Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Monthly Library Read- The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff is another of my favorite authors she specializes in WWII era novels. Her road to authordom came as a result of her time spent working on Holocaust preservation while working for the State Department at the U.S. Consulate in Krakow developing close relations with Jewish survivors.
The Orphan's Tale was a runaway bestseller and spent 5 weeks on the NYT bestseller list.

We had a lively discussion and Pam called in to make it even more special.
I personally listened to the audible version which I luckily picked up as a daily deal for a steal.


Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Release Date: 2-21-2017
Length: 12hours-52 minutes
Source: Audible purchast
Buy It: Audible/Kobo

The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants in this powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II, by international bestselling author Pam Jenoff.

Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.
When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus.
The circus owner offers to teach Noa the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Review- Showcase Snowbound by Deborah Cooke Secret Heart Ink #1

Those who know me know that my all time favorite author is Deborah Cooke who also writes under the pseudonym of Claire Delacroix. I have been loving her Flat Iron Five series a contemporary series with sass and heat and now she's started a spin-off/companion series to it called Secret Heart Ink. The premise of the series is this; Secret Heart Ink is a tattoo salon run by the enigmatic woman called Chynna and to celebrate the opening she is giving away one tattoo on each full moon hoping to bring two hearts together forever.
Snowbound is the first in the series and I'm pleased to bring you my review and an excerpt.


ISBN-13: 9781988479682
Publisher: Deborah Cooke
Release Date: 3-20-2018
Length: 178pp
Secret Heart Ink #1
Source: Author for review
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Flatiron Five has a new tattoo shop—run by the enigmatic and legendary tattoo artist Chynna. When the moon is full, Chynna creates one tattoo to set two hearts afire and gives it away, with the goal of making romantic dreams come true. Who will be next?
Olivia trusts in here-and-now...
Olivia doesn’t believe in magic or everlasting love—she’s a scientist, after all—but winning a tattoo from Chynna convinces her to take a chance. She’s always admired her best friend Lexi’s big brother Spencer, maybe because opposites attract. What would it be like to seduce him? Would it end her fascination with him? With a little help from her friends and a blindfold, Liv decides to find out. The bonus is that Spencer will never know his secret lover was her…
Spencer believes in forever.
But Spencer guesses the truth almost right away. He’s good with having Olivia want him—having her alone in his cabin is the perfect chance to teach her to trust sensation and him. A blizzard interferes with Olivia’s plan, giving Spencer more time to work his own persuasive magic. He knows a night or two will only be the beginning of what he wants to last forever. Can he convince Olivia to give love a try, or will she leave him forever as soon as the snow melts?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Review - Interview - Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin

If you know me you know I LOVE the novels of Laura Griffin, there is none better in the romantic suspense genre, her new release Desperate Girls was the best in the genre I've read this year. Fantastic characters and a tight plot make this a must read on everyone's late summer reading list.

ISBN-13: 978-1501162411
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: 8-7-2018
Length: 368pp
Source: Author/Publisher for review
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New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin’s Desperate Girls is a tightly wound, fast-paced thriller that examines intricate relationship dynamics in the wake of a killer’s symbolic revenge spree. 

Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she has a tendency to intimidate, and she likes it that way. She’s a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she’s a mess.
When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipeout those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.
With no help from the police, Brynn is forced to take matters into her own hands, turning to a private security firm for protection. But when Brynn defies advice and gets involved in the investigation, even the former Secret Service agent assigned to protect her may not be able to keep her safe. With every new clue she discovers, Brynn is pulled back into the vortex of a disturbing case from her past.
As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn’s desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer’s fury.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Wedding From Hell part 2 - The Reception by JR Ward a prequel to Consumes

Okay gang are you ready? J.R. Ward's prequel to Consumed The Wedding From Hell part 2 is out now and it's FREE!!
Did Anne and Danny do the deed? Read all about what happens at the reception and find out!
Purchase link below

The Wedding from Hell
Part 2: The Reception
by J. R. Ward
Available: August 7, 2018
Gallery Books | E-book Original
ISBN: 9781982105372 | Free

The Wedding from Hell, Part 2: The Rehearsal Dinner is the exciting second adventure in J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense, Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to the night steamy arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire will never forget.

