Thursday, April 15, 2021

Beautiful Horseflesh By Karen Bennett


Avarice, deceit, and fleeing the law are the bedrock of Beautiful Horseflesh, a literary fiction, set in 1999. When a Thoroughbred filly arrives at the Smitt family's boarding and water walk farm, she is hailed by teen, Luis Smitt as, "a beautiful piece of horseflesh." Black as satin, she is speedy and shrouded in calamity. Her handsome trainer, Bud, insists on strict privacy in preparing the horse for Tampa's upcoming stakes race, yet finds time to flirt with both the mother and her sixteen-year-old daughter. As Luis unwraps the layers of the horse's mysteries, his family's life is irrevocably shattered. The race's starting bell pulls the Smitt's family forever impacted by deception, to its denouement. Readers of dramatic fiction, with a nod to young adult readers, will enjoy watching racehorses scorch the track. 

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Karen S. Bennett-nee Klebe, was born in Pennsylvania to a PA. Dutch family. You've seen the art representing our heritage: the profile of a distelfink, a goldfinch, along with red hearts and little turquoise flowers decorating items for sale: on cards, towels, and plates. A short description of my idyllic life was that in the 1950's my dad was bent over shallow creeks hunting for bass, and my mother was bent over the open oven seeing to the cakes and pies-a-plenty she provided. Pork chops with sauerkraut, and potatoes in any form were big players.

The first wrinkle was in third grade when my teacher wrote "Dishonesty" on my report card, when all I'd done was to report wishful dreaming and presented the stories as fact. As an adult I learned that written lies were called FICTION. Pow! I was in.

I had many interests as a young person and started life by attending a NYC art school. Although I was well suited to be an artist I was also starving. Then, on to many non-art jobs, a husband and three kids. In the interest in having food money, I attended nursing school and wound up many years later as a retired nurse practitioner with time to write. From Fibs to Fiction. No truth-telling for me.

I've lived in PA., NY., GA., and MD, and have traveled to the usual places across the pond with my most recent travel to Russia, Vietnam, and South Africa. My last six cars have been hybrids which allow me to drive away without worry about the cost.

In 2006, I won first place for my first novel, through The Maryland Writer's Assn., and have four other books behind that one with semi-finalist or finalist. My books go from Horseracing to Ballet, to Choir, to Prison, and to The Farewell Tour. It's fiction, but I'm in there.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Gravedigger's Guild By Susan Farris


Alice Matins is dead. With the passing of this Mississippi matriarch, estranged sisters Maggy and Quinn collide over the course of Alice's wake and funeral amidst a motley band of gossiping church ladies and feuding gravediggers.As storm clouds gather, the two women unbury secrets from their past involving Quinn's husband that could resurrect their once-strong sisterly bond. But he has secrets of his own.The Gravedigger's Guild examines the indelible ties of sisterhood and the complicated legacy we leave behind.With a style similar to Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy stories of strong sibling relationships like Tara Conklin's The Last Romantics and fans of picturesque Southern tales like Sweet Magnolias. 

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Susan Farris is a former marketing manager with her MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University and a background in editing and tutoring other writers.

The Gravedigger’s Guild is her debut novel and she has a collection of poetry coming out soon called Flooding the Delta that experiments with the Thai Nirat form of poetry.

When she is not wrangling words on the page, she can be found gardening, playing board games, or snuggled up with her three cats and two dogs appreciating her husband’s amazing cooking skills. 

My Thoughts...
Fans of Sweet Magnolias and Southern Fiction are sure to enjoy this drama filled read.
So grab your sweet tea and cuddle up in your favorite reading spot and enjoy this 4 star read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Everyone Worth Knowing By Jeff Richards


A remarried man dreams of his dead wife. A widowed preacher seeks out guilt and inspiration in a brothel. A man who refuses to wear a mask in the spring of 2020 faces the consequences of his choice. Through the eyes of these and other flawed men, Jeff Richards explores childhood, parenthood, love, life, and toxic masculinity.

The men in these stories struggle in relationships and mourn the loves of their past as they search for meaning. Often hoping to find clarity through work, they are instead left questioning their preconceived ideas of what being a man truly means.

Approaching his flawed characters without judgment in these tightly written stories, Richards shows men who have brief violent urges against themselves and others. They drink too much. They have crushes and get divorced and watch their lives fall apart. And, finally, they attempt to overcome their directionless yearning and shame to understand their place in society. 

