Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Taking a few days off

Don't be alarmed nothing has happened I'm just taking a few days off to visit my son and his family in Starkville MS.

Be back on Monday!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Review - Midnight Dunes Interview with author Laura Griffin

Today it is my great pleasure to bring you this fantastic feature on Midnight Dunes by my all time favorite romantic suspense author Laura Griffin, including a very special only seen here Excerpt and an interview with Laura plus read what I thought about the novel. And the pièce de résistance is that Laura has graciously offered a signed copy of Midnight Dunes, #3 in her Texas Murder Files series, details below.
Read on and Enjoy!

ISBN-13: 978-0593197387
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: 05-24-2022
Length: 358pp
Source: Author/Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



When the shocking discovery of a murdered woman’s body disturbs the tranquility of tourist season, the police detective in charge of the puzzling case must work alongside the new filmmaker in town to pursue every lead in the new romantic thriller from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.

After a scandal derails her television reporting career, Macey Burns comes looking for a change of pace in Lost Beach, Texas. She’s ready to focus on her first passion—documentary filmmaking—and has a new job working for the island’s tourism board, shooting footage of the idyllic beachside community. Her plans for a relaxing rebound are dashed when she realizes the cottage she’s renting belonged to the woman whose body was just found in the sand dunes.

Detective Owen Breda is under intense pressure to solve this murder. Violent crimes are rising in his small town, and he can’t stand to see anyone else hurt…especially not the beautiful documentarian who keeps showing up at the precinct.

With the clock ticking, cameras rolling, and body count climbing, Macey and Owen must use all their resources to find the killer without getting caught in the crosshairs.

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Midnight Dunes
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Monday, May 23, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - Serpent's Doom by Connie Di Marco a Partners in Crime virtual tour

Welcome to my stop on The Serpent's Doom by Connie Di Marco blog tour read all about it, visit the other tour stops and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway at the end.

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Serpent's Doom

by Connie di Marco

May 23 - June 17, 2022 Virtual Book Tour


Serpent's Doom by Connie di Marco

As San Francisco’s Chinatown prepares for the Lunar New Year festivities in the fogbound month of February, astrologer Julia Bonatti finds herself with three new clients, all in desperate straits who don’t seem to heed her advice. Tracy is the victim of a brutal husband with nowhere to run and Jeanette is worried sick about her son, whom she suspects has fallen in with a bad lot.

But most frightening of all to Julia is Frankie Chang’s dilemma. Frankie’s only eleven years old and he’s terrified. His mother is missing and no one will help him. Julia’s heart goes out to him but her hands are tied. Frankie won’t let her talk to the police and neither will his family.

Julia eventually discovers that the three worlds of her clients intertwine. Those lives inevitably collide exposing a dangerous smuggling cabal. Julia knows too much and becomes a victim of both a ruthless environmental group and criminals who will stop at nothing, including murder.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews Jinxing the Warlord by Gail Koger

Today Sophia Rose is back with a review of #14 in Gail Koger's Coletti Warlords series, Jinxing the Warlord

Jinxing the Warlord by Gail Koger

#14 Coletti Warlords

Sci Fi Romance

Publisher: self-published
Published:  4.18.22

Pages: 174

Rating: 4 stars

Format: eARC

Source: Author

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

How did I end up on the barren world of Cygnus? Fate and a promise made under duress. My name is Jinx Tuva. To say my early childhood was rough is putting it mildly. My father hid me from the lawless inhabitants and taught me how to be a warrior. Loneliness was my constant companion. I dreamed of having friends, meeting new species and traveling the galaxy.

Turns out Fate is one twisted bitch. She granted me my wish. It’s hard to feel lonely while caring for the three feisty, alien children I had rescued. To make things even more fun, a bad-tempered Coletti War Commander has decided I’m his. As if. Okay, he does have a great ass and his kisses are pretty awesome, but bossy doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Mallox, the most hunted villain in the galaxy, is doing his level best to take the children from me. My psychic powers are unique, but are they enough to keep the kids safe? Maybe. The only way to guarantee their safety is to mate with Caleb Jones, the sexy War Commander.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Release Day Blitz - Rescued Anthology #CaffeinatedPR

I'm so excited to be a part of Rescued release day blitz - Being a rescue mommy myself to my beautiful 12 year old
Princess Pippa I knew I had to participate in this fabulous blog hop. Make sure to stop back by in a few days to see what I thought of these 10 short stories staring couples deserving of love and the rescue pups who had a paw or four in making their HEAs come true.