About the Book:
The Wedding From Hell, Part 2: The Reception: As the wedding from hell continues, Anne and Danny find themselves walking the delicate balance between professional distance and explosive attraction. Will the desire they feel last through the night and change their lives? Or are they doomed to part after one night of passion?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - The Gatsby Affair by Kendall Taylor

What could be better than digging into one of the most talked about, tumultuous relationships of the Twentieth Century, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. This is actually Taylor's second exposé on this dynamic couple.
Kendall's publicist Author/Guide is sponsoring this giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1538104934
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date: 8-8-2018
Length: 320pp
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The romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre has been celebrated as one of the greatest of the 20th century. From the beginning, their relationship was a tumultuous one, in which the couple’s excesses were as widely known as their passion for each other. Despite their love, both Scott and Zelda engaged in flirtations that threatened to tear the couple apart. But none had a more profound impact on the two—and on Scott’s writing—as the liaison between Zelda and a French aviator, Edouard Jozan. Though other biographies have written of Jozan as one of Scott’s romantic rivals, accounts of the pilot’s effect on the couple have been superficial at best.

In The Gatsby Affair: Scott, Zelda, and the Betrayal That Shaped an American Classic, Kendall Taylor examines the dalliance between the southern belle and the French pilot from a fresh perspective. Drawing on conversations and correspondence with Jozan’s daughter, as well as materials from the Jozan family archives, Taylor sheds new light on this romantic triangle. More than just a casual fling, Zelda’s tryst with Edouard affected Scott as much as it did his wife—and ultimately influenced the author’s most famous creation, Jay Gatsby. Were it not for Zelda’s affair with the pilot, Scott’s novel might be less about betrayal and more about lost illusions.

Exploring the private motives of these public figures, Taylor offers new explanations for their behavior. In addition to the love triangle that included Jozan, Taylor also delves into an earlier event in Zelda’s life—a sexual assault she suffered as a teenager—one that affected her future relationships. Both a literary study and a probing look at an iconic couple’s psychological makeup, The Gatsby Affair offers readers a bold interpretation of how one of America’s greatest novels was influenced.

The Gatsby Affair
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Showcase - Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton

I can never get enough about the enigmatic journalist/author Ernest Hemingway especially his relationships. So I'm pleased to showcase this novel by NYT bestseller, Meg Waite Clayton about  his third wife, Martha Gellhorn still considered one of the greatest war corespondents of the twentieth century. She was the only female reporter who landed in the Normandy D-Day attack.

ISBN-13:  978-1503900837
Publisher: Lake Union
Release Date: 8-1-2018
Length: 384pp
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From New York Times bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton comes a riveting novel based on one of the most volatile and intoxicating real-life love affairs of the twentieth century.

Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship—forged over writing, talk, and family dinners—flourishes into something undeniable in Madrid while they’re covering the Spanish Civil War.

Martha reveres him. The very married Hemingway is taken with Martha—her beauty, her ambition, and her fearless spirit. And as Hemingway tells her, the most powerful love stories are always set against the fury of war. The risks are so much greater. They’re made for each other.

With their romance unfolding as they travel the globe, Martha establishes herself as one of the world’s foremost war correspondents, and Hemingway begins the novel that will win him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Beautiful Exiles is a stirring story of lovers and rivals, of the breathless attraction to power and fame, and of one woman—ahead of her time—claiming her own identity from the wreckage of love.

Monday, August 6, 2018

#Giveaway - Showcase - The Chairman's Toys by Graham Reed A Partners in Crime blog tour

Welcome to my stop of The Chairman's Toys by Graham Reed Blog tour sponsored by Partners in Crime tours.
Read all about it and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway

The Chairman's Toys

by Graham Reed

on Tour August 1-31, 2018


Vancouver, British Columbia – land of psychotically expensive real estate, high-grade cannabis, and Jake Constable. A man adrift.
After Jake quits the drug business, his realtor/ex-wife, Nina, gets him a job as a house sitter for her wealthy clients. Jake celebrates by throwing a party in the mansion he was hired to look after. Unfortunately, the guest list gets out of hand, leaving Jake to contend with a hallucinogenic-vitamin-dispensing yogi, a dead guy in the bathroom, and The Norwegian – a criminal force of nature with a grudge against Jake.
When the owner of the multimillion-dollar crime scene returns home prematurely, only Jake's inadvertent discovery of the man's politically incorrect business history saves him from having to clean up after the party. But he still has to come clean with his ex-wife. The situation threatens to turn into an international incident when Nina’s power broker uncle and a pair of secret agents from China show up to turn the screws on Jake. Soon after that his friends start disappearing. With the Chinese government leaning on him and The Norwegian out to settle an old score, Jake comes up with a desperate plan to dupe the secret agents, save his friends, and (why not?) solve the murder.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Wedding From Hell part 1-Prequel to J.R. Ward's Consumed Blog tour

Nothing excites me more than when I learn J.R. Ward is releasing a new Black Dagger Brotherhood novel or one of the spin off Legacy series novels, except when she comes out with one of her unbelievably fantastic off season mini-series. That time is coming soon when she releases the first of her Consumed trilogy in October '18.
To get fans primed she's written a prequel to get readers introduced to the stars of Consumed, Anne Ashburn and Danny Maguire.
This post is featuring Part I of The Wedding From Hell available now, for FREE!
That's right FREE! Purchase link below.

The Wedding from Hell
Part 1: The Rehearsal Dinner
by J. R. Ward
Available: July 17, 2018
Gallery Books | E-book Original
ISBN: 9781982105365 | Free

Don’t miss #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to where it all started between arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire. The Wedding From Hell is a sexy standalone novella that sets up Consumed’s storyline, leaving fans hungry for more and dying to snatch it up.

Friday, August 3, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review -The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

It's been too long since I traveled back to medieval Scotland and the wilds of the Highlands so come back with me now and experience the passion and the problems of folks way back when.
St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.

Also look for a link to Lily's fantastic interview with Happy*Ever*After below.

ISBN-13: 9781250084842
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 7-31-2018
Length: 320pp
Highland Warriors #3
Source: Publisher for Review
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The stunning and dramatic final book in the Kincaid brothers' trilogy set in the wilds of Scotland.


Derryth MacClaren is on the run—having been sent from her castle home to avoid capture by the vicious nobleman known as the Wolf, who has vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid. When a surprise attack leaves her vulnerable, Derryth ends up in the hands of an enemy warrior who claims her, with the Wolf’s blessing, as his prize. But her captor’s gentle words and touch seduce her heart—and body—completely. . . and when she discovers the tattoo on his arm that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid, Derryth knows she must find a way to alter his fate—and her own. . .

Cull has no memory of his family or past—all he knows is the life of a warrior, trained to fight on behalf of the Scottish king. But now that Derryth has informed him of who he really is—Cullen Braewick, the youngest son of the slain laird—he is torn. If Cull exacts revenge against the Wolf, who executed his father, he stands to lose the precious lass who he has come to love. What is he willing to sacrifice for Derryth to keep her safe. . .and in his arms?

The Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood is not one to miss!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

#Giveaway, Showcase, Bad Time To Be In It, David Burnsworth a Partners in Crime Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Bad Time To Be In It by David Burnsworth blog tour, a Partners In Crime tour. Don't forget to enter the #Giveaway.

Bad Time To Be In It

by David Burnsworth

on Tour July 9 - August 10, 2018



The past is never past. Sometimes it repeats itself. And sometimes it comes back to pay a visit. Blu Carraway, flush with cash and back in business, never had it so good. Or so he thought.The reality is his love life is in shambles, his business partner is spending too much time with women half his age and not enough time on the job, and someone close goes missing. Blu’s business partner goes off the rails, his friends show their true colors, and he realizes that getting closure sometimes means walking away from everything. With a case from the past gone wrong twice, a loved one in trouble, and an unanswered marriage proposal, it’s a bad time to be in it for Blu Carraway Investigations.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Number of Pages: 254
ISBN: 9781635113587
Series: Blu Carraway Mysteries #2
Purchase Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Showcase- Dune Drive by Mariah Stewart Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Dune Drive by Mariah Stewart blog tour.
Lorna at Delighted Reader has a fab review- HERE

ISBN-13: 9781501154416
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 7-31-2018
Length: 400pp
Chesapeake Diaries #12
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Always believing she was an ugly duckling, Chrissy Jenkins thought she had finally turned into a swan when her real-life Prince Charming swept her off her feet. But as his true character began to crack his perfect facade, Chrissy realized that not only was she better off without him, but that she was the only one who had the power to transform her life.

