Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Same Sky - Review & Giveaway

Review by KT Sullivan
Alice and Jake Conroe own a barbeque restaurant in Austin, Texas. They have been trying to adopt a baby and have been refused again. They were given a baby boy for a few hours, but the mother changed her mind and took him back. Alice wants to matter and make a difference. The principal at the local high school asks Alice to be a Big Sister to a disadvantaged girl named Evian. Her life story is very sad. Alice helps, but it put a strain on her marriage. Jake is trying to run his restaurant in competition with other family members. His idea helps his town and the high school.

Carla’s challenges are never ending. Left in Honduras with her younger brother, Junior, and her ailing grandmother, Carla, age eleven, begs her mother in Texas to help. She sends money to the family, but it’s never enough. The grandmother dies and Carla decides to take the trip to Texas. Ernesto helps them and they are faced with hunger, thirst, and thieves. Tragedy and heartbreak travel with her. Carla’s final triumph is well deserved.

The story alternates between Alice and Carla. Both are on journeys to the unknown. Because of her age and circumstances, Carla’s is more dangerous and compelling. She is faced with decisions adults would be hard pressed to solve. She draws her strength from within and I found myself rooting for her. The author notes that many of the incidents in Carla’s life are based on true stories.

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About the Author:
Amanda Eyre Ward is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including the bestseller How to Be Lost. She has spent the last year visiting shelters in Texas and California, meeting immigrant children and hearing their stories. This novel is inspired by them.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Return to You - Excerpt and Giveaway

She will never forget their past...

He can't stop thinking about their future...

James Montgomery has achieved everything he'd hoped for in life...except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she's never coming back. But it's becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can't help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.

Excerpt:
It was near midnight and Selena’s eyes felt heavy. With her head resting on James’s shoulder, she tried to focus on the ending of The Philadelphia Story. Back when they were dating, they used to enjoy watching classic movies, and finding one on the television seemed like the perfect way for them to relax after such an emotional evening.

James looked over at Selena and smiled to himself. If he could freeze this moment in time, he would. For years he had wondered if he’d ever find a woman he could come home to, with whom he could sit like this and simply relax. The woman half-asleep beside him was the only woman he wanted to fit that bill. The credits were beginning to roll, and he gently nudged her with his shoulder. “Hey,” he said softly, “are you still awake?”

“Mmm…barely,” she whispered and then yawned. As much as Selena knew that the bed would be a far more comfortable place to sleep, she didn’t want to leave the security of James’s side. She jumped when he shifted beside her to stand up. A wave of panic hit her as she prayed that he wasn’t getting up to leave. Before she could even voice her concern, James turned off the television and then scooped her up into his arms. “Oh!”

“Don’t get me wrong. I was completely enjoying being curled up with you on the sofa, but I had a feeling your neck was going to kill you tomorrow.” He walked through to the bedroom and carefully held her close as he pulled back the comforter and gently placed Selena down. Without a word, he walked back out to the living room and locked the door and turned out the lights before returning to her.

He didn’t ask permission.

She didn’t extend an invitation.

Neither seemed necessary.




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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Seaside Secrets - Review & Giveaway



Seaside Secrets
Seaside Summers # 4: Love in Bloom # 24
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing February 24th, 2015
Self-Published

Blurb
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

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Review by Marlene Engel
Amy has loved Tony all of her life.  The summer before college, she thought that she finally had the man of her dreams until a tragedy tore them apart.  Afraid to confide in her best friends, she was forced to deal with the situation alone.
                     
Fourteen years later, Amy’s still pining after Tony.  Now a professional surfer and motivational speaker, Tony spends his time traveling the world, but still devotes his summers to the Cape.  Amy doesn’t know if she can spend another summer so close to him.  She now has to make a tough decision, take the job offer in Australia and put Tony in her past for good or see if he feels for her what she’s felt for him all these years.

Seaside Summers (Love in Bloom) is one of my all-time favorite series.  Who doesn’t love being at the beach with your best girlfriends and finding love?  Something that I especially enjoyed about this book is the way the author wrote of the tragedy that Amy and Tony dealt with many years ago.  It’s something that I feel many couples are going to be able to relate to and Melissa Foster does a brilliant job making the characters emotions feel so real and raw.

Seaside Secrets is a great story, full of fun characters, that touches on a serious subject.  Melissa Foster fans are going to love this book.  And, if you are a first time reader of her books, this one will make you want to go out and get the rest of the books in the Love in Bloom series.



About the Author:
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Back In The Game - Book Tour, Promo & Giveaway


Back In the Game
Stardust, Texas # 1
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing February 24th, 2015
Avon


Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job-she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.

A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

New Uses For Old Boyfriends - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
Lila Alders is used to the best of the best.  Raised in a privileged household and marrying into money, she has always been the envy of others.  Now divorced and finding out that she isn’t entitled to her former husband’s fortune, Lila is forced to return to her small childhood town of Black Dog Bay. 

