Thursday, May 23, 2019

#Giveaway Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky blog tour sponsored by Partners in Crime Tours

Today is my stop on the Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky blog tour, sponsored by Partners In Crime Blog Tours.

Below The Fold by R.G. Belsky

Below The Fold

by R.G. Belsky

on Tour May 1-31, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase Luck of the Draw by B.J. Daniels

Today I'm showcasing B.J. Daniels' latest in her Sterling's Montana series, Luck of the Draw, a second chance romance full of suspense and secrets. Sound good because B.J.'s publisher, Harlequin is sponsoring a giveaway. Details below.
Enjoy and good luck!

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: 5-21-2019

 384 pp
Sterling's Montana #2


He may get a second chance at his one true love—if someone doesn’t kill her first

When Garrett Sterling leaves for a horseback ride through his family’s sprawling Montana property, he’s expecting a relaxing break from the construction at the Sterling guest ranch. What he gets is something far more sinister. It all happens so fast that it’s hard for Garrett—and the authorities—to sort out the facts. Two things are certain, though: someone is dead and the killer knows there was a witness.

But when the one woman he could never forget emerges as a key suspect in the investigation, Garrett will do anything he can to help clear her name. She’s still keeping secrets from him—that much is clear. But Garrett won’t rest until he uncovers what really happened that day, how she’s involved—and why everything she’s ever told him is a lie.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Showcase Have You Seen Luis Velez Little Bird Publicity

I love working with publicity firms and one of my favorite is Little Bird Publicity . They have a fantastic author whose got a brand new book coming out and I'm happy to put it on your radar.

by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Lake Union Publishing | May 21st, 2019
Paperback: $14.95 | ISBN: 978-1542042369
eBook: $4.99 | ASIN: B07JZ3G2WQ
Buy it: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes HAVE YOU SEEN LUIS VELEZ? (Lake Union, on sale May 21st, 2019), a moving new novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.

Raymond Jaffe doesn’t feel like he belongs. His mother and stepfather don’t understand him, and his stepsisters pretty much ignore him; he only sees his dad and his new wife every other weekend; and after his best friend Andre moves away, he’ll have no one left at school, either. But one question, uttered from down the hall on the second floor of his apartment building, is enough to give him a new sense of purpose: Have you seen Luis Velez?

The question comes from Mildred “Millie” Gutermann, a 92-year-old resident in Raymond’s building whom he’s never met until that moment. He finds it eerie how she is looking toward him, but not actually at him…until he realizes that she is blind. Luis Velez, he soon learns, had helped Millie run errands and go to the grocery store at least three times a week for nearly four years—until very recently, when he seemed to vanish into thin air. Millie, unable to go to the store or the bank by herself, is now almost entirely out of food. Without a second thought, Raymond takes her by the arm and leads her to the grocery store in the first of what will become many trips together.

But helping his new friend Millie isn’t enough for Raymond. He can tell she is shaken and worried by Luis’s disappearance, and he decides to find out what happened, even if it means knocking on the door of every man named Luis Velez in New York. As “The Luis Project” takes off, Raymond wonders if he’ll ever find the right one. He fears that something bad could have happened to Luis—or that nothing bad has happened at all, and Luis simply doesn’t want to help Millie anymore—and he worries about how he’ll break that kind of news to her. But while Raymond desperately searches for Luis, he realizes that Millie is helping him find something else: hope for the future.

Monday, May 20, 2019

May 2019 HQN Special Edition series showcase + review of Double Duty for The Cowboy by Brenda Harlen

Hi Peeps. May is usually a fantastic month for me, it's my birthday month it's the month I really get my hands dirty in the garden etc... But this May wasn't a thrill, my husband had a mini-stroke and just had surgery to remove plaque from his carotid artery, we had to cancel our vacation to Destin to celebrate my 65th and our 40th wedding anniversary. All went well at the hospital he's home resting and hopefully we can reschedule our vacation for later in the year. 
At least things at Harlequin are looking up with this fantastic line of six down home reads. Plus I'm reviewing Brenda Harlen's Double Duty for The Cowboy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

#GIVEAWAY The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan blog tour - A Partners in Crime virtual tour

Welcome to my stop on The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan blog tour sponsored by Partners in Crime virtual tours. Read all about it and don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway at the end.

