Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Spotlight ~ Carousel Nights by Amie Denman + tour giveaway

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Carousel Nights (Starlight Point Stories)Carousel Nights
(Starlight Point Stories #2)
by Amie Denman
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Every first love deserves a second chance

June Hamilton left home to pursue her dream of dancing on Broadway. Seven years later, she has one regret: Mel Preston, her teenage crush and onetime summer love. Now a single dad and the head of maintenance at Starlight Point, her family's amusement park, Mel's easy smile still makes her heart beat in triple time. But June came home with a plan. She would spend the summer revitalizing the park's aging theaters, then make a graceful exit back to the big city. Until Mel and his young son start making a powerful claim on her emotions, and June faces an impossible decision…

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Starlight Point Amusement Park

In Carousel Nights, you’ll meet June Hamilton. She shares ownership of the family amusement park Starlight Point with her brother and her sister. Only twenty-five, she does not plan to settle in and devote her life to roller coasters, cotton candy, and the beach resort. She wants to keep dancing on Broadway, but she comes home for the summer to lend her talent to the live shows at Starlight Point. The summer love she left behind seven years ago, Mel Preston, is still there. He’s the chief of the maintenance department and the single father of an adorable five-year-old son.

One of my favorite scenes in this book is when June joins Mel and his son Ross to have fun at Starlight Point. They ride spinny rides, eat junk food, and put miles on their feet. It’s an experience any parent can empathize with! Here’s an excerpt from that scene:

They walked the Western Trail, heading slowly toward the junction where the marina exit gate would veer off. Mel carried Ross with one arm and the boy’s head had dropped lower and lower, giving away the fact that he’d fallen asleep somewhere near the frontier fort.

Want me to carry you, too?” Mel asked. “Still got one shoulder available and you’re not heavy.”

Tell that to my feet.”

Noticed you limping a little.”

No I wasn’t,” June said quickly.

Mel laughed. “Okay, you’ve been dancing since we got off the train at the Wonderful West platform.”

What made us think getting off the train would be a good idea?” June asked.

My fault. I remember saying something asinine about tiring Ross out so he’ll sleep tonight.”

Who knew you were such a genius?” June said, grateful that Mel carried a heavy burden so he wouldn’t notice her slow, small steps. The past month had allowed her to forget about her knee for the first time in almost a year. Exercises and stretching, lots of walking and limiting her dancing to almost zero had refreshed her body. Her immense physical well-being, despite long days, overshadowed her worry about the brief window of opportunity on the big stage.

However, on a night like this, when her body refused to play along, she wondered if that window had already closed.

How are you getting back?” Mel asked.

June’s head snapped up. Had he guessed her thoughts?

Home,” Mel said. “Did you walk like you usually do?”

She nodded. “Habit. Not much sense driving across the parking lot to the Old Road.”

Mel shifted the weight of his sleeping son to the other shoulder. “Come with me to the marina lot and I’ll drive you home. Save you a lot of walking.”

Don’t worry about it.”

I’m serious. My feet would never make it that far. And I owe you for riding the spinny rides with Ross.”

June laughed. “You do owe me, but you have to get Ross home. And if you don’t merge onto the Point road in the next twenty minutes, you’ll get caught in the closing traffic and sit for an hour.”

They came to a bench near the railroad crossing and a nacho stand. “I’m parking myself here with a cold drink. When security sweeps the trail in half an hour, I’ll bum a ride.”

Mel paused and looked hesitant. His T-shirt was creased, hair awry, five o’clock shadow visible even in the dim lighting on the trail. It was time for him to go home.

June plopped down on the bench. “I’m not moving another inch and you’re flirting with a traffic jam every minute you hang around.”

Mel shifted Ross a little higher and eyed the bench enviously.

Rather flirt with you.”

Rain check.”

That’s what I was thinking.” He paused, screams from the roller coasters breaking the silence. “Tomorrow night. A date?”

June swung both legs onto the bench, buying herself a moment before she answered.

Dinner and adult conversation. No spinny rides or queue lines,” he added, sweetening the deal. “And not at the Point. We’ll go somewhere. Wherever you want.”

Saying yes was tempting, but it was risky. Crossing a line.

Are you sure this is a good idea?” she asked. “We’ve…uh…been down that road.”

Mel nodded. “I remember.”

And nothing has changed.”

If by nothing you mean you’re still leaving—again—at the end of the summer, I know,” he said.

What if we’re still too tired to move by tomorrow night?”

Say yes, June. We’ve known each other for twenty years and eaten a lot of meals together. I want to say thank you for giving my son a fun day.”

June lay full out on the bench. It was cold and hard but still a slice of heaven.

Yes. Now go away and let me die.”

Carefully supporting his sleeping son, Mel leaned way down and kissed June on the forehead. She closed her eyes, letting the heat from his lips breathe energy through her. More than energy, adrenaline spiked all the way to her toes.

Good night,” she said.

I’m calling security and reporting a vagrant on a bench by the Nacho Rocket Shop.”

