Book Review: Shadows, Shells, and Spain

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Title: Shadows, Shells, and Spain

Author: John Meyer

Published: November 17th 2017 by Summer Nomad Publications

Source: Received in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy


Lost and listless on the island of Mallorca, Jamie Draper searches for his estranged wife, Pam, who has left him without any explanation or warning. Exploring her last known location, Jamie stumbles upon an urgent letter from his missing wife promising full disclosure as to her sudden departure and her current whereabouts.

There’s just one catch: her mysterious adventure is disclosed in a series of letters she’s left hidden along the ancient Camino trail across northern Spain. Now armed with a list of clues to track the letters down, Jamie retraces Pam’s footsteps, while being both entertained and challenged by the many colorful Camino characters he meets along the way—including the enchanting Brie, who harbors her own secrets that just might compromise Jamie’s intended reunion with his wife.

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My Review:


”Shadows, Shells and Spain” – this title made my day. Even before I started reading the book this title made me curious and I spent some time guessing what this book would be about. Little did I know I was about to discover yet another interesting book. Around 6o% of the book I got to understand what the title was all about. And this completed my experience in such a beautiful way. Even the title is built in an interesting manner.

You get the main idea from the blurb, so let me get directly into my thoughts. Jamie Draper starts his journey in search of his wife on El Camino de Santiago. Everybody speaks of these incredible experiences they had during this trip. Everybody says it is a life changing excursion. Well, he doesn’t buy it. And he doesn’t care that much. All he is interested in is finding his wife and understanding what motivated her decision. He will find out truths that hurt and things his wife was afraid to mention. However, at some point, this trip becomes more to him than he is willing to admit. I don’t want to reveal more of the story, as this is something you will have to discover on your own.

The author has created an interesting character and has shown us his evolution in the most beautiful manner. We see him depressed, running from people, avoiding too crowded places. But later in his camino experience, he becomes social, he learns to appreciate people and their stories. We will understand that different characters, or different backgrounds and life stories can bind over the same trip to self-discovery. With all that, John Meyer has added a good amount of history about the places and cities on El Camino de Santiago. Most were very interesting facts!  The back and forth between Jamie’s marriage and his current plans, his relationship with Brie (his partner for most of the walk) and historical facts kept my interest.

And the title? I found out it starts with the end. And that’s all I’m telling you.

A magnificent experience of Spain, of El Camino de Santiago, an excellent story that will take you through a bit of Spanish history. Enjoy 🙂


About the Authorjohnmeyer


Author John Meyer writes fictional travel memoirs—unique adventure stories that combine fun facts of history with present-day drama and humor. Always revolving around a fictitious love story and always based on his own thrilling journeys.

After he was robbed in Rome and then found his faith in humanity restored at the Palio festival in Siena, he was inspired to write “Bullets, Butterflies, and Italy.” After he ran with the bulls in Pamplona and then came to the rescue of an injured fan at the Blur reunion concert in Hyde Park, he was encouraged to write “Bulls, Bands, and London.”

And after walking across Spain with hundreds of pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago, he is proud to announce the fall release of his third exciting adventure, “Shadows, Shells, and Spain!”

However, these books are more than travel memoirs. These are distinctive entries into the travel literary genre because they not only promise entertaining fictional drama, but they also provide accurate and amusing descriptions of the local people and places you will encounter in his adventures—which will hopefully enrich and inspire you all to embark on your own remarkable dream vacations!

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John Meyer is also the studio writer for Entertainment Tonight Canada—and has been ever since the popular daily show launched back in 2005. That’s almost three thousand episodes now…and counting!


Book Review: Fast Track to Glory

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Title: Fast Track to Glory (Nina Monte Mystery #1)

Author: Tomasz Chrusciel

Published: January 4th 2016 by Agato House

Source: received in exchange for an honest review

Format: e-copy



***Named by IndieReader as THE BEST indie book of 2016 in an Action/Adventure category***

A long-lost artefact… Nina Monte has worked hard to achieve her dreams. At thirty-six she’s one of Italy’s youngest professors, and renowned for her knowledge of the ancient world. Old religious texts might make for lonely companions at night, but that’s nothing a bottle of fine wine can’t fix.