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Jeff Richards is the author of Open Country: A Civil War Novel in Stories and the domestic noir novel Lady Killer. His fiction, essays, and cowboy poetry have appeared in over twenty-seven publications, including Prick of the Spindle, Pinch, New South, and Southern Humanities Review, and in five anthologies, including Tales Out of School; Letters to J.D. Salinger; and Higher Education, a college composition reader. A fan of blues music, he lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife and two dogs and travels often to Colorado, where his kids live.

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Truth About Unspeakable Things By Emily Myers GIVEAWAY!

In an emotional, thought-provoking journey filled with secrets and regret, a young woman has a second chance at love after abuse.

Emma Marshall is haunted by the trauma of her past. The night she ended her engagement to cheating fiancĂ©, Beaux, was meant to be the night she took back control even though it meant losing everything else. But it was only the beginning of his true hold over her. Nine months after suffering an intimate assault by the man who pledged his life to her, Emma is doing – okay. At least, that’s what everyone thinks.

No one knows the unspeakable truth of what happened between Emma and Beaux. It’s a secret Emma plans to carry to the grave, until Julian Cole moves in next door and reopens Emma’s mind and heart to the possibility of love after betrayal. As the reporter and music executive grow closer in the music-filled city of New Orleans, Emma knows she must face her past to have the future she wants. But, with Beaux’s wealth and connections, breaking free won’t be an easy task.

Will Emma speak her truth and have her second chance at love? Or, will her past destroy her and her future? 
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Emily A. Myers is a fiction author based in Louisiana. Her debut novel, The Truth About Unspeakable Things, sets the tone for Emily’s future works as it follows a young woman’s journey through the dangerous pitfalls of adult relationships and the complexities of growing up. If you'd like to know more about Emily, check out her website or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @emilymyersauthor. Emily will also be offering a Book Club Discussion Guide for The Truth About Unspeakable Things through her newsletter after its April 6th launch.
My Thoughts...
I opened the box when the mail currier handed it to me. I sat down outside and read this book from cover to cover. Wow, what did I just read. Myers out did herself and this was her debut book. The unthinkable happened and I was thinking the whole time is no way would I forgive this monster. This was such a great read very well written and the plot oh my so worth the read. I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star book. I can not wait for Myers next book. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Hunt for Fang By Amanda Cleary Eastep


Adventures, friendships, and faith-testers . . . all under the watchful eye of a great big God.

The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.

In Book 2 of the Tree Street Kids series, Jack and his friends learn some survival skills at the church’s summer camp. They’ll need them! Determined to find Ruthie’s lost cat and protect Jack’s new puppy from Fang, the local wildlife, the kids head deep into the woods. Just when they think they’ve cornered the “enemy,” the kids realize someone has gone missing. Is Fang up to no good? Or will faith and friendship be enough to see the kids make it out alive?

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Amanda Cleary Eastep is not related to Beverly Cleary but wishes she were. She is, however, a children’s writer, and the Tree Street Kids is her debut series. Amanda knows kids because she’s still one at heart. When she is forced to act like an adult, she edits nonfiction books by grownup authors.

My Thoughts...

Book 2 in the Tree street kids was just as entertaining as book one was.

Life lessons in a fun to read and easy to understand book.

The illustrations are done so well. 8 to 12 year old kids will really enjoy this next book in the series.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Faith's Locket Karen Young


Faith Braydan, the only child of Dr. James and Betty Braydan, had a seemingly perfect life with a bright future ahead of her, at least that’s what everyone thought. But one day her world was turned upside down and her life was never going to be the same; tragedy struck in the most unimaginable way. Her once unshakable faith, was shaken to the core. Now she didn’t know if she’d be able to hang on to the shred of faith she had left, or if it would be completely destroyed.Every person holds deep, unknown secrets, hopes, dreams, and beliefs in their heart; but during times of tragedy, trials, or temptation, is when those things and one's faith in God are put to the test. How will Faith handle the situation she’s faced with? Will she give up, or come out victorious? Find out the answers as you read about Faith’s story.Get your copy of “Faith’s Locket” today!

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Karen Young is an author, wife, mother, and grandmother. She works diligently in the ministry alongside her husband Danny, who is the Pastor of their church.
Karen has a deep love for Jesus and it is evident in her willingness to serve others. Her heart’s desire is that this book will touch the hearts of many and that those who do not already have a relationship with Jesus, will find their way to Him, open their heart, and let Him in.