With her father’s recent passing and her mother living alone in the family mansion, going back home was the only option.  But it’s not until she learns that her father’s fortune is no longer and her mother is in jeopardy of losing the house that reality truly sets in.  With a house full of expensive designer clothes, Lila knows that their only hope of keeping the house is by selling off her mother’s prized garments.  But getting her mother to agree may be harder than she thought.

It just so happens that Lila’s high school sweetheart Ben is back in town.  After trying to see if that flame could be rekindled, it’s obvious that their past relationship is best left, well, in the past.  Also crossing paths is a boy that Lila snubbed as a sophomore, who has turned into quite the specimen.  More than a pretty face, Malcolm has a fascinating past and secret, hidden talents.  She may not have given him much attention in high school, but she is hoping to make up for lost time!

You can always count on Beth Kendrick to give you a fun book that is impossible to put down.  With a cast of colorful characters, laugh out loud situations and an all-around great story, this is the perfect book to get you through the cold winter days! 

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Beth Kendrick is the author of The Week Before the Wedding, The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service, and Nearlyweds, which was turned into a Hallmark Channel original movie. She lives in Arizona with her two rescue dogs, but she loves to vacation at the Delaware shore, where she goes to Funland, eats boardwalk fries, and wishes that the Whinery really existed.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

A Collector of Affections - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
Leah’s in need of some much needed soul searching.  Since her divorce, she’s enjoyed the company of several men; has had laughs, some great sex and was even engaged.  But Leah’s life has become a bit stale and she’s hoping that a trip to Spain is just what she needs to give it a kick-start. 

On the flight to Spain, Leah bonds with her seatmate, Miguel.  A native Spaniard whose conversation catches her attention immediately.  Although marriage is not a road that Leah anticipates travelling again, the thought of this man potentially being her soulmate is somewhat intriguing to her.  But she will learn that the person she thinks may be the perfect man, may not be so perfect after all. 

A book about rediscovery of one’s self and not having to conform to the middle aged norms, A Collector of Affections takes you on a journey of one woman’s quest to have her perfect life in an imperfect world.

What a treat this book was.  The setting was perfect, the emotions so real and the story so relatable.  No matter if you are middle aged or not, this book will resonate with just about anybody!  It is definitely the perfect read for this Valentine’s Day!

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Judith Glynn never intended to become a dedicated writer when she chose a nighttime creative-writing class over belly dancing. She simply wanted a distraction from her disintegrating marriage. Her first assignment – Confidence. That’s all You Need in Life – received a D. But her passion for the craft ignited her soul and innate talent, enough to take her on a successful writing journey for three decades and counting.

Her travel-writing specialty surfaced after a trip to Ireland and subsequent publication in The Washington Post. That and numerous articles led to a five-year, monthly shopping column in The Chicago Sun Times and other newspapers. Spain eventually became a focus and where her discerning writer’s eye captured the local flavor. However, after hours logged in flight and new destinations produced only a nonchalant shrug, she closed her notebook to build a successful entrepreneurial career in New York City. But she still wrote because life wasn’t complete without writing a story – if only for herself.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives - Review & Giveaway

Review by KT Sullivan
Three generations of midwives are dealing with secrets, a new baby, and a possible lawsuit. Floss, the grandmother, has been holding a sad secret about her daughter, Grace’s birth. Grace’s husband is facing job loss and worries about her daughter Neva’s unexpected pregnancy. Grace is also being questioned about a home delivery of a baby with a birth defect. Neva is not married and not naming the father. The three work together as midwives, each feel they were called to this profession. Neva believes “women were warriors” when it came to natural birth. She has two possible fathers for her child, but her friend, Patrick, would like to step in and be the father.

Watching Neva avoid questions, Floss recalls the circumstances surrounding Grace’s birth. She isn’t Grace’s biological mother. Her best friend married a worthless man who abused her. She later died in childbirth. Floss left England with Grace and fled to America. Dealing with complex births have been the three’s life’s work. Years of expertise will be needed for their most important and personal case. Are they ready for their biggest challenge?

The family business and dynamic between the three is fascinating. Most readers will see themselves or someone they know in these roles. The sage, the rebel, and the peacekeeper all mix together. Floss is the most interesting character. So many facets of her life are outside of society’s norms. She has strived to be herself and help all around her while keeping her secrets from everyone close to her. Excellent read.  

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Sally Hepworth is the author of THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES, a novel about three generations of midwives, to be published by St. Martin's Press, NY, in Feb 2015. The novel will be published worldwide in English, as well as in France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U.K., and Canada, where she worked in event management and Human Resources. She is the author of Love Like The French, published by Random House Germany in February 2014.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two children. Sally is currently working on her next novel.

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