Reviewed by Daniel Dietz

Snowflake A Christmas Gift by Robert Wheiler is an excellent childrens book.

Momma gives birth to five puppies.  After a few months the puppies must be sold.  The last pup the kids get to keep.

Snowflake is the one they wanted all along.  She's the cutest puppy always tripping over her big ears and that's the pup that is not picked.  The kids are ecstatic.

One day Snowflake gets lost in the forest and is desperate to get back to her human family.  A skunk befriends her,  helping her to find her way home.  Leading her to a hotel thinking it was a house that could be hers,  Snowflake gets a warm bed and a meal from the owner.  The next day the grandparents just happen to stop at this hotel and realize that Snowflake is there.  They bring Snowflake home to her family once again and the kids are so happy to have her back.

Wheiler did a great job with this title and I truly enjoyed it.  I would highly recommend this book for any child.  I give Snowflake A Christmas Gift 5 Latte's. ~ Daniel Dietz,  Children's Book Reviewer.

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A Walk in the Snark by Rachel Thompson was Omg Funny!  I had not met Rachel prior to reading this book,  but if you want to read some crazy topics on men vs women,  then this is your book.  Rachel talks about the Man Code and Chick Speak,  giving us her insight to these two creatures that couldn't be more different from each other.  Her analogy is Men are from Seinfeld and Woman are from Friends.  I loved it!

Let me just tell you that Rachel holds nothing back in this fantastic read!  Very fast paced and she will have you rolling on the floor laughing with some of the crazy things she talks about.  If your easily offended maybe this book won't be for you,  but I will say that she gives enough insight for both men and women to enjoy it.

I couldn't help but wonder the entire time I was reading this,  What would she be like to hang out with?  I bet I'd be going home with sore cheeks and abs from laughing so hard.  Don't miss out on this marvelous laugh out loud read.  You won't be sorry I promise.  Don't forget to check Rachel out at www.rachelintheoc.com for more laughs and to stay up to date.

I give A Walk in the Snark 5 Latte's. ~BK Walker

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Beloved of the Fallen by Savannah Kline was an enthralling read.  From murder to holy restoration this one is a definite page turner.

Valentin thought he could protect his charge,  a Destined,  by defying God's Will.  Saving Amaris from committing suicide,  God's Will is strong and Satan is stronger.  She faces a torturous death and Valentin is mortified.

Sent to join the rest of the Fallen,  Valentin finds himself deformed and stripped of his angelic beauty,  and a broken wing incarcerating him to Hell.

A new Destined has risen,  and Lucifer has big plans for her.  Valentin is forced to take on a new charge,  and though he feels his actions constitute eternity in Hell,  he is sent to Earth where he meets Kira Castlemaine.

Kira is mourning her father's death.  All in the plan of the 'Light House' members,  Kira is convinced to take her father's seat and become the next Congresswoman,  as "it's what her father would want."  Lucifer needs her in this position in order for his plans,  to create his own heaven,  to be effective.  He needs souls to stay strong,  and WWIII is just the way to obtain that power.

Valentin must keep a watchful eye over Kira,  and make sure plans go as intended.  He joins the campaign and helps Kira win the votes to make it as Congresswoman.  What he never expected was to fall in love with her.

Knowing that God's Will is the only way to be happy,  he decides to help Kira overcome the Fallen's plans and hopes to feel God's love once again.  Kira is a very intelligent woman though,  and she will figure out that there is an evil at work.  Can Valentin prove to Kira that his love is pure and find himself in God's good graces,  or will Lucifer prove to be more powerful creating his own heaven on Earth damning the souls of every human?

Kline did a fantastic job keeping the suspense alive.  I couldn't put this book down until I knew what happened in the end,  which was a very surprising ending.  It's a fast paced read with enough action to keep you turning the pages.  I absolutely loved Valentin,  feeling his struggles from beginning to end.  I loved this book!

I give Beloved of the Fallen 5 Latte's.  If you love angels,  with a suspenseful plot,  you will love this book.  ~BK Walker

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Interview With Love by Lisa Watson was FAB-U-LOUS!  I loved everything about this book!

Sienna Lambert is a Consumer Psychologist.  When she lands a deal with a huge client,  she never expected that she would be interviewing more than the prospective clientele.  

On a company outing,  she finds herself thrown into a baseball game,  knocked unconscious,  waking up to an Adonis before her.  Shaking it off she heads for the showers.  On her way out,  after dressing of course,  she is surprised to see the Adonis sitting in wait with her best friend Vivian.  Vaughn,  the man who plowed her over at third base introduces himself and they converse over tea and cheesecake.  Not only do they share so many things in common,  they are both working for the same Company.  Vaughn is great,  he helps his best friend raise his daughter,  he is sincere,  not to mention hot enough to make your blood boil on a cold winter night.  What more could a girl ask for?

Vaughn runs his ad campaigns by her only to be shot down.  Offended,  he storms off.  Now it becomes his mission to apologize for making a fool of himself with his brashness,  and to make this beautiful psychologist his.

Let the 'Rules' begin.  Sienna is constantly making up rules to live by.  I absolutely loved this character and found her rules endearing and at times humorous.  

We watch this couple grow,  and fall apart only to grow some more.  Vaughn is the perfect man any girl would want,  Sienna is the perfect woman any man would want.  Well maybe not,  even though she's a psychologist,  she still has her issues.  Needless to say,  their romance is so enthralling and it was fantastic to watch this couple grow in each other as well as themselves.  

Sienna has a secret though?  Can their relationship withstand all the ups and downs or will Vaughn end up being just another notch in Sienna's lipstick case?

During this entire book I found myself laughing,  talking to myself when something crazy happened,  and falling in love with these characters.  The entire book I pictured as a movie playing out in my head.  I so could see Wanda Sykes as Vivian.  It was her voice I heard every time Vivian spoke.  This would be a great movie!

Watson did a phenomenal job!  I love her writing style,  her character development was right on key,  and I cannot wait to read the next book in this Interview Series,  Interview With Danger.  I loved the sneak peek excerpt - already loving it.

I give Interview With Love (6) Latte's.  Loved it!  Highly recommended.  ~BK Walker  

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa was awesome.  Full of action,  twists and unexpected turns I couldn't put this down until I was at the end. 

Meghan Chase was an outcast.  Always being picked on at school,  no real friends accept her friend from childhood,  Robbie. 

Robbie was a bit strange though,  never allowing Meghan to come to his house always with an excuse.  In all the years they have been friends,  Meghan has never even met his parents.  When a popular jock sends a mass message to all the kids at school,  embarrassing Meghan to no end,  Robbie comes to the rescue.  As a girl is teasing Meghan while Robbie is leading her to the bus,  he mumbles something incoherent,  but the outcome doesn't go unnoticed by Meghan.

Vowing to never return to school,  Meghan faces bigger problems when she gets home.  She finds her mother unconscious,  her little brother isn't her little brother.  The time has come for Robbie to tell Meghan the truth.

With all the glamour removed,  Meghan learns that Fairies actually exist.  Now she must accept what she has learned and save her little brother Ethan. 

Entering Nevernever was not exactly what she expected.  Everyone hunts her,  the half-breed child of the Summer Court King.  Not knowing what her true existence means,  she fights her way through the Nevernever,  fighting creatures that only exist in our dreams. 

Meeting a few "friends" along the way,  Meghan constantly finds herself bargaining her life away in order to save her brother.  Robbie,  actually Robin Goodfellow,  leads her through getting them into trouble and eventually leaving her in the hands of his worst enemy,  Ash. 

Ash has orders from his Queen to return the child,  Meghan,  to her court,  but Ash never expected to fall in love.  Now they face the torturous demons in search of her brother,  Meghan only wanting to return him to their home.

The thing is,  technology is getting in the way.  Now the dreams of humans is for better,  stronger machines,  and the creation of the Iron King is born.

Meghan is faced with the ultimate decision of all,  and must choose wisely in order to survive.  Will she follow the correct path?  Will love conquer all in the end?

Kagawa did such a fantastic job with The Iron King.  I found myself swept away into a world magnificently created.  Rooting for Robin and for love,  I couldn't put this book down until I was finished.  I loved it and can't wait to read the next in the series.

I give The Iron King ***** (5) Latte's.  BK Walker

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The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott was a pleasant read.  A definite change from the normal fantasy novels I've come across.

Anya London and her best friend Leticia made a life out of being thieves.  When they enter the old Stone Church,  they had no idea that someone was lingering about listening to their conversation.

Nin had been looking for someone to help him and his crew to find a missing parchment to an Elven poem.  When he hears Anya and Leticia talking,  he eavesdropped,  getting a sense he could entrust these two girls to his mission.  Finally approaching them after noticing they hold an old Elven Goblet,  he bargains for the enchanted piece to return it to its rightful owner.  Promising them another treasure,  we meet Tavia and Dresan.  Tavia is actually Nin's cousin,  though he plays her off as a girlfriend. 

Things come to a head and both parties faceoff,  only to realize these two girls are exactly who they need in order to accomplish retrieving the missing parchment.  Taking them to their underground lair,  they introduce the girls to their true identities,  they are Elves.  After the initial shock,  Anya feels a connection to Nin,  and agrees to help the trio,  even after they state that they have already failed and were almost killed.

Putting their plan into action,  Anya goes home to research Elven history.  When Julius,  Leticia's boyfriend sees what she is looking into,  he swears they never existed.  There is something off about Julius though,  and we soon find out that he is stealing life from the Elves to fulfill his need for greed.

The plot unfolds,  the action intensifies,  and we are surprised by many of the outcomes that play out.  Though this story started off just a smidgen slow,  once the action picks up there is no putting this book down until you find out what happens.

What I thought could have been a little more drawn out was how easily the girls accepted the fact that this trio were in fact Elves.  I thought they took that bit of information a little too lightly,  but it didn't really matter once the story picked up.

Scott did a great job creating a fantasy world unlike no other,  putting her own twist on things making it her own.  The end was a huge surprise,  and one you would not expect and I'm anxious for the next book in this trilogy.  I give The Other Side of Life (4) Latte's. 

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Reviewed by Melissa Etters

I have to say, this book spoke to me.

A young child witnessing the most horrific crime, the loss of her mother, not able to trust men. Comes to find that there is good in this world and over time, all wounds heal.

Getting moved from foster home to foster home, then into a more permanent stay, she didn't trust anyone, until she met Marni... with love and understanding this small soul finds a way to forgive and heal and along the way, finds a horse that has the same scars. Only his is on the outside. Her father has escaped from prison and is now looking for her. He doesn't want her, but he feels he has a plan to make a profit off of a kidnapping. But officials are already aware of this possibility.

No matter how bad things are, you need to rise above them. You can't always do things alone, you need the help of others, so don't shut them out. To see abuse, or to live with the abuse makes one weak and a target. You need to regain confidence and will power to help others and not let it happen again. Kristy regained her life and brought so much more to others.

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Untamable by Becca Dale was exquisite.  I don't know if I just didn't look at this book close enough,  read the synopsis right or what but this was definitely not what I expected, and just look at that cover.  I loved it! 

Lily hadn't been home in eight years.  The day Thor told her to leave was the day she left everything behind.  Now the time has come that she must return home to see her good friend Mara, who happens to be Thor's sister.

Knowing sooner or later she will have to come face to face with Thor,  she wasn't exactly prepared for it.  He could still make the fire burn despite how much he broke her heart. 

When Thor tells her he's going to be riding Lightning,  the  very horse that put him in the hospital and caused her to leave her life,  Lily realizes he still takes too many risks and tells him she won't be watching him try to kill himself.  Furious at his arrogance,  she storms off.

Now,  during those dreadful eight seconds,  she can't turn away.  Thor makes his ride and a rush of relief floods Lily,  he wasn't hurt.  In search of a breather,  she heads to the barn. 

An old wound flared,  Thor finds Lily in the stables,  dropping from the pain in his knee.  "Kiss me."  Thor demands needing to get his mind off the pain or pass out.  Lily gives in and passions re-ignite.  Realizing the love is still strong,  Thor refuses to let Lily leave him again.  Will he be able to convince her to stay?

I loved this short by Becca Dale.  I wasn't expecting the steamy sex scenes which was an added bonus for me.  I loved these characters and the relationship between Thor and Lily was well developed and fantastically played out.  The only thing I wanted was more.  I think this story would make for a great novel and I do hope to see more of Lily and Thor,  even some of their back story could be a book of its own. 

Becca Dale has such a wonderful style of writing I can't wait to read more from her.  I give Untamable ***** (5) Latte's.

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Reviewed by Ami Blackwelder

Guardian 2632 by Nora Weston

With cosmonauts time surfing and a manager in charge of the Guardian TMF (Dr.Grayson), this novel steps right into the sci-fi time travel aspects that will draw sci-fi fans in. The techi is named Zane and keeps the system operating. The female Marissa gives the story an extra kick, of characters playing off of each other.

Stealing from time, the characters go through the past and present -2632. The very beginning of the novel did not capture me, and it took a while for me to get into it with all the time changes to keep up with and various characters, but I'm glad I stuck with it, because this novel had a series on twists and intriguing moments as well as characters.

I would recommend this to sci-fi fans.

3.75/5 Stars

Reviewed by Ami Blackwelder, author of The Shifters of 2040


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Gods of the Machines by Gary Starta was a fantastic Sci-Fi thriller.  Man vs Machine.

Ceres is a new planet in which Earth is trying to populate,  not only with humans but artificial intelligence as well. 

Dr. McElroy has created a superior AI Android,  and they are so intelligent they can feel emotions and have free will.

When a murder takes place,  it is up to CSI Sam Benson to solve the case,  but there are absolutely no leads to a suspect.  Flown in from Earth,  Sam doesn't trust any android,  and they are first on his radar as there are no clues,  no prints,  and who else could possibly be that successful at murder than an Android?

A second murder scene with 3 victims has now occurred.  James Starkman,  an Android of great intelligence was first on the scene,  and now their number one suspect.  Benson has no problems accusing him,  regardless of what his fiance' says or anyone else for that matter. 

So what do these murder victims have in common?  They are all committing adultery,  and this is the only connection.  With a new partner,  Sharon Laviolette,  Benson is at wits end,  and on the verge of committing adultery himself. 

Then we have Mikasa who works for DigiEarth and wants to recreate McElroy's Androids for his own use.  He's got all of Earth and law officials in his palms because he is rich enough to pay off in order to get what he wants.  Is he who is behind these treacherous murders?

I loved the entire plot of this novel.  The Android aspect of it was absolutely amazing,  these beings having their own thought process and even James Starkman studies past human life,  back to Alexander the Great to better understand humans and their thought processes. 

Benson is this ball of emotions,  he hates artificial intelligence simply as fear of the unknown,  his investigation runs into so many walls.  At first I thought what a jerk,  but as the story progresses,  we see Benson grow as a CSI,  a partner,  and an about to be husband to his fiance' Sandra Morton. 

Gods of the Machines moves along at a steady pace,  there weren't really any dry moments for me.  I didn't like Sandra's reaction to Benson and Sharon with the development of their professional and personal relationship,  but I guess not all women are complete crazy bitches (pardon my french).

I did like watching Benson grow and transform and I absolutely loved James Starkman.  I would have liked to see a better ending with Mikasa,  maybe his fall or demise.  Other than that,  this was a well written tale with some surprising twists and turns.

I give Gods of the Machines **** (4) Latte's,  BK Walker.

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