Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Silent Sting by Clair M. Poulson

Silent Sting, by Clair M. Poulson
2016, 288p, Clean Contemporary Suspense
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Catastrophe is looming over the Central Valley of California. The honeybees, vital to the economy of this agricultural epicenter, are dying at an unprecedented rate. The U.S. government is desperate for answers, and researchers at the University of California–Riverside are tasked with providing them. But when the professors assigned to the investigation seem to be systematically dying under mysterious circumstances, it becomes clear that there is something sinister at play. Following the murders of her mentors, it’s up to entomology student Tiana Lambrose to move forward with the research. Special Agent Stu Whiteleather, part of a team of FBI agents assigned to assist in the investigation, is immediately drawn to the lovely entomologist. Together, they discover a breed of bees engineered to be killing machines, which, despite Tiana’s expertise, are like nothing she’s seen before. The question is, who could possibly have the sophisticated technology to engineer these specialized insects and for what motive? The perpetrator will stop at nothing to keep investigators from finding the answer. As threats to Tiana’s life escalate, Stu must battle an unknown foe to protect the woman for whom he has come to care before she becomes the next victim.

This story takes place in California. Honeybees are dying and researchers are trying to figure out why. Tiana Lambrose is a student who has been helping with the research. When two professors are killed, she is able to head up the investigation, but she's not safe, either. One of the FBI agents assigned to the case, Stu Whiteleather, takes a personal interest in her safety. There are many people determined to find the mastermind behind this scheme and stop him or her once and for all.

I liked Stu and Tiana. They were attracted to each other but didn't have much time to get to know each other because things moved quickly. There wasn't a lot of romance, which was fine with me--they can get to know each other after her life is no longer in danger. I liked the interactions they had and could see the attraction.

I love the originality of a suspense novel that centers around bees and found this novel to be quite interesting! The pace was fast and lots of characters were introduced, but it wasn't hard to keep them all straight. There were characters that were obviously shady from the beginning but there were plenty of twists and turns along the way which kept me quickly turning pages to the final reveal. The ending seemed a bit abrupt (yet was still satisfying) and I had a few other minor issues along the way, but it was entertaining and clean, which are two big pluses for me!

About the Author:

Clair M. Poulson retired after twenty years in law enforcement. During his career he served in the U.S. Military Police Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, and the Duchesne County Sheriff's Department, where he was first a deputy and the the county sheriff. He currently serves as a justice court judge for Duchesne County, a position he has held for nineteen years. His nearly forty-year career working in the criminal justice system has provided a wealth of material from which he draws in writing his books. Clair has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. Among them are the Utah Judicial Council, and FBI advisory board, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Justice Court Board of Directors, and the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Other interests include activity in the LDS Church, assisting his oldest son in operating their grocery store, ranching with his oldest son and other family members, and raising registered Missouri Fox Trotter horses. Clair and his wife, Ruth, live in Duchesne and are the parents of five married children. They have twenty-two grandchildren.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Blast: That'th What I Thaid! & The Sore Prickly Bear by Lisa Marie Schinski

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for two charming books by Lisa Marie Schinski, That’th What I Thaid! & The Sore Prickly Bear. The blast will run March 28-30, 2016.

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Title: The Sore Prickly Bear
Author: Lisa Marie Schinski
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Number of Pages: 30
​Summary: Fuzzy has a very bad day that keeps getting worse. He is faced with many challenges and doesn’t understand why these things are happening to him. Everyone has had a bad day, week, month or even years. He will make you laugh because everyone can relate to Fuzzy in some way. Things always have a way of working out in the end and sometimes even better than it was before!

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Title: That’th What I Thaid!: R’s and S’s
Author: Lisa Marie Schinski
Illustrator: Lauren Panco
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32
​Summary: Stitchie is a happy bunny that is having a hard time saying her R’s and S’s. She thinks her friends are making fun of her but they just laugh because they think it sounds funny. They love Stitchie, and in the end, Stitchie practices and meets the best teacher who helps her says her R’s and S’s perfectly. She runs into the woods to share with her friends how far she has come!!