My Thoughts...
You are sure to enjoy this faith based book. It was an inspiring and fast read. Its more of a novella then a novel so you can read it in one sitting.
4 stars for this new  author. You might want to check it out and be sure to share it with your friends,
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.  

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Dust By Eva Marie Everson

 Can an ordinary life leave an extraordinary legacy? 

In 1977, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton receives a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though she were her own. 

Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers. 

From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.

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First, allow me to clarify that my website is com is a domain squat.

Now. About me: I was born and reared just outside of Savannah, Georgia in a charming small town, Sylvania, Georgia. Yeah, I have a southern accent. It gets a little more southern every time I cross the Florida/Georgia state line. I believe one must go North to get South of here.

If I had all the time in the world, I'd probably lay on the sofa all day and watch old movies. I usually have to get sick for something even close to that happening. But time or not, I love hiking in the great outdoors and I enjoy pushing myself to new heights, both physically and spiritually.

I quote lines from movies and songs so often that most people are unaware of what I'm doing. I may or may not have offended some folks. If I have...I'm sorry.

I'm an ex-nurse and a seminary graduate. I wasn't that crazy about nursing, but love God with a passion and can hardly get through a conversation without talking about our relationship! I think the Old Testament is totally FUN to read (I mean, HOW much stuff can one clan of people get in to?) and the New Testament draws me closer to Heaven. Yeah!

My husband and I have been married since 1979 (and they said it wouldn't last ...). We have three of the greatest kids ever and the most amazing grandkids.

I'm pretty much owned by my dog.

When I'm not writing, I'm editing. When I'm not editing, I'm running Word Weavers International, an international membership group of writers who, using the art of critique, become iron sharpening iron. I am also one of the two directors of Florida Christian Writers Conference. I speak at writers conferences across America and to women's groups as well as to congregations.

I'm rarely still and I sleep very little.

Life is good.

My Thoughts...

This was such a powerful story. Everyone one of Everson's books are written with so much heart. 
You become attached to the characters from the very beginning. I have to say that I flew through this book and did ever realize that I  finished in just a few hours.
I was so engrossed in the story  it just flowed so well.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Untouchable By Michael Martineck


FBI Special Agent Leah Capello knew the art world had a dark side, but kidnapping is a whole new hue. To save a young child she accepts the help of Joshua Fawls, who claims to be an art expert, seems a little psychic and is probably, more than likely, a delightfully skilled conman. Together they bend conventions, break rules, and learn that the artist Edgar Degas was right: Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Just like the perfect crime.

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Untouchable (Our Little Secret Press) is my newest book, a mystery, with only a hint of the odd. Unlike The Link Boy (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy) which is a mystery set in the Freeworld, a future I introduced in The Milkman (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy). The Milkman won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer awards, given each year for salient writing from small presses. Kind of cool because the IPPY is a science fiction award and the Hoffer is for literary fiction.

The novel before that, Cinco de Mayo (also from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) was short-listed for an Alberta Readers' Choice Award. That was exciting.

I started writing stories when I was seven. Over the years, I've put out short stories, comic book scripts, articles and a quartet of novels. I've put countless other ventures in the drawer. The drawer is in my house on Grand Island, NY., a little cap of clay nestled between the US and Canada. This is also the location of my "Ego Retention Program", whereby my beautiful wife and two lovely children continuously call out my various shortcomings, keeping me from becoming the screaming, self-centered artist I long to be. DC Comics published a couple of stories in the early 90s. Planetmag, Aphelion and a couple of other long-dead e-zines helped me out in 00s, along with The Misspellers and The Wrong Channel.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Fiver Finds Home By Jill Bugbee


Meet the world's first blue dwarf giraffe! With five purple spots and half the normal size, Fiver struggles to belong. His journey leads him across the vast savanna plains of Africa to the quaint city of Savannah, Georgia. Along the way, Fiver encounters many exciting adventures, signs and wonders - finding inspiration in the most unusual places. Join Fiver as he discovers his purpose for being born different and gets a second chance at finding home.

