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Monday, January 21, 2019

Spotlight: Texas Legacy by Lorraine Heath





by Lorraine Heath
SeriesThe Texas Trilogy
GenreAdult
Historical Romance

PublisherAvon Impulse
Publication DateJanuary 15, 2019

 For as long as he can remember, Rawley Cooper has loved Faith Leigh. But the cruelty of his childhood haunts him and he knows he’s undeserving of Faith. When she comes to him on the night of her nineteenth birthday, they both give into temptation. But the searing kiss reaffirms what he’s always known: he can’t have a lifetime of her in his arms. To protect his heart, he packs his things and heads west.

Faith has always adored the boy her parents took in and raised. But she’s not certain she can ever forgive him for riding out of her life just when she needed him the most. When an urgent telegram forces him to return six years later, Rawley discovers Faith is now a woman to be reckoned with.
As old feelings are stirred back to life and new passions take hold, they both must confront secrets from their past or risk losing a legacy of love.


About Lorraine Heath

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Blog Tour: Review and Feature from The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown


Author: Carolyn Brown
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.

Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.

Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?


The Magnolia Inn is the latest stand alone offering from this author.  It involves Jolene and Tucker as they begin a partnership to restore and open up a bed and breakfast.  Tucker is still grieving for his dead wife after a car accident took her two years earlier.  Jolene is wary of getting involved with anyone.

This ended up being an OK read for me.  It was less about the romance between Tucker and Jolene and more about Tucker's working through his grief.  It also focuses on the other characters in the book, Jolene's aunt Sugar and her three friends.  While I enjoyed the older women in the story, I would have liked the romance to be less of the slow burn than it was.  The majority of the book involves Jake talking to his dead wife and getting over his grief.  Once he does at about the 3/4 mark, then the romance goes really fast.  I guess, I just ultimately wanted more.  Still, it was enjoyable and if you are in the mood for a clean slow burn romance, than this is one to check out.

As an extra treat, I hope you enjoy letter from one of the characters, Dotty, below.



Dotty Welcomes Readers to The Magnolia Inn

Good morning to all y’all. Thank you for inviting me to your site today to tell you a little about The Magnolia Inn. I’m so excited about this book. The characters became like family to me as I was writing it. Today, I have Dotty with me. She’s one of the four ladies—Sugar, Dotty, Lucy and Flossie—who’ve been fast friends since their youth. I’m going to turn this microphone over to Dotty now, and leave the rest of the post to her.

Hello, folks, I’m Dotty Beauchamp—half Texan, half Louisianan and all sass. I own the Tipsy Gater bar that sets right on the Big Cypress Bayou near Jefferson, Texas. When my good friend, Sugar, told me that she was going to give half of The Magnolia Inn, the bed and breakfast that her family had owned for generations, to her niece, Jolene, I thought she was bat crap crazy. When she said that her husband, Jasper, was giving the other half to his wimpy nephew, Reuben—well, I figured Reuben would sell his half the minute the ink dried on the papers. 

I was right! The little weasel sold out his part of the inn to Tucker Malone. We—that would be Lucy and Flossie and me since Sugar was already off in that big ass RV touring the United States—had heard that he was a tortured soul. And dear hearts, we damn sure believed the rumor. He was the best of the best when it came to carpentry work, and from what we heard he only hit the bottle on weekends, but still we didn’t want our precious Jolene in living in that inn with him. 

I really didn’t want to hire Jolene when she came to the bar looking for work, but I needed help and she sure enough needed a job. I figured I’d take some flack for it from Sugar, Lucy and Flossie, and I did—believe me I did. But Jolene and I both lived through it. 

When we met Tucker for the first time, we were sure that the rumors had been right. His wife had died in an automobile accident a few years back. She’d gone to our church so we all knew her very well, and we’d met Tucker a few times when he showed up at church with her. When she died, he turned to the bottle and lost his important job on the police force over in Dallas. It was rumored that he came to our part of the world to be near her grave site. Poor man, he wore the guilt like a heavy shroud and just couldn’t seem to get past it.

But I’m digressing. When we met him we found out that he was also a Prince Charming. He didn’t have a white horse or a white cowboy hat, or a crown, but he was so sweet and kind, and he had such a sweet nature, that pretty soon, we fell in love with him as much as—well, she didn’t know it then, being as how she had plenty of baggage of her own—but as much as Jolene could it they’d could get past all the obstacles life kept throwing at them.

