February 6, 2016

Top 5 Best Book Covers: February 2016

Top 5 Best Book Covers

The meme's rules are simple:

  • Grab the Top 5 Best Book Covers button!
  • Post your 5 favorite books covers that are being released in the current month!
  • You can use a blurb or book synopsis in your post.
  • Put your blog URL in the Linky. 
  • Visit other blogs and comment on their 5 picks


Robert B. Parker's Blackjack
by Robert Knott
Pub. Date: February 2, 2016


Description: Appaloosa, the hometown of Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, continues to prosper, but with prosperity comes a slew of new trouble: carpetbaggers, gamblers, migrants, peddlers, drifters, thieves, and whores, all boiling in a cauldron of excess and greed. And there’s a new menace in town: a wealthy, handsome easterner—and the owner of Appaloosa’s new casino—Boston Bill Black.

Boston Bill is flashy and bigger than life. He’s a prankster and a notorious womanizer, and with eight notches on the handle of his Colt, he’s rumored quick on the draw. When he finds himself wanted for a series of murders, he quickly vanishes. Cole and Hitch locate and arrest him, but Boston Bill escapes once again. Another murder sets the duo on his trail, eventually taking them back to Appaloosa—where one woman in particular may, or may not, prove to be the apple of Boston Bill’s eye.


Billy's Thoughts: The cover to the newest Cole and Hitch book is more a throwback to the old Maverick westerns. I received a review copy of the book a few days ago. I'll be reading it soon.


I'll See You in Paris
by Michelle Gable
Pub. Date: February 9, 2016


Description: Three women, born generations apart.

One mysterious book that threads their lives together. 

A journey of love, discovery, and truth… 

I’ll See You in Paris is based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a woman whose life was so rich and storied it could fill several books. Nearly a century after Gladys’s heyday, a young woman’s quest to understand the legendary Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a dilapidated manse kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately, to Paris, where answers will be found at last. In the end, she not only solves the riddle of the Duchess but also uncovers the missing pieces in her own life.

At once a great love story and literary mystery, I’ll See You in Paris will entertain and delight, with an unexpected ending that will leave readers satisfied and eager for Gable’s next novel.

Billy's Thoughts: This is not my kind of book, but I like the book and the coffee mug on the cover.

The Shadow Queen
by C.J. Redwine
Pub. Date: February 16, 2016


Where To Store Those Extra K-Cups?



If you're as big of a coffee drinker as I am, then you probably have tons of K-Cups just laying around in the way.

Personally, I already own a drawer-type K-Cup storage, but I still have many K-cups just tossed about. Luckily for me, I was sent the Oak Leaf K-Cup Carousel Tower to test out and review. The #OakLeaf tower retails for $52.99, but it can be purchased on Amazon currently for $13.29.

The storage tower is made from strong metal that has been painted black; though the handle is gray. The bottom part the carousel has a felt padding, so it won't scratch whatever surface it is placed on. Both sides of the tower will hold 15 K-Cups.

Popcorn & Coffee: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles


$26.99; 337 minutes; Buy Link: Amazon
The name Lizzie Borden has become somewhat of a legend over the years; mostly thanks to wild tales, books, television movies and feature films.

For those that don't know who Lizzie Borden was, I'll give you a quick history lesson. Lizzie was thirty-two-years-old when she was accused of brutally murdering her father, Andrew, and her stepmother, Abby, in 1892 at their house in River Fall, Massachusetts. Andrew was hit with a hatchet 18 or 19 times and Abby was hit with a hatchet 11 times. Lizzie was arrested for the murders; which was quite odd for a women to be accused of murder at the time, and the media went crazy over the trial. In the end, Lizzie was acquitted, though many people believed she was guilty.

In 2014, Lifetime aired a 90-minute television movie, titled Lizzie Bored Took An Axe, which starred Christine Ricci (Adams Family, Casper) in the title role. While the movie followed actual events, most if was fictionalized. The movie was a big hit for the cable channel with 4.4 million viewers.

A little over a year later, an eight-part limited-series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, premiered on Lifetime with Christine Ricci returning as Lizzie Borden and Clea DuVall returning as her sister, Emma. The series was released to DVD on February 2nd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Special features includes deleted scenes and a gag reel.