Today we are excited to share the release of Rescued. This anthology from New York Times and USA bestselling authors delivers a collection of contemporary romances filled with heat, heart and dog treats! The authors have rescue dogs and came together because of their beloved pups. They are donating release day sales to Roxanne St. Claire’s rescue charity.   

Monday, May 16, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Review Finding Light in a Lost Year by Carin Fahr Shulusky a Providence Book Promotions tour

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Finding Light in a Lost Year

by Carin Fahr Shulusky

May 16 – June 10, 2022 Virtual Book Tour


Finding Light in a Lost Year by Carin Fahr Shulusky
Roni Wright thought she had everything; huge home, successful husband, kids, and a brilliant career. That is until the worse pandemic in 100 years swept away the shallow façade of her life and she nearly lost it all.   This is the story of how a broken family navigated the most difficult year of their lives and found hope in the middle of so much loss. You will recognize many of the things that nearly broke us all as we struggled with pandemic restrictions and the new normal. But you will cheer as they work their way out of darkness into a better world.

Book Details

Genre: Family & Relationship, Biographical Fiction Published by: Fossil Creek Press Publication Date: May 2022 Number of Pages: 170 ISBN: 978-1-7362417-2-1 Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Friday, May 13, 2022

#AudibleReview From the Audio Backlist - Her Sister's Shoes by Ashley Farley

I know I've seen this author reviewed around so when I saw this on sale at Amazon I picked it up then it sat in my library for a long time until I decided to give it a try and fell in love.

Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: 5-31-2016
Length: 9hours-54minutes
Source: Amazon Purchase
Buy It: Amazon/Audible



For fans of Dorothea Benton Frank, Her Sister's Shoes is a contemporary women's novel that explores and proves the healing power of family.

Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry and packed with Southern charm and memorable characters, Her Sister's Shoes is the story of three sisters - Samantha, Jackie, and Faith - who struggle to balance the demands of career and family while remaining true to themselves.

Samantha Sweeney has always been the glue that holds her family together, their go-to girl for love and support. When an ATV accident leaves her teenage son in a wheelchair, she loses her carefully constructed self-control.

In the after-gloom of her dreaded 50th birthday and the discovery of her husband's infidelity, Jackie realizes she must reconnect with her former self to find the happiness she needs to move forward.

Faith lacks the courage to stand up to her abusive husband. She turns to her sisters for help, placing all their lives at risk.

In the midst of their individual challenges, the Sweeney sisters must cope with their mother's mental decline. Is Lovie in the early stages of Alzheimer's, or is her odd behavior normal for a woman her age? No one, including Lovie, understands her obsession with a rusty key she wears around her neck.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell

Today Sophia Rose is back this time with a historical mystery set at the turn of the twentieth century.

Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell, narrator Eva Kaminsky

#2 Gilded Newport Mystery

Historical Mystery

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 11.30.21

Time: 10 hours 4 minutes

Rating: 4

Narrator Rating: 5

Format: MP3 digital

Source: Tantor

Sellers: Amazon / Barnes & NobleKobo

ADD TO: GoodReads 

GoodReads Blurb:

With the dawn of the twentieth century on the horizon, the fortunes of the venerable Vanderbilt family still shine brightly in the glittering high society of Newport, Rhode Island. But when a potential scandal strikes, the Vanderbilts turn to cousin and society page reporter Emma Cross to solve a murder and a disappearance. . .Responding to a frantic call on her newfangled telephone from her eighteen-year-old cousin, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Emma Cross arrives at the Marble House mansion and learns the cause of her distress--Consuelo's mother, Alva, is forcing her into marriage with the Duke of Marlborough. Her mother has even called in a fortune teller to assure Consuelo of a happy future.

But the future is short-lived for the fortune teller, who is found dead by her crystal ball, strangled with a silk scarf. Standing above her is one of the Vanderbilts' maids, who is promptly taken into police custody. After the frenzy has died down, Consuelo is nowhere to be found. At Alva's request, Emma must employ her sleuthing skills to determine if the vanishing Vanderbilt has eloped with the beau of her choice--or if her disappearance may be directly connected to the murder. . .