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About the Author: Lisa Marie Schinski

I was born and raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. I currently reside in King of Prussia. I wrote the story about the Sore Prickly Bear when I was 8 years old. My teacher, Mrs. Ulrich encouraged me to write and also gave me the young author’s award. I found this book after my mom passed away last year. I had a great childhood but when I wrote this book, my parents got divorced, we moved and I changed schools. A lot of changes for an 8 year old. So I guess I felt like Fuzzy.

Around October 2015, I took the book into work to show my friends because this past year and a half has been very hard for me and my family. I knew when I showed my friends, they would laugh and cry because my life was again Fuzzy’s. My friends, Denice, Dee, Candace, Rick, Gina, Tara, Nancy, Tamara and Gina encouraged me to publish this book. So here I am!

I am now 46 years old. I have a great job, great friends, and great family. But there are still days that feel very bad and very unfair.

My goal for publishing this book is to help children understand that bad things happen and bad days happen. But when we have friends and family in our life to help us laugh at ourselves, we can heal and move forward. Everyone has a bad day, week, month or even years. My dream is to share this story for children to know they are not alone and everyone has a bad day.

I am so grateful for my family and friends.

“That’th What I Thaid” was published in February 2016. Lauren Panco inspired me to write this story. It is for children who have a hard time with their R’s and S’s. I think many of us have! I want children to know it’s ok to sound different and with practice, it changes. Don’t let anyone make fun of you. We are all perfect the way we are!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Blitz: Edge: A YA/New Adult Paranormal Collection

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But reader beware: These novels take everything to the edge–and not just the edge of your seat. With authors who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries, you get stories that take everything to limit, creating whimsical reads that teens can actually relate to and that adults can enjoy, too.

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Riley J Ford, INTO YOU – What if you could know exactly what your friends are thinking? High school student Winter Reynolds can, but there’s a catch… She can only read people’s thoughts when she’s kissing them.

USA Today Bestselling Authors
Rebecca Hamilton, THE FOREVER GIRL – When a spell Sophia casts goes wrong, her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.
JC Andrijeski, THE CULLING – Jet grew up free, hiding out on Earth after it was conquered by an alien species, but now she might learn about her alien overlords the hard way.
Apryl Baker, THE PROMISE – Armed with kick-ass shoes, can CJ save the town from a maniacal coven leader, still get Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous, and somehow survive the darkness?
Angela Fristoe, WAKEN –  If Janie hopes to survive the people of Everod, she’ll need to confront who and what she really is.
April Aasheim, THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO BECOMING A DEMON – What’s a nice girl to do when she develops horns…and a hunger?
Angel Lawson, WRAITH – Classmates think Jane Watt’s is a freak, but she knows her best friend, Evan is real and needs her, even if he’s dead.
Katie Salidas, PRETTY LITTLE WEREWOLF – This little werewolf is looking for her fur-ever home.

International Bestselling Authors
Sarah Dalton, MARY HADES – Mary has a special relationship with the spirit world — a connection that brings her face to face with her worst nightmares…
Debbie Herbert, CHANGELING – A wannabe witch who sucks at spells must find her inner magic to nab a pixie serial killer.
Shalini Boland, HIDDEN – When Maddy inherits a mansion, she also inherits something sinister in the basement. Falling in love has never been so dangerous.
Eva Chase, CAUGHT IN THE GLOW – Assigned to protect a hot indie rocker from demons, the secret he’s keeping puts Avery’s heart and his soul on the line.
Rachel McClellan, FRACTURED LIGHT – Discovering the strength of her power may cost Llona her life.
Kimberly Loth, KISSED – Three Boys. Two Kisses. One Devastating Choice.
Shannon Eckrich, OTHER SIDE OF FOREVER –  Forever is only a portal away.
H.D. Gordon, SHOOTING STARS – A tale of star-crossed lovers and magic.
Stacy Claflin, SAVED BY A VAMPIRE – A new vampire must face something more ancient, powerful, and deadly than she ever imagined…
Marissa Farrar, TWISTED DREAMS – Upon starting college, half-vampire Elizabeth hadn’t expected to happen upon a travelling carnival, or sexy, dare-devil biker.
Cindy Thomas, BECKON ME – Her heart…and her soul are on the line.

