INTRODUCTION

Hi everyone My name is Victoria Zumbrum, 40 years old, married 14 years with 1 son. This is my very first blog. So bear with me. I have always wanted to have my own blog. I have always loved to read. I enjoy getting lost in a good book.
I love becoming part of the story and characters. I am hoping to bring my love of books to my readers.

I love reading different genres such as paranormal, young adult, romance, romantic suspense, mystery, Christian fiction, some horror, etc. The list goes on. I started reviewing books a couple of years ago and have done reviews for different blogs and even some authors. I really have enjoyed reviewing books and I will continue to do so. If anyone is interested in me reviewing a book for them, please contact me. I still have a lot to learn regarding my own blog so bear with me. I welcome and appreciate all followers.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Review of Love's Ride The Struggle Book 1 by Cheryl Holloway




Love makes the ride worthwhile…or does it?

Bob is ready to take the next step in his relationship, and he wants to marry Ava, the woman of his dreams. He’s been secretly saving up money for the “special” ring that she wants. To quicken the process, he gets a part-time job as a Ryde driver, but…Bob stumbles upon Ava’s secret. The struggle begins.

Can their relationship withstand secrets and cheating?

Love’s Ride is a literary roller-coaster ride that will make you happy, scared, excited, angry, hopeful, and more—not necessarily in that order.

MY REVIEW:

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I READ ANYTHING BY CHERYL HOLLOWAY AND IT WON'T BE THE LAST TIME.  LOVE'S RIDE IS BOOK 1 IN THE STRUGGLE SERIES.  THIS IS A SHORT AND ROMANTIC READ BUT VERY ENJOYABLE.  I LOVED BOB AND AVA AS A COUPLE. BOTH HAD SECRETS AND WERE STRUGGLING IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP. I REALLY ENJOYED READING HER STORY AND FOUND MYSELF FLYING THROUGH THE PAGES.  THIS STORY SHOWS THAT EVERY RELATIONSHIP HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS.  THERE WILL BE STRUGGLES THAT WILL TEST YOUR RELATIONSHIP BUT PATIENCE AND LOVE WILL GET YOU THROUGH.  I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES.  I CAN'T WAIT TO READ MORE OF CHERYL HOLLOWAY'S BOOKS.  4 STARS  





Biography
CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government. You can visit her blog at www.CherylHolloway.net/blog You can email her at authorCherylHolloway@gmail.com or check her website www.CherylHolloway.net for news, tours, book signings, awards, new books or a book party in your area.

She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. Cheryl is an avid reader and dedicated writer. She won her first writing contest at 15 years old with a State Crime Prevention Essay in Indiana. She began writing feature articles and later became a sportswriter and Editor. This author and book lover also enjoys traveling to any place with a beach. She was born in Chicago and raised in Indiana. She currently lives in southern Maryland and northern California with her family, where she is hard at work on three other book projects that are works in progress.

Cheryl Holloway has a writer’s blog where she pays-it-forward to other authors. Cheryl Holloway added, “I firmly believe that Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves.”


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Michaela McPherson Mysteries Book Tour and Giveaway


The
Case of Dr. Dude
Michaela
McPherson Mysteries Book 1
by
Judith Lucci


Genre:
Mystery, Thriller 

Someone
Is Kidnapping And Trafficking Women

When
a young woman disappears after a job interview at a well-known
dentist’s office in Richmond, Virginia, retired homicide detective
Michaela McPherson and Angel her retired police dog are pulled into a
crime that goes far beyond a missing person case. With the help of
her close friend, the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase, and Richmond
police, McPherson dives in.

Could
Human Trafficking Really Be A Problem In The United States?

This
case pits McPherson and her companions against evil and greed armed
with tentacles that span continents and generations. Russian mobsters
are in America, kidnapping girls to auction off to the highest bidder
in the international black market. Is there any hope of stopping an
underground operation that extends so far and wide?

The
Case of Dr. Dude is a thrilling ride that will keep you hooked from
beginning to end.







The
Case of the Dead Dowager
Michaela
McPherson Mysteries Book 2

A
Team Of Serial Killers Is On The Loose, Hunting Children, Women And
The Elderly

Retired
homicide detective Michaela McPherson and the aging Countess Dorothy
Borghase team up again”"this time to match wits with two
serial killers stalking children, women and the elderly.
When
Dottie Borghase's friend Camilla Rothrock collapses at a lunch
gathering of old friends, the countess's only concern is to dial 911
for help. But Camilla's subsequent death has authorities buzzing
about international safety and retaliation, because her son is
decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock.

What
Price Must The City Pay To Keep Its Citizens Safe?

