Thursday, January 31, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Review The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

If you're a WWII realistic fiction fan like I am then Pam Jenoff is an author that has to be on your must read list. Her novels vary in location and content but all feature strong women and everyone is an amazing and unforgettable story set in the WWII era. Today I'm reviewing her newest, just released novel, The Lost Girls of Paris it's already made Cosmopolitan Best Book Club Book of 2019 PopSugar Must-Read Book of 2019 and Glamour Best Book of 2019.
Pam's publisher Park Row Books is sponsoring a giveaway details below.

ISBN-13: 9780778330271
Publisher: Park Row Books
Release Date: 1-29-2019
Length: 384pp
Source: Publisher for Review
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1946, Manhattan
One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.
Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase What Doesn't Kill her by Christina Dodd

I have loved Christina Dodd for years her contemporary, historical and paranormal are all fantastic. What Doesn't Kill Her is the second book in Christina's Cape Charade books.
Christina's publisher, Harlequin is sponsoring a giveaway, see below for details.

ISBN-13: 978-1335507532
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 1-29-2019
Length: 400pp
Cape Charade #2
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One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.
— I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
— I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the U. S. military.
— I’m the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.

Kellen Adams suffers from a year-long gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she’s discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her confidence, her very self. She finds herself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, her enemies unknown—and she is carrying a priceless burden she must protect at all costs. The consequences of failure would break her. And Kellen Adams does not break.

WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER … had better start running.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick

Today I'm showcasing the debut of a brand new Moving Violations series by coauthors Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick. Plus St Martin's Press is sponsoring a #Giveaway!! Details below

ISBN-13: 9781250309488
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 1-29-2019
Length: 304pp
Moving Violations #1
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First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwickabout one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire.

For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…
And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Harlequin's Feel Good Project Launches Creator's Fund

Back at the start of my Ho Ho Ho Harlequin Holiday Extravaganza I featured a post on Harlequin's new Feel Good Project- Read the original post HERE.
If you're an established or up-and-coming female TV or movie script writer Harlequin, the Publisher that makes the world go round is looking for-

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Audible Review - This Bright Beauty by Emily Cavanaugh narrated by Cristina Panfilio

I snagged This Bright Beauty back when regular readers could get in on audible's daily deal. It was my first by this author and I know it won't be my last.

This Bright Beauty

By: Emily Cavanagh
Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 03-01-18
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio


Franci and Lottie may be identical twins, but that's where the similarities end. Franci has always been the stable one, while Lottie has bipolar disorder, constantly battling depression and mania. After years of taking care of her sister, Franci moves across the country to build a life for herself. Now, all the two share is distance.

But when Lottie gets in an accident, Franci reluctantly steps back into her familiar role as protector. She returns to find her sister's life in complete disarray and makes a shocking discovery: Lottie has an infant daughter she never told Franci about. Although Franci swore she wouldn't get sucked back in, she can't leave the baby alone in Lottie's care.

As Lottie further unravels, a secret is revealed that she has kept since childhood - one that has the power to reframe the sisters' entire relationship, forcing Franci to ask herself if the secret was too much for Lottie to bear. Was the accident really an accident, and who has been protecting whom all these years?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sophia Rose Reviews-The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle

Today blogmate Sophia Rose is reviewing the audio edition of The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle

The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwhistle
#10 Flavia de Luce mystery
Historical Mystery
Publisher:  Random House Audio
Published: 1.22.19
ISBN:  0449807754
Rating: 5
Narrator: 5
Time:  9 hours
Format: CD
Source:  Random House Audio
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review Mobituary - Death of A Career Vaughn Meader

I don't know how many of you listen to podcasts, my daughter is a podcast junkie but I've just discovered them. One of my favorite CBS corespondents is Mo Rocca so when I learned he had a new podcast series called Mobituaries I thought I'd give the first one a go. It was really good.

