Thursday, April 30, 2020

Review: Family for Beginners by Sarah Morgan

Those who know me know that Sarah Morgan is my all time favorite author, I have loved her from her not so humble beginnings writing wonderful heartfelt exotic romances for the Harlequin Presents Line to her successful foray into full length romance and now a genre that she's really found her voice, women's fiction. Sarah's latest is wonderful she makes you feel like your right there with her characters. If you don't have a copy get one it comes out May 5th!

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: 5-05-2020

 Publisher/Netgalley for review


USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with a life-affirming exploration of love, loss, and how families come in all shapes and sizes…
New York florist Flora Donovan is living the dream, but her bubbly optimism hides a secret. She’s lonely. Orphaned as a child, she’s never felt like she’s belonged anywhere…until she meets Jack Parker. He’s the first man to ever really see her, and it’s life changing.

Teenager Izzy Parker is holding it together by her fingertips. Since her mother passed away a year ago, looking after her dad and little sister is the only thing that makes Izzy feel safe. Discovering her father has a new girlfriend is her worst nightmare—she is not in the market for a replacement mom. Then her father invites Flora on their summer vacation…

Flora’s heart aches for Izzy, but she badly wants her relationship with Jack to work. As the summer unfolds, Flora must push her own boundaries to discover parts of herself she never knew existed—and to find the family she’s always wanted.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Showcase- The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris by Marc Petitjean translated by Adriana Hunter

Those who visit my blog often know how much I love the offerings of Other Press my favorite Indie Publishers and the biography of Frida Kahlo written by the son of her French lover gives readers a look into the artist's life during her time in Europe. I know I can't wait to read my copy and I know once you learn a bit more you'll want a copy for your own.

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 4-09-2020



This intimate account offers a new, unexpected understanding of the artist’s work and of the vibrant 1930s surrealist scene.

In 1938, just as she was leaving Mexico for her first solo exhibition in New York, Frida Kahlo was devastated to learn from her husband, Diego Rivera, that he intended to divorce her. This latest blow followed a long series of betrayals, most painful of all his affair with her beloved younger sister, Cristina. In early 1939, anxious and adrift, Kahlo traveled from the United States to France—her only trip to Europe, and the beginning of a unique period of her life when she was enjoying success on her own.

Now, for the first time, this previously overlooked part of her story is brought to light in exquisite detail. Marc Petitjean takes the reader to Paris, where Kahlo spends her days alongside luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Dora Maar, and Marcel Duchamp.

Using Kahlo’s whirlwind romance with the author’s father, Michel Petitjean, as a jumping-off point, The Heart: Frida Kahlo in Paris provides a striking portrait of the artist and an inside look at the history of one of her most powerful, enigmatic paintings.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Audible Review: The Parisians by Marius Gabriel

This is the second historical novel by Marius Gabriel that I was lucky enough to snag on an Amazon sale. He is another author who mixes facts and fiction and tells a rich poignant tale. Kindle Unlimited members can get this for free and add the audible for a song!

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Release Date: 1-17-2019

 Purchase Amazon/Audible
Buy It: Audible



Paris, 1940. The Nazis have occupied the city - and the Ritz. The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.

For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer. When Hitler’s right-hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance - and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something more...

Within the hotel, famed designer Coco Chanel quickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit, while Arletty, one of France’s best-loved actresses, shocks those around her - and herself - with a forbidden love.

But as the war reaches its terrible end, all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy. For in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe?

Friday, April 24, 2020

Audible Review: Stillhouse Lake By Rachel Caine

So a few years ago I saw Caffeinated Kim's review of this book and was put off and wanted it at the same time, I mean I like a thriller the same as the next girl but this one just sounded so dark so I put it on the back burner until Kindle had a sale and I scooped up the audible for a song. Boy am I glad I did because I've been binge listening and am on book 3 right now. Thanks Kim

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Release Date: 7-01-2017

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Buy It: Audible


Gina Royal is the definition of average - a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband's secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor - the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed - or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she's learned how to fight evil. And she'll never stop.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Showcase: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

Graydon House is Harlequin's newest imprint dedicated to women's fiction and I know I can't wait to read Truths I Never Told You set post WWII my very favorite time period and I bet when you read more about it you'll want to.

Publisher: Graydon House

Release Date: 4-14-2020

 352 pp



From the bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say comes a poignant post-WWII novel that explores the expectations society places on women set within an engrossing family mystery that may unravel everything once believed to be true.

