Monday, July 31, 2017

Review - Showcase - Addicted to Love, Flatiron Five #2 by Deborah Cooke

Last week I reviewed/showcased The Crusader's Vow by Claire Delacroix who is Deborah Cooke's alter ego. Today I'm so excited to review book 2 in Deb's new contemporary, a bit naughty romance series staring the owners of NYC's latest exclusive fitness club where members can enjoy all the regular gym activities plus some edgy exercise too. 

ISBN-13: 9781988479149
Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Release Date: 06-29-2017
Length: 276pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound
Kyle wants it all…
Kyle Stuyvesant doesn’t believe in love and romance. His parents taught him there’s no such thing as forever, and he took the lesson to heart. After all, there’s only one woman who ever tempted him to more than a single, hot night together. Fortunately for his convictions, she’s married to another guy. Problem solved—until Lauren’s husband cheats and Kyle isn’t just the bearer of bad news, but the man she turns to for comfort.
Lauren demands it all…
When Lauren’s marriage implodes, she wants to lose herself in pleasure and sensation. Who knows that territory better than Kyle who seduced her so deliciously years before? It was a night Lauren never forgot, and now that she wants to start again, Kyle is the only man she wants. Will she be able to accept his terms of no love or romance? When Lauren can’t get enough, will Kyle take a chance on wanting more?
Download Chapter 1 free - HERE

Friday, July 28, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Showcase - Say No More by Liliana Hart

I'm so pleased to feature book three in Liliana Hart's Gravedigger Series, Say No More and to celebrate Lililana's publisher Simon and Schuster is sponsoring a giveaway of books 1 & 2. Details below.
Liliana Hart
Book 3 in The Gravediggers Series
Pocket Books
July 25, 2017

Return to New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s romantic suspense series, the Gravediggers, with SAY NO MORE, the thrilling game of cat and mouse between a member of the Gravediggers and the brilliant woman hot on his heels.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families. Sometimes the dead do rise…

Dante Malcolm is a man of refined tastes. He was once a part of Britain’s elite intelligence force, but his double life eventually caught up with him. There was a reason he’d never been able to capture Simon Locke, a notorious thief who always seemed to be one step ahead. Dante was Simon, and eventually his extracurricular activities cost him his life, and he now belongs to the Gravediggers.

Liv Rothschild is a detective inspector with Interpol and the woman responsible for catching M16’s most notorious agent in his final heist—the heist that killed him. But something about his death has never sat right with her, and she’s been haunted by it for months. It was too easy, and Dante Malcolm was too smart to go down that way.

Dante might belong to the Gravediggers, but his heart and soul will always belong to the next job—each one with a bigger payout and more dangerous than the last. The rest of the team doesn’t know about his alter ego, because he made sure the information went missing from his file. So when the job he’s waited his whole life for seems like a possibility, he sneaks out of the country like a thief in the night, only to run into the one woman who’s ever been able to match him in brilliance—and passion—for the job. The problem is they’re standing on opposite sides of the law—and only one of them can walk away with the prize.

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.

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
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
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.

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)

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.
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.
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.

Harper Sloan
Book 2 in The Coming Home Series
Pocket Books
July 18, 2017


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

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


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!

Friday, July 14, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Showcase - Only: The Alex Connor Chronicles Book 3 by Parker Sinclair

I'm excited to bring you this spotlight for Parker Sinclair's Only, the third book in her Alex Connor Chronicles fantasy series.
Parker is sponsoring a giveaway, details below.


ISBN-13: 9780998405339
Publisher: Rawlings Book, LLC
Release Date: 07-10-2017
Length: 218pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N


One would think the sassy, sexy hybrid Earthen Protector and Healer Alex Conner deserves some downtime after all she’s been through. But no. Instead, she finds herself trapped by the king of the Fae, and he’s not letting her go until he gets what he wants.

As alternate realities tangle her in confusion and bring her close to forgetting who she is and everyone she loves, will she unwittingly give the king what he craves?

If she does escape, will she ever pick up where she left off with her sexy Adonis Ryan? And can she control the new power she never knew she could wield—one over life and death itself—or will she be entangled in a realm whose ruler is hell-bent on entrapping her and someone she holds dear, forever?

The Giveaway is for digital copies of
Eve Plus The First Three books in the Alex Connor series
Good Luck!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Showcase - Bad Blood by Brian McGilloway - Partners in Crime Tours

Welcome to my stop on the Bad Blood tour learn a bit about it and don't forget to enter the Giveaway too!

