Friday, October 19, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt of The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Author: Hester Fox
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin’s Graydon House Books
Format: Digital eBook / Print
Digital ISBN: B077MKGQLR
Print ISBN: 9781525833014

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

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Copyright© 2018 The Witch of Willow Hall
Hester Fox

Hello readers, I’m so excited to share an excerpt with you from my debut novel, THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL (on-sale October 2, 2018). My name is Hester Fox, and hailing from Boston, I’ve always been fascinated with the rich and oftentimes dark history of this period. My novel takes place in a small New England town over 130 years after the infamous Salem Witch trials, and features a Gothic, melancholy atmosphere, restless spirits, and of course, resilient women. I hope you enjoy this excerpt I’ve pulled for you.


Gingerly, I get up, my legs full of pins and needles from sit­ting on the floor so long. Just like the night of the woman in the garden, I can’t stay in the library knowing that someone might be there. I must go and look for myself.
Even with the sun coming through the windows, illumi­nating the wood floors and catching the light of the crystal lamps, I feel as if I’m making my way through a dark, murky passage. My feet are heavy, as if they know something that my mind does not.
The door to the dining room is closed. It beckons me, yet repels me, exuding a sense of silent occupation. My ears buzz. A singsong chorus of whispers grows as I approach.
Are you ready?
I am here.
You attract them.
Are you ready?
Prepare for what lies ahead.
They mount and mount into a dizzying jumble of sound and I run the rest of the way to the door, my heart in my chest, my eyes squeezed shut. Grasping the knob, I fling open the door. The voices die away.
I knew it would be there. But it doesn’t stop me from gasp­ing as every part of me curls back in on itself in horror. My blood turns to ice.
Seated at the table is a woman, or what used to be a woman. She sits as if she has every right to be there, as if she has always been there. A veil covers her face, but it is gauzy and thread­bare, and I can see the contours of the features beneath. Her dress is old, black as night yet opalescent as the moon through a cobweb. Paralyzed with fear, I watch as it moves about her of its own accord, a soft undulation as if she were underwater. And though I can see her as clear as day, the veiled woman in our dining room, there’s a translucence to her, and the pan­oramic wallpaper is just visible behind her. She is like nothing and no one I have ever seen before, and yet she is familiar, as if I have always known her.
“Come, child.” Her voice comes from everywhere and no­where, and when her words are finished, I have the unnerving feeling that they weren’t spoken aloud at all, but came from within my head.
She beckons me with a knobby finger, more bone than flesh.
I can’t drag my gaze away from her face, the sunken holes where there ought to be eyes, the lipless mouth, all teeth and blackness. The cold pie that I just enjoyed churns in my stom­ach and threatens to come up. She beckons me again, and I imagine those long, terrible fingers closing around my neck and choking the life out of me. I imagine them raking me across the face until ribbons of skin flutter from my skull. I stand my ground, unwilling to deliver myself up to her. She is the stuff of my novels, a grotesque horror that titillates on the page, but sends terror into my heart when in the same room as me.
She gives something like a grunt, and as if able to read my thoughts, says, “One hundred and thirty years of death is not gentle on a body. Come, do not gawk.” I dare not disobey her, so I force my leaden feet to move a few steps closer.
The smell of decay and death fills the room, sickly sweet and putrid at the same time. My stomach clenches at the memo­ries the odor brings back of Emeline in her coffin. My throat is tight, my mouth cotton, but somehow I’m able to gasp out, “W-who are you?”
She makes a noise, something between a snort and a laugh, a scraping, rattling sound, though it’s devoid of humor. “Do you not know your own forebear?”
The blackness of her dress curls around her like a snake, but she sits as motionless as if she were carved of stone. Her still­ness is suffocating, it dares the house to be silent, and punishes the sunlight for filtering in through the window.
Warily, I come to a halt at the edge of the dining room table. I don’t know what she’s talking about. “Forebear?”
“Have you not looked upon me since you were a babe? Do you not recognize in me what flows through you?”
“I…” But then it comes to me. The lace collar, though tat­tered and black as her dress, is unmistakable around her neck. “You’re the woman in the painting. Mother’s ancestor.”
The inclination of her head is small, barely perceptible.

