Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Rise of Miss Notley Book Blast! (with a giveaway)


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The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?  

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Cora nodded and followed Mr. Ludlow into the parlor. He closed the doors and stood in front of them with his arms folded, looking far more intimidating than he had during their last meeting. He said nothing, merely lifted an inquiring eyebrow and waited.

Caught unprepared, Cora stared at him, trying to organize her thoughts into words. After a few moments of awkward silence, he lost patience. "What is it you wished to speak with me about, Mrs. Notley? Or are we to stand here staring at each other all afternoon?"

Not knowing how else to begin, Cora blurted, "Why have you hired me, sir?"

He blinked a few times before frowning. "I believe I have made that perfectly clear. You are to be the housekeeper, are you not?" This was going to be more difficult than she had imagined. "Yes, of course, but there has been some talk about, or rather concerns expressed . . ." How did one put this delicately?

 "About . . .?" he prodded, obviously not thrilled that his morning regime had been waylaid.

"About the reasons I have been offered the position," she quickly said, hoping that would be enough to make him understand her meaning. Unfortunately, his brows drew together in confusion. "What are you saying, Mrs. Notley? I have hired you to do certain duties that will hopefully make my household run more smoothly. What other reason could I possibly have for offering you the position?"

"You have hired me to do a job I am untrained to do," she said. "While I am grateful for the opportunity, I also find it necessary to clarify that I have come here to be a housekeeper and only a housekeeper. Even though I am young and . . ." Her voice drifted off. Had she almost referred to herself as pretty? Goodness, this was proving to be very awkward indeed.

"Beautiful?" he finally guessed, not looking at all pleased with the direction the conversation was taking.

"I was going to say not repulsive," she fibbed.

"Very well," he said. "Even though you are young and not repulsive . . ." He moved his hand in a circular gesture, urging her to finish her thought.

Cora straightened her shoulders and forced herself to continue. "I am not the sort of girl who would ever . . . fraternize with her employer." Her face infused with heat, but she forced her gaze to remain steady.

"I see." He walked slowly towards her, rubbing his chin with his hand. A few steps away, he stopped and eyed her quizzically. "Have I made any improper advances towards you?"

"No, sir."

"Have I spoken to you in an unprofessional manner?"

"No."

 "Have I looked at you in a way that has made you feel uncomfortable?"

"No." Cora suddenly wished she had not felt the need to clarify anything. He made her feel as though she had put the cart before the horse when what she had been trying to do was see that the cart and horse simply stayed in their proper places. Was that so wrong?

"Might I ask who, exactly, has led you to believe that I am the sort of man capable of—how did you put it? Fraternizing with my help?"

"I, er, would rather not say, sir." Though Cora felt no loyalty towards Sally, she refused to bring Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd's names into the conversation. "I did not mean to besmirch your name or cause any offense, Mr. Ludlow. I merely wanted to make my feelings on the matter clear."

"And you have."

"Good." Cora dropped into a quick curtsy, anxious to get away. "I shall go and find Watts now."

She was almost to the door when his voice stopped her. "Once again, you are attempting to scuttle away before we have completed our conversation."

Slowly, she turned around and lifted her eyes to his. "I never scuttle, sir."

"What would you call that rapid walk of yours?"

 "A rapid walk."

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Rachael   Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

One Fell Down by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen (Blog Tour + Giveaway)





One Fell Down by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
One Fell Down by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Romance/Suspense

Book Description:  When Mikaela York opens an anonymous blue sympathy card with the nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill” written inside, she doesn’t know what to make of it. But soon after, Mikaela and her fiancĂ© are in a tragic car accident, resulting in her husband-to-be’s death. Then when Mikaela’s grandmother loses her life in a hiking accident one year later, an old man gives Mikaela another mysterious blue card at the funeral. After the service, Mikaela’s grandfather asks that she oversee the renovations on his bed & breakfast in New Zealand. When she arrives, Mikaela meets Tui Davies—the inn’s manager—and Brentin Williams, the man Tui expects her daughter to marry. Tui helps Mikaela retrieve a doll from the cellar vault, but the doll turns out to be an evil omen that Mikaela is told she must get rid of before someone is murdered. Meanwhile, the old man from the funeral is bent on revenge and is plotting against everyone who has ever wronged him, and Mikaela is next in line. But until she discovers the killer’s contact in New Zealand, whom can she trust? And while Brentin attempts to help Mikaela overcome her grief, she must decide—is she ready to love again? 



My thoughts: For a book that is only 255 pages in length, it really pops a punch and grabs the readers attention. The book is full of suspense almost from page one.

The book opens as Mikaela and her fiancee are leaving school to visit her grandparents. Unfortunately, there was a terrible "accident" and Trevor was killed, leaving Mikaela alive an hurting. The book then fast forwards to a year later, this time it is Mikaela's grandmother who had a hiking "accident" and passes away. Mikaela and her grandfather do not connect the cryptic nursery rhymes at first indicating that maybe they weren't accidents after all.

Of course, the reader is very aware of the events, because Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen also writes from the murderer's point of view. We know that there are more deaths planned as he tries to seek revenge.