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Author, film producer and singer/songwriter, Jill Bugbee, enjoys being creative! Together with her husband, Eric, they authored the story of Fiver Finds Home, originally written as a feature film treatment. Having partnered on many creative endeavors over the years, they are passionate to bring uplifting content to audiences through the craft of storytelling. With their two children, Collin and Kayla, the family reside in the Northeast of the United States, and their love for exploration has lead to many fun and memorable adventures.

Jill's colorful character, Fiver, was inspired by a dream where she met him as she stepped into a quaint café. She marveled at a blue-colored, purple-spotted, 7-foot tall giraffe gliding gracefully across the restaurant -- grabbing menus, plates and setting tables for customers with his long neck, smooth agility, and incredible balance. Instinctively, Jill somehow knew his name was Fiver. As this magnificent creature approached her, Jill immediately fell in love with his big, kind eyes. He asked her the question, "5:15?" which was probably her reservation time, or perhaps something else to be revealed and discovered in the future.

When Jill awoke, she excitedly shared the dream with her family. They strongly believed this was a divine appointment, as God often speaks through dreams. Through Fiver's story, Jill and Eric hope that children and adults around the world will also be inspired by heavenly dreams, signs, and wonders that will lead them to many meaningful adventures of their own.

My Thoughts...

This is a great learning tool for our kinds. Not everyone looks the same, not every one is the same but we all need love.
This would be such a treat to read to your kids and open up dialogue for having that talk to our little ones  letting them know its okay to be different.
This is a cute 4 star read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.  

Friday, April 2, 2021

Jack VS. The Tornado By Amanda Cleary Eastep GIVEAWAY!


Adventures, friendships, and faith-testers . . . all under the watchful eye of a great big God.

The Tree Street Kids live on Cherry, Oak, Maple, and Pine, but their 1990s suburban neighborhood is more than just quiet, tree-lined streets. Jack, Ellison, Roger, and Ruthie face challenges and find adventures in every creek and cul-de-sac—as well as God’s great love in one small neighborhood.

In the first book of the Tree Street Kids series, 10-year-old Jack is shocked to discover his parents are moving from their rural homestead to the boring suburbs of Chicago. Full of energy and determination, Jack devises a plan to get himself back to his beloved farmhouse forever. Only three things stand in his way: a neighbor in need, a shocking discovery, and tornado season. Will Jack find a solution? Or is God up to something bigger than Jack can possibly imagine?

Pick up your copy here... Jack vs. the Tornado: Tree Street Kids (Book 1) (9780802421029): Cleary Eastep, Amanda: Books

Amanda Cleary Eastep is not related to Beverly Cleary but wishes she were. She is, however, a children’s writer, and the Tree Street Kids is her debut series. Amanda knows kids because she’s still one at heart. When she is forced to act like an adult, she edits nonfiction books by grownup authors.

My Thoughts...

The tree Street Kids kids series is going to be a hit with the kids because it is full of mystery, adventure and so much fun. These are books that you can trust they are faith based books and  they even have messages that kids today need to hear. 

Readers are going to want to collect  this series.

I gave this book 4 stars. Stay turned because next week I will be sharing book two in the series The Hunt for Fang.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Pine Creek Courtship By Amity Hope GIVEAWAY!


Love may be right around the corner in the heartwarming, sweet, and gentle Pine Creek series from Amity Hope.

After the death of her beloved father, Emma Ziegler just wants to keep her family’s maple syrup farm afloat and raise her two young siblings. But when her meddling aunt’s first choice of a husband for her turns out to be Emma’s last choice―Pine Creek’s most notorious bachelor―Emma grows desperate. Her aunt won’t listen, no matter how much she tries to tell her the man in no way embodies the Amish values of faith or hard work.

Kind and industrious Levi Bontrager has always wanted to protect his best friend Emma, even after a secret from their youth left them growing apart. Which is why he steps in to claim that Emma cannot wed anyone else, as she is currently courting him. Yes, the small lie leaves him feeling guilty, but Levi’s hope is that if he can win back the beautiful Emma’s trust, he can also win over her heart...for real.

But can a courtship that began just for show ever blossom into a true romance that could save both their futures?

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons and a couple of cats.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.

My Thoughts...
Pine Creek Courtship is the first book in a new series. I have to say Hope was a fresh  voice in Amish fiction. It was not the same old Amish story told over it was a sweet fresh new story not told before.
I have found a new author to enjoy.
You will get wrapped up in this one and not want to put it down.
4 stars from this reviewer.  I will be sitting here waiting on the next book from Hope.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.  

