Posted in 3 1/2 paws, humor, Review, romance on August 4, 2013

emily ronda romance

Synopsis:

When Emily is rudely woken from a blissful dream on a beautiful beach with her lover, and told she’s on air with her local radio station diskjockeys, she does what any normal woman would do. She fakes it, and pretends she was already awake.

The competition to win an engagement ring has been drawn, but Emily won second prize. Squeee! She’s won a Valentine weekend in Spain with her boyfriend, Brian, and a limo will be there soon to whisk her off to the airport.

The story begins in not-so-sunny England, and quickly moves to Spain. Emily and Brian meet a sexist expat driver, and then endure two days of comedies of errors discovering Ronda and the white villages of Andalucia.

Emily tortures herself over-analysing every word Brian says, watching his every move for any hint Brian really wants to propose to her. After all, why wouldn’t he want to marry her? She’s perfect for him, isn’t she?

Emily and Brian make the discovery that could make or break their relationship. Neither is happy with the way things are. Over three days, they are thrown out of their comfort zone. Emily learns to assert herself as she struggles to save their relationship, often with humorous consequences for Brian.

In the end, Emily discovers she is more than others think of her, and hatches a plot to start a new career as a fashion blogger, with Brian her faithful sidekick. Now all she needs to do is convince Brian that’s what he wants too.

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Posted in contest, Giveaway, New Adult, romance, Spotlight on August 1, 2013

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Title: Sweet Thing

Author: Renee Carlino

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Age Group:  New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

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Sweet Thing is on sale for $2.99 from July 24th to August 2nd

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Synopsis:

A USA TODAY bestseller, Sweet Thing tells the story of Mia Kelly, a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old café, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician.

Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker.

A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go.

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What reviewers are saying about Sweet Thing. . .

Maryse’s Book Blog – “It gave me every emotion and in just the right amount. My perfect read. . . 5 stars PLUS!!!!”

Jelena’s Book Blog – “Her writing style is so fresh, the tone, the dialogue, the plot, the characters…. everything… just everything was marvelous she is definitely an author to watch out for.”

A Love Affair With Books – “If you are looking for a new author, a new read or might want a bit of a cry, I highly recommend SWEET THING”

Book Addicts – “This book made me FEEL; it made me yearn for a happily ever after.”

The SUBCLUB Books – “I was hooked and hanging on every word from the Prologue all the way to the Epilogue, I had a hard time steering my eyes away from the story it had a fierce grasp on me and I happily obliged to ride the journey alongside the characters.”

Shh Moms Reading – “This is 5 HUGE stars ~ a soul searing beautifully written book that now owns a piece of my heart.”

Excerpt:

Rushing onto the plane, I looked down the aisle and spotted my seat right away. And then I saw her. I saw her…

She appeared to be sleeping; she had ear buds in and a travel pillow around her neck. Right before I approached, she glanced up at me and that’s when I blurted out, “Hey!” I paused, searching for words as I stared directly into her eyes, her really gorgeous eyes, the kind you just want to dive into and swim around in. “Do you want the window seat? It’s all yours if you do.”

She scowled. “Huh? Uh, no thanks.”

I think I pissed her off. Man, this girl was cute, pretty, no… beautiful. She had a bunch of silky, dark hair wrapped in a bun on top of her head. I never get nervous around women, but in that moment I was more nervous than I had been in my entire life.

“I’m a terrible flier,” I told her. “Please, I need to be in the aisle. I’m sorry, do you mind? I’m Will, by the way…”

She stood abruptly and grabbed her things. Without making eye contact, she stuck her hand up and mumbled, “Yeah, fine, you can sit there. I’m Mia.”

Rearranging the overhead compartment, I startled her when I threw her bag on my seat. She looked up at me. Man, those eyes.

“Sorry, baby, I’ve got to make room for her.” She shrugged and pretended to ignore me, but seconds later I caught her staring at me out of the corner of her eye. I was totally getting to her.

I plopped down in my seat, looked over at her, and smiled. My eyes were immediately drawn to her blushing mouth with its naturally pink, pudgy little bottom lip. I wanted to suck on that lip.

“Why didn’t you request an aisle seat?”

“Well, you see, sweetheart, I like to be right behind the emergency exit. I’ll hop over this seat, jump out the door, and be down that super slide in a split second.”

“Then why not request the exit aisle?”

“I am not the person for that job, trust me.”

