The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller

The Creed Legacy


About the Book:

Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his  long-estranged twin brother brings him “home” for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory—at thirty-three, he’s a restless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other. And a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future.

Carolyn Simmons is looking for Mr. Right in Lonesome Bend, as the tick tock of her biological clock gets ever louder. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. Until lassoing his wild heart becomes everything both of them need.

Quotes:

“…I was referring, my prickly friend, to the bare-socket electricity arcing between you and Brody all evening. I’m surprised all our hair didn’t stand on end, and our skeletons didn’t show through our skin….”

“…because the nooky-ban obviously isn’t working any better for you than it is for me—which is to say, not at all….”

My Review:

            Linda Lael Miller does it again with this novel. I was looking for something light hearted to read with (sorry) a definite good ending and this book did not disappoint. It was funny and serious. We always expect funny, caught off guard scenes from Linda; but this book had a sad note to it as well. In the end, the cowboy’s heart as well as the cowgirl’s heart will mend with the help of their love.

Brody Creed, downright handsome and boasting the sexiest blue eyes this side of the great Mississippi, bears a striking resemblance to his brother, Conner. There’s a reason for that, they are twins. Having lost their parents as babies and they were raised by a devoted aunt and uncle.

The Creed twins have each suffered their share of tragedy and along the way find wonderful women who match them in spirit and that is what seals the deal with this trilogy. I enjoyed the Creed Legacy and you will too. I definitely recommend it.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation – monetary or in kind – has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.

By:              Linda Lael Miller

Publisher:    Harlequin

Imprint:       HQN Books

Publisher’s Date: 6/28/2011

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com

Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions by CK Webb and DJ Weaver

About the book:

Who’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes?

What if you were in your car alone with your small child and you came upon an emergency scene? Would you stop to help? What if, while you are trying to assist a victim of an accident or mugging, you left your young child alone in the car, thinking he or she would be safe. What if, instead of help, the call to 911 brought a terrifying, sinister result?

Someone’s abducting children from 911 emergency scenes in Aberdeen Maryland, while their parents call for help and lend aid to accident victims. Someone who’s also listening in, is a monster and vicious child abductor. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of the scene, that monster slips in and steals the innocent children leaving behind no trace for authorities.

Sloanne Kelly is unprepared for what awaits in her hometown as she travels back to Maryland. Her goddaughter is one of the victims and the clock is ticking. Together with her best friend and a local fireman, Shawn Tyler, Sloanne will face the most insidious of criminals and fight to recover the children before there is anymore, Cruelty to Innocents.

My Review:

            The story line captivates you and holds you bound to your chair with the reality of the subject; child abduction. The writers bring you into the lives of the characters and you feel their pain as clearly, as if you were sitting on the sofa next to them.

Everyone would like to be a Good Samaritan. It is human nature. We all feel the need to help someone in misery. This book makes you question good deeds. The book leaves you weighing the simple phrase “should I or shouldn’t I help” when you see someone in distress. Do you grab your children and pretend not to see someone in need of help; or do you take the risk to turn your back for only a second…

This book will make you look around you, into the faces of those you trust most, and have you wondering if you really know who they are.

I figured out who the villain was the first time he can onto the scene, which left me a little disappointed; but maybe that was intentional because right when you think you have it all wrapped up, you are hoisted into the air and thrown against a wall with the surprise you didn’t see coming. I liked that.

The book dialog was good. I was a little thrown by the simplicity of the dialogue between the heroine and the hero. It seemed a little out of place in the seriousness of the book. My dad is a retired law enforcement officer and I am married to a retired law enforcement officer so I enjoyed solving the clues along with the characters.

Overall, the book was extremely good; and with the surprise ending, I am definitely anticipating the second book in the series. I recommend this book.

The Authors:

CK Webb

CK Webb was born and raised in Mississippi and dreamed of writing like the greats; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King, to name a few. CK joined the US Navy and traveled the world, but eventually returned to settle down in the tiny town of Millport, Alabama. A self-proclaimed ‘reformed bad girl’, this thirty-something writer now shares her life with her husband and two beautiful children. CK also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and book club. Although CK delights in preying on the fears of others and enjoys killing people…thankfully she does it the legal way; in her novels. She has just completed the first two novels in the ‘Innocents’ series which she co-wrote with her best-friend and mother, DJ Weaver. CK writes in a variety of other genres and also writes articles and book reviews for Suspense Magazine.

