Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review: What Matters Most by Bette Lee Crosby

What Matters Most
by Bette Lee Crosby
Publisher: Bent Pine Publishing
Publication date: April 10, 2013
Genre: Woman's Fiction
Source: Author in exchange for unbiased review
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Louise Palmer is a settled-down person. A woman who wants nothing more than to remain in the same house until the day she dies. When her husband, Clay, announces an intention to quit his job and move to Florida, her life is thrown into a turmoil of mixed emotions and strained loyalties. Torn between Clay’s desire for “the good life” and the lifelong friendships of her quilting club, Louise struggles with what to do…until her best friend hatches a scheme to thwart the move. Before she discovers the truth of what matters most, a marriage will be tested, family relationships will fall apart and the friendships Louise tried to hold onto will change dramatically.
I have read and enjoyed a few of Bette Lee Crosby’s books and was delighted at the chance to read What Matters Most. Crosby brings her characters to life and shares with us friendship, change, growth and most of all "what matters most." Three word review: touching, realistic, inspirational.

Louise Palmer has mapped out her life since she was a child and if you asked her she could tell you exactly what she would be doing twenty years from now but all that changes when her husband Clay decides to take early retirement and sell their family home to move to Florida. Overwhelmed with the thought of leaving her friends and children she and her best friend devise a scheme to stop the move. The tale that unfolds was realistic, and inspirational with fleshed out characters I came to adore.

One of Crosby’s gifts is creating realistic characters that are flawed and then she allows them to grow throughout the novel. Louise Palmer could be me, she could be my next door neighbor and we all know a person just like her best friend Billie. Louise seems well rounded and adjusted in the beginning of the tale but as Crosby peels back her layers we begin to understand her actions and see her weaknesses. I imagine each of us can identify with her, as we often label our success as woman, wives, and members of our community by some of the things Louise did. I loved the transformation she undergoes and found her to be both likeable and genuine. Clay is a solid guy and a wonderful provider. He isn't as sensitive as I would have liked or as physical but I imagine he is typical of a lot of spouses. *Clueless!* Secondary characters were an absolute hoot and added to Louise’s tale and I giggled quite often. Louise’s complaining, judgmental Aunt was hilarious and we all have one in our family. Lord, the things that came out of her mouth. The lovely old woman at K-mart was inspirational and one you just wanted to hug. Cherry is a woman I know you all have met, from the way she talks to how she dresses. She was delightful, over the top and had me laughing and cringing.

What Matters Most touches on so many subjects we as individuals face throughout our lives and of lessons learned. Some of us learn them early and some never do. What I love about Crosby is that she places her characters in realistic situations. I have moved six times in my marriage and the last has taken us the furthest from family and friends and Louise’s experiences hit home a few times. From the trip to their new home there were humorous and ridiculous moments as Louise tries to cope and I slipped right into the tale as her troubles became mine. The tale flowed beautifully with moments of panic, humor, fear and inspiration. I fell in love with her quirky, realistic characters and enjoyed the ride. While it offers up lessons it also had it's fair share of humor and I giggled my way though this. I closed this book with a smile as I said good-bye to my new friends.

Fans of realistic characters, real life situations and humor will enjoy What Matters Most and it's inspiring message. Betty Lee Crosby is the author of Spare Change, The Twelfth Child, Cupid's Christmas and Cracks in the Sidewalk. 

Four cups of coffee out of five 
Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba The Caffeinated Book Reviewer Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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At July 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM , Anonymous laura thomas said...

