Book Review Steamed Open by Barbara Ross

Title: Steamed Open

Author: Barbara Ross

Publication Date: December 18, 2018

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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Steamed Open by Barbara Ross is a cozy mystery about a coastal town in Maine and that is known for clamming. The townspeople live for the Maine Clambake each year but this year there is a problem. Mr. Frick inherits the mansion that sits on the beach, which houses where the clamming is to be held. When he blocks clammers excess everyone gets upset. and everyone gets upset. Julia Snowden tries to change his mind especially since it directly effects her family and their clam supply. When Mr. Fickle is found dead there’s enough suspects for Julia to weed through to get to the bottom of the murder.

This was an entertaining mystery with fun characters with a variety of personalities. I was unsure till the end, but enjoyed the journey of finding out who was behind everything. I also enjoyed the descriptions of Maine, which makes me want to visit even though I don’t care for seafood. The book is told from Julia’s point of view, which made me feel like I was her partner in solving the mystery. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it was a very good introduction to her writing. I recommend Steamed Open to lovers of cozy mysteries.

*This book was provider by the publisher for review purposes only.


#BookReview Volcanic Momentum by Jordan Ring


Title: Volcanic Momentum

Author: Jordan Ring

Publication Date: September 21, 2018

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-help

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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I always find it hard to write reviews for non-fiction books, which is why I don’t review many of them. It is easy to give away all the secrets because you’re so excited to share what you have learned. I hesitated a lot before answering the review request for this book. There was something about Volcanic Momentum that kept me going back to the author’s review request. I’m so glad I answered and accepted this book for review.

This motivational self-help book teaches how to set up a foundation for your goals to find your purpose, create strategies to pursue it and to not lose the energy or steam you need to complete it. There are three sections in the book and each has several chapters:

Section 1 – talks about setting the foundation in creating goals that will lead you to your life purpose.

Section 2 – provides nine strategies to your momentum.

Section 3 – talks about not losing steam.

Each section provides helpful tools and I do have several favorite chapters. I have even tab those areas to go back as reference. This book made me think of new ways to look at my small, medium and long-term goals to pursue my passion. I also like the way the author explains how he looks at the three different types of goals, especially Destiny goals, which are ones that help someone other than yourself.

After reading Volcanic Momentum, I will say Jordan Ring is the mentor you always wanted yet never met. He inspires you on each page and also provides questions to prompt you to uncover what you need to do in order to move forward. I really enjoyed this book because it was a quick read with powerful tools. I recommend Volcanic Momentum to anyone struggling to pinpoint their purpose in life, or having trouble with goal setting, and or struggling with having the motivation to keep going.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.




Book Review: Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard

Title: Temptation Rag

Author: Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard

Publication Date: December 3, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Temptation Rag is a historical fiction novel with a focus on ragtime music and theater. The story is about a poet and a pianist destined to be together but go their separate ways. They find each other again but a lot has changed. This being the second book I’ve read by this author, I enjoyed it more so than the first.

The story is told in third person and introduces well-developed characters. I could tell the story was researched due to the descriptions of the ragtime music era and theater as well as the 1800’s and 1900’s. I was invested in May, the poet of the story and Mike Bernard the pianist and musician of the story. The author has a unique connection to the characters and it showed throughout the book. There were several historical characters in the book, which added to its charm, but it was May and Mike I rooted for and wanted to know how their story would end.

I was hoping the story would have a happy ever after, but I’m glad the twist played out as it did. Temptation Rag was more realistic, dramatic when it needed to be and easy to relate to the characters. I couldn’t help visualize the scenes and felt like I was back in the 1800s. I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but after reading this book, I may just have a change of heart. I recommend Temptation Rag to those who love history, music and the theater.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.


Book Review: Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal by Rose Pressey

Title: Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal

Author: Rose Pressey

Publication Date: January 2019

Rating: 3 Stars= Okay Page Turner

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Fashion Fade, Haunted is Eternal by Rose Pressey is a cozy mystery told in first-person by Cookie Chanel, owner of It’s Vintage Y’All in Georgia. She is hired to dress models for a fashion shoot, but it goes wrong. The photographer is found dead, which starts Cookie investigating.

This book was funny and entertaining with a hint of paranormal since Cookie has ghost hanging around her store. The ghost Charlotte gives Cookie advice on everything as well as provide afterlife tips. Minnie another friendly ghost helps Cookie and Charlotte piece together clues to try and solve the case. My favorite part of the book is the tips at the beginning of the chapters.

I did appreciate the author not letting the romance in the book overpower the mystery. I also liked the characters and ghosts connection throughout the story.  The only part I didn’t care for was the cats using the Ouija board to communicate. Charlotte and Minnie were enough. This being my first time reading this author’s work I will read more of it and I do recommend it to others.

*This  book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.