Friday, August 26, 2016

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms @HarmsBooks


“Delightful, and sure to captivate readers and gain new fans for author Kelly Wimmer Harms. Sparkling dialogue and a winning heroine, who finds her big-girl panties amid the disaster zone her life has become and head in a new direction, finding love along the way, it had me turning the pages into the night.”―Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lies

Lily Stewart has reached a crossroads in her life. Her painting career hasn't taken off, her best friend has changed beyond recognition, her relationship is a constant disappointment, and now she can't keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With no one to turn to, Lily is forced to move from her beloved apartment, but while packing she comes across a piece of mail that had slipped to the back of her junk drawer: a letter detailing further action needed to finalize the annulment of a quickie Vegas wedding. From ten years ago!
Lily decides it's time to gather up the pieces of her life, and the first item on her list of things to fix is that annulment... but you can't just send a text ten years later reading, "Hey BTW we are still married." This is something that must be addressed in person, so Lily decides to track down her husband - the charming, enigmatic man she connected with all those years ago.
Ben Hutchinson left a high-profile dot-com lifestyle behind to return home to his family and the small lake town he loves, Minnow Bay. He's been living off the grid with the express purpose of making it hard to be found―so the last thing he expects is a wife he didn't know he had making her presence known.
By chance, Lily finds her way to the magical Minnow Bay Inn. There she will discover not just a place to lay her head, but new friends, new inspiration, and maybe even a new chance to fall in love.
Kelly Harms lights up the page in this story of the surprising beauty of past mistakes and the unexpected pleasures of correcting them.

Kelly HarmsKelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her son Griffin and puppy Scout.










I adore Wisconsin authors and books set in Wisconsin.  I am proud of my state and the talented writers that call this state their home.  The Matchmaker's of Minnow Bay is such a wonderful story about small town living, about finding out who we are, about facing mistakes and trying to find a new way in the world.  The characters are flawed, funny and endearing.  You can really relate to the struggles Lily faces.  She struggles to get a handle on being an adult because, let's be honest, adulting is very hard.  I laughed and was moved many times.  This is a book that has a lot of heart.  I really enjoyed being on the journey with Lily.  4 stars

#FirstLine ~ "I think I've looked at this one too much," my best friend Renee says to me as we come around the corner and find what I suspect is Magritte's most annoying piece.

#MMBBR #Showcase The Scorpion by John A. Autero's


Watch the trailer here:  https://youtu.be/Y41TrmT45-Q

You watch the TV news every night and think you know what’s going on… think again. Three friends stumble upon information that describes an underwater excavation site and refinery that processes a newly discovered source of energy. Who built the site? What is the fuel used for? What happened on December 26, 2004? The friends are determined to reveal the truth about their findings to the public and realize that just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s right. “The Scorpion is a Techno-Thriller on steroids!”

John A. Autero

John A. Autero is an indie author of techno-thriller adventure novels. An engineer by education, John employs a technical style of writing that combines existing technologies with those that are yet to be developed. John enjoys anything sci-fi, automotive, heavy metal and ballistic. Always a fan of government conspiracies and black-ops, stories like "The Terminator" and "The X-Files" are always on his list of favorites. John was born in the United States and has spent his entire life there, where he happily lives with his wife and pets.



Q.  What inspires your writing?
I just love to read books (and watch movies) with twisty story lines, and I thought that I could write books with the same kind of excitement. I think it’s great when readers tell me “Wow… I didn’t see that coming!” And once I heard that, I was hooked and I wanted to write more of them.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
I really like the quiet, creative time. I thoroughly enjoy sitting in my den in the morning and tapping on the keys. I hear birds outside the window and sip a cup of coffee. The hours just fly by.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being a writer?
I have a traditional 40-hour job, so my writing time is limited. I normally put in four or five hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I wish I could spend more time writing but it’s just not possible. But on the bright side, writing a book over an extended period of time gives you a chance to process the story line to make sure it’s realistic and allows you to come up with ideas to make it more enjoyable.

Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
I’m employed as the manager of an engineering training department and have a degree in Industrial Engineering. I have always loved to show people nifty technical things and training people helps me to express that. I really like my job and have been doing it for close to 25 years.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
It would probably be something like ‘All is Well’ or ‘It’s all Good’. I always felt that life is sort of like a roller coaster, sometimes going up, sometimes going down. But you have to put your hope in God and realize that all things happen for good. I guess no one’s life is perfect and you have to realize that when you come to the end of the ride, you always pull back into the station with a slow and smooth stop. Check out the story about Mr. Davidson in chapter seventeen of the ‘The Scorpion’. You’ll see what I’m getting at.

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
This seems to change as the years go by. I received a copy of a rock-and-roll tell-all novel as a Christmas gift a few years ago and I thought it was incredibly interesting. I’ve kind of followed that band wagon for the last five or six books I have read. While they aren’t necessarily epic novels of exceptional writing, they do draw me in, reminding me of past times and places and I find them hard to put down. And isn’t that what a good book is supposed to do?

