Friday, January 31, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Showcase The Last Real Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

Today I'm excited to be bringing you #3 in Caitlin Crews Cold River Ranch series, The Last Real Cowboy, plus Caitlin's publisher St. Martin's Press is offering a giveaway copy details below.

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback

Release Date: 1-28-2020

 384 pp
Cold River Ranch #3


USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews returns to the Cold River Ranch series with The Last Real Cowboy!

In Cold River, sometimes forbidden love is the sweetest of them all…

Perennial good girl Amanda Kittredge knows that her longtime crush on Brady Everett was never really supposed to go anywhere. But when Brady comes home during Amanda’s first attempt at independence, well, who better to teach her about rebellion than her older brother’s bad-boy best friend?

Brady’s plans did not include being forced to work the family homestead for a year—and yet, here he is. And, to make matters worse, his best friend’s innocent little sister is making a menace of herself in the most grown-up, tempting ways. When Amanda begs Brady to teach her about men, he knows he should refuse. But could Brady’s greatest temptation be his salvation?

“Loaded with charming characters [and] wit….will win the heart of any romance fan.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A True Cowboy Christmas

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The Last Real Cowboy
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Third to Die by Allison Brennan Blog Tour

My good friend Sophia Rose had an opportunity to be a part of Harlequin's Winter 2020 Mystery/Thriller blog tour and I'm so excited she decided to post her stop on The Reading Frenzy.  Her's is Allison Brennan's The Third To Die it's the first in Allison's brand new Mobile Response Team series brought to you by Harlequin's Mira imprint.

Third to Die by Allison Brennan

#1 Mobile Response Team
Publisher:  MIRA
Published: 2.4.20
Pages:  464
Rating: 4
Format: eARC
Source:  Harlequin

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GoodReads Blurb:
An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent… Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage.

Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Showcase: Heart of Maleness by Raphaël Liogier Translated by Antony Shugaar

With the #MeToo movement still going strong it's no wonder that sociologist and philosopher, 
Raphaël Liogier delves into the very heart of the matter, the why of gender inequality and how to fight it. By my favorite indie Other Press.

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 1-28-2020



In this timely, self-reflective essay, a groundbreaking sociologist and philosopher examines the underlying causes of gender inequality and how we can fight against it.

Following the shocking, infuriating accounts shared as part of the #MeToo movement, Raphaël Liogier felt compelled to apply his academic expertise to shed light on the roots of gender inequality and its many manifestations, including catcalling, workplace harassment, and rape, as well as the glass ceiling and the gender pay gap. In the brazenness of Donald Trump, who brags about groping women, in the hypocrisy of outspoken progressives whose private behavior belies their so-called feminist ideals, and even occasionally in the good intentions of men such as Liogier who strive to be allies, we can see the influence of a deep-seated fantasy of male dominance.

With candor and clarity, Liogier demonstrates that the archetypal Prince Charming and a monstrous predator such as Harvey Weinstein are two sides of the same coin—products of a worldview that not only places a man’s desires above a woman’s, but also doubts whether women are fundamentally capable of knowing what they want. Recent years have witnessed significant progress toward gender equality, from the ousting of prominent men accused of sexual misconduct to the unprecedented popularity of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Heart of Maleness maps out the crucial work still to be done, first and foremost addressing the core male fantasy about women’s bodies and minds.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Showcase: The Sun And Her Stars-Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood by Donna Rifkind

Today I'm so happy to be bringing you another fab release by fave indie Other Press, this one deals with 1930s & 40s Hollywood Screen Writer Salka Viertel.

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 1-28-2020




The little-known story of screenwriter Salka Viertel, whose salons in 1930s and 40s Hollywood created a refuge for a multitude of famous figures who had escaped the horrors of World War ll.

Hollywood was created by its “others”; that is, by women, Jews, and immigrants. Salka Viertel was all three and so much more. She was the screenwriter for five of Greta Garbo’s movies and also her most intimate friend. At one point during the Irving Thalberg years, Viertel was the highest-paid writer on the MGM lot. Meanwhile, at her house in Santa Monica she opened her door on Sunday afternoons to scores of European émigrés who had fled from Hitler–such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Arnold Schoenberg–along with every kind of Hollywood star, from Charlie Chaplin to Shelley Winters. In Viertel’s living room (the only one in town with comfortable armchairs, said one Hollywood insider), countless cinematic, theatrical, and musical partnerships were born.