The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan

The Company Files: 2.

The Naming Game

by Gabriel Valjan

on Tour April 22 - June 22, 2019

The Company Files 2 The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan


Whether it's Hollywood or DC, life and death, success or failure hinge on saying a name.

The right name.

When Charlie Loew is found murdered in a seedy flophouse with a cryptic list inside the dead script-fixer's handkerchief, Jack Marshall sends Walker undercover as a screenwriter at a major studio and Leslie as a secretary to Dr. Phillip Ernest, shrink to the stars. J. Edgar Hoover has his own list. Blacklisted writers and studio politics. Ruthless gangsters and Chief Parker's LAPD. Paranoia, suspicions, and divided loyalties begin to blur when the House Un-American Activities Committee insists that everyone play the naming game.

Praise for The Naming Game:

"With crackling dialogue and a page turning plot shot-through with authentic period detail, Gabriel Valjan pulls the reader into the hidden world of the 1950's Hollywood studio scene, involving murder, McCarthyism and mayhem."
~ James L'Etoile, author of At What Cost and Bury the Past

"Terrific historical noir as Gabriel Valjan takes us on a trip through post-war Hollywood involving scandal, McCarthyism, blacklisting, J. Edgar Hoover and, of course, murder. Compelling story, compelling characters - and all the famous name dropping is great fun. Highly recommended!"
~ R.G. Belsky, author of the Clare Carlson Mystery Series

"Brilliantly written, Gabriel Valjan's The Naming Game whisks the reader back in time to postwar Los Angeles. Spies, Communism, and Hollywood converge in a first-rate thriller."
~ Bruce Robert Coffin, Agatha Award nominated author of Beyond the Truth

Book Details:

Genre: Historical Mystery, Crime Fiction
Published by: Winter Goose Publishing
Publication Date: May 4, 2019
Number of Pages: 210
ISBN: 978-1-941058-86-2
Series: The Company Files: 2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