When a mysterious summons presents a career-making opportunity, Nina can’t resist. A relic has been found in a 15th Century galley and it’s the kind of discovery encountered once in a lifetime. But floating atop the depths of Lake Garda at the recovery site, Nina senses something is amiss.

A race to unveil the mystery… With local hotelier, Alessandro Pini at her side, she begins to unravel the truth surrounding the relic. She soon realizes that questions of the past pale in comparison to the dangers looming in the present.

A ruthless treasure hunter… The mystical object in Nina’s hands is no trinket; it has the power to change humanity’s perception of existence. MANY BELIEVE A GIFT LIKE THAT IS WORTHY DYING—OR KILLING—FOR.

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My Review:

After reading “The Vestals Conspiracy”, I was lucky to have been given the opportunity to read and review the next installment, or actually the first real installment in The Nina Monte Mystery Thriller Series. I must say that it was not a disappointment at all. On the contrary, it was a fast paced novel, with action on every page. Fans of Dean Brown will for sure appreciate this book, but not only them. I am not part of this category, but I do like a good adventure novel, with intrigue and a dose of mystery.

‘How do you know all of this?’ Alessandro asked, to conceal his disgust towards van der Venn.

‘Books, Mr Pini. I’m sure that you’re familiar with the concept of reading.’

Nina Monte is an exceptional professor of ancient religions and many seek her advice in matters related to relics or proving the authenticity of artifacts. This is why she is called to attend a meeting in Germany. She is to find a man named van der Venn and decide upon the authenticity of his discovery. She is not given any details at all and this entices her more. So she starts a journey to Italy, then Austria to finally arrive in India.

Crime, bribery and danger are what follow her in her adventures. She meets Alessandro Pini who will accompany her and together they will shed light on what is really going on. Tomasz Chrusciel has this amazing ability to turn things around with every page, all the while keeping the reader captivated by all the twists in the plot. The description of places, the abundance of characters and point of views are just some other things that make this story exceptional.

‘Mr Klaff, something is telling me that you wouldn’t give a thing if I fell overboard,’ she said in a loud voice to outcry the roar of the engines. Klaff laughed.

‘If you fell overboard, Lammert would break my legs and throw me into the lake!’

‘I would gladly assist Mr van der Venn in the process of doing so.’

The journey is not only a race to decipher the meaning of the mysterious artifact, but as well one of self-discovery. Nina works with facts, with things that have a logical explanation, that can be proved. But she will be united with the spiritual aspect of her personality. Alessandro is not the bravest person in the world, he is not even a good runner. But by the end of the book, he will be a worthy companion to Nina. There is a little romance going on, ignited by the adrenalin mostly.

This is a series worth following for sure. A new book will be released this year so I am looking forward for it. But you guys should check both “The Vestals Conspiracy” and “Fast Track to Glory”. Both books have religious discoveries and both books are amazing! Enjoy 🙂


About the Authortomasz

Tomasz Chrusciel wrote his first story at sixteen, but it would take another twenty years for his love affair with writing to become the central focus in his life.

After obtaining a master’s degree in Political Science & International Relations in Poland, Chrusciel found himself in the corporate sector. The work stoked his passion for global politics, but his imagination craved greater freedom. After moving to Ireland and falling in love, he finally left his job to become a full-time fiction author.

His debut novel “Illusive Intrusion” was followed by “Fast Track to Glory” and “The Vestals Conspiracy,” which have since earned Chrusciel a dedicated readership that continues to grow each day.

Wanderlust regularly draws the writer to extreme corners of the globe seeking new settings, personalities and historical events to inspire his next novel. When he isn’t researching destinations or convincing his cat-loving fiancée to let him adopt a dog, he’s at his computer furiously typing his latest scene, or chatting with his readers on social media.