Praise for The Witch of Willow Hall:

"Fox’s spins a satisfying debut yarn that includes witchcraft, tragedy, and love, set in 1821 New England... The inclusion of gothic elements adds a visceral feel that fans of historical fiction with a dash of the supernatural will enjoy." -Publishers Weekly

"Hester Fox's THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL offers a fascinating location, a great plot with history and twists, and characters that live and breathe. I love the novel, and will be looking forward to all new works by this talented author!" --Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

"Beautifully written, skillfully plotted, and filled with quiet terror, readers will devour this absorbing, Gothic tale of romance and suspense. Perfect for fans of Simone St James and Kate Morton." -- Anna Lee Huber, the national bestselling author of the historical Lady Darby Mysteries

"Beautifully written, with an intriguing plot full of suspense and mystery, The Witch of Willow Hall will cast a spell over every reader." -- Lisa Hall, author of Tell Me No Lies and Between You and Me

"I was entranced by this intriguing and spellbinding novel with its messages of love and loyalty and being true to who you really are. I hope Hester Fox goes on to write many more such novels--I for one will be buying them." -- Kathleen McGurl, author of The Girl from Ballymor

"With its sense of creeping menace and chilling undertones, this compelling story had me gripped from the first page. The vividly drawn characters cast their spell so convincingly, I couldn't stop reading until I discovered what happened to them. A wonderful debut novel.”--Linda Finlay, author of The Flower Seller

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About Hester Fox:

Hester Fox has a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has cleaned and cared for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a Master's in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband and their two cats.

Connect with Hester:  Website  |  Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  BookBub

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: The Oxford Inheritance by A.A. McDonald

Author: A.A. McDonald
Publisher: WIlliam Morrow
Date of publication: February 2016

At prestigious Oxford University, an American student searches for the truth about her mother’s death in this eerie, suspenseful thriller that blends money, murder, and black magic.

You can’t keep it from her forever. She needs to know the truth.

Cassandra Blackwell arrives in Oxford with one mission: to uncover the truth about her mother’s dark past. Raised in America, with no idea that her mother had ever studied at the famed college, a mysterious package now sends her across the ocean, determined to unravel the secrets that her mother took to her grave. Plunged into the glamorous, secretive life of Raleigh College, Cassie finds a world like no other: a world of ancient tradition, privilege—and murder.

Beneath the hallowed halls of this storied university there is a mysterious force at work . . . A dark society that is shaping our world, and will stop at nothing to keep its grip on power. Cassie might be the only one who can stop them—but at what cost?

I wanted to love The Oxford Inheritance, but I ended up with mixed feelings.  I did like the main character.  I thought Cassie was resourceful and had a genuine drive to find out more about her mother.  She also was willing to sacrifice herself to do the right thing in the end. I also enjoyed the setting.  The college had a creepy Gothic atmosphere.  

Despite those things, I fount the pacing of the book to be kind of slow.  The beginning half really dragged for me.  The ending was bit too neat and rather unsatisfying.  I wanted more than the glimpse the last chapter gave me.  I wanted to see what came next.  I also called a lot of the twists pretty early on in the book. so there weren't too many surprises for me.  The one surprise I did have didn't even end mattering in the end, so I had to question why it was included.  

This wasn't an awful book.  It just wasn't what I hoped it would be.  I'd recommend giving it a try and see for yourself.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date of publication: October 2018

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.

The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry–the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.

With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust–who in her life is false or true, brass or gold–and what is meant to be treasured.

In Lady of a Thousand Treasures, Ellie Sheffield is an antiques appraiser who is trying to keep her family business afloat.  She has been tasked with assessing the collection of the late Baron Lydney.  She has to also decide if the collection should be donated to a museum or be allowed to stay with the new Baron Lydney.  Harry just happens to be the one that got away.

For me, this was an OK read. I did enjoy it, however it dragged in places and I found myself skimming a few times.. I called one of the mysteries very early on.  For me, it was the characters that made the book.  I loved Ellie.  She was independent and and stayed true to her task.  I also loved Harry.  He was so sweet and I loved his commitment to prove he was all in with Ellie.  His "surprise" in the end was too cute and did save the story for me.  I think lovers of historical fiction with a splash of romance will want to check this one out. 

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About Sandra Byrd

Sandra Byrd’s first series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction Books of the year.

Her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books of the Year Pick, as was The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr.
Victorian Ladies, a new series, offers its first title, Lady of a Thousand Treasures, in 2018.