Q.  What character from all of your book are you most like?
When I create characters, I don’t normally make them 100% of anyone I know, but I frequently take small snippets of people’s personalities and mix them all together. For example, in my book ‘The Scorpion’, the character ‘Bruce’ brings dill pickles in his lunch every day. This trait comes from a very good friend of mine and I felt it would add some color to the character. In ‘Footprints’ the main character ‘Scott’ has a few personality traits similar to my own, but still only a few. So I guess to answer this question, I would have to go with ‘Scott Hrdinski’ from “Footprints’.

Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
I think it would be great to get inside ‘The Scorpion’ and visit Harrison, Nebraska and experience the wide open spaces and smell the fresh air. I’m not a city person and find it more comfortable to drive down a gravel road between two corn fields. Even though I would like to visit Harrison, I wouldn’t want to find myself inside the harrowing situation that occurs in ‘The Scorpion’. But sipping lemonade on Gommy’s front porch… I’m all in.

Q.  What is your favorite season?
I like the fall. The temperature is comfortable. My wife and I like to pick apples and sit in the back yard next to a campfire in the evenings. Fishing in the fall is much more fun too, since you don’t constantly sweat like you do during the summer months. And who doesn’t love Thanksgiving?

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
I think the cover of ‘The Scorpion’ came out great. I don’t like when a book has a cover picture that really doesn’t have anything to do with the story. In this case, I tried to directly copy one of the scenes from the book for the cover picture. I think it gives folks a feel of the book and the clandestine nature of the story.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
The ‘person’ depicted on the cover of ‘Footprints’ is actually a picture of me in my basement. When I asked my wife to help me, she was just about ready to reach for the telephone and dial the looney bin. Check out the cover of ‘Footprints’ and you’ll see what I mean.

Q.  Are you working on something new?
I’m about 75% finished with a dark, sci-fi, who-done-it. It’s more dark and grungy than “Footprints’ or ‘The Scorpion’. It takes place on a hydrogen condensing depot in the middle of space. The place is smelly, dirty, loud and sweaty. Some of the characters are pretty crude, while others appear to be boy scouts. It’ll be something good to read on a rainy night around Halloween if you’re interested in a good ‘scare’. But it ends up being about a PG-13 with some bad language, some mid-grade violence, some creepy situations, but no sex.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
Thank you to Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd for allowing me to be a part of her blog and I hope the information I have provided will peak your interest about my current book, ‘The Scorpion’. 



Monday, August 22, 2016

#MMBBR #Review #BlogTour #FirstLine THE REGULARS by @georgialouclark @GoSparkPoint





About Georgia: Georgia Clark is
widely published in women’s and lifestyle magazines, has written for TV, and performs improv. She’s the author of fiction novel The Regulars, and the YA novels She’s With The Band and Parched. A native Australian, Georgia lives in Brooklyn with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram at @georgialouclark.







About The Regulars: Best friends Evie, Krista, and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls, with average looks and typical quarter-life crises: making it up the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well…gorgeous. Like, supermodel gorgeous. And it’s certainly not their fault if the sudden gift of beauty causes unexpected doors to open for them.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left:What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

#FirstLine of the Regulars by Georgia Clark~ Despite her mother's impassioned insistence to the contrary, Evie Selby had never thought of herself as beautiful.  



What a delight this book is.  It takes us regulars and puts us in the place of the stunning and beautiful.  I laughed and I loved being taken away in the story.  The story has a touch of magic and loads of fun.  It was such a honest and interesting story about what we think we want, the costs and what really makes us happy!  4 stars

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Twitter: @georgialouclark
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

#MMBBR Review: Doodle Art Alley Coloring Books @DoodleArtAlley @KathleenWelton



Explore the Magic of Doodle Art
Magical Henna Coloring Book shares 50 doodle art images printed on one side of the page for all ages to color. The henna designs have been organized from simple to more intricate so that you can design your own beautiful pictures from lines and paisleys to swirls and other shapes.

  • Choose your color combinations and see what patterns they create. Let the magical designs take shape before your eyes.

  • Experience greater focus, dedication, and patience that coloring can bring. Slow down and enjoy the colors and patterns coming to life in front of you.

  • Designs are printed on one side of the page.

  • Doodle Art Alley Books are so much fun and are perfect for adults and older teens along with younger kids.

  • Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! There is something for everyone, so take a minute and explore the magic of it all!
Each doodle art image has been carefully selected to provide plenty of enjoyment, inspiration, and relaxation.




Samantha Snyder

Samantha Snyder has been doodling her whole life. While teaching elementary school, she often drew up coloring pages and printables for her students and fellow teachers. She decided to start sharing her creations and in 2008, Doodle Art Alley was founded. 

Doodle Art Alley is dedicated to giving those squiggly lines the proper credit they deserve. Who would have thought that such a small and simple idea could possess so much potential? There are lots of fun art activities, tips and information to read through and enjoy at Doodle-Art-Alley.com, along with hundreds of free coloring pages and printables.


