Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Love on a Whim by Aubrey Mace

Love on a Whim, by Aubrey Mace
2015, 272p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Six months out of law school, Rachel Pearce is completely disillusioned by her job hunt. Despite pounding the pavement with her Ivy League degree in hand, her job prospects are no brighter than the day she graduated. Then in a chance meeting with a former acquaintance, eccentric young millionaire Henry Walker, Rachel finds an unexpected opportunity: Henry is looking for a personal secretary. Swallowing her pride, Rachel sets aside her law firm aspirations for what she envisions as secretarial work—mountains of paperwork and filing. But when she finds her most demanding duty to be daily cookie runs for her new boss, she’s baffled by her unconventional job responsibilities.

As she’s pulled into Henry’s delightful whims, caught in a whirlwind of private jets and fancy dinners, Rachel finds herself inexplicably drawn to this handsome and charismatic man. But reality always has a way of intruding, and logic tells her that this adventure can’t last. When real life inevitably comes calling, Rachel must decide if she’s willing to trade in her dream of success in the courtroom for a chance at love.

I loved this book!! It was such a fun, fast read which had me laughing out loud multiple times. Rachel Pearce is an attorney without a job. She's getting desperate for something when she runs into Henry Walker, an ex-boyfriend of her best friend, Shannon. He offers her a job and she's not interested until her situation becomes dire. 

Once she starts working for Henry, she is given quirky tasks to complete, like mastering the copy machine, helping him with his book club and buying gourmet cookies every day. She is also exposed to the life of the wealthy and enjoys it but she can take it or leave it. Her friend, Shannon, is going through a major life change and that caused some funny scenes as well. 

I enjoyed all the characters in this book and thought they interacted well together. I wasn't that impressed with Henry at first but he quickly grew on me and I loved how their relationship developed.

I didn't even know this was a sequel until I was telling my sister about it and she told me there was another book, so I would say this definitely stands on its own. The first book is the story of her best friend, Shannon, and her husband, Nathan. This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed her writing style a lot! I will be reading more of her books in the future!

Aubrey Mace lives in Sandy, Utah. She attended LDS Business College and Utah State University. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening, playing the cello (badly), and spending time with her family and psychotic cat.

Aubrey has four published novels: SPARE CHANGE, which won the 2008 Whitney Award for Best Romance, MY FAIRY GRANDMOTHER, SANTA MAYBE, and BEFORE THE CLOCK STRIKES THIRTY. She also has a novella, "The Science of Sentiment", included in the Timeless Romance Anthology Spring Collection.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: An Immortal Descent by Kari Edgren

02_An Immortal DescentPublication Date: July 6, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press

Series: Goddess Born, Book Three
Genre: Historical/Fantasy/Romance

My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

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As a goddess-born healer, Selah Kilbrid wants nothing to do with the goddess of death and disease, nor any of her human progeny. But when the two people she loves most disappear—her dearest friend Nora Goodwin and her betrothed Lord Henry Fitzalan—Selah has no choice but to leave London in pursuit of Death’s most powerful daughter.

Accompanied by a ragtag group of travelers, Selah follows a treacherous path across the Irish Sea to the long-forgotten prison of a witch who once nearly destroyed Ireland. Selah would face any danger to protect those she loves, but what if it means unleashing a greater evil on the human world? Could she risk the lives of many to save a few, or are some sacrifices too great?

The first book took place in Philadelphia, the second book took us to England and this third book takes us to Ireland. At the end of the second book, Nora and Henry disappear so at the beginning of this one, James and Selah take off to find them. Their plan is simple and they hope to accomplish it quickly. However, that is not meant to be the case.

Their plans are changed rather quickly as they are joined by two people Selah wasn't thrilled to see. There are many other twists and turns as the story continues and it doesn't let up until the very end. There are more revelations which change things for multiple people. Loose ends are tied up and the ending is perfect! 