I see that my time is up. So let me thank you again for inviting me sit a spell and visit with all y’all. And if you’re ever in Jefferson, Texas, come on down to the Tipsy Gater and I’ll give you a free drink if you tell me that you’ve read The Magnolia Inn.


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Author Biography


Carolyn Brown is a New York TimesUSA TodayPublishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and a RITA finalist with more than ninety published books, which include women’s fiction and historical, contemporary, and cowboys-and-country-music romance. She and her husband live in the small town of Davis, Oklahoma, where everyone knows everyone else and knows what they’re doing and when. And they read the local newspaper on Wednesday to see who got caught. They have three grown children and enough grandchildren to keep them young. Visit Carolyn at www.carolynbrownbooks.com.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Spotlight: Not For Me by Kat de Falla


Author: Kat de Falla
Narrator: Sullie Mason
Length: 6 hours
Publisher: Kathee de Falla2018
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Series: The Windy City Chronicles, Book 1
Release date:  Nov. 28, 2018

Synopsis: Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than for which she bargained. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica?

Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love in this fast-paced chick-lit romance.

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About the Author: Kat de Falla

Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.


About the Narrator: Sullie Mason

Sullie Mason is a part time audiobook producer, part time Cath Lab tech and full time Mom. When she does have a minute she likes to go out with friends to eat, drink and laugh until you cry around a table. She also loves traveling as much as possible and dragging her quiet country Okie  husband with her. If you’re looking for her, you will usually find her in her garden or walking outside.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Spotlight: Sourpuss by Merricat Mulwray




Author:Merricat Mulwray
Publication date: January 20th 2019
Genres: New Adult, Dark Comedy, Contemporary, Satire

Sourpuss is a blistering satire of the depraved and entitled culture that pervades college campuses. 

Mallory Wahl loathes the campus party scene . . .

She’s sprinting through her senior year obsessed with winning a spot on the US Olympic track team. But she runs straight into a hurdle in the form of fraternity president Graham Patterson, an intern assigned to help her recover from an injury – one she blames on him.
Once Graham’s therapies begin to work, Mallory pretends to fall in love but traps herself in her own scheme and tailspins deep into his debauched world. When a scandal erupts which threatens to shatter her Olympic dreams once and for all, Mallory must finally face the dark truth she’s been running from since freshman year.  

In the style of a ’90s dark comedy flick, Merricat Mulwray’s debut brings an insightful and humorous perspective to the reckless behavior college students perpetually get away with. Mallory, herself a flawed heroine, is backed by a self-serving cast of athletes, party girls, townies, and fraternity brothers so hilariously dark that the book will leave you wondering if anyone ever gets what they deserve. 




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Merricat Mulwray is the collaboration of two sisters. They live in Los Angeles where they hatch plans and develop schemes, sometimes these turn into novels.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

Author: Jolina Petersheim
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 
Date of publication: March 5, 2019

From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.

When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.

“A mother’s love and a mother’s duty war with a woman’s need to feel loved and whole, in a story that will have you pondering long after you close the final page.Which path would I take?” – Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

“Petersheim’s gentle retelling of the story of Ruth will both stir and settle the hearts of her readers.” – Lauren K. Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway and Hurricane Season

I have such mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, it is a beautifully written story about grief and forgiveness.  After her husband and father-in-law are killed overseas, Ruth comes to the US to bury them and live with her mother-in-law to try to heal herself and her two daughters.  She is able to take the time to reflect on her marriage. She discovers  a lot of truths about her marriage to Chandler and is able to reconcile her feelings on it.  The characters were compelling, especially the quiet Elam.  They were probably my favorite part of the whole book.

What I struggle with is the direction that the author took in the last third of the book.  It just didn't sit well with me.  Given everything, I'm not sure I would have chosen the same path that Ruth did.  It's kind of hard to explain without giving anything away.  I guess I felt a little set up.  I didn't care for the twist at all. Overall,  I would recommend trying this one out.  It's one I think you need to judge for yourself.


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About Jolina Petersheim

Jolina Petersheim and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but they now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their three young daughters. Jolina’s fifth novel, How the Light Gets In, a modern retelling of Ruth set in a cranberry bog in Wisconsin, releases March 2019.


