favourite places?
   In fact, the answer has to be a whole lot closer to home. Anybody familiar with my books will find I write about places I like.
   My last book, Chasing Shadows is set in rural Spain, an area I love for its empty grandeur, its stunning scenery and its wonderful food and drink. You really can’t beat sitting with a glass of Rioja and a plate of Jamón Ibérico on the terrace of a hotel converted from a fourteenth century castle, looking out over the endless plains of Castille.
   The book before that, What Happens at the Beach, is set down in the Languedoc area of southern France, not far from the border with Spain. It’s a land of ruined castles, undeveloped medieval villages and long, sweeping sandy beaches. It’s cold in winter, but dry and clear – although the wind can knock you off your feet – and in the summer you batten down the hatches and seal yourself off behind hefty shutters as the outside temperature soars, and only the lizards stay out for long. And, of course, what better way of cooling down than a glass of the local rosé, chilled from the fridge, condensation running down the outside of the glass.
   Closer still to home are books like When Alice Met Danny, What Happens in Cornwall and What Happens at Christmas. These are all set down here where I live in the far south west of England. Here we’ve got a chaotic mix of steep hills covered by a patchwork of fields forever changing colour along with the seasons. The coast is rugged, the weather mercurial, but it’s lovely, specially if you decide to have a pint in a five hundred year old pub against whose beams Sir Francis drake himself probably bashed his head.
   But the star of my firmament of favourite places has to be Italy. I lived there for eight years and got to know the people as well as the country. In To Rome With Love I take you on a trip from the unique beauty of Venice through the spectacular hills of Le Marche and Umbria to the soft sandy beaches of the Mediterranean above Rome, where the scent of resin fills the air, fireflies illuminate the night sky and anybody with any sense sits down to a plate of fritto misto accompanied by a cold, dry white.
   If my writing manages to convince you to visit some of these magnificent places, I’ll know I’ve done my job.

Such a fun post! Makes me want to take a trip! Thanks for being here.

Happy Reading! 

Book Promotion: Two Voices, One Story

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by today to let you know about a book that may be of interest to you! :) I have not had a chance to read it, but it certainly looks interesting. I hope you can check it out.
Two Voices, One Story
This is the true story of a girl called Amy and the English “mother” who adopted her from an institute in China when she was just a baby.
It’s a story about love, family and identity; and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.
When Amy came to be adopted in 1999, China’s then notorious one-child policy had given rise to a generation of missing girls. Amy was one of them, destined to life in an orphanage if she was lucky enough to survive. That is, until she was adopted by a loving British couple who were desperate to give her the home she deserved; Elaine and Lee.
In this moving autobiography, Amy and Elaine chart their own personal experiences of their shared adoption story. Theirs is not a political account, but one which is open about the challenges of adopting a child from a foreign country and the long journey that follows; from China to the UK and from infancy through to adolescence, as Amy and her new family learn and grow together.
Now a bright and ambitious young woman on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Amy is braced for an exciting journey into adulthood, one which her proud mother is delighted to be able to share.
Two Voices, One Story is a frank but uplifting account of the complex adoption process and the profound relationship between a mother and her adopted child.

About the authors: Elaine Rizzo (Elaine Masters) works in finance as a licensed insolvency practitioner for ClearDebt a company based in Manchester. Her daughter Amy Masters is now eighteen and at college. She enjoys art and design and her ambition is to become a photographer when she graduates. Both now live near Cardigan in West Wales.


Happy Reading! 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Four Tendencies

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I am excited to feature a book that is from an author I adore, Gretchen Rubin! If you have read her latest book, this one will make sense. I am so excited to know more and looking forward reading it.

The Four Tendencies
Gretchen Rubin
September 12, 2017

Summary from Goodreads: 
Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project; Better Than Before) reveals the surprising truth about the four hidden personality types that drive everything we do. Learn how to understand yourself better--and also how to influence others more effectively.

Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Johnny and Jamaal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Summary from Goodreads: 
Two athletes from different planets are on the verge of greatness. Johnny’s a carefree Canadian making his mark in the NHL. Jamaal’s set to follow LeBron and Kyrie out of the ghetto. When their worlds collide, the catastrophic clash ignites racial conflict not seen since Ferguson. The incident tests the fledgling love of Johnny’s best friend Lucas and his African-American girlfriend Chantal, and sets them on a quest for truth and justice in the perverse racial landscape of 2016.

As chaos escalates across American cities, an MLK-like voice rises from the ashes. Wilbur Rufus Holmes may be salvation for Luke and Chantal, but can he stop society’s relentless descent into racial discord?

Johnny and Jamaal is awash with sports, violence and political taboo, as America’s seething dysfunction is laid bare

Personal Review:
Do you enjoy books about sports? How about books about hard topics, like racism? Then this may be the book for you. In this book, we meet two different athletes and get to learn more about the sports that they play, the lives they lead, and what it means to be them.

I enjoyed this book because it made me think. The plot keeps you wondering what is next and opens the door for many conversations. I have not read a book quite like this before.

I appreciated the opportunity to review this book.

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the author. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Book Promo: To Rome With Love

Monday, March 13, 2017

Title: To Rome, with Love
Author: T.A. Williams
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: HQ Digital


It’s a summer of second chances…

Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…

Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!

Where to find TO ROME, WITH LOVE

Goodreads  ||  Amazon  ||  iTunes  ||  Barnes & Noble

Enter the Giveaway!

About T.A. Williams

Firstly, my name isn't T A. It's Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds", one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...

I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.

I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.  

I've been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she's right.

Where to find Trevor

Website  ||  Facebook  ||  Twitter  ||  Goodreads  ||  Amazon