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Laxmi Hariharan, THE MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER – To become herself, Ruby must turn her back on everything she ever knew.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Everyday MOMents by Jessica Poe

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Everyday MOMents, by Jessica Poe
2016, 144p, LDS Non-Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Discover the divine purpose in your motherhood! Each inspiring chapter moves through another hour in a mother's day, highlighting spiritually symbolic insights and describing how Christ is by your side even during the daily routine. From sun-up to bedtime, this entertaining and uplifting book will help you find the inherent divinity hidden in the everyday details of motherhood.

Motherhood has it's tough moments and there have been many days that I've felt like a failure or that I haven't made the most of my time with my children. It's getting better as my children are getting older and there are some stages that I'm so grateful are in the past!

I love books like this! There are so many great ideas that won't take much time but can make a huge difference. The chapters are set up as an hour in a day and the types of experiences and challenges mothers face as their day progresses (it's not, however, meant to occur all in the same day). One of my favorite chapters was Chapter 5, "Grocery Store Stories," 9:00 am. I actually can't relate to the types of experiences the author has had while grocery shopping, but one of the quotes she shared really stood out to me and is something I needed to be reminded of right now. It's by Spencer W. Kimball: "We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve. It will do us little good to speak of the general brotherhood of mankind if we cannot regard those who are all around us as our brothers and sisters." (p. 34) There are lots of other great gems to be found in that chapter alone. At the end of each chapter, she has a "Your Turn!" section where she shares a tip you can do to apply what you've learned in the chapter. Again, these are small things to do but it will take a little time to get through all of them.

This is a book that I needed to read quickly this time around but plan to go back and read it more slowly. Looking for Christ in everyday MOMents is a fantastic idea. I loved the author's experiences and insights and enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I look forward to reading it again and applying these concepts in my daily life!

Jessica Poe has spent the last decade writing professionally for healthcare systems across the nation. Prior to freelancing, she worked as a communications specialist for Intermountain Healthcare and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Brigham Young University. She and her husband homeschool their three children under the lively green trees of Oregon; basking in the small, natural moments. Jessica maintains a collection of divine details from their daily doings at and she’s a regular contributor at

Grand Finale Blitz: Her Summer Crush by Linda Hope Lee

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The Tour Grand Finale for
Her Summer Crush
By Linda Hope Lee

We hope you enjoyed the reviews and excerpts shared during the tour! If you missed any of them, go back and check them out now...
Launch - Introduction to Her Summer Crush

After I finished Eva’s Deadline, I kept thinking about Luci and Cody. Did she get over her crush? Did Cody get to follow his dream? What happened to these two people? Soon I was playing the “what if?” game and writing Her Summer Crush

Bookworm Lisa - Excerpt

“CODY JARVIS! What’s he doing here?” Luci Monroe stared at the man who’d just stepped out the back door of her parents’ home.

The ocean sparkled under a sun about to slip below the horizon, and the waves made a soft shushing sound as they rolled onto the shore. If only she could escape there now. When something upsetting happened, a walk on the beach always helped to calm her. Cody’s unexpected appearance was certainly one of those times. As soon as the party was over...

"I thought this was a fun read, a nice escape in a charming small town setting. If you enjoy contemporary romance this is a good one!"

I Am A Reader - Excerpt

“Are you finished now?” Her words came out sharper than she’d intended. She must be in worse shape than she’d realized.

He frowned. “Not okay to take your picture? You’re the guest of honor. Besides, you’re a good subject.”