Returning to her ancestral home on Cannonball Island for a family wedding, Chrissy is reintroduced to a legacy she’d all but forgotten. In choosing to stay on the island, she reboots her life, successfully reinventing herself as a sous chef at the Inn at Sinclair’s Point just over the bridge in St. Dennis. But despite her newfound self-confidence, she still doesn’t trust her taste in men. So when she meets Jared Chandler, a handsome ship salvager staying at the inn while he conducts a nearby recovery operation, Chrissy’s certain she can keep him as a friend—even though he’s everything any woman would want in a man. As fellow newcomers, together they discover the charm of the historic bayside town and explore the idyllic island.

But when Chrissy agrees to be Jared’s date for his father’s wedding, they embark on a weekend that will find them each seeing the other in a completely different light, one that will change their lives forever.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review- Showcase- Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

When Macmillan Audio offered me the chance to review the audio version of Number One Chinese Restaurant I said heck yeah and I'll take a side of kung pao chicken with that please!
It was intense and a bit of a culture shock for this W.A.S.P. but I totally loved it check out the feature.

    Number One Chinese Restaurant

    A Novel
    By: Lillian Li
    Narrated by: Nancy Wu
    Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    Unabridged Audiobook
    Release date: 06-19-18
    Language: English
    Source: Publisher for Review
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio
      Buy it at Audible


        From Lillian Li comes an exuberant and wise multigenerational debut audiobook about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant.

        The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.

        Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

        Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Showcase - Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham

Set The Night on Fire is #6 in Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom series, check out the excerpt and showcase.

ISBN-13: 9781250131317
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 7-31-2018
Length: 350pp
Cottonbloom #6
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From award winning author Laura Trentham comes Set the Night on Fire, a novel about starting over, finding your way back home—and falling head over heels. . .

Ella Boudreaux has a lot to prove to her family, friends, and foes—and to herself. So when her marriage ends she decides to invest her energy and money into a place that brings back some of Ella’s happiest memories: the Abbott brothers’ garage. Maybe, if she puts her mind to it, she can teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to make the business a true success. Which would be a lot easier if the hunky mechanic didn’t make her motor run quite so fast…and hot.

Mack was furious when his brother, Ford, sold his share of the business. He’s in no rush to team up with a wealthy divorcée who shows up to the garage in stilettos—and the longest, sexiest legs he’s seen in forever. But Ella’s grit and determination won’t quit…and soon Mack can see that she’s been down a few rough roads herself. Neither Mack nor Ella can deny the fierce attraction that’s revving up between them. Could it be that true love has been in the backseat all along…and they’ve finally found the key?

Friday, July 27, 2018

#GIVEAWAY- Interview - Review - The Dead Still Here by Laura Valeri

Folks who know me know I love indie authors and when ever I get the chance to promote one I do. Fans of short stories be prepared to be wowed by this talented wordsmith. Laura's publicist, Author/Guide is sponsoring a #Giveaway of an autographed copy, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1622881802
Stephen F. Austin University Press
Release Date: 6-5-2018
Length: 120pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


Mapping stories set in Europe and America, The Dead Still Here skillfully paces through eleven short stories about friends-with-benefits typed relationships, vicious divorces and thievery, the loss of a child, the loss of a mother, and the Coast Guard and the Navy rescuing refugees from a bad storm at sea. Laura Valeri writes one single breathtaking sentence about sex, Dear John emails, and Christmas presents in "Liabilities of a Love Misguided" and vividly recreates that sharp sense of self-consciousness in "What They Know." Along with characters that are irrevocably locked in their heads, Valeri includes a guide on how to take medication in "Prescription for Life," which subtly points to the other hallucinatory narratives. This collection is at once provocative and lucid, and it offers various angles of characters looking for a relationship to hold.

