Category: Fantasy

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Posted January 2, 2018 by karenbaron in Adventure, Cats, Chick Lit, Comedy, Dogs, Guest Post, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series, Urban / 0 Comments

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet EvanovichHardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, #24
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on November 14th 2017
Genres: Chick Lit, Crime, Humor, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey...
Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.
Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.
If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.
As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

Can Morelli, Ranger, and Diesel save Stephanie and Lula before they lose their minds? Or has that already happened?

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich is full of mystery, humor and the unknown. I have to say it again, love this series. Stephanie Plum may not think her life is great, but it is fun. Let’s face it, it isn’t like she is going to make it at a regular nine to five job. It just isn’t her.

Normally, Stephanie has two hot guys in her life, but in this one book, Diesel is back and she is juggling three hot guys. When Diesel shows up there is always more mystery to Stephanie’s regular day to day craziness. You never know what is going to pop up and grab you.

This was an exceptionally great story. These are the things that pop up in this installment, a boa constrictor named Anita, decapitated corpses, gnomes, Grandma Mazur’s new love, cheesy fries, raccoons eating peanut butter from the jar, Lula’s new extra-ordinary sense, only 4 cars (I think), Old Maid, Key West, double or nothing with Ranger, a lot of cats, and of course Zombies, but not in that order.

Janet Evanovich can truly spin a tale and her Stephanie Plum series is fabulous. My rating is 5 stars and you should read this book.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Posted December 13, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Chick Lit, Comedy, Dogs, Guest Post, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series, Urban / 0 Comments

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet EvanovichTurbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, #23
Published by Bantam on November 15th 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Humor, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 288
five-stars

In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts.
Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.
As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It’s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs—who are naked and afraid—and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have “virtually no marketable skills,” these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.

Murder by freezing, with chocolate and nuts….you have to read this.

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich is hilarious. I love this series. What isn’t to love? Stephanie Plum is funny, quirky, with a great sense of humor, she has two hot guys in her life, crazy friends, and a zany family.

Lula her sidekick is a riot. Some of the stuff she says crack me up. Lula always has an opinion and she isn’t afraid to be herself. Grandma Mazur is the best. A biker chic at her age? Stephanie’s mom is going to pickle herself if she doesn’t learn to let go.

Things to watch for in this installment are clowns, lots of ice cream, red hair, Disney World, and Naked and Afraid in Trenton. I honestly think this is the most FTAs she has caught in one book.

Stephanie Plum books are all laugh out loud funny. I always feel better after reading one. My rating is 5 stars and yes, I highly recommend Janet Evanovich’s books.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen Painter

Posted December 9, 2017 by karenbaron in Audiobook, Cats, Cozy, Elves, Guest Post, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Review, Series, Vampires, Werewolves / 0 Comments

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen PainterMiss Frost Ices The Imp by Kristen Painter
Series: Jayne Frost #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Published by Sugar Skull Books on May 11th 2017
Genres: Cozy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 265
Format: Audible Audiobook
five-stars

Welcome to Nocturne Falls – the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When she buys a sealed box at an estate sale and cat-related circumstances cause that box to be opened, life in Nocturne Falls starts to go haywire. Jayne has no choice but to figure out what she unleashed and how to recapture it.
But Jayne suspects the woman behind the box is hiding something. Something that could cause a town resident serious trouble. Or worse, to lose their life.
With the help of her two favorite guys, a sexy vampire and a hot summer elf, and a few new friends, Jayne tackles what feels like an impossible mission. And winds up almost iced herself.

Mysterious pranks and a talking Spider…loved it!

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen Painter is the second book in the Jayne Frost Series, which is set in Nocturne Falls. You know the town where they celebrate Halloween 365 days a year.

I really Jayne. She is smart, cute and she finds trouble fairly easily. She is dating two gentlemen, Grayson, a vampire with a sketchy side and Cooper, a summer elf that she dated in college. I like that Jayne is true to herself in this situation. It will all work out itself out.

I love the characters, Ms. Painter does a delightful job creating these wonderful characters and the inspiring lives. The mystery part of the book was good. I could follow the clues and everything made sense.

The narrator Hollis McCarthy did a fabulous job. She uses different voices for the characters which I thought were so great. She seems to match up very well with the description of the characters in the book. I really loved Spider’s little voice.

My rating is 5 stars. I highly recommend this series and the Nocturne Falls series. I also recommend the Audible book, the narrator was top notch. Between the author’s story and narrator’s voices, this is so outstanding.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Hollis McCarthy

A Midwesterner with a science background who likes to fight with swords, Hollis is now based in New York City, and acts nationwide in theatre, film, television, audiobooks, and voice-overs. On camera roles include leads in independent films, co-star roles in CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” and Netflix “House of Cards,” as well as roles in feature films.

   Specialties include playing “nasty” smart, powerful women on TV — Senators, the Irish President, the Secretary of Defense — as well as  leading ladies (and some men!) in classical theatre — Cassius in JULIUS CASEAR, Elizabeth in RICHARD III, and Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Theatre work includes major roles off-Broadway at 59E59th Theatre and Urban Stages, regionally at the Old Globe, Northern Stage, Capital Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare, Kansas City Repertory, Portland Center Stage and many others.

Since winning the 2014 ACX/Audible/Audiofile Magazine Narration Contest, she has recorded 50 audiobooks, with more titles coming soon.  She also plays softball, can throw a spiral with a football, and was a National Merit Scholar.

About Kristen Painter

About the Author:

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The former college English teacher can often be found on the social media links below where she loves to interact with readers.



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