Blog Tour & Review: Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present the blog tour for Allie Harrison’s Hargrove House. Please continue reading for exclusive content, a giveaway, and my review of Hargrove House!

My Review

Hargrove House is a great page turner! It starts off a bit slow and honestly, when it first started, I wondered where it was going. But then…. WOW.

I am with Torrie. I wouldn’t want to go back in that house after an experience like that either. But yet I would want to go back in the house for the right person. Even if that person is a bit odd. I started suspecting something was a bit off with William Dalton right away – but it still took a while for me to fully understand what was going on, which was good, because I really don’t like it when a book gives everything away at the beginning. 😉

When the book first starts, it seems like Allie’s writing style is a bit juvenile. But then I realized that the story is being told in the first person, so obviously, it’s going to sound juvenile since the book first starts with Torrie at 11 years old. After 11 year old Torrie’s part is done, the story goes to a regular cadence of normal “adult” writing and honestly, I think that’s brilliant. So many authors tell stories in the first person, but keep the same type of perspective throughout.

I honestly have to recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal suspense novels. You’ll be kept on your toes!

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“Ms. Reynolds?”

Torrie nearly jumped from her seat behind her desk.

A man stood in the doorway to her office. He was tall and broad shouldered. His sandy, brown hair was cut just above the collar of the crisp white shirt he wore. Complete with his black slacks and a dark coat, he made a striking figure. Caught in the memory of sneaking into the Hargrove House, Torrie hadn’t heard the bells over the door with his arrival. On any other day, her assistant, Jane, would announce any potential clients, but Jane was off today because Torrie could no longer pay her for a full week.

“Can I help you?” Torrie asked, working to keep her voice steady. His sudden presence still had her heart pounding. And for a long moment, he openly studied her. She fought the urge to look down and make certain she still wore clothes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m William Dalton. I recently bought the Hargrove House. I need it refurbished and decorated to its original grandeur, and your artistic abilities come highly recommended.”

His words—the very idea of what he wanted—left her feeling slightly dizzy, and it took several seconds before she could form a coherent sentence to reply. “Funny, I was just thinking about that place. You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” she said. Most people came to her with something close to an idea or a picture of what they wanted done, and they looked for her advice.

He smiled. “No, never.”

She was drawn to his smile. In fact, she was drawn to every aspect of him, from the relaxed way he stood to his deep, summer evening sky blue eyes. Slowly she stood. “Have we met before?” she asked.

He tilted his head slightly, and Torrie was intrigued with his movement. She thought he might move like that just seconds before he kissed her, if he ever was to kiss her.

She wanted him to kiss her.

She shook her head slightly to clear the cobwebs that suddenly filled it. What was wrong with her? She had never reacted to a man this way, especially not a potential client.

“Perhaps,” he said.

“But you don’t remember? And neither do I,” Torrie put in. She forced a smile. “I’m sure it will come to me about two o’clock in the morning,” she said, trying to lighten the conversation as she worked to hide her instant, weird reaction to this man. “Why don’t you have a seat, and we can talk about it.”

He paused, still staring at her closely until Torrie thought perhaps her blouse might be unbuttoned or something. “Is something wrong?”

“No,” he replied hesitantly. “Not at all. Everything is perfect, as a matter of fact.” Again he smiled, and Torrie couldn’t help but smile back as he sat down in the chair opposite her.

“So you bought the Hargrove House? Really?”

He nodded slightly. “Yes, and at a very reasonable price, I might add.”

“No doubt. I’ll bet it was almost free.”

About Allie Harrison

 

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Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
Connect with Allie: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

Tour Schedule

11/16/2015

United Indie Book Blog
Romance Junkies

 

11/17/2015

Spooky Girl Reads – You are here!
Shelf Addiction

 

11/18/2015

Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fresh Fiction

 

11/19/2015

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 

11/20/2015

T&L Book Reviews
RoloPoloBookBlog
Evermore Books
Yah Gotta Read This
Fang-tastic Books
Books & Tales

I received this book for free from The Killion Group in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour: On the Verge by Garen Glazier

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to be a stop today on the On the Verge by Garen Glazier blog tour! Read on for more info about the book, my review, and a bit about Garen Glazier herself!

My Review

I found this book to be very interesting. It takes the supernatural and it mixes with the human world in such a way as to make it perfectly plausible that this could, in fact, be reality in some way.