With her father recently moved to a care facility, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker.

Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Showcase: The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls

When I saw this historical gem show up I knew I had to read it. I hope all you fans of the genre get a chance to read it too!

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: 4-07-2020



A Sunday Times bestseller!

Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate newborn at the Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the daughter she has never known. Dreading the worst, that she has died in care, she is astonished to discover someone pretending to be Bess has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl—and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’s poor lodgings, in a quiet Georgian townhouse, lives Alexandra, a reclusive young widow. When her close friend—an ambitious doctor at the orphanage—persuades her to hire a nursemaid to help care for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds.

“A gripping tale of motherhood, loss, and redemption. Hall’s distinctive characters and scrupulous historical detail drop us into a rich, Dickensian world full of desperation and lies, and shows us just how far a mother will go to hold onto her child.” —Serena Burdick, International bestselling author of The Girls with No Names

“The new Hilary Mantel!”—Cosmopolitan

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Showcase: The Final Deception by Heather Graham

I love Heather Graham's novels so I don't know how I missed this series, looks like I've got some catching up to do.

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: 3-31-2020

New York Confidential #5


How do you confront a threat that is hiding in plain sight? FBI agent Craig Frasier and psychologist Kieran Finnegan hunt an escaped serial killer in the latest explosive thriller in the New York Confidential series.

It was one of Kieran’s most chilling cases: her assessment of a murderer known as the Fireman. There was no doubt that the man needed to be locked away. Now Craig is called to a gruesome crime scene that matches the killer’s methods, and news breaks that the Fireman has escaped prison.

Amid a citywide manhunt, Kieran and Craig need to untangle a web of deceit, privilege and greed. They suspect that those closest to the killer have been drawn into his evil, or else someone is using another man’s madness and cruelty to disguise their crimes.

When their investigation brings the danger right to the doorstep of Finnegan’s Pub, Kieran and Craig will have to be smarter and bolder than ever before, because this time it’s personal, and they have everything to lose.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews Down The Long Hills by Louis L'Amour

Once again Sophia Rose graces us with another western by the king of westerns himself Louis L'Amour.
Take it away Sophia Rose

Down the Long Hills by Louis L’Amour, Narrated by Michael Crouch
Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Penguin Random House Audio
Published:  4.14.20
Time:  4 hours 56 minutes
Rating: 4.5
Narrator: 5
Format:  MP3
Source:  Penguin Random House Audio
Sellers:  Amazon /Barnes and Noble /Kobo

Everyone was dead. Indian raiders massacred the entire wagon train. Only seven-year-old Hardy Collins and three-year-old Betty Sue Powell managed to survive. With a knife, a horse, and the survival lessons his father taught him, Hardy must face the challenges of the open prairie. Using ingenuity and common sense, he builds shelters, searches out water, and forages for food. But as he struggles to keep them alive, he realizes that their survival will depend on his ability to go beyond what his father was able to teach him. Hardy bravely presses on, fighting off the temptation to give up, until a howling blizzard and a pack of hungry wolves force him to make decisions that no seven-year-old boy should ever have to make.

Sophia Rose's review:

A young boy is coming west with a wagon train to meet his pa at Ft. Bridger.  A Cheyenne raid leaves the young boy with a three-year old girl, no supplies, and winter setting in.  All he has is a big red horse and the wilderness knowledge he learned from his pa.  A perilous journey begins...

Down the Long Hills is not a typical western frontier story because the main character isn't even in double digits yet.   It's Survivor- western frontier style.  Hardy Collins steals the listener's heart as this sober young guy tenderly looks after a girl who just lost her folks even while fearful with the knowledge that they are all alone in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of rough country with dangers on all sides.  He's scared to death, but just keeps on plugging along.  Beyond his efforts to keep them alive, they are being trailed by more than one person after Big Red the magnificent stallion that belongs to Hardy's pa, Scott Collins.

The narration is split between Hardy and Scott as the son journeys to find his pa and pa leaves out from Ft. Bridger to find his son hoping he survived the raid on the wagon train and can hold out until Scott gets there with his mountain men buddies.

Now, did I have several moments when I kept thinking Hardy was older because of how he thought about things and the canny way he went about keeping himself and Betty Sue alive?  Yes, it’s highly improbable.  But, I didn't care.  I swallowed the story whole and loved what I was getting.