I've read all of Bette's books and her characters and situations are so genuine and touch my heart. I am mostly a horror reader, but I do love charcter driven stories of all genre.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I read everything and like to mix it up, I am so glad you like her books too:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree, these are books I like to mix in around all of my other genres and usually they are a mood read for me too:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

This is something I would have read in a heartbeat year ago, but now I have to be in just the right mood. It sounds lie a wonderful book though.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Nope. This will be my first venture. ^-^

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I look forward to reading your thoughts on it. Have you read any of her other books? I loved Spare Change

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Tanja, while this might not be the book for you, I encourage you to try different genres in all the age groups. I use to loathe contemporaries. Seriously! and now I love them..LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

honestly that is ok...we can't love them all:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Ali, I know you like to mix things up too when it comes to reading

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Jenny:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Kristen, woman's fiction covers an array of topics and they tend to be realistic,and sometimes thought provoking..they can be funny, sad, etc

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

isn't that the honest to goodness truth..if I only knew then what I know now!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Andrea I enjoy this authors realistic approach.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I think if the characters are fleshed out you can find something in them to connect with..I am forty *cough* something and read YA, NA and adult..and can usually find something.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha...yep Clay was clueless

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Heidi:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I really like this author, my favorite book by her is Spare Change

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Trish, and you know me I love to mix things up in all categories!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Diana, and I agree we all need humor

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Diana Leigh said...

It's always good to weave some humor into the serious life lessons. Great review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

Sounds lovely, sometimes a great women's fiction is a nice change of pace from YA, NA, thriller, dystopia, etc. It can be so easy to connect with the characters. A new author for me but one I'd love to try someday,

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

Thanks Kim I'm always looking for good women's fiction

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

Moving is the worst. I think we can all relate to that. I agree Bette's characters are realistic and relatable for sure. Thanks for sharing!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love a book that you just identify with! Oh and poor clueless Clay. LOL This does sound like a fun one to just enjoy.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

This sounds pretty great. I don't much (any?) books with older people (like my own age or older) but this sounds like one I could connect with too.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

This author is new to me, and it's easy to see why you enjoy her books. You were clearly pulled so completely into the story, and that is great.
Thanks for the recommendation!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

The author is new to me. It's funny how we plan our lives out as we are growing up, only for them to change. This sounds like a good read. Wonderful review.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Kristin Clifton said...

I always wondered what readers considered as "women's fiction" and now I totally know!!! I usually steer clear of realistic fiction but I can totally see how this one really got ya (and pulls other readers in). Everyone can surely relate to this hubby and the wife's plans to derail him. Humor is always good :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Jenny @ Supernatural Snark said...

I love when I find books that really resonate with me, and depict situations I've gone through or experiences I've had, it just makes me want to hug the book close to my chest and never leg go. So glad this book was that in part for you since you've had to move away from friends and family Kimba! Beautiful review as always:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

This sounds like a great realistic read! I don't think I have heard of this author before so I am glad you brought her to my attention. I like reads like this one every now and then.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Honestly I am a bit eh on this one

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous Tanja said...

I haven't heard of this author before but well I don't like woman's fiction so it's logical. I'm more of YA reader and I never enjoy these kind of books. I'm glad you enjoyed it though. Great review :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Wow, sounds great. Definitely makes my upcoming read of it much more anticipated. Thanks for the share!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous Beckie said...

Thank you Kimberly for hosting such a fun event. :) I had a lot of fun.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM , Anonymous artsy musings said...

Can you believe that I haven;t even read a single book on this list except the one you haven't read (Pushing the Limits). Ugh I feel bad! But I seriously want to read most of the books you mentioned especially Partials and The Darkest Minds. Woot.

Check out my End of Year Book Survey post.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM , Anonymous Kathleen Ann Coleman said...

Your picks leave me with three thoughts:

1. I want to read Skylark.

2. Why is Cinder still sitting here unread?

3. Gah! How did I forget to put This Is Not A Test on my list?! I loved it *and* I got to have it signed by Courtney Summers last month.

Hope the holiday season has been good to you and that the new year is even better! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM , Anonymous Kathleen Ann Coleman said...

Okay, here we go! :) I'm going to be wearing the dress on the cover of The Mephisto Covenant, bringing Criminy Stain from Wicked As They Come as my date and riding that scooter from Flirting In Italian. (Let's hope I don't catch frostbite! That's gonna be COLD!) Want to see the covers and read all the details? click here! I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with. <3

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this was/is a fun series, it is all YA, but one I am anxious to continue, it is a fast easy read.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:32 PM , Anonymous TributeBooks said...