The book gallops at a quick pace and keeps the reader invested in the story. There isn't word skipping or reading ahead. (Yes, I am guilty of those infractions from time to time.)

The romance is sweet. The focus of the books is on the suspense aspects and solving who is behind the deaths. This is a clean book with some violence.



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About the Author: (Taken from Amazon) Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings. To learn more about Ronda, visit her website at rondahinrichsen.com.

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Condemn Me Not by Heather B Moore is getting closer!


Seriously?  Can the pictures and quotes from the book make me want to read it more?  The answer is, yes.  Yes they do.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones - Blog Tour




Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones
Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from publisher to review.
Genre:  Tween/Middle Grade Fantasy

Book Description:  Marc Mondragon is your average teenager: always getting into trouble, crushing on the pretty girl in school. But when strange things begin happening to his body, Marc is thrust into a new world where dragons are no longer just fairytales. Now knowing he’s part dragon, Marc joins a group of Dragonkyn who call themselves Sorceron. As Marc discovers new powers within himself, he starts to wonder how much he can really trust his fellow Dragonkyn. After the leader of Sorceron orders the rest of the group to kill Marc, he flees. But when he discovers that people are going to attack the Sorceron, Marc is faced with a dilemma. Will he try to help the Dragonkyn who tried to kill him?



My thoughts: To be a boy going through puberty is a hard enough, to add dragon ability growing pains makes it much more difficult.

Marc is teen living on the poor side of town. It's just him and his mom. He is chased by the local police man, just because he can, and he has few close friends. Then he begins to have sore throats where he belches fire, sever acne, nodules on his shoulders, and intense pain. Life went from bad to worse in a short period of time.

Turns out Marc has dragon DNA.  There are men out to kill him, but he has some amazing powers.  He turns out to be part dragon with compassion.  Marc is a cool kid.

This is a fun book for the tween reader. It has action and adventure, plus dragons. Because dragons are cool and a huge drawing point for boys. This book may be something for the reluctant reader to check out, there is sure to be something that will make them want to continue reading.

The book contains violence.



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About the Author:  Nathan Smith Jones graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature. The fourth of eight children, he is the author of the Children’s book, “The Boy Who Ate America,” and several other novels and screenplays. He lives with his wife and five children in Utah..


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle (FREE EBook)

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Free on Kindle
Genre: Comporary, Historical, Fiction, Romance




Book Description:  While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of it—except Gwen.

Niall McLeod has been a prisoner, a ghost, for centuries. When he meets Gwen, he wonders if she is the key to releasing him, but Niall’s quest for freedom may cost Gwen her life.

This novella is in the Clean & Wholesome category.




My thoughts: This book is a mash up of a few genres. You have ancient druids, scenes from Scotland 500 years ago, witchcraft, contemporary, ghost (ish), and romance.

All By My Selfie is a novella. There isn't a lot of character development, but I did enjoy them. It is a short and sweet story about breaking an ancient curse and falling in love in the process. It was written well and has great pacing.

I "purchased" it from Kindle for #FREE. There is  some violence depicted in the Ancient Scotland scenes.



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Coming August 2017 from USA Today bestselling author Rachael Anderson


 


The Splash of Lady Harriett
When wills clash and hearts collide, who will come away victorious?






RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal for "Love Remains" by Sarah Eden

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book.  I have wanted Tavish's story since I read the Longing For Home books.  (Picture me squealing with joy)


The bad news is that I have to wait until September 5th to read it.a  The good news is that it is less than 7 months from today.

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Here is the book description:  From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LOVE REMAINS is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Cecily faces a dark, uncertain future. Tavish is haunted by his painful, anguished past. Fate has brought them together in a world determined to tear them apart.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson ( Blog Tour with Giveaway)






Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram PetersonBreach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:  Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors. Four Years Later . . . On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It’s the woman he’s been looking for and dreaming about for so long. After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. In one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger


My thoughtsBreach of Trust is the third book of Kathi Oram Peterson's that I have read and I have enjoyed every one of them. She does a fantastic job of laying out the story and providing plausible suspense.

This book is about Cooper Lane, her helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan and she spent four years behind enemy lines. She left a husband and baby behind. She never considered the possiblitly that when she was rescued that he would be married to someone else. Now, her husband has been murdered and she is the prime suspect. The Navy SEAL who rescued her from Afghanistan is now back to help rescue her from a murder charge.

From the beginning of the book there is action. I loved seeing the emotional side of the story that was shared between Copper and Axe while on the run. There was a lot of emotion in this book. Copper is suffering from PTSD. She has flashbacks whenever key words are mentioned. Her story is brought to light piece by piece. The relevant facts are revealed when I appreciated them the most.

This is a great suspense story with a some romance. I was wondering up until the bad guys were. The book has references to religion, but I didn't find it to be preachy, just a straight foward part of the story. There is violence and kissing.




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About the Author:  (Taken from her WEBSITE)  I grew up in a small town in SE Idaho. I love my hometown where the drug store still has a soda fountain and where people wave hello to strangers. I’ve worked on my writing for years. Along the way I won a few contests, earned my BA in English, worked for a curriculum publisher, and finally started selling my books. I’m very humbled to see my manuscripts turn into actual novels.




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