Posted in Review, romance on November 28, 2012

The bride’s chasing her fairy tale. And he’s chasing the bride…

Not even the bride could deny a certain punch-line quality to her current situation: hard-nosed divorce attorney dumps her fiancé and her career to take a job selling wedding gowns.

Sydney Garfield has always approached relationships rationally—none of this emotional head-over-heels or opposites-attract business. Marrying Jack Kaiser is the smart thing to do—after all, he’ll be the “perfect” husband. But after a life-changing shake-up at work, Sydney abandons logic—and her fiancé—to chase the fairy tale.

Real-estate mogul Jack can’t believe the woman he’s head-over-heels for is ditching her hard-won success—and him—to work as a small-town shop clerk. That’s her idea of a fairy tale? Hoping she’s merely in need of time, Jack follows Sydney to Smizer Mill, where he invests in the quaint coffee shop next door. Now, he’s got a few new challenges: make a failing coffee shop a success and convince Sydney that theirs is a romance worthy of a true happily ever after.


Genre: Category – Contemporary
Length: 286 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62266-990-5
Release Date: October 2012
Imprint: Bliss

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Thoughts:

This book reminded me of The Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  I loved the interplay between Sydney and Jack and how even Ginnie (Sydney’s new boss at the wedding dress store) knew that they were right for each other.  It just took getting away from life (in a way) to figure that out.  When I first started reading this book, it seemed hard to get into the book…it might have been the time of day I started (at night) or my mood…but I’m glad I pressed on because I really enjoyed this book and the light-heartedness between the characters.

Overall I give the book 4 paws and do recommend it when you are in the mood for something light.

 

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Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2012

If you can’t wait until next week and a giveaway that I will be doing for a paperbook copy, Cupid’s Christmas is FREE today only for the Kindle.  Don’t have a Kindle?  You can download the app and read it on your computer, phone or tablet.  Just click on the book cover below to be directed to Amazon to get this book for FREE!!!

 

 

Synopsis:

From the Bestselling Author of Spare Change, comes a fun Christmas Romance, Cupid, the narrator of the story, is charged with making certain an older couple gets the love they’ve been waiting for and a young woman who’s far too attracted to handsome men with sexy eyes finds her perfect match. And, he has to make it happen by Christmas.

In a spot somewhere between Heaven and Earth, Cupid tries to maneuver around the complications that threaten to wreck this romance as he struggles to overcome the forces of lust, jealousy and the events brought on by his nemeses–Life Management. He matched John and Eleanor some thirty years ago, but Life Management stepped in and fouled things up. Now they’re both single and back together again. But before Cupid can give them the happiness they deserve, he’s got to come up with some magic, a few miracles and a dog for John’s daughter.

 

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Posted in Cover Reveal on November 26, 2012
Expected publication: December 18th 2012

SOMETHING DARKER (book one of the Inferii Dii)

The one thing Syrus Alcot, the God of Death Osiris in the Egyptian Pantheon, wants in all the worlds is the woman he loved and lost returned to him. When he gave up his powers, and freedom for a life of service he was promised her return. That was over one thousand years ago. A member of a team of dark gods charged with keeping humanity safe, he leads a loveless existence in New York City, searching for the one thing that could bring his wife back to him, a lapis scarab that was lost to him ages before.

Gwen Stapleton, a mild mannered librarian, is unaware that she holds the key to not only Syrus’ happiness, but her own. Seemingly stuck in a hopeless relationship with a man she doesn’t love, she has no idea that a chance meeting in Alphabet City will start a landslide to her heart’s content. Because Gwen is the keeper of the scarab, and is everything Syrus has ever wanted… and hes not the only one.

An Ancient evil is waking, and its servants will stop at nothing to see it seize its rightful place as the new pantheon of earth. And in order for Syrus and his team to save the world, Gwen is going to have to accept him, and show that love does make all the difference.

 

To learn more about authors Stella and Audra Price, visit their Website:

***VIRTUAL RELEASE PARTY NEWS***

On December 18th, SOMETHING DARKER will be available for purchase and to celebrate the release authors S.A. Price are giving away some AMAZING, out of this world prizes! TRUST ME, you DO NOT want to miss out!

What are they giving away?

Are you ready for this?