DJ Weaver

DJ Weaver originally hails from Pascagoula Mississippi, but relocated to north Mississippi in 1980. She took courses at Mississippi University for Woman andMississippi State University, studying paralegalism and Human Resources Management and has worked in the clerical field for twenty-five years.
DJ, along with her daughter and best friend, CK Webb, recently completed the first two in the three-novel Innocents series. She also writes in a variety of other genres.
When she isn‘t writing, DJ develops and maintains WebbWeaver Review blog, where she reviews books and interviews published authors regularly. She serves as co-chairwoman of WebbWeaver Book Club and also writes book reviews forSuspense Magazine.DJ is a 50-something year old mother and grandmother who now works part-time and makes her home in Millport Alabama.

Author website: http://webbweaver-zelda555.blogspot.com/

CK’s Facebook fanpage & Twitter

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-CK-Webb/154867487887428

http://twitter.com/CKWebb73

DJ’S Facebook fanpage & Twitter

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-DJ-Weaver/156387674395890

http://twitter.com/raven555

http://twitter.com/WebbWeavers

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation – monetary or in kind – has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm.

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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels - A Love Story
About the Book (from Booklist):

            Popular blogger and cookbook author Drummond shares the story of her courtship and marriage to her husband, whom she refers to as Marlboro Man. Though Drummond grew up in Oklahoma, she never imagined she’d end up there for good. After four years of college in Los Angeles, Drummond was only making a pit stop home before moving to Chicago. A chance encounter with a devastatingly masculine cowboy in a local bar changes everything. Though several months elapse before Marlboro Man calls her, the spark between them ignites as soon as they start dating. A rancher with deep roots in the land he works, Marlboro Man isn’t going anywhere, which means Drummond has to decide whether, to be with him, she’s willing to give up her dream of moving to Chicago. By the time Marlboro Man proposes, the decision is made, and Drummond prepares to marry the love of her life and discover what being a rancher’s wife will entail. Charming and bright, Drummond’s story will be an inspiration to those who despair of finding old-fashioned,lasting love. –Kristine Huntley

My Review:

            I really enjoyed this book. It is a great love story and it brought back so many memories of when my husband and I were dating. I laughed until I cried so many times while reading this book that I lost count.
            I loved the part when her mother knocked on the truck window at 2 a.m. in the morning to ask if it were Ree in the truck. First, what mother would casually stroll up to a strange truck parked in her driveway at that time of the morning dressed in her nightclothes and knock on the window? Wouldn’t most of us just phone 911?
            There was a very cold night when my husband and I were dating that we sat out in his truck in the driveway until odd hours of the night. We had the motor running to keep the heat going and that means the running lights were on (keep in mind that we were in our thirty’s.) My father attempted to come out of the house several times to bring the garbage to the street for the next morning’s trash collection. Each time he opened the door, the lights blinded him. He finally just gave up and went to bed. We still, to this day, laugh about that incident.
            Ree Drummond tells a story about how they both got food poisoning from lobster while on their honeymoon in Australia. Oh! How I laughed! My husband and I traveled to Boston a few years ago and we ate lobster. I had this idea that if I ever ate lobster, it would be in Boston. I had a reaction to the lobster and was violently ill for most of the night. I remember lying in bed willing the impending stomachache to just go away (we’ve all been there.) The longer I lay there, the worse it got until finally (I’ll leave out the details) I couldn’t pretend any longer. My husband was so scared that he prayed the entire night.
            I felt so sorry for the people in the hotel suite next to us. I am certain; their stay was not pleasant thanks to me. My husband wanted to take me to the hospital but I was so sick, I could not move.
            I have to say, it wasn’t funny then, but reading about the Drummond honeymoon made me cackle aloud!
            Ree is a down to earth woman to which we can all relate. She does not pull any punches and tells you like it is with humor.
            Anyone who loves a love story will enjoy this book. It is about meeting Mr. Right and falling hopelessly in love. It is a great read.

