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>New Review Opal Fire by Barbara Annino

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>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004QGYHFI&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrReporter Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life’s little surprises. In fact, she isn’t the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin’s bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig up the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide–and she’s about to discover a destiny she never imagined.






A cute cozy mystery that has the right ingredients. A great dane that takes your heart in and is adorable and the characters are all well written. There are so many surprising twits that will keep you guessing up to the last minute which makes it a great story. 

I enjoyed it for some of the fantasy as well as the mystery. A well rounded book. I will be looking for more books by Barbara. 

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May 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

>New Review Recovery by Alexandra Weis

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>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1453875700&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrRecovery by Alexandrea Weis is the second novel in the wildly sexy series featuring the enigmatic Nicci Beauvoir. A thrilling read, this character-driven book boasts a whodunit mystery, sultry seductions, and an unforgettable cliffhanging twist. Once a darling of New Orleans society, Nicci pens a novel about her departed love, the artist David Alexander. While promoting her book in the Big Apple, she’s approached by David’s former boss, Simon La Roy, who has a theory about David’s death that devastates Nicci. She learns David’s murder may be linked to someone from her past. Enter Dallas August, an elite member of Simon’s organization of corporate spies prized for his ruthless ability to get the job done. Playing the part of Nicci’s lover, Dallas returns to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans with her to flush out the killer. But everything is not what is seems in the Big Easy, and soon the couple finds themselves trapped in a psychotic’s twisted game of revenge. As the danger grows, Nicci’s relationship with the handsome spy turns from adversarial to amorous. On the run for their lives, Dallas and Nicci must confront their tormentor before it is too late. It’s a deadly decision that could cost Nicci everything, but it is her only chance for finally revealing the identity of the murderer. Just as the truth behind David’s death is discovered, another more compelling mystery is unearthed. It’s an unexpected turn of events that rocks Nicci’s world.




A fast paced thriller and more. Nicci is a great character and has a good sense of humor. Dallas has a wall up that Nicci tries to get through. She has been so hurt and heartbroken for so long she might not make it.

I loved the book for the mystery and romance. This book is the 2nd in the series, but that it ok as it is a great stand a lone read. The first book is To My Senses. I will have to go back and read that one. If you love New Orleans you will love the story line.

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May 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm

>New Review The Social Climber’s Handbook by Molly Jong-Fast

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>HIGH SOCIETY CAN BE A KILLER.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0345501896&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrUpper East Side socialite Daisy Greenbaum is accustomed to the finer things—designer clothes, summers in the Hamptons, elite private school educations for her daughters, and a staggeringly expensive Park Avenue apartment. But Daisy finds her well-heeled lifestyle on precarious footing after her husband, master of the universe Dick Greenbaum, learns about some shady dealings that threaten his position at The Bank.

Daisy refuses to allow her family to slip down the social ladder, so she devises a madcap plan: Anyone who jeopardizes her place at the top will simply have to be dispatched—six feet under. From Dick’s arrogant boss to his scheming former mistress to a pair of nosy bloggers, Daisy’s hit list is a who’s who of big names with even bigger secrets. But with the body count rising as the Dow Jones falls, can Daisy really get away with murder?




The book was ok for me. Some of the book was boring for me with all the bank bailouts, mortgages, investments etc. Daisy will go to any length even murder to keep her lifestyle. I didn’t really care for any of the characters that are miserable, snobby, spoiled and desperate. It was a quick read.

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May 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

>New Review of Opal Fire by Barbara Annino

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>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1935407902&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrReporter Stacy Justice did not expect to be set on fire that night, but being raised by witches prepares one for life’s little surprises. In fact, she isn’t the least bit shocked when her cousin is accused of arson, or when her divorced grandparents sign up for a marriage retreat, or even when her own boyfriend hauls her off to jail. But when a decades-old secret is discovered within the walls of her cousin’s bar, even Stacy is rattled. Now, someone wants her dead and she finds herself dodging angry motorists, exploding chickens and a very creepy man who lurks around every corner. As she begins to dig up the past, Stacy learns that even those closest to her have something to hide–and she’s about to discover a destiny she never imagined.


  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935407902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935407904
My 2 cents:
A cute cozy mystery that has the right ingredients.  A great dane that takes your heart in and is adorable and the characters are all well written.  There are so many surprising twits that will keep you guessing up to the last minute which makes it a great story.
I enjoyed it for some of the fantasy as well as the mystery.  A well rounded book.  I will be looking for more books by Barbara.