By far DOODLE ART ALLEY BOOKS are my absolute FAVORITE coloring books EVER!  I just love everything about them!  I love the detail, the designs and the size!  I use them as inspiration on the bathroom mirror for my kids (and myself) to see each morning.  I switch the pictures out from time to time to keep things fresh.  The boys think that is a great way to start their day!  I use these pictures as thank you cards and for other occasions that would constitute a greeting card.  I feel that this is such a more personal way to let people know that you are thinking of them!!!

In addition to the practical purposes of the finished product the actual process of coloring it both relaxing and therapeutic!  I make sure to set aside 20 minutes nearly daily for coloring and I feel so much better when I get my time in!  I think there is something very wonderful that happens when you color and I found that is it one of my favorite things to do!!!  This whole series of books are all wonderful and each book focuses on something a bit different than the others!  All the books are awesome and I HIGHLY recommend them!  I cannot wait to see what other books that come out and I hope I am lucky enough to review them here for all of you!!!

 5 HUGE STARS!!!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

#MMBBR #Highlight #FirstLine The Long Hot Summer The Long, Hot Summer by @macmkathleen @HachetteUS @HachetteBooks


Nine Lives. Four Generations. One Family. The MacEntees are no ordinary family. 

Determined to be different from other people, they have carved out a place for themselves in Irish life by the sheer force of their personalities.

There's Deirdre, the aged matriarch and former star of the stage. Her estranged writer husband Manus now lives with a younger man. Their daughter Alma is an unapologetically ambitious television presenter, while Acushla plays the part of the perfect political wife. And there's Macdara, the fragile and gentle soul of the family. Together, the MacEntees present a glamorous face to the world. But when a series of misfortunes befall them over the course of one long, hot summer, even the MacEntees will struggle to make sense of who they are. 

From Kathleen MacMahon, the #1 bestselling author of This is How it Ends, comes this powerful and poignant novel, capturing a moment in the life of one family.

Kathleen MacMahon

Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The granddaughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends, her first novel, was published in 20 countries and was a #1 bestseller in Ireland.

#FirstLine ~ The story of their lives was all there. 

#MMBBR #Highlight #FirstLine The Movie Star and Me by Kelly Durham @KDurhamAuthor

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Frank Russell is a star-struck young Army veteran when he stumbles into a job at Pacific Pictures studios in Hollywood. Frank, just back from the war in the Pacific, immediately runs into the studio's biggest stars, including the beautiful, ambitious Vera Vance-and gets off on the wrong foot! But when Frank demonstrates his leadership abilities to studio founder Abe Baum, relationships change quickly! Movie magic, labor strikes, HUAC committee hearings and the business of show business are revealed as a colorful cast of characters fight for their self-interests--with surprising results. 

Kelly Durham


#FirstLine ~ I had not been with the 10th Army when it landed on Okinawa on Sunday, April 1, 1945.

Friday, August 19, 2016

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul @DianaPaul10


Jules, her sister Joanne, and her brother Andrew all grew up in the same household―but their varying views of and reactions to their experiences growing up have made them all very different people. Now, as adults with children of their own, they are all faced with the question of what to do to help their parents, who insist on maintaining the upscale lifestyle they’re accustomed to despite their mounting debts. A deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, Things Unsaid is a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and sense of duty over forty years.

Diana Y. Paul

Diana Y. Paul is the award-winning author of Things Unsaid, her debut novel (SheWrites Press: 2015). It has won the award for best New Adult Fiction from Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2016 and has been ranked #2 in the "Top 14 Books about Families Crazier Than Yours" (https://www.brit.co/dysfunctional-family-books/ ). Diana has also written three books on Buddhism, one of which has been translated into Japanese and German (Women in Buddhism, University of California Press). She is a former professor at Stanford University in Buddhist Studies and the role of women in religion and culture.

Diana was born in Akron, Ohio and is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in both psychology and philosophy and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D in Buddhist Studies . Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals and she is currently working on a second novel, A Perfect Match. She lives in Carmel, CA with her husband and loves to create mixed media art, focusing on printmaking. Her art has been exhibited in California, Hawaii, and Japan. Whenever possible, Diana and her husband love to visit their adult daughter and her family in San Francisco and their son in Los Angeles. To learn more about her and her work, visit her author website at http://www.dianaypaul.com, her blog on movies, art, and food at http://www.unhealedwound.com or follow her on Twitter: @DianaPaul10.


An outstanding book that is not only deeply honest, heartbreaking and hopeful, but also brilliant, poignant and original.  Paul draws and fleshes the characters out beautifully...allowing flaws and imperfections to show.  It captures what is at the heart of all of us and showcases that life is what we make it. It is thoughtful, precise and allows the reader inside family, dysfunction and all.  Brilliant, just brilliant!  5 stars

#FirstLine ~ After penetrating the chain-link fence and knocking over the soccer goalpost, her father's car had landed in the deserted grassy field.

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