Friday, October 2, 2015

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

Those who know me well know that Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke is one of my very favorite authors. She writes in several genres and she's a great one for a little genre mixing too. I want to showcase and share my review of the first in her brand new historical romance series, the Champions of St. Euphemia, featuring Knights of the Templar. The series should be read in order because of the continuing story lines and they will be released in three month intervals with the second in the series The Crusader's Heart releasing on October 21.
Enjoy the showcase and my review of book one in the series, The Crusader's Bride

Gaston battled for duty and honor—
until his new wife tempted him to fight for her love.

ISBN-13: 9781927477519
Publisher: Deborah A Cooke
Release Date: 07/28/2015
Length: 350pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound

Read an excerpt courtesy Claire Delacroix website:

Jerusalem—May 15, 1187
Gaston de Châmont-sur-Maine read the missive from his brother’s wife again, unable to believe that he had understood the words correctly the first time. That Raymond should have died so suddenly and at such a young age was incomprehensible to Gaston.
That his older brother was not laughing as he rode to hunt was beyond belief.
But Marie’s meaning could not be doubted. It was there, before his own eyes. Raymond was dead, and he, Gaston, was now Baron de Châmont-sur-Maine. He touched the red wax seal, embedded with the mark of his family’s house, impressed with the signet ring that he had only to ride home to claim.
Châmont-sur-Maine was his.
He would have preferred that Raymond yet lived. His older brother had taken the responsibility of Châmont-sur-Maine with ease and grace, with a charm that Gaston did not share. Gaston was a simple man, a fighting man, a man accustomed to a simple life. He looked around the stables of the Knights Templar, situated in the Temple in the Holy City itself. He leaned against the wall of the stall assigned to his own destrier, Bon Chance, even as that steed nuzzled in the hay. His squires had been dispatched to take a meal in the kitchens, and he had come to this place to read his unexpected letter.
He ached that he would never hear Raymond’s bold laughter again.
As always, the extensive stables of the Templars were bustling with activity. Knights returned from errands and from duty, their horses slick with perspiration. Others were preparing to ride out, their steeds stamping with impatience to run. Some great destriers were being brushed down while others were saddled up. The floor was thick with squires, hastening to do the bidding of their knights, and the air was filled with jokes and commands. He could smell the hay in the stables and hear the clang of anvil on steel from the smithy as repairs were made to armor and armament. Bon Chance nibbled Gaston’s hair playfully from behind and he rubbed the beast’s nose with affection.
Gaston had pledged to the Templars twenty years before and had never expected to leave the order. Raymond was only two years older than him. He was hale and vigorous.
But Raymond had only daughters. His will decreed that Châmont-sur-Maine pass to Gaston instead of his own children.
It was sensible, more sensible than Gaston would have expected from his older brother, but he could not deny the practicality of the choice.
All the same, Gaston was accustomed to war and battle, to the company of men and the good care of horses. He knew little of running an estate, although he had witnessed his fair share of politics and intrigue. He fingered the letter again, astounded at the opportunity, knowing he could not deny it, yet strangely uncertain of what lay ahead.
He would need a wife.
He would need to father children to ensure Châmont-sur-Maine’s future.
He would be a baron. He would ride to hunt at whim, and feast in his own hall upon fine fare, and sleep in the same bed each and every night for the rest of his life. It was impossible to associate his brother’s life with himself and Gaston doubted he would accustom himself readily to the change.
There was no choice, though.
He tucked the missive into his tabard, eying the activity that surrounded him. Responsibility could not be denied, and Raymond’s clear thinking could not be undermined. Gaston would return to France and his legacy.
He would find a bride with all haste and embark upon the task of making sons. He had seen six and thirty summers, and Raymond’s death made him taste his own mortality. There was not a moment to waste in securing the future.
Although he would choose the moment he shared these tidings with the Grand Master of the Temple with care. Gerard de Ridfort was passionate and unpredictable, and truly Gaston could not regret that he would no longer have to follow that man’s command. Gaston instinctively distrusted those who followed their impulse and were impetuous as Gerard tended to be. The astonishing losses of Templar knights at Cresson this same month showed the merit of that man’s leadership, and Gaston did not imagine for a moment that Saladin meant to leave matters as they stood.
Gaston straightened with purpose. If he meant to return alive to Châmont-sur-Maine and ensure the future of his family holding—as was now his responsibility above all others—he had best tell the Grand Master the news as soon as possible.
A Templar could not disobey an order from the Grand Master. Gaston had to ensure that Gerard had as little time as possible to grant him one.
Then he would find a wife, with all haste. Christian women on pilgrimage oft prayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It seemed reasonable to Gaston to begin his search there. His expectations were minimal. She would have to be of noble blood, unwed, and both young and vigorous enough to bear him multiple sons. It would not be all bad if he found her attractive, for that would make rendering the marital debt more pleasant.
Beyond that, Gaston expected little of a wife. He hoped to find a practical woman, for he knew naught of courtship or even of conversing with women. He imagined that his inheritance would offer sufficient inducement to the kind of woman he sought.
Gaston de Châmont-sur-Maine left the stables with a whistle upon his lips, certain that all could be arranged sensibly and quickly.
This optimism was only possible because Gaston knew so little of women in general, and of Ysmaine de Valeroy in particular.
That situation would not last.
Excerpt from The Crusader’s Bride ©2014 Deborah A. Cooke

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Interview with James J Kaufman - The Conciliators finale of The Collectibles trilogy

I'm so happy to bring to you an author whose become a favorite, James J. Kaufman. He's here today to talk about the final book in his Collectibles trilogy, The Conciliators. If you haven't given this author a try and you love literary fiction, family drama, mystery, suspense and a wonderful story all rolled into three books I urge you to pick up copies of your own. In the mean time please enjoy our conversation!

