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Review: The Christmas Gate 2

The Christmas Gate 2 - T. A. Cline

The Christmas Gate 2 opens up with Bob wanting to talk to his publisher. Once he does he makes deal that get him the lovely farmhouse where he could write his stories. Well things get a little more interesting once he moves in to his new farmhouse.

Once things get close to Christmas and plans are made for him and Patty. Patty get a knock at the door. Once does she find out her husband is alive and in the army hospital. What will happen with Patty and Bob?

Bob meets an woman and tell her his story. She get him advice and once she is gone for a bit he does do something inside the book she has. She doe not know until she opens it. He never mentions it either.

Bob make a decision to help Patty out by making it easy for her. Patty does not know this when he leaves after seeing her and getting the message from her friend Lucy. It seem that Patty has to do her own journey as to go on.

She finds a poem or letter addressed to her after Jim and everyone thinks Bob has pass away. Jim does his deal that the farmhouse is to go to Patty if something happened to Bob.

She reads something that Bob wrote at the end of the journal. “The Christmas Gate is not Fiction” and this get her attention and she goes to find the box and she does and she opens it. She think will get 7 visions and what will happen. The journey begins. You will not believe it but her candles and messages are different for her but her journey is bit different then Bobs. Will she find Bob? Will she be able to bring him home?

I really like the theme and plot of the candles. It really well written. The messages were different for each person on their own journey. You will not know until the end who the light form might be. It a fast read and enjoyable as well.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/08/review-christmas-gate-2-by-ta-cline.html

Book Tour: Death Logs Out by EJ Simon

Death Logs Out - E.J. Simon

Do we ever really know what really happens after death? Did Alex really die or is he still alive somewhere? The author put us in to story as Michael is wondering about this as he find out that his brother Alex as somehow getting in touch with several of his ex-wives.

Sofia is reached out by her uncle but doe not really know for sure. Then she is kidnapped? Will she survive or is this a mad woman going to get her revenge on Michael? Michael goes to his buddy a retired policeman. Whatever happens when they recruit a friend to save Sofia? There seem to be more going on that someone once Sindy Steel gone?

What does the Vatican want? There seems to be more of terrifying going on? Who is the Free Force Party? Kurt seem to want more power then what he got. We got back to learn some history about the Nazi occupation. There are more action and twist as you turn the page.

The author takes you for a ride of a lifetime. Learn a bit about the Vatican church. You also get to tour a bit of Paris. What will happen to Michael as he goes to hunt down the bad guys that murdered his to brothers. Alex is mentioned and talked to though out the book. What is AI? Is it real?

What does John Goldstin want with Michael? I know that once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down. It action packed. I do wish to that parent are aware that his is book has a lot of deaths in it. I would suggest this to be for children of ages 16 + with Mature in it. Please know this is only what i suggest and the parents have the right to allow there children to read it if choose to or not.

I thought this book acted like a lot of my real world that going on around me. Though not at lot but you might remember 9/11 and think of how real that might be if or what really happen to Malaysia plane that when down over the ocean. I know that fact or there but they may not be real in the story but sure feel that way when reading the book. Thank to the author I have enjoyed these books. I can not wait for more. Check out my review for Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/09/book-tour-death-logs-out-by-ej-simon.html

Rest in Peace my baby boy - Pumpkin Passed away

Early this morning, our cat Pumpkin passed away. He was in a lot of pain yesterday. I prayed and asked the lord to take him and not let him suffer. He passed away around 3:30 am or 4:00 am. He was a lovable cat and gentle and happy. He a a really good life. He was given to me from a friend and I thank her for allowing me to take him and his brother. He was born some time in May of 2006 and pass away on August 5, 2018. He lived a 12 years and few months. He almost made it full year after surgery and living with 3 legs. I will say Rest in Peace my little boy. He was a trooper. He was my little baby boy and little man. I will miss you, Pumpkin and I love you. I know you are at peace and I thank god that he took you and not let you suffer after one day. Rest in Peace Pumpkin.

 

  

— feeling vampire

Halloween Bingo 2018: New categories, new lists - UPDATED

Reblogged from Murder by Death:
— feeling vampire

UPDATE 5 August with categories 16-20

 

Please note:  Recommendations to the lists will get added ASAP, but there might be lags here and there as unreasonable people demand I participate in real life.  