Listen to Mo on creating Mobituaries

Monday, January 21, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Showcase - Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones

For fans of this long running series there's good news and bad news -  the bad news first, this is the last in the Charlie Davidson-Grim Reaper series- The good news Darynda has hinted that these characters will be back as costars in a spin-off series.
I'm not up to this book in the series yet but my good friend and fellow blogger the Caffeinated Reviewer has a fantastic review HERE
Read Darynda's interview with Crimespress Magazine HERE

ISBN-13: 9781250149411
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 1-15-2019
Length: 304 pp
Charlie Davidson series #13 Finale
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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Timesbestselling paranormal series--Summoned to Thirteenth Grave.

Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire, is pissed. She’s been kicked off the earthly plane for eternity—which is exactly the amount of time it takes to make a person stark raving mad. But someone’s looking out for her, and she’s allowed to return after a mere hundred years in exile. Is it too much to hope for that not much has changed? Apparently it is. Bummer.

She’s missed her daughter. She’s missed Reyes. She’s missed Cookie and Garrett and Uncle Bob. Now that she’s back on earth, it’s time to put to rest burning questions that need answers. What happened to her mother? How did she really die? Who killed her? And are cupcakes or coffee the best medicine for a broken heart? It all comes to a head in an epic showdown between good and evil in this final smart and hilarious novel.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Audio Review - Inseverable by Cecy Robson

Today I'm reviewing the audio edition of Cecy Robson's Inseverable, book #1 in her Carolina Brach series. Thanks to Caffeinated PR Services for the review copy.

Publisher: Cecy Robson LLC
Release Date: 11-5-2018
Length: 8 hours-33mins
Source: Caffeinated PR Services for review
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How can you imagine forever with someone who's leaving everything behind?

Callahan, a former army sniper, wants to make an escape from his past and everything he experienced at war, but most of all, just not feel. Feeling leads to pain and he’s suffered enough. When he inherits a house on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, he packs his bags, lured by the peace and seclusion he thinks it will bring. But, Callahan never counted on meeting anyone like Trinity . . .

Trinity has always been the cute, and funny one, who most guys overlook in pursuit of her "hot" friends. She became used to being everyone’s pal, until the day the young man she was attracted to, was drawn to her in return. He became her first great love, and first crushing heartbreak when she found him in bed with one of her closest friends.

To move forward, and to carry out her commitment to helping those in need, Trinity enlists in the Peace Corps, but not before returning to Kiawah for one last memorable summer. She just never imagined it would be so unforgettable.

Callahan doesn’t want to get close to anyone—let alone Trinity. He finds her perkiness insufferable and her attempts to entice a smile distracting. After all, he’s in Kiawah to leave all feelings behind. But when it comes to Trinity, who feels everything, it's hard not to feel something.

Neither expected to fall in love. And no one could have predicted how inseverable they’d become.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Audio Review - In Flames by Jessica Jayne Narrated by Samantha Cook and Joe Arden

Today I'm reviewing the audio edition of In Flames by Jessica Jayne narrated by Samantha Cook and Joe Arden.
Thank you to Caffeinated PR Services for the review copy.


ISBN-13: 978-1983173417
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: 7-24-2018
Length: 206pp
Source: Caffeinated PR Services for review
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Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own. Even though her marriage to Chad Riley had its difficulties, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing or imploding. As a Mason Ridge fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. For the last year, Matt has suffered from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion. His sister-in-law, Gracelyn, supported him, lending him a shoulder to cry on. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again until he finally sobered. With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other go beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Showcase, The Duke I Once Knew by Olivia Drake

Olivia Drake has a brand new series out and I'm happy to be showcasing book #1 of Unlikely Duchesses.

ISBN-13: 9781250174376
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 
Length: 336pp
Unlikely Duchesses #1
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When two childhood sweethearts find themselves together after years apart, does their romance have a chance to be rekindled now that he’s a duke and she’s a governess? Olivia Drake’s new Unlikely Duchesses series begins with The Duke I Once Knew, where first love is always the sweetest...

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her parents and her siblings’ children. Now, eager to create a life of her own, Abby seizes upon a position as a governess on a neighboring estate. Unfortunately, her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the notorious rake who once broke her youthful heart. But since he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years, Abby assumes she’ll never have to lay eyes on him ever again. Then, from out of nowhere, Max appears. He is stunned to come face to face with the girl next door he fell for years ago—before he went away, and she stopped writing to him. . .even though Abby swears that he is the one who left her without a word. Could it be that this spirited, witty spinster has won Max’s heart all over again—and that they may have a second chance at love?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Showcase Easternization by Gideon Rachman

Today I'm excited to present recently released in paperback Easternization –From the winner of the 2016 Orwell Prize in Journalism and the European Press Prize for Commentator of the year, a provocative analysis of how a new era of global instability has begun, as the flow of wealth and power turns from West to East.