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Monday, January 14th: Book by Book
Tuesday, January 15th: Running Through the Storms
Thursday, January 17th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, January 18th: Thoughts on This ‘n That – author Q&A
Monday, January 21st: Blooming with Books
Tuesday, January 22nd: Empowermoms
Wednesday, January 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, January 24th: Broken Teepee
Thursday, January 24th: By the Book
Friday, January 25th: Back Porchevations
Monday, January 28th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Wednesday, January 30th: Write Read Life
Thursday, January 31st: Rockin’ Book Reviews
Friday, February 1st: What is That Book About
Friday, February 1st: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, February 4th: Booktimistic and @booktimistic
Tuesday, February 5th: The Sketchy Reader
Wednesday, February 6th: All of a Kind Mom
Friday, February 8th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, February 8th: Lori’s Reading Corner – author guest post


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review: Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date of publication: February 5, 2019

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson and falling in love in less than the year that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to find and cause trouble in the town she's come to call home.

When a US Marshal shows up in town demanding the release of one of the residents, Casey and her boyfriend, Sheriff Dalton, are skeptical. And yet only hours later, the marshal is shot dead and the only visible suspects are the townspeople and her estranged sister, in town for just the weekend. It's up to Casey to figure out who murdered the marshal, and why they would kill to keep him quiet.


Watcher in the Woods is the fourth book in the Rockton series.  I was really excited to read this one because the last book left one of the character's life in the balance.  This is another book that I would really suggest reading the whole series before this one.  A lot happens and things are mentioned that assume you know what is going on in the series.  Watcher in the Woods picks up pretty much right after the events of This Fallen Prey. Casey and Dalton have just snuck in her surgeon sister to perform surgery on a wounded Rockland citizen.  A US Marshal shows up and starts to cause trouble for the secret town.

Once again, this was a really enjoyable mystery.  The events take place over only a few days, so it's fast paced with a couple of twists.  I definitely didn't call the culprit, nor the reason for the US Marshal's visit.  The best part about this installment is that we get to see more into Casey's childhood and how she related to her older sister.  We also get to know more about Dalton's background and where he came from.  But, the most devastating back story is Petra's.  You'll have to read to find out what that is, but it really explains more about why she made the decisions that she did in the last book.

If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it.  This is a solid addition to it and I can't wait to see what awaits Casey and the citizens of Rockton next.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: Last Seen by Sara Shepard

Author: Sara Shepard
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Date of publication: October 2018

At first, the mystery they're tasked with seems to have nothing to do with Aerin or her kidnapper. But as Seneca, Maddox and Madison hit the Jersey Shore to gather clues, they begin to uncover the true background of the killer and the horrors that shaped him into who he is. The scavenger hunt leads them to the family of a recently kidnapped boy and dark secrets they could never have seen coming. 

As Aerin struggles to play nice with the person who killed her sister in order to buy herself time, her friends work feverishly against the ticking clock that could mean her life, and every clue they uncover leads Seneca to suspect she's more connected to the killer's history than she ever realised ...

Last Seen is the conclusion to "The Amateurs" trilogy.  I would not advise reading this one unless you have read the first two books.  This book assumes you have read them and will spoil you for the first book.  Last Seen picks up immediately after the events of Follow Me.  Seneca, Maddox and Madison have to solve a cold case of a missing child in order to find their missing friend.


Out of the three books, I liked this one the best.  I thought the mystery was the strongest and harder to figure out.  Even though the stakes were high and there was danger involved, I enjoyed following the group as they followed the clues.  The solution in the end wrapped up the entire series nicely.  

As in the other books, we get multiple perspectives. Aerin's perspective with her kidnapper was the most interesting as she figures out how to get out of her situation.  All of the characters have grown in their own way over the course of the series.  However, I will admit that Seneca's hot and cold attitude toward Maddox did kind of get old after  a while.  It definitely was the weakest part of this book.  To me, it felt like it was just used as a devise to set up the final act with Seneca being on her own. In the end, I do recommend this trilogy.  The first book was just OK, but they get better if you stick with it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of One Night Gamble by Katherine Garbera


One Night Gamble by Katherine Garbera
Series Jokers Wild Book One
Genre Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher Entangled Brazen
Publication Date January 14, 2018



Talia Spencer’s life is the epitome of boring and predictable. But then she meets him
The first time she meets Casey Waltham, she’s buying condoms…for her grandmother. And of course drops them accidentally at his feet. Face plant.
The second time she sees him, she’s this close to landing her dream job and is celebrating at a club. Two chance encounters in the same day--that’s got to be a sign, right?
He’s charming and flirty and just what Talia needs for the night.
But it was just supposed to be a hook-up. At least, that’s what she thought...until he turns out to be her new boss...
One Night Gamble is the first book in a new series about three owners of a new casino in Las Vegas. This is Talia and Casey's story. For the most part, it was an enjoyable romance. Their "meet cute" was pretty amusing. I did like Talia and Casey both as characters. They both have baggage that they bring to the table. I could sympathize with Talia's reluctance to get involved with a gambler given her background. I thought it was a little too short. The relationship felt a bit like insta-love to me. I would have like it to be a little more of a slower development. I think this will prove to be a good series and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.