 

Also, if I start getting overwhelmed/confused by the number of comments on a list, and I've already added the books suggested, I may delete that comment thread.  I'll NEVER delete actual conversations, but if it's strictly a recommendation comment, deleting it might keep me from doing daft things, like adding the book multiple times.

 

Per Moonlight Madness' request, I've created new lists for the new categories (and where applicable, renamed old lists).  

 

This post will be updated as the new categories are announced.

 

Creepy Carnivals

Southern Gothic  (short, needs suggestions!)

Doomesday

New Release (no list)

Genre: Suspense  This list was originally "Romantic Suspense" but as the category is ANY suspense book, I've renamed it. 

Baker Street Irregulars

Shifters  (I've broken out Vampires from the old Vampires vs. Werewolves, so there are now 2 lists)

Slashers 

Spellbound  (The original Witches list, renamed)

Modern Noir

 

Ghost Stories

13

A Grimm Tale

Relics and Curiosities

Deadlands  see also: Vampires

 

Modern Masters of Horror (Combined with Genre: Horror, but marked as 'Modern' in the notes.

Supernatural

Genre: Horror

Cryptozoologist  (see also: Shifters and Vampires)

Fear the Drowning Deep

 

Stay tuned for updates as Moonlight reveals more squares.

Review: The Inn at Ocean's Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Shadow Bay) - Colleen Coble

I would say this book is really a good read. It sure has the mystery element to it. We learn the mysteries throughout the book. It more of a thriller and mystery combination. 

There are crime and detective going on as well in this story plot. Claire returns to the Inn at the Ocean Edge and things start to happen to her. Is she the real Claire Delmore?

There seems to be a cover-up story or is Harry Delmore hiding something from his daughter? Her grandmother also is acting strange when Claire starts wondering and questing about herself.

We also meet Luke Rocco and his sister. He thinks that Claire had disappeared around the same time his mother disappeared. Is there a connection between the two?

Colleen does tell a story that will make hungry for more. The plot is written well. The characters are developed and show their personalities. This book a cannot put down the book once you get into the action.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/08/review-inn-at-oceans-edge.html

Review: The Hope Jar

The Hope Jar - Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda does it once again with her latest book. Ever wonder what would happen if you mistaking though someone was your relative or grandchild by think that the person got the same hair color as your daughter?

That person goes along with it by pretending to be someone they are not. Well, that is kinda what goes on in this book. Can you fault the person that was asked, if you are acting as that person even though you are not them?

Well, the Lapps do this when they get a letter from their granddaughter Sara and hurry to pick her up at the bus station that day which is July 5th. Not knowing what she looks like or if she is even coming that day.

Michelle is asked if she is Sara Murray? She goes along with them. She never really says their granddaughter or not. We know she wants to stay away from Jerry and his abuse.

As she stays with them, she learns about the Amish culture and a little bit about the Lapps. She meets the family. She is asked questions by the Lapps. She too has questions. 

We Eli as well. He seems fond of Michelle. Does he not know if he wants to stay Amish or go English? What will he decide? He comes to help Michelle (Sara), and Lapps. He comes over to the Lapps to see Michelle (Sara). 

How does it end? Do we meet the real Sara? You will have to pick up a copy to read to find out.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/08/review-hope-jar.html

Review: The Small Chandelier

The Small Chandelier - Mary Lynn Plaisance

I have a question do you ever think that maybe you can go into the spiritual world? Well, I cannot answer it for sure but you can experience it a bit in the book called “The Small Chandelier.”

 

We some our see what our world could become and that there a mission for Peace on Earth. It starts once Jenny gets bitten by a snake? We go adventure with Joseph and then things start to get more exciting as he starts to investigate and find out if his wife was bitten by a snake.

 

Mary tells the tale and the story quite well. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It funny a little bit but it shows what could happen to our world if it not already happening now. We may be experiencing some of what been going on in this book. With some of the events that we had this year and last year with ellipses and the leaders around the world. Peace on Earth could be in the works here on earth.

 

Please do know that this is a work of fiction so please know that I have not really an idea that it really happening in our real world. It could be just coincidence that what is mentioned in this book that the author is using it for some of her plots.