At seven minutes past the hour while reviewing the classified documents at his desk, one of the two colored phones, the beige one, rang. He placed the receiver next to his ear, closed the folder, and waited for the caller's voice to speak first.
"Is this Jack Marshall?"
"It is."
"This is William Parker. Is the line secure?"
"It is," Jack replied, his hand opening a desk cabinet and flipping the ON switch to start recording the conversation.
"I don't know you Mr. Marshall and I presume you don't know me."
A pause.
"I know of you, Chief Parker."
"Were you expecting my call?"
"No and it doesn't matter." Jack lied.
"Fact of the matter, Mr. Marshall, is an individual, whom I need not name, has suggested I contact you about a sensitive matter. He said matter of security so I listened."
"Of course. I'm listening."
"I was instructed to give you an address and have my man at the scene allow you to do whatever it is that you need to do when you arrive there."
"Pencil and paper are ready. The address, please."
Jack wrote out the address; it was in town, low rent section with the usual rooming houses, cheap bars, about a fifteen-minute drive on Highway 1 without traffic.
"Ask for Detective Brown. You won't miss him. Don't like it that someone steps in and tells me how to mind my own city, but I have no choice in the matter."
Jack ignored the man's defensive tone. He knew Detective Brown was a dummy name, like Jones or Smith on a hotel ledger. Plain, unimaginative, but it would do. Most policemen, he conceded, were neither bright nor fully screwed into the socket. A chief was no different except he had more current in him. The chief of police who ruled Los Angeles by day with his cop-syndicate the way Mickey Cohen owned the night must've swallowed his pride when he dropped that nickel to make this call.
"Thank you, Chief Parker."
Jack hung up and flipped the switch to OFF.
Whatever it was at the scene waiting for Jack was sufficient cause to pull back a man like Bill Parker and his boys for twelve hours. Whoever gave this order had enough juice to rein in the LAPD.
Jack took the folder he was reviewing and walked it across the room. He opened the folder once more and reread the phrases 'malicious international spy' and, in Ronald Reagan's own choice of words, 'Asia's Mata Hari', before closing the cover and placing it inside the safe. His review will have to wait. He put on his holster and grabbed a jacket.
Betty came out on the porch as he was putting the key into the car door.
"I won't be long. Please kiss the children good night for me."
"Can't this wait, Jack? The children were expecting you to read to them tonight. Jack Junior set aside the book and you know Elizabeth will be crushed."
"It can't wait. I'm sorry. Tell them I'll make it up to them."
"You need to look them in the face when you tell them sorry."
He opened the door as his decision. She understood she dealt him the low card. "Want something for the road?"
"No thanks. I'll see you soon."
He closed the door with finesse. He couldn't help it if the children heard the car. He checked the mirror and saw her on the porch, still standing there, still disappointed and patient, as he drove off.
Detective Brown, sole man on the scene, walked him over to the body without introducing himself. Jack didn't give his name.
At six-fifteen the vet renting a room down the hall discovered the body. Detective Brown said the veteran was probably a hired hound doing a bag job - break-ins, surveillance, and the like. Recent veterans made the best candidates for that kind of work for Hoover, Jack thought. Worked cheap and they went the extra mile without Hoover's agents having to worry about technicalities like a citizen's rights going to law.
"What makes you think he was hired out?" Jack asked.
Brown, a man of few words, handed Jack his notebook, flipped over to the open page he marked Witness Statement and said politely, "Please read it. Words and writing are from the witness himself."
"The man was a no good 'commonist'."
"Nice spelling. A suspect?"
"No, sir. The coroner places the death around early afternoon, about 2ish. Our patriot was across the street drinking his lunch. I verified it."
Jack viewed the body. The man was fully dressed wearing a light weave gabardine suit costing at least twenty-five. The hardly scuffed oxfords had to cost as much as the suit, and the shirt and tie, both silk, put the entire ensemble near a hundred. Hardly class consciousness for an alleged Communist, Jack thought.
The corpse lying on his side reminded Jack of the children sleeping, minus the red pool seeping into the rug under the right ear. The dead man wore a small sapphire ring on his small finger, left hand. No wedding band. Nice watch on the wrist, face turned in. An odd way to read time. Breast pocket contained a cigarette case with expensive cigarettes, Egyptian. Jack recognized the brand from his work in the Far East. Ten cents a cigarette is nice discretionary income. Wallet in other breast pocket held fifty dollars, various denominations. Ruled out robbery or staging it. Identification card said Charles Loew, Warner Brothers. Another card: Screen Writers Guild, signed by Mary McCall, Jr. President. Back of card presented a pencil scrawl.
"Find a lighter or book of matches?"
Detective Brown shook his head. Jack patted the breast pockets again and the man's jacket's side-pockets. Some loose change, but nothing else. The man was unarmed, except for a nice pen. Much as he disliked the idea Jack put his hands into the man's front pockets. Nothing. He found a book of matches in the left rear pocket, black with gold telltale lettering, Trocadero on Sunset. Jack flipped the matchbook open and as he suspected, found a telephone number written in silver ink; different ink than the man's own pen. Other back pocket contained a handkerchief square Jack found interesting, as did Detective Brown.
"What's that?" he asked, head peering over for a better look.
"Not sure," answered Jack, unfolding the several-times folded piece of paper hidden inside the hanky. The unfolded paper revealed a bunch of typewritten names that had bled out onto other parts of the paper. It must have been folded while the ink was still wet. It didn't help someone spilt something on the paper. Smelled faintly of recent whiskey. Jack reviewed what he thought were names when he realized the letters were nonsense words.
"Might be a Commie membership list. Looks like code." But Brown zipped it when Jack folded the paper back up and put it into his pocket.
"The paper and the matches stay with me. We clear?"
"Uh, yes sir. The Chief told me himself to do whatever you said and not ask questions."
"Good. Other than the coroner - who else was here? Photographers, fingerprints?"
"Nobody else. Medical pronounced him dead, but nothing more. Chief had them called off to another scene - a multiple homicide, few blocks away. We're short-staffed tonight. The Chief said he'd send Homicide after you leave. They'll process the scene however you leave it. They won't know about the matches or the paper. Chief's orders."
Jack checked his watch. Man down, found at six fifteen. Chief called a little after seven. He arrived not much later than seven forty. The busy bodies would get the stiff by eight or eight thirty, the latest. Perfectly reasonable Jack thought. He squatted down to see the man's watch, noticing light bruising on the wrist and the throw rug bunched into a small hill near the man's time hand. Intriguing.
"Thank you, Detective. I'll be going now. If I speak to the chief I'll let him know you've done your job to the letter."
"You're welcome. Night."
Jack knew he and the chief would be speaking again.
Outside on the street, Jack pulled out his handkerchief and wiped both hands for any traces of dead man as he headed for the parked car. Compulsive habit. He pulled up the collar on his jacket. It was cold for late May.
The street sign said he was not far from Broadway. In this part of town thousands lived crowded in on themselves as lodgers in dilapidated Gothic mansions or residence hotels, working the downtown stores, factories, and offices, riding public transit and the other funicular railway in the area, Court Flight, a two-track railway climb towards Hill Street.
Los Angeles changed with the world. The war was over and there was a new war, possibly domestic, definitely foreign. Court Flight is gone, ceased operations. Its owner and his faithful cat had passed on. His good widow tried. In '43 a careless brush fire destroyed the tracks and the Board of Public Utilities signed the death warrant; and now Jack was hearing whispers Mayor Bowron planned to revitalize the area International Style, which meant dotting the desert city with skyscrapers.
Jack opened the door and sat behind the wheel a moment. He took the family once to nearby Angels Flight. Junior wondered why there was no apostrophe on the sign. Betty tolerated the excursion, indifferent to Los Angeles because she preferred their home in DC. He released the clutch. Betty disliked LA because it changed too much without reason. She might have had a point. He shifted gear. Pueblo city would level whole blocks of thriving masses just to create a parking lot. He pulled the car from the curb.
Excerpt from The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan. Copyright 2019 by Gabriel Valjan. Reproduced with permission from Gabriel Valjan. All rights reserved.

