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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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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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.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Review - Lover Arisen #20 in The Back Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

Today I'm psyched bringing you my review of, Lover Arisen, the latest in my all time favorite series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

ISBN-13: 978-1982179991
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: 04-05-2022
Length: 432pp
Source: Netgalley/Publisher for review
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True love brings a deadly threat to the Black Dagger Brotherhood in this sizzling new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Possessed by the demon Devina, Balthazar is once again on the hunt for the Book of Spells—and fighting an undeniable attraction to a woman. As a thief, he has stolen a lot of things…but he never thought his heart would be taken by another. Especially not a human.
As a homicide detective, Erika Saunders knows there is something otherworldly going on in Caldwell, New York. Mutilated bodies that cannot be explained are all over her case list—and then there are her nightmares in which she’s hunted by shadows and captivated by a mysterious man who is both a suspect and a savior.
When Devina’s wish for true love is finally granted, Balthazar and Erika unwittingly become the gateway for the rebirth of an old enemy of the Brothers. Will the very thing that brings them together lead to the ultimate destruction of the Brotherhood? Or will they have to lose everything in order to save the race’s most sacred defenders?

Friday, April 15, 2022

Showcase: Shadow Fallen by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Today I'm showcasing #6 in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dream Hunters series, Shadow Fallen.

ISBN-13: 9781250773869
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 04-12-2022
Length: 288
Dream Hunters #6
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon returns with Shadow Fallen, a brand-new entry in her Dream-Hunter series.

For centuries, Ariel has fought the forces of evil. Her task was to protect the souls of innocent mortals when they die. Captured by a powerful sorceress, she is transformed into a human who has no memory of her real life or calling.

And is plunked into the middle of the Norman invasion of England.

Cursed the moment he was born with a "demonic deformity," Valteri wants nothing of this earth except to depart it and will do his duty to his king until then. When a strange noblewoman is brought before him, Valteri realizes he has met her before…in his dreams. When others come for her, bringing with them preternatural predators, he is faced with a destiny he had no idea was waiting. One he wants no part of.

The truth is that Valteri isn’t just a knight of William the Conqueror. He is the son of one of the deadliest powers in existence, and if he doesn’t restore Ariel to her place, she is not the only one who will be in peril. The world itself hangs in the balance, and he is the necessary key to hold back the powers of evil. But only if he can find a way to work with the woman who stands for everything in the universe he hates.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Brilliance Audio review of Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Today I'm psyched because I'm fulfilling a promise I made to myself to go back to the beginning of the Orphan X series to experience Evan Smoak from the start.
Enjoy! (I did) ;-)


ASIN: B0198MF8H0
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: 01-19-2016
Length: 11hours-15 minutes
Source: Purchase Chirp audio
Buy It: * Chirpbooks/ Audible



“Brilliantly conceived and plotted... Read this book. You’ll thank me later.” - David Baldacci

The first in the international bestselling series!

Who is Orphan X?

The Nowhere Man is a legendary figure spoken about only in whispers. It’s said that when he’s reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them. But he’s not merely a legend.

“Excellent...A smart, stylish, state-of-the-art thriller...might give Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books a run for their money.” - The Washington Post

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He’s also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as an Orphan, an off-the-books black box program designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence asset: An assassin. Evan was Orphan X - until he broke with the program and used everything he learned to disappear. But now someone is on his tail. Someone with similar skills and training who will exploit Evan’s secret new identity as the Nowhere Man to eliminate him.

“Hurwitz melds nonstop action and high-tech this excellent series opener.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews: Her Country Gentleman by Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M Eden, and Rebecca Connolly

Today Sophia Rose takes us back in time to review a historical romance anthology.

Her Country Gentleman by Sian Ann Bessey, Sarah M Eden, and Rebecca Connolly

Narration by Kim Bretton

#1 Timeless Georgian Collection

Historical Romance

Publisher: Mirror Press

Published: 2.15.22

Time:  7 hours 31 minutes

Speed: 1.3x

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: Audible

Source:  AustenProse

Sellers: Amazon

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London is not the only place to find love....

