Saturday Seven: Book of the Month Winners

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Every month, we hold a poll filled with our top rated reviews to see which is selected as our “Book of the Month”. Here are a few past winners…maybe you can find something to add to your TBR!

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

Our reviewer said, in part:

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon has a great title but the book is even better. … It’s a great experience and not to be missed. Ms. Sparks is amazing!

Read the entire review here.

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The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

Our reviewer said, in part:

This is another fine example of the cleverness that is Sabrina Jeffries. Perfect read for any time of the year.

Read the entire review here.

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Heart and Dagger by Holland Rae

Our reviewer said, in part:

Heart and Dagger was well written and its conclusion left me with a happy book glow. I especially loved the epilogue. It is my pleasure to recommend this book.

Read the entire review here.

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Written Off by Sheila Lowe

Our reviewer said, in part:

The suspense is good, the stage is set for the reveal and the killer was not on my list of suspects. … This is a good read that’s hard to put down.

Read the entire review here.

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White Water Passion by Dawn Luedecke

Our reviewer said, in part:

I am very happy that I chose to read this book. This novel goes on my list of recommended reads. It was my first Dawn Luedecke novel and I don’t think it will be my last.

Read the entire review here.

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Secrets from Myself by Christine Hart

Our reviewer said, in part:

The author has done a wonderful job in tying these two facets of history together. Kudos, Ms. Hart!

Read the entire review here.

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What Time Is It There? by Christine Potter

Our reviewer said, in part:

I found this story fascinating. What at first seems to be a straightforward tale of time travel turns out to be far more sinister.

Read the entire review here.

 

 

 

Saturday Seven: NY Times Best Sellers

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I was looking at the New York Times best-seller list for this week and discovered several familiar names.

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I’ve heard a lot about C.J. Box, but I’ve not yet read any of his books. They look interesting, though. This is a new Joe Pickett novel– have you read this series? Let me know what you think.

2.
James Patterson is back with Marshall Karp and the fifth book in the NYPD Red series, Red Alert. Patterson is so prolific– I’ve not yet read this series. However, I love his Alex Cross and Michael Bennett series.

3. I’m not sure how I have missed Ernest Cline‘s Ready Player One, especially since it’s been out since 2012! I’m sure it’s on the list now because of the movie (I haven’t seen that either). I need to check this one out… it marks all the points I like.

4. It’s been a while since I’ve read a John Grisham book.. I don’t know why because I always enjoy them when I do. Putting this one on my TBR list! A bookstore owner and a novelist.. what’s not to like?

5. Kristin Hanna writes beautiful books with beautiful covers. Yet another one for my TBR list.

6. Danielle Steel is yet another author I used to read, but for whatever reason, haven’t in a while (too many other books to read, I suppose). So many books, so little time!

7. This is one book I HAVE read… Jacqueline Winspear and her Maisie Dobbs series is one of the authors that is on my “auto add” list at the library. If you love WW2 era novels and mysteries, give this series a try. You can find the first book in the series here.

Do you check out the best sellers’ list? Have you had any experiences with the books above? Inquiring minds want to know.

Saturday Seven: Books with an Easter or Spring theme

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Since Easter is tomorrow, I felt the need to highlight a few books I found on search…no I’ve not read any of them, but some really sound interesting!

A Family for Easter by Lee Tobin McClain

Too different to fall in love? In Rescue River, anything can happen…

When wealthy single mom Fiona Farmingham rents her carriage house to widowed Eduardo Delgado, it’s purely in friendship. Insecure over her late husband’s betrayal, Fiona hides her attraction to the humble landscaper. Between them they have six children, two dogs—and a world of differences. But with half a dozen little matchmakers involved, can they find the courage to reach for happiness once more?

A Paranormal Easter: 14 Paranormal & Fantasy Romance Novellas by Tiffany Carby,‎ Kathia Iblis,‎Lorah Jaiyn,‎Brandy McIntosh,‎ T. Elizabeth Guthrie,‎ J.C. Madison,‎ Alison M. Diem,‎ Natalie-Nicole Bates,‎ Skyler McKinzie,‎ Amanda Ruehle, Rena Marin, C. Brady, Judy Swinson, T. A. Moorman

Eggs aren’t the only things being hunted…

FOURTEEN stand-alone paranormal and fantasy romances set around Easter from 14 bestselling and debut authors. This action-packed, steamy collection is filled with vampires, fae, fairies, rabbit shifters (hey, it’s Easter, right?), gargoyles, witches, dragons, and so much more.

It’s a must have for all paranormal readers.

Side note: as of March 30, 2018, this anthology is only $0.99

Esther, An Easter Bride by Hildie McQueen

Unrealistic expectations can lead two people down a trail to despair.