Very cool, Kimba! I hope one day they open up their program to small, indie publishers as well.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM , Anonymous SweetMarie83 said...

I haven't heard of either of these books but I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you're feeling better! <3

~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM , Anonymous Andrea @The Bookish Babe said...

I've heard a really good things about Ruthie Knox's books. I'll have to give one of these a try!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM , Anonymous Shelley Romano said...

Great choices! I'm definitely hoping that Kensington sends me these as well. If not, we can hope they put these up on NG!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM , Anonymous Tanya Davis said...

Wow, you have quite a haul there. I thought about the Take Control meme, but there are so many goodies coming out in March that I am too excited to wait to read!

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

Dang, you had a great week! I'm glad the book finally arrived. I can't believe you're wearing flip flops, you crazy woman. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

I remember hearing about this; it seems like a really great idea and it sounds like it was fairly easy to use.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

That would be great if they did! That would make it so much more useful.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:58 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

I loved both those books so much. I keep stalking NetGalley for the next one. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous karina said...

Gorgeous book haul, Kimba! I kind of like the look of Starstruck but have no idea what the book is about :) Ashes on The Waves is also on my wishlist, so I'll be keeping an eye out for your review. Enjoy all! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM , Anonymous karina said...

I will sign-up, Kimba, but I won't be able to update my progress weekly I think as I'll be away. Still it will be a perfect time to clean up my shelves again this year! Have a lovely week, darling and enjoy both your reads! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM , Anonymous Debbie Haupt said...

One of my favorite houses is Kensington, thanks for the post. The novel I'm most waiting for are two due out this summer one by Ben H Winters who's first in the trilogy just won an Edgar award for Best Original PaperBack and Mark Lawrence's Emperor of Thorns.
deb

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I just received How To Misbehave and look forward too the seemingly "fun" sexy story. Thanks for sharing, muffin!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

Miss you :( Feel better, already!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

I'm not young enough to keep picking up these series' that I haven't already started along with everything new I buy. lol It sounds really good though and you make me want to!! Why can I picture you hopping around, twitching and making noise while reading this? :D Awesome review, chica!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous karina said...

OMG, Kimba! Fab review and rating! :) So excited to read Prey now (reserved it in my library as soon as they get it).

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Barbara Walker said...

It's sexist of me, but lately I have a difficult time reading this genre of book with only male MCs. I think romance has ruined me. :) I like that it's a continuing series though and there are some elements that I'd like in more of a mystery/suspense book. Interesting.. Great review, I'm glad you mostly enjoyed it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

Oooh! What neat picks! I had not come across these books before! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

Sounds like a very interesting read... Thanks for the review!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Tonyalee said...

Busy week for you, huh? :) I'm looking forward to your discussion post!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Tonyalee said...

Er, confession post. :P

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Tonyalee said...

Sorority sounds pretty awesome! (LOVE the cover too!)

WoW

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Tanya M said...

I love these quick, faster than it takes to brew a cup of coffee reviews! Great idea and glad you found a perfect escape this week.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous Book Swoon said...

Hi Kimba. The Sorority sound good to me, I love Paranormals too.
Here is my link for this weeks The Book Swoon's WOW

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I haven't read The Hunt, yet, so I skimmed your review. It looks like another winner for you! I'm going to check this series out! Fab. review!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

I think this idea is super cool! I don't have very many friends with e-readers but this is certainly a cool idea for gifts and possibly even giveaways in the future. Thanks for sharing with us Kimba! I'm going to keep this in mind.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM , Anonymous Carmen B. said...

Sounds like a unique portrayal of zombies! Thanks for pointing out that it's not really a retelling though - I wasn't aware of that, or that it's set in the present/'normal' world from what it seems like? The characters sound awesome though! I also like that you said the novel pushes the YA boundary. Great review, and thanks for the giveaway :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

Awesome review Kimba! I'm not really sure what to think about this one...I want to read it but then again I don't. It sounds like it would be a fun read, but something is kind of holding me back.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

Oh I should join, but I don't know what the month will bring with kiddo and sports. Great challenge though. :) Best of luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

Hmm, I do enjoy my magic and witches. I've not read many lately, but are fun. :) Thank you!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

Ooooo, I love Ann's books. Amazingly done. And I want to see how Andres and her work together. But this sounds so much my kind of read. :D So many elements here I love, and well...Steampunk! LOL!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM , Anonymous Erin F said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Erin F said...

thanks for the great review and giveaway! I really want to read this book now :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous sstogner1 said...