Wishful Endings - Review

"It was a fun and sweet story from beginning to end, with fun characters, complex family relationships, and a light romance."

"I always enjoy the characters journeys of growth and overcoming hard things. I really loved the setting--I love the beach and could picture living in this great, small town. I also loved the relationships between each character and his/her family members, as well as Luci in the role of a mentor to Tessa. This is a gentle, sweet, and clean summer romance, perfect for a pool or beach read."

"Cody sat at the table, put down his mug and clicked the mouse. A new picture flashed onto the screen. Another shot of Lucy. He chuckled. He's taken more pictures of her tonight than of anyone else."

“I like my place,” he said. “It’s cozy and has everything I need.”

“Maybe so, but do you think you’ll ever find a woman who’ll put up with all this?” Olive went to the sofa and plumped up the loose cushions.

“Not a question that needs to be answered, because I’m not looking. Not right now, anyway.”

"I enjoyed this story. The characters are fun with a lot of potential there — would have liked to have seen them decide to test their relationship waters earlier in the book."

Her Summer Crush (Return to Willow Beach)
Her Summer Crush

by Linda Hope Lee
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She's over her crush…isn't she?

Luci Monroe is on top of the world. She's just graduated from journalism school and she's already landed her dream job in PR. Then Cody Jarvis saunters into her office. Nothing like finding out that your teenage crush, now a gorgeous, globe-trotting, freelance photographer, is going to be your staffer for the summer. Never mind. They're both professionals. And she's over him. Kind of. Anyway, he's not interested. Cody is always waiting to disappear on his next assignment, and Luci needs someone stable. Someone who wants to build a life right here in Willow Beach…

Linda Hope Lee

Linda Hope Lee writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. She enjoys traveling especially to small towns in search of story ideas. She's also an artist, specializing in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Photography provides inspiration for both her writing and her art. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where many of her stories are set.

Other Books by the Author

Eva's DeadlineTreasures of the Heart
Finding Sara (The Red Rock, Colorado, #1)Loving Rose (The Red Rock, Colorado, # 2)

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Book Review: Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Banished, by Kimberley Griffiths Little
2016, 416p, YA Historical Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy via Batch of Books for an honest review

She thought she’d lost everything…

After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.

But the trek to Sariba comes with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her…secrets that will change everything.

This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden is fraught with love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.

This book picks up right where the first book, Forbidden, left off (you can learn more about it and read my review here). Jayden hears rumors that Kadesh might be alive so she sets out to find him. When she does, she's happy to see him and learns the extent of his injuries. They determine that they need to head to Kadesh's homeland, Sariba, right away. Jayden wants to make a quick stop before they do, which could end in disaster.

Like the first book, this is full of heart-pounding action. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. Jayden and Kadesh don't have it easy. Their love is tested over and over and their lives are constantly in danger. They had a few small moments of peace, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We learn more about Kadesh in this book and the truth about Sariba.

Jayden has way more spunk than I do. She is constantly making decisions that aren't safe but which she feels passionately about. Sometimes there are tough consequences to those decisions. Kadesh is a little different in this book but is still lovable and kind. They're together through most of the book. I enjoyed their conversations and watching their relationship develop even further. We knew Kadesh was keeping secrets from her and it was good to finally have everything out in the open so Jayden knows what she's dealing with.

I loved the first book in this series and loved this one, too! There are new characters and situations introduced which move the story along. Once I picked this book up, it was tough to put down. I love Jayden and Kadesh! There is violence (some of which is graphic) and talk of prostitution (no details). The ending perfectly sets up the third book, which I'm already anxious to read!

When I was a kid I read a book a day, scribbled stories, and dreamed about having my very own book on the library shelf. I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with my big, messy family. I think I've drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil--I mean ergonomic keyboard. I adore anything old and musty with a secret story to tell.

I'm the author of 10 award-winning middle-grade and Young Adult novels with Scholastic and Harpercollins and I make way too many cookies when I'm writing - and I've got the best book trailers in the universe. Check them out here: Please find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Youtube.

Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Whitney Award Finalist, Association of Mormon Letters of Art Award, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, 2013, and 2015, Crystal Kite Finalist, New Mexico Book Award Finalist, and Arizona/New Mexico Young Adult Book Award Winner.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Review: The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson

The Secrets of Solace, by Jaleigh Johnson
2016, 384p, Middle-Grade Fantasy
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

From Jaleigh Johnson, the acclaimed author of The Mark of the Dragonfly, comes another thrilling adventure in the magical world of Solace.

Lina Winterbock lives in the mountain strongholds of Solace. She’s an apprentice to the archivists, the wise men and women whose lives are dedicated to cataloging, studying, and preserving the objects that mysteriously fall from the sky in the scrap towns.

Lina should be spending her days with books, but the Iron War has changed everything. The strongholds are now a refuge, and the people Lina once counted on no longer have time for her, so she spends her days exploring the hidden tunnels and passages of her home. The strongholds are vast and old, with twisting paths, forgotten rooms, and collapsed chambers, some of them containing objects that have been lost and forgotten even by the archivists.

And in one of the forgotten chambers, Lina discovers a secret.

Hidden deep in a cavern is a half-buried airship like nothing she has ever seen before. She’s determined to dig it out and restore it. But Lina needs help, and she doesn’t know anyone she can trust with her secret.

Then she meets Ozben, a mysterious boy who has a secret of his own—a secret that’s so dangerous it could change the course of the Iron War and the world of Solace forever. 

Lina is a young girl who lives in Ortana, one of the archivists' strongholds. She works with the archivists who study and preserve the objects that fall from the sky. She tends to get in trouble a lot and is keeping a huge secret. She gets to a point where she needs some help and unexpectedly meets the answer to her problem. His name is Ozben and his true identity needs to be kept secret. They work together and, as their friendship grows, we learn each of their stories.

Lina was a fun character to get to know. She's an orphan who needs supervision and there are arguments among the adults about just how much supervision she needs. She's independent, spunky and smart. She makes some huge mistakes that she then needs to fix. Once we learned her plan, I thought the book would be pretty straightforward (with some definite challenges to overcome) and then some twists were thrown in.

I enjoy reading stories like this with my children so I can get their take on it as well. While we enjoyed the story, there were some spots that seemed slow to all of us. We liked the maps in the front to help us get a better feel for Solace. This is a companion book to The Mark of the Dragonfly, which is set in the same world, and my understanding is that yet another companion book will come out next year. I didn't feel like everything was wrapped up in a bow by the end, but there was enough to feel closure. I'm looking forward to reading more about Solace in the future!

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Jaleigh Johnson is the author of the New York Times Bestselling novel The Mark of the Dragonfly, and The Secrets of Solace, from Delacorte Press.  Her books for the Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms fiction line include The Howling DelveMistshoreUnbroken ChainThe Darker Road, and Spider and Stone. In her spare time, she is an avid gamer, and also enjoys gardening, reading and going to the movies with her husband.

The publisher has generously offered to give a hard copy of this book to one of my readers! The rules are simple: You must be at least 13 years of age and live in the United States. At the end of the giveaway, I will notify the winner who will have 48 hours to respond. If I don't hear from you, a new winner will be chosen. Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Grand Finale Blitz: Fear of Falling by Catherine Lanigan

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Looking Through the Lens Tour Grand Finale for
Fear of Falling
By Catherine Lanigan

Did you enjoy look through Olivia's and Rafe's lens with snapshots of these characters, their lives, and living in Indian Lake? If you missed any of the posts, go back and check them out now (and enjoy the scrapbook of snapshots)...

Launch: Introduction

Welcome to my world of Indian Lake as seen through the eyes of talented, but cowardly photographer, Olivia Melton. Yeah, she’s been obsessed with cameras all her life; snaps majestic pix of horses and animal life. Though she sees the world through a different filter than most of us---commonly known as “creativity”, she’s terrified of failing.