Viertel combined a modern-before-her-time sensibility with the Old-World advantages of a classical European education and fluency in eight languages. She combined great worldliness with great warmth. She was a true bohemian with a complicated erotic life, and at the same time a universal mother figure. A vital presence in the golden age of Hollywood, Salka Viertel is long overdue for her own moment in the spotlight.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Showcase: Scot Under The Covers by Suzanne Enoch

Today I'm showcasing Suzanne Enoch's second book in her Wild Wicked Highlander Series, Scot Under The Covers. See how Enoch gets English lady Miranda Harris and wicked Highlander Aden MacTaggert under the covers. ;-)

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 1-28-2020

Wild Wicked Highlanders #2


The second in the seductive new Scottish historical romance Wild Wicked Highlanders series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!

In Scot Under the Covers, a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, and every rule will be broken!
Miranda Harris is known for her charm, wit, and ability to solve any problem she encounters. But when her brother lands neck-deep in gambling debt to a crafty villain and Miranda is subsequently blackmailed into marrying him, she must enlist the help of the devil himself to save the family honor—and herself.
“It’s time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch.” — Lisa Kleypas
Devilishly handsome Highlander Aden MacTaggert knows next to nothing about the ways of the ton, but he most certainly knows his way around gaming halls and womens’ hearts. Still, Aden is not sure how he’ll manage to find a Sassenach bride in time to save his family’s inheritance. When his almost sister-in-law Miranda comes to him for assistance, he proposes a partnership: She will help him navigate London society and he’ll teach her everything about wagering…and winning back her freedom. The beautiful, clever lass intrigues Aden—but is she playing her own game, or are the sparks between them real? He is accustomed to risking his pocket. But betting on Miranda’s love is a game he can’t afford to lose. . .

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Showcase: Parents Under the Influence by Cecile David-Weill Other Press new release

Today my friends I have another showcase from my pals at my favorite indie Other Press, a touching part memoir part guide "words of wisdom from a former bad mother."

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 1-14-2020




Part American and part French, part memoir and part guide, this book offers a fresh, unique, and powerful perspective on the challenges of parenting and how to find a rewarding path forward for parents and children alike.
How should we raise our children? It should be a simple enough question to answer but in fact it is an intimidating and complex one. We often address it by deciding to do either exactly what our parents did or just the opposite. After that we rely on a cocktail of love and instinct, hoping it will be enough to overcome the difficulties ahead.

Far from having perfect free will, however, we are all under the influence. The child still within us confuses, influences, or undermines all our aspirations as parents and prevents us from sticking to the philosophy we initially hoped to follow. These unresolved emotions drive us to reproduce the upbringing we received, including the behaviors that have hurt us the most.

In Parents Under the Influence, Cécile David-Weill draws on her own parenting blunders and successes as well as concrete examples, case studies, and works of fiction to guide readers, helping them heal from the past and become effective, nurturing parents.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews: Will Fain US Marshall by R.O. Lane, Narrated by A.T. Chandler

Today my pal Sophia Rose takes us back to the days of the wild wild west and reviews the audio edition of Will Fain US Marshall by R.O. Lane, Narrated by A.T. Chandler.

Will Fain US Marshal by R.O. Lane, Narrated by A.T. Chandler
#3 Will Fain US Marshal
Western Fiction
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Published:  1.14.20
Time:  5 hours 47 minutes
Rating: 4.5 stars
Narrator Rating: 5 stars
Source:  Tantor Audio
Sellers:  Amazon/Kobo

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Showcase: And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain by Elisabeth Åsbrink

Today dear readers I bring you another fabulous release by my favorite indie, Other Press. And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain, another WWII tale about families torn apart by war. I hope once you read all about it here you'll rush out to get your own copy.

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 1-21-2020




Winner of the August Prize, the story of the complicated long-distance relationship between a Jewish child and his forlorn Viennese parents after he was sent to Sweden in 1939, and the unexpected friendship the boy developed with the future founder of IKEA, a Nazi activist.

Otto Ullmann, a Jewish boy, was sent from Austria to Sweden right before the outbreak of World War II. Despite the huge Swedish resistance to Jewish refugees, thirteen-year-old Otto was granted permission to enter the country—all in accordance with the Swedish archbishop’s secret plan to save Jews on condition that they convert to Christianity. Otto found work at the Kamprad family’s farm in the province of Småland and there became close friends with Ingvar Kamprad, who would grow up to be the founder of IKEA. At the same time, however, Ingvar was actively engaged in Nazi organizations and a great supporter of the fascist Per Engdahl. Meanwhile, Otto’s parents remained trapped in Vienna, and the last letters he received were sent from Theresienstadt.