Gabriel Valjan

Author Bio:

Gabriel Valjan is the author of two series, The Roma Series and The Company Files, available from Winter Goose Publishing. His short stories have appeared in Level Best anthologies and other publications. Twice shortlisted for the Fish Prize in Ireland, once for the Bridport Prize in England, and an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella Contest, he is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime National, a local member of Sisters in Crime New England, and an attendee of Bouchercon, Crime Bake, and Malice Domestic conferences.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Full Blood by Donna Augustine Tantor Audio review

You all know I love Donna's paranormal/urban fantasy series and the Wyrd Blood series staring Bugs and Ryker are one of my favorites so today I'm reviewing the Tantor Audio review of Full Blood, book two. I've also included my print review.

Full Blood
Book 2 in the Wyrd Blood series

Author Donna Augustine
Narrated by Nicole Poole
Publication date Apr 16, 2019
Running time 7 hrs

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One monster wants my soul. One man wants my magic. Me? I want to be left alone to live my life out like a dull, one of the lucky people who were born devoid of magic. But that won't happen because being born a Wyrd Blood gives me two choices in life: ruler or slave.

I'd rather die than be a slave and I'm not cut out to rule. Instead I've been hiding out in the Valley. Life is pretty good here, with food in my belly and a warm bed to sleep. If I didn't get harassed constantly by Ryker, the man who wants my magic, it might be good enough to lull me into thinking life could continue on like this forever.

Until I get a message from Bones, the monster who owns my soul . . .

