Thursday, 30 September 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Question of the week: How do you spread the word about your blog?


My answer: I use social networking sites, blog directories, message boards, and book tours.

Thursday Ramblings


I am back online after having some internet problems this week. My writing has been a little slow, but I had time to brainstorm on a few plot ideas.

Iron Man 2 (Single-Disc Edition)
 I watched Iron Man 2 a few nights ago. It was okay, about the same as the first movie.

I finished reading The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I am currently reading In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

Within My Heart (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 3) In the mail this week, I received the book Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Review - Goosebumps: Triple Header


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Goosebumps: Triple Header
BY: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHED BY: Parachute Press
PUBLISHED IN: 1997
ISBN: 0-590-35007-2
Pages: 144
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In the first story, The Ghostly Granny, Kelly and her family have a problem; they cannot get Granny Deaver to leave. She is not even their really grandma. She is a friend of their grandma’s sister. After Granny Deaver dies, she does not leave. Her ghost stays and haunts the family. What will Kelly do to get rid of the ghost?

In Spin the Wheel of Horror, Tyler and his family when a chance to be on his favorite television game show, but this is not any ordinary game show. The host and the audience dress up in monster costumes. On the other hand, are they really monsters?

In the final story, Teenage Sponge Boys from Outer Space, Mac and Becky find out that their new friends Dirk and Deke are sponge aliens from outer space.

I stumbled upon this book at a thrift store last month. The first story, The Ghostly Granny, is the best story of the trilogy. It is a fun scary tale. Spin the Wheel of Horror reminds me of Goosebumps: One Day in Horrorland. My least favorite is Teenage Sponge Boys from Outer Space; it does not fit in with the other two. Overall, I enjoyed reading these tales.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Book Review - The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris

The Vigilante’s Bride
BY: Yvonne Harris
PUBLISHED BY: Bethany House
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0804-1
Pages: 297
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

With no other choice, Emily McCarthy is on a stagecoach to marry an older man, Bartholomew Axel, which she has never met before. Luke Sullivan robs the stagecoach and kidnaps Emily. On the other hand, is it more of a rescue? Luke knows that Bartholomew Axel is a horrible man and Emily does not want to marry someone that she does not love. Bartholomew soon discovers who has stolen his bride-to-be and wants to retrieve her.

The Vigilante’s Bride is a fast-paced western romance. I thought that it was odd that the book came out in August. It should have come out in December since the book is set around Christmas. The book has a simple plot with likeable characters, which makes it a fast and enjoyable read. Western lovers will enjoy the take on the dying genre and romance lovers will enjoy the love story between two main characters.

*I would like to thank Bethany House for sending me a copy to review.

Review - The Legacy of Croft Castle by Jean Barrett

The Legacy of Croft Castle
BY: Jean Barrett
PUBLISHED BY: Harlequin
PUBLISHED IN: 2004
ISBN: 0-373-22804-X
Pages: 249
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Set on a small island off England, ghost hunter Meredith Allen, along with private eye Jackson Hawke, investigates the strange occurrences happening at the Croft Castle. Of course, this castle is your typical haunted castle with secret passages, eerie lights and ghosts.

Jackson is a non-believer of the supernatural and believes that a human is responsible for the strange happenings at the castle. At first, Meredith wants nothing to do with Jackson, but this is a romance novel, so she falls for him. They explore the castle and uncover a dark mystery.

This was an easy fast read for me. One thing that really bothered if Meredith was suppose to be a ghost hunter, why didn’t she have any ghost hunting gizmos with her? The book cover says this is a gothic romance. Beside for being set a castle, I never really got the feeling that this was a gothic novel. Overall, I enjoyed the novel because of its fun characters.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Review - Where Hearts Are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons

Where Hearts Are Free
BY: Golden Keyes Parsons
PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-628-9
Pages: 350
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

As a young child, Bridget Barrington witnessed a murder. As a teenager, Philippe Cavell came to live with the family, but as a servant. Bridget was instantly in love with him.

Six years passes by and Philippe’s servant days with the family are soon to be over. Bridget wants to finally tell him that she is in love with him, but instead, she tells her parents. Her parents are outraged over the matter, they end Phillip’s contract as servant a few weeks early. They announce Bridget that she will be married to Edward Moorehead, an older man.

Edward is not the right match for Bridget and he has a secret of his own. Bridget’s dark past comes back to haunt her, as she struggles to forget Philippe.

There have been countless historical Christian novels over the years with the same plot - Two loves separated by their religion. I was surprised that the author added a mystery subplot to the novel. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. If you like, historical romance books then check this book out.

*I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Thursday Ramblings - A Few Days Late!


I finished reading The Twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg. I will post the review next month. I read Goosebumps Triple Header Book One by R.L. Stine and The Legacy of Croft Castle by Jean Barrett. I will try to get the reviews done and posted in a few days. I also read the first story in the Prom Nights From Hell anthology.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Review - Goosebumps Series 2000: Bride of the Living Dummy

Goosebumps Series 2000: Bride of the Living Dummy
BY: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHED BY: Parachute Press, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN: 1998
ISBN: 0-590-39990
Pages: 122
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Jillian is your typically teenager with twin younger sisters, Amanda and Katie. Their dad brought home a doll, which the twins named Mary-Ellen. The doll freaks out Jillian.

After taking the twins to see a ventriloquist show, Jillian discovers a wooden dummy in the dumpster. Jillian considers this an opportunity and takes the dummy home. She wants to use Slappy at kids’ birthday parties so she can earn some extra money.

Review - R.L. Stine’s Ghosts of Fear Street: House of a Thousand Screams

R.L. Stine’s Ghosts of Fear Street: House of a Thousand Screams
BY: P. MacFearson
PUBLISHED BY: Pocket Books
PUBLISHED IN: 1997
ISBN: 0-671-00190-6
Pages: 112
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Jill and her family inherit Uncle Solly’s house. He was a famous magician. There is one catch; the house is on Fear Street!

At first, Jill loves the house, but then she starts seeing weird, nasty creatures. Are they poltergeists?

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Review - The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World
BY: Andy Andrews
ILLUSTRATED BY: Philip Hurst
PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4003-9605-2
Pages:23
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

“The Boy Who Changed the World” chronicles the lives of four boys. The first is Norman Borlang. While playing with his sisters in the cornfield, Norman comes up with the idea to feed the world.

The second is Henry Wallace. As a kid, he learned to respect nature. When he grew up, he became the U.S. secretary of agriculture.

The third boy was George Washington. His parents died when he was young and a nice family adopted him. He grew up to be a teacher and inventor.

The last boy was Moses Carver. When he grew up, he married a woman named Susan. They later adopted a boy named George Washington.

What do all these boys have in common? Well, you have to read the book yourself to find out.

This is a cute picture book with wonderful illustrations. There is a wonderful message in the book about hope and determination that both kids and adults will enjoy reading.

*I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.

Friday, 3 September 2010

September 3, 2010 - Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Review - Belle in the Slouch Hat by Mimi Mathis



Before going off to join the Missouri Irregular Cavalry during the Civil War, Joshua “Bud” Brayden gave his younger sister, Belle, his slouch hat. Shortly after, a Union solider named Stryker shoots Bud in the back.

Belle is heartbroken by Bud’s death. She is determined to go after the man that killed him. Her brother once told her that Quantrill and his men sometimes hide out at a woman’s farm. She rides off to meet Maude Madison.