 

Other than that the author plot is done well and grabs your attention. I have read a few other books by her and they are just as good. I would suggest picking up one of her books and reading it.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/08/review-small-chandelier.html

Monthly Wrap up: July

 
July is now ending with rain and thunderstorms. July was a nice break with some rain, you got some sun as well. How you enjoy your Fourth of July holiday? I know it was hot that day. Hope you got a lot of reading done or a some fun in the pull and family time.
 
I hit a rough spot as for i was either enjoying the summer sun or a little buy not much, I was also a bit more tired at night. I have just could not get into reading. I went to concert and was outside for a bit. I even watched most of Shark week which is one reason that book is on the review list this month and during the week of Shark Week. I love Shark week and enjoy watching it. I also had the may Finleyville Fireman's Fair that same week. It almost time for those that children or child to get ready to back to school.

 

Books Read in July:

  1. A Widows Hope by Vannetta Chapman
  2. The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  3. Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey by Ted Rechlin
  4. The Small Chandelier by Mary Lynn Plaisance
 
So for the month of July, I have read a total of 799 Pages. You can see what my total for the month by book below.
 

Total Pages by book for July:

  1. A Widows Hope - 219 Pages
  2. The Hope Jar - 320 Pages
  3. Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey - 96 Pages
  4. The Small Chandelier - 164 Pages
 
So Far for the 2018, the Total Pages Read is 8,641 Pages. That is a total of 6 months of this year or we call it half a year. Take look at the total per month below.

 

Total Pages Per Month:

  1. January - 1,135 Total Pages
  2. February - 1,359 Total Pages
  3. March - 1,834 Pages
  4. April - 1,558 Pages
  5. May - 304 Pages
  6. June - 1,346 Pages
  7. July - 799 Pages
 
So Far as of 2018 the Total Books Read are 36 Books.

 

Total Books Per Month:

  1. January - 4 Books
  2. February - 7 Books
  3. March - 5 Books
  4. April - 7 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 6 Books
  7. July - 4 Books
 
What was written and posted in June. Some of the books were read in 2018 and that is way you are see them posted in later months of 2018 as for I choose those dates for the tours. You will that I have Reviews that will be posted this year that go to book that were read before or during the previous month of 2018. Though I am trying to keep up with current reviews with book read this year there are some from back log. I just did not get to write the review. They will be marked.
 
Want to see all the wraps so far. Take a look Below at the list.

 

2018 Monthly Wrap Up:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May (this is a book off and I miscalculated when i did the wrap up. Sorry, Should have 3 book but only has two)
  6. June
 
How was your week or month been going? What are you planning on reading for August?

 

 

 

   

Book Tour: ICE By Lauren Carr

ICE - Lauren Carr

Have you ever heard of a dog playing blackjack? I know that I have not, Lauren Carr has brought us a book with another dog. We meet Chris Matheson and his family in this very entertaining book.

They are a mystery every time we turn the page. I would call this a page-turner with a twist and turns with each time you decide to turn the page.

What book club is Elliott trying to get Chris to join? There mysteries and secrets too from the beginning to the end of the book. Do we have a serial killer on the loose? Who after Chis Matheson and why is the town believe that he killed Sandy Lipson and her baby?

Lauren Carr does not disappoint. If you have not read her other books then I suggest you do. ICE is only book one of her newest series. I look at this Sterling and say he may have Gnarly by entertaining you. Gnarly and Sterling should team up and see what they do together.

Will Chris Matheson and his buddies solve the cold case? There seems to be quite a few twists and turns you will not be able to guess some of the crimes.

There are a long of death and crime through this book but that is cause it is crime fiction and a mystery. I would also suggest that you if you are the fan of both or Mystery and have not read Lauren Carr other books. Then you are missing out. Once you read one you are going to want to read her other books. You can check out my reviews for The Mac Faraday MysteriesLovers In Crime MysteriesThe Joshua Thornton MysteriesThorny Rose Mysteries.

You can add ICE to the list as well. I can not wait for book two of this series. I can not wait for to pick up another Lauren Carr book soon.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/04/book-tour-ice-by-lauren-carr.html

Review: The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol 4: The Double Dog-Dare

The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels, Vol. 4: Double-Dog Dare - Tony  Penn

If you are looking for a book that will last a lifetime for your child or children? The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels is a good series to put on their bookshelf or bookshelves? This time I have read “The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels, The Double Dog-Dare”.

 

It about learning what is a true friendship is? It also about respect. It will also teach your child or children about open-mindedness and value of friendships. It talks more about what happens when a dare goes to far.

