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Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Posted July 21, 2017 by karenbaron in Contemporary Romance, Guest Post, Horses, Mystery, Review, Suspense / 0 Comments

Come Sundown by Nora RobertsCome Sundown by Nora Roberts
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 30th 2017
Pages: 466
Format: Hardcover, Kindle
five-stars

A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession
The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…
When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

Marvelous Montana is smaller than some would think.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts is another hit. I loved the fast paced combination of mystery, romance, intrigue, and of course family.

The Bodine-Longbow family is very big on family, respect and taking care of their own, whether they are blood or not. All wonderful qualities that I have found in many of the people that I have met in Montana. I immediately like the Bodine Longbow, she smart, feisty, independent and an extremely hard worker. Although the rest of the family is full of characters, like Ms. Fancy and Cora. Those two are giving their two cents and holding their own, for the elderly women they are the bomb.

Then there is Alice. Alice is so strong and yet she has no idea. Her life has been tragic and yet she is now finding a positive in her life that is filled with family and love. Nora Roberts characters are so well written that its like she is just telling the story of this wonderful Montana ranch family, complete with all of the skeletons in the closets and the all the wonderfully sappy happy moments too.

I love the setting. Montana is one of my favorite states. The descriptions that Ms. Roberts uses are spot on. It was so easy to visualize the beauty and the isolation of southwestern Montana. Besides who can fault a book with cowboys and horses?

My rating is 5 stars, Nora Roberts doesn’t disappoint. If you haven’t read it Come Sundown yet, you will want to pick it up.

**Where to find Come Sundown**

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

five-stars

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”


The Book Before Revelations by Daniel Manning

Posted July 20, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Death, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal People, Review, Romance / 0 Comments

The Book Before Revelations by Daniel ManningThe Book Before Revelations by Daniel Broken Manning
on December 21st 2015
Pages: 376
Format: ebook
two-stars

The Book Before Revelations is a modern-day religious fantasy starring angels and demons that wage the ultimate battle. Meet Nate, a young adolescent who has survived nothing but the worst from an abusive family and bullying at school. He meets an angel named Angie, who has experienced similar betrayals in heaven. The two begin to bond on an unusual level. As their friendship grows, Angie hears about an unstoppable war that hell plans to unleash on earth. There is no way heaven stands a chance of victory ... unless the believers on earth can stop it with their heavenly yet human bodies opposing hell's angels and demons. The young boy who was a non-believer begins training one on one with the angel. On Nate and Angie's journey, will they find happiness, love, friends, and peace in a time of war? About the Author: Daniel "BROKeN" Manning is a student and this is his first book. Sequels are in the works. Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/DanielBROKeNManning Author's Facebook: www.facebook.com/brokentheaurthor101

My take on this book:              Finally after a little bit of a year later from being asked to read this book by the author I am finally able to read it.

Sadly, I have to say that this book is getting a two-star rating from me. The reason for this is because it’s a good idea for a story but something that didn’t really keep me entertained. There were also some grammatical errors and some spelling mistakes. The book wasn’t edited and it definitely shows a lot through the writing. The characters all seem to be really good and exciting to see in action in the book but it also seems a bit rushed during parts of the story.

Overall, this book has a lot of potential. I hope the author to go back, redo some things, add to it a bit and take his time with writing. Especially with the dialogue since I’m not sure that ageless angels would be talking like teenagers but then again who knows what they will sound like. Mr. Daniel Manning has a lot of potential to grow. I will keep my eye on this author’s work as I believe that his books will become great one day.

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John A. Heldt ~ About the Author

Posted June 11, 2017 by karenbaron in Review / 0 Comments

Just like last year of my blog I am doing an “About the Author” post again. I only have one this year but that’s okay. The author this year goes by the name of John A. Heldt and he’s a pretty good author. I have read two of his books and both of the books from two different series that he has done. Mr. Heldt’s books about time travel and the different points in history that he goes to in them are really great. If you would like to check out my reviews: The Mine and Indiana Belle.

Below are his answers to my questions: 

  1. What is your favorite character that you have created?

I have many favorites. But when it comes to THE favorite, all roads lead to Joel Smith. He is the protagonist of The Mine, my debut novel, and a character in all five Northwest Passage books. Sadie Hawkins of The Fire, Candice Bell of Indiana Belle, and Piper McIntire of Class of ’59 are also in the mix.

  1. Have you created a character that is like you?

No. But I have created characters that are similar in some ways. Joel Smith, Cameron Coelho of Indiana Belle, and David Baker of Hannah’s Moon, for example, share my love of history. And Candice Bell, Virginia Gillette Jorgenson (The Mirror), and Chuck Townsend (September Sky) are newspaper reporters, as I was for many years.

