Thursday, May 26, 2022

Cover Reveal ~ Shield & Blade by Heather Frost #YAFantasy


His to protect

When Vera broke Venn’s heart, he was shattered. When she was abducted by mercenaries, he vowed to tear

Mortise apart to find her. Now, reunited, he is determined to keep her safe–and win back her heart.

Of course, things are never that simple.

Hers to defend

Vera has regretted hurting Venn ever since that fateful night in Wexon, but finding the right time to tell him

is proving difficult. Traveling with him to Duvan should give her the perfect opportunity, but things take

an unexpected turn when they find young children abandoned near a roadside.

Theirs to save

Helping the children isn’t in question, but the detour leads Venn and Vera into the heart of a sinister mystery.

The truth they fight to uncover could change everything in Eyrinthia–and may cost them their lives.

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About the Author: Heather Frost is a #1 Amazon Bestselling YA author who loves epic stories with breath-stealing romance. She is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and call it homework. When she’s not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and re-watch Lord of the Rings. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website:

Are you new to the series?  Start with the first book, Royal Decoy.

Clare made a mistake when she saved the princess’s life . . .

In one horrible night, Clare is forced to give up her life as a kitchen maid to become the princess’s decoy. Thrust into a dangerous new world of royals and deadly politics, she must learn how to be the princess’s perfect double to ensure her betrothal to an enemy prince. Desperate to survive, Clare throws herself into self-defense training, taught by her distractingly attractive bodyguard, Bennick. The spark between them is undeniable, though a relationship is forbidden. When a ruthless assassin begins stalking her, it becomes frighteningly clear that some will stop at nothing to end the tenuous peace—and Clare’s life.

Across the northern mountains, Prince Grayson is his father’s ultimate weapon. His name inspires fear in all who hear it, but no one knows his heavily guarded secret. He carries out every brutal order only because his father holds power over the one person he cares about. Grayson’s silent obedience is tested, however, when his father reveals plans to exploit the marriage alliance between two of their greatest enemies. If Grayson submits, the blood of thousands will spill. If he resists, the girl who means everything to him will die.

The fate of Eyrinthia hangs in the balance. Some want peace. Some want war. All will be thrown into chaos.

Royal Decoy is the first in the Fate of Eyrinthia YA fantasy romance series told from multiple POVs. If you like swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and non-stop action with epic twists, then you’ll love the captivating world of Eyrinthia.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

An Unfamiliar Duke by Sian Ann Bessey #HistoricalRomance # Giveaway #BookTour


An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentleman, #4) (Georgian Gentlemen)An Unfamiliar Duke (Georgian Gentleman, #4) by Sian Ann Bessey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source:  I received a review copy and I purchased a copy. :)
Genre: Historical Romance

Book Description: At eleven years of age, Rosalind Ainsworth was convinced that Sebastian Lumley, the future Duke of Kelbrook, was the most odious young man she’d ever met. And ten years later, after having had no contact with the nobleman in the intervening time, her opinion of him has not changed. Unfortunately, neither has the marriage contract their fathers signed soon after her birth.

As Rosalind’s twenty-first birthday and the appointed wedding day approaches, Sebastian makes a rare appearance in London. His first meeting with Rosalind since childhood goes less than perfectly, but Sebastian has a compelling reason for honoring their marriage contract—a reason outlined in a document kept behind his workshop’s locked door.

After a quick wedding, the new couple relocates to Finley Park, where their acquaintanceship slowly blossoms into affection. But when Sebastian’s secretive work threatens their fledgling relationship and Rosalind’s life is placed in jeopardy, Sebastian finds himself forced to choose between the man he has pledged to help and the woman he has come to love.

My thoughts: It's a good thing that first impressions do not need to be the last impressions. Sebastian did not do himself any favors when he refused to let Rosalind enter his treehouse because she was a girl. This thoughtless, childhood act is one reason that Rosalind hopes that he will not come and honor the marriage contract their fathers put in place.

The first part of the book could be considered a series of blunders. The mistakes that they made had me enjoying their interactions. One characteristic that they share is the love of math. Rosalind is a numbers girl. She has a very sharp mind. Sebastian also uses math and science to create. Their love of the invention of the hot air balloon becomes a bonding thing for them.

I love the gentle pace of their romance. Little things draw them together. One of my favorites is that Sebastian is not above eating in the kitchen. He treats the cooks and his other servants with respect. He then shared the love with Rosalind. There are so many little things that highlight their character. I couldn't help but love to read about them.

There is a bit of suspense at the end of the book that will keep you reading frantically. This book is all that I love in a story. I couldn't give it a higher recommendation.

