Book Review: Labyrinth Society: The Versaille Vendetta by Angie Kelly

8 Feb

22094833When 12 year-old Mia Cornell is sent to live at the Tarpley Estate, her ninth foster home, she has no idea what she’s in for. Having a kind but mysterious foster mother and three quirky foster sisters is all well and good. Discovering that her new family is a secret society—they use a portal in their garden labyrinth to travel the globe seeking lost art, artifacts, and OSOs (objects of supernatural origin)—is something else entirely.

Mia barely has time to wrap her head around the truth when the Society’s latest job, tracking down Marie Antoinette’s necklace, goes sideways. Mia and her new siblings—Tomi, the historian; Devon, the hacker; and Lily, the muscle—must use their wits, plus a few cool OSOs filched from the Society’s vault, to stay a step ahead of a sinister enemy from their foster mother’s past. But just how far back does Mrs. Tarpley’s past go? And will Mia stand by her new family or cut and run when they need her the most?



My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Labyrinth Society: The Versailles Vendetta is a great book for middle grade readers. It’s fast paced and full of action, mystery, adventure and a touch of paranormal.

The main characters are four girls who have been taken in by Mrs. T. They’re good kids who have all been through a lot and it’s hard to remember that they’re supposed to be just 12 years old.

I like Angie Kelly’s writing style. It’s easy to follow and is fast reading. Even though Labyrinth Society: The Versailles Vendetta was written for children of middle school age, readers of all ages will like it. I’m looking forward to the next adventure! 


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Book Review & Giveaway: Cancelled Vows by Lauren Carr

5 Feb

Cancelled Vows

Police Chief David O’Callaghan and Chelsea Adams’ wedding day is fast approaching. Unfortunately, at the last minute, David discovers that there is one small problem to be taken care of before he can tie the knot—divorce his first wife!

Lauren Carr takes fans of the Mac Faraday mysteries to the Big Apple in this nail biting adventure. In Cancelled Vows, David, Mac, and Gnarly, too, rush to New York City to dissolve David’s marriage to an old girlfriend—and he’s got five days to get it done. When murder throws up a road block, it is up to David’s best man, Mac Faraday, and Gnarly, K9-in-waiting, to sort through the clues to get David to the church in time!


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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is Lauren Carr’s eleventh Mac Faraday novel, and only the second one I’ve read but it definitely stands on its own. When I have time, I plan on reading the previous ones. I like Lauren Carr’s writing style because it’s easy to follow, and I especially like the dialogue. 

There are a lot of characters in Cancelled Vows but there is a Cast of Characters listed at the beginning which is a great idea. I like Mac Faraday and his wife, Archie Monday, and I love Mac’s dog, Gnarly!

There is a murder mystery that Mac’s brother, David, needs to solve when he goes to New York to get a divorce from a wife he didn’t even realize he had. The murder is just the first twist along the way and it becomes apparent that David may not make it to his own wedding. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Mac Faraday mysteries!

I definitely recommend Cancelled Vows. If you like mystery and intrigue, it’s one you don’t want to miss.


Author’s Bio

Lauren CarrLauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries and the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real live Gnarly!) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.


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Review: Bound Together & Newly Released Boxed Set by Stormy Smith

4 Feb

There’s a good chance you’ve seen posts about the Bound series before. It’s clean, new adult fantasy and series that’s been downloaded more than 100,000 times since the first book came out in July of 2014!

For the first time, Stormy Smith is offering the Bound series in a boxed set! You can get three full-length novels plus her bonus holiday novella for just $6.99! That’s a STEAL!




Bound by Duty, book one in the Bound series:

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?

Continue Amelia’s story in Bound by Spells and Bound by Prophecy. Then, enjoy the bonus novella, Bound Together.


My Review of Bound Together

I received a free ecopy of this novella from the author for an honest review.

I have enjoyed the entire Bound series and was thrilled to hear that Stormy Smith had written a novella about Amelia and Aidan. What is nice about Bound Together is that it’s about them spending Christmas together and their life is almost normal. They have been through so much, it was refreshing to read about them being able to enjoy life together.

I definitely recommend Bound Together but absolutely not until you’ve read the first 3 books!

My reviews of the series: Bound by Duty, Bound by Spells, Bound by Prophecy.



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About the author

HeadshotA word nerd from the very beginning, Stormy Smith has always had her nose in a book or a pen in her hand. From a journalism degree to a public relations career, manipulating words has always been her forte. She never expected her love of stories to translate into writing them, but one day the words were there and couldn’t be stopped.

Stormy lives in Iowa’s capital with her husband and two crazy cats. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.