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May 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

>New Review of Recovery by Alexandra Weis

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>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1453875700&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrRecovery by Alexandrea Weis is the second novel in the wildly sexy series featuring the enigmatic Nicci Beauvoir. A thrilling read, this character-driven book boasts a whodunit mystery, sultry seductions, and an unforgettable cliffhanging twist. Once a darling of New Orleans society, Nicci pens a novel about her departed love, the artist David Alexander. While promoting her book in the Big Apple, she’s approached by David’s former boss, Simon La Roy, who has a theory about David’s death that devastates Nicci. She learns David’s murder may be linked to someone from her past. Enter Dallas August, an elite member of Simon’s organization of corporate spies prized for his ruthless ability to get the job done. Playing the part of Nicci’s lover, Dallas returns to Katrina-ravaged New Orleans with her to flush out the killer. But everything is not what is seems in the Big Easy, and soon the couple finds themselves trapped in a psychotic’s twisted game of revenge. As the danger grows, Nicci’s relationship with the handsome spy turns from adversarial to amorous. On the run for their lives, Dallas and Nicci must confront their tormentor before it is too late. It’s a deadly decision that could cost Nicci everything, but it is her only chance for finally revealing the identity of the murderer. Just as the truth behind David’s death is discovered, another more compelling mystery is unearthed. It’s an unexpected turn of events that rocks Nicci’s world.


  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453875700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453875704
My 2 cents:
A fast paced thriller and more.  Nicci is a great character and has a good sense of humor.  Dallas has a wall up that Nicci tries to get through.  She has been so hurt and heartbroken for so long she might not make it.  
I loved the book for the mystery and romance.  This book is the 2nd in the series, but that it ok as it is a great stand a lone read.  The first book is To My Senses.  I will have to go back and read that one.  If you love New Orleans you will love the story line.  

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May 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

>New Review of Sunstuck by Mayra Calvani

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http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1934841188&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrMeet… Daniella, a naive and deeply sensitive architecture student who feels surrounded by creatures from the Mesozoic Era. Zorro, a deranged criminal running rampant on the streets, terrorizing women who wear miniskirts. Tony, Daniella’s boyfriend, smug and selfish and demonically handsome, who seems oblivious to everything about him except his own obsession with fame and LSD. Ismael, Daniella’s ex-husband, as cruel and innocent as a child, an art critic whose fantasies of revenge will force him to do something that will shock the entire island. Irene Carlier, Ismael’s new wife, better known as Lady Dracula, a ghastly woman who collects torture devices and whose penthouse apartment hides an utterly dreadful secret. In steamy San Juan, Puerto Rico, these and other crazed, eccentric characters swirl together in an intriguing, warped, darkly humorous world where not even cats are safe from chemically induced madness.
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Publisher: Zumaya Publications LLC (March 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
My 2 cents:
This book was so crazy it was fantastic.  Talk about a nutty twisty book this is it and all in good fun.  This book will not disappoint you at all.  The part I liked best about this book is catching myself laughing out loud at some of the craziness in this book.  The characters are really interesting to say the least.  Wait till you read about Zorro what a hoot.    Mayra is a great author and I will be looking for more books from her.

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May 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

>New Review The Family That Wasn’t by Gene Twaronite

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>http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=babsw0b-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=145024517X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“The Family That Wasn’t is a humorous fable of how our families live inside us. It will appeal to both teen and adult readers. The 13-year-old narrator, John Boggle (whose real name is John Bazukas-O‘Reilly-Geronimo-Giovanni-Li Choy-Echeverria), finds his family so impossibly crazy that he cannot stand living with them another moment. He invents a new perfect family so convincing that he suddenly finds himself living inside this imaginary world.
But John finds that he too has changed. He sees his too perfect image in the mirror and begins to wonder if it is all some kind of mistake. Only trouble is, now he can’t remember who he is. He only knows that he must leave this family at once. His sole clue is the name, John Boggle.
To find his true family he embarks on a cross country quest. Along the way he encounters other characters who have also lost touch with their families. Together they must find a way to reconstruct the connections to bring back the family that once was.”



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 26, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
My 2 cents:
Be careful for what you dream / wish for it might just come true.  John’s dream comes true and he is now loved, rich etc all the things he wanted.  But at what cost.  He goes off to hunt his old family as he feels guilty and realizes there might not be a better place then home.
I enjoyed this book.  It will appeal to both teenagers and adults.  The story was humorous at times which help with the dark side of the story.  I though the characters were well thought out along with the story line.  I understand there will be another book and look forward to reading it.

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May 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm