Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Weekly Coffee Chat-Tribute for Mr. #StanLee


Hi gang, I had another idea for this week's chat, but since I heard the news of Mr. Stan Lee, I had to do a tribute post for him. May he RIP.

I admit I never read comics, but I had watched the Avenger movies, at least some. It was one of the few things my son and I had in common. He loves Captain America, I love Iron Man and the Black Widow(she should have had her own movie, imo). I haven't gotten to watch a lot of them in recent years, too broke to afford movies. But, I thought it was so cool when I realized that Captain America II was set in my city of Cleveland. There is a scene that is in the store I shop at, but at that time it was a bank. And the famous Captain America and the Black Widow kiss was at the mall I shop at, right down the street from me. I had kind of hoped those two would end up together. ah well. lol



"Comics are stories. They're like novels or anything else. So the first thing you have to do is become a good storyteller." Stan Lee

I though those were wise words. Not only was he good, he was the best of the best, at least in my opinion. I could only hope to be half as good as he was.

So, how about you, are you a comic book fan? Do you have any recommendations for me as to where to start?
And are you a fan of Mr. Lee? I know he's not everyone's cup of tea.  If you are, what is your favorite movie of his?

A prayer to the stars for his family.
Renee

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fairy Tales can Come True......


I was lucky enough to win a signed copy for an honest review.

Murder by the Book-Lauren Elliott
Publisher: Kensingtonbooks.com
5 Star rating

Murder by the Book is about a woman named Addison, who inherits her Aunt's home and apparently a secret. Thanks to her Aunt's money and attic treasures, for example, antique books.Addie was able to open a book store. Lots of odd things happen, like murders and break-ins. Her new best friend's brother happens to be the Chief of Police and helps her finds out what is going on with the murders and break-ins. Thanks to a few twists they learn what secret her Aunt had.


I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down. The characters were so fun. I especially liked Marc, the police chief, and was happy that he and Addie had some flirtations going on. There was such an amazing twist, that I did not see coming, was such a cool idea. I usually can guess the mystery early on, but not this time, especially when the twist showed up. Not only was there a mystery about Addie's past, but it somehow coincided with the mystery going on in the small town she moved too. The ending was awesome, I love it when the main character kicks booty(can I say that?).lol

If you love books, antiques and a mystery, then I highly recommend this one.
Also, I am not the only one. She is #3 in the best sellers list for her local city, which has over 1 million people. I say that is pretty cool, congrats to Lauren Elliott on that achievement!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Weekly Coffee Chat-Christmas


Hi gang,
Sorry for the delay, thanks to my health I have gotten behind on my blogging.
One of these days, I will get a set schedule, maybe. Luckily, I'll see an eye doctor and a doctor within the next two weeks.

This week's topic is Christmas. I noticed over the years that the holiday season tends to start earlier and earlier. Next thing we'll see is Halloween will be taken over by Christmas. lol

I admit, I listen to Christmas music starting on Labor Day weekend. Weird thing is, I don't believe in God, but I still like to celebrate the holiday.
My take on Christmas is this:
Most people believe that Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
I believe that Christmas is to celebrate peace and love for all of us.

I was craving a good Christmas story, but not the kind about finding God.
Then, I got lucky and won an arc copy of Six Cats a Slayin by Miranda James.

You can read my review of it here. If you want a heart warming story with an amazing twist, then I highly recommend it.

So, now I am completely hooked on these kinds of stories. It was just what I needed.

So, my questions for all of you is, when do you start reading Christmas themed stories? And how soon do you start getting into the holiday season? Do you have a favorite novel you'd like to share? Please post the answers in the comments thanks!

Oh and if you are an author or know of one, who writes these kinds of stories, and are willing to give a free book for a review, please check my book review info page. I'd love to share yours to all my social media. Thanks bunches!

Happy Holidays!
Renee

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James


I was lucky enough to win this Arc for review copy. Isn't that the most adorable cover ever? I just love it. I was in the mood for a Christmas theme book and this was just perfect.

This book is about a man named Charlie Harris and his Main Coon cat Diesel. Charlie works for the Library and has two boarders at his house as well as a housekeeper. He also has a partner who owns a bistro. One day he finds a box of 5 kittens on his porch and he takes care of them, while trying to find their owners. He also has a new neighbor who seems suspicious. Later that neighbor is murdered at their Christmas party, that Charlie had attended. He helps the police find the murderer, since he's helped them in the past.

This is actually book 6 in the series. I never read the others, and didn't feel totally lost. I like that, when I can read a series out of order. Tho, I do want to read the rest, especially to learn more about his boarders Stewart and Haskell. 
Charlie's best friend, Melba, is a hoot, she's the one who figured out something was fishy with Charlie's new neighbor. The only thing I didn't like about this book, was there were some words that I didn't understand(which doesn't happen very often). I am guessing they are Southern words?
Charlie kept himself busy with the mysteries of the kitten's owner and the new neighbor. After the death of the neighbor, he and Kanesha(one of the cops) learns something about the neighbor. I swear I had not seen that twist coming. I was blown away. Now mind you, I'm pretty good at guessing the mystery early on, but I was pleasantly surprised. I just love a good twist. I admit I guessed the suspect wrong too, and was surprised how they found out. There was also a heartwarming ending, the kind you see in the Hallmark Christmas movies. Btw, this would be great as one, just saying. 
It was also refreshing to read about a main male character for a change. All the other cozies I've read have had female ones. He'd also be the type I'd date, tho maybe a bit older, another reason why I liked him. Most of the books I read are about younger people and they are hard to relate sometimes.

So, if you are in a mood for a good heart warming Christmas story with a good twist and fun characters, then I definitely recommend this one.
I am hoping to be able to read the rest of hers now, as I'm hooked.