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Proof of Life by Shelia Lowe

I'm always excited to feature one of publicity firm Author/Guide's offerings and I'm super excited to not only showcase, Proof of Life but also I had the chance to interview her too. And Author/Guide is sponsoring a #giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-0578453156
Publisher: Suspense Publishing
Release Date: 5-7-2019
Length: 272 pp
Beyond the Veil #2
Buy It: Amazon/IndieBound


Five years removed from the most traumatizing night of her life that put her in an amnesiac state and took her young son away from her, Jessica Mack is thrust into a role that she is reluctant to occupy. A four-year-old boy has gone missing and is presumed to be in serious danger. Jessica’s ability to be a communication conduit with the deceased provides clues that she must act on with her inner circle of allies in order to rescue the boy before it’s too late. With her friend Zach Smith, an FBI agent with whom she solved a previous case, and Sage Boles, a mutual friend who has some secrets of his own but seemingly a big heart, Jessica must learn to use her gift/curse to prevent another tragedy from occurring.

Each of the characters in this book has so much personality that the reader can’t help but form a living image of them in their imagination. As a protagonist, Jessica has so much heart after having lost so much, plus wanting to find a purpose in her life no matter how she wishes that hers could be more normal and pleasant, that she becomes easily relatable. The mystery itself is a full-throttle, intensely suspenseful crisis that catches one’s breath away and demands that the pages keep turning. Using elements of forensics and the author’s knowledge in mediumship, and tying in neatly with not just the previous Jessica Mack story but the author’s celebrated Claudia Rose Forensic Handwriting Mystery series, there are equal parts coziness and suspense to this story. Readers who enjoy this genre will no doubt add Lowe to their list of preferred authors after this book.

Giveaway is for one Print copy of
Proof of Life
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Showcase The Life of David Hockney by Catherine Cusset translated from the French by Teresa Lavender Fagan

So those who know me know I've been touting a new indie publisher, Other Press. A small firm that specializes in a very large diverse range of both fiction and non-fiction. The Life of David Hockney is the best of both worlds as Other Press describes it as a hybrid of a memoir and a biography. I only know that I can't wait to open my copy and read it and once you read all about it you'll feel the same way.

ISBN-13: 978-1-59051-983-7
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 5-14-2019

Length: 192pp

Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound
With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter.
Born in 1937 in a small town in the north of England, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. After leaving his home in Bradford for the Royal College of Art in London, his career flourished, but he continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of his homosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalized, and his inclination for a figurative style of art not sufficiently “contemporary” to be valued. Trips to New York and California–where he would live for many years and paint his iconic swimming pools–introduced him to new scenes and new loves, beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDS epidemic.

A compelling hybrid of novel and biography, Life of David Hockney offers an accessible overview of the painter who shook the world of art with a vitality and freedom that neither heartbreak nor illness nor loss could corrode.

Monday, May 13, 2019

#Giveaway Showcase Caught Up In It by David Burnsworth a Partners in Crime Virtual Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Caught Up In It blog tour check out the book and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway

Caught Up In It

by David Burnsworth

on Tour April 22 - May 25, 2019


The award-winning diva, C, has got a big problem: someone wants her dead. A team of mercenaries attempts to gun her down in Kuala Lumpur. Lucky for her, Lowcountry Private Investigator, Blu Carraway, is already on the job there for a different client. Double-lucky for C, they make their move when she's chit-chatting with him in a bar. Unlucky for the mercenaries, four of them end up dead.The hunt is on now for the mega-pop star. Where does she go to hide out? The sleepy islands around Charleston, South Carolina -- Blu's backyard. He's already proven himself once, so C hires the Blu Carraway Investigation Agency to protect her for real. The job takes Blu halfway around the world and several cities in between. The search for the truth reveals what could drive a person to want someone else dead. And Blu Carraway ends up right in the way.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Nay-cation part 3 or A strange thing happened on my way to a bar

Welcome to naycation part three where I tell how i met my hubby. 

First some more naycation pics

This is our resort viewed from the Gulf

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Harlequin turns 70!! Drum Roll Please

Yes it's true the publisher that makes the world go round just celebrated it's 70th. Imagine 70 years of bringing smiles to reader's faces.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Nay-cation Part Two

Welcome to naycation part two
Are we there yet?

