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Monday, April 8, 2024

My Thoughts - The Wartime Vet: A completely heartbreaking and addictive historical saga (A Village at War) by Ellie Curzon

 The Wartime Vet: A completely heartbreaking and addictive historical saga (A Village at War) by Ellie Curzon



England, 1941. Dedicated local vet Laura cares for the farm animals of the little village of Bramble Heath. But falling bombs aren’t the only danger as the war hits close to home…

Despite everyone telling her it’s not a suitable career for a woman, 
Laura has worked hard to become a successful livestock vet. And she’s not afraid to serve her country in the village of Bramble Heath, where she and the land girls care for animals and protect the crops everyone relies on during the darkest days of the war. But, just when the country is most in need of food, the farms of the village come under attack…

Desperate to figure out who among the villagers could be doing such terrible things even while German bombs rain down, Laura is relieved when the Ministry respond to her requests for help. But the man they send isn’t what she expects. 
Commander Alastair Seaton is quiet, with a soft, kind smile. And she can’t help but be drawn to his shining brown eyes.

But as they start to open up to each other about past heartbreak, disaster strikes. A farm has been set alight. While Laura hurriedly gathers water to fight the flames, Alistair rushes into the burning barn to make sure no one is trapped inside. 
Will Alistair make it out alive? And can Laura figure out who is behind these attacks before they threaten the outcome of the war?

An utterly unputdownable and emotional historical wartime novel, perfect for fans of Martha Hall Kelly, Diney Costeloe, and Before We Were Yours.


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About the author

Ellie Curzon is the pen name of Catherine Curzon and Helen Barrell. Catherine and Helen began writing together in the spring of 2017 and swiftly discovered a shared love of the past and a uniquely British sort of story. They drink gallons of tea, spend hours discussing the importance of good tailoring and are never at a loss for a bit of derring-do.




My Thoughts

The Wartime Vet is written by Ellie Curzon. This is part of the A Village at War series. This is a mystery/suspense story that is set in World War II era. 

Laura has worked hard to become a vet. She’s  not afraid to serve her country in the village of Bramble Heath. She enjoys being a livestock vet. She finds that is proving to be a challenge while bombs are whizzing by.  Laura is pleading for help and finally Commander Alastair Seaton is sent. 

He’s quiet. But they need to figure out who is behind attacking the various farms. While the village is in turmoil, they need to rely on each other and not attacking others. 

The story is well written. The characters are well developed.  Thank you to the author, publisher and Bookouture for allowing me to read a couple of this book. All thoughts are my own. 

Saturday, April 6, 2024

My Thoughts - THE NOWHERE GIRLS by Dana Perry



by Dana Perry

April 1 - May 10, 2024 Virtual Book Tour




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Book 1 in the Detective Nikki Cassidy series

My kid sister was murdered fifteen years ago. Now the killer has struck again. And this time, I’m going to take my revenge…

On the anniversary of her sister’s death, FBI agent Nikki Cassidy takes a call that has her heart pounding in her chest, the image of her beautiful sister Caitlin etched in her mind.

Another girl has been taken.

Days later, the lifeless body of twelve-year-old Natalie Jarvis is found in a remote patch of woodland, a crown of roses delicately placed on her head. Just like Caitlin.

The killer is back.

Nikki rushes to her small hometown of Groveton, Ohio. She will do anything to stop another young girl dying, but she soon realises that nothing is what it seems—everyone in her hometown is keeping a secret. And when a note is discovered near Natalie’s body addressed to Nikki, it’s clear what the murderer really wants: her…

She’s caught killers before, but this time it’s personal. And Nikki will risk everything—even her own life—to get justice for every victim. It’s time to stop this twisted killer, once and for all…

If you love reading Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot, you won’t be able to put down this gripping new series. Full of heart-racing twists and turns, you’ll be hooked!

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Book 2 in the Detective Nikki Cassidy series

Ten days ago, straight-A student Jessica Staley ran away from home. Now her lifeless body lies pale and still in an empty parking lot, her unblinking brown eyes staring up to the night sky…

FBI agent Nikki Cassidy’s heart pounds as she takes in the short, dark hair and delicate features of fourteen-year-old schoolgirl Jessica Stanley. It’s another unsolved murder in Groveton, Ohio, just like her sister, Caitlin, fifteen years before. Her family beg her to keep her distance, but Nikki knows she can’t walk away.

What if her sister’s killer is back?