The setting is Wyoming in the late 1840's just before gold was discovered in California and the frontier began much further east.  I love how this author can paint in a historical setting and yarn about the times like he was there.

The narrator, Michael Crouch, is already a favorite.  He did great for Hardy's young voice and even Betty Sue's.  He has a way of getting a reader to settle in and lose themselves in his storytelling.

All in all, this was a fabulous western adventure from a favorite author and narrator.  I can highly recommend it for those who want an exciting western adventure that isn't your typical shoot 'em up.

My thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:
Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".

Sophia’s Bio:
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Review: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams Bromance Book Club #2

When I saw this reviewed on a blogger friend's site I knew I needed some Bromance Book Club in my life too. I'm glad I did and I'm happy to say that not reading book 1 didn't detract from the enjoyment, but I will be getting that one too.

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: 3-10-2020

 Netgalley for review
Bromance Book Club #2


Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart. . .even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Showcase: One Perfect Summer by Brenda Novak

Brenda Novak has always been a favorite and I can't wait until I read her latest, One Perfect Summer.

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: 4-7-2020

 464 pp



Some families we’re born into
Some we find for ourselves

When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half sisters she didn’t know existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

The women decide to dig into the mystery together at Serenity’s family cabin in Lake Tahoe. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at work and Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the past and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true was a lie. But any future is easier to face with family by your side.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Showcase: Flight Risk by Cara Putman sponsored by Partners in Crime virtual tours

Flight Risk

by Cara Putman

on Tour April 1-30, 2020


Flight Risk by Cara Putman

Bestselling author Cara Putman returns with a romantic legal thriller that will challenge the assumptions of truth tellers everywhere.

Savannah Daniels has worked hard to build her law practice, to surround herself with good friends, and to be the loyal aunt her troubled niece can always count on. But since her ex-husband’s betrayal, she has trouble trusting anyone.

Jett Glover’s father committed suicide over a false newspaper report that ruined his reputation. Now a fierce champion of truth, Jett is writing the story of his journalism career—an international sex-trafficking exposé that will bring down a celebrity baseball player and the men closest to him, including Savannah’s ex-husband.

When Jett’s story breaks, tragedy ensues. Then a commercial airline crashes, and one of Savannah’s clients is implicated in the crash. Men connected to the scandal, including her ex, begin to die amid mysterious circumstances, and Savannah’s niece becomes an unwitting target.

Against their better instincts, Jett and Savannah join ranks to sort the facts from fiction. But can Savannah trust the reporter who threw her life into chaos? And can Jett face the possibility that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life?

Book Details:

Genre: Political/Romantic Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 7th 2020
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 078523327X (ISBN13: 9780785233275)
Series: This is a Stand Alone Novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Monday, April 13, 2020

Review Hitler, My Neighbor Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939 by EDGAR FEUCHTWANGER by BERTIL SCALI Translated by ADRIANA HUNTER

When I saw this title in my email inbox from my favorite indie publisher I know I had to have a copy because WWII is my favorite literary time period for both fiction and non-fiction and I'm pleased to say it blew me away.  Read my review and see why.

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 3-31-2020

 Publisher for review


An eminent historian recounts the Nazi rise to power from his unique perspective as a Jewish boy growing up in Munich with Adolf Hitler as his neighbor.

Edgar Feuchtwanger came from a prominent German Jewish family: the only son of a respected editor, and the nephew of best-selling writer Lion Feuchtwanger. He was a carefree five-year-old, pampered by his parents and his nanny, when Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi Party, moved into the building across the street in Munich.

In 1933 his happy young life was shattered. Hitler had been named Chancellor. Edgar’s parents, stripped of their rights as citizens, tried to protect him from increasingly degrading realities. In class, his teacher had him draw swastikas, and his schoolmates joined the Hitler Youth.

From his window, Edgar bore witness to the turmoil surrounding the Night of the Long Knives, the Anschluss, and Kristallnacht. Jews were arrested; his father was imprisoned at Dachau. In 1939 Edgar was sent on his own to England, where he would make a new life, start a career and a family, and try to forget the nightmare of his past—a past that came rushing back when he decided, at the age of eighty-eight, to tell the story of his buried childhood and his infamous neighbor.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Showcase: And Their Children After Them A Novel by NICOLAS MATHIEU Translated by WILLIAM RODARMOR

Today I'm showcasing another fantastic offering from favorite indie publisher Other Press a French novel set in the recent past, And Their Children After Them.

