Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Whole Latte Love Book Review and Tour



Investment banking intern Carina Chen doesn’t need any distractions—especially the sexy, guitar-playing barista she rooms with for the summer.

Free spirit Dylan Jewell appreciates the delightful universe of women who vie for his attention. His goal in life is to do good, make happy coffee, and help the homeless.

When Carina moves in, she insists on rules of conduct to quell her instant attraction to Dylan. But when her boss asks her to turn Dylan into a businessman, she can’t think of a reason not to take advantage of his hospitality.

Their chemistry is white hot, but Dylan refuses to play Carina’s game, unable to understand how he can fall in love with a woman who puts profits in front of people. When Carina realizes Dylan isn’t budging, she risks all to gain a single night with him. Will her gambit backfire or will Dylan discover Carina’s true heart before she runs away with his?

Set in Berkeley, California, Whole Latte Love is an opposites-attract romance mixing bluesy rock music, hot, steamy love scenes, and financial shenanigans.

Steamy love scenes and language. Suitable for readers 18+.

My thoughts:

This book is a steamy example of what a great romance can be! I have to admit, at multiple times I was annoyed at both main characters and the way they were sabatoging each other and their relationship. Their game playing got a bit out of hand.

But watching them open up and grow was so much fun! Carina really started out as a very traditional Asian daughter, but grew to make her own choices and control her life. Dylan comes across as your typical barista/musician, but grows into someone who everyone can be proud of.

Definitely a great read, and a neat look at the different sides of Berkeley!

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About the Author
Rachelle Ayala is the author of dramatic fiction crossing genres and boundaries featuring strong but flawed characters. She writes emotionally challenging stories and is not afraid of controversial topics. However, she is an optimist and laces her stories with romance and hope.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chasing Charlie Book Review and Giveaway




Raised in a family of rodeo champions on a South Texas cattle ranch, Charlie wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys.

Davis Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas's most eligible bachelors, needs a pretty and witty faux fiancée so his widowed mother will marry her longtime gentleman friend.

Charlie, his local librarian, seems the prefect choice.

Charlie's first reaction is to run, but she's promised herself to step out of her plain-jane routine.

When Charlie accepts, Davis's plan is set. But now Charlie's sweet ways are challenging his bachelor heart.

“Heartwarming, fast paced, laugh out loud fun.” ~ Susan Fox, Best-selling author

“Chasing Charlie will chase away the blues with a red dress, a real love, and a whole lot of fun!” ~ Christie Ridgway, Best-selling author

“Funny, sweet, poignant…best feel-good book I’ve read all year.” ~ Trish Jensen, USA TODAY Best-selling author

"A once innocent plan becomes an entangled romance . Funny and sweet. A most entertaining combination." ~ Carol Bozovich, Rendevzous Magazine

My thoughts:

This book is a wonderfully light, quick, and satisfying read. Charlie is a sweet librarian who is stuck in a rut and trying to spice up her life (but only a little). Davis has his heart and mind set on being a cowboy instead of a successful businessman, but first he wants to see his mom happily married to the man of her dreams. But she won't marry until Davis is settled. 

When Davis approaches Charlie to be his fake fiancé for one night, the ball starts rolling, and hilarity (and romance) ensues. But can they work out their differences?

This is a perfect summer read, light, fresh and fun. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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THE TEXAS TWO-STEP, in series order 
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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kathy Carmichael resides on the west coast of Florida with her Scottish husband, two not-so-wee sons, three cats, a part-time dog, and a huge collection of dust bunnies.

Kathy writes award-winning romantic comedies and humorous mysteries. Her Texas Two-Step romance series is a reader favorite. Kathy's romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named by the American Library Association's BOOKLIST magazine as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009.

In addition to her novels, she’s sold short stories and wrote a bi-monthly column on the business of writing for a national writing trade magazine. Kathy is also a contest judge for Writers Digest. She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, Novelists Inc., the Florida chapter of MWA, is the published author liaison of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and is an active member and past national board member of the Romance Writers of America.