 

There are lessons on respecting and what is a true friendship. Michael is faced with this? What to do and how to go about it. It

 

This book teaches you that lesson. It as teachable moments for your child or children. It also mentions about “The Borrowed Bracelet” and “The Angry Alligator” and “The Creepy Campers”. Those three are books 1, 2 and 3 from this series “The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels.”

 

Children will enjoy the pictures throughout the book. These books are good for younger readers. Parents can read them to your child. This book is a fast read. The lesson is taught through the book.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-misadventures-of-michael_31.html

Review: The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol 3: The Creepy Campers

The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers - Tony  Penn

If you are looking for a book that will last a lifetime for your child or children? The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels is a good one to put on their bookshelf or bookshelves? This time i have read “The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels, The Creepy Campers”.

 

It about learning that cheating is not always the best to do. Kids feel the pressure sometime to win and then guess what happens. Sometimes kids start thinking that winning is everything. They may end up cheating from the pressure or the need to always win. Winning is not everything. It fine if you win fairly.

 

There are lessons on lying and bullying and intimidation. Michael is faced with this? What to do and how to go about it.  Lying and bullying and intimidation is not all great either when it all winning and getting prizes.

 

This book teaches you that lesson. It as teachable moments for your child or children. It also mentions about “The Borrowed Bracelet” and “The Angry Alligator”. Those two are books 1 and 2 from this series “The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels.”

 

Children will enjoy the pictures throughout the book. These books are good for younger readers. Parents can read them to your child. This book is a fast read. The lesson is taught through the book.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-misadventures-of-michael.html

Review: Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey

Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey - Ted Rechlin

Sharks: A 400 Million Year Journey, is a fascinating book. Ted does wonderfully with the illustrations. I enjoy the pictures. This teaches about us about sharks and the history of them and the planet. This is an educational book and good to have on your children bookshelves.

 

This is wonderful graphic novel for children. It got a little bit gore in it but it mild. It shows the behavior of sharks. I like the fact that the book teaches about past sharks and present sharks. It also shows how sharks survived over the past 400 million years.

 

There are facts about sharks throughout the book. We also learn some new names for some sharks. Some are hard to pronounce the name of them. We get to see the adaptations and different kinds and shapes of sharks throughout the years.

 

The graphics are done well. It good for those that like graphic novels. Young children and little boys are will enjoy this book. If you are in to the history or sharks or like sharks alone. Boys and girls will enjoy learning about sharks along with their parents with this book. It will keep them entertained for sure.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-sharks-400-million-year-journey.html

Review: A Widow's Hope

A Widow's Hope - Vannetta Chapman

Ever feel like god let you down? Well Hannah seem to think this a little bit when a tragedy take away her husband and her son ability to walk. Hannah not only has to deal with her loss but also her son’s disability.

 

It really like the way Vanetta Chapman did this. Not a lot of books talk and deal with disability including the Amish. I really do like that. We see how it is with Hannah and we go along for a ride with Hannah as she learn to deal with the emotionally and physical disability.

 

We see that Amish got to deal with the same problems as those that were Englishers. You should be able to fall back and see the that family and friends will be there to help. We also meet Jacob. Will there be love once again for Hannah and Jacob?

 

Jakob has to deal with tragedy of his own and his own scars. Will he realise that god loves him as he is. The scars and what he was doing is not his fault. He not only have to deal with his loss and mistakes but leaning on family may help. He seems to hide himself from others. Will Hannah and her son help him find love along with Hannah.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-widows-hope.html

Review: The Hawaiian Discovery

The Hawaiian Discovery - Wanda E. Brunstetter

Ever wonder what it like to run a bed and breakfast? Well we learn about it a bit though the book of The Hawaiian Discovery. This is only at the beginning. This is where we start out at. Mandy and her husband Ken are the owners of the B and B. Their friend Ellen works there. Ken’s mother calls and we get where they fly back to Hawaii.

 

We are left Ellen managing the B and B. There are some tragedy and a few surprises along the way. We meet with Ron and Tavi. We start to learn about Ron. This take place mainly in Hawaii and I do not want to give away the ending.

 

Ellen get to fly to Hawaii for Emergency and spend time there. What happens and what develops while there is really sweet and surprises all. What find out and discovery will be the reason of the title.