Publisher: Other Press

Release Date: 4-7-2020




Winner of the 2018 Prix Goncourt, this poignant coming-of-age tale captures the distinct feeling of summer in a region left behind by global progress.

August 1992. One afternoon during a heatwave in a desolate valley somewhere in eastern France, with its dormant blast furnaces and its lake, fourteen-year-old Anthony and his cousin decide to steal a canoe to explore the famous nude beach across the water. The trip ultimately takes Anthony to his first love and a summer that will determine everything that happens afterward.

Nicolas Mathieu conjures up a valley, an era, and the political journey of a young generation that has to forge its own path in a dying world. Four summers and four defining moments, from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to the 1998 World Cup, encapsulate the hectic lives of the inhabitants of a France far removed from the centers of globalization, torn between decency and rage.

Friday, April 3, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Audio review The Sinner by J.R. Ward blog tour sponsored by Gallery Books

When Gallery books offered me a spot on their The Sinner by #! NYT Bestseller and one of my very favorite author JR Ward blog tour I said Sign Me UP Please! This is the only series I pre-order and shell out the precious $$$ for the audible because as far as I'm concerned it's not the Black Dagger Brotherhood without Jim Frangione's voice. 
Gallery Books a division of Simon & Schuster is generously offering a copy of the book details below.

Publisher: Gallery Books

Release Date: 3-24-2020

 15 hours-38 minutes
Black Dagger Brotherhoo #18
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Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. 

Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when amysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.

Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication? 

With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail...or was the prophecy wrong all along?

Meet J.R. Ward at her event in Cincinnati, OH

Giveaway is one copy of
The Sinner US ONLY
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Showcase No Stone Unturned by Andrea Kane a Partners in Crime blog tour

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No Stone Unturned

by Andrea Kane

on Tour March 16 - April 17, 2020


No Stone Unturned by Andrea Kane


Jewelry designer Fiona McKay is working on her latest collection of Celtic-inspired jewelry. She's excited by the possibilities uncovered by Rose Flaherty, the antiquities dealer helping her research the heirloom tapestries inspiring her new collection. So when Rose calls to tell her she has answers, Fiona hurries to meet her. But her artistic world is shattered when she finds the lifeless body of the elderly woman.

Why would anyone kill such a harmless person? And what if Fiona had arrived just a few minutes earlier? Would she have been killed as well? Unnerved, she heads for her brother's Brooklyn apartment seeking advice and comfort.

Ryan McKay, Forensic Instincts' technology wiz is not amused by his little sister interrupting his evening with his girlfriend and co-worker, Claire Hedgleigh. But when Ryan and Claire hear the details of Rose's murder, they fear that Fiona could be next, and quickly assume the role of her protectors. What they're unaware of is how many people are desperately seeking the information now buried along with Rose.

A former IRA sniper. A traitorous killer who worked for the British. Two vicious adversaries taking their epic battle to America. A secret Irish hoard as the grand prize in a winner takes all fight to the death.

As the story woven into the tapestries passed down from McKay mother to daughter unravels, Forensic Instincts realizes that Fiona and her family are in grave danger. Together, the team must stay one step ahead of two rival assassins or risk Fiona's life and the McKay family tree.

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication Date:
Number of Pages: March 17, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-68232-039-
Series: Forensic Instincts
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Showcase Highland Sword by May McGoldrick

Today I'm showcasing #3 in May McGoldrick's Royal Highlander series, Highland Sword.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: 3-31-2020

 320 pp
Royal Highlander #3


Scottish pride, persuasion, and passion—this is Highland romance at its breathtaking best.

From USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick comes Highland Sword, the third book in the Royal Highlander series.

Fleeing to the Highlands after her father’s murder, fiery Morrigan Drummond has a score to settle with Sir Rupert Burney, the English spymaster responsible for his death. Trained to fight alongside the other rebels determined to break Britain’s hold on Scotland, she swears to avenge her father’s death—until a chance encounter with a barrister as proud and principled as she is presents her with a hard choice…and a bittersweet temptation.

Aidan Grant has never encountered another woman like dangerous beauty Morrigan—and he has the bruises to prove it. Yet she could be the key to defending two innocent men, as well as striking a death blow to the reprehensible Burney. Convincing Morrigan to help him will take time, but Aidan is willing to wait if it means victory over corrupt government forces and freedom for his people…and Morrigan’s hand in marriage. Can two warriors committed to a cause stand down long enough to open their hearts to a love fierce enough to last…forever?