With thorough research, including personal files initiated by the predecessor to today’s Swedish Security Service (SÄPO) and more than 500 letters, Elisabeth Åsbrink illustrates how Swedish society was infused with anti-Semitism, and how families are shattered by war and asylum politics.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Showcase Toward The Light by Bonnar Spring an Oceanview Publishing release

I love introducing new authors to my readers and today I'm so happy to be showcasing Toward The Light by debut author Bonnar Spring a brand new release by fave indie publisher from the sunshine state Oceanview. Get ready for one heck of a ride!

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

Release Date: 1-7-2020




Perfect for readers who appreciate a novel female protagonist, an “everywoman” confronted with an overwhelming moral dilemma and crushing physical danger

Luz Concepcion returns to Guatemala to murder Martin Benavides, the man who destroyed her family. Benavides, who rose from insurgent fighter to president, controls a major drug network.

Richard Clement became Luz’s resettlement officer when she was evacuated to the U.S. He now works for the CIA, which has its own reasons for eliminating Benavides. Richard’s team persuades Luz to pursue a job as nanny to Benavides’ grandson, Cesar, a lonely child with an absentee playboy father.

The Guatemala contact for her mission is Evan McManus, an expat painter who pursues Luz, hoping to persuade her to model for him—and more. Luz initially spurns his advances, but her first terrifying encounter with Martin Benavides propels her into his arms.

Complicating matters, Luz conceals from all sides her clandestine contact with her surviving cousin, Antonio Torres, a guerrilla leader fighting the government propped up by the Benavides and their drug money.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Audible Review: Where Winter Finds You by J.R. Ward narrated by Jim Frangione

There is nothing better than when an email comes through from audible telling me that a pre-order is waiting in my library and when that pre-order is a Black Dagger Brotherhood tale it's a win win. 

Where Winter Finds You
A Caldwell Christmas

By: J. R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Book 17.5
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 11-26-19
Buy it: Audible


Number one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

When Trez lost his beloved to a tragic death (The Shadows, Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 13), his soul was crushed and his destiny seemed relegated to suffering. But when he meets a mysterious female, he becomes convinced his true love has been reincarnated. Is he right? Or has his grief created a disastrous delusion?

Therese has come to Caldwell to escape a rift with her bloodline. The revelation that she was adopted and not born into her family shakes the foundations of her identity, and she is determined to make it on her own. Her attraction to Trez is not what she’s looking for, except the sexy Shadow proves to be undeniable.

Has fate provided a grieving widower with a second chance...or is Trez too blinded by the past to see the present for what it really is? In this sensual, arresting book full of the themes of redemption and self-discovery, two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads where the heart is the only compass that can be trusted...but that may require a courage that neither of them possesses.

Listen to a sample:

My Review:

Where Winter Finds You
JR Ward

J.R. Ward’s latest novel in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one that fans (this one especially) have been salivating for her to write ever since she dropped the Selena/Therese doppelganger bomb well here it is so put on your seatbelts because this is one bumpy ride. With her iconic streetwise dialogue and characters that fans have grown to love JR delivers yet another fantastic BDB tale just perfect to warm up to on a cold winter night. Former black-sheep Trez has always been a favorite and everyone is hoping his mourning will end and Theresa is a breath of kick-a@s fresh air in this mostly boys club series a strong willed female who even when her heart is breaking will have no trouble sending her lover packing. I have to admit I was worried if the Warden could pull this one off but I shouldn't have because their Phoenix-ish story will have fans reaching for the tissue box and cheering them on. Series should be read in order.
And come on the only way to enjoy this series is by audible and in the capable voice of Jim Frangione, he is the Black Dagger Brotherhood and like in all the past volumes takes fans out of the park with his excellent rendition of the story, the voices and the emotions.
Shadow/Vampire Trez Latimer is still in a very dark place after the tragic horrible death of his shellan/mate Selena but there is a female who works for his brother who is not only the spitting image of his departed love but he believes somehow her reincarnation. He knows this sounds crazy and he’s trying to stay away but when she’s almost injured at his club during a fight between humans and guns he runs headlong into what could be his salvation or possibly his final downfall.
Therese came to Caldwell after finding out she’s adopted and her family kept it a secret. Why she chose Caldwell as a refuge wasn’t clear until her boss’s beautiful brother saves her from harm and she learns that he is the male who has been making love to her in her dreams, her shadow lover and she’s certain that she didn’t chose Caldwell, the fates did.
Are these two fated to be lifelong mates or is fate just playing a dirty trick on them?