  1. Where was the best place that you have lived?

I have called more than a dozen cities home, so this is a tough question. But if had to pick one, I would choose Helena, Montana, where I lived for 14 years and raised my children. Eugene, Oregon, and Port Angeles, Washington, would also make my short list.

  1. What is your favorite pet?

I prefer dogs to cats and other pets by a country mile.

  1. If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

I would probably work in a library, a museum, or an archive. I worked as a reference librarian for fifteen years and will likely do something similar in the future. I favor jobs and pastimes that give me the opportunity to learn.

  1. What is your favorite book series to write so far?

I don’t have a favorite series, but I do have a series I most enjoyed writing. Unlike the Northwest Passage series, which was cobbled together, I planned the American Journey series well in advance and made the most of the opportunity to weave its stories together. I hope to do the same in my third series.

  1. Who is your favorite author?

Vince Flynn has been my favorite author for years. Since his untimely passing, I have read more from Daniel Silva, Nelson DeMille, and Ken Follett.

  1. What do you like to do when not writing?

I like to walk. I walk five to seven miles a day to stay in shape and clear my head. I have come up with some of my best story ideas and plot twists on long walks.

  1. What would be your dream vacation?

Two come to mind. The first would be leisurely train train trip through continental Europe. The second would be a month-long cruise of the South Pacific.

  1. Where do you do your writing?

I do most of my writing from a rocking chair in my bedroom, though I occasional write and edit in my dining room and a spare bedroom. In short, I write wherever I can find the most peace and quiet.

Here’s a link to his giveaway so that you can all see it again. John A. Heldt’s giveaway #1.

Website: http://baronessbooktrove.com/indiana-belle-john-heldt/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnheldt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5754231.John_A_Heldt

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Shadowhunters 2.10

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters

Season 2 Episode 10

By the Light of Dawn (March 6, 2017)

Plot Summary

The New York Institute is attacked as Valentine’s plan for the Soul Sword grows close to fruition; the Shadowhunters race to save their loved ones and the rest of the Downworld; some of the Downworlders target Clary in their plan to stop Valentine.

My take on this episode:                      This episode is pretty good and a lot has happened in this one.

Valentine has been using the little warlock and has decided to attack the institute once most of the shadowhunters are gone to find Valentine and the little warlock got most of the shadowhunters but saved Alec because he was nice to her when they first met when he went there with Clary to bring her mom back from the dead.

Jace and Luke both try to get Clary to see that going after Valentine who has Simon isn’t a good thing and they get it through her first until later on when Valentine hurt’s Simon than Clary isn’t very happy. Jace, Clary, Luke, and Magnus get a plan thought up and goes off to the institute to try and save Simon and try not to get Clary caught and have her touch the sword. Luke with his pack and Raphael with the vampires are out front waiting for the right time to go in and help the shadowhunters defeat Valentine.

Things go as planned and Jace learns a lot more about himself in this episode toward the end. Simon is able to do something that he has never been able to do.

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Shadowhunters 2.9

Posted June 10, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Book to Series, Demons, Fairies, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Review, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters

Season 2 Episode 9

Bound by Blood

Plot Summary

When Iris activates her blood oath, Clary has more to worry about than hiding from Valentine and the Downworlders; Isabelle and Raphael get closer; Alec tries to figure out what’s happening with his sister.

My take on this episode:                      This episode is a day after, I believe, of the last episode and there is some recap but not by much.

Clary and Simon were getting a little steamy in his canoe near the Jade Wolf’s restaurant when Jace interrupted them because Clary and him were needed at the Institute. It was around that time that Clary’s hand started to turn black and the four of them went to get help from Magnus. He can’t do anything about it only Clary can before the blood oath reaches her heart.

Clary is also dealing with a super protective older brother Jace who doesn’t want her to die and a protective boyfriend that also doesn’t want her to die but also doesn’t want to have to kill her either just so she can’t be used by Valentine or be killed by any other Downworlder.

Isabelle has been hanging out at Raphael’s place to get her vampire venom without having to travel far to get it. Magnus finds out with where Isabelle is at a Downworlder meeting between Raphael, himself, Luke, and the Seelie’s. With where the Seelie told Raphael’s secret because he could smell Izzy’s scent on Raphael. Magnus then tells Alec who goes to try and get Isabelle back. She isn’t happy about that and tells him off.

Clary ends up spending time with Simon as the blood oath is getting stronger while Jace is trying to find Iris’s goddaughter. Jace finds her and takes her back to Clary. Once Clary is with the little warlock everything seems to be good but then apparently Valentine has corrupted the little girl and the two of them went off to be with Valentine.

Clary ends up getting saved by Simon, Jace, and Luke.

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