ISBN-13: 9780989757133
Publisher: Downstream Publishing
Release Date: 09/08/2015
Length: 350pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound


It all started with a blind promise – now Preston Wilson faces a dilemma that will ultimately destroy him or define him.
In The Conciliators, the conclusion of The Collectibles Trilogy, Preston Wilson’s life is once again imploding – this time as headline news, bylined by Katherine Kelly. Under fire thanks to the financial shenanigans of a longtime friend, the CEO finds himself in trouble with the FBI, the Russian mafia, and his creditors. If he doesn’t come up with a plan – and quickly – he could lose everything and find himself, his wife, and his shareholders in prison. Inspired by Joe Hart’s life lessons, Preston sets a new course, vowing to fight for what matters most: his family, his friends, and the Collectibles.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Interview with Sherryl Woods - Willow Brook Road

Please welcome Sherryl Woods to the blog, she hasn't been her personally but I've featured her books here before. Sherryl's celebrating the release of her newest Chesapeake Shores series, Willow Brook Road.

ISBN-13: 9780778317661
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 09/29/2015
Length: 384pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods sweeps readers away with the story of a beloved member of the O'Brien family as she claims the life she's always dreamed of
Spirited, spontaneous Carrie Winters has grown up under the watchful eyes of not only her grandfather Mick O'Brien, but the entire town of Chesapeake Shores.
Now that she's home from Europe, a glamorous fashion career behind her and her heart broken, there seem to be far too many people watching to see if she'll live up to the expectations her family has for her.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Isolation by Mary Anna Evans Showcase/Interview/Reivew/Giveaway Partners in Crime Blog Tours


Mary Anna Evans

on Tour September 2015


Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can’t make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she’s out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse.
In their old plantation home, Joe Wolf Mantooth is surrounded by family—Faye, the wife he loves; their toddler son he adores; and his father, who hasn’t gotten around to telling him how long he’s been out of prison or how he got there—yet Joe has never felt so helpless or alone.
Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island’s isolation. Local law and environmental officials say they want to help, but to Faye and Joe they feel more like invaders. A struggling Faye reaches back over a century into her family’s history for clues. And all the while, danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, their cherished home, even the very ground—some of it poisoned—beneath their feet.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Women Sleuths
Published by: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Number of Pages: 284
Series: A Faye Longchamp Mystery, 9
ISBN: 9781464204029
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

Friday, September 25, 2015

**Giveaway** Interview with A.M. Sterling & Suzanne Wilson- Immersed in Fire:Trial by Seduction + review

Today I'm happy to introduce the husband and wife writing team of A.M. Sterling plus their co-author Suzanne Wilson. Its rare when I answer a request to review but I had a little spare time and the novel blurb spoke to me so I gave it a try. Boy am I glad I did. Read on to find out why during our conversation and my review that follows. The authors are also sponsoring TWO autographed printed copies for a giveaway, details below.
Plus the authors want to make e-copies available to all who want them click HERE to download your free copy!

ISBN-13: 978-1515096610
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 08/31/2015
Length: 178pp
Buy It: Amazon

“I didn’t give up my life when I left town with Cade, I began it.” 
From a new team of indie-authors, comes the first of an explosive new romance/mystery series that will leave you gasping for air. 
When shy, awkward, twenty-eight year old Veta Keller met tall, dark and handsome Caden Poe in her brother’s law office where she worked, she would have never dreamed that meeting would lead her on a journey that would span three continents and over 13,000 miles. Caden Poe has been arrested and charged with the murders of five young women in the Los Angeles area. Refusing to be swayed by the flimsy circumstantial evidence that the state has against him, Veta becomes his biggest champion. Cade is out on bail and Veta finds herself falling quickly in love with him...then another girl is found floating in a pool and Cade’s freedom is once again hanging in the balance. With the possibility of Cade returning to jail and even his own attorney believing he’s guilty, Cade and Veta embark on a journey of love, romance, passion…and murder. 

One autographed copy of
Immersed in Fire: Trial By Seduction
to two winners
Good Luck!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

**GIVEAWAY** Interview with Donna Augustine + Review of her new novel The Wilds

I'm so happy to welcome back an author whose become a friend and my new fantasy go to.
She and I are chatting about her debut novel in her new Urban Fantasy series, The Wilds. Enjoy our chat and my review and then stick around because Donna is offering one autographed print copy for a giveaway.

Publisher: Strong Hold Publishing
Release Date: 08/30/2015
Length: 350pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon


I met a Plaguer today, one of the very few who survived the last outbreak of Bloody Death. She said horrible things about me and my companions. We all called her crazy afterward and claimed this was the reason they needed to be locked up. They spread lies that could hurt our fragile world, nearly brought to extinction 150 years ago.
But here's the catch: she was right about me. I have a niggling fear that she was right about my friends, as well. What if the Plaguers are right about the people in charge? What if they are right about everything?
This book is for all the Plaguers, the truth sayers branded and marked as liars, often hunted and sometimes forgotten. This book is for the girl who was right.

The Giveaway is for one
Autographed Print copy of
The Wilds US ONLY
Thanks Donna!
Good Luck!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

**Giveaway** Robin Bielman Blog Tour Take A Risk

Welcome to my stop on the Robin Bielman, Take a Risk Blog Tour. Enjoy learning a bit about each book in the bundle and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
There's only a short time left to enter the giveaway!