Enjoy this excerpt:

Damn.
Talia Spencer glanced down at her leg and then cursed again. The run in her pantyhose had spread all the way up her leg. She’d considered going without them, but she hadn’t had time to shave her legs this morning and she was all Chewbacca down there. She glanced at her watch as she drove down the highway. The interview was in thirty-five minutes.
She couldn’t be late. The Jokers Wild Casino was the newest on the Vegas Strip, and she desperately wanted a job there. She’d been intrigued the moment she’d first heard about it. The casino was co-owned by three Las Vegas mavericks—a gambler, an illusionist, and a daredevil stunt performer. Even now, her stomach churned when she thought of some of the stuff the third partner had done.
As much as she hated Las Vegas and resented the casinos that had been such a dominant part of her childhood, she needed a good paying job that she could use to springboard herself out of Nevada.
Sami Shroft, her best friend, had heard about the job through the office grapevine and put Talia’s resume in for her. Sami liked to push and Talia was the first to admit that she needed a shove every now and then. She’d been raised by her grandmother—and her father, when he was flush with money.
He had been a charmer when Lady Luck was on his side, and he would splash out money like a high roller, even though he had only been a small-time gambler compared to the whales that frequented casinos. That had led to her dad getting in deep with several loan sharks. It had only been after his death from lung cancer, just days before her eighteenth birthday, that they’d learned how much he’d gambled.
The Jokers Wild Casino was probably one of the few on the Vegas Strip where she could enter without her last name being recognized. Most of them had repeatedly kicked her father out after he’d lost too much and become belligerent.
She signaled to change lanes, cutting off a sports car whose driver honked at her, but she just waved and muttered thanks under her breath, then turned just as the light switched to yellow.
Of course, there were no spaces near the front of the grocery store she’d promised her grandmother she’d stop at before her meeting, and she really didn’t have time to drive up and down looking for a good spot, so she pulled into the first empty one she saw and then grabbed her purse as she got out. This was insane.
Her phone was blowing up with messages from a group chat she was in with the Sexy Silvers. It seemed her Gran had a hot lunch date with Glen View retirement village’s version of Zac Efron. He was charming, good-looking and had managed to use those two things to work his way through many of the women in the senior community. Gran was susceptible to his charm—she’d mentioned more than once that she thought he was hot. Talia shook her head and grudgingly smiled. Yeah, her Gran wasn’t the sit home and knit type. She kept her hair dyed jet black and styled, and wore cooler clothes than even Talia did. But as hip as Gran thought she was, Talia knew she was also a bit old-fashioned when it came to men. Gran’s date was at six. The charmer didn’t eat during the early-bird menu hours, so that meant that Talia would have time to make it home before her grandmother left, if she hurried.
She picked up another pair of stockings so she could change before her interview, then walked toward the area of the store where she knew they sold condoms. Gran didn’t need a STD.
She paused in front of the selection. There were a lot of choices.
A lot.
She grabbed her phone and texted her best friend Sami.
Talia: Which condoms are the best?
Sami: Hot damn, girl! Do you have a date?
Talia: Gran does. I’m late for my interview. Wine and whine tonight?
Sami: Yes. I don’t know on the condoms. Most guys have a preference. I guess you can’t get Gran to ask. <laughing eyes emoji>
Talia: No. TTYL

She grabbed the first box her fingers touched as she turned on her heel and bumped into someone solid. The impact jarred her entire body and she felt the box slip from her fingers as she glanced up into eyes that were blue. The kind of blue that dominated the sky on a clear spring day. He had thick lashes and his eyebrows were dark brown and neatly groomed, she noted, as one of them arched.

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ABOUT KATHERINE GARBERA

USA Today bestselling author KATHERINE GARBERA writes emotionally sexy contemporary romances. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she is also a two-time Maggie winner and has more than 7 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

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