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I have enjoyed the Braxton Campus Mystery Series by James J. Cudney. The first book in the series, Academic Curveball is now free and available for a variety of e-readers/platforms. The post, available through this link, also includes an excerpt so you can sample it right now. Enjoy!

Free Kindle book–Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney

I have included a link to author Cudney’s blog post about the first book in his 7 book cozy mystery series. The Braxton Campus Mystery Series is one I have enjoyed and reviewed before. Now he is offering a free download of the first book in the series. This is a great way to try out the series. I think you will like it and want more!

James J. Cudney’s books on sale!!! Cozy mysteries and a thriller.

I have enjoyed all the cozy mysteries in Cudney’s Braxton Campus Mystery Series and want to share information about the great prices available for a limited time for different books in the series. To see his blog post about this sale and his works, follow this link. (There is also a thriller on sale, but I have not read it.)


Free Kindle Books–Amazon celebrates World Book Day

I haven’t read any of these books, but I have trouble passing up a bargain. For several more days these books are available. Offer expires on April 24, 2020.  According to my source, they don’t expire once you have downloaded them. They are translated into English from the original language. There is a link on Amazon’s page for those who are not in the U.S. If this applies to you, I hope you are in one of the countries listed.

Personal Update: 4/20/2020 When I got past the original excitement and my desire to share this opportunity with others, I actually looked at each book and scanned the reviews on Amazon. I only came away with three books that I think I will enjoy. The others for various reasons did not appeal to me or there were too many negative reviews regarding the interest level of the books. As with any offer, each one of you will probably find something you want to read, just not necessarily what appeals to me. I hope there is a treasure or two waiting for you.

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This series has long been a favorite of mine. My reviews are here


“JUST FOR THE BIRDS will be FREE for the first time ever from DECEMBER 21–25, so grab a copy and tell your friends so they can meet Hetta and HER friends!”


BOOK # 10


“Chapter One YOU JUST KNOW it’s gonna be a crappy afternoon when you return from grocery shopping to find your boat’s deck crawling with armed men. Okay, so they were at least uniformed armed men, but the Mexican police?”



“I have LOWERED THE PRICE OF JUST ADD WATER, (book #1) just .99 for December 24 & 25 so readers can share Hetta’s first adventure with their friends.”

BOOK # 1


“Prologue Tokyo

Hudson’s master plan was unraveling. His cleverly orchestrated year-long…

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FREE Download: Academic Curveball (1st in Braxton Campus Mystery Series)

All TREAT and no TRICK for readers–Free ebook (10/30-11/1)–it’s an awesome cozy mystery, the first in a new series.

Good News and More Good News!

Good News:

Congratulations to “doraquilts” who won the book giveaway for The Other Einstein. I’ll be contacting her to make arrangements for the publisher to send her a copy of the book.

More Good News:

For a limited time the ebook version of The Other Einstein is on sale.


Last Day for The Other Einstein Book Giveaway!

the-other-einsteinThis is indeed the last day to participate in the “no strings attached” giveaway for a copy of The Other Einstein.

The Other Einstein is a really good historical novel. The author uses research to fill in the gaps of what might have occurred in developing the theory of relativity. Einstein’s first wife was also a brilliant scientist in an age where women were not encouraged to use their brains. How much influence did she have? Click here to read the review if you missed it.

Click here for details on the giveaway and to enter.

Swing Time–review and reminder of book giveaway for The Other Einstein

the-other-einsteinSunday, November 20, 2016 is the closing date for the drawing for a free copy of The Other Einstein.  To enter, go back to the ORIGINAL GIVEAWAY POST. It’s easy to enter!


Swing Time

by Zadie Smith

swing-timeSwing Time has been summarized in simplistic terms as the story of two dance-loving brown girls growing up in London.  This friendship is actually only one part of a complicated story that extends from New York through London to West Africa and includes politics, religion, and a variety of cultures.

I was immediately drawn into the story as I read the Prologue.  At that point I had other things to attend to and put the book away with regret thinking “if the Prologue is so engaging, the rest of the book must be fantastic.” And it was. Part of it. Unfortunately, it unintentionally reflected its title swinging back and forth from interesting to “let’s just move on through.”

Zadie Smith is undoubtedly a very good writer.  For Swing Time she draws on her own Jamaican heritage as well as extensive research of West African culture. She also depicts the various social and cultural groups of London. She has interesting characters but she doesn’t always share a satisfactory motivation for their actions. Some of the characters, such as the never-named main character/narrator’s boss and her mother’s partner are important but are treated more as accessories to the story rather than fully developed personalities. I do not regret reading Swing Time, but I wouldn’t reread it.

Note: Language warning

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Penguin Random House UK for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Einstein–Book Giveaway!

the-other-einsteinI reviewed a book in mid-October that I enjoyed so much that I decided to host a book giveaway. The publisher, Sourcebooks, is giving away a copy of The Other Einstein to one of my readers. 

Here are the guidelines for this giveaway:

  1. You must be a resident of U.S. or Canada.
  2. You must be 18 years or older.
  3. Winner will be selected by random drawing.
  4. Only one entry per person.
  5. The closing date is Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, at 6:00 P.M. CST.
    One winner will be chosen and announced on November 21, 2016 on this blog using the winner’s blogging name. The winner will also be notified via email.
  6. If after 10 days the winner has not responded, a second random drawing will occur.
  7. The book will be shipped by the publisher, Sourcebooks, after the winner has provided shipping details (name and shipping address) which I will forward to Sourcebooks.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sourcebooks is providing this product and shipping free of charge. I was not recompensed in any way for posting this giveaway on my blog.

To participate in the giveaway all you need to do is add a comment below. Seriously, it’s that easy! Thank you for participating.

If you want to read my review of The Other Einstein, just click here!

(In the coming week, I will also publish a question and answer I posed to the author, Marie Benedict. I found her response enlightening and I think you will too.)

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