And coming March 24th

Start the year off with a clean & organized closet. It�s tidy time.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Showcase: Relentless by Shawn Wilson Oceanview Publishing

I'm happy to be again working with Oceanview Publishing a fine indie out of the great state of Florida. Check out Shawn Wilson's debut thriller. Perfect for fans of Connelly's Harry Bosch!

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

Release Date: 12-17-2019

Brick Kavanagh Mystery Series #1


Cherry blossom season is Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful time of the year. But as tourists flock to the city, this year’s festivities are marred by the discovery of the naked body of a young woman floating in the Tidal Basin. Veteran homicide detective Brian (Brick) Kavanagh is assigned to the case. He’s shocked when he learns the victim is connected to another homicide which makes the investigation very personal for him. Brick’s efforts to solve the case are thwarted by departmental politics and a rush to judgment. Convinced that justice has not been served and the wrong person is in jail, Kavanagh risks all to relentlessly pursue the truth. Overlooked evidence ultimately leads to a devastating conclusion in a heartbreaking case.

A Q&A Provided by the author:

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I’m not sure I knew it at the time, but in the days before email and Facebook connected us to the world, I corresponded with foreign pen pals. And since I grew up in a small town in upstate New York where the local library was my main source of entertainment, I had to use creative writing skills to make life seem more interesting than it really was. I loved writing letters and even liked writing term papers. I enjoyed doing the research as well as the actual writing.

What writers have inspired you?

Ed McBain, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, J.A. Jance. And Sue Grafton, not only for her Kinsey Millhone series, but her generosity in sharing her knowledge and encouragement to aspiring writers. In addition to mysteries, I enjoy reading memoirs and I’m often inspired by the stories the authors share. Like millions of readers, I loved Angela’s Ashes. When ‘Tis followed, I immediately bought a copy, and to my amazement I ran into Frank McCourt on a street in Georgetown when he was in Washington for a book signing. We had a very nice chat and he, of course, signed my copy of his book.

What is the writing process like for you?

I approach writing in much the same way I approach life—I’m a planner. But I also recognize the importance of being flexible, because as the saying goes, “life happens.” I spend a lot of time outlining before I actually start writing. Also, I sometimes use a Q&A interview of characters to get a sense of their voice and personalities and motivations. My favorite part of the writing process is rewriting and the satisfaction that results from making something better.

What inspired you to write RELENTLESS?

I enjoy traveling and have visited five continents. Being in a place where I didn’t speak the language and was unfamiliar with the culture was sometimes intimidating as a tourist, so I can only imagine what it’s like for an immigrant who comes to the United States hoping for a better life. I was fortunate to get to know several men and women in the Washington, D.C. area who faced that challenge. I was impressed with their work ethic and adaptability and, in some cases, envious of their multilingual skills. As far as I know, none were victims of a serious crime.

What part of writing your book did you find most challenging?

It’s always challenging for me to put the movie in my head into words on a page, especially scenes that are not very dramatic. A lot of police work and court proceedings are tedious, so it’s challenging to keep it realistic without boring the reader.

Are any characters based on real people?

Some are composites of people I know or have known, while others are figments of my imagination.

Anything autobiographical in your novel?

Even though I may not have realized it when I was there, I guess the time I’ve spent in Irish pubs was actually research.

What’s next for you?

I think Brick has series potential and I have some ideas I’m exploring for the next book. He is, after all, a baseball fan, and every baseball fan should visit Wrigley Field at least once in their life.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Write the book you want to read to the very best of your ability and pursue your dream. It may take longer than you would like but it is possible to make it a reality. I’m proof!

Editorial Reviews:

Set during cherry blossom time in Washington, D.C., Wilson’s solid debut introduces Det. Brian “Brick” Kavanagh and his partner, Ron Hayes. The two are called out in the early hours of the morning to the Tidal Basin, where they find a young woman’s naked body floating in the water. Brick knows that this murder, at the height of the D.C. tourist season, has the potential to make the powers-that-be nervous and add stress to his job. At the end of his shift, Brick stops at his favorite Irish bar, where the bartender asks him to check up on Jose Delgado, a trusted busboy who has missed several days of work. At Jose’s apartment, Brick finds the busboy murdered, as well as a possible link between Jose and the Tidal Basin victim. Mystery veterans won’t find much they haven’t seen before, though the villain’s unusual background is a plus. Wilson (the pen name for a playwright) has created a protagonist with the full complement of angst-inducing problems and an appealing white knight sense of decency. (Dec.)