ISBN-13: 9781590519684
Publisher: Other Press LLC
Release Date: 11-06-2018 (reprint)
Length:  336pp
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Now in an updated paperback edition, a provocative analysis--from an Orwell Prize-winning journalist--of how a new era of global instability has begun, as the flow of wealth and power moves from West to East.

Easternization is the defining trend of our age--the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations, and the great questions of war and peace.

A troubled but rising China is now challenging American supremacy; the ambitions of Japan, North Korea, India, and Pakistan have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil, and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power. Donald Trump's accession to the presidency has significantly increased the likelihood of conflict between the United States and China, with confrontation looming over trade, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. The long-feared prospect of a war between China and America has become a real possibility.

As the West's historic power and dominance recede, Gideon Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sophia Rose Reviews The Myrellenos by Michelle Franklin

Today I'm turning the blog over once again to Sophia Rose whose reviewing The Myrellenos by Michelle Franklin plus a bonus short story.

The Myrellenos by Michelle Franklin
#4 Marridon Novellas
Publisher: Self
Published:  11.2.18
ISBN 1730768512
Pages:  198
Rating: 3.5
Format: ebook
Source:  Author

Sellers:  Amazon

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review - Showcase - Prisoner of Night by J.R. Ward a novel set in the world of The Black Dagger Brotherhood

Welcome to my stop on the Prisoner of Night release week blog tour!
There are a few authors who I auto order, there are some that I auto read but when it comes to the Warden this is the only author I pre-order all the available editions because I cannot get enough of JR Ward. 
Prisoner of Night is a full length digital only novel set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, it's not technically a brother novel because doesn't star any characters in the BDB series and  I've seen some reviews where they rant because of this but this fan LOVED it and if you're a fan of this series I think you'll love it too. And it's a steal at $5.99!!

E-ISBN: 9781501195174
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books
Release Date: 1-7- 2019
Length: 310pp
Source: Publisher for review
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world.When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.

Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.

Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Showcase Wanderer by Sarah Leon Other Press

Today I'm showcasing Sarah Leon's debut Wanderer, this was originally published in French by the then 21 year old talented artist and now available in the US translated by John Cullen. I have my copy and can't wait to dig in and I'm sure after reading more about it you will too. And look for my review soon!

ISBN-13: 978-1590519257
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: US release 1-8-2019
Length: 208pp
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An exceptional debut novel that explores the stifled, unspoken feelings of a music teacher and his former student, and the damage done by their years of silence

Hermin, a composer and instructor, leads a secluded life near the Bourbonnais Mountains in France, composing an homage to Schubert. On a bitter January night, this studious peace is broken when his former pupil, Lenny, a piano prodigy, mysteriously knocks at his door. The two men must confront the ghosts of their past, somewhere between musical harmony, erotic tension, and revelation.

Wanderer, echoing Schubert’s recurring theme, is a novel of rare delicacy, a twilight adagio, a Winterreise, and a subtle ode to German Romanticism.

Monday, January 7, 2019

#Giveaway All The Way Down Interview with author Eric Beetner

Today I'm interviewing new to me author Eric Beetner about his newest crime novel, All The Way Down. Eric and his publicist Author/Guide are sponsoring a Giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 978-1643960104
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Release Date: 1-7-2019
Length: 276 pp
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Dale is a crooked cop. It started slow, but grew like a cancer and now he can’t get out from under the thumb of Tat, a would-be kingpin in every vice he can turn a profit with.