A registration to Authors After Dark (2013 or 2014 if you are already registered for
2013), a VIP package including VIP early seating and entry badge, and welcome
goodies from the hotel, a gift basket fulla goodies, backlist books, and
Breakfast with Stella and Audra on Tuesday morning.
Awesome right? We thought so.

To learn more about Authors After Dark visit www.authorsafterdark.org

And wait, it gets better!!!

There will be a second and third place winner!

SECOND PRIZE winner will win a Nook Touch.

THIRD PRIZE winner will win tons of signed swag.

There’s a little extra, too, but you will have to wait until December 18th to find out! 🙂

Mark your calendars… DECEMBER 18th!!!

Right now we’re kicking off an early celebration with a $20 Amazon/BN Gift Card – Winners choice.

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on November 26, 2012

Shoe Done It is the first in the Accessories Mystery series by author Grace Carroll aka Carol Culver.  This book was released in October 2011 but I just found out about this author.  Can’t wait to read the book!

Synopsis:

Rita Jewel has a dream job selling fabulous clothes and accessories to the socialites of San Francisco at Dolce’s Boutique. But when a pair of heels becomes a clue in a murder, Rita finds herself engaged in a high-end crime of fashion.

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Posted in Environmental, Review, Texas on November 23, 2012

A few weeks ago I went to an event called Readers & ‘Ritas which featured many authors, some I had heard of, some that I had not. While at breakfast before the event started, I met Alexandra Allred who happens to live in the DFW area (met a lot of authors that live in this area!). When I realized she was an author I asked her about her most recent novel. After she told me about her work I had to go and buy it because it sounded like a good read. Of course I had to have her sign it….can’t pass up that opportunity!

 

Bio (from her website) – While I met Alex in person at Readers & ‘Ritas, I had no idea everything she had accomplished in her life!  Wow! 

Alexandra Powe Allred graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in History, saying, “As everyone knows, once you get a degree in history, all you can really do is teach or write. I’m just doing what I can!”

As the daughter of a (now retired) U.S. Diplomat, Allred traveled all over the United States and around the world. Her writing career began before graduation with several pieces on bi-lingual education with national education publications. But the real stories began while living as a youth in Moscow, Russia. Under a communist regime, imagination and the ability to create stories was the very best way to beat boredom (and the freezing cold!).

As her career was taking off, Allred embraced her second passion — sports. She trained for and made the U.S. women’s bobsled team in 1994, becoming the first U.S. National Champion. She was named Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee and garnered much worldwide attention as she was also 4 1/2 months pregnant at the time! Her training regimen was (and is) used by the United States and International Olympic Committees for pregnant athletes. Following her retirement from the sport in 1998, Allred returned to the literary world with The Quiet Storm. While living in the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY, she was able to talk to Olympic and National athletes from all disciplines and share with sports enthusiasts. From there, her career was launched. She did adventure freelance writing for Sports Illustrated, Muscle & Fitness for Her, and Volvo magazines. She held a sports column, worked as an editor for NOW magazines outside Dallas, Texas and began working as a Clean Air advocate, often testifying before the EPA.

Today, she writes (mostly) fiction, teaches kinesiology classes for Navarro Community College while enjoying her family and animals in Texas.

Synopsis:

Everyone thought when and how Joanna Lucas decided to leave her husband was the most shocking thing they had ever seen, that is, until she moved. But when the outsider befriends a stripper-turned-Mormon, a one-legged woman who lost her appendage to a loose tiger and the outrageous Jeanie Archer, things really heat up. With such friends on her side, the underworld of polluting and big-dollar politics is finally exposed and that’s just the beginning.

Review:

Damaged Goods, while fiction, is based on a lot of true facts.  Think of it as Erin Brockovich comes to Texas!  Alex addresses the issues in a town south of Dallas that had cement plants which cause environmental issues which results in health issues for the residents of the town.

I have to say that while reading this book I tried to picture it in that town south of Dallas.  I’m not sure if my imagination did a good job of that, but hey that is in my head, which you are not!  The characters were multi-faceted and I found myself relating to some of the characters and appreciating the strength of the women who decided to stand up to the politicians.  There were also sad portions of the story (to be expected) that tugged at my heart.  Yes I know it is a story, but I felt like these characters were my neighbors (which they could be in a way).