Author’s Website:

http://thepioneerwoman.com 

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I personally purchased this book for my own reading. No compensation – monetary or in kind – has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description were copied from Amazon.com.

This book can be purchased through Amazon.com

Creed's Honor by Linda Lael Miller

Creed's Honor (Hqn)
About the Book:

          Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.

          Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….

My Review:

            I have been reading Linda Lael Miller for close to twenty years and this book did not disappoint. She takes you into the lives of her characters with such descriptions that if they were to walk up to you, you would recognize them. Her depiction of the town and ranches paint a picture in your mind and as the story unfolds, you find yourself living a life right alongside them.
            Who wouldn’t like a cowboy with eyes of blue and a heart of gold? Who wouldn’t want to be the stubborn girl that this cowboy is fixated on? I love a book with family history and love and intrigue and romance. Creed’s Honor does not disappoint.
            Linda Lael Miller has once again hit her mark with this series.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation – monetary or in kind – has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.

By:              Linda Lael Miller
Publisher:    Harlequin
Imprint:       HQN Books
This book may be purchased through Amazon.com

Wingless Book Series (book 1) by Holly Hood

Wingless (Wingless Book Series(Book 1)

Wingless Book Series (book 1)

Ebook By Holly Hood
Published: Mar. 15, 2011
Category:  Fiction, Young adult or teen, Sci-Fi & fantasy

About the Book (from Smashwords):

How do you learn to love death when you are so afraid of it? Eve Cardwell is a beautiful, stubborn eighteen year old girl, who is looking for her true self; she is tired of her “Perfect” family and all that comes with being a part of it. Eve literally stumbles upon a mysterious guy new to the area, while drunk in the woods. She soon finds out that the guy she is falling for is like no one she has ever met. Over time he reveals to her that he is the one part of life that she never wanted to meet yet alone fall in love with, and he takes her along for the ride of her life. Although things become chaotic Eve learns more about herself then she ever imagined. Can Eve really learn how to become the person she has always wanted while trying to be in love with the unlovable?

Parental Rating (from Smashwords):

This book contains content that may not be suitable for youngreaders 17 and under.

 Book quotes:

             “…My fear in life was simple – I feared that I would die before I lived. I feared that when I did die, I would have realized that all I was taught was wrong and would be out of luck. …”

“…Everything has a reaction though, so even when you think you’re not doing something, the simplest thing could be what you were meant to do. Sometimes people lived a short time to help others live. life was a crazy ride…”

“…My life lesson was simple. Believe with your heart, fear is real, and no one ever is going to make it out by the skin of their teeth. Death may be scary, but there was one thing that death gave us, and that was blindness to not see it coming until it was too late. And now I believed in everything that I was told I was wrong to believe…”

 My Review:

            What a strange book. A story of love and a story of independence. A story of good choices and a story of bad choices. A story of loss and a story of gain.

            We meet Eve, a headstrong, independent soul longing to live life on her terms. So much like the brother she lost, she longs to leave her controlling “perfect” family behind and strike out on her own. Alone in the woods after a drinking binge with her best friend, she meets Evan. Time reveals even more of the mystery that surrounds him and she is constantly thrown off balance as she traverses down a path unknown.

We follow Eve as she moves in with Evan and spends the next few months of her life learning more about herself than she ever thought possible.

I found the book difficult to follow at times. I felt I was in the middle of one conversation and the next sentence was a different conversation. I do not want to give away any of the contents but I feel this book is better suited for the older YA group than the younger set. There was a great moral aspect to the story in that we are all here for a reason, and just maybe, instead of fearing life, we need to live life. The book was a good read and I recommend it.

Author’s website:

http://winglessbookseries.weebly.com/

 Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation – monetary or in kind – has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher or PR firm.

 This book can be purchased at Amazon.com or Smashwords.


My Wednesday Musings

            Friday night the most bizarre thing happened. I spoke with my cousin a couple of times during the day on Friday. He lives in New Orleans and I live on the bayou southwest of New Orleans. The area was experiencing severe weather and he wanted to make sure that I was aware of the weather reports (he knows I am usually oblivious to such things – why is the rain pouring and the wind blowing.) Neither one of us thought to mention our evening plans.