Talking to Jessica’s heartbroken family, Nikki learns that she wasn’t happy at home. Just days ago, she packed a few belongings into her school backpack and left, never to be seen alive again.

Determined to give Jessica’s family the answers she never found for herself, Nikki works around the clock, trawling hours of CCTV footage from the scene. And just when she thinks she’s close to uncovering the truth, a chilling email arrives that confirms her deepest fear. There are more victims, Nikki. Can you ever stop me?

This killer is playing a dangerous game, and he has Nikki in his sights now—one wrong move and she could be his next victim. She’s determined to unmask the monster who has tortured her hometown for decades. But what if the killer is someone close to her? What if it’s someone she loves?

Fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot will absolutely love this gripping new series from Dana Perry. Prepare to stay up all night!

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Book 3 in the Detective Nikki Cassidy series

As dawn breaks over a small gas station on the outskirts of Groveton, Ohio, the body of a teenage girl lies totally still. Long blonde hair covers her face, and a length of frayed rope hangs loosely around her neck. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds her, just like her killer intended…

When FBI agent Nikki Cassidy receives a call from Groveton’s Chief of Police, her heart pounds. A young girl just knocked on the door of Nikki’s old family home, claiming to be Nikki’s kid sister, Caitlin. But Caitlin was murdered fifteen years ago. Who is the girl and what does she want?

Nikki thinks the impersonator could finally lead her to her sister’s twisted killer. But her hope is shattered when the girl’s lifeless body is found strangled at a local service stop. If the girl knew about Caitlin, could she have known the identity of the killer? Was she murdered before she could unmask them?

Going against her boss’s orders to stay away, Nikki traces the girl’s last known steps to her best friend, Shirley. Nikki learns that the girl was last seen meeting with a stranger at the mall. Could it have been her killer?

Closer than ever to uncovering the truth, Nikki can’t give up now. But when Shirley’s body is found at another service station, a length of rope wound around her neck, her heart shatters. Another young life has been lost. Nikki vows that this will be the last.

When an intruder breaks into her old home, Nikki knows it’s the killer sending her a sign. As she walks into the familiar old house in the dead of night, will she finally get justice and catch her sister’s killer, or did she just walk into a deadly trap?

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Praise for Dana Perry:

THE NOWHERE GIRLS: "A twisty-breath-taking page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat until it’s stunning conclusion. Fast-paced and riveting, it keeps you guessing till the very end." 
Lisa Regan, author

"A thrilling new series." 
Killer Nashville

"A fantastic book… Dana Perry has created one heck of female lead!" 
NetGalley reviewer

"Wow!!!!! What did I just read!!! Mind blown!!!! Absolutely shattered after being up all night reading but boy was it worth it! Absolutely unputdownable!!" 

"This was an edge-of-your-seat page-turner!" 

Series Details:

Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Bookouture
Publication Date: April 2, 2024
Number of Pages: 341
ISBN: 9781803147932 (ISBN10: 1803147938)
Series: Detective Nikki Cassidy

Author Bio:

Dana Perry

I am a New York City author who writes mystery thrillers under the pen name of Dana Perry - and also as R.G. Belsky. 

Catch Up With Dana Perry:
Twitter/X - @DanaPerryAuthor 
Facebook - @DanaPerryAuthor
Instagram - @dickbelsky


My Thoughts

The Nowhere Girls is book one in the Nikki Cassidy series that is written by Dana Kelly. This book is a captivating crime thriller, We are introduced to Nikki - who works in the FBI. Her sister was kidnapped and murdered and the person responsible for it wants to talk to her. However, while she is there, another body shows up. Could the cases be related? 

Suddenly the killer takes back his confession. The FBI digs in deep and tries to sort everything out. Nikki has had to work through some things since she blames herself for her sister’s kidnapping and murder. This book is full of twists and turns. I really enjoyed getting to know Nikki. Her character is well developed and I am excited to continue to read more of her story. The book is well written and is a perfect crime thriller for those who like to figure out whodunit. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Partners in Crime book tours – all thoughts are my own.


This is a giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Dana Perry & R.G. Belsky. See the widget for entry terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.

The giveaway is for a $20 Gift card to a winner in the US.

Tour Participants:

These are the stops on the tour as of March 13th and are subject to change. Please, let me know if you have any questions.

