Books I loved! March #BookReviews @stacitroilo @virgilante @hmkindt @wendyjaynescott @LBroday

March was a super busy month for me, but I still managed to read some GREAT books!

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MY REVIEW:

This is the third installment in the Keystone Couple novellas and it was great to see some of the characters from the first two books make cameos, especially Rick and Romy.
Elena is a wedding planner. She lives on her family’s vineyard in a huge house that fits all of them. And while her job is to help happy couples unite in marriage, she is closed off as far as any future love for herself. The author cleverly threw in just enough backstory to understand Elena’s cynicism that stems back to her high school days ten years ago. Aaron is a policeman and is Rick, Elena’s cousin’s, best friend. He’s always wanted to date Elena, but after the high school fiasco, never had the nerve. Instead, he settled for a narcissistic self-centered woman I enjoyed loathing. The minute Heather shows up in the story, I wanted to slug her. Unfortunately, Elena did, which ended up with her in Aaron’s handcuffs.
My favorite part of the story was how the author showed Elena’s big heart with a more than generous gift to Aaron’s sister who is suffering her own tragedy. With so many obstacles standing in their way, it looked impossible that Aaron and Elena would ever get together. This is a great romance and a short read and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes humor, tragedy and some despicable characters all rolled into one story.

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Anytime I pick up a book from C.S. Boyack, I know I am in for a treat. This book did not disappoint. Book #5 in The Hat series is different. Lizzie and The Hat are on a unique sort of quest, one that involves hunting a human killer instead of zombies, ghouls, or even werewolves. A coven of witches is in danger. One has already been killed and no one is safe. They hire Lizzie and The Hat to find the killer.
The story takes several unexpected turns. It was good to see the regular band members from Lizzie and The Pythons. And I enjoyed the relevant path the band took to get more exposure. It’s true to life. Every band needs a promo video and let’s not forget T-shirts to sell. I’d like to have one of those T-shirts. (hint, hint, Boyack)
I loved the new characters Boyack introduced. Cyrus, Dash, and Destiny all added so much to the story and I absolutely loved the witchcraft part of the story. I’d be remiss not to mention the “creatures” that come into this story. Noodles is straight-out fantasy, and even though his physical appearance is frightening, he has a heart of gold like any devoted pet. I had never heard of Bog Trogs or ambergris. Those were new to me.
Another thing I love is Boyack’s easy way of slipping in things from previous books, like this: “The little black fox trotted past revelers dressed as a cluster of root monsters…” And this, when Cyrus is giving Dash a journal: “This one is an Experimental Notebook…”
Anyone familiar with Boyack’s previous works will recognize these clever insertions.
The magic is over the top in this book. I won’t leave any spoilers, but let’s just say I was on the edge of my seat a couple of times. Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Excitement…all words I would use to describe this latest book from Boyack. I highly recommend it!

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MY REVIEW:

This book is a spinoff from the Eternal Artifacts series and I absolutely loved it. It is YA fantasy at its best!
The story begins with Catron and her father, who is a glassblower. Catron is his helper but has dreams of something better, something more exciting and adventurous than glassblowing. So, when Dawkins, a member of King Mo’s elite guard, shows up with claims that Catron has been chosen to learn at the Vradian Academy, she has mixed emotions of excitement and fear, as well as sadness about leaving her father.
From the start, I fell in love with this character. As other characters arrive in the story, also students of the academy, we start to see relationships form and bonds built. It seems that none of them chose to attend the academy. Through various circumstances, it was forced. This almost immediately gives all of them a common bond. And when lives are threatened, they are able to work together using their individual talents.
This author does a fantastic job of writing from a teenager’s point of view. The thoughts, words, and actions are believable and well portrayed throughout the story.
If you love a story with tons of adventure, magic, and teenage drama, this is a book you will love. And it is not limited to the YA category. Without any doubt, adults would enjoy this escape into fantasy as well. I highly recommend it!