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Sophia Rose reviews - Married to the Rockstar by Christina Hovland

Today Sophia Rose is back, this time with a modern day marriage of convenience romance. 

Married to the Rockstar by Christina Hovland

#3 Mile High Rocked

Publisher: Indie

Published:  4.29.22


Pages:  254

Rating: 4

Flames: 3

Format: eARC

Source: Author

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Nothing about this arrangement is convenient...

Jeremy Dillion—a.k.a. Knox—has no intention of succumbing to wedded bliss. Gag, no. His parents divorced when he was young and the only stability in his life comes from his bandmates. But now they’re finding their own forever sweethearts, and Knox is feeling the heat of being a lone wolf in a group effort. Still, an actual relationship? No. Ick.

Irina Carmichael is ready for her big break. The problem is no one takes a second look at her, since she doesn’t fit into the general mold created for Hollywood starlets. Her hips are too big, her nose is too sharp, and her lips are too wide. But she’s so ready to step out of the background and into the spotlight.

When Knox gets trashed in the tabloids, his publicist pitches the idea of an image-saving marriage to Irina. Irina figures the publicity can't hurt and accepts—until the offers for major roles start pouring in, and she doesn’t need the arrangement. Unfortunately, Knox has broken the first rule of marrying an actress for publicity: don’t fall in love. But can he handle a real relationship? And is she ready to stop pretending?

Monday, May 9, 2022

Review - Far Side of The Moon by Liisa Jorgensen

Today I'm excited to be sharing my review of Far Side of The Moon by Liisa Jorgensen, the real love story of Frank and Susan Borman and the life of a military family thrown to the wolves.

Thank you to Smith Publicity for the review copy!

ISBN-13: 978-1641606066
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: 12-07-2021
Length: 336pp
Source: Smith Publicity for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



The decades-long love story of a NASA commander and the leader of the Astronaut Wives Club

Far Side of the Moon is the untold, fully authorized story of the lives of Frank and Susan Borman. One was a famous astronaut—an instrumental part of the Apollo space program—but the other was just as much a warrior. This real-life love story is far from a fairy tale.

Life as a military wife was beyond demanding, but Susan always rose to the occasion. When Frank joined NASA and was selected to command the first mission to orbit the moon, that meant putting on a brave face for the world as her husband risked his life for the space race. The pressure and anxiety were overwhelming, and eventually Susan’s well-hidden depression and alcoholism finally came to light. Frank had to come to terms with how his “mission above all else” mentality contributed to his wife’s suffering. As Susan healed, she was able to begin helping others who suffered in silence from mental illness and addiction.

Discover how Frank and Susan’s love and commitment to each other is still overcoming life’s challenges, even beyond their years as an Apollo commander and the founder of the Astronaut Wives Club.

Friday, May 6, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Review - In The Middle by Carin Fahr Shulusky Providence Book Promotions

Today is my second stop on the In The Middle blog tour, today's feature is my review. Don't forget to enter the #Giveaway at the end.

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In the Middle

by Carin Fahr Shulusky

May 3, 2022 Book Blast


In the Middle by Carin Fahr Shulusky
Carrie Young had it all. She was a successful account executive for a small advertising agency and still managed to be a loving wife and dutiful mother until her mother fell suddenly ill. As the middle child, Carrie was never that close to her mother, but now she was needed to help with the overwhelming task of taking care of her seriously ill mother. The demands of hospitalization, doctors' appointments and daily care throw her once prefect life in near chaos. Disagreements with her siblings, her boss and her mother make her resentful of this new responsibility. The one bright spot is the chance to know her mother's stories of the depression and post war struggle as she never had before. Even as her once perfect life falls apart, she finds a purpose in it all.