04/01 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
04/02 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ tea. and. titles
04/03 Showcase @ BOOK REVIEWS by LINDA MOORE
04/03 Showcase @ Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense
04/04 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Books of my heart
04/05 Podcast reading @ Books to the Ceiling
04/05 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ elaine_sapp65
04/06 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ leannebookstagram
04/07 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Because I said so
04/08 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Novel Nerd Blog
04/09 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Catreader18
04/10 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Novels Alive
04/10 Showcase @ Books, Ramblings, and Tea
04/11 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ tea. and. titles
04/12 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ Novels Alive
04/12 Showcase @ Silvers Reviews
04/13 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ leannebookstagram
04/14 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ Because I said so
04/15 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ Novels Alive
04/15 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ Catreader18
04/16 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Cassidys Bookshelves
04/18 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ darciahelle
04/20 Guest post @ The Mystery of Writing
04/20 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ tea. and. titles
04/21 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ Because I said so
04/22 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ The Page Ladies
04/22 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ Catreader18
04/23 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ From the TBR Pile
04/23 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ leannebookstagram
04/24 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ darciahelle
04/26 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ From the TBR Pile
04/27 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
04/29 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ The Page Ladies
05/01 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Paws. Read. Repeat
05/01 Showcase @ fuonlyknew
05/02 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Wall-to-wall Books
05/03 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ From the TBR Pile
05/04 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
05/06 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ The Page Ladies
05/08 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
05/08 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ Pick a good book
05/09 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ darciahelle
05/10 Review THE NOWHERE GIRLS, 1 @ lilyraiti
05/10 Review LAST ONE TO DIE, 2 @ Pick a good book
05/12 Review THE LOST ONES, 3 @ Pick a good book

Friday, April 5, 2024

My Thoughts - Tracking the Truth Author: Dana Mentink

About the Book

Book: Tracking the Truth

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 26, 2023

To expose a suspect, he needs evidence…

and a K-9’s instincts.

After Emery Duncan is abducted and dumped in a lake, private investigator Roman Wolfe and his bloodhound partner rescue her from an icy death. Someone doesn’t want Emery to find out what really happened the night her father confessed to attempted murder. To keep Emery and her baby nephew safe, they must uncover the connection between her father’s confession and the attack…or they’ll be silenced for good.


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About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press.




More from Dana

Bloodhounds everywhere! I was thrilled to be offered a contract to write a WHOLE SIX BOOK SERIES with these amazing creatures and their private eye humans! Bloodhounds have been described as “noses with dog’s attached.” Isn’t that quaint? I hope you will enjoy reading about Wally. He’s a young dog who did not receive the proper training and he’s a tad…well…naughty. Good thing he’s got a handler who’s equally as stubborn. It’s a battle of wills between Wally and Roman and there’s plenty of room for fun along with the suspense. Bloodhounds, take it away!

My Thoughts 

Tracking the Truth is the first book in a new series that is written by  Dana Mentink. The series is called Security Hounds Investigations. This book starts the series off with a bang. The author has written several books about dogs - but Wally the stubborn blood hound is my most favorite. I love him and just want to rub his slobbery face. 

 Emery Duncan has returned home due to a cryptic message from her father. "Come Home" is what the message said. Her father is currently in jail for attempted murder, and Emery thinks that he is innocent. Emery thinks that her father is covering for her sister, Diane. However, while on the way into town someone runs her off the road and duct tapes her wrists and ankles. She awakens when she is about to be dumped into the lake. She has no idea who is trying to throw her overboard. 

Roman Wolfe is working with Wally trying to train him. Wally is stubborn and tries to take off on his own missions. Roman hears commotion in the lake and goes to investigate and rescues Emery. While trying to get to safety, the killer doubles back and tries to take them both out. 

Emery is trying to figure out who is trying to kill her. She is worried that it's connected to the reason that her father is In jail. She has to trust Roman and the rest of the Security Hounds Investigation team to help her. 

In true Mentink fashion, this book starts off with lots of action and suspense. The author throws in twists and turns. I am so excited for this series. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 28

Madi’s Musings, March 28

Bigreadersite, March 29

Texas Book-aholic, March 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 30

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 31

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 1

EmpowerMoms, April 1

She Lives to Read, April 2

Blogging With Carol, April 2

Simple Harvest Reads, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, April 4

Splashes of Joy, April 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 5

Devote To Hope, April 5

Blossoms and Blessing, April 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 6

Labor Not in Vain, April 7

Betti Mace, April 8

Paula’s Pad of Inspiration, April 8

Wishful Endings, April 9

Holly’s Book Corner, April 9

Pause for Tales, April 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, April 10


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.