All in all I give the story 4 paws.  The only negative is that when the author switched between characters and their point of view, it took me a few minutes to figure out whose viewpoint was now being expressed.

 

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Posted in Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, women on November 19, 2012

I’m excited to be part of this blog tour for Susan Speranza’s book, The Tale of Lucia Grandi, the Early Years

This novel recently made it to the Quarter final rounds in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Amazon reviewers called it great storytelling and the wrote that the prose “ flows with such beauty you are holding your breath to eagerly read each word!”


Synopsis:

When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells is an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving an irrational, warring suburban family during the 1950s and 60s. The narrative is told from Lucia’s perspective as the second child where she and her siblings are caught in the middle of a lifelong war between her mother, Ruth, an overbearing, unhappy homemaker, and her father, Leonard, a manipulative, sometimes violent New York City cop. Lucia is the silent, thoughtful eyewitness to her parents’ constant and sometimes life-threatening battle.
The story is told as a memoir; each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her siblings. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman, she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.
This timeless story of one woman’s courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it is powerfully and poignantly told.
Review:
I wasn’t sure what to think when I picked up this book, but I will tell you this…I’m wondering if there is going to be another book!  The story of Lucia’s life from birth to about 22 fascinated me.  She lived during the depression when she was younger and what her family went through just to survive.  Her story was one that could have been anyone’s story from that time frame and I think that is what drew me in…it could have been one of my grandparents or another family member.  I thought Susan wove the story well and it affected all of my emotions, from happiness to sadness and even anger at times.
Overall I give this book 4 paws and am hoping that the author is writing another book to follow this one to continue Lucia’s life because we definitely only get a taste of what her life was like!
The Giveaway (and there are 2 ways to win!):
If you would like an e-book copy you can enter the Rafflecopter Contest by clicking on the link below:

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I am also giving away the copy of the book I received to review.  This contest is open to US Residents only (sorry, book is too heavy for me to ship overseas!) and the contest will close on Sunday, November 25th.  Just fill out the form below for a chance to win.
Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on November 19, 2012

This week’s edition of Mystery Monday brings you the first book in the Amish Mystery series by author Laura Bradford.

 

 

Synopsis:

Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace – in Amish Country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania.  She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.  Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in teh shop.  So when the store’s former owner, the unlikeable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved.

Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly – and his Amish upbringing – as a teenager, is on the case.  But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him.  Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between.

As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors.  And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk….

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Posted in contest, Cover Reveal, Giveaway on November 16, 2012

Release: December 27th

Blurb:

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

 

My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs – a site I own with my best friend and uber special beta, Yvette.

 

 

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Posted in contest, Giveaway on November 15, 2012
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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on November 12, 2012

This weekend I attended Readers & ‘Ritas in Allen Texas sponsored by Fresh Fiction, Entangled Publishing, The Writer’s Coffeshop Publishing, Avon Romance and Mike’s Hard Lemonade (which sadly I couldn’t taste since I had to leave and it is not smart to drink and drive!).  I attended thanks to a sorority sister that won a ticket but couldn’t attend (thanks Alex!).  Part of the ticket was being able to sit with an author at lunch…ok so everyone could sit with an author but I was able to sit next to an author of my choosing.  Well I was excited to see that Melissa Bourbon Ramirezwas going to be there because she writes a fun cozy series called Magical Dressmaking Mysteries.  The first book in her series is called Pleating for Mercy and the second is A Fitting End.  I had read the first book but not the second, so was excited to receive a copy of the book…..it is one of the next books I read for sure!


Synopsis:

Former Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she’ll more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery…

Business is booming at Harlow’s custom dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with the presence of her great-grandmother’s ghost hanging around the shop. But thanks to the fast approaching Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, Harlow has her work cut out for her when Mrs. Zinnia James hires her to make her granddaughter’s pageant gown.

With the debutant ball getting the whole town of Bliss, Texas into a tizzy, Harlow knows her dress has to be perfect. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed to death with dressmaking shears, the new deputy thinks Harlow and Mrs. James conspired to commit the crime. Now Harlow has to finish the dress on time and clear her name before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit…

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