As
other restaurant patrons in Richmond meet similar fates, Michaela and
Dottie join forces with the Richmond Police and the FBI to track down
the pair of heinous murderers. But in order to catch the killers,
they will put their own lives and the lives of others in in serious
jeopardy.

Will
McPherson and Borghase make it out of this one alive?









The
Case of the Man Overboard
Michaela
McPherson Mysteries Book 3

Two
Murders, A Man Overboard, And A Run-in With Big Pharma And Organised
Crime

After
an intense year of solving crime in their home town of Richmond,
Virginia, Michaela, Dottie and retired canine Angel, travel to Europe
to spend much needed leisure time at the Borghase Estate outside of
Rome. Unfortunately, their plans are upended by a series of
catastrophes.

A
Vacation From Hell

A
luxury cruise around the Mediterranean culminates their trip and
becomes a nightmare as Mic and Dottie investigate an American
pharmaceutical company's release of a 'dirty' drug. The threesome
meet up with lethal, dangerous and heinous criminals from their past
and the cruise becomes a living hell.
How
do you commit murder on a cruise ship while at sea and get away with
it when there's nowhere to run?





Wall
Street Journal Bestselling author Judith Lucci does it again with
this third installment in the Gold-Medal Winning Michaela McPherson
Crime Series! There is something for everyone in this story. Murder,
mystery, humor---another great read by Judith Lucci!







The
Case of the Very Dead Lawyer
Michaela
McPherson Mysteries Book 4

A
Dead Lawyer’s Body is an Instrument of Terror



Michael
St. John never lost a criminal case. He wasn’t a nice guy. He
cheated his clients, destroyed criminal evidence, paid off judges,
and ran around on his wife. He was an albatross around the neck of
the Richmond Police Department. The District Attorney’s office
loathed him until they found his mutilated corpse – one lovely fall
morning - after an unusual outburst in Court the day before. Little
did they know that Attorney St. John’s body was key evidence in far
more heinous crimes.







The
Case of the Missing Parts
Michaela
McPherson Mysteries Book 5

GRIPPING,
SUSPENSEFUL & CHILLINGLY REAL

Michaela's
love interest and Dottie's nemesis, Lieutenant Slade McKane, and the
Richmond Police are puzzled by multiple murders where young victims
are missing parts of their body. When a beautiful young mother turns
up dead at a downtown hotel, the action escalates. Meantime, Michaela
and Dottie, along with wonder dog Angel, investigate funeral home
fraud only to learn more about mortuary science that they ever wanted
to know


Missing
Parts may be the best Michaela McPherson yet! It’s a powerhouse
read!”




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Judith
Lucci is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon Best Selling
author who loves to kill people - which is totally opposite what
she's spent her life doing. "I love to think of heinous ways to
dispose of people - sometimes a lot of people- but it must be
creative. I don't use guns very often but rather rely on my medical
background and research to figure out the best way to get the job
done. Bullets are just too easy. I'm sure a psychiatrist would have a
ball trying to figure out why someone who spent her life caring for
people and saving lives, now spends hours each day in the creative
pursuit of murder."


Dr.
Lucci is a Gold Medal Winner for Best Sleuth 2017 for The Case of Dr.
Dude, the first book in the Michaela McPherson Series and another
Gold Medal for Best Political Thriller in 2017 for Viral Intent, the
third book in the Alexandra Destephano medical thriller series. Her
third Michaela McPherson mystery won a silver medal in 2018 for Best
Sleuth. She's has contributed to numerous anthologies, some of which
are currently available on Amazon. She has recently claimed the
prestigious status of a Wall Street Journal best selling author. She
is also a USA Today best selling author. Her Cozy Mystery series,
Artsy Chicks, is set at Massanutten Resort in the Virginia mountains
where she and several other artists and the local medical examiner,
solve mysteries of deaths that occur at the resort.

Lucci's
thrillers are a fast-paced, riveting reads that offer readers
believable drama, memorable characters and true suspense. Her books
are described as 'unputdownable."

Judith
was born and educated in Virginia where she holds graduate and
doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the
University of Virginia. She is also the author of numerous academic
and health-related articles and documents.










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A Series of Moments Book Tour and Giveaway




From
the Moment We Met
A
Series of Moments Book 1
by
M.L. Broome


Genre:
Contemporary Romance 

Sometimes
you’re interested. Sometimes you can’t be bothered. Sometimes
love doesn’t give you a choice. In Jacob and Lilly’s case, love
isn’t letting either of them go.


Jacob
Edmonton has a plan for his life, but it doesn’t include love. He
was Hollywood’s quintessential golden boy—until a
flash-in-the-pan fling with a high-profile singer upended his
world—and his reputation. Now he’s nursing more than a wounded
ego and his only goal is to repair the damage.