I love it when an author comes up with a new twist on an old idea. And this cover is to die for! I haven't read Gena before (I know, right?!) thanks for the giveaway

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Like HP for the younger set. Might work for some cousins I know that are just too young for it. I might also suggest it to my mom who read the first 4 HP books in one week. :D Might have to check it out. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM , Anonymous Melissa (Books and Things) said...

This is so full of WIN! :) Love that you got the marriage one. That was too funny! Isn't being a part of this tour so much fun? :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Darlene's Book Nook said...

I'm glad to see you really enjoyed this one! I enjoy Showalter as well, and I'm on a bit of a zombie kick so this one is on my Wishlist! Thanks for the giveaway!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

Love the cover on this. I happy you connected with the characters and enjoyed this. Great review. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Ha..you crack me up and heck yes to Steampunk and Holmes!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous Filia Oktarina said...

I want read Bronze Gods because this book was catch my eyes when i see it, and i love steampunk genre, so i am really curious with this book. :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck to you Filia!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous Ladybug Literature said...

Naw, I am just in it for the freebies? I am totally kidding. This book just recently got added to my TBR list on Goodreads. The buzz word "steampunk" was what got it instantly added and having the author be A.A. Aguirre was what kept it there. The cover looks very Sherlockian so... win!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM , Anonymous Ina M. said...

I wouldn't enter this giveaway if I hadn't wanted to read Bronze Gods! ^_^ It caught my interest quite a while ago - supernatural, magic and steampunk sounds like an awesome combination, and one that's right up my alley! Many thanks for the uber-cool giveaway! ^_^

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome Ina and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM , Anonymous Ana said...

I would love to read this one, just checked it on GR and saw it has GREAT reviews. Would definitely want to check it out, I'm so curious why everyone likes it:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Good luck Ana, I will reviewing this in early July and cannot wait!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I cannot wait to read it and share my thoughts in July!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree, this was a fun tour.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous ALMENDRA said...

i want to read because i read a lot of review about the book and ... it look very good .. and then i decied that i would read ... I need to read jijij and the cover look great .. the guy .. mmmm delicous

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It does look delicious, good luck and I hope you read it regardless!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh yeah Shamara the book cover whore in me drools every time I see it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Anita Yancey said...

I would like to read it because it really sounds good, and I have never read a Steampunk novel before. I would love to try this one. Thanks for this chance.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Good luck Anita and I hope you discover you enjoy Steampunk as much as I do :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

I haven't read any steampunk books yet. I'm fascinated by them though and this seems like a good place to start.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed, i will be reviewing it this summer!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous Lekeisha Thomas said...

Yes, definitely want to read this! A Twitter follower of mine got me into reading steampunk novels. I've been hooked ever since.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

That is cool, good luck Lekeisha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous Pabkins said...

Because its steam punk duh! and it sounds kick ass! I would have nabbed it by now but bah had to pay for BEA airfaire and hotel...had to SO cut down on spending this month LOL

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Have fun, so wish I was going and heck yes this looks so good, maybe you will win it!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous Barbed1951 said...

Oh yes, I want to read Bronze Gods! I've adored everything of Ann Aguirre's that I've read and I'm looking forward to seeing how the addition of her husband Andres makes the story even more exciting. I love steampunk and I'm glad Ann and Andres have decided to write a story in that genre.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed and so far the reviews have been wonderful, good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree, I will be reviewing over the summer and cannot wait!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I completely agree, good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome to hear you are enjoying it and lucky friend!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I hope you like it, good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome reason and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

I am so intrigued. I need to find a steampunk book I like.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Maybe this will be the one, I enjoy them when they are well done :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Lauren said...