We were to check in Sunday May 4th a 2bedroom condo with an ocean view ahhhh

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Macmillan Audio Review - A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

I reviewed the print format of Christi Daugherty's debut in her Harper McClain series, The Echo Killing for Library Journal and then for Macmillan audio so  when I saw A Beautiful Corpse book 2 in the series available for review on Macmillan audio I jumped at the chance to review it.

ISBN-13: 9781250318275
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 3-12-2019
Length: 11 hours 44 minutes
Source: Macmillan Audio for review
Buy It: Audible



For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Monday, May 6, 2019

High Water evacuation

I'm sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like lately but along with and because of all the health issues my hubby is having we had to evacuate because of high water. Below is a news video about our town. Our home is safe no threat of water in it but our town has become an island. I'll be back to speed as soon as I can. Meanwhile pray for us and our neighbors.

More flood pics

This is Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine where the annual Blessing of the Fleet happens.

A view of high water near our town

The level closest to where we live is Grafton on the Mississippi

And the our level on the Missouri River is St. Charles

Naycation Part 1

So I had this week blocked out because we were supposed to be in Destin to celebrate my 65th Birthday and mine and my husband's 40th anniversary. Well life crapped on us so it got hopefully only postponed. I had planned to share pics from our real-cation but decided to share a little of what could have been and why it was conceived, what I call my naycation.

Friday, May 3, 2019

The East End by Jason Allen Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on The East End by Jason Allen blog tour sponsored by Jason's publisher Park Row Books, a Division of Harper Collins/Harlequin
Park Row Books was launched in 2017, a boutique publisher specializing in voice-driven thought provoking books across a variety of genres both fiction and non-fiction.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Showcase No Other Duke But You Interview with author Valerie Bowman

Here on the blog we've enjoyed learning about many of Valerie's playful brides and since all good things must come to an end it's fitting that I interview her for the last playful bride too.

ISBN-13: 9781250121677
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Release Date: 4-30-2019
Length: 320 pp
Playful Brides #11 Finale
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/


The Playful Brides novels are:
“Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today
“Smart and sensual.”—RT Book Reviews
“Delicious.” —Kirkus Reviews

A lady with a love potion. A Duke who takes it by mistake. Romance and mischief ensues when plans go awry in No Other Duke But You by Valerie Bowman.

Lady Delilah Montebank has her marital sights set on the Duke of Branville. There’s just one problem: he barely knows she exists. But no matter, she’s got a plan to win him over with her charm, her wit—and perhaps the love potion she has in her possession wouldn’t hurt her cause...

Lord Thomas Hobbs, Duke of Huntley, thinks his best friend Delilah’s quest to become a duchess is ridiculous. He’s always said he’d rather give up all the brandy in London than commit to one person for life. Besides, he knows that Delilah’s love potion can’t possibly win over Branville…since she accidentally gave it to him instead. But perhaps this is the excuse he needs to show her he’s always loved her...

Delilah can’t believe she gave the potion to the wrong duke. Then again, Delilah could do a lot worse than win the hand of her handsome best friend. Could it be that the right duke has been before her eyes all along?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Showcase Highland Crown by May McGoldrick

Highland Crown is a brand new series debut by Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick a husband and wife author team that Library Journal calls "well-written trip through a fictional Scottish landscape" and Fresh Fiction says "a steamy romance that is sure to tug at your heart" Sounds like a historical winner to me.

ISBN-13: 9781250314987
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date:4-30-2019
Length: 300pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible



Scottish pride, persuasion, and passion—this is Highland romance at its breathtaking best. From USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick comes Highland Crown, the first book in the Royal Highlanderseries.

Inverness, 1820
Perched on the North Sea, this port town—by turns legendary and mythological—is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts.
WANTED: Isabella Drummond
A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery—and fury—in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship’s captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters. . .and her heart into flames.
FOUND: Cinaed Mackintosh
Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself. . . until Isabella saved his life—and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe is to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together…for eternity?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Showcase The View from Almeda Island by Robin Carr

Like many of you I fell in love with Robyn Carr reading her Virgin River series, since then I've loved her other series and her stand alone titles too. The View From Almeda Island is her latest stand alone and I'm sure when you find out more about it you'll want to read it just like I do.