After the untimely death of her husband, Esther Wilmington must choose between pauper’s life as a poor widow in Philadelphia or a marriage of convenience to her late husband’s son. However, she is presented with a third option she couldn’t have imagined: moving west as a mail order bride.

Elias Jones likes the idea of a wife but quickly discovers how complicated it is to share his home, his bed, and his life with someone. Perhaps he was hasty in marrying. But he soon realizes he cannot imagine a life without his new bride.

The Cowboy’s Easter Family Wish by Lois Richer

After a heartbreaking tragedy, youth pastor Jesse Parker stopped believing he had anything to offer kids. Working with the boys at Wranglers Ranch, he’s slowly beginning to trust himself. And when he meets widow Maddie McGregor and her young autistic son, his connection with little Noah and his pretty mom is instant. Maddie’s heart is as guarded as his own, but as he spends time with the McGregors—helping Maddie in his gran’s quilt shop, caring for rescued puppies, and bringing mother and son closer together—he rediscovers his purpose…including an Easter holiday surprise of renewed faith and love.

A Dragonlings’ Easter: Dragonlings of Valdier Book 1.1 (Volume 1) by S. E. Smith

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance brings another action, adventure, and suspense-filled story to transport readers out of this world.

When Abby creates a set of Easter Eggs for each Dragonling she has no idea she is about to start a new tradition on Valdier. What happens when the men and the dragonlings take the hunt for the colorful eggs to heart? Laughter and a whole lot of crispy eggs!

 

A Blossoming Spring Romance by ID Johnson

Love is in bloom in the small town of Charles Town, West Virginia.

Sophie Chambers is happy for all of her friends who have recently found love, but she is too busy working as a dental hygienist for cranky old Dr. Mitchells, and helping with the children’s Easter program at church, to go looking for the man of her dreams. When Dr. Mitchells announces his retirement, Sophie just prays that his replacement will be someone nice. She gets much more than she bargains for when handsome Dr. Zach Kemper takes over the practice. Will their relationship bloom into something more, or will Sophie have to settle for being the doctor’s employee and friend?

Dr. Zach Kemper relocates to Charles Town to escape the memories of his wife who lost her life in a tragic accident a few years ago. He’s not looking for love, but Sophie certainly catches his eye. However, she works for him, and he isn’t sure dating an employee is the best idea. Will the new doctor find a spring romance?

This is the sixth novel in the Heartwarming Holidays Sweet Romance series. Each novel follows the relationship of a different couple, so it isn’t necessary to read all of the books in order, though each book mentions previous couples. This is a contemporary romance with Christian themes, sure to be inspiring any time of year.

And … just for fun…

Easter Eggstravaganza Mad Libs

Easter Eggstravaganza Mad Libs features 21 original stories all about celebrating Easter! This book makes the perfect addition to any Easter basket.

 

 

 

Saturday Seven: Books Based Around King Arthur

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I was going to do fantasy books I loved in keeping with last week’s theme of mystery books, but while I was looking around at all the fantasies there were, several books/series that I have enjoyed in the past and had forgotten about came up in the search. So, today, here are seven books or series based on the Arthurian legend.

1. The Once and Future King by T.H. White – a classic and considered one of the best reimagining of the Arthurian legend. Five books that anybody interested in King Arthur should take a look at.

2. Mary Stewart’s Merlin Quartet follows the adventures of a Welsh boy named Myrddin Emrys, who grows up to be Merlin.

3. The Avalon Series by Marion Zimmer Bradley tells the Arthurian tale, but instead of focusing on Arthur and the knights, the books follow the women involved in the events.

4. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain. I loved this book–the humor, the way Hank uses his knowledge of the past to make people believe he’s a wizard. Funny and clever, with an biting social satire thrown in for full measure.

5. The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead sets the Arthurian legend in a historical setting and is excellent!

6. The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper takes the Arthurian stories as well as Celtic and Norse mythology to create a wonderful series!

7. Gerald Morris’s The Squire’s Tales and the Knight’s Tales are a good introduction to the Arthurian legends for pre-teens.

What do you think of King Arthur and his tales? Do you have any other suggestions?

Saturday Seven: Facts About Us

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Today I thought we would do something a little bit different. Here’s a quick look at us and the books we have reviewed.

1. On August 27th of this year, Long and Short Reviews will have been around 11 years! That’s right.. we opened our doors in 2007!

2. We have reviewed over 2000 Romance books.

3. We have reviewed nearly 1000 Mysteries.

4. We have reviewed nearly 1000 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books.

5. Our first review was actually before we opened our doors as a business… you can check it out here: our first review. It’s interesting to see how they have changed over the years.

