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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Orangeberry Spring Fling – Escape From Ancient Egypt (The Neiko Adventure Series) by A. K. Taylor


Seeking his revenge on Neiko for exposing him, Francesco banishes Neiko into ancient Egypt just like he did her friends eleven years ago. During her stay there, she unravels the mystery of what happened to her four friends. Now she’s faced with a bigger problem—how to get home. After a series of unfortunate events, Neiko is now entangled with Pharaoh Ramesses II. Francesco also comes to make sure their fates are sealed. Can Neiko and her friends beat impossible odds and return to Hawote and back to the present?

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Genre - MG/YA, Fantasy, Action, Adventure (PG)

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Website http://www.backwoodsauthor.com/

Friday, April 5, 2013

Orangeberry Spring Fling – The Celtic Dagger (Fitzjohn Mystery Series)



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University professor Alex Wearing is found murdered in his study by the Post Graduate Co-coordinator, Vera Trenbath, a nosey interfering busybody. Assigned to the case is Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn. Fitzjohn is a detective from the old guard, whose methodical, painstaking methods are viewed by some as archaic. His relentless pursuit for the killer zeros in on Alex’s brother, James, as a key suspect in his investigation.

Compelled to clear himself of suspicion, James starts his own investigation and finds himself immersed in a web of intrigue, ultimately uncovering long hidden secrets about his brother’s life that could easily be the very reasons he was murdered.

This gripping tale of murder and suspense winds its way through the university’s hallowed halls to emerge into the beautiful, yet unpredictable, Blue Mountain region where more challenges and obstacles await James in his quest to clear himself of suspicion and uncover the truth about his brother.

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Genre - Mystery (G)

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Blog http://www.theperfectplot.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Orangeberry Book Tours – Poison Pill by MA Granovsky


It’s the drug of the century, a miracle weight loss compound worth billions, invented by Jon Vickers shortly before his death. So why is Jon’s brother Benedict risking his inheritance, his brother’s legacy, and even his own life to keep the drug from the market?

And why is Olga Mueller, a jaded lawyer Benedict met by chance while traveling to Istanbul, willing to help?

Can they take on a powerful venture capitalist and a ruthless top-tier law firm and win? Or even survive? In a world where money rules, does truth stand a chance?

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Genre – Legal Thriller

Rating – PG

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Review: Poison Pill by M.A. Granovsky

Poison PillPoison Pill by M.A. Granovsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What alternative title would you choose for this book? Would not change the title. As you become engrossed in the story, it fits perfectly.

Share a quote or two from the book.This quote is not relevant to the book but I question it each time I buy tea - “Whatever happened to plain old tea?”

Share a favorite scene from the book. Benedict's first meeting with Peter at the Serenity Tea Shop.

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Orangeberry Spring Fling – Mom! There’s a Lion in the Toilet by Lisa Anderson

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Four kids. Five months. Six continents. And a world that went just plain crazy. Ever dreamed of just leaving winter behind? Want to pack up your flip-flops and hiking boots, and head off with a one-way ticket to all your favourite exotic destinations?
Whether they are stuck in an Italian elevator, held at gunpoint in the Egyptian desert, or storm chasing floods, fires and tsunamis, this tale of amazing family adventure will keep you wishing you were along in their suitcase.
Join Lisa, Rick and their four children as they park their truck in the shed, and head off on the trip of a lifetime. Along the way, they learn about the world, and more importantly, connect with each other. It’s a life-altering journey they, and you, will never forget.
“Thoroughly enjoyable and a must-read for travel lovers of all ages” Andrea Phare, Elk Island Public Schools Communications Specialist
“Delightful book, you might just start packing for your ’round the world adventure” Charmaine Hammond, Bestselling Author of GPS Your Best Life
“An extraordinary adventure… about geography, history, cultural diversity, and globalization, but most of all – love for family and friends.” Theresa Wells-Taylor, teacher and educational blogger, Primary Princesses
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Genre - Essays & Travelogues, Travel Writing (G)
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Dragon Wars Book Blast

A magical fairytale for all ages: Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle

The prize pack includes: one tote, 2 jumbo book marks, 2 signed bookmarks, 2 tattoos, 3 pencils, 1 mouse pad, 1 calendar (filled with illustrations by Robert Immings), 1 pen, 3 magnets, 2 keychains, 1 signed paperback copy of Dragon Wars, and a $20 Amazon Gift card. Enter the giveaway below.

