Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Review: You Are Dead by Peter James

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from St Martin's Press, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Releasing next week, this latest book in the Roy Grace series is a page turner!

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 They were marked for death.   
The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancee, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.
That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for 30 years. At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing - and yet another body from the past surfaces. Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?


This is the 11th book in the Det. Sup. Roy Grace series, and lovely way to jump into the series, if you are new to it. Old characters are brought back, as a ghost from Grace's past appears, or does she? Add that follow up, a seemingly unsolvable missing person case, that unravels and puts Grace in danger, a psychiatrist who may not be what he seems, and you have a cliff hanger of a book that will keep you reading long into the might. In the end, Grace makes decisions that free him from his past and send him into his future with his wife and child, with a renewed sense of purpose. This is a book not to be missed

About the Author:

PETER JAMES is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series, with more than 15 million copies sold all over the world. His novels have been translated into thirty-six languages; three have been filmed and three are currently in development. All of his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research. He lives in England. Check out his website for more info.


Enter to win your own copy of this book over at Goodreads!
There will be 10 winners, but hurry- it ends on October 6th!

DVD Review- The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this DVD, free of charge,from Shout Factory Kids, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new movie also releases next Tuesday!

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Every night, the sleeping children of the world are sent to a fantastic land of dreams thanks to the kind and magical Sandman. But the Sandman’s got some big trouble when Habumar, the master of nightmares, steals the Sandman’s powerful Sand of Dreams and takes control of Dreamland! Needing a brave hero to help them retrieve the sands, the Sandman and his faithful sidekick, Nepomuk the Sheep, recruit a six-year-old boy named Miko. Together, they set off on an incredible journey to save the power of dreaming for every girl and boy. Will Miko and his new found friends stop Habumar?

A stop-motion animated film from Germany that your kids will love, The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams is a beautiful and unusual visual treat in the tradition of James and the Giant Peach


Check out this cute clip from the movie, of Woolington the Sheep being kicked off the 'sleep' team!


Miss Grace is developing an addiction to European cartoons, so no surprise she was immediately enchanted with this film! This new edition of the 2010 German film features and English translation, that is just as charming as the original (although hearing sheep speaking German is fun!). Woolington is hysterical and brings to mind another sheep, who thinks outside the box! LOL. Miss Grace loved the tale of friendship, and highly recommends it for family night viewing, as do I. 


This DVD is on special pre-order pricing right now for ONLY $4.99 on Amazon!

Recipe Weekend / Cookbook Review: Nashville Eats by Jennifer Justus

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Stewart, Tabori and Chang , via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

And now for a book that celebrates the South and its culture and history:

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If it seems like Nashville is everywhere these days—that’s because it is. GQ recently declared it “Nowville,” and it has become the music hotspot for both country and rock. But as hot as the music scene is, the food scene is even hotter.

In Nashville Eats, more than 100 mouthwatering recipes reveal why food lovers are headed South for Nashville’s hot chicken, buttermilk biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches, cornmeal-crusted catfish, chowchow, fried green tomatoes, and chess pie. Author Jennifer Justus whips up the classics—such as pimento cheese and fried chicken—but also includes dishes with a twist on traditional Southern fare—such as Curried Black Chickpeas or Catfish Tacos. And alongside the recipes, Jennifer shares her stories of Nashville—the people, music, history, and food that make it so special.


This is more than just a book of recipe from the Nashville area. It is a love story, an ode to the people and history of Nashville, that have not only influenced the food, but how people in the area eat. From farms to food trucks, Justine looks at it all and shares the stories behind them, that lets the reader see just how unique each of them are. And then there are the recipes- down home comfort food, to modern takes on it, to subtle party fare. All of the recipes tell their own tales, and you may find yourself reading this more than checking out the recipes on the first read. On the second read, you check out the recipes and realize you'll be cooking your way through this lovely book. And if you are lucky enough to go to Nashville, you'll find yourself hunting out these foods and places! It's a unique travel/history/memoir/cookbook, that is in its own genre, and not to be missed. It would make a great Christmas gift idea too!


And now for a great recipe from the book, that is pretty close to my grandmother's cheddar biscuit recipe, that is perfect for the Fall season!

About the Author:

Jennifer Justus, the former culture reporter at the Tennessean and author of The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville, is an expert on Southern food. Her work has appeared in Southern LivingCornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food WritingImbibe, and more. Justus blogs at a nasty bite, an expression her grandmother used to describe a simple meal.

Book Review: The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Booklook Bloggers, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

We had Halloween books for kids already this week, so we can't leave the adults out either!

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Stories are told of a witch who lives in the woods outside of town. But where does truth end and legend begin?
A group of teenagers find strange prints seared into the ground around their campsite. They follow the tracks, thinking it will lead to fun.
But it doesn't. They eventually arrive at the edge of Alvaretta Graves's property-house of the legendary Riverwood Witch. When an argument that arises turns violent, Alvaretta places a curse on them. The sickness comes the next day, gripping residents one by one. Fear overtakes the town, and panic soon follows.
The posse that makes its way back to the witch's home is armed with guns and Bibles and is searching for an end to the sickness and violence. But they are in no way prepared for what they discover there.

Once again, Billy gives us another Southern Gothic tale, full of Appalachian folk lore, and characters that will stay with you. This is a stand alone book, with only one character from his previous books, making a brief appearance. If you only were to read one of his books, this is THE one too pick. It's a tale to keep you up all night reading, full of good versus evil, but from within the characters themselves. Once again, Billy gives us a tour de force of the human psyche and all its failings, and yet it is a tale you read with hope for a positive outcome. But life is not so simple, and Billy gives the reader a satisfying ending that showcases his delft touch with a story arc. Don't miss this one this Halloween season!

About the Author:

Billy Coffey's critically acclaimed books combine rural Southern charm with a vision far beyond the ordinary. He is a regular contributor to several publications, where he writes about faith and life. Billy lives with his wife and two children in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit him at Facebook: billycoffeywriter Twitter: @billycoffey
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Top Shelf October 2015 (giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: We received these books, free of charge, from different publishers, for review purposes, or bought the books for our personal reading, then donated it to the blog for giveaway purposes.No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it either.

There's been some more change, so read carefully through the list!

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Welcome to this month's YOU CHOOSE THE BOOK Giveaway!

This month's books are:

Dance of the Bones by JA Jance

The Greek Yogurt Cookbook 

Living Beyond Your Feelings by Joyce Meyers

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

Proof of Angels by Mary Curran Hacket

Nashville Mercy by M. Maitland Deland

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Parragon Made from Scratch Pasta Cookbook

Motivate Your Child by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller

Wishful Thinking by Kami Wicoff

Watching the Dark by Peter Robinon

Their Name is Today bby Johann Christoph Arnold and Mark Shriver

When Camels Fly  by NLB Horton 

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

Reinventing Mona by Jennifer Coburn

Th Rhythm of the August rain by Gillian Poyes

Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Crelech

Harms Reach by Alex Barclay

The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy 

How Many Times do I Have to Tell You by Rachel Carman

Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson


Really Woolly: 12 Little Blessings

(children's book)

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