Book Details

Genre: Fictional Memoir Published by: Fossil Creek Press Publication Date: January 18, 2021 Number of Pages: 198 ISBN: '9781736241707 Purchase Your Copy Today: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

By this time, Mom was mobile enough to get to the doctor, or at least so the insurance company determined. This meant we could no longer get home visits paid by insurance, so Maria, John, and I had to find a way to get Mom through the gauntlet of doctors. Each organ of Mom’s body had its own doctor: cardiologist, neurologist, urologist, gynecologist, optometrist, dermatologist, podiatrist, and dentist. Everything was failing and in need of repair. I actually think we could take Mom to a different doctor every day of the week. As it was, we managed the most urgent needs and hoped for the best with the rest. Maria took Mom to the cardiologist, who was managing her medications and needed to take regular blood levels. I took Mom to the urologist because she was having urinary tract troubles, possibly caused by the medications prescribed by the cardiologist. John took Mom to the physical therapist, who could also no longer make home visits on insurance. Physical therapy was prescribed by the cardiologist to help her get more mobile. Each trip out required us to call her multiple times to remind her of the appointment, then we had to arrive nearly an hour early because she would invariably not be ready. Getting Mom ready for a doctor visit required finding clean clothes, inserting hearing aids, and getting her false teeth in place—and making sure she made a bathroom visit. Before leaving we would have to locate her insurance card, her checkbook, her purse, scarf, and coat. I’d pull my car up to her front porch through the lawn so Mom would have the least number of steps from house to car. Getting into the car was difficult to the extreme. Once I had Mom in the car, I’d load her walker and cane in the trunk. When we got to the doctor, we would have to reverse the process: get the walker out of the trunk and Mom in the door and find a place for her to sit while I parked the car. I’d run back in before Mom decided to try to find her own way up the elevator to the doctor’s office or some thoughtful person decided to help and I’d lose her. I thought it would be easier when we were finally in the doctor’s office until the nurse said she’d need a urine sample and handed Mom a cup. The idea of this eighty-two-year-old lady, who could hardly use the toilet herself and missed it most of the time, managing to actually get urine in a cup was so ludicrous I just burst out laughing. The nurse was not amused. She gave me an incriminating look, put the cup back and held up a “hat” that fit over the whole toilet seat. Still chuckling despite my best efforts to stop, I shook my head in agreement and lead Mom to the bathroom. The rest of the visit went fairly normal. Before I could go in with my mom, the nurse had to ask her if it was okay that this person—me—could come into the exam room. Mom looked puzzled. The nurse muttered something about privacy laws and we went in. No one noticed that I was holding my breath. I was terrified that Mom would say no. No one knew what would come out of her mouth next. If I didn’t go in, the doctor would surely get incorrect information and whatever the doctor told Mom would be lost. She could hardly remember having a doctor visit, much less what he said. But I couldn’t argue the point. What was I supposed to say? Hey guys, she’s half crazy. Why are you asking her? Not only would that get me nowhere, it would hurt Mom’s feelings. Whoever proposed the privacy laws surely doesn’t have aging parents. Fortunately, she said yes, so I could enter. The doctor discussed why she was having frequent urinary tract infections, which I’m sure went right over her head. Then he said, “We should see you back next month.” I want to shout, No, please no, but I said, “Is it necessary? I have to take a day off work to get her here,” I pleaded. Mom caught that too well and said, “I’m sure Maria will be glad to bring me.” Now, the thing I was trying so hard to avoid was out. I made a great effort to hide from Mom my frustration and anxiety over losing a day’s work. I didn’t want her to think my work was more important than her. I didn’t want to think that either, but there it was, always under the surface, in the deep dark places of my ambition. I had taken a half day off, left at noon, and didn’t plan to return to work. My boss would never understand this. Shopping with Mom on the Internet didn’t work out too well. Visualizing an item in one dimension just wasn’t working for her, so I thought we would try the old fashion way. I knew Mom wanted to go to Penney’s so I thought we would start there. I told Mom the mall had wheelchairs we could borrow, but she was so negative on that idea that I quickly let it drop. Even with Mom’s handicap parking pass, we couldn’t get close enough to the store, so I pulled right in front, got the walker from my trunk, and helped her in the store. It would have worked well if the store had any place to sit, but there was nothing. I told Mom to go on in the store and I’d catch up with her. By the time I had parked and caught up, she had already found two items she wanted: one for Maria and one for Katie. She next wanted to buy John a pair of shoes, so I helped her to the shoe department and she quickly found a pair of work shoes that she wanted. I made sure we had all the receipts tucked neatly in her purse. She wanted to find a new blouse for Christmas, so we made our way to an elevator and up to the next floor. She walked a small way and suddenly stopped. “I don’t think I can go any further,” Mom said. “I’m just worn out.” I knew this was a stretch, but I was hopeful. I asked the sales lady if there were any chairs in the store. To my surprise, she found a folding chair from the storeroom and brought it out for Mom. While Mom rested comfortably—more or less—in the chair, I brought her several styles and colors of shirts. She picked one and I purchased it for her. “We could go to another store if you would let me get a wheelchair,” I offered. “No,” she said firmly. “It’s not time for a wheelchair yet. I’ll get Maria to take me another day. I think I need to go home.” On the way home, we passed our favorite soft-serve ice cream store. “How about an ice cream cone?” I asked. “That sounds lovely,” Mom said. We could always agree on ice cream. We had a wonderful time eating our ice cream. I suppose I inherited my passion for the stuff from Mom. With the happy ice-cream high, we parted cheerfully. I carried all her purchases to her bedroom as directed and promised to return to help with Christmas decoration. --- Excerpt from In the Middle by Carin Fahr Shulusky. Copyright 2021 by Carin Fahr Shulusky. Reproduced with permission from Carin Fahr Shulusky. All rights reserved.