I have rooted for Selah and Henry to work out from the beginning and they've come a long way. They're separated at the beginning of the book and I was anxious for them to meet up again. They're a great match and make each other stronger. There were characters to love and hate and some I wasn't sure of but I loved how it all came together in the end.

This is a fabulous end to a fascinating trilogy!! I have enjoyed it from the beginning and look forward to reading more of Ms. Edgren's work in the future!

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Kari Edgren is the author of the Goddess Born series. In 2010 and 2011 she was a semifinalist for the Amazon Break Through Novel Award. In 2013, she was a RWA Golden Heart finalist. Ms. Edgren enjoys writing both historical and contemporary fiction, so long as there’s a paranormal twist. She resides on a mountain top in the Pacific Northwest where she spends a great deal of time dreaming about the sun and torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts.

For more information please visit Kari Edgren’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Spotlight at Genre Queen

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Excerpt at What Is That Book About

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Review at 100 Pages a Day

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Review at Book Lovers Paradise

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Spotlight at Broken Teepee

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Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

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Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, July 30
Review at Mel's Shelves

Sunday, August 1
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Monday, August 3
Review at Peeking Between the Pages

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Review at I'd So Rather Be Reading
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Spotlight at Unshelfish
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Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
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Blog Tour/Author Interview: Forte by J.D. Spero

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 Johannah Davies (JD) Spero was born near a pristine lake in the Adirondacks and has lived in various cities such as St. Petersburg (Russia), Indianapolis, Dallas, and Boston. She has pursued her love of narrative through degrees in English, Russian, and teaching—and has worked as an actress, a yoga instructor, a web design entrepreneur, freelance writer, and a high school English teacher. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and three young sons.

Drawing on her experience as a high school teacher—this time with a social concern, Spero infuses the rites of passage for the teenager—cliques, first kisses, peer pressure, and bullying—with magic. This stresses how tenuous and critical this time is for young people in a new, fascinating way. Written from Sami’s point of view, Spero’s narrative puts the reader into the mind of a fifteen-year-old who must navigate the tumultuous waters of being the new girl—the underdog who starts to win and is intoxicated by it. Truly a page-turner, this action-packed story will have readers of all ages eager to see what happens next. 

Spero’s debut novel, Catcher’s Keeper, was chosen as a Finalist in the 2014 Indie Excellence Book Awards contest and also made the top 5% out of 10,000 entries in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  

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1. Advice for writers?

Keep writing. Don’t accept your excuses. There is always time.

Also…you can’t do it alone. There will always be something you’re not seeing. Once you have a piece you believe in and love, get a good editor you trust. Together, make it great.

2. What's up next for you?

My favorite part of writing is creating the story from scratch, so I always have a project going in that phase. Currently, I just finished my very first draft of another novel (adult fiction) with the working title HENRY TROUT SAVES A HEDGEHOG which has an element of mystery…and a very cute hedgehog. Henry Trout is a six-year-old boy who loves nocturnal animals so much, he sneaks outside in the middle of the night to catch one for a pet. Through the darkness of his backyard, he witnesses a crime being committed against his neighbor and beloved babysitter. Turns out, the attacker is none other than his teenage brother. Henry Trout must figure out what to do with this knowledge, and whether or not he can find forgiveness in his heart.

3. Please provide some insight, a secret or two about your book / story.

In FORTE, my main character is the hero of the story, but she is also the victim of peer pressure, bullying, and drug abuse. Even though FORTE has an element of fantasy, it deals with very real issues teens are dealing with today. Its message is not new or unusual, but the way it’s told might take you by surprise.

4. Name one entity that you feel supported your writing, outside of family members?

I’ve taken several online writing courses at Writing Academy with Steve Alcorn. They were invaluable.

There’s also a great network of writers and editors online that I’ve connected with throughout the years. It’s a very rich and rewarding community to be a part of.