The Verge is a place on the very edges of human reality where the creatures of myth and legend exist. These creatures can, upon occasion, wander into our reality. Sometimes, they even become bound to objects such as books, holy relics, and paintings. This is an interesting concept and definitely more interesting that your run of the mill vampire novels or fallen angel books. Sure, I like those, but they’re starting to get a wee bit on the old side. This is the supernatural on a whole other level.

Freya is endearing. Awkward, loving of curious objects, and now finding herself in quite the pickle thanks to a very weird old lady and a supernatural being who is at odds with said very weird old lady. Ophidia & Dakryma are extremely interesting characters while Beldame gives me the absolute creeps. Then again, she is a very weird old lady.

I loved the way the story was written. It was easy to get sucked right into the book and I didn’t want to put it down, even though I had to upon occasion. The cats feel they need to be fed upon occasion I suppose. All in all, a great read and a book I definitely recommend for anyone looking for a supernatural book that isn’t ordinary.

About the Author

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I’m a lifelong resident of Seattle. I married my Russia-born-America-raised high school sweetheart, and we have a four year old and a new little one born in February.

I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up always makes me cry. The Three Amigos always makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.

Learn more about me and read my blog, Scriven by Garen, at garenglazier.com.

 

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Twitter: @GarenGlazier

On the Verge is available on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1KBUQxS

I received this book for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour: Shattered Pieces by Noelle Rahn-Johnson

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Spooky Girl Reads is proud to present the Shattered Pieces by Noelle Rahn-Johnson blog tour! Shattered Pieces is the second book in the Pieces Trilogy, which started with In Pieces. Please read on for a exclusive content, a review, and a giveaway!

Excerpt

I kiss her neck and breast and pull a hardened nipple in my mouth. I nip and bite, lick and suck and her hips buck under me. I’m already between her thighs and it would be so easy to thrust myself inside of her, but I’m not like that anymore, and Betsey Ann isn’t just some chick.

She’s the love of my life and I want to cherish her. Treasure her. Love her. But right now, she’s making it very difficult for me to do that.

“Colton, just fuck me,” she whispers in the dark.

Holy shit. That just came from her mouth? I line our bodies up and slowly slide in and out of her, making sure she’s ready to accept me. I don’t want to hurt her. I’m big and she’s a lot smaller than me.

She feels so good, a warm tight glove surrounding me. I can feel her tighten those muscles and I groan. She does it again, and I look into her green eyes. “What do you want me to do to you, Betsey Ann?”

“Fuck me,” she whispers.

YOU GOT IT!

“Hold on, Baby.”

Available now: Amazon

Other Books in the Pieces Trilogy

In Pieces – Book #1
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My Review

I’m going to come right out and say it. I haven’t really been a big fan of the contemporary romance genre for quite a while. I suppose it is because in many cases, the books have such shallow characters that it’s just no fun to read the books. But that certainly is not the case with Shattered Pieces.

Although I haven’t read In Pieces, I was easily able to fall into the world of a woman who is in love with her Denver Bronco best friend and doesn’t quite know it at first. A woman who’d been hurt badly in the past and has no idea that her best friend has been hurt just as badly or that he’s in love with her!

Yes, there is a mention of football. No, you don’t need to understand anything about football or be a football fan to enjoy the story. In fact, there’s not much talk of actual football so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be out of the loop. Just know that Colton is a Denver Bronco and you’re good!

The story is light-hearted enough that it makes for a quick and fun read. And it helps to have songs by artists I love (We are Harlot) being mentioned in the story. I have to say, this one was really good and I’d love to read In Pieces and the next story as well!

Trust me, the ending of this one will leave you wanting more!

About the Author

Noelle has lived in Minnesota her whole life. She currently lives in the Northern area of Minnesota with her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, fishing, sleeping, reading, snuggling, watching TV when she’s bored or reading. Did I mention she likes to read and snuggle up with her kindle? She also shares her home with two dogs and a very spoiled cat.

Connect with Noelle: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Tour Schedule

Check out the other blogs along the tour:

11/9/2015

T&L Book Reviews
Pinky’s Favorite Reads

11/10/2015

Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Monlatable Book Reviews
Romance Junkies
Paulette’s Papers

11/11/2015

Reese’s Reviews
Happily Ever Chapter
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 11/12/2015

Blogging by Liza
The Book Disciple

 11/13/2015

Spooky Girl Reads – You are here! 
Yah Gotta Read This
Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog

I received this book for free from The Killion Group in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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The House on Moody Avenue by Cellestine Hannemann

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I’ve spent a couple of weeks just trying to read this book. It isn’t that I haven’t been trying to read it, because I have. But it just seems to be one of those books I just can’t get into. You know the type – they look so good, but you can’t do it. You can’t read it. Maybe it was the cover that drew you in. Obviously that wouldn’t be the case with this book – the cover is rather plain and uninviting. In fact, since most readers I know find new books by finding gorgeous covers, I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to be one of those “I bought it for the cover” books.