And now Dale’s number is up—the top brass knows. But instead of getting busted, Dale gets an offer. The mayor’s daughter is being held by Tat in his fortress built from an abandoned office tower. They want her back but if they storm the gates, Lauren is as good as dead. So they’re sending Dale on what could very likely be a suicide mission: infiltrate Tat’s fortress and bring her out alive.
If the Mayor even really wants her alive…
Floor by floor Dale and Lauren have to fight off an increasingly difficult and dangerous set of obstacles.
Meanwhile, Dale’s wife has her own troubles and some of the drug kingpin’s goons are only adding to an already rough day.
The clock is ticking down along with the floors of the building and escape is looking less and less likely. But to save her, and to save himself, he must make it all the way down.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

#Giveaway Tantor Audio review of Wyrd Blood by Donna Augustine

Those who don't live under a rock know that Donna has become one of my go to authors of Urban Fantasy. I love her kick butt take no prisoners heroines with attitude and Bugs the star of Wyrd Blood is a perfect example.
Donna is sponsoring a giveaway see below for details

Wyrd Blood

Narrated by Nicole Poole
Publication date Nov 6, 2018
Running time 6 hrs 15 min
Purchase from Tantor Media

Sometimes I wonder what life was like before magic burst into existence, before the Magical War of 810 destroyed our world. What it was like before there were Wyrd Blood, or we were forced into hiding.
And that's what I've been doing for years, hiding me and my crew. But that's about to end. My crew is starving and things are getting dire. When I get desperate enough to try and steal from Ryker, one of the toughest men in these parts, things go bad and my Wyrd Blood origins are outed.
But it's not all bad. Ryker can help keep me alive from the mysterious illness that's been plaguing me. He can also feed my crew. The only thing I have to do in return is start another war.

Contains mature themes.

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Wryd Blood Open Internationally
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

#Giveaway Review The Little Shop of Found Things Interview with Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston has quickly become a favorite author, hailing from the wilds of Wales  a land rich in legend and lore which she incorporates beautifully in her novels. Her latest, first in a brand new series The Little Shop of Found Things is the perfect example of that melding fantasy and reality resulting in an unforgettable story with unforgettable characters.  I had the pleasure of listening to the audio courtesy of Macmillan Audio. Read our conversation and my review then enter to win a copy of the book for your own library.
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ISBN-13: 9781250072436
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 10-16-2018
Length: 320 Pages -12hrs - 33mins
Found Things #1
Source: Macmillan Audio for review
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New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series.

An antique shop haunted by a ghost.
A silver treasure with an injustice in its story.
An adventure to the past she’ll never forget.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.

While Xanthe fights to save the girl amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

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The Little Shop of Found Things
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Showcase The Warriors by Paul Batista

Today I'm showcasing author/legal commentator/ trial attorney Paul Batista's latest legal thriller, The Warriors. 

ISBN-13: 978-1608093182
Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 12-18-2018
Length: 336pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo?indieBound


High-stakes politics and the rivalry between two powerful women in the trial of the century.
Legendary defense attorney Raquel Rematti represents a presidential candidate—and former First Lady of an ISIS-assassinated President—Senator Angelina Baldesteri in the most watched and explosive trial of the 21st Century. The Senator, a Democrat, sees it as a vendetta show trial orchestrated by the current Republican U.S. President, his Republican Attorney General, and an ambitious Republican United States Attorney in Manhattan. At the trial, a year before the election, the Senator faces charges of election fraud, tax evasion, and money laundering; each of which could deem her unfit for office and all but remove her from the Presidential race.

As the dramatic trial unfolds, Raquel steadily realizes that the Senator’s is hidden trail of lies which she has fought hard to keep from the light of day including a series of complicated and illicit connections. As Raquel’s complex, conflicted relationship with her client begins to gradually endanger herself, she must decide whether to face the recurrent dangers or allow her life and the lives of those she loves to be threatened.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

Goodbye to 2018
Saying goodbye to 2018 is bittersweet for me, there have been many ups and downs and some tragic losses both personal and people in the news. My husband continues to struggle with his health issues but we also feel blessed and thankful for all that we do have. I look forward to the new slate feeling the new year brings and there are several things to be excited about in 2019 a banner year for me, I’ll be turning 65 and I will also be married 40 years and to celebrate those milestones my daughter and son-in-law are taking my husband and I to Florida in May.
Whether you will be sorry to see this year end or can’t wait for that iconic ball to drop my wish for all of you is a safe and Happy New Year that brings good things to you and yours.
Hello to 2019