Monday, 23 October 2017

Book Tour & Giveaway; Christmas in The Sisters by Becki Willis

Christmas in The Sisters
The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 6
by Becki Willis
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Latest book in the Award-Winning The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series! 
Madison Reynolds can’t wait for Christmas this year. Rebuilding her life as a single mom hasn’t been easy, but after a challenging twelve months, she’s excited about the holidays. She and her twins have settled quite nicely here in The Sisters, renovations on the house are complete, her business is slowly growing, and, best of all, Chief of Police Brash deCordova is in her life. Visions of the perfect Christmas dance in her head. 
The tinsel begins to tangle when someone targets the community for a series of ‘Christmas Crimes.’ Homes are broken into and wrapped gifts are stolen from beneath trees. Even vehicles loaded with presents aren’t safe, particularly on a lone stretch of highway. Things like this just don’t happen in Naomi and Juliet. Torn between solving the rash of burglaries and shutting down the gambling ring that’s active in the area again, Brash does the only thing he can: he hires In a Pinch to help with the investigation.
Finding the common link between cases is like finding the bad bulb on a string of lights. Every lead is a short circuit. The frustration mounts when Madison and the Angel Tree she’s involved with fall victim to the crimes. Only the worst kind of Grinch steals from needy children! 
Brash has plans of his own for the perfect Christmas. With the help of a new jewelry store, he thinks he’s found just the right gift for Madison, until the Grinch strikes again. This wasn’t the surprise he had in mind. 

Ready or not, Christmas is on its way, and time is running out to create the holiday of their dreams. As the house fills with unexpected guests, Madison and the twins honor favorite traditions from the past while creating a few new ones of their own. 
Who has time for being kidnapped by men in Santa suits and bad beards? 

This is one Christmas that no one in The Sisters will ever forget!

Don't miss the other books in The Sisters, Texas series!
The first four books of the series will be a Free Kindle book (in order) each Saturday in Oct, with the last book, Genny's Ballad, available for a .99 Kindle Countdown Deal Oct 24-31

Chicken Scratch
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 1

When The Stars Fall

The Sisters, Texas Series Book 2

Stipulations and Complications
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 3

Home Again: Starting Over
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 4

Genny's Ballad
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 5

Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of '13, that dream became a reality. Since that time, she has published eleven books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction and Best Audio Book, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world. 

An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel, but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

Omtale; I djevelens klør - et Falkener og Wilberg mysterium av Jan Boris Stene

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Da jeg hadde en tur på biblioteket for en liten stund tilbake, endte jeg opp med å låne krimromanenI djevelens klør - et Falkener og Wilberg mysterium av Jan Boris Stene, og nå kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
Påsken 1917: Doktor Wilberg reiser opp til Fjeldsæter Turisthotel i Bymarka i Trondheim for å samle krefter. Allerede fra første stund råder en uhyggelig stemning blant personalet og gjestene; en grusom skikkelse går igjen der oppe, og det varer ikke lenge før Wilberg blir nødt til å tilkalle sin venn, gentlemansdetektiven Astor Falkener. Like etter at Falkener har ankommet, finner de direktøren skutt inne på sitt kontor. Er det mord? Hvis ja, hvem er morderen? Det viser seg at mange hadde motiv for å ønske livet av den døde, men hvordan greide morderen å unnslippe? Døren er låst fra innsiden og vinduene er haspet og skoddene trukket for. En umulighet. Hvis det da ikke er selveste gjenferdet på Fjeldsæter som står bak. Falkener og Wilberg nøster i trådene til de finner den overraskende løsningen på mysteriet, men veien dit er ikke fri for farer hverken for våre venner eller de øvrige på hotellet. «I djevelens klør» er et klassisk lukket rom-mysterium i John Dickson Carr-stil der «Howdunnit» er like viktig som «Whodunnit».