Bad Blood

by Brian McGilloway

on Tour June 26 - July 31, 2017


A young man is found in a riverside park, his head bashed in with a rock. One clue is left behind to uncover his identity—an admission stamp for the local gay club.
DS Lucy Black is called in to investigate. As Lucy delves into the community, tensions begin to rise as the man’s death draws the attention of the local Gay Rights group to a hate-speech Pastor who, days earlier, had advocated the stoning of gay people and who refuses to retract his statement.
Things become further complicated with the emergence of a far-right group targeting immigrants in a local working-class estate. As their attacks escalate, Lucy and her boss, Tom Fleming, must also deal with the building power struggle between an old paramilitary commander and his deputy that threatens to further enflame an already volatile situation.
Hatred and complicity abound in McGilloway’s new Lucy Black thriller. Compelling and current, Bad Blood is an expertly crafted and acutely observed page-turner, delivering the punch that readers of Little Lost Girl have grown to expect.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062684558 (ISBN13: 9780062684554)
Series: DS Lucy Black #4
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sophia Rose Reviews - Jane of Austin by Hilary Manton Lodge

Once again Sophia Rose takes the reins on The Reading Frenzy and brings us her review of Jane of Austin, nice play on words Sophia Rose can't wait to find out more about it.

Jane of Austin by Hilary Manton Lodge
Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  WaterBrook
Published:  6.13.17
Pages:  320
Format: eARC
Source:  Net Galley
Sellers:  Amazon - Barnes& Noble -  Kobo

GoodReads Blurb:

Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Showcase - The Fifth Reflection by Ellen Kirschman

I'm excited to showcase another Ellen Kirshman novel #3 featuring her police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, The Fifth Reflection. Ellen's publisher Oceanview is sponsoring a giveaway. 
Details Below

ISBN-13: 9781608092505
Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 07-11-2017
Length: 272pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound


Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and obsession with finding the missing child is tearing his own family apart. Trapped between her allegiance to the investigator, her complicated connections to the photographer, and her unstable relationship with the police chief, Dot must find a way to help everyone involved. As Dot’s psychological expertise and determination contribute to solving the mystery, her involvement with the missing child’s extended, dysfunctional family brings her face-to-face with painful psychological issues of her own. The Fifth Reflection delivers a chilling, up-close look at the psychological strain of investigating Internet crimes against children, the complexities of being married to a cop, and the deadliness of jealousy.

Oceanview Publishing is sponsoring this giveaway of
One Print Copy of The Fifth Reflection US ONLY
Please use Rafflecopter form below to enter
Good Luck!

Monday, July 10, 2017

**GIVEAWAY** Showcase - Indian Summer by Marcia Willett

It's my pleasure to bring you a showcase of UK author Marcia Willett's newest US release, Indian Summer. Marcia's US publisher, St. Martin's Press is offering a giveaway details below and I'm happy to be able to share with you my friend and fellow New Zealand blogger, Kathryn from The Book Date's review. 
Click HERE for Kathryn's review.

ISBN-13: 9781250121035
Release Date: 06-27-2017
Length: 288pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound

Some memories can be forgotten…others won’t ever go away. From internationally adored author Marcia Willett comes the magnificent new novel, Indian Summer.
For renowned actor Sir Mungo, his quiet home village in Devon provides the perfect retreat. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his old friends in London.
Among those is Kit, who comes to stay for the summer, bringing with her a letter from her first and only love, Jake, and a heart in turmoil. Years have passed since they last saw each other, and now he has written to Kit asking to meet again.
As the summer unfolds, secrets are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community, and even tear a family apart. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past…

St. Martin's Press is offering
One Print copy of Indian Summer
Please use Rafflecopter form below to enter
Good Luck

Friday, July 7, 2017

Audible Review - The Chosen By J.R. Ward

The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a series that I have loved since book 1 and while some of the novels are better than others I can honestly say that this genius of a storyteller knows her stuff and has kept me enthralled during the current book and anticipatory for the next one.
I have seen mixed reviews for The Chosen but I think you'll see from my review that I don't share the nay sayers views.


The Chosen: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

Written by: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 15
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:04-04-17
Publisher: Random House Audio

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.
Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.
As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Showcase - A Stardance Summer by Emily March

I'm happy to bring you Emily March's latest, #13 in her critically acclaimed Eternity Springs novel, A Stardance Summer.

ISBN-13: 9781250131683Eternity Springs #13
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Release Date: 06-27-2017
Length: 320pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible

Return to the beloved small town of Eternity Springs in the newest installment of Emily March’s New York Times bestselling series with A Stardance Summer.
Sometimes the end of one road
Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he's in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend's kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.
. . .is the start of another
Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she's put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sophia Rose Reviews––The Sagittarius Command by RM Meluch

I'm happy once again to turn over the blog to Sophia Rose. Today she's reviewing the audible version of The Sagittarius Command by RM Meluch, narrated by John Glouchevitch.
Sophia Rose take it away!!

The Sagittarius Command by RM Meluch, Narrated by John Glouchevitch
#3 Tour of the Merrimack
Space Opera, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published:  5.23.17
ISBN: 1536671185
Time:  11 hours 31 min
Rating: 4
Format: MP3
Source:  Brilliance Audio
Sellers:  Amazon-Barnes& Noble

Goodreads blurb:
After the finest battleship-class spaceship in Earth's fleet, the U.S.S. Merrimack, rescues a near-space Roman world besieged by a destructive alien life-form known as the Hive, the Romans' leader, Caesar Magnus, insists on honoring the ship's captain, John Farragut. But when Caesar is assassinated, Farragut must lead a mission into the heart of Hive territory in search of a Roman who has been presumed "dead" for decades.