Connect with Sandra

Instagram tour stops
Monday, October 8th: @createexploreread
Tuesday, October 9th: @dropandgivemenerdy
Tuesday, October 9th: @theshybooks
Wednesday, October 10th: @theliterearybirds
Thursday, October 11th: @acozyreader
Friday, October 12th: @kim_reads
Friday, October 12th: @thecaffeinated_bibliophile
Saturday, October 13th: @mountain_reader_
Sunday, October 14th: @girlsinbooks

Review tour stops
Monday, October 8th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, October 9th: Write Read Life
Wednesday, October 10th: Book by Book
Thursday, October 11th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Monday, October 15th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, October 16th: The Christian Fiction Girl
Wednesday, October 17th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, October 18th: Reflections from my Bookshelf
Thursday, October 18th: Laura’s Reviews
Monday, October 22nd: @ladyofthelibrary
Monday, October 22nd: Blooming with Books
Tuesday, October 23rd: Amy’s Book-et List
Wednesday, October 24th: @girlandherbooks
Thursday, October 25th: Splashes of Joy
Friday, October 26th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, October 29th: What is that Book About
Tuesday, October 30th: Bookworm for Kids
Thursday, November 1st: Reader’s Cozy Corner
Friday, November 2nd: The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Spotlight: Bess & Frima by Alice Rosenthal

Author: Alice Rosenthal
Publisher: She Writes Press
Date of publication: August 2018

When Bess and Frima—best friends, both nineteen and from the same Jewish background in the Bronx—get summer jobs in upstate hotels near Monticello, NY, in June 1940, they have visions of romance . . . but very different expectations and needs. Frima, who seeks safety in love, finds it with the “boy next door,” who is also Bess’s brother. Meanwhile, rebellious Bess renames herself Beth and plunges into a new life with Vinny, an Italian American, former Catholic, left-wing labor leader from San Francisco. Her actions are totally unacceptable to her family—which is fine with Beth. Will their young loves have happy endings? Yes and no, for the shadow of world war is growing, and Beth and Frima must grow up fast. As their love lives entangle with war, ambitions, religion, family, and politics—all kinds of conventional expectations—they face challenges they never dreamed of in their struggles for personal and creative growth.

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About Alice Rosenthal

Alice Rosenthal was born and raised in 1941 in the same Bronx neighborhood as her protagonists, though a generation later. After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NYU, she married, divorced, and settled in the Village-Chelsea area of Manhattan, where she maintained her lifestyle by copyediting for academic presses. In 1976, she moved to San Francisco and began a new worklife teaching ESL at City College of San Francisco. She loves reading, gardening, baking, cooking, making things with her hands, and shmoozing with her friends and family. She is the author of the novel Take the D Train, as well as articles published in the San Francisco Chronicle and Jewish Currents magazine.

Tour Stops
Monday, October 1st: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, October 3rd: Instagram: @the_need_to_read
Thursday, October 4th: Helen’s Book Blog
Friday, October 5th: The Pages In-Between
Monday, October 8th: Tina Says…
Tuesday, October 9th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog
Wednesday, October 10th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, October 16th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, October 19th: What Is That Book About

Monday, October 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates

Author: Maisey Yates
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: October 2018

Grant Dodge didn’t expect to find a woman sleeping in an abandoned cabin on his family ranch. Or to find her so intriguing. Unlike every other woman in town, McKenna Tate doesn’t know Grant’s a widower. There’s no pity in the looks she gives him. McKenna wants him, and Grant has forgotten what it’s like to feel like a man. A no-strings fling for Christmas might be the kind of holiday cheer Grant needs…

With only a suitcase to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley to confront her birth father. She didn’t plan to work at the Dodge ranch or fall for the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off. But there’s no denying the way their broken pieces fit together. Hope brought her to Gold Valley—but will it be the gift that could finally heal Grant, and McKenna’s own wounded heart?

A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas is the fourth book in the Gold Valley series.  This is Grant's story.  He is famous because he married his dying wife at a young age and stuck with her until her death.  The media made a sensation about it.  Now all he gets in sympathy when people in town look at him.  He just wants to be left alone.  McKenna is looking for a family and home.  She never bargained for getting a job a the ranch and finding love along the way.