5. What is your favorite snack while writing?

Grand Marnier (That’s kind of a joke. Kind of.)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection, by Annette Lyon

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Annette Lyon Collection, by Annette Lyon
2015, 350p, Clean Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

The ANNETTE LYON COLLECTION contains brand new contemporary romance novella OUR SONG, as well as five hand-picked readers’ and reviewers’ favorites of Annette’s popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Readers will love this selection of three contemporary and three historical romance novellas.

In OUR SONG, a charming romance novella, Cassie and Matt have been dating in the Yellowstone area for two years, and things are, well, average. When Cassie meets up with two college friends who are visiting, their love lives like sound like fairy tales: rose petals, chocolates, candles on the beach… Cassie goes home feeling like she’s missing out. After all, repeatedly watching Old Faithful erupt and walking through sulfur-smelling gases at Fountain Paint Pot don’t exactly say “romance.” Maybe things with Matt aren’t going anywhere, and it’s time to move on. Then she discovers that perception and reality are completely different things. Now she can only hope it isn’t too late to show Matt how much she really cares.

In the sweet novella GOLDEN SUNRISE, Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time.

FIRSTS AND LASTS, an enchanting novella, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home.

In the compelling novella WAR OF HEARTS, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her now-former boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland. She arrives at a snowy Finnish battlefront only to discover that Pete is already there—as her photographer. She’s determined to be professional about the situation until a battle breaks out in camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way and putting their love to the test.

The captivating novella BETWEEN THE LINES follows Jane Martin, who is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find true friendship. The program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected, and unknown to Jane, one of the men in her city becomes her writing friend. Thomas Allred has always known shy and quiet Jane, but reading her letters written to his secret persona, opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. The only trouble is, Jane doesn’t know that the man who she is falling in love with through letters is also Thomas, the man who is falling in love with her in person.

In the charming novella A TASTE OF HOME, we meet Claire Jennings, who’s on her way to spend Christmas with her family. As she rides the train with William Rhodes, who grew up across the street, memories of Christmases past flood her mind. He may be twenty-one now, but she can’t forget his torturous teasing from their school years. At the rail station, Claire discovers that her home is under quarantine because her little brother has measles. She's stuck in town, away from her family, on her favorite holiday. William stays behind with her, and as Christmas Day approaches and her homesickness deepens, she discovers that perhaps he has changed in more ways than one.

I'm not caught up on all the anthologies that contain Annette Lyon's works, so I had only read one of these stories before, War of Hearts, which was even better the second time around. I loved this entire collection! There was such a variety and each felt so different that it was hard to tell they were written by the same author.

It started strong with Our Song. Cassie and Matt had been dating for two years and after Cassie met up with some college friends and listened to their glamorous lives, she felt that something was missing in her relationship with Matt. She expressed her doubts to him and he realized that he needed to make some major changes to keep her. I love what happened next and the message in this story!

I had fun reading the rest of the collection, too! Each story drew me in and I was invested in the characters. Sometimes when I read novellas, I feel like something's missing but these are well written and stand on their own. This is an author that I am familiar with but haven't read a lot of her books. I am now a fan and will definitely be reading more of her work in the future!

Annette Lyon is a Whitney Award winner, the recipient of Utah’s Best in State medal for fiction and the author of ten novels, a cookbook, and a grammar guide as well as over a hundred magazine articles. She’s part of the Timeless Romance Anthologies line of sweet romance stories, a senior editor at Precision Editing Group, and a cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English. When she’s not writing, editing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor.