            The skies cleared and my husband and I picked up an elderly couple (one is blind and the other can’t see) that we are close to. We then headed into the city (New Orleans) to a Blind Veteran’s Banquet. While sitting in the restaurant, I felt my cousins’ presence and wondered if they would be attending the function (my cousin has a blind friend who goes to the Lighthouse for the Blind for Braille instruction.) When the time commenced for us to serve ourselves (buffet for the blind? Really?) and we got up, my cousin appeared at my side. I was so surprised that I stared at him trying to figure out if he were a mirage. It was a nice surprise to be able to visit with my cousins and their friend and finally introduce our friends to them.

            Saturday morning I had the awful chore of having to clean the front porch. With the rain on Friday, my dogs were filthy. In turn, they love to play on the porch, so the porch was filthy. Ryka and Calypso love the rain and once wet, think nothing of rolling in the dirt and then playing chase up and down the front steps and on the porch. Then, at naptime, they come up onto the porch, shake, dry as they nap, and shake again. Needless to say, all the dirt fell off onto the porch; it was like walking on a dirt road! The only way to clean it was to use water. I also had to clean the mess the beasts made with potted plants on Friday.

          I was filling in a hole next to the parking pad that Calypso dug and looked up. Ryka was on the porch and she picked up an empty pot and looked at me as if to say, “See what else Calypso did? I’m the good dog.” It was at that point that I realized what a mess the front porch had become. Then, as I was inspecting that mess, I noticed that they had redug the hole in the flowerbed next to the porch. Fortunately, I found a bucket of dirt my husband had put aside for something (no telling what) and used it to fill in the hole they have been digging to China, along with chicken wire and bricks. As I have already filled the hole with broken bricks and dirt several times, I am thinking it ain’t gonna work this time either.

            After those two projects, I did the usual “Scoop the Poop” game. They follow me around and as I pick up the “prizes”, I explain to them that if they just went to the nearest tree and left it there, it would be a lot easier on me. They haven’t caught on yet. With that lovely chore completed, it was time to pick up all the “toys” they scattered about the front yard. The two of them sat there and followed me with their eyes as I collected all of the oyster shell that had found its way to the front yard. The looks on their faces was unbelievable as they seem to say, “It took a lot of time to bring that many oyster shell from the back yard to the front yard; and now we have to start all over again?” and they have.


            Sunday was my little granddaughter’s dance recital. Cara is actually the daughter of my best friend, but I am her Nana in all sense of the word. She was adorable. I could go into the details of how her parents are divorced and her dad is a jerk and acted like a jerk, but I won’t. Some things are better left unsaid, at least for the moment.

           My husband went trawling on Monday and brought back three huge ice chests of shrimp. That was a huge chore but since I absolutely love my shrimp, I didn’t mind. The only thing I minded was having to keep two German Shepherds who normally have run of a huge yard, locked in their kennel (a good size outdoor yard with a house for each one) all day because they like to eat the shrimp he was trying to dry.

            And, as if that wasn’t enough, he is drying more shrimp today. Guess where the dogs are? They are in their kennel and not to happy at the moment. I heard these awful sounds coming from the yard and it was so strange that I went running out of the house to investigate. One of the neighbors let their puny little dog out to run around and my two dogs saw dessert. They did not appreciate being locked up while this morsel was running around.

            Calypso had an appointment at the vet on Monday for her final shots. That meant doggie washday. She is easy enough to bathe because she loves the water and she is still small enough to keep contained. I also use warm water, so that helps. Ryka, on the other hand, is huge and hates a bath. Her coat is also so thick and practically water repellent which makes it doubly hard to wash. I just need to take her to the car wash. (I’ll need an accomplice to watch out for the SPCA.)

            Tuesday was deal with the shrimp day. The washing machine also decided it had had enough and gave up the ghost. That brings us to today, Wednesday. Today, I have to shop for a new washer and to please my husband, that means I have to shop around. For those who know me (and those who don’t); I HATE to shop around. Just not part of my personality. (Ask Jessica. When we shop, I sit here and there and read my Kindle as SHE shops!) As the dirty clothes are steadily piling up (remember, the trawling husband) I had better finish this post and get to shopping.

            Thanks for stopping by today!