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Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle is an amazing adventure from start to finish. If you love a good fairytale this is the book for you.
~ Kypris, Amazon

Amazing imagery explode from each page of this book.
~ Laurel, Goodreads
Life is filled with changes, but sometimes even the most tragic events bring joy in the end, which is something Danny Warren learns when he joins the Dragon Wars.

Danny sadly loses his father in a hit-and-run auto accident and is forced to move to a different town. But his fresh start is a horrible one and Danny desperately wants to find a world he can belong to. One afternoon, after a particularly hard day at school, Danny finds a mysterious box hidden inside his window seat. He soon discovers that the box is his portal to Dorcian, the dragon world. Sadly, the once amazing world is in utter turmoil, and its inhabitants are suffering.

Danny finds the one thing that can bring meaning and happiness back to his heart: saving those that desperately need his help. Together, one boy and six lone dragons, will defeat evil and wage the Dragon Wars. And, in the midst of it all, Danny will discover that even the smallest person can make a huge difference when it matters the most.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Orangeberry Book Tours – Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One by Jeff Gunhus

Finalist for 2012 Book of the Year Award Foreword Reviews

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly?  Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

For Middle Grade readers and higher

Fans of: Percy Jackson Series, Harry Potter and The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

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Genre – Middle Grade / YA Fantasy

Rating – PG

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Website http://www.jacktemplar.com/

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Orangeberry Spring Fling – Death in Bagheria by Susan Russo Anderson

A gripping tale of murder and deceit. A baroness poisoned . . . A family masking dark secrets . . . and one woman determined to uncover the truth.
Sicily, March 1870. When a headstrong aristocrat commissions Serafina to find her mother’s poisoner, the midwife turned sleuth travels to a windswept villa on Sicily’s gold coast where she begins her investigation of the baroness’s death. There, she meets with the irascible baron and his huge staff of servants. Adding to her peril are the ruthless attempts to foil her success by her arch enemy, Don Tigro, the local mafia capo.Yet Serafina is unflagging in her determination to unmask the killer, despite mortal danger, the pleas of her children for her speedy return, and a longing to resume her broiling new romance with Loffredo, the lusty count of Oltramari. With the help of her friend, Rosa, two daring servants, and an unexpected visitor, she uncovers ugly entanglements that portend dire misfortune for the baroness’s heirs. Will Serafina catch the killer before his henchman throws her to her death?
This is the third book in the Serafina Florio mystery series.
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Genre – Historical Mystery
Rating – PG13
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Review: Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles, #1) by Jeff Gunhus

Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles, #1)Jack Templar, Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all.

Content (overall theme, idea and setting). The overall theme and idea was well executed throughout the book and I am looking forward to reading the second book.

What I liked - The dead mother, when she appeared to Jack. Because she died right after child birth. Jack needed to see & hear from his mother.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Orangeberry Spring Fling – The Torturer’s Daughter by Zoe Cannon

When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca assumes it’s the usual drama. Wrong. Heather’s parents have been arrested as dissidents – and Becca’s mother, the dystopian regime’s most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.

To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents’ innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn’t expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents… and about her mother.

When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn’t the only one with secrets – and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it’s no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime’s crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.

It’s easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER’S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary teenage life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime… and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what’s right in a world gone wrong.

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Genre – YA Dystopian

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Website - http://www.zoecannon.com/

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Orangeberry Free Alert - Swimming with Maya - Eleanor Vincent


Swimming with Maya - Eleanor Vincent

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Genre - Memoir

Rating - PG13

Free until 1 April 2013

Previously available only in hardcover, Swimming with Maya demonstrates the remarkable process of healing after the traumatic death of a loved one. Eleanor Vincent raised her two daughters, Maya and Meghan, virtually as a single-parent. Maya, the eldest, was a high-spirited and gifted young woman. As a toddler, Maya was an angelic tow-head, full of life and curiosity. As a teenager, Maya was energetic and independent - and often butted heads with her mother. But Eleanor and Maya were always close and connected, like best friends or sisters, but always also mother and daughter.
Then at age 19, Maya mounts a horse bareback as a dare and, in a crushing cantilever fall, is left in a coma from which she will never recover. Eleanor's life is turned upside down as she struggles to make the painful decision about Maya's fate.
Ultimately Eleanor chooses to donate Maya's organs. Years later, she is able to hear Maya's heart beat in the chest of the heart recipient. Along the way, Eleanor re-examines her relationship with her daughter, as well as Eleanor's traumatic life as a child and young woman. In a story that has been called "heartbreaking and heart-healing," Eleanor Vincent illuminates the kind of courage, creativity, faith, and sheer tenacity it takes to find one's balance after unthinkable tragedy.