Kathy loves hearing from readers.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

$500 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Amy over at This Mamas Life recently had a new little one and Kinsight.com is helping us Celebrate! One lucky reader will win an Amazon.com Gift Card

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Yefon: The Red Necklace Book Review and Giveaway


A powerful, emotional tale of ambition and courage by Cameroonian-born Sahndra Fon Dufe, the Common Wealth of Nations recognized author of 'Dear momma'. (2004)

Yefon: The RedNecklace (YRN) is the first book of the YEFON trilogy series. It will have you wrapped up with emotions you didn’t know you had!

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different.

During the 1950's, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death.  Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things.

When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. Yefon walks a dangerous path that could lead to her freedom…or her death.

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5% from the sales of EACH copy of YEFON hardcover novel is going to one of the following charities: LOURDES COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
BUI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS ( MamaVerla Project)
WORLD LITERARY CRUSCADE
TERRERAI TRENT's TINOGONA FOUNDATION (http://www.tinogona.org/)

My thoughts:

This book is a wonderful way to introduce you to daily life in Cameroon! I loved reading about how the families interacted, how the planting was handled, and all the minutiae that fleshed out the story and made it real to me. Sahndra Fon Dufe has an excellent way of storytelling, showing you positives and negatives about each character and making you love them.

Yefon's story is both the same and different from other girls her age, as she struggles against society's plans for her and what she wants to do with her life.

The main downside for me is the ending. I know it's part of a trilogy but the abruptness of the ending threw me off (although it's making me wait for the next book, so I guess that works!)

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Actress/ Writer/ Producer/ Humanitarian/ CEO

Cameroonian-born author, actress, humanitarian and business mogul Sahndra Fon Dufe is the young CEO of African Pictures International, and the co-founder of Gifted Minds Africa Foundation. 

She works at exposing the history, culture, and truth about Africa, women and the spirit within. The remarkable actress has been featured in numerous feature films, and commercials, and presently lives in Los Angeles with her hunk of a man, a closet full of shoes and too many vintage clothes. 

Sahndra spends her spare time perfecting her craft and soul-searching, on a journey to regain wholeness and cure the spirit. She also hunts for Egyptian artifacts, pieces which have captivated her imagination since childhood.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Last Letter Book Review and Giveaway


A Father’s Deceit
A Husband’s Betrayal
A Loved One’s Death
A Mother’s Choice
A Daughter’s Resentment
A Time to Forgive

For every daughter who thinks she knows her mother’s story…

Katherine wouldn’t have believed it if she hadn’t found the last letter…

Katherine Arthur’s dying mother arrives on her doorstep, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. For Jeanie’s husband Frank it had been a world of opportunity. Dreaming, lazy Frank. But, it was a society of uncertainty — a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death.

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. Now, seventeen years later, Katherine has found the truth — she has discovered the last letter. After years of anger, can Katherine find it in her heart to understand why her mother made the decisions that changed them all? Can she forgive and finally begin to heal before it’s too late?

My thoughts:

This book is one of my new favorites! First off, it reminds me so much of Little House on the Prairie (which was a favorite of mine in my youth), but it's from the mom's perspective and the mom does NOT want to be there. She's struggling to keep her family alive and sane on the prairie, with all of the horrific problems that come with it. It's definitely a new perspective on stories that I've read before!

This book is split up into two stories, the past (on the prairie, when Katherine was young), and Katherine's present (when her mom is dying in her guest room). It bounces between the two stories, giving you hints of why Katherine felt so betrayed and why Jeanie made the choices that she did.

It's an emotional read that says so much about families, especially families in extreme circumstances. If you have any interest in this story go buy it now! You won't be sorry. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's debut novel, The Last Letter was garnered multiple awards in 2011.  Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One). Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love, will be released in May, 2014. Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are nearly complete and should be released by fall, 2014.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Baby Box Co Giveaway

There are many emotions that come with expecting a child. One is normally nervous about finances along with the admiration and love of the new life that will be joining your family. When I was pregnant my Grandmother told me about the Finnish tradition of a box from the government that included all the basic essentials.

The best part? The box also doubled as the child's first bed! Each Mother to be received a box from the government. I was beyond myself when I found out there is a company in the USA that now offers these types of gifts/boxes for new babies and parents to be to order for themselves or gifts. The Baby Box Co. is so kindly is sponsoring this amazing giveaway, for one lucky winner to read their Classic Box valued at $99.99! Shipping is normally almost $50 but this is waived for the winner as well!




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