Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hutchins Creek Cache Book Review and Giveaway


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Paige MacKenzie heads to the town of Hutchins Creek, Colorado, to research Old West railroad history for The Manhattan Post, with plans to meet up with her favorite cowboy, Jake Norris.

When a mysterious coin from the 1920’s is discovered behind the Hutchins Creek Railroad Museum, Paige starts digging into four generations of Hutchins family history.

As legends of steam engines and coin mintage mingle, will Paige discover the true origin of the coin or will she find herself dangerously close to more than one long-hidden town secret?

My thoughts:

Paige MacKenzie, reporter extraordinaire, is at it again. This time she's writing a completely innocent story about railroad history and combining her work trip with a getaway with Jake, who is still trying to convince her to move to his ranch.

Sounds like it should be a cut a dry romance, right? Wrong! Of course Paige gets herself embroiled in a mystery. After all, when an old gold coin practically falls into your lap what else is there to do?

So Paige sets off on an adventure, trying to figure out where the coin came from and who in the small town of Hutchins Creek is hiding something major. The main difference between this and her prior escapades is that Jake is along for the ride (and to try to keep her safe).

Will she figure out the mystery of the coin before her time in Hutchins Creek is done? And will Jake finally convince her to settle down with him?

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"Can't say enough about this book! Wonderful! Deborah Garner is a wonderful writer! She makes you feel like you are right there with Paige and Jake. I loved the setting of Hutchins Creek and the characters were all great. I was on pins and needles and even shed a tear or two. I can't wait for more of this series!"  review from Goodreads


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"This book held my interest from start to finish. It was beautifully written with such great descriptions that I could picture the town and landscapes." - review of Above the Bridge

"Delightful . Loved the explorations into the old mines and the side love stories. Mist was a special person with exceptional insight." - review of The Moonglow Cafe

 "The author does a great job in vividly describing the resort, town and surrounding landscape, she makes you feel like you are actually there. She also has a gift for making her characters come to life." - review of Three Silver Doves
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About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

AT Dusk Book Review and Giveaway



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Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #5
AT Dusk

A little boy makes his first kill—and he likes it. He is cunning, charming, and without remorse.

He is a sociopath.

As boy turns to man, what lies inside takes root. He will make a mark on Boston unlike any other, and FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt must figure out how to stop him.

But when she and her close-knit team move in closer, the stakes become much higher as the case takes on a more personal tone. It’s a frantic race to stop a manipulative killer before his web of deceit and destruction escalates into a blood bath of haunting proportions.

My thoughts:

Mr. Mefford has knocked it out of the park once again! The newest Alex Troutt mystery has everything you expect from one of her stories. There's murder, suspense, a psychopath, and a touch of romance.

In this case, Alex is trying to solve a cold case and a current one at the same time. Are they connected? Or is it a coincidence or a copy cat?

While Alex is trying to solve these murders (with a new partner no less), she's again trying to juggle her family life, and is considering her relationship with her boyfriend. Should she continue with the young coworker or pay attention to the other man looking at her?

If you haven't read the Alex Troutt series yet I definitely recommend it. You can read this book without reading the rest of the series, but I'm warning you now that you'll go back and read the rest of them!

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"Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she's constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over." - Sonya N

"I simply love every single one of John Mefford's novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night." - Michele B

"Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping." - Tracy C
above reviews from the Alex Trout Series

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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Late for Fate Book Review and Giveaway


D.C. paralegal Jezebel Stone's tardiness often gets her in trouble, but this time it leads to meeting her dream man. Her choice of metro seats places her on track for finding love again. But when their ride ends in a fiery crash, their separation sends her on a mission of reuniting with him and finishing their fateful trip.

But instead, it entangles Jezebel in the twisted lives of those determined to destroy each other. This prickly path also holds the potential of leading Jezebel to an unlikely place of joy. Finding joy seems impossible when life is literally exploding all around her.

My thoughts:

Jezebel is perpetually running late, and she's rushing onto the Metro on a typical day. Suddenly the train crashes and her life is changed forever. While Jezebel thinks she is finding love, she's being tossed into a massive marital fight, legal trouble and scandals.