I definitely liked this one more that the third book.  I felt like it was less repetitive and had less introspection.  Grant and McKenna both came with major baggage.  I enjoyed McKenna's no BS attitude and willingness to call out Grant on his BS.  I was rooting for them to realize they were perfect for each other.  I also loved the ending for McKenna regarding her real family.  She deserved it.  I definitely recommend this one.  It held up well as a stand alone.  I am really looking forward to Bea's story next!

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About Maisey Yates

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Connect with Maisey

Instagram tour:
Monday, September 24th: @girlandherbooks
Tuesday, September 25th: @booknerdingout
Wednesday, September 26th: @book_hangover88
Thursday, September 27th: @oddandbookish
Thursday, September 27th: @jesssiereads
Friday, September 28th: @brokenteepee
Saturday, September 29th: @radbabesread
Sunday, September 30th: @remarkablylisa

Review tour:
Monday, September 24th: The Romance Dish
Tuesday, September 25th: What is That Book About – excerpt
Wednesday, September 26th: Book Fidelity
Thursday, September 27th: Reading Reality
Thursday, September 27th: @dreaming_of_stories
Friday, September 28th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Monday, October 1st: Moonlight Rendezvous
Tuesday, October 2nd: Written Love Reviews
Thursday, October 4th: A Holland Reads – excerpt
Monday, October 8th: Books & Spoons
Tuesday, October 9th: Into the Hall of Books
Wednesday, October 10th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, October 11th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy – excerpt
Friday, October 12th: Crystal Blogs Books
Monday, October 15th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, October 16th: Becky on Books
Wednesday, October 17th: Jathan & Heather
Thursday, October 18th: Evermore Books
Thursday, October 18th: omg.kacie.reads and @omg.kacie.reads
Friday, October 19th: Books and Blends

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Date of publication: September 2018

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

I know I said I wasn't sure I would continue with the series, but when I saw the audiobook available, I figured I'd give Wildcard a shot.  I have to say that I did like this one a bit more than Warcross.  The story picks up right after the events of the frst book.  I would warn that you really need to read the first book to understand what is going on in this one.  There really is no recap. so new readers would be lost.  This time around, Emika isn't sure who to trust and spends much of the book trying to stay alive.

As I said, I liked this one more than the first.  The technology pieces made more sense to me and I was able to grasp the game a bit more.  I also liked the characters much more this time around.  I felt like I got to know them better because more of their pasts were revealed.  The ending was great and a perfect way to wrap up what I believe is a duology.    If you can make it through the slow pacing of the first book, this one is worth checking out.  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Spotlight: Safe in His Storm by Annalise Delaney

Today we have the blog tour for SAFE IN HIS STORM by Annalise Delaney! Check it out and be sure to pick up your copy today! And check out TAKEN BY STORM, coming October 16th!

Title: Safe in His Storm

Author: Annalise Delaney

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Conflicted. Controlled. Carnal. In the safety of her little town, Gabi’s used to practicing control. But silencing nightmares has come at a lonely cost. In her world, practice hasn’t made perfect. It’s made... Pretend. Then fate sends a gorgeous stranger to her rescue. Edgy. Commanding. Intimidating. And surely able to see into her very soul. He's everything she dreams about...and everything she fears.   After surviving a shattering loss, Jake is finished with grief and guilt. Determined to live again, he moves forward--vowing to keep one thing sacred. Unapologetically dominant, his intentions for a woman are clear. Submit. And don't expect what he can never offer. He knows what he wants and how he wants it. And now...he wants her.

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About Annalise Delaney:

Annalise is an indie author writing contemporary romance with an erotic edge. Her romance novels are packed with twists and turns, emotional tugs of war, a shot of suspense, and a plethora of unapologetically dominant men and the women they crave... All tied together with a good dose of lust and love.   As a girl, writing occupied her time when age-appropriate books put her to sleep. The books tucked in the bottom drawer of her mother’s dresser overflowed with love, passion, betrayal, and revenge—making for far better reads. VC Andrews’ imaginative and twisted stories started it all.   Juggling a busy schedule, Annalise adheres to the motto, ‘Work hard, play hard.’ When she’s not working, she’s hopefully somewhere on the beach, under a palm tree, or where chips, salsa, margaritas, and laughter are abundant.   As for what she reads and writes today, let's just say it's come a long way from sweet. Welcome to the place where sweet meets spicy. A place where sassy stories come to kiss and tell. 