I think a big factor in my inability to read it is that the description makes it out to be a history of the house and the things that have happened to the house. But when reading, it seems that the book refers more to the individuals living in the house over time and their experiences. In all honesty, it seemed to take forever just for the first person to move into that house. From there it just went downhill. This isn’t the author’s fault really, it’s more of a fault with the people responsible for making sure the book’s description properly matched the book.

I don’t really recommend this book. It was far too boring and didn’t fit its description at all.

I received this book for free from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Frost Bible

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I’ve seen a few reviews panning this Bible and I honestly can’t see why. It’s meant to appeal to kids who love Frozen with the cover design of swirling snowflakes & glitter. But it’s not meant to be related to Frozen in any other way.

This Bible is gorgeous. Soft blue, glittery, gorgeous swirling snowflakes on the cover. The version is the International Children’s Version, which is meant to be easier for kids to read. The Bible includes a glossary and any words kids are unlikely to know, such as prophesy, are bolded in the text of the Bible to let the kids know that this is a word they might not know and that they can look it up in the back of the Bible.

There are three or four nice maps in the back of the book, including one of Jesus’s last week in Jerusalem. The maps aren’t as detailed as the maps you might find in an adult’s version of the Bible, but they don’t need to be for kids. They need to be a bit simpler and they are.

The Bible comes with a small tote bag. Will it hold up to being tossed in the washer? Definitely not. But it could be hand washed and probably wiped off. It’s made mostly of the same material that most companies use to make the reusable shopping bags you buy for 50¢ to $1 at the store, with a glittery plastic panel in the front.

We think it’s just perfect for a kidlet who loves Frozen and when we sent a photo of it to my friend who has a Frozen-obsessed daughter, she said her daughter would adore it. We plan on giving it to her for Christmas this year. I highly recommend that anyone who is looking for a great Christian gift for a little one obsessed with Frozen look for this Bible.

I received this book for free from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

#Struggles by Craig Groeschel

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I should have known this book would tick me off. Books of this type usually do. I’ll be perfectly honest – I’ve been there, done the whole “living for Christ” thing – and got exactly zero blessing from it. I don’t see very many people being blessed because they got their social media addictions under control and lived for Christ like they were told to. I see a lot of pastors making claims (as the one who wrote this book does) that this person and that person are so blessed because they have the attitude that Christ is all they need. Yeah, no, that doesn’t work.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even get past chapter 1 before giving up on the book, it annoyed me so much. As soon as I saw words indicating that I would not be content with my life until I made the determination that Christ is all I need, I was done. Why? Because I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I was actually more discontented with my life with that attitude than I am now. And actually, I’m not discontented with my life now. I see other people’s social media posts and say “Oh that’s cool” or “I’d like one of those” but I’m not discontent because they have it and I don’t. I’m not discontent if I can’t get it.

The author writes this book as though everyone who is on social media and feels the slightest pang of jealousy about a friend’s new marriage while they’re still single or someone’s new car, is discontent with their lives. No, it doesn’t mean that. Sure, I can be a bit jealous, but then I realize I like my life the way it is. I don’t HAVE to put God first to be content. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone unless, of course, they don’t mine being told that they are discontent with their lives if they feel the slightest pang of jealousy when someone posts something on social media and that unless they dedicate their lives to Christ they’ll never be content.

I received this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Blog Tour & Review: Welcome Back, Jack by Liam Sweeny

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If you’re looking for a great mystery/thriller, Welcome Back, Jack is one of the books you need to find. Trust me. I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers and I know a good one when I find it.

Now, I could be biased—after all, there is a character that shares my last name—but I really loved this book. It was hard to put down. I mean, really hard to put down. I couldn’t seem to stop reading it! I just had to know what was going to happen next.

I’ve always loved mysteries where the killer makes it personal to whoever is investigating the case. In this case, Jack LeClere is the character who is being targeted by the killer. And believe me, this killer is sick and twisted in a way that I haven’t seen in a good mystery for quite a while.

