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New give-away for A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry

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Comment by Beck Valley Books 18 hours ago

'What a fun read!! I loved it!!' Miki's Hope​ reviews Kidnapped in Paradise by Deborah Brown - Paradise Series​

"Madison and Fab get into lots of trouble in this one--and their macho boyfriends are not amused--actually none of the males they know are amused in the least and they all get involved in this one. But Fab and Madison are a team and they somehow manage to not get killed!! It all started when Madison's ex husband shows up--then a head without a body appears on her doorstep......now you really don't think these two would just sit back allow the guys to figure this out do you? Of course more then this is going on--lots more!! What a fun read!! I loved it!!"

Read all about the Paradise #Book Series here...
http://www.mikishope.com/2015/07/25-amazonpp-ww-kidnapped-in-paradi...

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'I really enjoyed this foray into the past' Miki's Hope reviews It Had To Be You by Delynn Royner

"It is the age of prohibition and no one knows who is worse--the bad guys or the bad cops and there are plenty of both in this mystery. Then there is tenacious Trixie Frank, reporter who is determined to make a name for herself in spite of her rich Daddy! Sean is perhaps the only decent and honest cop around, or so it seems and when Trixie and Sean get together to figure out who murdered the gangster sparks fly! Then there is little Danny--an orphan who lives on the street and steals (or tries to) Trixie's pocketbook. Trixie took pity on him and gives him her phone number and tells him she will help him get a job Later that night he witnesses a murder and is the only one who can identify the killers.

I have to say I loved the character of Danny--that little rapscallion--and was very happy that his ending was one that will make all happy. The interaction between males and females were definitely taken from that period of time and will make you smile! So who were the good guys and who the bad? And was the killer found? I have to warn you that this is written in Brooklynese with a bit of Irish thrown in--but it fits right in to the time period. I really enjoyed this foray into the past!!"

Read more on the #book and author here...
http://www.mikishope.com/2015/07/25-amazon-gc-it-had-to-be-you-ww-d...

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on July 1, 2015 at 1:22pm

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Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 30, 2015 at 8:01am

Our book review of Bronze Fox by Diana Green (Rifters Book One) 'A wonderful story that has charm, excitement, some romance and two characters that you cannot fail to love. '.....

"This was my first introduction to shape shifters and the rifting world and I couldn't have picked a better read as I had company with the delightful character Etty.

Etty lives a hard underprivileged life, until she meets Tobias, she doesn't know it yet but he is a highly regarded shape shifter. Not only is Tobias handsome, caring and completely well mannered, he lives an exciting and dangerous life and sees so much potential in Etty that he wants her as his assistant. With the thought of more money than she could ever imagine, her ill father being cured and the excitement she has only ever dreamed of, how can she refuse. Yet the decision also lays in the hands of the rifting council, as Etty is from the streets, another class entirely from them, will they welcome her and put the rifting world's safety in her hands?

Whether they do or not (you will have to read it to find out) Etty and I begin our travels into an unknown world together, as she learns I learn, and it's a brilliant read. They begin their first mission together in pursue of the children's slave trade gang, passing through unknown portals into different worlds as they go. In the path of these hunters dangers arise in every corner.

Of course as handsome as Tobias is, there is a special connection between the two, more than being on a mission together, but would that compromise their working together and being successful or do they ignore their hearts for the welfare of their country and the rifting world? All will be revealed!

A wonderful story that has charm, excitement, some romance and two characters that you cannot fail to love. I loved Etty and Tobias's relationship and their difference in class, working together to succeed on their very first mission, it had me turning page after page to see what happens next.

Whether your an avid fantasy fan or like me this is your first read of this type of story, I think you will love it."

Read more on the ‪#‎book‬ and author here...

http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/book-review-bronze-fo...

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 24, 2015 at 9:34am

Book Review & New Release - The Judge's Story by Joyce T Strand Author​ 'An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.'.......

"The author has read the casenotes of a 1930 judge and created an excellent novel. Mark Twain meets Harper Lee is the best way to describe the authors writing and storyline in this book. An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.

It will make you think about how you treat and make decisions about the people you come into contact with. She uses the judge thoughts to remind us that not everyone has been taught right from wrong by their peers and follow the only way they know. The novel also tries to show us with the right treatment and lessons and someone to believe in them people can be put on the right path and atone for previous misdemeanours.

In times of the papers reporting bad news this book is a timely reminder that if time is given to help people the problems for the future can be solved. A book that will and can inspire you to do more and will have a positive impact on your life."

Read more on the #book and author here....
http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/book-review-new-relea...

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 24, 2015 at 9:34am

Book Review & New Release - The Judge's Story by Joyce T Strand Author​ 'An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.'.......

"The author has read the casenotes of a 1930 judge and created an excellent novel. Mark Twain meets Harper Lee is the best way to describe the authors writing and storyline in this book. An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.