Late for Fate is well written, and the story is heart breaking and fun all at the same time. I love the way that Ms. Jones changes who is telling the story for each chapter. Seeing the story through other character's eyes makes it so much more interesting.

I love Jezebel! She is so much like friends of mine that she makes me laugh. However, I really disliked most of the rest of the main characters. I know that it was the group of personalities that was necessary for the book, but I really really did not want certain characters to have a happy ending! Ms. Jones' ability to make characters that I disliked that much definitely shows what an amazing author she is.

LATE FOR FATE won Best First Chapter from WRITERS' TYPE

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"Jones is a gifted author with a talent for sharp, fast-paced prose that keeps the pages turning. Late for Fate moves at a thrilling pace. It's studded with sharp-edged, witty dialogue and quirky characters that stuck with me long after reading. Jones' knack for creating stories that feel familiar but are unique in voice and plot make every read (including Late for Fate!) a great one.
 ~Kathleen Shoop, best-selling author of the Letter Series and After the Fog 

"Ms. Jones has perfectly captured how one moment in time can change a life for both good and bad. Excellent story with well written characters and a terrific (sometimes terrifying) theme. A great read. Highly recommended." - Amazon Review

"Lori has shown an extremely deft touch. I enjoyed the entire reading experience in second attempt at authoring. I enjoyed the characters, the quick pacing, the brushes with fate, the witty banter and the slick manner in which Lori handles the alternating points of view."
-  James J. Robinson,Jr.

"Scene-stealing Nicole had me laughing out loud. From the opener, I was hooked." 
-  Carolyn Menke 


About the Author
Lori M. Jones is an award-winning author of women's & children's fiction. Her first children's book, RILEY'S HEART MACHINE, was released in 2012 through Guardian Angel Publishing and her second children's book, CONFETTI THE CROC, in 2014. Her debut novel, RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in 2014 and recently was awarded the SILVER medal by READERS' FAVORITES in women's fiction. Her second novel, LATE FOR FATE, is forthcoming June 1st through Wild Rose Press.

Lori is a mother of two young daughters. Her youngest daughter's heart defect was the inspiration behind Riley's Heart Machine. Lori is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Children's Heart Foundation and the president of Pennsylvania Chapter. She was awarded the Community Quarterback Award by the Philadelphia Eagles for her work with the Children's Heart Foundation. Lori travels to schools and libraries delivering assemblies on writing stories from the heart. She is also on the writing team at North Way Christian Community Church. When Lori is not writing or spreading awareness for Congenital Heart Defects, she can be found cheering on her beloved Pittsburgh sports teams and participating in 5Ks.

Lori holds a bachelor's degree in communication and journalism from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a paralegal certificate from Duquesne University. She is a former Washington D.C. paralegal and now resides in her hometown of Pittsburgh with her family.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chased by Love Book Review and Giveaway

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Chased by Love, Love in Bloom: The Ryders #3

Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don't. When she's awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America's hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she's beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft--but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he's just another rocker with a great PR team.

Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker's private world. He's coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he's not likely to change--until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.

Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet--Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they're trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?

*** THE RYDERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series (The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons, & Seaside Summers)

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My thoughts:

Trish Ryder is a squeaky clean, hardworking actress who is excited by the prospect of working with rock star Boone Stryker on a script that could launch her career to new heights and win her an Oscar.

However, Boone misses meetings, freezes up on camera and is surrounded by partying groupies. Trish is watching her future slip through her fingers and Boone is hiding his past. In a last-ditch effort to salvage the movie the director sends them away together to the middle of nowhere for 10 days.

They have 10 days to get it together, get Boone's acting up to par, and to see if the spark between them can become a flame. But Trish's digging into Boone is hurting both of them. Can they survive these days and make a movie? And will the spark survive?

I really enjoyed this book, as always for Melissa Foster's books. Then tension and spark between these two was amazing, and the writing was so well developed that I could picture the scenes in my mind without trying. It was also very nice to see more of the Ryder family and watch them interact with their little sister. I can't wait for more!

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"You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" ―New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

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YOU FELL IN love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in SEIZED BY LOVE, the first book in the Ryder series.

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended—Blue is not about to give up trying. 