Zerina Blossom's Books - Snapshot: In Love with a Picture

I chose photography as Olivia’s creative talent because it was dream of my sister’s...

Though Nancy was a fair artist, her photographs weren’t prize-winning.   I think that’s why my sister never tried.  Therefore, for Olivia that constant fear of “would she be good enough” is the same fear that holds most of us back from trying our wings.

Becky on Books  - Excerpt:

“Good. Great. Then you’ll control your urge to try to make yourself seem special to your girlfriends by using my horse.”
That was it. Olivia put her hands on her hips and marched around the bakery case and up to Rafe. Tilting her head back she glared at him. “Look, you, bonehead..."

Getting Your Read On  - Review:
Olivia's thing is photography and I love how that was incorporated into the book.  Rafe is all about horses and not just horses, but racing horses and that is something that scares Olivia.  Olivia and Rafe have their share of misunderstandings- back and forth throughout the book. 
Singing Librarian Books  - Review:

Catherine has creating an intriguing story of horse racing and conquering fears, as well as realistic characters that readers will love from page one and throughout the entire story.

Wishful Endings - Character Snapshots


Rafe Barzonni has spent his life trying to live up to his father’s high standards...

Olivia Melton’s father was a gambling addict and lost the family savings at the race track...

EskieMama Reads - Snapshot of Thoroughbred Racing

I have to confess that this idea came from my life. Actually, my mother’s life. 

Horses were in her blood. I still have the newspaper articles from those first horse races.

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Colorimetry - Snapshot of the Indian Lake Deli

Olivia and her mother, Julia, have worked hard to keep the deli open and improving on their menu and catering business. 

Mel's Shelves - Review:

They are likable characters yet each have their flaws. Family and friends are important to them and are a big part of their story. It's a great read for those who enjoy clean contemporary romance!

deal sharing aunt -  Snapshot of Horses and Training Track

Rafe’s track to train his horse... is a place of tranquility, beauty and where dreams are spun. Olivia is drawn to it nearly as much as she is to Rafe...

Reading Is My SuperPower - Review:

Rowan the horse completely stole the show for me. His intuition and personality gave the book an added depth and placed Rowan among the ranks of my favorite animal characters in fiction.

Thoughts of a Blonde - Review:

Olivia Melton works hard with her Mom at Indian Lake Deli and on catering jobs and enjoys her life filled with her close relationship with her Mom and friends around town. She’s not looking for anything more, but can’t believe the attraction she feels for Rafe Barzonni when she runs into him.

I Am A Reader - Snapshot of Indian Lake Series

Indian Lake is a town of loving, sometimes eccentric, characters who are all struggling to find their way in life and love, as all of us do, but they come together as a group, helping, hugging, praying and encouraging each other. 


Any one can see how easy it would be to fall in love in a romantic town like this.

Fear of Falling
(Shores of Indian Lake #5)

by Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her best bet is to stay away

Was Olivia hearing this right? The one man in Indian Lake she'd found truly intriguing since, well, forever—the hopelessly handsome heir to the region's most successful farming operation, Rafe Barzonni—was involved in horse racing? That made him, and her sudden attraction, downright dangerous. He wasn't just out of her league. He was a gambler. Like her father. With the shame of her father's racetrack betting addiction still haunting her, Olivia can't be part of that world. Rafe's world. She can't trust him, or his magnetism. But there's something deep in his incredible blue eyes that keeps drawing her closer…

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Catherine Lanigan is the bestselling author of over thirty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, “Chocolate for a Woman’s Heart”, Chocolate for a Woman’s Spirit”. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over a dozen languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available on audio-cassette, CD and on electronic format. A prolific writer, she is always writing wonderful stories. She has several titles only available in ebook format on Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine for December, 2002, and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. In March, 2006 Divine Nudges: Tales of Angelic Intervention and the second in Lanigan’s Angel Watch series of books, was published by HCI, the Chicken Soup for the Soul publisher.

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