But
his return to superstardom is shot to hell when his sister winds up
undergoing emergency surgery. There he meets Lilly Staver, a
straight-shooting nurse who’s as brutally honest as she is
beautiful. She sees through his suave façade and he wants to hate
her until he realizes he can’t resist her. 

Lilly
knows all about men like Jacob Edmonton—if you’ve seen one
pretentious, egocentric celebrity—you’ve seen them all. She’s
unimpressed with his Hollywood pedigree and his belief that love is
reserved solely for maniacs. So why can’t she stop thinking about
him? Her mind tells her to run as fast as she can from Jacob…but
her heart isn’t listening.

Love
as they know it just took a hairpin turn into uncharted territory,
but when Jacob’s former girlfriend shows up with an opportunity to
salvage his career, will he choose the life he knows or the love he
never knew existed?

This
is the first of three books in 'A Series of Moments', chronicling the
timeless and heart-wrenching love story of Jacob Edmonton & Lilly
Staver.











Unguarded
Moments
A
Series of Moments Book 2

From
the Moment We Met”, the first book in the romantic saga, A Series
of Moments, introduced us to Jacob Edmonton and Lilly Staver, and a
love neither believed possible. But life is all about the choices you
carry with you and those you leave behind. Love is no
different.


Now,
in “Unguarded Moments”, Jacob realizes that his actions have
consequences, and his heart is paying the price.

Jacob
made a choice. Now, in “Unguarded Moments”, he realizes he’s
made the wrong one. The lights of Hollywood do shine, but not nearly
as bright as the light of love. He's ready to fight tooth and nail to
bring Lilly back into his life but is it too late to undo the
damage?

Lilly
saw the writing on the wall, but she chose to follow her heart
instead. Her foolish, naïve heart. She's learned her lesson many
times over—loving Jacob was a bad idea in every sense of the word.
She vows to never make the same mistake again...but can she resist
the one man who still holds all the pieces of her shattered soul? She
gave him her love, but instead of loving her back—he watched her
walk away. 

Thousands
of kilometers lie between them now, but the distance isn't Jacob's
toughest hurdle. It will be far more difficult to convince Lilly that
loving him wasn't the gravest mistake she's ever made. 

The
heart wants what the heart wants—but can Lilly believe in Jacob
again, or will her fears end any chance of their
reconciliation?

This
is the second of three books in 'A Series of Moments', chronicling
the timeless and heart-wrenching love story of Jacob Edmonton &
Lilly Staver











Beautifully
Broken Moments
A
Series of Moments Book 3

A
Series of Moments
follows the journey of Jacob
Edmonton, a world-famous actor, and Lilly Staver, the nurse who saved
him from himself. “Beautifully Broken Moments” is the
stunning conclusion in the trilogy, but after all the upheaval, will
Jacob and Lilly ever find their Happily Ever After?


All
it takes is a moment—one moment can change the course of your
life—and love.


With
a single statement during a press conference, Jacob upended his
world, destroying his happiness and heart in the process. When his
ex-girlfriend Victoria claimed she was not only engaged to the acting
legend but also expecting his child, Jacob went along with the
charade. But his actions were not to salvage his reputation or
career; they were to protect the only thing that mattered—his real
fiancée, Lilly. To save her from the backlash of Victoria’s
jealousy and rage, Jacob let go of the only woman he had ever loved.


As
the truth behind the events of the last several months shifts into
sharp focus, Jacob is left with one final choice—move on without
Lilly or fight with everything in his being to reunite with the love
of his life. For Jacob, it’s the easiest decision he’s ever made.


Lilly
watched her dreams crumble on international television when Jacob
claimed she was ‘a brief fling’; too bad her heart never received
the memo. Devastated by his most recent betrayal, she plans to flee
England and Jacob forever, intent on escaping their tempestuous
romance, until she learns the reality behind Jacob’s actions.


Just
as their plans start falling back into place, the wheel of life doles
out a tragedy that will test them on every level. Is Jacob’s love
enough to carry them through or is the trail of heartache too
difficult for Lilly to traverse again?










Life
is a series of adventures, waiting to be explored.


That's
how I look at life, the greatest adventure we will ever experience.
My name is Julie Soper and I write under the pen name M.L. Broome
(the M.L. stands for Mezza Luna). The name came to me in a dream,
which is how many of my story ideas also appear.

My
motto is that I'm a believer in love and a lover of life, even when
life isn't being kind or pretty. I've seen the darker side of human
suffering through my years as an ICU nurse and nurse educator, but in
those dark days, I also witnessed the depths of strength present in
everyone. We are extraordinary beings when we allow ourselves the
freedom to dream.

I've
always created stories, with most remaining locked in the vault of my
mind. But the story of Jacob and Lilly wasn't satisfied being
relegated to the confines of my head, and their tale of love found
and lost was birthed into the world.