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April TBR

April TBR

Hey there,

April is here, with new challenges and new titles to read and review. My month has begun in full force, with a Read-a-thon (details can be found here) and that is great as it motivates me to read along with the other participants. I’ve included the TBR list for this event on the dedicated article so I have not considered the titles here again. However, the books I need to read in April are quite a lot! And I have to recover some of the books I have not managed to finish in March. I am going to have a busy month 😦

 Here is what I have planned, not considering the “recoveries” or any new additions between preparing this article and the posting date:

  1. Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib
  2. Stray by Natasha Stories
  3. Acceptable Risk by Cadance Belvins
  4. The Ganga Shift by Mary Bensen
  5. Antipodes by Michele Bacon
  6. The Last King by Katee Robert
  7. Redferne Lane by Sharah Scholefield
  8. Her Secret Friend by Juliance Stevens
  9. The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur
  10. Orca Rising by Chris Hannon
  11. Upon your Honor by Marie Lavender
  12. Daisy’s Choice by Mike Owens
  13. Chance Encounter by Nancy Warren
  14. Kiss in the Rain by Nancy Warren
  15. Just for a While by Zoe Haslie
  16. Taken by Love by Melissa Foster
  17. Onions by C. Y. Young
  18. In-Laws and Outlaws by Kate Fulford
  19. Meet Me in the Garden by Rosa Sophia
  20. Upon Your Love by Marie Lavender
  21. Wolfstone by Konstantina Papadopoulou
  22. Iris in Bloom by Nancy Warren
  23. It’s All About the Duke by Amelia Grey
  24. A Witch’s Concern by N. E. Conneely
  25. Racing Hearts by Bridget Farrell
  26. Forget You by Nina Crespo
  27. When a Duke Pursues a Lady by Tabetha Waite

This time I think I have more e-books than audio, so this will really be a challenge! But as usual I am confident that all will work fine. I’ll confirm it my wrap up article.

Let me know what are your reading plans or drop a link to your TBR in the comments below.

Have a joyful month!


P.S.: Short update: 5 books down, more than 20 to go :)))))

Tackle that TBR Round 2

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Guess what?? #tacklethatTBR has started!!!

I’m joining late and it seems I have quite a lot to catch up. The read-a-thon is hosted by Lauren from The Bookish Fairy and it takes place until the 15th of April. There are 5 challenges:

  1. Read a book in a series

  2. Read a stand alone

  3. Read a book that you really need to finish

  4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for more than a year

  5. Read 5 books.

These are the books I want to finish during the read-a-thon:

  1. Fast Track To Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel
  2. Shadows, Shells, and Spain by John Meyer
  3. Before the Morning by Zee Monodee (on my TBR for more than a year I think)
  4. Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee
  5. Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey
  6. Love At Five Thousand Feet by Jane Lawis

I love this event as it gives me the opportunity to follow up on my urgent books to read and the participants are friendly. There is also a Twitter channel here so come and join us for the fun!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Antipodes



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Author: Michele Bacon

Pub. Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

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When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life days before her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, Erin’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. A mission used to sound like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s scratchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories and then another, as she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world to find that when life turns your world upside down and you’re farthest from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.


My Review

I am so happy to have read this book. Most importantly, I am happy to have discovered another amazing writer, because “Antipodes” is such an interesting book, from so many perspectives. It brings forward many family issues and much personal development.

Erin has had a privileged life in the US. Her parents offered her a certain status among her school mates, with a car and money to spend. But all these were in exchange of a life without affection from their side and with only pressure to excel at activities that were not to her liking. She has her life mapped out by her mother, whose expectations are hard to accomplish. When her life is drastically changed, she is sent to Australia, for an exchange experience that would look good in her application for one of the top universities.

She discovers a world completely different from what she was used to in America. She discovers a family that is grateful for what they have, friends that are true friends and most importantly she discovers herself. She does the things she really likes to do. It is a journey to self-discovery and achieving that state of mind that makes one proud, or at least satisfied with oneself.

The author has done such an amazing job presenting the various contrasts between Erin’s life in the States and what she has in Australia. We find out step by step what happened to her social life that she has had to travel to the other part of the world. We see the differences between her host family and her parents. While ones were focused on being there for her and support her in the competitions, the others were more focused on the results and on why she could not do better. There is a romance starting as well and again we have a contrast between her ex-boyfriend and the boy she likes here. But probably the most important contrast is between who Erin is at the beginning of the book and who she becomes during her stay abroad.