My Review:

In The Middle
Carin Fahr Shulusky


In The Middle is an inspirational and informational novel based on the author’s real struggles dealing with her mother’s declining health and is something every adult child will at one time or another deal with in-regards to their own parents.  Using well placed humor to lessen some really dark circumstances Carin will have readers sympathizing, empathizing and cheering Carrie and her siblings on as they rely on tenacity and strong faith to help them maneuver through the puzzling maze of elder-healthcare to end of life care. Fans of realistic fiction, inspirational fiction, family dramas, women’s fiction and strong female protagonists will love this little gem of a book.

Carrie Young was busy juggling work and family when her mother’s health takes a unexpected turn for the worse and suddenly this middle child finds herself in uncharted waters. Soon she along with her younger brother and older sister find themselves in the role of her mother’s caregivers either arguing over medical decisions or dealing with doctor appointments and hospital stays for a mother who once sacrificed everything for her children and is now forced to rely on them for everything. As Carrie navigates this new normal she also realizes she doesn’t know much about her mother’s early life and makes it her mission to learn everything she can before it’s too late.


Author Bio:

Carin Fahr Shulusky
Carin Fahr Shulusky was born and raised in west St. Louis County. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she received a B.J (Bachelor of Journalism). After college she worked in advertising for GE and Monsanto. She was the first professional woman in her division of each. After 25 years in Marketing, she created her own firm, Marketing Alliance. She was president of Marketing Alliance, from 2002 – 2014. She is a past-president of the Business Marketing Association of St. Louis. Carin Fahr is married to Richard Shulusky. They have two grown children and one marvelous granddaughter. Grandma Carin has a life long love of cooking, even writing her own cookbook. In 2014 Carin retired to devote full time to writing. Her first book, In the Middle was inspired by her own battle to care for her beloved mother, Dorothy Fahr. Many of the stories Carrie Young’s mother tells her in In the Middle came from Carin’s mother. Carin is a lifelong member of, Pathfinder Church in Ellisville, Missouri, where she volunteers in early childhood.

Find Carin Online: Goodreads Instagram - @cshulusky Twitter - @shulusky Facebook

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

#MacmillanAudio Review of Little Souls by Sandra Dallas performed by Carly Robins

Today I'm reviewing the #MacmillanAudio edition of Sandra Dallas' latest historical masterpiece, Little Souls, set in Denver during the Spanish Flu epidemic and WWI and staring two way ahead of their times sisters.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 04-26-2022
Length: 8 hours
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible/ Chirpbooks 



Sandra Dallas's Little Souls is a gripping tale of sisterhood, loyalty, and secrets set in Denver mid America’s last deadly flu pandemic.