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Yeled Tov by Daniel M. Jaffe

Author:Daniel M. Jaffe
Publisher: Lethe Press
Date of publication: April 2018

As he’s about to turn 16 in the mid-1970’s, Jake Stein notices a prohibition in Leviticus that never caught his eye before:  “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.”  This discovery distresses Jake, an observant Jewish teen, because he’s recently been feeling increased attraction to other teen boys and men.  He’s even been engaging in sexual exploration with his best friend.  In an attempt to distract himself, Jake joins his high school’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank, but falls in love with the romantic male lead, obsessively fantasizing about him.  Jake feels lonelier than ever.

The next year, while a freshman at Princeton University, Jake falls for his handsome roommate, is beset by serious temptations, and engages in a traumatic sexual encounter with a stranger.  Seeking help from God, Jake tries to alter his desires, even dates a young Jewish woman in the hopes that she can change him, but to no avail.   Jake concludes that God could never love an abomination like him, so he attempts to prove his faith by ending his own life.

After he’s saved by his roommate, Jake receives unexpected support from doctors, family, and friends, some of whom have been suspecting his secret.  With their help, Jake explores a different way of thinking about the rules of Torah and himself, and begins to consider that he might actually be a yeled tov, a good Jewish boy, just the way he is.

I will warn you ahead of time, Yeled Tov is not a light read.  It is the very emotional coming of age story involving Jake. Set in 1974, Jake is beginning to realize that he is gay.  He also comes from a very religious background.  We follow Jake in his last year of high school and first year of college as he struggles to reconcile his true self with his religious beliefs and the teachings he has grown up with.

As I said this is not a light read.  It was gut wrenching at times.  I was sucked into the story and wanted to see what happened to Jake.  I also kept feeling like I wanted to give him a big hug and tell him it would all be OK. Had he grown up in present time, I would hope he would have an easier time coming out. The only thing that I didn't care for was the ending.  I felt like I hadn't spent enough time with Jake to see if he was going to be OK.  It would have been nice to have an epilogue or more past the closing scene as he explores his new reality a bit more.  

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About Daniel M. Jaffe

Daniel M. Jaffe is an award-winning, internationally published fiction and essay writer.  His novel-in-stories, THE GENEALOGY OF UNDERSTANDING, was a finalist and honorable mention for the Rainbow Awards; and his novel, THE LIMITS OF PLEASURE, was a finalist for a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award.  He is author of JEWISH GENTLE AND OTHER STORIES OF GAY JEWISH LIVING, and compiler/editor of WITH SIGNS AND WONDERS: AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF JEWISH FABULIST FICTION.  Also, Daniel translated the Russian-Israeli novel, HERE COMES THE MESSIAH! by Dina Rubina. 


Tour Stops
Monday, September 17th: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, September 19th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, September 20th: Wining Wife
Friday, September 21st: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, September 24th: Jessicamap Reviews
Monday, October 1st: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Tuesday, October 2nd: Ms. Nose in a Book
Wednesday, October 3rd: Broken Teepee
Monday, October 8th: Instagram: @quietmountainreader
Tuesday, October 9th: Lit.Wit.Wine.Dine.
Thursday, October 11th: The Desert Bibliophile
Friday, October 12th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, October 16th: Instagram: @ladyofthelibrary
Wednesday, October 17th: Instagram: @carlycravesbooks
Thursday, October 18th: G. Jacks Writes
Friday, October 19th: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of When You Became Mine by A.S. Teague

Author:A.S. Teague
Publisher: Self
Date of publication: October 2018

I was twelve years old when I fell in love with Piper Kelley. Even at the age of eight, she was everything I wasn’t: brave, bold, and beautiful. The night of my college graduation party, I finally made my move, but Piper only had eyes for one man—my younger brother. With a battered heart, I left for Vegas, determined to put her behind me. But eight years later, fate proved once again that it had never cared about my plans. Now, I’m back home, and determined not to fall into the same trap I spent the majority of my adolescence trying to escape. But when Piper finds herself at the risk of losing her medical license, I realize just how far I’m willing to go to protect her. I was twelve when Piper Kelley became mine. It’s time I let her know.