Mention my name and you’ll get good service,” June said sleepily.

Tomorrow night,” Mel replied, walking away on unsteady legs.

— Amie



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Other Books in the Series

Under the BoardwalkUnder the Boardwalk
(Starlight Point Stories #2)
by Amie Denman
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Everyone's counting on him

With the sudden death of his father, Jack Hamilton finds himself running the family amusement park, Starlight Point. His first job? Balance the books, and that means raising the rent for vendors like baker Augusta Murphy.

Gus won't accept the new contract…not without a fight. She rallies the other vendors and sets out to negotiate with Jack. At least, she tries. How do you play hardball with a man who's charming and kind and still grieving? Gus needs to figure it out fast, because the closer she gets to Jack, the more she risks losing everything.





Amie Denman lives in Ohio with her husband, sons, cats, and dog. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and playing outside. Born with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity, she's been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what's going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

SeaJourney by Alex Paul #FREE on kindle

SeaJourney (Arken Freeth and the Adventure of the Neanderthals #1)SeaJourney by Alex Paul
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Tween Action/Adventure

Book Description:  Arken Freeth is a 14-year-old boy in the Lantish Military Academy. War has broken out with the Amarrat Empire. Arken and his classmates set off on their first training voyage as officers-to-be into waters previously controlled by the Lantish Sea Service, but now patrolled by the Tookans, pirate allies of the Amarrats.


My thoughts: This is a tween/middle grade adventure book. The main character, Arken, is fourteen and about to begin an adventure training on a military ship. The book is a fantasy that has a time period similar to the Egyptian empire. The boys are on a ship that is mainly powered by oars.

Arken is smaller than the boys his age and struggles to find a place among his peers. He is an outsider. He is not part of the nobility, nor is his family poor. This puts him in a class by himself. He has a loving family who love and support him in his decisions.

The part that I had a hard time with was the amount of violence. I understand it as essential to the plot of the story and the time period the author set the book. I was a little disturbed by Arken's grandfather explaining to him how to make a person "accidentally" disappear on purpose. I'm not sure that I would want a tween child to read the book, it would be better for an older age group.

The plot is complex. Again, it would be better suited to an older reader.  It ends in a cliffhanger.  This is the first book in a series.

This is an interesting story. The characters are intriguing. I would recommend to readers 16+.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Spotlight ~ My Father's House by Rose Chandler Johnson (tour giveaway)

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Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: March 13, 2016
Number of pages: 314

Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to her one constant – her father’s love. But in her 
sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning with her father’s sudden death. There begins 
Lily’s struggle to find  herself and a life she thinks is gone forever.

Marriage to her prince charming promises fulfillment, but their happily-ever-after barely survives the 
honeymoon. Beneath the sophisticated fa├žade lies a brooding man who hides dark secrets. 
When all Lily’s illusions of happiness shatter, she must make hard choices – abandon her husband 
or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a 
fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about. . . .​

In spite of heartbreak and regrets, will she find the strength to survive whatever comes? Or will 
her husband find her and shatter all her hopes . . . again. This is one woman’s compelling tale of 
love and survival as she finds her way back home to faith and who she’s meant to be . . . in her 
father’s house.
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PictureMy Father’s House is Rose’s first novel. Her devotional journal, God, Me, 
and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments 
won the Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Award in 2014. It was also 
awarded the Selah Finalist Award in the same year. Rose enjoys writing for 
her blog, Write Moments with God and engaging with her readers. A 
native Georgian, Rose has lived in a suburb of Augusta for the last thirty
 years. Before retiring from Georgia’s public school system, Rose taught 
English, French, and ESOL. She is currently an adjunct English instructor at a community college.
 In addition to reading and writing, Rose enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with
 her six children and their growing families. And yes, sweet iced tea is her beverage of choice.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Echoing by Jessica Blackburn

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The Echoing by Jessica Blackburn
The Echoing by Jessica Blackburn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre; YA Fantasy/Suspense



Book Description: Rylee has an unusual gift. It brings good luck to those who are kind to her and misfortune to those who are not–at least, that’s what the crazy woman in the woods tells her. But Rylee doesn’t believe it until strange coincidences start happening to her classmates and friends. Her gift may not be a matter of luck but of life and death.


My thoughts: I am impressed that this is Jessica Blackburn's debut book. I thought that it was put together very well. I liked her characters, the setting, and the premise of the book. She did a wonderful job at capturing my attention and keeping me invested in the story.

The book is about a high school student, Rylee. She takes a walk with her dog and comes across an old woman living out in the woods in a run down shack. The encounter changes her life. She finds that when someone does something bad to her, they have immediate "karma". Same thing for good deeds, the have an immediate reward. This is a burden that is had for a young woman to deal with and it quickly puts her friends and family in danger.

The book has romance. I like Merritt. He is the perfect boyfriend for her. It helps that they have know each other since childhood. He believes in her and accepts her. Her BFF is also a pretty great character, it would have been nice to see a little more of her in the story.

This book was clean with some kissing. It also deals with some tough issues. One of them is death and putting yourself at risk to protect the people you care about.




