Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday's Favorites: Baxter's Draw by Juliette Harper

Welcome to Maureen's Books Wednesday's Favorites. In the Wednesday's Favorites post I will talk about a book I loved and that I think deserves a little more attention. I read popular books, but also many books that aren’t so popular (yet). In this post all sorts of books from all sorts of genre’s will have a chance to shine. Today’s Wednesday's Favorites is 'Baxter's Draw' by Juliette Harper, a book I read in April 2015. 

The Book: rancher Langston Lockwood died leaving his three daughters with an inheritance of secrets, lies, and mysteries. The family ranch, the Rocking L, includes a lonely box canyon called Baxter's Draw, which may be the key to a hidden Spanish treasure.

Still reeling from their father's suspicious suicide, Kate, Jenny, and Mandy are determined to discover the truth about Baxter's Draw.

Did their grandfather really steal that part of the family's land from their neighbors and rivals, the Baxters?

According to the story long told in their small town, the land changed hands during a crooked poker game.

Could there be something in Baxter's Draw worth fighting and dying over?

Professor Jake Martin thinks the Lockwood ranch may be the key to solving the legend of Jim Bowie's lost silver mine.

But it's not just the girls who want the secrets at the heart of Langston Lockwood's legacy to be revealed.

Outsiders trespassing on the land seem determined to go to any lengths to get what they want, even if that means striking at the heart of all the Lockwood sisters hold dear.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
February 8th 2015
The Lockwood Legacy #2
Contemporary Mystery
eBook, Paperback
Available at:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.
Average Goodreads Rating:
Average Amazon Rating:

Praise for 'Baxter's Draw':

Baxter's Draw is a nicely written story about family and relationships that incorporated mystery nicely. It's a really good read.

This book was a short southern romantic suspense novel building again on the ties of family. With two books under my belt on this series, I have enjoyed them immensely.

This book is filled with mystery but most of all with love and family. I loved reading about the sisters and how they searched for more answers about their estranged father. I loved how they became a family again, together with the men in their life.

About the Author:

Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. As a writer, Juliette's goal is to create strong female characters facing interesting, challenging, painful, and at times comical situations. Refusing to be bound by genre, her primary interest lies in telling good stories.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.

For more information about Juliette Harper please visit the website and Twitter

Last Week on Wednesday's Favorites:

Don't forget to check out last weeks Wednesday's Favorites: Origin of Angels by Christie Rich.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review 'Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt' by R.S. Melette
For Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski, it's hard enough to be thirteen and in high school without having to fight evil at every turn, but it's even harder to do that while they try to get their memory back after a magic spell cast by a villainous physics teacher. Even without their memories, Billy and Suzy know something is not right. Their textbooks have been changed, their parents aren't acting right, their teachers are afraid, and Billy and Suzy are in each other's dreams. But when their history teacher is fired during class for answering a question from one of those dreams, Billy and Suzy get their memories back. Soon they realize that evil has been unleashed upon the human race, and only the two of them, their friends, and their families can stop it.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
September 9th, 2016
Billy Bobble #2
YA Middle Grade Fantasy
Available at:

My Review:

Last year I read the first Billy Bobble novel called ‘Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand’. I really loved that book, so when the author R.S. Mellette asked me if I wanted to read the next book in the Billy Bobble series I immediately said yes. The Billy Bobble series can easily be read as a children’s book, but if you ask me it’s also a great read for grown-ups.

In ‘Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt’ we meet Billy and his best friend Suzy again. Billy and Suzy are still the only thirteen year olds in high school. And if that is not hard enough, now they are also having weird dreams and something strange is definitely going on with their memory. Everything is changing and not for the good. And soon Billy and Suzy are the ones who need to save human kind from evil.

Just as with the first book I loved reading about Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy. Billy and Suzy are just such fun characters that I love reading about them. Being the youngest and smartest people at school isn’t always easy. And reading about their lives and adventures is really fun.
‘Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt’ is a thrilling story and right from the beginning there is a lot happening. You definitely have to keep up. But I loved every single page.

Although this book also contains some talk about physics and other complicated stuff I know nothing about, I never felt like I missed important stuff. I enjoyed getting inside the head of those brilliant children. There is more than enough going on to keep this book an interesting read.

If you ask me R.S. Mellette did another great job with this Billy Bobble series. The characters are fun and memorable and I think readers from all ages will enjoy this one.

My Rating:

About the Author:

R.S. Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film, television, and publishing for over 30 years. His credist in various jobs include ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’, ‘Nutty Professor II: The Klumps’, ‘Blue Crush’, and his own ‘Jacks Or Better', which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festibal ever since.

His novel, ‘Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand’, is available on Amazon from Elephant’s Booksheld Press. For novelists, Mellete blogs for ‘From The Write Angle’. For filmmakes, he writes for ‘Dances With Blogs'.

For more information about R.S. Mellette please visit Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Media Blitz 'Nightfall Bay' by Carolyn J. Rose

Today I'm excited to share with you guys a Media Blitz about ‘Nightfall Bay’ by Carolyn J. Rose. This is a Mystery novel that was published on November 12th.

The Book:
When her grandmother dies, Rain Paxton inherits an extraordinary gift—the ability to follow a phantom dog into the afterlife, to a place called Nightfall Bay. There, at the edge of a dark sea, the souls of the missing and murdered must wait for earthly mysteries to be solved. 

Pierce Jennings is a wealthy man, rich enough to fund a crime task force. But money can’t buy what he wants most—to know whether his wife is dead or alive. Missing more than two years, Ariel is one of a dozen women taken by a serial killer known as the Peddler.

Drawn to Pierce, and longing to learn Ariel’s fate and free the souls of the Peddler’s victims, Rain prepares to journey to Nightfall Bay. But the Peddler will kill to keep her from speaking with the dead and revealing his identity.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
November 12th, 2016
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

About the Author:

Carolyn J. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn’t for Sissies series (No Substitute for Murder, No Substitute for Money, No Substitute for Maturity, No Substitute for Myth, No Substitute
for Mistakes, and No Substitute for Motives), as well as the Catskill Mountains mysteries (Hemlock Lake, Through a Yellow Wood, and The Devil’s Tombstone). Other works include An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and projects written with her husband, Mike Nettleton (The Hard Karma Shuffle, The Crushed Velvet Miasma, Drum Warrior, Death at Devil’s Harbor, Deception at Devil’s Harbor, and the short story collection Sucker Punches).

She grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She’s now a substitute teacher in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, swimming, walking, gardening, and NOT cooking.

For more information about Carolyn J. Rose please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Goodreads.


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