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July 27th
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Bookworm Lisa
I Love to Read and Review Books

July 28th
Lindzee Armstrong
Literary Time Out
Rachel DeVaughn

July 29th
My Book a Day
Mel’s Shelves

July 30th
Wishful Endings
Singing Librarian Books

July 31st
Min Reads and Reviews
LDS Women's Book Review
Fire and Ice
Why Not? Because I Said So
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour/Spotlight: Orphan Number 8 by Kim van Alkemade

About Orphan#8

• Paperback: 416 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 4, 2015)

A stunning debut novel of historical fiction set in the forgotten world of New York City's Jewish orphanages
In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children. Dr. Solomon subjects Rachel to an experimental course of X-ray treatments that establish the doctor's reputation while risking the little girl's health. Now it's 1954, and Rachel is a nurse in the hospice wing of the Old Hebrews Home when elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient. Realizing the power she holds over the helpless doctor, Rachel embarks on a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will be forced to choose between forgiveness and revenge.

Inspired by true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful novel about the human capacity to harm—and to love.

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Kim van Alkemade was born in New York. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly ReviewSo to Speak, and CutBank. She teaches writing at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Find out more about Kim at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Tuesday, July 7th: 100 Pages a Day … Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Thursday, July 9th: Raven Haired Girl
Tuesday, July 14th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, July 16th: Gspotsylvania: Musings from a Spotsylvania Dog and Bird Mom
Monday, July 20th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, July 21st: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 22nd: Novel Escapes
Thursday, July 23rd: Kritters Ramblings
Friday, July 24th: As I turn the pages
Friday, July 24th: A Literary Vacation
Monday, July 27th: The Reader’s Hollow
Tuesday, July 28th: Mel’s Shelves
Wednesday, July 29th: Bibliophiliac
Thursday, July 30th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, July 30th: Time 2 Read
Friday, July 31st: FictionZeal
Monday, August 3rd: Cold Read
Thursday, August 6th: Books on the Table
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Release Day! Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Happy Release Day! 

If you’ve been around a little while, you might remember The Timely Death Trilogy releasing a year or so ago…but the Dark tale wasn’t quite over yet. When the original publisher closed down a week before the last novel’s release, author Shannon A. Thompson wasn’t sure what was going to happen to the world of shades and lights, fate and choice, lovers and bloodlines and war…oh, and bats. Then, her readers saved her. By sharing and tweeting and messaging and showing their support, Clean Teen Publishing came in a saved the day (and the trilogy). Now, The Timely Death Trilogy is releasing back-to-back this summer and fall…AND the first novel, Minutes Before Sunset, is FINALLY here! 

I loved this series and am so glad that the rest of you can start reading it now, too! Click here to read my review on this book and then go get your copy!!

What are readers saying about The Timely Death Trilogy?

“A story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading

“Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reading

“A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – A Reader’s Review

Currently, Minutes Before Sunset has 155 ratings, 79 reviews, and 4.39 stars on Goodreads.

Two destinies. One death.

"Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates."

Eric Welborn isn't completely human, but he isn't the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she's powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he's determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she's assigned as Eric's class partner. He won't help, let alone talk to her, but she's determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he's strived to hide.

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review: Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen

Veils and Vengeance, by Rachelle J. Christensen
2015, 346p, Clean Cozy Mystery/Romance
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from eBooks for Review for an honest review

When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds.

After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman.

Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance. 

For great craft tips, visit Adri's website,

I loved the first book in this series and was excited to read more! Adrielle Pyper, or Adri, went through some traumatic experiences in the first book and she is now in Hawaii to help with a wedding. Things are going well until she's out snorkeling and finds a young woman's body. She can't get her out of her mind and tries to help figure out who she is and what happened to her but someone is determined to keep her from learning the truth.

I love the Hawaiian setting and felt like I was there. There were times that felt peaceful and others that were definitely hectic. I enjoyed the twists and turns along to the way to solving the mystery. There were plenty of suspects and I changed my mind quite a few times as to who the murderer was.  

Adri is torn between two men in this book. She's recently met Jon and takes to him right away. She has some history with Luke, but they haven't always gotten along. I liked both of them but definitely had my favorite and was happy with the choice she made in the end. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!!

rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.

Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.