Giveaway is for one autographed copy of
The Dead Still Here
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison

Beth has always been a favorite author for me I love her wit and her unsinkable female protagonists. This story has all that but its also very personal for her. If you love YA you might recognize the name because her daughter Paige is a YA author.
Beth's Publisher, St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a #Giveaway, details below.


ISBN-13:  9781250043832
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 7-24-2018
Length: 304pp
Source: Publisher for review
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In New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison's most emotional novel ever, a fractured family must come together at a beach house haunted by the past.
Willa has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her husband, Ben. She became an absent mother to her young son, Jamie, unable to comfort him while reeling from her own grief.

Now, years after Ben’s death, Willa finally decides to return to the beach house where he passed. It’s time to move on and put the Ocean City, Maryland house on the market.
When Willa arrives, the house is in worse shape than she could have imagined, and the memories of her time with Ben are overwhelming. They met at this house and she sees him around every corner. Literally. Ben’s ghost keeps reappearing, trying to start conversations with Willa. And she can’t help talking back.
To protect her sanity, Willa enlists Jamie, her best friend Kristin, and Kristin’s daughter Kelsey to join her for one last summer at the beach. As they explore their old haunts, buried feelings come to the surface, Jamie and Kelsey rekindle their childhood friendship, and Willa searches for the chance to finally say goodbye to her husband and to reconnect with her son.
Every Time You Go Away is a heartfelt, emotional story about healing a tragic loss, letting go, and coming together as a family.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

#GIVEAWAY - Review - Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster

Lori Foster has been a go-to author for years so when her publisher, the one that makes the world go round, Harlequin brought to my attention, Cooper's Charm the debut novel in her brand new Love at the Resort series I knew i found the perfect summer read. Harlequin is sponsoring a #giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1335477903
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date:
Length: 320pp
Love at the Resort #1
Source: Publisher for review
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One summer, two sisters and a chance to start over…
Before the burglary that shattered her confidence, Phoenix Rose had a fiancé, a successful store and a busy, happy existence. After months spent adrift, she takes a job at the lakeside resort of Cooper’s Charm. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly colleagues and a charismatic, widowed boss, Phoenix is slowly inching her way back into the world.

Visiting Cooper’s Charm to check up on her little sister, Ridley Rose impulsively agrees to fill in as housekeeper. Still reeling from an ego-bruising divorce, she finds satisfaction in a job well done—and in the attention of the resort’s handsome scuba instructor.

For Phoenix and Ridley, Cooper’s Charm is supposed to be merely temporary. But this detour may lead to the place they most need to be, where the future is as satisfying as it is surprising…

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Cooper's Charm US & Canada Only
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Monday, July 23, 2018

#Giveaway Tail of The Dragon Interview with author Connie di Marco a Partners in Crime tour

Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Tail of the Dragon by Connie di Marco tour, read our interview and be sure to enter the #giveaway for an Amazon Gift Card.

Tail of the Dragon

by Connie di Marco

on Tour July 16 - August 31, 2018


San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but now, Julia’s former boss and current client has asked for help. He has serious problems at his law firm. Two attorneys and a paralegal have received death threats and the only common denominator between all three is a case long settled — the highly publicized Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s convinced a woman is behind the threats, perhaps even the widow of the man who died in that same fire, but no one wants to listen — they can’t believe astrology could provide a clue. Before Julia can help her client, two lawyers are dead and her own life is threatened. Can she unmask the killer before he (or she) takes another life?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: August 8th 2018
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 0738751065 (ISBN13: 9780738751061)
Series: Zodiac Mystery #3
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Goodreads

Friday, July 20, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review Dark Rhapsody by Helaine Mario

I fell in love with Helaine's second novel, The Lost Concerto, being the mother of a classically trained opera singer all the musical references in that novel drew me in and her exquisite storytelling enthralled me.  So when I learned she was writing a sequel I knew I had to be first in line for it and I was NOT disappointed. 
She is also a tireless women's advocate and is involved in many charitable endeavors.
Read about the novel, my review and then stick around because Helaine's generous publisher, Oceanview is sponsoring a giveaway. Details below.


ISBN-13: 9781608092925
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 07-03-2018
Length: 368pp
Maggie O'Shea #2
Source: Author/Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/ITunes


In 1945, an Austrian girl discovers a priceless Nazi treasure near a remote alpine lake and sets in motion a decades-old secret that will change lives for generations to come.