I could go on and on about so many things in this book. This is one complex novel that deserves a much better analysis than the one I can provide in my review. To keep it as short as I can, I am more than happy to have read it and I am forever grateful that I had the chance to discover this amazing author! I cannot wait to read more books by Michele Bacon. Give this book a chance, it is so worth it!



About Michele:Michele

I was born in Trumbull County, the only square county in Ohio, where books were my favorite means of escaping an unhappy childhood. Writing was my transparent attempt to create the things I craved: big happy families, international adventures and unconditional friendship. From a young age, I was drawn to people’s stories, and I still want to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.

In high school, I embraced my inner geek and wrote my first novel. In college, there were short stories and still more novels. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with concentrations in critical theory and creative writing.

Full-time work sapped my creative brain for several years, but my professional life was one of reinvention. In state government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, I adapted easily and absorbed the languages of different professions. My last paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. That was seven years ago.

Since then, I have been writing and traveling (and, let’s be honest, chasing down small people who don’t like to wear clothes). I’ve traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries, always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. I recently spent a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I may have left my heart at Ilam School. Now that we’ve settled back in the States, I’m writing for adults and young adults, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a fiend. (You’d thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it’s not. Something is different about kiwi butter.)

​When an idea strikes, I scrawl sweeping plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest blank spot of paper. My current manuscript was born of those torn slips of paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and–once–that little paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it’s time to use it. My manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.

Outside of writing, I am a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. I also am a mentor at the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copyeditor.

I live in Seattle with my husband and three growing children.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy ANTIPODES, US Only.


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3/28/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

3/28/2018- Portrait of a Book– Review

3/29/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

3/29/2018- Shelf Rider– Review

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Book Review: The Last King


Beckett and Samara’s story is now available!


Ultra wealthy and super powerful, the King family is like royalty in Texas. But who will keep the throne? New York Times bestselling author Katee Robert introduces a red-hot new series.


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Title: The Last King

Author: Katee Robert

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Forever

Series: The Kings

Page Count: 336 pages

Format: Digital


ISBN: 978-1455597109





Beckett King just inherited his father’s fortune, his company-and all his enemies. If he’s going to stay on top, he needs someone he can trust beside him. And though they’ve been rivals for years, there’s no one he trusts more than Samara Mallick.

The rebel. That’s how Samara has always thought of Beckett. And he’s absolutely living up to his unpredictable ways when he strides into her office and asks for help. She can’t help wondering if it’s a legit request or just a ploy to get her into bed. Not that she’d mind either one. After all, she likes to live on the edge too.

But soon the threats to the King empire are mounting, and the two find family secrets darker than they ever imagined and dangerous enough to get them both killed.


Praise for The Last King:

 “Top Pick! Beckett and Samara are a fantastic, modern couple. They clash in the boardroom and the bedroom, are total equals, and their bring-it-on spirit makes every interaction lively and exciting — whether clothes are on or off. … The heart of this romance is the development of trust between Beckett and Samara, and Robert expertly unfolds it, revealing the emotional connection on both sides under the flash and fire of their irresistible chemistry. 4 1/2 stars.”—RT Book Reviews


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My Review

Wow, I loved this book so so much. I am sorry I’ve finished it because I would have wanted the story to last more. I could not get enough of the main characters, their initial complicated relationship and then their relationship as a couple.

Kate Robert is without a doubt and exceptional writer. Her characters have a meaningful story, her characters have a strong personality and most importantly, her words have feelings and power over mine as a reader. And in my opinion, that’s all that’s needed for a 5 star romance.


Beckett and Samara work for different companies. Actually he owns the company that rivals the one she works for. They meet occasionally, they fight for the same things, but once the fighting is over, fire stars. Their relationship is beautiful and explosive at same time. He is carrying, attentive and is all in for her. And Samara, with all her trust issues, will be captivated by his attention. Both characters evolve in a beautiful way, but probably the change is more visible in Samara’s case, when her scarred personality will fade into the loving woman she is towards the end.