It will make you think about how you treat and make decisions about the people you come into contact with. She uses the judge thoughts to remind us that not everyone has been taught right from wrong by their peers and follow the only way they know. The novel also tries to show us with the right treatment and lessons and someone to believe in them people can be put on the right path and atone for previous misdemeanours.

In times of the papers reporting bad news this book is a timely reminder that if time is given to help people the problems for the future can be solved. A book that will and can inspire you to do more and will have a positive impact on your life."

Read more on the #book and author here....
http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/book-review-new-relea...

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 23, 2015 at 12:42pm

Our Book Review of Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster (Harborside Nights Book #1) 'You will feel a rollercoaster of emotions as you feel that your right there, in the moment of this emotional and passionate romance'.......

"After reading so many great reviews of Catching Cassidy I couldn't resist the urge to read it myself and I am so glad I did or I would have missed out on such a moving and totally enjoyable story.

The main characters, Wyatt, his sister Delilah and their best friend Cassidy, have all known each other since childhood, now left college they are ready for the next step in their lives and careers. They have such a warmth and beautiful bond of friendship between them that it's so easy to fall in love with them.

Sadly instead of enjoying this time, Wyatt and Delilah's parents suddenly die in a car crash leaving the devastated brother and sister to pick up the pieces and take the reigns of their parents bar in Harborside, with no experience and the overwhelming grief to live with. Just before this happens Cassidy escapes the cheating arms of her boyfriend with the help of her two best friends and they had decided to spend the summer together, although now with heavy hearts in Harborisde.

As we arrive in beautiful setting of Harborisde with the trio of friends, you immediately feel the trendy, caring, laid back vibe of this close knit beach community and are introduced to their amazing friends. It was great to be in their company as they rally round to help Wyatt and Cassidy.

I was particularly drawn to Wyatt's character, although I loved Cassidy, what Wyatt was going through and how he felt he had to carry all the burden on his shoulders, while putting his own needs and grief under the carpet, was extremely touching. His grief made me want to reach out to him and tell him everything would be alright. The author, I feel, did an amazing job of incorporating the sensitive stages of grief within the story and all the emotions felt, it certainly sparked reminders of my own past loss while reading it.

Such a loss can shake your world and for partying Wyatt, it becomes clear what is important to him and what really matters in life. Realizing after all these years of caring and protecting Cassidy the reason is he simply loves her more than anything else in the world. Cassidy secretly has the same feelings for Wyatt but the with heavy hearts and vulnerability these childhood friends struggle to come to terms with how they now feel, not wanting to act on these feelings or let each other know and ruin their special bond of friendship by the unknown of a relationship. For others the undeniable love and passion between them is obvious, it's just a matter of time. At one point I almost had to have a word in Wyatt's ear myself but his actions stopped me.

I was literally turning the pages almost faster than I could read them, as the explosion of true passion and feelings took over. You will feel a rollercoaster of emotions as you feel that your right there, in the moment of this emotional and passionate romance. A wonderful end to a wonderful story and as I was teased to a glimpse of Book 2, Discovering Delilah, I am now craving more."

Read more about the #book and author here...
http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/book-review-catching-...

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 22, 2015 at 9:41am

My First Travel Books: The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth by Anna and Frankie Othitis Authors -"My First Travel Book"​ 'Both children felt like they were taking this journey with Captain Frankie and they were hooked.' reviews Family, Love and Other Stuff​

"I have a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old, so I thought this would be the perfect book to add to our homeschooling geography lesson. My First Travel Books: The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth by Anna Othitis is engaging and a great way to get kids excited about learning.

Beautiful pictures, lyrical descriptions of each Natural Wonder, along with follow up questions at the end of each description keep the kids interacting with you as they read along. The fact that it is told as a travel story and puts you in the plane with Captain Frankie, really made it real for the kids. Both children felt like they were taking this journey with Captain Frankie and they were hooked.

My son’s favorite Wonder is the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. My daughter’s favorites were The Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest. This quick and easy read is perfect for younger children and those wishing to share an introduction to The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth.

I have not read the first book in this series, but I’ll be purchasing it because my kids were so excited about this one."

Read more on the book, series and author here...
http://familyloveandotherstuff.com/seven-natural-wonders-earth/

Comment by Beck Valley Books on June 19, 2015 at 3:53am

Free for a limited time!! Oliver and Jumpy by Werner Stejskal (stories 16-18) plus Book Excerpt from Story 1

http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/free-for-limited-time...

These illustrated cat stories are all about “Oliver and Jumpy”, who are best of friends and experience many adventures together. Oliver is an elegant black tomcat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is pop-up text (at Amazon) or audio available. Several talented illustrators are essential to bring these children's stories to you in quick succession. Love you all! Meow! 
Story 16: Who am I? - Oliver loses his memory. 
Story 17: Up the Tree - Oliver explores a tall tree and meets many animals there. 
Story 18: Moon Crystal – Oliver and Jumpy are flying to the moon.

 

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