Twitter: @stormysmith


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Book Review: ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

3 Feb



¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish Visit New Places and Make New Friends! introduces children to Spanish. The purpose of the book is to give children an enjoyable experience learning the language as well as to teach them a useful skill. The age range of children is roughly 6-10, although it should include the largest age range possible. It is especially useful for parents and children who reside in the many districts where foreign language is not offered in elementary school. My hope is that kids and their parents will be inspired to continue their study of Spanish throughout school, so that they can truly communicate to the millions of Spanish speakers throughout the world. The book can be used by older children themselves. It can be adapted for use in Foreign Language in Elementary School , FLES, programs and in Foreign Language Experience, FLEX, programs. It can be used by librarians. It would make a great gift for grandparents, relatives or anyone who has a child in his or her life and would like to give that child the beginning of a truly world class education. It can be used by parents, whether or not they speak Spanish, and their children. There is an audio version of the book on Children and parents should follow along with book and audio so that they learn the best pronunciation. The book begins with an introduction, where Pete the Pilot invites children aboard his magic plane for an imaginary trip to Mexico. On board, children are given some basic words and expressions to learn. Parents and children will have best results when learning the Spanish when they repeat often, and use the Spanish in everyday life situations. The book is designed to help them do that. When the children arrive in Mexico, they meet Panchito, the jumping bean, and they follow his adventures while learning Spanish, and becoming acquainted with the culture of Mexico. When they return, they bring their Spanish back home with them. In the activities section, they are encouraged to use Spanish in every day situations. For example, they have a treasure hunt of people and objects around their house. They can have fun putting on a skit with their friends. In the Culture Corner, kids learn more about the different customs that they meet during the story, and they get more ideas on how to use their Spanish. They can sing the traditional song for breaking the piñata. In the craft section, children can make a mask with frijoles, beans that they encountered in the story. There are more opportunities for using Spanish. With the vocabulary section, they can hear again how each word or phrase is pronounced. With ¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish, children engage in a variety of activities designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, and enjoy communicating in Spanish.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author.

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a children’s book that starts to teach Spanish to children. It begins with a few words that are going to be in the story and then the story is about children being taken to Mexico by Pilot Pete to learn about Mexico as well as the Spanish language. The children meet a jumping bean and follow his adventure. After the story, are more words, many activities, and customs of Mexico.

Included in the book is a link to an audio version. It is narrated by the author, who speaks the English parts, and another lady, who speaks the Spanish parts. It’s a great addition to the book to help parents and children know the correct pronunciation of the Spanish words. 

¡HOLA! Let’s Learn Spanish is a great resource for parents and teachers to help children learn Spanish.


About the Author

14552261Judy Martialay was born in Mount Vernon, New York, and received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and MA from Columbia University. She taught Foreign Language in elementary school, middle and high school.
During and after retirement, she devoted time to public advocacy for foreign language education with the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.
Her dream is to give all children the opportunity to experience a foreign language, as early as possible.
Judy has traveled to Mexico, France, Spain, Italy, Algeria, China, Ethiopia, Greece, Israel and other countries. She loves guitar, oil painting, and gardening. She is currently studying Japanese. She lives in Sea Cliff, N.Y. with husband Javier, has two daughters and one granddaughter.


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Book Review & Giveaway: Right or Almost Right by John Haremza

2 Feb

Right or Almost Right


Right or Almost Right is based on John Haremza’s 25 years of success in network marketing. It’s John’s answer to the questions so many ask such as, “Where’s the money? Why am I not seeing the success I expected?” As John says, “I meet so many intelligent, hard-working, dedicated network marketers who are struggling. They are not seeing the results they expected, and they always as, “Why?”

John believes that the small subtleties of how the network marketing business is done make the big difference between making a little money versus making a lot of money, between success and struggling. He addresses many of the basics of doing “the business,” from prospecting to leading your organization, and points out what is “right” as compared to what is “almost right.”

John has lived every example contained in his book. “Network marketing changed my life beyond my wildest imagination,” says John. His story is amazing, from living in a trailer park to a well-known network marketing leader. And his story can help you to make your dreams come true too!


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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Right or Almost Right is geared toward Network Marketers. John Haremza has made a phenomenal amount of money in Network Marketing and, in this book, he not only tells his story but gives a lot of good advice for Network Marketers. He explains the difference between doing what is almost right and what is right…the difference between being good and being great.

Although I’m not a Network Marketer, there were still some things that were still good advice for a small business owner. For example, expecting people to get back to you. “Almost Right: Assuming people will get back to you. Right: Following up within 24 hours.” My favorite: “Almost Right: Telling everybody, everything. Right: Listening more and talking less.”

Right or Almost Right is definitely a book that anyone who is a Network Marketer or thinking about becoming one should read, probably more than once. Some of the advice also pertains to anyone in business.




Author’s Bio

John HaremzaAfter he graduated high school, John got a job as a machine operator at the potato chip plant. When he was promoted to maintenance manager he thought that this $22,000 a year job was the best job he could ever hope for. Then he was introduced to Network Marketing and his life changed forever.

John’s story is one of those American rags to riches, from adversity and obscurity to a life of dreams. Now after spending 23 years in network marketing John has earned over $12 million. He has been responsible for product sales of over $500 million. His teams have earned over $200 million in commissions and he is featured in numerous publications and has produced 100’s of sales tools to support his teams.

​Currently, a regular speaker, consultant and author, John hopes to bring his message of Right or Almost Right to the masses.


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