I'm really loving this tour and these notes! The chemistry between these two is adorable. Thanks for sharing! :-)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

wasn't this a great tour, I like the chemistry too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Timitra said...

I would love to read Bronze Gods because I'm intrigued by the premise of it and also cause I love the cover!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck I like the cover too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

This sounds pretty cool! I love the documents and YES I do want to know more. Thanks for the chance! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this has been a cool tour Carmel and good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Haha- you are naughty bloggers. I want to read this, but you know how it is. Hell, I've had Enclave since it came out and haven't read it yet. -sigh-

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I feel ya, i will be reviewing this sometime in July or August

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous Donna said...

I would love to read it, I just found steampunk and am excited to have found another genre!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I love steampunk too good luck Donna:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I agree, good luck Tanya :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh you haven't read a good one then :(

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

I tend to lose the story in the gadgets. I think steampunk is something I enjoy more on screen than reading. I do love the covers though and OUTFITS!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

I'm really loving this tour, it's so fun and fits the book so well! I'm reading the book now but had to pause to get some others read. Hopefully tomorrow I'm able to finish it up. I'm really loving it though!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Loved it Ann and will participate again anytime it was delightful!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Heidi said...

Ha Ha... the documents are getting funnier as they go. Mikansi is really fun. I hope you are reading this one soon, Kimba!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes, I have a review scheduled this summer :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

That second document sold me -- too funny! This is a great tour. Thank you for the giveaway! And the book is definitely going on my TBR list right now.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Wasn't it fun and enjoy the book!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I loved that one too!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh heck yes it does, I love steampunk when it's done properly.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Toni @ My Book Addiction said...

It seems like a really cool tour. You get to post investigative documents and such. How awesome!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

agreed it was different:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Turning the Pages said...

I absolutely loved her Razorland series and I'm really looking forward to reading this book that she penned with her husband :) It looks like it's going to be a really good read!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am looking forward to reading it too, Kim, good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Heather@Buried in Books said...

After reading these letters and case files you guys "stole" it is apparent that the relationship between Mitkani and Ritsuko is going to be entertaining on it's own. Add to that steampunk elements, angry women(jilted), various criminals, magic....how can you miss? It's a no brainer! I must read it! Whether I win a copy or buy it. (there goes my book buying ban).

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*raises eyebrow and looks around for possible ears* Borrowed, we B-o-r-r-o-w-e-d them. I so agree this is a no brainer, good luck and enjoy!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I will be reviewing in July/Aug and cannot wait..i love steampunk too and the tour has been so cool.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Well I am shallow and the cover looks cool so that is the first reason :D And more have followed

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

just admit it you are a cover whore like me..bwahahaha!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Lynn said...

Because it sounds amazing and I loved Ann's other series! I'm saving all these case files so that I can re-read them after I read the book. :D

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

that is a wonderful idea Lynn!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Tanja said...

Ah you people are killing me with these posts. I'm really intrigued to read it and see if it's as amazing as it sounds. Great post!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

bwahaahaha, they have been fun Tanja and I am excited to read this, good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Good luck and I cannot wait to read this one myself. Wasn't this a clever tour?

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous miki said...

i do want to read this because i discovered a love for steampunk and i loved what iread from this author so far

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

You know, I am not a steampunk fan but I think I will eventually give this one a whirl :) It intrigues me!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

awesome Miki good luck to you:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Ren said...

Far before the book released, I'd know about Bronze Gods from Ann Aguirre's tweets and I really love the cover. Right now I'm on steampunk read-a-thon and I always love a "whodunnit" type of story. Yes, pretty please pick me as winner :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good luck Ren!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Heh, he actually did get her a hat! Well, he IS a perfect gentleman, even if he is a bit... restless. :))
Thank you so much for being on the tour. I can't believe this is the last stop, it's been so much fun.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

It was a blast Maji I am sorry to see it end:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Elizabeth Bevins said...

I'd love to read this book! I have never tried steam punk fiction before. I'm eager to try it since I love to read! I need another genre to explore.