Many years later, classical pianist Maggie O’Shea is preparing her return to the world of music. Instead, a nightmare of a haunting rhapsody and hundreds of roses from a deranged stalker propel her into a world of terror. Forces drive her to revisit the mystery of her mother’s death, her father’s startling disappearance, and a terrible secret from World War II. Maggie finds herself on a collision course with a brutal, disfigured killer who threatens those she holds dear—an aging pianist with a long-buried secret, a haunted cellist, a charismatic Maestro, and the crusty retired colonel she has come to love.

A story of loss, intrigue, vengeance, courage, and love.

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Dark Rhapsody US ONLY
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews - Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross

Sophia Rose may at this very moment be camping in the wilds of Idaho but she's not too far away from WiFi to bring us her review of #2 in the Auction Book cozy mystery series.

Death and the Brewmaster’s Widow by Loretta Ross
#2 Auction Block Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Midnight Ink
Published:  2.8.16
ISBN:  073874705X
Pages:  264
Rating: 4
Format: Paperback
Source:  Purchased
Sellers:  Amazon/B&N/Kobo

GoodReads Blurb:

They call it "the Brewmaster's Widow"; the abandoned brewery where Death Bogart's brother died in an arson fire.

With his girlfriend, Wren Morgan, Death goes home to St. Louis to take on a deeply personal mystery. When Randy Bogart went into the Einstadt Brewery, he left his broken badge behind at the firehouse. So why did the coroner find one on his body? Every answer leads to more questions. Why did the phony badge have the wrong number? Who set the brewery fire? What is the connection between Randy's death and the mysterious Cherokee Caves, where the opulent playground of 19th century beer barons falls into slow decay?

Not understanding how and why he lost his brother is breaking the ex-Marine's heart. But the Brewmaster's Widow is jealous of her secrets. Prising them loose could cost Death and Wren both their lives.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Showcase - Excerpt - The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Today I'm showcasing Canadian author, Ph.D. in Zoology Kristi Charish's re-released novel and debut in her new Kincaid Strange series.
Fun fact she is the scientific adviser for the White Trash Zombie novels.


ISBN-13: 978-0735273122
Publisher: Vintage 
Release Date:canada
Length: 352pp
Kincaid Strange #1
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


For fans of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, a new urban fantasy series introduces Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner...
For starters, she's only twenty-seven. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.
Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.
And then she becomes the target... As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Audible Review- Now That You Mention It By Kristan Higgings

You know there is no one who touches the heart quite like Kristan Higgins whether its romantic comedy or women's fiction. This novel is especially poignant and one of her best. 
Kristan's publisher, Harlequin is sponsoring a #giveaway of this book, details below.

Now That You Mention It

By: Kristan Higgins
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-26-17
Language: English
Publisher: Recorded Books
But it: Audible/Kobo



Following the success of If You Only Knew and On Second Thought comes the highly anticipated new novel by New York Times best-selling author Higgins - a funny and bittersweet story of a woman who returns to her hometown after a decade's absence hoping to resuscitate her relationship with her family, only to discover that her homecoming is not as welcome as she had imagined.

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid and where some revelations about her family could either heal her or send her scrambling back to Boston on the next ferry.

Giveaway is one print copy
Now That You Mention It
US & Canada Only
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review Wyvern's Angel - Interview with Deborah Cooke

Unless you've been living under a rock you know that Deb Cooke/Claire Delacroix is my all time favorite author. I LOVE everything she writes, historical, paranormal, urban fantasy contemporary, YA. I started off reading her historical romance with just a touch of woo woo and fell in love with her world(s) her characters and her stories and like many established authors today has decided to go indie all the way. We touch on that topic during our chat so I hope you take the time to read the interview and my review of the latest in her Dragon Shape Shifter Princesses of Incedium series, Wyvern's Angel.