“Damn, chivalry is dead. It doesn’t matter anyway; our lives are in the hands of these hopefully sober pilots and this nine-hundred-thousand-pound hunk of metal, so…”

“Can we stop talking about this? I don’t think you understand.” I didn’t want to shut her down, the banter was refreshing. Plus, I love girls with brains and a backbone, but my nerves were getting to me. I took out the rosary I’d bought in the gift shop started to peel the price tag off it. She continued needling me with her melodic little voice. It was hard to concentrate on what she was saying because I was mesmerized by her, completely enchanted by the way she smelled, her eyes, and man, those lips.

After chuckling at another one of her digs, I finally turned toward her and whispered, “Hey, little firecracker, you like taunting me, don’t you?”

About the Author

Renee CarlinoRenee’s first friends were the imaginary kind and even though her characters haven’t gone away, thankfully the delusions have. She admits she’s a wildly hopeless romantic and she blames 80’s movies staring Molly Ringwald for that. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on the next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, mystery, Review, romance, Romantic Suspense on July 30, 2013

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Review:

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for a good mystery….well the first two books in this series (because I see a third is in the works) intrigued me and left me wondering who did what and why!  All good elements of a mystery novel.  The first book, Harbour Falls sets the scene for Maddy and Adam, former classmates that have always had an interest in each other.  While Maddy was away becoming a famous author, Adam has been making his way in the computer industry.  During those years he was set to marry Chelsea, not because he loved her but because of blackmail.  However, she disappeared the day before their wedding and Adam was the prime suspect at the time.  Maddy writes mystery novels and wants to try her hand at a true crime book, but she didn’t count on reuniting with Adam and falling in love.  Maddy discovers during her research that not was all as it seemed and perhaps the police didn’t quite do their job.  There were a lot of twists and turns in the first book, Harbour Falls and I have started Willow Point and this one is going to be just as fascinating!

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Synopsis:

Best-selling author Maddy Fitch, researching material for a new novel, returns to her hometown of Harbour Falls to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the tiny Maine coastal town for the past four years. Maddy soon discovers that the case has gone cold, but the prime suspect, Adam Ward, is hotter than ever. Now living on an isolated island, Maddy takes up residence near the sexy Mr. Ward’s home. As she begins to seek out answers, the mystery deepens, putting Maddy in jeopardy.
Lies, secrets, deceptions. Nothing is ever what it seems in Harbour Falls.

A steamy novel that immerses the reader in an intricate storyline that will keep them glued till the very last page.

First in a series. Romance/Mystery genre.

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Synopsis:

With the Harbour Falls Mystery solved, author Maddy Fitch hopes secrets and lies are behind her. But a cryptic letter from her former best friend would seem to indicate otherwise. Is the man Maddy fell in love with while solving the Harbour Falls Mystery, the gorgeous and rich Adam Ward, keeping a damning and potentially dangerous secret from her? Only the writer of the letter, Ami Hensley, knows for sure. But Maddy is hesitant to confront her, since the last time they saw one another Ami tried to kill her.
But if Maddy wants answers–ones that could potentially save Adam–then she must face her fears and visit her former friend. Unfortunately for Maddy, Ami is currently locked up in the creepiest place in Maine, an old gothic structure that houses the criminally insane, known simply as Willow Point.

Will this new mystery tear Maddy and Adam apart?

Who else is in on Adam’s secret?

And will Maddy find the answers before it’s too late?

Another heart-stopping page turner from the author of Harbour Falls. Willow Point promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

2nd in A Harbour Falls Mystery series. Romance/Mystery genres

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About the Author:

sr grey S.R. Grey is the author of Harbour Falls and Willow Point, first and second books in the A Harbour Falls Mystery series. She resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, as well as an MBA from Duquesne University. Ms. Grey is currently working on a New Adult novel (title not yet determined) due out in the fall of 2013. And she is starting on Wickingham Way, the third novel in A Harbour Falls Mystery series.  Other interests include reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams.

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Posted in 4 paws, Review, romance on July 28, 2013

pink slips

Synopsis:

Brooke Hart was beautiful, smart, and groomed from birth to deal with adversity.

Her widowed father did his best to raise his baby girl to be a strong-minded business woman. Then she found Tanner. Just when her world seemed perfect, everything turned upside down.
Following Tanner’s tragic death, Brooke joins a start-up company that is developing a cure for the disease that killed the love of her life. Just before the treatment is ready to market, the company is gobbled up by a giant conglomerate. She moves to the acquiring company as its youngest VP and becomes enamored with CEO Chase Allman—only to be betrayed by him.

Brooke rebounds again and sets out on a personal journey to discover what will truly make her happy. Sparks fly when she and Chase cross paths again in an unlikely way. Now, they need each other to find an abducted child and save thousands of people.

