Monday, November 30, 2015

Review- Along The Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

Those who know me know that I read a lot and have many favorite, go-to authors. But there's only one author who manages to wow me with every release, whose epic breathtaking novels stay with me for years and every one has a place of honor on my keeper shelf. She's done it again with Along The Infinite Sea.

ISBN-13: 9780399171314
Publisher: Putnam/Penguin
Release Date: 11-03-2015
Length: 464pp
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An epic story of star-crossed lovers in pre-war Europe collides with a woman on the run in the swinging '60s, in another riveting historical novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and Tiny Little Thing.
Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she's finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.
But the car's new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle's life from World War II stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts.
Indomitable heroines, a dazzling world of secrets, champagne at the Paris Ritz, and a sweeping love story for the ages, in New York Times bestselling author Beatriz William's final book about the Schuyler sisters.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Showcase - Downton Abbey A Celebration - a new coffee table book

I know many of you are anxiously awaiting the final season of Downton Abbey and although the actors will show up in other Masterpiece productions it just won't be the same. Well I'm happy to tell you that St. Martin's Press has yet another Coffee Table Book celebrating all six seasons and shhhh it's even got some season six spoilers.
This will make a perfect gift for that Abbey fanatic on your holiday shopping list.
Enjoy the showcase.

ISBN-13: 9781250091550
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 11/10/2015
Length: 320pp
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Interview - B. J. Daniels - Lucky Shot

Please welcome back to the blog NYT and USA Today bestselling author, B. J. Daniels whose here to chat about her just released today #3 in her Montana Hamiltons series.

ISBN-13: 9780373788552
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 11/24/2015
Length: 368pp
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He's determined to uncover the truth behind a decades-old disappearance—even if it kills him
When hotshot reporter Max Malone gets a rare shot of Buckmaster Hamilton with a blonde woman near Beartooth, Montana, he chases down one of the senator's daughters to verify that the woman is his supposedly long-dead first wife. But Kat Hamilton won't give him the time of day, let alone any information about her mother.
With his tousled blond hair, sexy stubble and an old straw cowboy hat topping off his long, lean frame, Kat can just tell Max isn't used to female sources denying him anything. But when her own life is put in jeopardy, it's Max who comes to her rescue. Seems someone is prepared to kill to keep the past in the past. Kat can't deny she needs Max to find out what happened to her mother, but will getting closer and closer to each other lead them to the truth…or to danger?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Interview - Kristina McMorris - The Edge of Lost - Review

I'm so happy to welcome back to the blog a favorite author, Kristina McMorris. She's here today to chat about her latest historical novel inspired by Alcatraz. Interested how and why, read on and she'll tell you.
Click HERE for a Goodreads giveaway of this book.

ISBN-13: 9780758281180
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 11/24/2015
Length: 352pp
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From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances.
On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard’s only daughter—one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island—has gone missing. Tending the warden’s greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl’s whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search’s outcome.
Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell—and believe—in order to survive.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza - December's Festive Line up, Authors, Guest Posts and More Oh My!

Its almost time for my annual, Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by The Reading Frenzy and Harlequin.
This years I'm changing things up, instead of interviews each contributor, starting with me will present to my readers a guest post featuring a favorite Holiday Tradition or Holiday Memory that is special to them. I'll still showcase the author's Holiday Novels and include my review courtesy of RT Magazine.
Here's the Line up
Be sure to stop by everyday because there are many giveaways and to celebrate Sarah Morgan's late December release of the second in her Puffin Island novel Harlequin is sponsoring that giveaway.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Guest Post- Mingmei Yip - The Witch's Market - Review

Today I'm happy to bring back an author who's become a favorite. Her novels are a mix of fantasy and realism and all have taken me to faraway exotic places. The Witch's Market is no different, it's fun, fantastical and genuine.
Please enjoy Mingmei's guest post where she gives a bit more insight into the inspiration and the experience of The Witch's Market. Then I'll give my review.

ISBN-13: 9781617733239
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release Date: 11-24-2015
Length: 352pp
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From the author of Secret of a Thousand Beauties and Peach Blossom Pavilion comes a beautifully written novel of self-discovery and intrigue.
 Chinese-American assistant professor Eileen Chen specializes in folk religion at her San Francisco college. Though her grandmother made her living as a shamaness, Eileen publicly dismisses witchcraft as mere superstition. Yet privately, the subject intrigues her.
 When a research project takes her to the Canary Islands—long rumored to be home to real witches—Eileen is struck by the lush beauty of Tenerife and its blend of Spanish and Moroccan culture. A stranger invites her to a local market where women sell amulets, charms, and love spells. Gradually Eileen immerses herself in her exotic surroundings, finding romance with a handsome young furniture maker. But as she learns more about the lives of these self-proclaimed witches, Eileen must choose how much trust to place in this new and seductive world, where love, greed, and vengeance can be as powerful, or as destructive, as any magic.

From the Publisher
 “Inspiring, courageous story...Yip's prose is simple yet descriptive, immersing the reader in the sights, sounds and smells of rural and urban China.”  
Booklist on Secret of a Thousand Beauties
 “A unique and enthralling style…flawless.”
–Baltimore Books Examiner on The Nine Fold Heaven
 “Surprising and often funny….Part epic, part coming-of-age story, part modern fairy tale.”
Publishers Weekly on Song of the Silk Road

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset

Its my immense pleasure and privilege to bring you a showcase of Quirk's newest adult paper doll playset. The leading role is played by no other than our very hopeful 45th and 1st Woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
So when Quirk offered me a copy if I'd "play" with dolls I jumped at the chance. It's been years since I played with paper dolls that were very popular when I was a kid. And boy did I have a blast!
Sit back and enjoy my day of playing with dolls and with history  ;-)

ISBN-13: 9781594748318
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Release Date: 11/17/2015
Length: 12pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/IndieBound


It may not be an election year, but you can cast your vote early with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Presidential Playset! This fold-out book features replicas of the Oval Office and other White House locations, plus perforated paper dolls of Hillary Clinton and all of her political pals and adversaries. Be HRC’s chief of staff as she takes questions at the press podium, hashes out tough negotiations in the Situation Room, or even consults with the ghost of Abe Lincoln. Complete with a pop-up cast of characters and accouterments (Bill comes with a lawn mower to keep him busy), this fun and feminist-friendly playset is perfect for Hillary fans young and old.