Thanks for the chance!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I love exploring and finding new genres and steampunk is a good one. good luck!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed, I am looking forward to reading it:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Stacy T said...

I love steampunk, so this is right up my alley! I have read Enclave and it was one of the most surprising books that I read last year.

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Awesome Stacy good luck and I hope you get a chance to read this:)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*snickers* I loved this tour it was fun and original :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

I have seen this one around everywhere and it looks like such a good read. I think the little notes and messages on all the our stops is such a fun idea!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

this tour was a blast :) and different!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed and hey its Ann and Andres!!!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Rin said...

YES! I really want to read Bronze Gods. There are 2 main reasons.

1) Steampunk!

2) I really loves Enclave/Outpost, so I'd love to read more Ann Aguirre, especially an adult book.



Brynna

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are in for a treat Lindsay!

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

good reasons and good luck Rin :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous GRgenius said...

Certainly curious and I love the scanned images of the documents! They really shared those with you? Uh-huh. I'm leaning more towards to bribery option... ^_^

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

Sounds like an interesting book by an author I actually have not heard of before! :)

 
At July 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM , Anonymous godan2 said...

great title and witty characters always makes it fun

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

A book like this could of melted all that dang snow in front of my house Kim. We are free! We are free! 5 feet of snow last Friday until Wednesday. We were prisoners! We shoveled our way out of the street because there were no plows :P My arms almost fell off, I almost had passed out, but we did it. lolz.

Enough of my whining, right? We are ok and good to go now! I did get to read a few books :) Missed ya Kim!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

we have 9 inches on the ground from a storm yesterday

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I only tried her in 2011 and am glad that I found her

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous Lauren said...

Ooh from the sounds of your review I'm going to love Miranda and Win! I love historical romances, and especially ones with witty characters and delicious chemistry. Great review!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

the banter was such fun

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous Carolyn Brown said...

Sounds like it would be an interesting read, especially with the chemistry between the two MC's. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I love Victoria Alexander for her blend of humor and romance! Great review, Kimba -- I look forward to reading this book.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks, I hope you enjoy it.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hope the move goes well and maybe you will win it :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Naomi Hop said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I really like the cover!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

me too :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Brenda Leon said...

Great review!! I love her books!! I can not wait to read this one as well. Historical romance is my favorite. I love going back in time, viewing time through their not modern eyes. When a book places me there and I forget my real time and place, it is a winner. Thanks for an opportunity to win!!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

you are welcome Brenda

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Veronica said...

I lvoe feisty, smart, female characters and this definitely sounds good!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

me too :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I saw this book advertised in one of my weekly magazines. I think its US WEEKLY. I said "THATS ON KIMBAS BLOG" to no one in articular..lolz..Thanks for the giveaway <3

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Dori said...

Oooh, I like the bad boy gone good for the right girl, especially in historicals.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous bn100 said...

Nice review. Sounds interesting.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Another HR author I want to read one day, there are just so many! ;)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I like her books, they are quite clean though

 
At July 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Michelle@ Book Briefs said...

This is pretty cool! I have not heard of this before. Thanks for sharing Kimba!


Question: Are you doing bloggiesta this weekend?

 
At July 18, 2013 at 1:46 AM , Anonymous Tanja said...

Yeah that's true! I used to avid UF, but now I can't stop reading them. I might try this one one day. :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Kimberly!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM , Anonymous Kimberly @ Turning The Pages said...

What a great guest post!it has me really interested in reading the book. I love books like this so I'm adding it to my wishlist.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Christy :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Oh this really sounds good! I love books like this, but haven't read one in awhile.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Not into eating your neighbor huh?

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous Heidi said...

Well this is different and K am sure fascinating. I would love to know more about the prophecy and how it all played out, but not so much on the cannibalism.

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Welcome ;) I have some pretty awesome caffeinated peeps!

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous Tribute Books said...

Kimba, thanks for sharing this couple's fascinating story with all of your lovely blog followers :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Blodeuedd :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

That is such a cool story :)

 
At July 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks for stopping by and checking it out Sam :)

 
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