ISBN-13: 9780778369790
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 4-30-2019
Length: 336pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible



A poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations, and how love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.

From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.

Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.

But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Sophia Rose Reviews - Season of the Fox by Denise Domning

Today I'm once again setting the blog in the very capable reviewing hands of my friend and fantastic reviewer, Sophia Rose. Today she's got an audio review of a historical mystery. 
Take it away Sophia Rose!

Season of the Fox by Denise Domning, Narrated by Gildart Jackson
#2 Servant of the Crown mystery
Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Published: 3.26.19
Rating: 5
Narrator Rating: 5
Format: MP3
Source:  Tantor Audio
Sellers:  Amazon - Audible - Barnes & Noble
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A wealthy merchant has been murdered in his own home, and the suspect has fled to sanctuary in a local church. Enter Sir Faucon de Ramis, the king's new Servant of the Crown in the shire, to solve the murder, assisted by his prickly secretary, Brother Edmund. As Faucon begins his hunt, the shire's the new Crowner finds himself in the upside down world of a woman's trade. Not only does the merchant's wife own the business-Unheard of! -the suspect is the daughter's betrothed, or so the town believes. But what about the bloody shoe prints and missing tally sticks at the scene, and what does the sheriff have to gain?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 2019 Harlequin Special Edition Showcase + review for Guarding His Fortune by Stella Bagwell

Welcome to the April 2019 Harlequin Special Edition series showcase. This month you'll find lawmen and ranchers and cowboys nannys and heiresses from the SE and you'll always be assured of that all elusive HEA. Enjoy the six April offerings plus my review of Guarding His Fortune part of the Fortunes of Texas long running series.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Showcase Acts of Infidelity by Lena Andersson

The fantastic indie press OtherPress is fast becoming one of my favorite publishers with such a wide array of offerings there is always something for everyone and Acts of Infidelity is high on my TBR shelf.

ISBN-13: 978-1-59051-904-2
Publisher: Other Press
By Lena Andersen
Translated from Swedish by Saskia Vogel
Release Date: 4-23-2019
Length: 336pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound
Like diving into the mind of a brilliant, infuriating friend, this novel dissects the experience of “the other woman” with tremendous wit and insight.

When Ester Nilsson meets the actor Olof Sten, she falls madly in love. Olof makes no secret of being married, but he and Ester nevertheless start to meet regularly and begin a strange dance of courtship. Olof insists he doesn’t plan to leave his wife, but he doesn’t object to this new situation either…it’s far too much fun.

Ester, on the other hand, is convinced that things might change. But as their relationship continues over repeated summers apart, and winters full of heated meetings in bars, she is forced to realize the truth: Ester Nilsson has become a mistress.

Ester’s and Olof’s entanglements and arguments are the stuff of relationship nightmares. Cutting, often cruel, and written with piercing humor, Acts of Infidelity is clever, painful, maddening, but most of all perfectly, precisely true.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

After reading The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman I was so moved by the story that a special recipe box made its way under the Christmas tree filled with heirloom recipes from family and friends for my daughter's special gift from me. So its a no brainer for me to want to feature Shipman's latest so read my review and learn a bit about the book and the author.

ISBN-13: 9781525834233
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: 4-23-2019
Length: 416pp
Source: Publisher(review to come)
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible

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From the bestselling author of The Charm Bracelet and The Recipe Boxcomes the perfect summer escape about the restorative power of family tradition, small-town community and the feel of sand between your toes
Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Cozy Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home—complete with its own set of rules for relaxing—that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she’s facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She’s determined not to let her husband’s affair with a grad student reduce her to a cliché, or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn’t love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.