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Amazon has the book for the bargain price of $2.99 (or borrow for free if you have a Prime account).  This book isn’t available on the Nook but his other two books are – The Bliss List and Bliss List Journal.

Review:

I thought it would be interesting to see how a guy would write a romance novel that would appeal to women.  I have to give him 4 paws for writing a witty story that while at times seemed more masculine, was filled with what you find in a normal relationship….miscommunication and misunderstandings!  I also found Brooke’s story to be very well written and her grief for her husband was very realistic.  Chase is a strong character but also has some secrets in his past that add to those misunderstandings!  But Brooke learning to live and love again was well timed.

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About the Author:

J.P. Hansen is an award-winning, bestselling author of three books, a professional speaker and life coach. In addition, he is CEO of an executive search company, and for the past twenty years, he has helped thousands of people find their dream jobs. A self-made millionaire at a young age, prior to founding his own business, he was the youngest vice president of sales & marketing at a Fortune 30 company (ConAgra). Previously, he successfully ascended the corporate ladders at blue-chip companies Nestle, SC Johnson Wax, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He graduated from Boston College with a BA in English and an area of concentration in Economics.

His first two books, “The Bliss List: The Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond!” and “The Bliss List Journal” have garnered four awards (two international), including:

* ForeWord Book of the Year medal winner
* Next Generation CAREER Book OF THE YEAR Award winner
* Indie Excellence Award National Finalist

His latest book, “Pink Slips and Glass Slippers,” became the #2 most downloaded book in the world (Amazon) within its first week and continues at or near the top in most rankings.  J.P. has appeared live as a career expert, reaching over 15,000,000 people through print, radio, and TV interviews on the following (can be seen/read at his website)

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Posted in fiction, romance, Spotlight on July 23, 2013

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Book Title: The Light in the Wound

Author: Christine Brae

Genre: Contemporary Romance Fiction

Release date: July 23, 2013

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Book Summary:

Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.

When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.

Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.

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“Thank you, baby,” he whispered, as he reached across the table to take my hand. We were dining at our favorite restaurant one night after a late meeting.

“For what?” I lovingly rubbed my thumb on his wrist.

“For being here with me.”

I was so engrossed in the conversation going on behind me that I didn’t respond.

“What?” He chuckled as he caught me smiling at him from across the booth.

“Nothing. These women right behind me are talking about you. The one facing you is gushing,” I whispered, amused.

This had become an acceptable fact of dating Alex. Even before you saw his face, there was no use hiding his body under anything he wore. His clothes just hung on him so perfectly, like a runway model. That night, he wore a white casual button down shirt over low-slung distressed jeans that had the perfect flair to match his canvas designer sneakers. His short hair showcased his perfect jaw, his full lips, his round blue eyes. His clean cut look was tempered by the stubble that lined his jaw and his chin.

“Come sit by me, please. You feel so far away.” His eyes were dancing like little blue lights on a Christmas tree. I stood up, walked around and slid into the booth with him. It was like he gave me his consent to claim my territory. He leaned against me, closing the gap between us as his mouth skimmed my earlobe.

“Much better,” he  murmured. “You know, I don’t care about anyone else but you.”

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About the Author:

I love to read, write about reading, shop, write about shopping, three day weekends, high heels and purses. I’m a wife, a mother, a corporate executive, a loyal friend and a passionate believer in true love. This is all you need to know about me. If you get my stories, you get my heart.
 
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Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, New Adult, Review, romance on July 17, 2013

 

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Title: Romancing the Bookworm

Author: Kate Evangelista     

Release date: July 9, 2013

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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Book Description:

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It’s spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she’s wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick’s Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational’s organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he’s concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he’s convinced it’s a risk worth taking. What he hasn’t planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

Review:

This was such a fun read!  Tamara is a self-proclaimed bookworm (reading up to 3 books per day!  boy wish I had that kind of time) but life is passing her by because she can’t see past the pages in the book because of a trauma when she was younger.  However, she goes on Spring Break with her roommate Ronnie and is treated to a whole new world that has her realizing that maybe all this time spent wrapped in books isn’t such a good thing.  Of course this is all a set up by Xavier because he wanted to get to know her and previous efforts weren’t working.

I liked how the story went back and forth between Tamara and Xavier’s view points.  You could see how she was feeling and what she was thinking in different situations.  The same goes for Xavier.  Plus I think it also gives the reader more of an insight into the characters.  I also liked that Tamara is a curvy female and a size 14.  Not all women are thin but they do find love no matter their body size.