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MY REVIEW:

This book wraps up the unforgettable Lone Star Ranch stories. Crockett Legend fell in love with Paisley Malone when they were just kids. But a family feud tore them apart and to add salt to the wound, Crockett, who is now a judge, had sentenced Paisley’s brother to prison for crimes he’d committed. Then the brother died. There is no way they will ever be able to get past the bitterness. Or is there?
Only Linda Broday could craft a story so compelling out of such broken pieces. Evil abounds in this story. Hatred and spite take center stage.
Love is a powerful healer, though and a healer, Paisley is. When the Lone Star Ranch needs a nurse to tend to injured and sick, it’s the perfect way for Crockett to keep Paisley safe, and to work on trying to mend their fences.
Add in a hilarious talking parrot and you’ve got quite a complex and intriguing story. I love the way Broday works the characters through all obstacles. When any happy outcome seems impossible, she finds a way to bring back together what is shattered. A great historical western romance that I highly recommend. It is the perfect wrap-up to the Lone Star series and while I shed a few tears at some of the events, I closed the book with a happy heart.

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MY REVIEW:

This book contains 31 different writing prompts based on mythical creatures such as unicorns and mermaids. Each prompt is designed to spark the imagination of a child (or adult) who is wanting to write a fantasy story. The colorful illustrations are a delight and lend to the prompt suggestions. For example, one prompt asks the budding author to describe where dragons live while another gives a what-if scenario. What if you are gifted a magical pair of ballerina slippers that transforms you into a dancing fairy, but you mix them up with your regular shoes. If you have a budding author in your family, this book of prompts is the perfect gift. My granddaughter who loves to read and to write will be getting this book for her birthday this year.

That’s it from me. I hope you saw something here that piqued your interest!

46 thoughts on “Books I loved! March #BookReviews @stacitroilo @virgilante @hmkindt @wendyjaynescott @LBroday

    1. Oh, wonderful! So glad Linda’s book grabbed your attention. I loved the story and not just because she’s my sister. 🙂 It’s a great book! Thank you for stopping by! Happy reading!

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  1. I loved Between the Vines and Good Liniment too. I agree Writing Prompts makes a great gift, and I gave it to my granddaughter too. The other two sound like reads I would enjoy. Great reviews, Jan!

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  2. I love all of the covers you’ve featured today, Jan. I’m such a sucker for a good book cover. ❤ A few of these are already on my Kindle, but looks like I need to add a few more! Thank you for sharing your fantastic reviews, Jan!

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    1. I love it when we discover new authors and books through our blogs. That’s the reason we do it. I agree about the Mythical Creatures Writing Prompts. It is such a stimulating little book. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thank you for your awesome review of A Man of Legend, Jan. This book was a challenge to write because it did have so many layers and twists. Then add in a horrific personal trauma I was going through at the time, I’m amazed I was able to write at all. I’m thrilled to be included with this month’s reads. So many talented authors with great stories. Thank you so much, Sister. Much love and big hugs.

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  4. Thank you so much for this glowing review, Jan. It made my day! I’m delighted you enjoyed it.

    All of your reviews from March sound like fabulous reads. Wishing all the authors my best. It’s an honor to be included among them.

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    1. Oh, I know you are going to love the newest Keystone Couples book. I loved the humor in it. Staci is such a talented writer. Heather’s book is SO good. You will enjoy both of these. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. A great collection of reviews, Jan. The talking parrot in A Man of Legend has me curious, LOL.

    I’ve read Between the Vines and Good Liniment and enjoyed them both. It’s great to see them here in the spotlight with other tempting books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The parrot certainly helped add some humor to a pretty serious story in A Man of Legend. And it doesn’t hurt that he swears like a sailor. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Mae, and for adding your recommendation for “Between The Vines” and “The Good Liniment!

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    2. Mae Clair, I knew my story was too dark and talked to a writer friend who suggested adding a fun parrot that could say outrageous things the characters couldn’t. I had so much fun with that silly bird. And he saves the day when the bad guy comes to kill her. Thank you for your interest. I love your books. You are so talented.

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  6. I loved Staci’s Between the Vines and have Craig’s Good Liniment on my ereader, which I’m eager to read with all the great reviews it’s getting. I’ll have to take a look at the other books too. Great reviews. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jan 💕🙂

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    1. Thank you for adding your recommendation for Staci’s newest, Harmony! I can promise you are going to love The Good Liniment from Craig! So entertaining, as always. I’m glad you enjoyed the other reviews as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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