Jessica Blackburn
About the Author:  Jessica Blackburn studied at Brigham Young University—Idaho and graduated from her local community college with an Associates of Arts Degree. She currently lives in the beautiful Columbia Gorge as a stay-at-home mom. When she’s not writing stories, she spends her spare time teaching Sunday School and blogging her lessons and personal thoughts at cozybugz.blogspot.com.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Spotlight ~ True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager + tour giveaway



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PictureSeries: Landry's True Colors
Genre: Younger YA/Middle Grade, Contemporary
Publisher: Clean Reads
Publication date: June 17, 2014
Number of pages: 222
Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting 
girls at school who always have exciting things going on 
in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, 
so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, 
push her into trying out for a teen reality show 
modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous,
 but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next 
round. However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically
 "unfriend" her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between
 wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she 
learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal  with
 frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you
 because of it.
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1. I started watching the show “Austin and Ally” when I came on it by accident and I thought that Austin is how I imagined Vladi Yagudin to look.

2. I participated in modeling and fashion shows at Landry’s age and wanted to show the real side of being backstage which was not as glamourous as I thought it would be. I got maced in the face with hair spray all the time.

3. I was into soap operas at Landry’s age and so I have her and Ashanti reading Soap Hotties magazine the way I would read the soap magazines for info on my soap star crushes. I remember feeling devastated every time I found one of them had a girlfriend or, worse, was married. Broke my heart. Sigh. My favorite soap was One Life to Live. I cried when it went off the air.

4. I had to wear a school uniform like Landry and even though Landry and I have very different coloring, the school colors also made me look like a dead goldfish.

5. I had best friend bracelets when I was in middle school and what’s funny is just this week my best friend sent me a BFF necklace. You can see a picture of it on my Instagram page HERE.

6. I have Landry attending a retro roller skating party for Thalia’s birthday just as she’s trying to fit in with a new group because I had the same thing happen when I was in school. I remember going to a skating party and praying I’d have someone to hang out with and sit with. I even remember what I wore to that party!

7. As a teen I internalized a lot and went to books to help me cope with stuff at school, so I put in advice on handling friend issues and frenemies (etc.) in the books for readers who are like I was at that age.

8. When coming up with the cover, I sent the cover artist, Cora Graphics, my Pinterest board of pictures I had been collecting of who I thought Landry looked like as well as her parents and friends. One of the photos of the cover models looked like she could have been the child of the “parents” I had picked out. It was crazy and that’s how I knew I found my Landry. You can find my Pinterest boards HERE.

9. Landry has a picture of her favorite soap actor on her door and the soap actor I was thinking of is…the same guy I pictured as being her dad. I know, so weird. But I wrote the soap crush scenes well before I came up with the father scenes. Still…weird, I know. It’s Ty Treadway I picture in case you’re wondering.

10. Both Landry’s friend Peyton in the book and my real life best friend have red hair which I was always wishing I had, too. Devon’s hair is based on a friend who I thought had the most amazing curly hair.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Deliverance by H.B. Moore (The Moses Chronicles #2)

Deliverance (The Moses Chronicles #2)Deliverance by H.B. Moore
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source; Netgalley
Genre:  Historical Biblical Fiction

Book Description:  Experience the life of Moses as never before, following his journey from fugitive of Egypt to prophet of God. In this exhilarating follow-up to H.B. Moore’s biblical drama The Moses Chronicles: Bondage, the account of Moses’s flight from Egypt continues. Moses’s life as he knew it is over. He has chosen to stand for his beliefs at the cost of being cast out of his royal home and family. He is free of the wickedness of Egypt, but peace is not to be found, for Moses is as much an aimless wanderer as those in the nomadic tribe he encounters in the wilderness. 

Exhausted by long weeks of travel, he nevertheless jumps to action when he observes a group of young women accosted by a band of Badrayan men at a communal well. These lovely daughters of Jethro are grateful for his help, and their Midianite tribe welcomes Moses with open arms. As he learns the ways of the Midianites, his kinship with Jethro grows—as does his admiration of one of Jethro’s daughters, Zipporah. But when Moses suddenly receives a burning call to free the very people he has long oppressed, will he have the courage to return to the land from which he has been exiled?



My thoughts: This is the second book in a series, but the first that I have read. I didn't have a problem keeping up with the story, because I am familiar with the Biblical account.

This book begins after Moses left Egypt and wandered in the desert. I was amazed at how H.G. Moore brought the tribes of the harsh land alive for me. I thought about how it must have been to live during that time and circumstances. (I am very grateful for air conditioning, microwaves, etc.) It made me think about how the people who lived before us faced uncertainty and fought to survive every day.

The book made Moses and Zipporah human to me, instead of characters that I have to come to appreciate in the Bible. H.G. Moore has a gift at capturing emotion, description, and plot development. The book moved at a great pace and I liked that she had alternating perspectives between Moses and Zipporah.

This is a wonderful book to read. There is some violence between tribes and kissing.


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