I
hope you enjoy their love story. I know I do. I love these
characters, even when their actions drive me to the brink of
madness.

Love,
light, and magic.










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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Never Ever Book Tour and Giveaway


Never
Ever
Eva
Rae Thomas Mystery Book 3
by
Willow Rose


Genre:
Thriller, Suspense 



Former
FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas returns in Willow Rose’s most
hair-raising thriller yet.

Ex-agent
Eva Rae Thomas
 is on the run. The past month she has done
things she never knew she was capable of while hunting for her
kidnapped daughter.
Eva
Rae has risked everything,
-her
career,
-her
newfound love,
-her
freedom.
She’s
looking for the man they call the Iron Fist. The trail has led her to
Miami.
Meanwhile,
Miami is under attack. Hundreds of passengers in the Metrorail are
exposed to a deathly nerve gas on a peaceful Monday morning. When Eva
Rae Thomas sees her daughter on the surveillance footage from the
attack, she knows it is no coincidence. But by the time she uncovers
the chilling truth of how it is all connected, it might be too late.
NEVER
EVER 
is the third book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series
and can be read as a standalone.


**Only
99cents 8/28 – 9/3!!**



The
Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author
and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels.


She
writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror,
Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.

Willow's
books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won't
see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of
ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three
million books.

Willow
lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband and two daughters.
When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and
watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.










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Sapphire Flames Book Tour and Giveaway


Sapphire
Flames
A
Hidden Legacy Novel, Book 4
by
Ilona Andrews


Genre:
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

From
#1
New
York Times
bestselling
author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the
Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines
are the new currency of society…
In
a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor
is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her
House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but
when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina
risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.
But
behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them
is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s
teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true
motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a
flame.
To
help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary
powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.









"Ilona
Andrews" is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team.
Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications
sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was
never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was
never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in
college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade.
(Gordon is still sore about that.)


Gordon
and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many
dogs and cats.

They
have co-authored several NYT and USAT bestselling series. They are
currently working on urban fantasy of Kate Daniels, the paranormal
romance of Hidden Legacy, and thjeir independently published series,
Innkeeper Chronicles.










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Friday, September 13, 2019

Sweet Agony by Christy Pastore Cover Reveal





Sweet Agony by Christy Pastore
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Synopsis:
He’s the kind of guy that keeps me up all night, but only in my dreams.
And it’s agony, sweet agony.
From the moment I laid eyes on Brantley Cardwell, I knew he was too good to be true—sexy, southern and charming.
There are some guys that are just too everything for their own good.
I should’ve kept my distance that summer, but I didn’t.
I should’ve known better than to fall for someone like him. But at seventeen, taking control of my heart wasn’t so easy.
I thought he’d be my first kiss. I thought he’d be my first everything.
He became my first crush. And then he crushed me.
Twelve years later he’s back in town and there’s no way I’ll fall for that sexy southern drawl, irresistible smile and all that charm.
No matter how well he fills out a pair of old faded Levi’s.
Maybe it’s the taste of bourbon on his lips that burns so good. But the bourbon holds a secret igniting a firestorm neither one of us can stop.
Now Brant is risking his legacy, his family, his heart—all for me.

The Dung Beatles of Liberia Book Tour and Giveaway


The
Dung Beetles of Liberia
by
Daniel V. Meier Jr.

Genre:
Adventure, Historical Fiction

Based
on the remarkable true account of a young American who landed in
Liberia in 1961.


Ken
Verrier is not happy, nor at peace. He is experiencing the turbulence
of Ishmael and the guilt of his brother's death. His sudden decision
to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family,
his friends, and especially his girlfriend, soon to have been his
fiancee. His destination: Liberia - The richest country in Africa
both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.

Nothing
could have prepared Ken for the experiences he was about to live
through. He quickly realizes that he has arrived in a place where he
understands very little of what is considered normal, where the
dignity of life has little meaning, and where he can trust no
one.

Flying
into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken learns quickly. He
witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian "Country
People" and the "Congo People" also known as
Americo-Liberians. These descendants of President Monroe's American
Colonization Policy that sent freed slaves back to Africa in the
1800's have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the
antebellum South.

Author
Dan Meier describes Ken's many escapades, spanning from horrifying to
whimsical, with engaging and fast-moving narrative that ultimately
describe a society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which
the poor are being buried.

It's
a novel that will stay will you long after the last word has been
read.











A
retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr.
has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he
studied History at The University of North Carolina Wilmington and
American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School. In
1980 he was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vice
Daniels. He also worked briefly for the Washington Business Journal
as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several
aviation magazines.


Dan
and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of
Annapolis and when he's not writing, they spend their summers sailing
on the Chesapeake Bay.










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