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. 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 World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe or her personal website.Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Spring Fling Kitty Book Review and Giveaway


Heartbreaker Connor Hart, one of the youngest fire chiefs in the country, is planning on marrying Dr. Elaine Woo, a woman who pretended to cheat on him with his best friend many years ago. She bought him a Dalmatian puppy, he gave her a ring—and the women of San Francisco are about to lose their most eligible bachelor.

Artist and poet Nadine Woo is down on her luck. The cast-off half-sister of Dr. Elaine Woo, she doesn’t measure up, according to her strict and distant father. When Nadine and her mother are about to be evicted from their apartment, she gets an interesting offer from her sister. Seems she’s in need of a little help concerning her relationship with Fire Chief Connor Hart.

As soon as Nadine meets Connor, she knows she’s in for a rough ride. Connor is the fireman who rescued her and her little gray kitten, and she’s never forgotten how safe she felt in his arms.

When Nadine takes her sister’s place at a spring fling weekend with Connor, love ignites, and there’s no going back.

Can a spunky little kitty show Connor and Nadine that doing the wrong thing is sometimes right, especially when it comes to love?

My thoughts:

This is the first of the Have a Hart series that I've read, but I can tell you that it won't be the last!

Connor Hart is engaged to a woman who everyone in his family dislikes. To top it off, she's spent their relationship manipulating and lying to him. Meanwhile, Connor rescued a wonderful woman and her kitten from a tree, and they can't stop thinking about each other.

As Connor and Nadine get to know each other better he realizes that he's made a huge mistake waiting for Elaine all this time.

This is where a "typical" sweet romance would end. However, Rachelle Ayala is so much more than a typical writer! This couple encounters danger, mysteries and heartache. Can they survive what life is throwing out them and come out with their relationship (and their pets) unscathed?

Spring Fling Kitty is Book #3 of the Have A Hart Romance Series. It can be read standalone, although characters from the previous books appear here in supporting roles.
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Valentine Hound Dog, Book #2 
Spring Fling Kitty, Book #3

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"Beautiful romance with a touch of suspense, great combination!” - Amazon review

"A beautiful, heartfelt story. Love saw. Love came. Love conquered. I truly recommended everyone to read this book."  Amazon review

About heroine Nadine Woo - "A free spirit is a gift in my eyes. It's what makes her beautiful. It's what makes Connor love her. It's what brings life to this story." - Corissa Palfrey

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Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

His Secret Life Book Review and Giveaway

Gay men don’t fall in love with women. Do they?

Philip is a gay man working for a conservative corporation. After his recent promotion, he needs a date for a company function and asks his sister’s new roommate, Emily.

Emily is an actress, waiting tables while starring in local plays and hoping for her big break. She agrees to be Philip’s date for the party, and soon they are attending one event after another together.

Philip and Emily click on many levels. Lines blur as the people they pretend to be start feeling like the people they are, causing a rift with Philip’s boyfriend Jason.

When Philip no longer works for the company, he doesn’t need Emily to play the role of his girlfriend anymore, but to his surprise, he can’t let her go.

My thoughts:

Philip asks Emily to help him pretend to be straight for his job, which Philip's boyfriend Jason does not appreciate one bit. Emily and Philip are actually perfectly suited for each other, they like the same movies, have great conversations, and are happy together. The only problem is that Philip is gay and in a relationship.

As their friendship furthers this problem becomes massive and tears them apart. But can they get past it?

I love the characters in this book. Philip makes me want to shake some sense into him, but I understand where he's coming from. Even the side characters are fleshed out enough that you feel like you know them.

However, there is one big drawback to me, and that is the ending. I feel like it was way too abrupt and didn't give me the closure that I'm used to with a book. I understand the reasoning behind it in this story, but it wasn't my thing.

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"A powerful story that reveals the complexity of the human heart." ~ NYT Bestselling author Russell Blake 

 "His Secret Life proves love defies labels. It can transcend age, race, and gender." ~ Amazon Bestselling author Deborah Brown 

 "An unconventional romance. Our book club enjoyed discussing their complicated relationship." ~ reader J. Nelson

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Kim Cano is the author of four women's fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, On The Inside, Eighty and Out, and His Secret Life. Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

Visit Kim's website and get a FREE copy of The Rescue. A novelette about a dog that cheated death and transformed a woman's life: http://kimcano.com

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