6. Our latest review can be seen here.

7. Fewer than 100 books have received the “best book” rating.

Looking forward to checking out what you have in store for us this Saturday!

Saturday Seven: I Can’t Wait For ….

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So many books, so little time. This week, I asked our reviewers to share some books that they’re really excited will be coming out this year. Here’s a list of seven reviewers’ choices (slightly more than seven actual books):

From Mistflower:

I’m hooked on the Oak Grove series by Lauri Robinson and Kathryn Albright. I can’t wait for Kathryn Albright’s new one in the Oak Grove series, “Wedding at the Rocking S Ranch” by Kathryn Albright (Release date 2018).

From Cholla:

James Patterson has books in two of my favorite series coming out this year. One is “The 17th Suspect” in his Women’s Murder Club series (with Maxine Paetro), the other is “Red Alert” (with Marshall Karp) in his NYPD Red series. I’m kind of a sucker for his books…

From Astilbe:

I’m looking forward to reading “Finding Felicity” by Stacey Kade. It’s about a lonely teenage girl who uses characters from the TV show Felicity to invent an entire life for herself online. I’ve never had the urge to make up a fake life for myself online, so I’m fascinated by people who feel that desire and act on it. This is going to be a very good book, I think.

From Snowdrop:

I can’t wait for C.J. Box to put out “The Disappeared” or for “Antiques Wanted” by Barbara Allan. And Stuart Woods has 3 mysteries coming out this year…”Shoot First”, “Desperate Measures” and “Turbulence”.

From Rose:

Two of my favorite authors have books coming out this year. I can’t wait to read “The Outside” by Stephen King and “Leverage in Death” by JD Robb.

From Poppy:

I’m a big Nora Roberts fan and she has two books coming out this year that I’m looking forward to. “Of Blood and Bone” (Book #2 of The Chosen Ones series) — this series is so unlike anything she’s written in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes with it. And a single title romantic suspense, “Shelter in Place”.

From Lupine:

I’ve been a Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices fan forever and now the new Dark Artifices series I’m going a little crazy waiting for “Queen of Air and Darkness” by Cassandra Clare. It can’t come soon enough. Another series I’m really enjoying is the series by Kerri Maniscalco that started with “Stalking Jack the Ripper”. The next book, “Escaping From Houdini” releases this year and I’m so excited!

What about you? What books are you looking forward to? Do tell so we can add to our TBR lists!

Saturday Seven: If You Liked…


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Sometimes I will finish a book or series and still be craving a similar book. Maybe you are the same way. If so, here are some authors you might want to check out– based on books I am currently reading (yes, I read more at one time):

1. THE WHITE PRINCESS by Philippa Gregory. Other authors I might check out are Vanora Bennett and Tracy Chevalier.

2. SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt. Other authors I might check out are Oscar de Muriel and David Grann.

3. THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Alan Bradley. Other authors I might check out are Tiffany Baker and Rachel DeWoskin.

4. THE SILENT CORNER by Dean Koontz. Other authors I might check out are Lincoln Child and Michael Crichton.

5. GLORY IN DEATH by J.D. Robb. Other authors I might check out are Iris Johansen and Marie Force.

6. SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL by Diana Gabaldon. Other authors I might check out are Susanna Clarke and Antonia Hodgson.

7. DRAGONFLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey. Other authors I might check out are Diana Wynne Jones and Christopher Paolini.



Saturday Seven: Covers I love!

I’m a cover whore. It’s true. I’ve actually bought books JUST for the cover, regardless of the blurb, and have (conversely) not bought books even when the sound interesting because I couldn’t stand the look of the cover. I know that’s not entirely fair, but … it’s who I am.  I saw all these covers on our site somewhere, and I’ve never read the books. But I would absolutely pick the book up off the shelf to read the back, and would quite likely buy it for the cover alone. It’s true.

I love everything about this. The colors, the lightning and the blasé way this demon hunter is sucking on a lollipop. It tells me so much about the story, I can’t WAIT to read the actual book!

I actually really like all the covers in this series. The blue color scheme and the ethereal quality just attract me so much. I’d absolutely pick this one up.

You know what I really like about this? All the characters have their clothes on. It’s a small thing, but I swear I’m SO tired of what my teenaged daughter calls “naked man chest” covers. Even better? That look in the hero’s eyes, that little smile on his lips … yeah, I’m half in love with him already.

I’m honestly not entirely certain what attracted me to this book. The colors aren’t ones I normally like, but they work here. It’s a quiet, mysterious cover and it makes me want to know what the book is about.

It’s that misty blue again … apparently I have a type. I do think the woman on the front is a bit generic, but the the “feel” of the cover makes me want to give it a try.