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Matter Of Life And Death By Phillip Margolin


Joe Lattimore, homeless and trying desperately to provide for his young family, agrees to fight in a no-holds-barred illegal bout, only to have his opponent die. Lattimore now finds himself at the mercy of the fight's organizers who blackmail him into burglarizing a house. However, when he breaks in, he finds a murdered woman on the floor and the police have received an anonymous tip naming him the murderer.

Robin Lockwood, an increasingly prominent young attorney and former MMA fighter, agrees to take on his defense. But the case is seemingly airtight―the murdered woman's husband, Judge Anthony Carasco, has an alibi and Lattimore's fingerprints are discovered at the scene. But everything about the case is too easy, too pat, and Lockwood is convinced that her client has been framed. The only problem is that she has no way of proving it and since this is a death case, if she fails then another innocent will die. 

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I grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1965, I graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. From 1965 to 1967, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. In 1970, I graduated from New York University School of Law. During my last two years in law school I went at night and worked my way through by teaching junior high school in the South Bronx in New York City. My first job after law school was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals. From 1972 until 1996, I was in private practice specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. As an appellate attorney I have appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. As a trial attorney, I handled all sorts of criminal cases in state and federal court and I have represented approximately 30 people charged with homicide, including several who have faced the death penalty. I was the first Oregon attorney to use the Battered Women’s Syndrome to defend a battered woman accused of murdering her spouse.

My Thoughts...

I am such a fan of this series. I love Robin and if I was in trouble she would be the bada** to get me a out of trouble.
I love that the mystery in A Matter Of Life and Death was one that I did not see coming. I had no idea who did it.
You are going to love book four, I hope this is not the final book in the Robin Lockwood series because each book just gets better and better. 
This book can be read as a stand alone but you are going to love the whole series.
Margolin is a top 10 writer I did not see that ending coming.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Back In the Burbs By Avery Flynn And Tracy Wolff

Two powerhouse authors bring you a hilarious tale of one woman’s journey to find herself again.

Ever have one of those days where life just plain sucks? Welcome to my last three months―ever since I caught my can’t-be-soon-enough ex-husband cheating with his paralegal. I’m thirty-five years old, and I’ve lost my NYC apartment, my job, my money, and frankly, my dignity.

But the final heartache in the suck sandwich of my life? My great-aunt Maggie died. The only family member who’s ever gotten me.

Even after death, though, she’s helping me get back up. She’s willed me the keys to a house in the burbs, of all places, and dared me to grab life by the family jewels. Well, I’ve got the vise grips already in hand (my ex should take note) and I’m ready to fight for my life again.

Too bad that bravado only lasts as long as it takes to drive into Huckleberry Hills. And see the house.

There are forty-seven separate HOA violations, and I feel them all in my bones. Honestly, I’m surprised no one’s “accidentally” torched the house yet. I want to, and I’ve only been standing in front of it for five minutes. But then my hot, grumpy neighbor tells me to mow the lawn first and I’m just...done. Done with men too sexy for their own good and done with anyone telling me what to do.

First rule of surviving the burbs? There is nothing that YouTube and a glass of wine can’t conquer. 

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Avery Flynn is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Find out more about Avery on her website (, follow her on Twitter (@AveryFlynn) and Pinterest (, and like her on her Facebook page (

Join her street team, The Flynnbots, and receive special sneak peeks, prizes and early access to her latest releases!

Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she'll be your best friend for life.

Contact her at She'd love to hear from you! 

My Thoughts...

The best rom-com of 2021. No I take that back the best rom-com I have ever read. I loved everything about this book. Mallory and Nick are the highlight of this book. Hot guy who listens, with a big heart need I say more. This is the only book you need to be  reading this spring. I was blown away the last few rom-coms I have read were duds I was not happy at all but I LOVED everything about Back In The Burbs.
Grab your copy of this 5 star two times right away. I HIGHLY recommend this one.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Night Fall By Nancy Mehl


Now that Alexandra "Alex" Donovan is finally free of her troubled upbringing, she's able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member of the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Kansas and Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains traveling across the country--all killed in the same way.

Alex never expected to be forced to confront her past in this new job, but she immediately recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is haunted by the struggles she thought she'd left behind forever.

In a race against time to solve the case while battling her own weaknesses, Alex must face how far she'll go--and what she's willing to risk--to put a stop to the Train Killer. 