'Spring at Tribbley Hall'
by Sian Ann Bessey

When Charlotte's grandmother invites her to accompany her to Norfolk, Charlotte jumps at the chance to visit the sea and escape the fuss surrounding her sister's wedding preparations in London. Lord William Cheston, on the other hand, is most unhappy when his mother informs him that her old friend and a granddaughter are coming to stay. Not only is it lambing season, but he's also dealing with the mysterious loss of several sheep. The last thing he needs is a child underfoot.

When Charlotte and William first meet, he does not realize that the lovely young lady is the granddaughter in question, and she assumes that the man dressed in work clothes in the barn is a servant. A dinner party at the house introduces Charlotte to some of the gentry living nearby but cannot compare to her experience the next evening, when she and William battle to save the life of a newborn lamb.

Soon afterward, Charlotte stumbles upon a clue to William's sheep's disappearance. And when her life is placed in jeopardy, William is forced to choose between saving Charlotte and catching the thief.

'Love of My Heart'
by Sarah M. Eden

Cordelia Wakefield has never lived anywhere but London and is not overly happy when her family is forced to retrench to a small estate near Teviotbrae, Scotland. An ill-fated game of battledore and shuttlecock brings her face-to-racquet with Sebastian, who runs the home farm at nearby Teviot Castle. What begins as a clash of personalities, expectations, and preferences, soon leads to a friendship neither had expected.
As the magic of Teviotbrae weaves its spell, the possibility of something more than friendship begins to blossom. But what future is there for a lowly farmer and a London lady?

'Miss Smith Goes to Wiltshire'
by Rebecca Connolly

Martha Smith wants to marry for love, and will not be persuaded otherwise. She is highly sought after in Society for her beauty and status, but refuses to consider any suitor whose only claim is that his prospects meet with her mother's approval. Her widowed mother has had enough of Martha's romantic sensibilities, and is sending her to stay with unfortunate cousins in Wiltshire to show her that marrying for love is a risk that is too great.

Benjamin Steele, Lord Hillier, is working on his new and dilapidated estate when he first catches sight of the striking Martha Smith. Becoming Lord Hillier has only brought him a house that needs significant repairs, tenant farms that had been abandoned, and only the money he'd already possessed. He wants meaning in his life, and he's more than willing to work for it. Though worlds apart in all else, on this point they can agree: a life of meaning would change everything.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Showcase - School Days by Jonathan Galassi

Today I'm showcasing School Days a novel by poet and essayer Jonathan Galassi.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63542-189-7
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 04-05-2022
Length: 224pp
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The new novel from the acclaimed poet and publisher asks fundamental questions about love and sex, friendship and rivalry, desire and power, and the age-old dance of benevolence and attraction between teacher and student.

Sam Brandt is a long-term denizen of Connecticut’s renowned Leverett School. As an English teacher he has dedicated his life to providing his students with the same challenges, encouragement, and sense of possibility that helped him and his friends become themselves here half a lifetime ago.
Then Leverett’s headmaster asks Sam to help investigate a charge brought by one of his classmates that he was abused by a teacher. Sam is flooded with memories, above all of his overwhelming love for his friend Eddie and the support of his most inspiring mentor, Theodore Gibson.
Sam’s search for the truth becomes a quest to get at the heart of Leverett, then and now. The school has changed enormously over the years, but at its core lie assumptions about privilege and responsibility untested for more than a century. And Sam’s assumptions about his own life are shaken, too, as he struggles to understand what really happened all those years ago.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Sophia Rose Reviews: First Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening: All the know-how you need to build and grow a raised bed garden by KaliKim

Today Sophia Rose is here getting her hands dirty and showing off her green thumb reviewing The First Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening.

First Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening: All the know-how you need to build and grow a raised bed garden by KaliKim

Non-Fiction, Gardening

Publisher:  Cool Springs Press

Published: 4.12.22

Pages:  176

ISBN:  0760372756

Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  NetGalley

Sellers: Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

Setting up your first raised bed garden? With help from YouTube gardening star CaliKim, you’ll soon be growing your own fresh, organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers like a pro.

Whether your yard is big or small, raised beds are the perfect fit. They allow you to create a controlled growing environment, filled with fertile soil, where plants thrive. Raised beds help gardeners overcome rocky or less-than-ideal soils, there’s little to no weeding involved, and they can be as large or as petite as you’d like. You can even use an elevated or mobile raised bed if the only sunny space you have to grow is on a patio, deck, or driveway. In The First-Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening, you’ll learn how to select the best raised bed for your space, what to fill it with, and tips for staking and trellising plants to save space and improve yields.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Showcase - Policing the City An Ethno-graphic by DIDIER FASSIN by FRÉDÉRIC DEBOMY

Today I'm featuring a graphic novel that takes a deep look into policing and how it leads to discrimination and violence. Now just looking at the headline you would automatically think its about the United States, but you'd be wrong this is in 2005 France.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63542-250-4
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 03-15-2022
Length: 112pp
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Adapted from the landmark essay Enforcing Order, this striking graphic novel offers an accessible inside look at policing and how it leads to discrimination and violence.

What we know about the forces of law and order often comes from tragic episodes that make the headlines, or from sensationalized versions for film and television. These gripping accounts obscure two crucial aspects of police work: the tedium of everyday patrols under constant pressure to meet quotas, and the banality of racial discrimination and ordinary violence.
Around the time of the 2005 French riots, anthropologist and sociologist Didier Fassin spent fifteen months observing up close the daily life of an anticrime squad in one of the largest precincts in the Paris region. His unprecedented study, which sparked intense discussion about policing in the largely working-class, immigrant suburbs, remains acutely relevant in light of all-too-common incidents of police brutality against minorities.
This new, powerfully illustrated adaptation clearly presents the insights of Fassin’s investigation, and draws connections to the challenges we face today in the United States as in France.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Showcase - Far Side of The Moon: Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman and the Woman Who Gave Him Wings by Liisa Jorgensen

Today I'm so excited to be showcasing Far Side of The Moon a true love story about Frank and Susan Borman. Be sure and check back later in the month when I review this touching story.

ISBN-13: 978-1641606066
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: 12-07-2021
Length: 336pp
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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, April 1, 2022

Showcase - The Detective's Daughter by Erica Spindler

No April Fool's today I'm showcasing Erica Spindler's latest novel, The Detective's Daughter.

ISBN-13:  978-1944323295
Publisher: Double Shot Press
Release Date: 3-29-2022
Length: 426pp

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From Erica Spindler, the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and The Look-Alike, comes The Detective's Daughter, a thrilling crime drama about a woman who risks everything to solve the cold case that destroyed her father-but will it destroy her as well?

New Orleans Detective Quinn Conners is haunted by her father's whiskey-soaked, last words-that he solved the Hudson murder and kidnapping. It wasn't the first time he'd made that drunken claim, and she didn't believe him. Twenty-four hours later she found him dead by his own hand.
Quinn blames the investigation for his downfall, so when a woman researching a book about the kidnapping contacts her for help, Quinn shuts her out. But an attempt on the writer's life and an anonymous message that puts her father's suicide in question convinces Quinn there's more to the writer's story.
Soon, Quinn finds herself entangled in the web of mystery surrounding Grace Hudson's disappearance and the powerful, secretive family at the heart of it. With nowhere else to turn, she immerses herself in her dad's private notes-they lead her down a dark, twisted path where nothing is as it seems and no one is above suspicion.
Too late, Quinn sees that, like her father before her, the case threatens to consume her. But turning back is not an option-she's determined to unearth the truth of whatever happened to Grace Hudson . . . even if it costs her life.