Book Blitz: The House at the End of the Street by Jennie Jones


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By Author Jennie Jones

The House at the End of the Street follows the adventures of the heart for Gemma Munroe (blond, sporty, home-loving artist and would-be toy shop owner) and the love of her life – Josh Rutherford (tall, tanned, skilled with horses and carpentry and reticent to say where he’s been for the last ten years). Now he’s back for a week and sparks are flying. Josh owns the toy shop and Gem wants to buy it. But there’s more trouble at Gem’s back than she’d thought, and Josh can’t bring himself to leave town without knowing she’ll be safe.

The House at the End of the Street is book #5 in the bestselling Swallow’s Fall series. But each book in the series can be read alone and frequently are – Jennie’s had plenty of readers buy book #4 and then go back for books #1, #2 and #3. 

Jennie’s fictional town of Swallow’s Fall is set in a remote country area in the Australian Snowy Mountains and boasts 100 residents. Lots of them falling in love, some of them longing for dreams to come true, some of them scheming or creating mayhem with their matchmaking plans – but all of them leaving a mark on this small country town.

Jennie has a great rapport with her readers all over the world and recently asked them if they’d read a new series: Daughters of Swallow’s Fall – and the resounding answer was – Yes!

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“What do you know about Grandy’s place?" he asked.

Gem’s eyebrows shot up. "The lonely homestead?"

"Why d’you call it that?"

She shrugged. "It’s been empty since he died. Most people just call it the house at the end of the street. What’s it to you anyway?"

"This and that." 

Gem’s exasperation bubbled, overwhelming the original idea of coming out here to calmly persuade him to leave town. ‘This and that,’ she parroted. "Is that all you’ve got? Why don’t you want anyone to know what you’ve been doing?"

The way he bowed his head and studied the ground, his broad shoulders slumped in some kind of despair, caused Gem some remorse.

"Are you in trouble, Josh?" she asked in a whisper. Maybe that’s why he was so evasive. Maybe he’d made a big mistake in life. Maybe he’d been in prison. No, wait—he had a tan.

He smiled at her, the skin creasing around his eyes. A little more depth to the crinkles now, suggesting that he’d done a lot of smiling over the years. That he’d enjoyed himself.

"No. I’m not in trouble." He seemed to come out of his reverie. He lifted a hand and swept it through her hair, brushing it back from her forehead. "Not the way you’re thinking." 

Gem stilled. The gesture was one she remembered from their best-friend days of long ago, but there had been nothing more than friendship in it then—this touch spoke of everything undealt with and unsaid between them since their moment this afternoon.

The House at the End of the Street
(Swallows Fall, #5)
by Jennie Jones

Adult Contemporary Romance
August 1st 2015 by Harlequin MIRA

Bestselling Australian author Jennie Jones takes us back to Swallow’s Fall for one more story: Gemma has a burning need to stay and make a home. All Josh has ever wanted is to get out. Now he has the chance, and all he needs to do is tie up a few loose ends…

Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow’s Fall and establishing herself permanently. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home.

Josh will be in town for five days. Only five days. He’ll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He’s returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he’ll leave forever. It’s all in the plan. Everything…except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she’s got problems, and he can’t seem to leave without trying to help her solve them.

The town itself also has its own plans: Gemma and Josh are thrown together in Speed-Date fiascos, kissing experiments, bar fights and an issue with the North Star – Josh’s compass and the road to his next adventure. Seven weeks later Josh is still in town. Gem has to get through her best friends’ wedding and Josh has to get over Gem. Because he’s not staying. Is he?