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Nancy Mehl lives in Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirty books and is currently at work on a new FBI suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help."

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: She also is active on the Suspense Sisters: and on FaceBook!

My Thoughts...

There are very few authors that when I get a book I know I am in for a treat. Nancy Mehl is one of those few. I really enjoyed Night Fall. It was a thriller that kept me captive until the end. I rarely start a book and be unable to put it down but I read this in one sitting.  The plot was infallible and entertaining. I have a short attention span and if a book slows down I loose interest. Night Fall held my attention. The characters were great and introduced very well. I love how Nancy can create a hero that is tough and still have vulnerabilities. Night fall has faith, excitement and action. It is an all around 5 star read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Every llama Needs a Scarf By Tunisia Williams


Llamas in scarves and bears in berets. This picture book introduces young readers to various animals and the whimsy of rhyme.

"Every llama needs a scarf for cold and wintry days."

"Every bear needs a beret to wear in zoo parades."

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I am a full-time middle school counselor whose passion is writing. Prior to becoming a school counselor, I worked in higher education in public relations and marketing. It was my privilege to write stories about the university’s students, faculty, and staff.

I consider myself to be an introvert with extrovert tendencies. The introvert in me likes to relax at home after a long day of being around people. The extrovert in me likes being around people for short bursts of time.

I am a lover of nature and animals, so visiting zoos, aquariums, wildlife safari parks, and going boating on local lakes and rivers with my husband, Robert, makes my heart smile.

Did I mention I love animals, more specifically dogs. We have three beautiful doghters: Coco, Hope, and Grace.

This is a children's book not sure I would give it to a young one, maybe just read it to them. It is thin paper easy to rip and tear apart.
Cute little story, kids love rhymes and  they will get that with this one.
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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Joining hearts for Christmas By Rebecca Lange


“I give you until the end of this month to find love and accept a proposal. If you can’t find what you are looking for, I will announce your engagement to Lord Kenworthy.”“You can’t be serious, Father! A month? How am I supposed to find love in a month? It is December already.”Lady Charlotte Woodridge always had a mind of her own. Being the daughter of a duke comes with obligations and expectations, something she disapproves of wholeheartedly. She strongly detests how society works and that she is supposed to treat people differently because of their rank and standing. When a man over twenty years her senior asks for her hand in marriage and her father agrees to it, she fights back with all the stubbornness she can summon. She wants to marry for love, not because she is told to marry. When her father agrees to a compromise, it leaves her upset. Lady Charlotte has one month to find her true love and receive and accept a proposal. Was that even possible?

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Rebecca is a mom of two boys (13 and 15 years old), has been married to her husband for over 16 years, and is currently living in Germany. She was actually born and raised in Germany but moved to the US after she met her husband in Scotland at a wedding. (That in itself is a super cool and crazy story.)

She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and absolutely loves her Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.

She is fluent in German and English and has challenged herself by writing her books not in her native tongue but in English instead.

Rebecca enjoys reading clean happy-ending stories, loves to watch chick flicks (especially her Christmas Hallmark movie collection), and is a big-time Harry Potter Fan. (She is not kidding on that one. Her house has plenty of decorations of said franchise.)

Her love for writing started early. Even as a child she enjoyed writing stories. Escaping reality as a teenager took place whenever she had a good book in her fingers, her own stories, or watched romantic movies. She has a vivid imagination and so it is easy for her to disappear into a different world. She avoids certain genres because of her imagination, but she is still grateful that she can picture things so vividly. She is definitely a hopeless romantic but likes it when the books she writes or reads (or movies she watches) have a bit of everything.

She writes Young Adult Fiction/ Christian Fantasy and Historical Fiction, but her readers will also find drama, heartbreak, romance, humor, suspense, lots of sarcasm, and sass (a must for her since she is fluent in both), inspirational thoughts and faith in her books.

It is important for her to address difficult topics people don't like to talk about, because in her words: "Only when we speak about these issues can we make a change."
Bullying, Racism, Sexual Harassment, Abuse, Drug, and Alcohol addictions are just some of the topics she tackles straight forward and without sugarcoating. She doesn't believe in avoiding issues because they are uncomfortable. Her beliefs, views, and opinions on those issues are presented in her books the way she feels about it. Her characters are her voice. She calls it as she sees it.