But converting the beloved, weather-beaten structure into a bed-and-breakfast isn’t quite the efficient home-reno experience she’s seen on TV. Pushback from Saugatuck’s contentious preservation society, costly surprises and demanding guests were not part of the plan. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon. One cottage rule at a time, Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history and joy by rediscovering the magic in every sunset and sandcastle.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Showcase - Angel in the Fog by TJ Turner

A few years ago I was turned on to TJ Turner's debut novel, Lincoln's Bodyguard, it was a fabulous alternate history about Abraham Lincoln being saved from an assassin's bullet. Angel in the Fog is book three in this series. My copy is high on the shelf so be on the lookout for my review.
Also TJ is a decorated Air Force reservist who have served multiple tours in Afghanistan

Thank you for your service TJ!

ISBN-13: 978-1608092413
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 4-2-2019
Length: 384pp
Buy it: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



Perfect for fans of espionage thrillers, historical fiction, and indefatigable female protagonists.
Molly Ferguson's comfortable life unravels when her Louisiana home is burned to the ground, her family murdered, and she is enslaved in a Baltimore brothel. Amidst the threat of the Civil War, Molly learns of secessionist plans to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln as he makes his way to Washington for his inauguration. She's manages to pass this information to a Pinkerton agent posing as a client. Impressed with her fortitude and intelligence, the Pinkerton Agency arranges for Molly's freedom and brings her under the tutelage of Mrs. Kate Warne, America's first female detective. After they save Mr. Lincoln in Baltimore, Molly is sent by the Pinkerton Agency into the Deep South—where the Civil War now rages—a spy behind enemy lines.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Audible Review The Bloom Girls by Emily Cavanagh Narrated by Emily Sutton Smith

A few months ago I got This Bright Beauty by Emily Cavanagh on sale and was so impressed that I bought the audible edition of The Bloom Girls when I saw it on sale too, how could I not when Emily is quickly becoming a fave of mine.

    The Bloom Girls

By: Emily Cavanagh
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 03-14-17
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Macmillan Audio Review of The Path Made Clear written and narrated by: Oprah Winfrey

So like every weekday morning I'm watching Gail King, Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson on CBS this morning and I see Gail interviewing her bestie Oprah Winfrey about her brand new book so while I'm watching the interview my fingers are flying to see who it's published by and see it's Macmillan and there it is on my April Macmillan Audio review offerings. Kismet!
Every once in a while there comes a book that's life changing, this is that book.
If you know someone graduating from high school or college this is the perfect gift.

    The Path Made Clear

Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Audible Review - Come From Away by Genevieve Graham narrated by Michelle Ferguson

I reviewed the print edition of Come From Away for RT Magazine back in 2018 when it was first published and I absolutely loved it. First its my favorite time period and second I've come to adore the historical novels of Genevieve where she mixes real Canadian history with unforgettable stories. So when she offered me an audible review copy I jumped at the chance.

Come from Away
    A Novel of the Second World War


From the best-selling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumors swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.

Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamored by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely - someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.

Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Showcase - Bakhita A Novel of the Saint of Sudan by Véronique Olmi translated from the French by Adriana Hunter

Today I have yet another fantastic offering from my new best Indie Press Friends at Other Press. This story was inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint. My copy is patiently sitting on my desk and I can't wait to read it!

ISBN-13: 978-1590519776
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 4-16-2019
Length: 384
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound
Inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint, this poignant novel explores how a human being can survive the obliteration of her identity, and how kindness and generosity can be born out of profound trauma.

She recalls little of her childhood, not even her own name. She was barely seven years old when she was snatched by slave raiders from her village in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. In a cruel twist, they gave her the name that she will carry for the rest of her life: Bakhita, “the Lucky One” in Arabic. Sold and resold along the slave trade routes, Bakhita endures years of unspeakable abuse and terror. At age thirteen, at last, her life takes a turn when the Italian consul in Khartoum purchases her. A few years later, as chaos engulfs the capital, the consul returns to Italy, taking Bakhita with him. In this new land, another long and arduous journey begins–one that leads her onto a spiritual path for which she is still revered today.

With rich, evocative language, Véronique Olmi immerses the reader in Bakhita’s world–her unfathomable resilience, her stubborn desire to live, and her ability to turn toward the pain of others in spite of the terrible sufferings that she too must endure.