Colorado, 1918. World War I is raging overseas, but it’s the home front battling for survival. With the Spanish Flu rampant, Denver’s schools are converted into hospitals, churches and funeral homes are closed, and nightly horse-drawn wagons collect corpses left in the street. Sisters Helen and Lutie have moved to Denver from Ohio after their parents’ death. Helen, a nurse, and Lutie, a carefree advertising designer at Neusteter’s department store, share a small, neat house and each finds a local beau – for Helen a doctor, for Lutie a young student who soon enlists. They make a modest income from a rental apartment in the basement. When their tenant dies from the flu, the sisters are thrust into caring for the woman’s small daughter, Dorothy. Soon after, Lutie comes home from work and discovers a dead man on their kitchen floor and Helen standing above the body, an icepick in hand. She has no doubt Helen killed the man—Dorothy’s father—in self-defense, but she knows that will be hard to prove. They decide to leave the body in the street, hoping to disguise it as a victim of the flu.

Meanwhile Lutie also worries about her fiance “over there”. As it happens, his wealthy mother harbors a secret of her own and helps the sisters as the danger deepens, from the murder investigation and the flu.

Set against the backdrop of an epidemic that feels all too familiar, Little Souls is a compelling tale of sisterhood and of the sacrifices people make to protect those they love most.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews - Escape Mission

Today Sophia Rose once again graces us with a fab review in one of her favorite genres.

Escape Mission by Kendall Talbot

#1 Alpha Tactical Ops

Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self

Published:  4.29.22

Pages:  372

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  author

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Can a feisty parolee and a jilted ex-army hero escape the clutches of a deadly corporation before they kill each other?

To comply with her parole conditions, hot-headed, roller-blading champion Zena is forced to work with her do-gooder sister. When they unearth the reason behind the declining hatchlings in the turtle breeding ground downstream, they unwittingly witness something they should never have seen. Bullets start flying, and running for their lives, Zena calls the only person who can help, her sister’s ex-boyfriend.

A failed mission robbed ex-army hero Nick, AKA Blade, of both his best friend and his military career. Desperate for a distraction from his shattered life, and despite his gut instinct telling him otherwise, he agrees to rescue the sisters. Blade orders in his team who he hasn’t seen since the shit went down in Afghanistan.

But saving the sisters has Blade fighting two fronts. One is his unwanted attraction to Zena. The other is escaping a merciless corporation who, in a battle to contain their noxious secret, test Nick and his team to the limit.

Will they complete their mission? Or will Zena and Blade die trying to save each other?

Get ready for the adrenalin rush and settle in for the steamy romance. Mission Escape and all the books in Alpha Tactical Ops series are full-length, romantic suspense stories with no cliff-hangers and a happily ever after guaranteed.

Alpha Tactical Ops Series, featuring Ex-military men and women and the partners trying to tame them, is a series of standalone books with interconnecting characters.


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Showcase - In The Middle by Carin Fahr Shulusky sponsored by Providence Book Promotions

Today is my first stop for the In the Middle by Carin Fahr Shulusky blog tour, enjoy my showcase today and stop back by on Friday for my review!

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In the Middle

by Carin Fahr Shulusky

May 3, 2022 Book Blast


In the Middle by Carin Fahr Shulusky
Carrie Young had it all. She was a successful account executive for a small advertising agency and still managed to be a loving wife and dutiful mother until her mother fell suddenly ill. As the middle child, Carrie was never that close to her mother, but now she was needed to help with the overwhelming task of taking care of her seriously ill mother. The demands of hospitalization, doctors' appointments and daily care throw her once prefect life in near chaos. Disagreements with her siblings, her boss and her mother make her resentful of this new responsibility. The one bright spot is the chance to know her mother's stories of the depression and post war struggle as she never had before. Even as her once perfect life falls apart, she finds a purpose in it all.

Book Details

Genre: Fictional Memoir Published by: Fossil Creek Press Publication Date: January 18, 2021 Number of Pages: 198 ISBN: '9781736241707 Purchase Your Copy Today: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

Monday, May 2, 2022

Review - Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner blog tour @StMartinsPress #AustenprosePR

Today is my stop on the Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner blog tour. I'm so excited to be a part of this tour for Natalie's latest novel, Bloomsbury Girls a sequel to The Jane Austen Society. This novel like her debut is absolutely unputdownable. Read all about this fabulous novel and my review.

Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel
Author: Natalie Jenner
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: ‎St. Martin's Press (May 17, 2022)
Length: (368) pages
Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook
ISBN: 978-1250276698
Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022




Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager's unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances--most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she's been working to support the family following her husband's breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she's working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time--Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others--these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Showcase - Girl, A Novel by Camille Laurens

Today I'm showcasing, Girl, A Novel by French Novelist Camille Laurens an insightful piece of women's fiction that should be read by both sexes. Stop back by soon for my take on the novel.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-101-9
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 4-26-2022
Length: 256pp
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From the acclaimed author of Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, a deeply personal and insightful account of being a girl, woman, and mother in a world that sees the feminine as less than.

Born in 1959 to a middle-class family, Laurence Barraqué grows up with her sister in the northern city of Rouen. Her father is a doctor, her mother a housewife. She understands from an early age, by way of language and her parents’ example, that a girl’s place in life is inferior to a boy’s: Asked for the 1964 census whether he has any children, her father promptly responds, “No. I have two daughters.” When Laurence eventually becomes a mother herself in the nineties, she grapples with the question of what it means to be a girl, to have a girl, and what lessons she should try to pass down or undo.

Masterful in her analysis of the subtle and obvious ways women are undermined by a sexist society, Camille Laurens lays out her experiences of the past forty years in this poignant, powerful book. Girl is at once intimate and sweeping in its depiction of the great challenges we face, such as equalizing the education system and transmitting feminist values to the younger generations.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Showcase - That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant

Today I'm showcasing Donna Grant's That Cowboy of Mine.

ISBN-13: 9781250820280
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 04/26/2022
Length: 304pp
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Another stunning cowboy novel from New York Times bestseller Donna Grant, That Cowboy of Mine!

Is he an enemy?

Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.

Or a lover?

Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the person on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and Cal is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them and there is no turning back.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Showcase - Rules for Engaging the Early by Janna MacGregor

Today I'm featuring Janna MacGregor's #2 in her Widow's Rules series, Rules for Engaging the Earl, a St. Martin's Paperback's new release. 

ISBN-13: 9781250761613
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 04-26-2022
Length: 384pp
Widow Rules #2
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Get ready for lost wills, broody dukes, and scorching hot kissing all over London in Rules for Engaging the Earl by Janna MacGregor.

Constance Lysander needs a husband. Or, so society says. She’s about to give birth to her late husband’s child—a man who left her with zero money, and two other wives she didn’t know about. Thankfully, she has her Aunt by her side, and the two other wives have become close friends. But still—with a baby on the way, her shipping business to run, and an enemy skulking about, she has no time to find the perfect match.

Enter Jonathan, Earl of Sykeston. Returned war hero and Constance’s childhood best friend, his reentry into society has been harsh. Maligned for an injury he received in the line of duty, Jonathan prefers to stay out of sight. It’s the only way to keep his heart from completely crumbling. But when a missive from Constance requests his presence—to their marriage ceremony—Jonathan is on board. His feelings for Constance run deep, and he’ll do anything to make her happy, though it means risking his already bruised heart.

With Constance, Jonathan, and the new baby all together, it’s clear the wounds—both on the surface and in their relationship—run deep. But when the nights come, their wounds begin to heal, and both come to realize that their marriage of convenience is so much more than just a bargain.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Review Sand Dollar Lane Q&A with author Sheila Roberts

Today I'm so excited to be featuring Sheila Roberts' latest in her Moonlight Harbor series, Sand Dollar Lane. Read my review a Q&A with Sheila and an author sponsored #giveaway. I'd like to give a Shoutout to Shelia's Publicist Nancy Berland for putting this all together!! Thanks Nancy

ISBN-13: ISBN-13: 978-0778386353
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 04-26-2022
Length: 356pp
Moonlight Harbor #6
Source: Author/publicist for review
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“Lighthearted and full of colorful, quirky characters and surf-side warmth… Roberts's picturesque coastal world is sheer delight and will appeal to romance and women's fiction fans alike.” —Library Journal

USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts will have readers laughing and swooning in turn as two rival business owners compete for the homes and hearts of Moonlight Harbor.