Mine tanker om boka
Personlig likte jeg I djevelens klør, og det var en av de bøkene jeg har lest ut i løpet av en kveld. Noe av det jeg likte ved boka var at den hadde tendenser til den mer klassiske krimsjangeren, og det var ikke langt unna at jeg så for meg Hercule Poirot luske rundt på hotellet.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Dewey's Readathon; Closing Survey

Dewey's Readathon is more or less over for this time and I'm already looking forward to the next one in April 2018. As the readathon didn't start until 2 PM here in Norway, I didn't get the chance to read as much as I would have liked as I quite frankly needed some sleep, but I did manage to read six books nontheless.

Now, time to answer the closing survey.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I honestly started to struggle in Hour 9, which made me figure out it was probably time for bed.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Most of the books I read was in Norwegian, but here's the list anyway.

Jeg var et barn av Anna Rystedt
Fysisk av Andrew McMillan
Dette skjer ikke av Ida Lórien Ringdal
Jente med dødningshode av Mona Høvring

Biographies and similar;
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
Øverst på nazistenes liste av Arne Vestbø

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

That would be the two biographies.

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

Free coffee? Just kidding, though it would be really nice. Keep it up the way it is. :-)

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

As I've participated several times before, I'm certainly doing it again.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Dewey's Readathon; 10 Years in 10 Books

As it is the ten year anniversary for Dewey's Readathon, the hosts had a grand challenge for us participants. That challenge was to write a list of ten books, one recommendation for each year the readathon has existed (basically 2007 to 2017).

I can't deny that I've read quite a few books throughout the years, but when searching for suitable books, I realized that I've read a lot more "newly published" books after I've started book blogging. Luckily I still managed to find a book I've read for each year and here's my list of book recommendations.

2007; No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
2008; Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine
2009; I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali
2010; Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
2011; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
2012; I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
2013; Scales by Amity Green
2014; Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
2015; Murder in Absentia by Assaph Mehr
2016; Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet
2017; The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Dewey's Readathon - Opening Meme

It's finally Dewey's Readathon again and as always I'm excited for it. To be honest, some of us look forward to Dewey's Readathon like some people (read: kids) look forward to Christmas. There's something about the search for the right reading material and snacks.

As always, there is the opening meme and now it's time for me to answer the questions in that meme.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Bryne, Norway.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I might sound a bit "weird" for saying this, but for me it is "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Probably the cinnamon swirl I purchased earlier today and chocolate.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I graduated with my undergrad degree, majoring in English, earlier this year (I even pulled off recieving an A on my BA thesis) and I have been book blogging since July 2012.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? 

I can't remember my first readathon (it was at least sometime after I started blogging), but my plan this time is at least to take some short breaks inbetween reading so my head don't get too messed up.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Review; Hunted - A Jonathan Harker Novel av Christopher Draven

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Thanks to Enchanted Book Promotions, I got the chance to read Hunted - A Jonathan Harker Novel by Christopher Draven and today it's my turn to review it.

Description from Goodreads
Slinging Spells with Broken Ribs Isn't Easy 

Jonathan Harker, an itinerant mage with a personal agenda, travels to meet a mysterious contact with information Harker desperately needs. Harker arrives in town a few months early, sets up shop, and meets the local practitioners; including a Fortune-Teller named Clover and a self-described "Kitchen Witch" named Momma Dee. Everything went according to plan. 
However, nothing is ever easy. Waking up tied to a chair with broken ribs, Harker's situation grows complicated. 
A powerful summoner, who traffics in pacts with Demons, has set his sights on Harker. Armed with impossibly powerful magic, the Summoner snares Harker in a deadly trap. In order to survive, Harker must get help from Clover and Momma Dee; and figure out why he has been targeted. To prevail against the Summoner and his ilk, Jonathan Harker must walk unprepared into a pit of Demons and black magic - and come out alive on the other side.

My thoughts on the novel
Personally I enjoyed reading this novel, esp. as it is in a sense a spin-off from Bram Stoker's Dracula and the latter is indirectly mentioned several times during Hunted (Dracula fans will easily find those nudges). Another good thing is that Hunted portrays Jonathan Harker a bit more badass than the "regular" portrayal in movies etc.

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