Publishers Weekly

“In Relentless, fans of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch will find a new hero in Brian Kavanagh, a detective with more brains than brawn who personifies the term 'relentless.' Throw in cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C. and you have the perfect mystery read.” — Patricia Gussin, New York Times best-selling author

“Wilson's Relentless lives up to its title, and will keep you turning pages throughout the twisting mystery and final reveal. A gritty and engrossing tale that introduces Brick Kavanagh, a detective who’s as smart as he is battle worn, and who takes his place among the best detectives in fiction.” — Jamie Freveletti, best-selling author

“Shawn Wilson takes readers on a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and a completely unexpected final destination in Relentless.” — Matt Coyle

“Shawn Wilson’s novel, [Relentless] brings a crafty, engaging new detective to the mean streets of Washington, D.C. A relentlessly entertaining debut!” — Daniel Stashower, Edgar-winning author

"The action is top-notch ... Wilson does a good job whipping up some mysterious murders." —Booklist

“[In Relentless,] Wilson has created a protagonist with the full complement of angst-inducing problems and an appealing white knight sense of decency.” —Publishers Weekly

“Shawn Wilson's Relentless can stand on its plot alone. But it needn't do that. The characters could be working out of your very own neighborhood station. The background of this stellar novel smells of cherry blossoms in a slight spring breeze. It's well worth a read.” —BookLoonsFrom the Publisher

A veteran Washington cop catches an unsavory and complex case that cuts too close to home.

Detective Brian Kavanagh, known as "Brick" because of his red hair, is called to the Tidal Basin with partner Ron Hayes to snag a floating corpse. Rather than wait for the police dive team, they hop a locked fence to retrieve the body. Later, at Boland's Mill, Brick's watering hole of choice, he confronts another problem. Crusty proprietor Eamonn Boland's not at his usual post, regaling patrons; when he finally arrives, the elderly Eamonn looks decidedly unhealthy. He's beside himself about the absence of Jose, a normally reliable busboy. Brick and Rory, Eamonn's nephew, go to Jose's apartment, where they discover his corpse, clearly a victim of murder. Brick manages to coax Jose's ginger cat, Elvis, out from under the sink, but there's no sign of the sister Jose lives with. Saddest news of all: She's the girl in the Tidal Basin. Her name is Maria Delgado, and she's from Guatemala. Brick and Ron's investigation begins with interviews of Jose and Maria's neighbors, a stereotypical array of Hispanic sex offenders, wife beaters, and gang members. The brokenhearted Eamonn, meanwhile, decides to accompany the two young victims back to Guatemala. When Brick finds evidence that Maria may be the victim of a serial killer, he gets little support at his precinct. Must he strike out on his own to find the perp?

Like her D.C. Dirty Harry, Wilson's debut novel is bluntly effective. It lacks finesse but offers pace and timeliness.Kirkus Reviews

About the author:
RELENTLESS is Shawn Wilson’s debut novel.
Shawn was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she was a classmate of Mickey Spillane’s daughter. After graduating from high school, she attended Averett College in Danville, Virginia before moving to the Washington, D.C. area. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from American University and spent more than 30 years working for the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Those years confirmed her belief that on most days, there was more drama at the courthouse than at the Kennedy Center.
Having traveled on five continents, Shawn is very happy to call Chicago home.
Shawn's Website-

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Showcase Westering Women by Sandra Dallas

There is no more powerful voice in literary historical fiction than Sandra Dallas her new release Westering Women is high on my must read list and I know once you read all about it, it will be high on yours too!

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 1-7-2020



From the bestselling author of Prayers for Sale, Sandra Dallas' Westering Women is an inspiring celebration of sisterhood on the perilous Overland Trail

"If you are an adventuresome young woman of high moral character and fine health, are you willing to travel to California in search of a good husband?"

It's February, 1852, and all around Chicago, Maggie sees postings soliciting "eligible women" to travel to the gold mines of Goosetown. A young seamstress with a small daughter, she has nothing to lose. She joins forty-three other women and two pious reverends on the dangerous 2,000-mile journey west.

None are prepared for the hardships they face on the trek or for the strengths they didn't know they possessed. Maggie discovers she’s not the only one looking to leave dark secrets behind. And when her past catches up with her, it becomes clear a band of sisters will do whatever it takes to protect one of their own.