 

Wanda does a wonderful job writing this book with her daughter in law Jean. What a story this and will Ellen get her wish? Ellen seem to be wanting what all Amish want but will she find it in Hawaii or will she not? You fall in love with the characters as you read the book. This book focus on Mandy and Ken and Ellen mostly.

 

Is Ron who he says he is or is he someone completely different? What could Ron be hiding, if that even his name. All these mysteries. What happens to Ken?

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/07/review-hawaiian-discovery.html

Monthly Wrap up: June

 
 

June is now ending with humidity and high temps. June was more of sweet month with the temp either really high and / or muggy. Hello Summer.. Bring in the pool and the outdoor reading. What a month it has been. I will not complain much as it been sunny and decent or sunny and hot. That I will take. The year is now half over. We have now make it though half a year. 

I have hit a slump when it hot or sticky it really been hard to read but I think i did quite good for this month with getting six books read. I am blaming the sticky weather. I am either tired or the weather got to me. This is what happens and I will sometime just relax on my bed and read if it is to sticky hot outdoors.

 

Books Read in June:

  1. Whispers at Seaside by Addison Cole
  2. The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson
  3. The Inn at Ocean Edge by Colleen Coble
  4. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers by Tony Penn
  5. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels, Vol. 4: Double-Dog Dare by Tony Penn
  6. The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda E. Brunstetter
 
So for the month of June, I have read a total of 1,346 Pages. You can see what my total for the month by book below.

Total Pages by book for June:

  1. Whispers at Seaside - 258 Pages
  2. The Silent Songbird - 304 Pages
  3. The Inn at Ocean Edge - 336 Pages
  4. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels Vol. 3: The Creepy Campers - 96 Pages
  5. The Misadventures of Michael McMichaels, Vol. 4: Double-Dog Dare - 96 Pages
  6. The Hawaiian Discovery - 256 Pages
 
So Far for the 2018, the Total Pages Read is 7,536 Pages. That is a total of 6 months of this year or we call it half a year. Take look at the total per month below.

 

Total Pages Per Month:

  1. January - 1,135 Total Pages
  2. February - 1,359 Total Pages
  3. March - 1,834 Pages
  4. April - 1,558 Pages
  5. May - 304 Pages
  6. June - 1,346 Pages
So Far as of 2018 the Total Books Read are 32 Books.

 

Total Books Per Month:

  1. January - 4 Books
  2. February - 7 Books
  3. March - 5 Books
  4. April - 7 Books
  5. May - 3 Books
  6. June - 6 Books
 
What was written and posted in June. Some of the books were read in 2018 and that is way you are see them posted in later months of 2018 as for I choose those dates for the tours. You will that I have Reviews that will be posted this year that go to book that were read before or during the previous month of 2018. Though I am trying to keep up with current reviews with book read this year there are some from back log. I just did not get to write the review. They will be marked.

Want to see all the wraps so far. Take a look Below at the list.

 

2018 Monthly Wrap Up:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May (this is a book off and I misscululated when i did the wrap up. Sorry, Should have 3 book but only has two)
Happy 4th of July? and How is your summer or and Summer Reads Going?
 
 
Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/monthly-wrap-up-june.html

Review: THE SILENT SONGBIRD

The Silent Songbird - Melanie Dickerson

The Silent Songbird is a story about a heroine that wants to something all people want. It takes place in either 1700 or 1800 England. It mostly about the King’s warden. Will she find what wants in life? She knows her duty, but she does not want to marry someone she does not love.

Evangeline knows her cousin goes to set up a marriage to an Earl? She tries to tell her cousin she doesn't want to marry this man. She is forced to run away. This is where all twists and turns and surprises start to occur. She meets a man and asks to go along with him and his men. She also has her friend with her as well. I believe this is where she starts to learn about herself and learns about the world around her.

The author does a good job showing us what it likes for women in that era. We learn of what Lord Shivery is like and how he is. You will be surprised at how and what this man did to his first wife. The author does wonders with her characters. You can see how deep she makes them. You are pulled into the era of that time and you feel like you are a part of that world.

Source: http://nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/review-silent-songbird.html

Currently reading

Ours For a Season
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Twelve Days
Teresa Hill
Charles Towne Belles Trilogy
MaryLu Tyndall, M.L. Tyndall
Progress: 963/960 pages