Publisher: Indie

The Stranger’s Obituary by Jessica L. Randall

The Stranger’s Obituary by  Jessica L. Randall

A Trip Back to Auburn This is book 2 in the Obituary Society, but it works as a stand-alone. I loved the first book, The Obituary Society, so much that I purchased this one the very second I finished the first one. This is the story of two sisters who couldn’t be more different—and yet, they both have a strength that’s admirable. They interact with various characters in the town, so we get to see some of the ones we loved from book one. What […]

February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall

Part mystery, part romance, part paranormal twists. This is definitely what I’d call a cozy mystery—there’s a mystery to be solved and Lila is an amateur. But it is also strong on romance, a woman finding her place in a new town, and there’s a bit of a paranormal aspect as well. Just the kind of book I love to read! What did I think? Oh. My. Gosh. I loved this. It needed a better proofreading—and the errors pulled me out of the story. It […]

February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
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{Review + Giveaway} Christmas Kisses Clean Romance Anthology

{Review + Giveaway} Christmas Kisses Clean Romance Anthology

Shhh! In my real life, I’m known for not liking romance. And really, I don’t love it. At all. But, I have a confession to make. *looks around to make sure no one’s eavesdropping* I sort of, kinda, maybe really like those Lifetime Christmas Romance movies. So when this blog tour popped up in my review radar, I thought I’d give it a read. Also, I have friends who like romance. AND it’s only 99¢ right now for Amazon Kindle. AND I’ve read other romances […]

November 3, 2015 | 2 Comments
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Arc Review + Giveaway: The Ghost Host by DelSheree Gladden

Arc Review + Giveaway: The Ghost Host by DelSheree Gladden

I don’t usually enjoy ghost stories. They freak me out. But something about the synopsis of The Ghost Host by DelSheree Gladden intrigued me. I’ve never read anything by her before, so I was willing to give it a try. Zara and Holden have both known me since kindergarten, before things got bad, but not before the ghosts. The ghost have always been there. Even now, there’s at least six of them standing around the table, hoping I’ll acknowledge them. I don’t. The Ghost Host […]

October 12, 2015 | 1 Comment
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Review: Witness by Christine Kersey

Review: Witness by Christine Kersey

This is the first book that I’ve read by Christine Kersey. I liked it. Courtney is in college and her mother has recently moved out of state, so this is her first time on her own. Her mother has taught her well. But when Courtney witnesses a gang-related murder and is then threatened by the killer, she is at a loss for what to do. Honestly, I would be too. The reader experiences a lot of Courtney’s internal debate as she tries to do what […]

September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Review: The Kiss That Launched 1000 GIFS by Sheralyn Pratt

Review: The Kiss That Launched 1000 GIFS by Sheralyn Pratt

For me to like a contemporary romance, there needs to be a “something.” It’s hard for me to put my finger on what the “something” is but I do know it’s not the romance itself. The best I can do is say it’s got to be either highly character driven and the characters are fun or interesting, or there’s something of depth there. This one has both. While 99% of the book was light and fun, there’s a very serious topic and scene that makes […]

July 11, 2015 | 1 Comment
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Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon calls her books romances, but I really think there needs to be another designation for her stories. Because while romance is part of her stories, they are so much more! They contain the whole of life—dreams, disappointments, struggles, triumphs and failures—all wrapped up in lovely prose that sinks into your soul. Take this for example: “True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time. It takes pressure. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that makes the stalagtite, […]

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Review: Imperfect Love by Rebecca Talley

Review: Imperfect Love by Rebecca Talley

I have a special place in my heart for books that deal with issues faced when having a handicapped child. I really liked Rebecca Talley’s previous book, The Up Side of Down, which looks at how a Down Syndrome child can change and challenge the family dynamics, but also bring a huge dose of love. I wasn’t quite as enamored by this book. I would have liked there to be more transition time between the break up of Lauren’s marriage and her feelings for Ethan. […]

July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Review: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Review: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Let me address the content warning up front. I put it there because some of my readers will be offended by the portrayals and themes in this book. I usually only give a content warning for gratuitous language, violence or sex—when they’ve been thrown in for the shock value alone. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE BOOKS! I soooo loved this book! I don’t even know how to describe how much I loved it. Amy Harmon is a talented writer and this book pulled me […]

July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Rules of Engagement by Amber Gilchrist

Rules of Engagement by Amber Gilchrist

If you’re into all that kissing/hand holding/heart pounding stuff, here’s a book you might like. I’m not a big romance fan, but I AM into authors. I’m always curious to find out what makes them tick. So here’s a short interview with Amber. Q: Hi, Amber. Welcome to Inksplasher. Tell me a little about yourself. A: I’m a wife, a mother and a writer of Young Adult fiction. I traveled a lot as a child, but went to high school in Denver. Now I live […]

February 25, 2014 | 1 Comment
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The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson is amazingly fun! It’s got all the humor and sass of Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison, but without all the inappropriate stuff (language, sexiness). If you like those authors or Janette Rallison’s funny Young Adult reads, you’ll definitely like this book! I always like to get the down-side of a review over with first. So, book cover. Meh. Not really a good one. But don’t let that stop you from giving this book a try. It’s also […]

May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Aura by Rebecca Lynn Talley

Aura by Rebecca Lynn Talley

Right up front, I want everyone to know two things. 1) I consider Rebecca Talley a friend and she gave me a copy of Aura with the understanding that I would do a review, IF I liked it. But friend or not, I don’t give good reviews to books I don’t like; and  2) I designed the cover for AURA. Rebecca and I worked together on it, sharing ideas and tweaking things. But that doesn’t mean I have a stake in the success of the […]

March 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
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All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon

All Fall Down by Julie Coulter Bellon

My dear, dear friend, Julie Bellon, has a new book out! I love it when my dear, dear, dear friends have new books out and I can help them spread the word. Especially when they have such wondeful covers!* As some of you may remember, I reviewed All’s Fair when it came out in 2008. (You can read that review here and you really should because Julie really liked my interview with her.) I was supposed to review Ribbon of Darkness in 2011 but I […]

November 22, 2012 | 2 Comments
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Gravity vs. the Girl by Riley Noehren

Gravity vs. the Girl by Riley Noehren

Another 2009 Whitney winner, this debut novel, Gravity vs the Girl was a very compelling read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. At first, I wasn’t sure if the ghosts were “real” ghosts or the product of an emotional breakdown. By the time I figured it out, it really didn’t matter. Without giving it away, I’ll just say that I would have loved the book no matter which way it went because we are all haunted by ghosts of our past in one way or another—sort of […]

October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
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