But this book is not all about romance (mostly yes). It does have a plot that kept me so focused and on the edge. I wanted to see how it all turned out with Beckett’s company, Samara’s career and all in between. The author really knows how to combine a good romance with a good plot.

To my sadness, this is my first book by Katee Robert and I am so sorry for not having read other books by her. But time is not lost, I have plenty of titles to recover. So give this book a try and I’m sure you’ll become as addicted as I am. Happy Reading!


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About Katee RobertKateeRobert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.”  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.


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First Look: FAST RIDE by Michelle Dayton

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Here’s your FIRST LOOK at FAST RIDE by Michelle Dayton! Join us as we get our first peek at this spicy, surprisingly emotional, contemporary romance. Check out the excerpt and enter to win a $30 Amazon gift card!


FAST RIDE is a spicy, surprisingly emotional, contemporary romance, the first in a brand-new series by Michelle Dayton. Find out what happens when Jen Appleton says yes to a one-night stand in a roadside motel with the hot, hot, hot Garrett Tracy. Fans of NO MORE MR. NICE GUY by Amy Andrews and BEAUTIFUL SECRET by Christina Lauren will devour this friends-with-benefits, fake relationship romance.

Title:  Fast Ride

Author: Michelle Dayton

Published: April 30, 2018

Publisher: Crimson

Series: Tracy Brothers

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 53K



Jen Appleton is the woman who always says yes. To her boss. To her employees. To charity. To everyone except herself. But when she rear-ends a red Porsche on her way home from a nasty day at work, and the man driving the midlife-crisis cliché turns out to be hot, hot, hot, Jen decides tonight’s the night to say yes to things she’s never said yes to before.

Yes, to a one-night stand in a motel.

Yes, to the hottest night on record.

Yes, to anything Garrett Tracy wants to do to her body.

Garrett knows the chemistry between them can only be described as extreme. But it’s just one night. And then he can get back to work convincing his ex-girlfriend to give him another shot.

When Jen approaches Garrett as the only person in Chicago who might solve her massive work problem, he agrees to help—on the condition that Jen will coach him in winning back his ex. As they work on their projects, Jen and Garrett can’t resist the incredible attraction sparking between them. It’s the perfect friends-with-benefits situation. Until Jen’s heart finally forces her to start saying no


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Copyright © 2018 Michelle Dayton


She fished in her purse for her insurance card and looked at the Porsche again. She’d definitely scratched its paint and dented its bumper.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck.” This time the curse did escape her usually prim lips, and she felt marginally better.

Ridiculous mid-life-crisis mobile. What kind of self-respecting adult male actually drove around in that kind of thing? Clearly a total cheeseball. He was probably five-foot-two with a bald head and a big belly. And had thick, black chest hair tangled with gold chains. She braced herself as the door opened.

Faded jeans molded muscled thighs and were topped by a U2 T-shirt that looked like it had been bought at a concert long ago, not recently at some trendy boutique. He pulled himself to his full height, and she had to tilt her head back to look at him.

Holy wow.

She cleared her throat. “I’m s-so sorry I h-hit you.”

She cringed at her stuttering. But it sure wasn’t every day she encountered such a specimen of pure male gorgeousness on her way home. Well over six feet tall with wavy, sandy hair, he was lean with broad shoulders and well-muscled in the way of a tennis player or surfer. He was maybe a bit older than she was, but nothing except the car screamed “mid-life crisis.” If his expression hadn’t been twisted in annoyance, he would have been perfect.

“Are you blind? Do you have any idea how much this car cost?”


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About Michelle Dayton:Michelle_0080


There are only three things Michelle Dayton loves more than sexy and suspenseful novels: her family, the city of Chicago, and Mr. Darcy. Michelle dreams of a year of world travel – as long as the trip would include weeks and weeks of beach time. As a bourbon lover and unabashed wine snob, Michelle thinks heaven is discussing a good book over an adult beverage

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