Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Old Loves Die Hard by Lauren Carr

26 May
Welcome to Lauren Carr’s Audiobook-a-palooza Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of Lauren Carr’s mysteries in audiobook format, we have 14 books from her three series on tour!

To follow the tour and to read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr’s page on iRead Book Tours.

The Mac Faraday Mystery Series:


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Book Description:

Old loves die hard…and in the worst places.

In Old Loves Die Hard, Lauren Carr continues the rags-to-riches story of Mac Faraday, an underpaid homicide detective who inherits 270 million dollars and an estate on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, from his birth mother on the day his divorce becomes final.

Mac is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up-and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac’s private penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, the five-star resort built by his ancestors.

The investigation leads to the discovery of cases files for some of Mac’s murder cases in the room of the man responsible for destroying his marriage. Why would his ex-wife’s lover come to Spencer to dig into Mac’s old cases?

With the help of his new friends on Deep Creek Lake, Mac must use all of his detective skills to clear his name and the Spencer Inn’s reputation, before its five-stars – and more bodies – start dropping!


Content Rating:

All of Lauren Carr’s books are rated PG-13 because they are murder mysteries and will contain murder scenes. Some of the books contain violence associated with military assignments. There are some books that contain sex scenes which are not explicit. There is little profanity, no f-words.



My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several books in the Mac Faraday series and they all stand alone and they’re all good mysteries. Old Loves Die Hard is full of mystery and action with a little humor on the side. It is the second book in the series and I enjoyed learning how Mac and Archie got together. I also liked learning the history of some of the characters in the series. 

I like Lauren Carr’s writing style because it’s easy to follow and she doesn’t get bogged down with lengthy descriptions. The narrator, James Lewis, has a great voice to listen to. He has good timing and a pleasant voice.

I have read and listened to several of Lauren Carr’s books. I’ve decided that for some reason, I like listening to the Mac Faraday books more than reading them. I haven’t figured out why yet but maybe I will after I listen to the next one. I definitely recommend Old Loves Die Hard. If you like mystery, intrigue, and action, it’s for you. 



About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

 Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Meet the Narrator

Another Audible Approved narrator, voice actor James Lewis has established a solid reputation in fiction as well as non-ficton audiobooks. At latest count, he’s narrated nearly 50.

Although his specialty is noir fiction, James has done several non-fiction books as well on a range of people and subjects: Butch and Sundance, General Custer, Revolutionary War, psychic development, taxes.

James Lewis has been awarded the AudioFile Earphone Award for narration, “The Last Outlaws”. It’s about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.



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Book Review & Giveaway: Horizon by Tabitha Lord

25 May

Book Title: Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: December 2015
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are a few, moderately explicit sex scenes, genocide, rape, and moderate language)


Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The first half of Horizon takes place on Almagest, the planet that Caeli calls home. After she saves and heals Derek when his spaceship crashes on her planet, they get close quickly because they are connected through her gift. She tells him her story by showing it to him in his mind. Because of this, Derek and the reader learn a lot about Caeli and her history. Even though she has had a terrible few years, I liked this part of the story the most.

Derek’s character isn’t nearly as developed as Caeli’s character. He’s a commander who flies spaceships and he has the same desire to save people that she has. He’s brave, kind, and good looking. That’s about it. Maybe his character will be more developed in the next book?

The second half of Horizon takes place on board the command ship Horizon and on a planet that is in danger. Although this half of the book never slowed down as far as action, I found myself wishing they’d have a reason to go back to the planet. Again, maybe in the next book?

Horizon is a great first novel and I look forward to reading Infinity, the second novel in the Horizon series.




About the Author


Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, andlovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin
for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by RhondaParrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for

Visit her blog at where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

Connect with Tabitha: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram




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May 22 – Working Mommy Journal – reviewof Horizon / giveaway
May 22 – To Be Read – review of Horizon
May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – reviewof Infinity / giveaway
May 24 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 29 – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Horizon
May 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa Loves Literature – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 1   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Horizon
June 2   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Infinity
June 5   – Haddie’s Haven – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway




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7 Tips for an Awesome Home Library

24 May

Posted on May 18, 2013

girl reading clip artCreating a home library for your child says, “Reading is important.”   A home library is one of the critical tools parents can use to grow their child academically.  Here are 7 suggestions to help develop an encouraging, warm, and relaxing reading space…or two: 

1.  The right spot.  Your home library doesn’t have to take up tons of square footage.   Consider two low and sturdy bookshelves in the corner of a high traffic area of your home.  If your child’s library is in their bedroom, but they spend most of the day downstairs, they are not as likely to read independently or reap the benefits of having a home library.

2.  An inviting space.  The area should be well-lit, soft, and cozy.  This might be achieved with a high pile rug, large pillows, or a bean bag.

3.  Size matters.   Again and again, research reports that the size of a child’s home library has a substantial effect on educational achievement.  500 plus books is a great target.  By shopping smart, a home library can grow quickly.  Most libraries have a space where they sell donated books for .25 cents to a dollar.  At yard sales, offer to buy the entire box for a negotiated cheaper price.   Make it as much of a family tradition to receive books on birthdays and holiday as well as, or in lieu of, toys.  Swap with other parents, cousins, and neighbors.  Care for, and repair books by taping ripped pages and bindings.

4.  Age appropriate books
.  Your child may be discouraged from playing in their home library if the book levels are too difficult for them.  Consider the age of your child.  If they are still in the destructive phase, place picture books on higher shelves to read with parent supervision.  Double the amount of board books available.  Conversely, if your child has outgrown board books, make sure they have some fresh  “big kid” options.  This is especially true for children’s Bibles, where concepts can be abstract.  For younger children try a Bible with lift flaps or sliding tabs.

5.  Child’s interests
. Allow your child’s interests to play a role in your home library.  There certainly are several kid classics that would be ideal for every child to own.  Titles like, “The Little Engine that Could”, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, and “The Carrot Seed” come to mind.  However, it’s also a strong tactic to include several books relating to your child’s hot topic of the month.  This can be achieved at your local library.  For example, if your child is really into “pirates” at the moment, go to the library and checkout as many pirate books as you can.  You might choose the child’s favorite as one to buy used on eBay or Amazon as a permanent addition to their library.

6.  Magazines
. There is something magical about mail to a kid.  Include a basket for storing magazines on your bookshelves.  National Geographic publishes a photo rich children’s version that preschoolers love.  Highlights and Parents’ magazine are also good choices.  It’s more about the photos than the articles at the preschool age.  Additionally, magazines can double as arts and craft material, or seek and find objects for cut-out scissor games.

7.  Multiple locations
.  Putting books in your child’s reach and at their eye level might best be accomplished by having several mini-libraries thought out your home.  It’s not a bad idea to have at least a basket of books in every high traffic area.  You might separate them up by topic, or rotate them around to spark interest.  Think about giving library books a “special spot” of honor in the home since they’ll only be there a short time!

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