Sunday, December 17, 2017

My 2018 #COYER Winter Switch Sign-up

The COYER Winter Switch Challenge is hosted by Michelle and Berls on the site.  Click the button above to go to the sign-up page.  They have switched things up this year a bit, and that means two options on how to complete the challenge: strict and switch.

Rules for the strict:

  1. Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
  2. Every book must be either free or less than $5.
  3. No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.

This is the option I'm choosing, even though the Switch sounds like loads of fun, because I've got everything I can handle on my plate for this winter already!  And I'm hoping this will give me that little extra "oomph" I need to get my reviews out promptly! ;)

I feel like this is a really short post and worry that I'm leaving something out.  But anyway, on to the reading and reviewing!


I actually just finished Biscuits and Slashed Browns by Maddie Day.  (Like 1/2 hour ago.)

And I have the following lined up for January 2018, although I totally want to start reading them now.  Of course, it's not like I don't have loads of e-books on my reader anyway!  (Oh, BTW, covers below link to the GoodReads page for the book.)



White Hell by Remington Kane was downloaded April 27, 2017.
Above and Beyond by Kathryn Shay was downloaded October 26, 2017.
Murder in the Latin Quarter by Susan Kiernan-Lewis was downloaded September 24, 2017.
Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie was downloaded...uh...sometime in October, or maybe November 2017.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My 2018 Literary Escapes Reading Challenge Sign-up

This challenge is hosted by Lori at Escape With Dollycas.  Click on the button right up there to get the full details and the link to the sign up form.  Basically, the idea is to read one book set in each state of the US during the year.  Below is the partial list of books I have  figured out so far.  I had wanted to get them all picked out before I signed up, but I think that is dang near impossible, but I've got 25/50 so far, and I'm calling it good!

Alabama - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee [October]

Alaska - Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon [November]

Arizona - Brownies & Betrayal by Heather Justesen (Silver Springs, AZ) [NOVEMBER]

Arkansas - By the Light of the Moon:  Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves by Jodi Vaughn [December]

California - Just Evil (Evil Secrets #1) by Vickie McKeehan (various CA) [July]

Colorado - A Hell Hound's Fire by Siobhan Muir [January]

Connecticut - 

Delaware - 

Florida - There's Always a Catch by Stephanie Taylor (Christmas Key, FL) [SEPTEMBER]

Georgia - For Love Alone by Belle Calhoune [February]

Hawaii - Connected by the Sea by E.L. Todd [March]

Idaho - 

Illinois - 

Indiana - 

Iowa - 

Kansas - 

Kentucky - 

Louisiana - Gumbeaux by Kimberly Vargas (NOLA) [May]

Maine - At Last by Barbara Bretton [May]

Maryland - 

Massachusetts - Aspen Allegations by Lisa Shea [June]

Michigan - The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller (Bay City, MI) [September]

Minnesota - Yellow Ribbon by Mike Faricy (St. Paul, MN) [AUGUST]

Mississippi - 

Missouri - 

Montana - When Danger Calls by Terry O'Dell (Broken Bow, MT) [OCTOBER]

Nebraska - A Bride for Tom by Ruth Ann Gordon (Nebraska) [June]

Nevada - 

New Hampshire - 

New Jersey - 

New Mexico - 

New York - Above and Beyond (To Serve & Protect #1) by Kathryn Shay [January]

North Carolina - 

North Dakota - 

Ohio - 

Oklahama Oklahoma Christmas Blues by Maggie Shayne [July]

Oregon - Sweets and a Stabbing by Harper Lin (Gary, OR) [FEBRUARY]

Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania #1 by Michael Bunker [August]

Rhode Island - 

South Carolina - When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason (Columbia, SC) [APRIL]

South Dakota - 

Tennessee - Tennessee Waltz by Trana Mae Simmons [September]

Texas - The Rivergirl's Song (Texas Women of Spirit #1) by Angela C. Castillo [October]

Utah - 

Vermont - 

Virginia - 

Washington - 

West Virginia - 

Wisconsin - Romancing Wisconsin by Stacey Joy Netzel [November]

Wyoming - A Real Cowboy Never Says No by Stephanie Rowe [December] (for reference)

Link to my map (just for reference so far, won't be much on it until January. *lol*)

Monday, December 11, 2017

My 2018 What's in a Name Reading Challenge Sign-up Post

The What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, handed to Beth Fish Reads, and now continued with Charlie at The Worm Hole.  Click the button to go to the sign up page.

Choose one book from each of the following categories:

1.  The word 'the' is used twice in the title.
2.  A fruit or vegetable
3.  A shape.
4.  A title that begins with "Z".
5.  A nationality
6.  A season

Here are my choices to give you an idea:

1.  The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace
(There were actually multiple covers, as the book was originally published in the 1st half of the 20th century, but I liked this one best!)

2.  Strawberry Murder by Carol Durand

3.  Circled Heart by Karen J. Hadley

4.  Z-Burbia by Jake Bible

5.  Scottish Rite by Stephen Penner

6.  Ladd Springs by Dianne Venetta

Every one of these comes from the TBR on my Kindle, from 2014 - 2017.  Yes *groan* I have TBRs from years ago. *sigh*

Right now the links in the book titles go to the book's GoodReads' page.  After they are read and reviewed the link will be changed to the review post.

Suggestions for selections fitting the categories not listed here are definitely encouraged.  You might just help another reader fill up his or her list!  Karma applies.


Also sharing with:



Thanks to Stephanie of Tynga's Reviews, Kathryn at Book Date, Ramona at Create With Joy and Janice at Mostly Blogging for hosting these respective link-ups!  (Click on the buttons to go to the respective blogs.)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett - #review #giveaway

She fancied herself part of a timeless chain without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.

In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bridie’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairytales to the far side of the world.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My 2018 Vintage Mystery Challenge Sign-up

Trying to go slow in my sign-ups by choosing books ahead of time.  Usually I sign up for too many and then get overwhelmed.  Anyway, the Vintage Mystery RC (Just the Facts, Ma'am) is hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block.  Click on the button above to go to her blog for the full details and to sign up.

I'll be attempting the 'Constable' level on both the gold and silver level, which is one book from each of the six categories per card.

The Golden Age card refers to mysteries written before 1960.

(links below currently go to GoodReads)

WHO - Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie, 1st pub 1929 (crime-solving duo)
WHAT - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 1st pub 1859 (color in title, ref to woman)
WHEN - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, 1st pub 1934 (during a trip
WHERE - The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace, 1st pub 1916 (locked room)
HOW - A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming, 1st pub 1874 (???)
WHY - The Paradise Mystery by J.S. Fletcher, 1st pub 1921 (new-to-me-author)


The Silver Card refers to mysteries written between 1960 and 1989.

WHO - The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969 (patriarch)
WHAT - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre, 1963 (ref to man, two title words same letter)
WHEN - In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 1966 (a historic crime)
WHERE - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson,1962 (castle/village)
HOW - The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, 1967 (method)
WHY - The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman, 1966 (new to me author)

For right now, these are tentative titles/categories.  Some may not actually fit, some may need to be changed for whatever reason, but it's a place to start.


Remember, go to 2018 Vintage Mystery Challenge HQ at My Reader's Block for full details and to join the challenge!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold - #review #giveaway

Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight) Mystery/Crime Fiction
8th in Series Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353661
Paperback: 460 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353647
One hit man who’s back for revenge. 
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.