Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sophia Rose Reviews - The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

I once again leave the blog in the very capable hands of Sophia Rose who is reviewing The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman.
Enjoy!

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Berkley
Published: 5.2.17
ISBN-10: 0399583580
Pages:  368
Format:  Trade Paperback
Source:  Self
Sellers:  Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo
ADD TO: GOODREADS
GoodReads Blurb:
Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.

At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks—like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there’s that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can’t be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity.

After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles Botanical Garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover—with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners—is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not…

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Showcase - Review - The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix

You know once in a while a reader will find an author who checks off all their important fan-girl boxes. And that's exactly what happened to me when I read my first historical romance novel by Claire Delacroix and so started the beginning of a beautiful reader-author friendship and I have loved everything she's dreamed up ever since whether its historical, contemporary, real or fantasy there's not a better storyteller in the business.
Enjoy my showcase and review of #4 in her The Champions of St. Euphemia series set during the Crusades.
ISBN-13: 9781538019924
Publisher: Deborah A Cooke
The Champions of St. Euphemia #4
Release Date: 3-23-2017
Length: 338pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound
ADD TO: GOODREADS
Overview:
A company of knights chosen to deliver a sealed trunk from the Templar treasury in Jerusalem to safekeeping in Paris. A group of pilgrims seeking the protection of the Templars to return home as the Saracens prepare to besiege the city. A mysterious treasure that someone will even kill to possess...
Returning home to Scotland triumphant after his military service, and entrusted with the precious relic of the Templars, Fergus is more than ready to wed his beloved Isobel and begin their life together. To his dismay, Isobel has wed another in his absence, and he believes all of merit is stolen from his life-until Leila resolves to win the valiant highlander's heart for her own. She is convinced of her own success, until Isobel tempts Fergus anew.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Interview - Review- The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry

I'm a long time fan of Patti Callahan Henry and had the pleasure of reviewing her latest novel, The Bookshop at Water's End for LibraryJournal.
Patti graciously agreed to an interview and I know getting a little background and Patti's personal perspective will entice you to buy it.
Enjoy!



ISBN-13: 9780399583124
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Release Date: 07-11-2017
Length: 352pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible
ADD TO: Goodreads (there's a goodreads giveaway, click the link to enter)

OVERVIEW:
The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it...

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Audible Review - Showcase When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards




When We Were Sisters was an unforgettable read for me as all of Emilie Richards books are. So poignant, so rich in emotion that the character's feelings come right through the page. So when the audible version was the daily deal I snapped it up. I had the privilege to review When We Were Sisters for RT Book Reviews Magazine which I have also included with my review of the audible edition. If you have the opportunity to read or listen to this book don't pass it up.
Enjoy!
When We Were Sisters
Written by: Emilie Richards
Narrated by: Karen White , Elijah Alexander , Rachel Fulginiti
Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:11-01-16
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Overview:
From USA Today best-selling author Emilie Richards comes an emotional story about love, loyalty, and the deep bonds of sisterhood.
While love and loyalty made them sisters, secrets could still destroy them.
As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?
For Cecilia, a lifetime of lies has finally caught up with her, and she wants a chance to tell the real story of their childhood and free herself from the nightmares that still haunt her. When she asks Robin to be the still photographer for a documentary on foster care, Robin agrees, even though Kris will be forced to take charge for the months she's away. She gambles that he'll prove to them both that their children - and their marriage - are a priority in his life.
As the documentary unfolds, memories will be tested and the meaning of family redefined, but the love two young girls forged into bonds of sisterhood will help them move forward as the women they were always meant to be.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan blog tour sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Welcome to my stop on the Kiss My Boots, book 2 in the Coming Home series by Harper Sloan blog tour sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Have fun learning about the book and the series and don't forget to enter to win a copy of Book 1 in the series, Lost Rider. For more chances be sure and visit all the sites on the tour. Details Below.
Enjoy!

KISS MY BOOTS
Harper Sloan
Book 2 in The Coming Home Series
Pocket Books
July 18, 2017
9781501155215
$7.99

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About the book:
Hang on to your Stetsons this summer, because you’re in for one wild ride! Get lost in the second installment ofNew York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, KISS MY BOOTS. In the second installment, the wildest Davis of them all is looking for love…maybe.

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always looked out for her. Of course, it doesn’t help that her heart has already been hardened when it comes to devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding back into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

Growing up, the one time Tate ever truly felt at home was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his gram and paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the Wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend turned young love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past, but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty, who he did his best to forget, for him to realize just how much he’s been missing…

Can two people who have stopped believing in love take a chance to find it in each other again? Or will the pain of the past prove too great a hurdle to conquer?

KISS MY BOOTS is the second go-round in this Texas-set series filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

We are giving away one review copy of Book 1, Lost Rider!
Be sure to check out all participating sites on the blog tour for more Giveaways.
 Please note, you can only win once and must have a U.S. address

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Showcase Royally Romanov by Terri Wilson


It's my pleasure to bring you a showcase for the very talented Teri Wilson's Royally Romanov. Royally Romanov is volume two in Wilson's The Royals Series. Learn a bit about the novel, read some praise including LibraryJournal's ** review, then enter to win a copy for yourself in a giveaway sponsored by Teri's publisher Simon & Schuster. Details below
Enjoy!

ISBN-13: 9781501160509
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 07-17-2017
Length: 272
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo


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After suffering a violent blow to the head, Maxim’s only clue to his identity is a notebook containing carefully researched documentation in his own handwriting indicating that he is the sole surviving descendant of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, previously thought dead in the murder of her family during Russia’s Bolshevik revolution. His struggle to put the mysterious pieces of his past back together leads him to Finley. At first, she’s convinced Maxim is nothing but a con artist. But there’s something undeniably captivating about the beautiful, brooding man who claims to be searching for his identity—something Finley can’t quite bring herself to resist. When he reveals a secret about one of the imperial Fabergé eggs in the collection, she accepts he may actually be telling the truth. But as soon as Finley and Maxim act on their feelings for one another, Maxim is confronted with evidence that calls into question everything he’s begun to believe about himself.



Giveaway is one print copy
Royally Romanov US ONLY
Please use Rafflecopter  form below to enter
Good Luck!