Publisher: Deborah A. Cooke
Release Date: 5-29-2018
The Dragons of Incedium #9
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo
Incendium exclusive website
Bond is a secret spy for the Gloria Furore space pirates, a former member of Princess Anguissa’s crew, and a fallen angel with a love of pleasure. His wings will be returned once he meets the Host and completes his mission—but Bond isn’t counting on the distracting allure of a dragon shifter princess determined to seduce him. Percipia has no interest in romance or love, but knows she has to claim the Seed and fulfill her obligation to her kind by conceiving a child. But Bond isn’t interested in a quick seduction—he prefers to savor every moment—and the Gloria Furore soon catches up with him. Being with Bond makes Percipia feel more alive than she ever has and she soon realizes she is falling in love. Being with Percipia is too much like heaven for Bond to resist giving her all she wants from him…but when they are attacked and Bond must choose, will he save Percipia or complete his quest at any cost?

Friday, July 13, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase The Consultant by Tj O'Connor a Partners in Crime blog tour

Welcome to my stop on The Consultant by Tj O'Connor blog tour, learn a bit about the book and don't forget to enter the #giveaway before you leave.

The Consultant has been chosen by Amazon to be a July Kindle Monthly Deal for $.99.
Click HERE for the purchase Link

The Consultant

by Tj O'Connor

July 1-31, 2018 Tour


Terrorism hits Main Street America

When a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken―until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”
Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat―the Iranian threat―has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue―Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder.
As attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East conflict, innocent refugees become trapped between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere. Is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the next terror target, and pray he’s in time to stop further annihilation.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch a Partners in Crime Blog Tour

Beneath the Lighthouse

by Julieanne Lynch

on Tour June 25 - August 31, 2018


Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him.
When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in.
Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive.

Book Details:

Genre: YA Supernatural Horror, Mystery
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Number of Pages: 334
ISBN: 978-1-944109-59-2
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan- Review-Interview

Those of you who know me well know that I ADORE anything Sarah Morgan writes and I have been loving her for years. Sarah started writing for the Harlequin/Mills & Boon Presents line and eventually started writing full length romance and women's fiction and is one of the big reasons Harlequin makes the world go round. How To Keep A Secret is a contemporary mainstream/women's fiction and it's Fabulous. 
Read all about it!

ISBN-13: 9781335613004
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 7-10-2018
Length: 432pp
Source: Publisher/Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible

“Fans of Karen White and Susan Wiggs will savor Morgan’s pairing of a second-chance romance with an intense family drama.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“Emotional, riveting and uplifting. If you’ve got a sister, you’ve got to read this book!”—Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Jane Green meets Sophie Kinsella. Heartwarming, emotional, funny and real - I adored this book!”—New York Times bestselling author, Jill Shalvis

When three generations of women are brought together by crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise

Lauren has the perfect life…if she ignores the fact it’s a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.

Jenna is desperate to start a family with her husband, but it’s… Just. Not. Happening. Her heart is breaking, but she’s determined to keep her trademark smile on her face.

Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother, but how can she ever tell Lauren and Jenna the reason why?

Then life changes in an instant, and Lauren, Mack, Jenna and Nancy are thrown together for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Somehow, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, the rewards could be infinite…

Heartwarming and fresh, Sarah Morgan’s brilliant new novel is a witty and deeply uplifting look at the power of a family of women.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July #LibraryLoveChallenge - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Welcome to the July #LobraryLoveChallenge. The Library Love Challenge is hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs. This month was a non-fiction, a memoir about the decline of the Appalachian culture. 

ISBN-13: 978-0062300546
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: 6-28-2016
Length: 272pp


From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.
But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Showcase-Landslide by Melissa Leet

I love showcasing debut authors so I of course said yes when I got the chance to feature Melissa.

ISBN-13: 978-1943826339
Publisher: Antrim House
Release Date: 1-15-2018
Length: 416pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound



Landslide is the story of Jill and her lifelong friend, Susie, who grow up in a remote mountain garden. The Garden's realm has many rooms, each a showcase of designs by Jill's mother. When tragedy strikes in the Garden, how does a child find the resilience to go on? Alternating between Jill's childhood and adult life, Landslide depicts the adventure that happens when life is lived full out, regardless of consequences. As the girls come of age, mature, and find love, the Garden is a constant, reverberating through their psyches and in their hearts. Teeming with poignancy, humor, and love, Landslide is a resplendent exploration of resurgence, and the truth that even death can reveal paths as wondrous as those created by life.