Liam Sweeny has put together an interesting, entertaining, and edge-of-your-seat read with Welcome Back, Jack. His characters are masterpieces and his ideas of what kind of murder scenes to use are just awesome. I can’t really tell you about it or I’ll give something away, but I will say this—some of the murder scenes are just downright gruesome, I’m talking horror-novel-worthy gruesome.

Welcome Back, Jack was released on October 1, 2015 and is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

About The Author

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Liam Sweeny has worn many hats in his life. In addition to being a writer for ten years, he has been an artist, musician, grassroots campaign staffer and spent four years in disaster response, both in leadership and in the field.

It was in the field in New Orleans that Sweeny got his start as a writer. Hurricane Katrina, and his role in the relief effort, fueled his early writing, where he began in sci-fi/fantasy before transitioning into crime, mystery and noir.

As a crime writer, Sweeny’s work has appeared in many publications, such as Thuglit, All Due Respect, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey and others. You can find out more at www.liamsweeny.com

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I received this book for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for my honest opinion for this blog tour. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Black Inked Pearl – A Girl’s Quest by Ruth Finnegan

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When I received Black Inked Pearl from Ruth Finnegan, I was told to please try to look past the speech-like writing. The problem is, the writing isn’t speech-like. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen and I couldn’t even read it. I honestly am not sure how anyone could possibly read this book.

I couldn’t get past the way it was written. It was stilted, sentences broken in places, nearly impossible to read or make sense of. There were parts that weren’t punctuated correctly. I couldn’t read it—my brain couldn’t comprehend what I was reading.

I’ve seen reports that it is “dreamlike” but that doesn’t sit well with me. Dreamlike would still be readable. It would still be punctuated correctly. It would still be readable and comprehensible. Black Inked Pearl was none of these. I don’t see dreamlike at all.

Perhaps it is my overly analytical mind. Perhaps it is my inner grammar/spelling/punctuation fiend coming out. But I simply could not read this book and ever hope to understand what was going on. I can’t even give it one star because I couldn’t get far enough into the book to even know what it is about.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café by Max Lucado with Candace Lee and Eric Newman

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I haven’t read a Christian fiction book for quite a while now— as you can probably tell from my review archives. But something about Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café just seemed to say “read me.” I’m glad I did.

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is a short read—just a couple of hours—but that’s more than enough time to read and absorb the story. I’ll admit, I’m not used to Max Lucado writing fiction books. All of his previous works that I’ve read have been non-fiction books, usually meant to help strengthen churches or church members. But I think a good fiction book can do that as well as a non-fiction book can, and in the case of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café this is very true.

You see the miracle and wonder of God’s love working in multiple places—something you don’t often see in Christian fiction. Most Christian fiction books I’ve read have a ton of believers and just one non-believer who needs to come to God. But in Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, there are multiple people who need to bring themselves before God and it makes this a much better book for it.

I loved the book. It was well written and so easy to fall into the story. I was actually sorry to see it end and in all honesty would love to see a sequel—maybe detailing the lives of the kids. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a light, easy read.

I received this book for free from BookLook in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Blog Tour Book Review: Silver Lead and Dead by James Garmisch

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What can I say about Silver Lead and Dead? The book is interesting – set in Mexico in 2010. Juárez to be exact. It centers on an ex-CIA agent with a past who is in town to deal with a family friend’s kidnapping. Of course, that past comes back to haunt him a bit when he runs into another ex-CIA agent.

Silver Lead and Dead is a bit slow at times, but don’t let that fool you. The book has more than enough action to make up for the slow parts. Even the best books always have a few slow parts to them. I can’t really tell you any more than that without giving too much away – but know that the action more than makes up for any slow parts. I do want to caution those who don’t speak Spanish – there are a few phrases in Spanish that may leave you a tad bit confused. If that happens, re-read the sentence or paragraph – you’ll probably get the gist of it from the context of the rest of the sentence or paragraph.

I can’t really say that I have a favorite character in the book. Evan and Nathan are both ex-CIA and, to me, more paranoid than anything else. After all, when we first meet Evan we see exactly how paranoid he is about whether or not he is safe. Nathan is really only paranoid once Evan comes on to the scene and frankly he annoys me with how worried he is about what Evan is doing there. But obnoxious characters aside, Silver Lead and Dead is a good read.

I received this book from from BYOB Tours in exchange for my honest review for the Silver Lead and Dead Blog Tour. All opinions are completely my own and no other compensation as received.