Set after the trial, the series shows what happened to Lizzie and Emma as they try to get on with their lives, which all the plots are speculative and fictionalized. While their father was rich, he had a lot of bad investments, so Lizzie and Emma have a hard time trying to get a hold of their inheritance. The situation gets worse when their half-brother, William (played by Andrew Howard) shows up wanting his part of the family fortune. Lizzie has no choice, but to go back to her old ways and get rid of their problems in a bloody fashion.
February 5, 2016

Book Blogger Hop: Feb. 5th - 11th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews!

Does your significant other share your reading passion?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 


Since I'm currently single, I can't really answer this week's question. Though if I ever do get married, hopefully she will like to read books.


Linky List:

February 4, 2016

Thursday ReReads: Rotten School: Shake, Rattle, & Hurl!


Buy Link: Amazon

I almost forgot about this week's Thursday ReRead, until I noticed that I had left the book Rotten School: Shake, Rattle, & Hurl! was on my desk. After that, I made a cup of coffee, grabbed the book and started reading it this afternoon.

Once again, Bernie Bridges is the main character, a fourth-grader living who attends the private school, Rotten School. He thinks that he's the coolest kid at the school, even though in reality he's the rottenest of the students.

The school is going to hold a talent contest, which the winners will win tickets to The Plopps concert. The Plopps are Bernie's favorite singers, so he has to find a way to win the contest. Plus, he plans on inviting the prettiest girl at the school, April-May-June, as his date.

Unfortunately, the Nyce House Band is also going to enter the contest, which one of the band members is Bernie's archenemy, Sherman Oaks. Despite Bernie's dislike for the band, the Nyce House Band are actually good. To make matters worse, Bernie isn't musically inclined.
February 3, 2016

Winter Reads: The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday


Buy Link: Amazon
The Berenstain Bears is one of the most popular and the longest-running picture book series on the market today. The first book was released in 1962 and was written and illustrated by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Sadly, both authors has passed away, but their son, Mike, has taken over the franchise; adding Christian themes to the most recent releases.

The newest book, titled The Berenstain Bears' Easter Sunday, was released last month to bookstores. Like the title suggests, the story is set on Easter Sunday morning, where the Bear family (Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister and Honey) are getting ready to attend church. This is when the cubs asks why everyone has to wear bright colors that day. Mama answers, "Bright colors are for happy, joyous occasions."

The cubs enjoy Easter Sunday's sermon at church, where Preacher Brown tells the story of Jesus. Afterward, the cubs participate in an Easter hunt. No, they're not hunting for colored eggs, but instead they are hunting for gift boxes, which has a Noah's ark figure inside each one.  The cubs end up learning that Easter is so much more than just colored eggs and chocolate bunnies.

Q&A with Carmen Fox, the author of "Divide and Conquer"



Q&A with author Carmen Fox



When did you become interested in storytelling?

At a fairly early age. Lying is a way of telling stories, right? I also wrote poems when I was little, then articles for the school paper in my teens. It was my nana who gave me the final nudge to write down my stories after I left college.

What was your first book/story published? 

Divide and Conquer was my first. It was published amid delays and close to the publication date of my second book, Guarded, so Divide and Conquer never got the attention I owed it. Such a shame, because it’s quirky and unusual, with a good deal of humor and romance.

What inspired you to write Divide and Conquer?

Frustration. I was fed up with the usual couplings of man and man in the traditional buddy cop movies and of man and woman in paranormal fantasy. So I wanted to write about the lives of two inherently different women who come together for a common purpose. Each follows her own romance interest without sacrificing her friendship with the other, but their bond is at the heart of the story.


What character in Divide and Conquer is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

100 Naturals Saw Palmetto Review



No, you're not having deja vu! However, I am once again reviewing a Saw Palmetto supplement, but this one is made by 100 Naturals!

Saw Palmetto has been used for hundreds of years to treat many different health problems, including urinary and reproduction issues. It's also been known as a herbal treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Early research suggest that using the supplement will improve the prostate (from mild to moderate), though newer research claims that it has no effect on a patient with BPH.

It's also known to decrease estrogen levels in men, which will help your prostate as well as help you lose body fat and build muscle, if you are eating healthy and are exercising regularly.

The 100 Naturals Saw Palmetto has 500mg of saw palmetto berries (powder / 25% extract) per serving (1 capsule). One bottle (the #sawpalmetto retails for $14.85 on Amazon) will last you for 100 days (over 3 whole months). According to the label, it is made in the USA and has been GMP Certified. It doesn't have any chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients.

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