I received a complimentary copy. I also pre-ordered a copy for my kindle. I knew that I loved Sian Ann Bessey's books and that I would want my own copy.

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About the Author:  Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the U.S., where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today best selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.
Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Red Cicada by Gregg Luke #blogtour #suspense # giveaway


Red CicadaRed Cicada by Gregg Luke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Suspense

Book Description:  Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Baker knows the signs: the intense flashes of light and building pressure in her head herald yet another migraine. But this time, the unavoidable pain lands her in the hospital, where her unusual past raises more questions than answers. Her medical history is a complete mystery. Stranger still, her battery of tests reveals a shocking secret: Lana has a metal disk embedded in her skull—but she has no idea how it got there. Even more disturbing is the fact that the disk is etched with words—in Russian.

Lieutenant Lance Kipling has been tracking down information on a former marine he believes may have had ties to Cold War biological weapons. So when that man’s daughter turns up in a hospital with a metal disk in her skull, it does not go unnoticed. But Lance has competition for the information stored in Lana’s head—dangerous individuals with Soviet ties.

Together, Lance and Lana follow a trail of clues her father left, bits of information that reveal Lana’s past and paint a deadly picture of a weapon that has the potential to wreak havoc on the planet’s entire population.

My thoughts:  A note of caution, once you start this book you will not want to put it down. Be prepared to become irritable with interruptions and decide that sleep is overrated.

Gregg Luke amazes me with every one of his novels. They are books that you do not want to put down and are full of facts that make the story believable. (I really hope that none of the scenarios come true, ever.) Red Cicada fits in with all of his other books. Intense suspense, a few people are trying to save the world from evil, bad guys trying to kill the good guys, and a plot that holds your attention until you read the last word.

Lana suffers from migraines. A trip to the ER reveals that her life has hidden secrets. A metal disk is found inserted into her skull with Russian letters that translate into "Red Cicada". The google search quickly brings Lieutenant Kipling to the scene. He has been researching a cold case from the end of the USSR era. Lana may have the clues needed to crack the case. Unfortunately, the bad guys are also alerted and not far behind.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love the partnership of Lana and Lieutenant Kipling. They make a great team with the chemistry between them. Just when you think you know what is going on there's a plot twist that keeps you guessing until the end.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author Gregg Luke is a practicing pharmacist. He received his medical training at the University of Utah. He has been writing since he could put pen to paper. He enjoys medical thrillers and is one of the first to work this genre into the LDS market.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Danger Unknown by Kathi Oram Peterson #BookReview #Suspense


Danger UnknownDanger Unknown by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Suspense

Book Description:  The small desert town seemed like the perfect place to disappear—until Brooke Steward’s worst nightmare walks into the diner where she works. The man who murdered her husband has found her—again. Desperate to protect her young daughter, Brooke has no choice but to run for their lives.
Awakened by a haunting nightmare that has plagued him for years, Michael Calder is startled by a knock at the door of his remote Montana ranch. He is even more shocked when he finds a disheveled child on his steps, who silently leads him to her injured mother. In making the split-second decision to bring Brooke and her daughter into his home, Michael is unwittingly drawn with them into the path of danger. Someone is determined to silence Brooke, no matter the cost. In their quest for the truth, Brooke and Michael come to trust each other completely, their relationship deepening into something more. But even as the lines between friendship and love blur, the explosive secrets of the past are finally revealed. Now they must fight to survive or risk becoming the latest casualties in a deadly conspiracy. 

My thoughts:  Bring on the suspense! This book has many plot twists and moments that leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next?

Brook is a young mother who has taken her daughter and is on the run. Her husband was murdered and her daughter, Izzy, was a witness. There is a target on their backs.

Michael trains horses to help others with horse therapy. I loved learning about it, I know that there is a bond between a horse and its person, but I hadn't considered how they can help a wounded soul. His patience, mainly due to his PTSD, with Izzy as he helps her to compartmentalize her trauma was fantastic. Izzy and Brook couldn't have had an accident anywhere else other than this hero's property.

There are some other characters who play an important role in this story, some for the good and others for the bad. Each of them complements the main characters as they struggle to bring justice to the murderer and the man behind him.

I struggled to get through the middle part of the story, but it was well worth finishing. The conclusion is one that I wouldn't want to miss.

Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Author: Kathi Oram Peterson is the Whitney Award winning author of A STRANGER WATCHES (2020) and A FAMILIAR FEAR (2018).

Kathi's heart-pounding suspense novels make readers double check door locks and sleep with a flashlight. Her YA Time Travels bring readers to historical events as if they are there. Her novels have richly-drawn characters and plots that hook readers and make setting the book down nearly impossible.

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