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Bestselling author Jennie Jones loves writing rich, warm-hearted and refreshing stories of adventures of the heart. She’s a self-confessed would-be small town country girl and longs for the day when she and her family can set up home in a cute country cottage in the middle of a huge field. Until then, Jennie is enjoying life a five minute walk from the beach. She can hear the ocean as she types her stories.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Blast: Courtlight Series by Terah Edun

Courtlight Series by Terah Edun

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

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Praise for Courtlight

“Beautiful world-building with strong characters.” —Tabby Shiflett Reviews

“Captivating from beginning to end. Edun’s writing style reminds me of Tamora Pierce and Sara J. Maas!” – Netgalley

“If you’re a fantasy lover, this is one world you don’t want to miss out on.” – City of Books

Author Terah Edun

Terah Edun is a young adult fantasy writer that writes the stories that she always loved to read as a young girl. Her Courtlight and Crown Service series can be seen on the USA Today Happily Ever After blog and together have sold over 100,000 copies.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Another Time for Love by Lynne Larson

Another Time for Love, by Lynne Larson
2015, 176p, Clean LDS Romance/Time Travel
My Rating=3.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Salt Lake County, Present Day
Sam Carroll is living life in the fast lane--sleek cars, nice clothes, and lovely ladies have replaced the gospel values he grew up with, and he's going nowhere fast. But when a serious car accident brings his fun to a screeching halt, Sam is left comatose, aware only of his older brother reading aloud from the hundred-year-old journal of an LDS bishop, Moroni Chadester. As Sam drifts in and out of consciousness, the words begin to take root in his mind . . .

Alpine, Utah, 1915
Standing on a dusty mountain road, Sam is bewildered. The cars are different. The clothes are different. Where and when is he? The answer comes from an impossible source: Bishop Moroni Chadester. Hurtled back in time by forces he can't understand, Sam finds his memories of modern existence quickly fading as he becomes immersed in a new life and a romance with the town beauty, Laney Williams. But as the pair becomes entangled in a murder mystery, the thrill of courtship is replaced by terror as fate conspires to bring the couple into the path of a killer. Little do they realize that the clock is ticking on more than their lives Sam can't stay in the past forever. As danger looms ever closer, Sam must fight to save Laney. But can their love stand the test of time?

Sam Carroll is 25 years old, lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and enjoys life in the fast lane. When he gets in a car accident and is in a coma, his brother reads to him from an old journal. Pretty soon Sam finds himself back in time learning life lessons that might change the course of his life.

I love this cover and the summary and was excited to read it! I was surprised to find myself putting it down and not anxious to pick it back up. It starts out with Sam's accident and we're told the kind of life he lived before. When he went back in time, he seemed to accept everything pretty easily and got the deep lessons right away. I wish we had seen more of what he was like before and that he would have struggled more to come to terms with what was happening. He received great advice (which I loved!) and took it to heart right away and that didn't seem realistic to me. But then, he traveled through time, right? 

There's lots that I loved about this book, too! Sam had a supportive family who visited him and cared for him and let him know they loved him, despite his past behavior. The majority of the book happened in the past and I always enjoy reading about life prior to our modern-day conveniences and technology. There were lots of great townspeople and a murder mystery to solve. He witnessed firsthand how a community worked together to help those in need and the sacrifices they were willing to make to ease the burdens of others. Sam met a beautiful girl, Laney, who stole his heart and helped him become a better man. He also learned a lot from her brother, Joey. Sam became friends with John, who treated him like a brother and helped him through his initial awkward phase. 

I wasn't quite sure how this was going to end and liked what happened. I wish there had been a little more but feel content in knowing the direction it was headed. This is LDS fiction so there is some religious talk and it's a huge part of the character's lives. There is also some mild non-graphic violence. It's a clean, sweet historical romance, with mystery and time travel all in one!

About the Author

Lynne Larson is an award-winning teacher and writer with a special interest in western history, particularly as It relates to women. Several of her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in regional magazines, as well as in Latter-day Saint publications.

Her novel, In the Shadow of an Angel, grew from her great regard for the pioneers who put the statue of Moroni on the temple long ago, never realizing the changes that would come as the golden figure watched over their Zion for the next one hundred years. Nor could those early builders fully imagine the generations coming after them, for whom the statue would be a beacon and a guide, millions of people, each with a life to live and a story to tell, and all connected by the angel on the spire.

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