We give this 4 paws and if you are looking for a good beach read, pick this book up!  Doesn’t hurt that they spend lots of time on a beach because of a surfing invitational!

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About the Author:

Kate Evangelista

 

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. Ms. Evangelista lives in the Philippines.

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Posted in Book Blast, contest, Giveaway, romance, Spotlight on July 10, 2013

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Synopsis:

Sometimes dreams are where you least expect them.

Connor O’Malley and Becca Sanders were once high school sweethearts, ripped apart by rumors in the small town of Kortville, Illinois. Connor left to join the military, and Becca stayed, waiting for her younger brother to graduate so she could live her dreams of traveling the world. But now that Connor’s back as the town sheriff, Becca finds herself struggling to resist the too-handsome man who once broke her heart.

Connor loves Kortville—its quaintness keeps at bay the painful memories of Afghanistan he’s sure make him unworthy of any woman, particularly the beautiful brunette he’s always secretly dreamed of a future with. But when a scandal rocks the town, suddenly Connor and Becca must trust in each other if they want to weather this storm…and come out on the other side of it together.

 

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About the Author, Sara Daniel:

I write what I love—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. On the personal side, I’m a frazzled maid, chauffeur, and slave to my children. I was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. (The children’s book The Bravest Squirrel Ever by my alter-ego Sara Shafer is the squirrel’s fictionalized version of that experience!) I’m crazy about country music and the drama of NASCAR. And I have my very own happily-ever-after romance with my hero husband.

Feel free to email me for the latest updates on my books and writing projects or to debate the best race car drivers!

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Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Blog tour, humor, Review, romance on July 8, 2013

sweptupby the sea

Synopsis:

Determined to seek his fortune, Percival Taylor leaves behind his sleepy hometown and sets out to become a legendary pirate—only no one at the roguish seaport of Blackshore will allow him any- where near a ship!

Percival must find other means to win the heart of the beautiful Tuppence Magrathia-Paddock, who has mistaken him for a pirate rogue out of one of her romantic tales. She is entirely willing to swoon into his arms if he can prove his buccaneer soul—and she is willing to arrange her own kidnapping to prove it.

Percival eventually finds himself captain of a broken-down ship, complete with a crew of pirates who make their living selling fake treasure maps, a jilted fiancee, a reclusive Master Shipwright, and an old professor with a secret that could kill them all. It’s Pirates of Penzance meets Princess Bride as this motley group of characters sets sail for treasure and romance.

Review:

I have to agree 100% with the comment above that it is the Pirates of Penzance meet Princess Bride!  This isn’t your boring historical romance novel, there is a lot of humor with a little bit of fantasy thrown into the mix.  There is a great cast of characters, each with their own issues that managed to get resolved by the end of the book.  I don’t want to say too much and spoil the book but I don’t think you would be disappointed if you picked up this book to read.

We give it 4 1/2 paws, I think these authors have a hit on their hands.

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About the Authors:

hickmanTracy and Laura Hickman have been collaborating on fantastic works of fiction since their marriage in 1977. Together, Tracy and Laura have written role-playing games, screenplays, and works of fiction, including their first co-authored novel in 2004.

Tracy Hickman is a New York Times best-selling fantasy author who has published more than 40 novels, many of them co-authored with Margaret Weis. He published the first of his solo novels in 1995.

Laura Hickman is credited as the first female designer of a published role-playing game module. Tracy and Laura wrote and edited the first science fiction move filmed in space, and a copy of their DNA is currently in orbit on the International Space Station. They are the parents of four children and live in Utah.

 

 

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Posted in 4 1/2 paws, Review, romance on July 7, 2013

if the shoe fits

Synopsis:

Julianne used to believe in fairy tales; she’s been watching for Prince Charming to come charging in on his white steed ever since the day her mother read her Cinderella for the first time. But she’s never come close to finding the perfect man-instead she’s always tripping over her childhood best friend, Will. And who finds their Prince Charming on a 10-speed bicycle on the other side of the cul de sac? Well… Julianne does. Only she doesn’t have a clue.

She and Will are attorneys now, and they’ve joined up in private practice in a beautiful Cincinnati office building that overlooks the Ohio River. And then one day Julianne is on her way to court, and runs right smack dab into Prince Charming. But when she looks again, all she finds is a metaphoric sign she is certain came straight from Heaven: The Prince’s toolbox has fallen off the back of his truck, and a work boot along with it. What better way for God to grab the attention of a Cinderella-in-training than to show her a glass slipper…errrr, work boot?…waiting to be reunited with its owner?