When You Became Mine is a friends to lovers story.  It features Lawson who has been in love with Piper since they were kids.  The problem is that Piper has never noticed Lawson in that way.  She was in love with his younger brother.  Now year later, his younger brother is married and Lawson is determined to make Piper his.

I enjoyed the book for the most part.  I wanted to love it, however, I had a really hard time warming up to Piper.  She kind of came across as spoiled and selfish.  She was also kind of a doormat when it came to Hampton. He treated her horribly.  I would never want a best friend like him.  Gradually, I warmed up to Piper and was happy that she finally saw Lawson as more than her "big brother".  I was also hoping she would get help to finally deal with her brother's death.  There is a little mystery which wasn't too hard to figure out.  But I loved the ending.  It was just too adorable.

This is a new to me author.  I will be checking out her other books.  I'm not sure if this is going to be a stand alone.  I'd love to see Georgia and Hampton get their own stories.  Especially Hampton.  Poor guy.

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First Look: Excerpt of Feels Like Falling by Elle Keating

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Title:  Feels Like Falling
Author: Elle Keating
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Series: Dangerous Love #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Luke McGinnis is the responsible, quiet older brother. The loving son who enjoys working side-by-side with his father at the winery they co-own. At twenty-nine years old, Luke is a success story, the rags-to-riches kind. That’s what people see. Not the ugly past he fights to keep buried... a past that keeps him from really living.

Peyton Matthews is a household name. As a model, her face has been on the covers of countless magazines and she now has more money than she will ever know what to do with. But that smile she flashes for the photographers and the media is just an illusion. That pretty package everyone envies has been her armor, her protection, and she doesn’t want anyone to find a chink in it... especially not the winery owner who looks at her like he knows the dark secrets she keeps.

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“Did I do something wrong?”
Luke didn’t turn and look at her. He just continued to poke that fire when he said, “No.”
“Are you angry that I ruined your plans with Gabe last night?” It was a lame question. But really, Peyton didn’t know what else she could have done wrong, so whatever…as long as she kept him talking.
No. That was all she was entitled to. His one-word answers drove her crazy, especially since he didn’t seem to have any problem spending over ten minutes alone with Tasha talking or…maybe he didn’t spend that time engaging in conversation because maybe they were too busy…
“Did you fuck Tasha?”
He dropped the poker, sending it crashing to the floor. He picked it up, propped it against the brick fireplace and faced her. “No.”
“But she asked you to…to fuck her. Didn’t she?”
Peyton should have been happy and ridden out that wave of relief, but she wasn’t. His admission that he had just shot down Tasha, one of the sexiest supermodels in the world, only brought on more questions. Questions she really had no business asking. But what did she really have to lose? He had already seen her at her worst. Covered in sand and puke, she imagined that she had looked like a real keeper. So she fired away.
“Are you married?”
He took two steps toward her. “No.”
“Have a girlfriend?” Her voice wavered a bit. She had been more confident when he had been across the room poking the damn fire, but now he was drifting toward her, causing her to lose her nerve.
Three more steps. “No.”
“Oh.” That was all she could get out. She had done a lot of embarrassing things in her life, like when she had taken a header off the catwalk at a major show, or when she had a serious wardrobe malfunction and unintentionally flashed hundreds of people her ass. And then there were those photos of her that were posted on social media before she had gotten her shit together. But this moment right here. This claimed the number one spot. “I get it. You’re just not interested…in me.”
Or maybe he senses what you are…
He made the distance between them disappear with two strides. His hands gripped her waist as he pinned her against the wall of windows at her back. “Do you honestly believe that I’m not attracted to you?”
His breathing was labored like hers and she was fighting to regain her composure. Trapped in his arms, his heated eyes searching hers, she fumbled for words. “I…I don’t know what you’re thinking. What you want.”
He swallowed hard and that vein near his temple pumped ferociously. His right hand tightened around her waist and his left cupped her cheek. “What do you want from me, Peyton?” he asked, his voice strained. He sounded as if he was in pain. And that’s when she felt something rock-hard press against her core. She didn’t need to look down or see the outline of his bulge to know that he was huge. She could feel it…every fucking where. “Say it,” he demanded.
“I want you to kiss me…please.”

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About Elle Keating:

Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3), Back to the Start (Dangerous Love, #4) and the standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.

When Elle isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), she is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey. For more on Elle and her books, visit