Brody Green is finding it hard to recover after being dumped by his fiancée, Jenna Jones, then watching her walk down the aisle with someone else. Jenna is determined to make up for her love defection and find him the perfect woman, but Brody is done with love. First a divorce, then a broken engagement. From now on he’s keeping things light, no commitments. Luckily Brody’s business is booming. Beach Dreams Realty is the best real estate company in town. And the only one. Until…

Lucy Holmes needs a new start. In business, in love, in…everything. If ever there was a cliché, it was her life back in Seattle. She was a real estate broker working with her husband until she caught him trying out the walk-in shower in a luxury condo—with another agent. She’s always been the more successful of the two, and with him gone, she’s determined to build a business even bigger than what she had. Moonlight Harbor is a charming town and it has only one real estate agency. Surely there’s room for a little competition.

Or not. Looks like it’s going to be a hot market in Moonlight Harbor. And maybe these two competitors will make some heat of their own.

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Of Sand Dollar Lane
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Thursday, April 21, 2022

#GIVEAWAY Review The Winter Husband - Interview with author Lisa Ann Verge

Today I'm so excited to welcome back to the blog one of my all time favorite authors, Lisa Verge Higgins aka Lisa Ann Verge. 
Today I'm reviewing Lisa's latest historical romance The Winter Husband and she'll be filling us all in on what's she's been doing lately. Oh and Lisa has generously offered a #giveaway to go along with the post.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews - Blown Away by Cara Bristol

Today on the blog Sophia Rose reviews a novel in one of her favorite genres sci-fi/romance, as she put it a bit of light cyborg romancing.

Blown Away by Cara Bristol

#1 Cyborg Force

Sci-Fi Romance

Publisher: Self

Published: 4.18.22

Pages: 172

Rating: 4 stars
Flames: 3

Format: eARC

Source: Author

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Trapped in a sandstorm, they’ll battle passion and danger…

Breeze O’Day
Windswept, sandblasted Sajave isn’t every astrogeologist’s dream assignment, but it’s been my safe zone from a dangerous past, and now I’m about to announce a game-changing discovery. But on the way to finalize my research, my hovercraft gets caught in a violent sandstorm and crashes. Unfortunately, my rescuer is Tack Grayson, an ill-mannered, bad-tempered mammoth of a man who’s made it perfectly clear saving me is a huge imposition. Well, no worries. I’ll soon be on my way to finish my top secret project, and our paths need never cross again.

Tack Grayson
If I had wanted company, I wouldn’t be living in a cabin hundreds of miles from nowhere. But I’m a cyborg with C-Force and rescuing people is what I do, even if they are idiots who should know better than to venture out in a sandstorm. Now I’m stuck with Breeze O’Day until this storm blows over.

But as I learn more about Breeze and her research, I begin to worry our association won’t end anytime soon. She’s in danger. Serious danger, and she’s going to need my help.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Showcase-Age of the Strongman by Gideon Rachman

In light of what's happening in Ukraine, this timely and a bit alarming tale will appeal to anyone interested in the how and why's of  today's global rise of autocratical leaders in the global face of politics. 

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-280-1
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 4-19-2022
Length: 288
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From Putin, Trump, and Bolsonaro to Erdoğan, Orbán, and Xi, an intimate look at the rise of strongman leaders around the world.

The first truly global treatment of the new nationalism, underpinned by an exceptional level of access to its key actors, from the award-winning journalist and author of Easternization.

This is the most urgent political story of our time: authoritarian leaders have become a central feature of global politics. Since 2000, self-styled strongmen have risen to power in capitals as diverse as Moscow, Beijing, Delhi, Brasilia, Budapest, Ankara, Riyadh, and Washington. These leaders are nationalists and social conservatives, with little tolerance for minorities, dissent, or the interests of foreigners. At home, they claim to be standing up for ordinary people against globalist elites; abroad, they posture as the embodiments of their nations. And everywhere they go, they encourage a cult of personality. What’s more, these leaders are not just operating in authoritarian political systems but have begun to emerge in the heartlands of liberal democracy.

Gideon Rachman has been in the same room with most of these strongmen and reported from their countries over a long journalistic career. While others have tried to understand their rise individually, Rachman pays full attention to the widespread phenomenon and uncovers the complex and often surprising interaction among these leaders. In the process, he identifies the common themes in our local nightmares, finding global coherence in the chaos and offering a bold new paradigm for navigating our world.