So she sets out to track down the mysterious Prince Charming. He’s the most gorgeous guy she’s ever seen…and a caring animal rescuer, too. Surely he must be the soul mate God has prepared her for.

But, Julianne’s prince is starting to look less and less charming all the time. No matter how she tries to romanticize him, he just keeps tumbling down off that dumb pedestal. And with the Bar Association dinner coming up that will honor her for her outstanding charity work over the year, Julianne wants so much for her friends and colleagues to see her with someone besides her best friend Will. To make matters worse, Prince Charming has no designs on wearing a penguin suit and attending a stuffy old dinner. With her pride pressing in on her like sticks from a cactus, Julianne sinks to the bottom of the proverbial barrel and actually offers to pay Paul to be her date.

Julianne is on a collision course with God’s perfect plan for her life…if only she could open her eyes and see it before it’s too late.

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Review:

I absolutely enjoyed this book!  I have read several of Sandra’s books before (the Tanglewood Inn series) and figured I couldn’t go wrong with another one of her books.  And boy was I right!  Julianne is looking for her Prince Charming but he has been there all along in the form of Will, her best friend.  But like many women, she can’t see the good thing she has in front of her.  It was refreshing to read a book with no sex in it but there is still plenty of romance.  While there are some religious aspects to the book it isn’t overpowering or intense.

The characters definitely provoked some emotions….mostly wondering why Julianne couldn’t see Will for the great guy he is!  But then isn’t that the way it always is?  We (as women) don’t always see what is right in front of us.

We give this book 4 1/2 paws and suggest picking it up sometime!  I was able to download it for free during a special promotion but you can also probably find it at your local library.

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About the author:

From her website:

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she put Southern California in her rearview mirror and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

“I guess most people would see my career as a publicist as a sort of dream job. But giving it up turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me!” she declares. “Not only was I given the gift of getting to know my mother as an adult woman before she passed away, but I was also afforded the blessing of being able to focus completely on my dream of a writing career.”

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.”

Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Posted in 4 paws, Review, romance on July 6, 2013

desire by design

 

Synopsis:

He stole her job, and now she’s stealing his heart.

Eve Doucette finally almost has it all. She’s free from her mistake of an ex-husband and just landed her dream job: project manager for a new City Hall and drafter of the final design. That is, until a handsome architect sweeps into town to commandeer her blueprints.

Famous architect Matt Brison is unsatisfied with his mundane life in Toronto. So when the mayor of Halifax asks him to spearhead his City Hall project, Matt jumps at the opportunity. There’s just one problem: the feisty and beautiful project lead, Eve, who isn’t exactly thrilled about her new “coworker” hijacking her design.

But when the sparks begin to fly, they both find themselves falling for the colleague they shouldn’t want. And before they know it, their already shaky foundation might come crumbling down…

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Review:

This was definitely a fun read!  There is tension right from the beginning between Eve and Matt….is it because of the job or something more?  Matt definitely took advantage of some situations to get closer to Eve, but could you blame him?!  He’s a guy and attracted to her, why wouldn’t he try and get closer?  There are a lot of funny moments that will have you laughing out loud.

Over all we give this 4 paws and if you are in the mood for a light hearted romance take a look at Design by Desire

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About the author:

from her website

paula altenburgI’d like to be able to say I always wanted to be a writer, but the truth is I thought it looked like a lot of hard work. Life, however, sometimes leads us down paths we never intended to take.

From the very beginning, my parents encouraged my love of books. When a Grade One teacher suggested I wrote too many “thrillers,” my mother, an English teacher, said I could write – and read – whatever I wanted. My high school English teachers later backed her up on that. In university, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology. At the time it was a whim, but it’s amazing how much that little piece of paper has benefited me over the years.Researching the history of civilizations has led to many intriguing world building possibilities.

When my children were babies and money was tight, my mother, grandmother, and husband bought me an electric typewriter for my birthday because they knew I was bored and wanted me to be happy. My mother became my very first critique partner, willingly reading pages and pages of manuscripts no one should ever have to suffer through. She researched markets for me, and introduced me to a journalist friend, who in turn introduced me to the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. My brother and my brother-in-law introduced me to Thieves’ World, David Eddings, and Piers Anthony. My sister gave me my first computer.

My grandmothers believed if something’s too hard, you aren’t working hard enough. My brother and sisters have all successfully followed their dreams, and my husband and two sons offer me proof every day that hard work is something to be embraced, not avoided. With these people behind me, how could I possibly stray from a path on which life seems to have planted them as guardrails?

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