Can I just say that Young Adult covers are KILLING IT lately? I could spend all day in the YA aisle at Barnes and Noble just admiring the art. I really, REALLY love the fantasy covers they’ve been coming out with lately, and this is one series that epitomizes everything I love in a fantasy cover look.

This one? I’m intrigued by what should be a torn picture of the same girl actually being two different ones. It’s really piqued my interest and I would absolutely pick this one up.

What about you? Cover whore or don’t care? What are some covers you love?

Saturday Seven: Kid’s Valentine’s Day Books


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This is the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, so without further ado – here are some special Valentine-themed books:

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for preschoolers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to the fun of Valentine’s Day.

“This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends,” said School Library Journal. “Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.'”

Budding artists and crafters will love this book, perfect for pairing with Valentine’s Day activities. A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!

A creative and sweet story, perfect for Valentine’s Day, that helps open the hearts of young readers. From the beloved illustrator of If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie.

One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. She realizes that the hearts are perfect for making valentines. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to: her animal friends.

A fun way to spark creativity and thoughtfulness! The perfect book to pair with Valentine’s Day crafts.

This Valentine’s Day favorite read-aloud will prompt lots of giggles, as well as discussions on kindness and forgiveness.

Gilbert is all set to write fifteen friendly valentine cards to his classmates. But how can he write a nice poem for the boy who tweaked his nose, or the girl who made fun of his glasses? Instead, Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines…and signs the wrong name on both!

When his classmates read his poems, their feelings are hurt, and Gilbert’s prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But with the help of a friend and an honest apology, there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.

Clayton and Desmond are back in this companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! A sheet of colorful foil stickers is bound into the book for extra valentine fun!

When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.

But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

Kids can use the colorful foil stickers to make their own valentines!

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on an awesome trip with Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!

At first, Pete thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool…until he realizes all the special cats there are in his life. Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool comes complete with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out Valentine’s Day cards.

Once Pete the Cat realizes how much fun Valentine’s Day can be, he decides to make valentine cards for his family and friends. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat?

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?

Celebrate love with #1 New York Times Best-Selling Title!
“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any day of the year!

What are some of your favorite Valentine books? Or share with us your plans for Valentine’s Day.

Saturday Seven: Seven books we loved and are giving away to you! #Giveaway

Today we’re emptying our bookshelves! Here is a list of seven books we’ve enjoyed, reviewed and are giving away (print copies, US only shipping). To enter to win a copy of each book, just click through to the review and leave a comment.  Drawings will be held end of business on Friday, February 9, 2018. Thanks and good luck!

1. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine — our reviewer gave this 4.5 stars and said, “Stillhouse Lake is one of the most intense, edge of my seat books I’ve read all year. It kept me engaged and wanting more with every page.”

You know you want this one for your very own!

 

2. The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Our reviewer gave this 4.5 stars and said, “Engaging, intense, and full of surprises, The Good Widow was an excellent read.”

Sounds like another great add for your bookshelf!

 

3. Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky
Our reviewer gave this 4.5 stars and said, “Tips for Living is a wild, rollercoaster ride of a story. There are infinite twists and turns that I never saw coming. The author’s relaxed voice only makes it that much easier to devour the novel.”

What’s not to like about that?

 

4. Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands

Our reviewer gave this 4.5 stars and said, “Immortally Yours is more about people than the paranormal. It’s about healing, challenging perceptions and admitting when you’re wrong. It’s about imperfect people falling in love in the face of the dangers of assumptions. It’s about why it’s important to take the time to really listen to the person you love, even if it hurts. And, it’s about fighting for what you believe in. There’s a lot of emotional depth to this novel that makes it more than just a fun, fluffy and entertaining read. Ms. Sands has another winner and is an easy recommend.”

Like paranormal romance? Then you definitely need to get this one!

 

5. The Cajun Doctor by Sandra Hill

Our reviewer gave this 4.5 stars and said, “The Cajun Doctor is a wonderful mix of love, drama, family and hope. I sniffled when Daniel’s personal story arc came full circle. This novel touches base on healing, trusting and people who bring out the best in each other. It has charm, wit and totally engaging. Pick up your own copy and see why Ms. Hill’s Cajun heroes are all that.”

You know you want this one!

 

6. When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Our reviewer gave this one 4 stars and said, “When We Were Worthy is a story of redemption, of forgiveness, and human nature at work.”

Sound like something you’d enjoy? Leave a comment!

 

 

7. A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake

Our reviewer gave this 4.5 stars and said, A Tangled Mercy is an informative and enjoyable trip through Charleston, South Carolina. The author paints an amazing picture of both timelines and doesn’t shy away from the less appealing parts of the narrative. The racism and horrors of life are equally represented in both timelines, making it an evocative and haunting story.”

Oooh… sounds really good! You should definitely try for this one!