Jump Into the Seven Winds series by @katyamesbooks #romance #womensfiction


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Title: After the Island (Seven Winds Book 1)

Author: Katy Ames

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

“Rules or no rules, Sadie, once our lips touched there was no going back. Not for me. Not ever.”

 

Charming. Brilliant. Powerful. Jack Avery is Sadie’s biggest client and he’s wanted her since the first time she stepped into his office. But for four years he’s managed to conceal every lustful thought, and hide every lurid look. Because no matter how much Jack wants Sadie, any relationship between them is the definition of complicated.

 

Intelligent. Driven. Successful. Sadie Carter’s event planning career is thriving and she’s not about to let anything – or anyone – distract her. Not even the darkly handsome man who can make her pulse race with a lingering look or breath catch with a simple handshake.

 

Until one night, one kiss, changes everything.

 

Professionally, Sadie is at the top of her game. But, personally, there is no way she could ever plan for a man like Jack.

 

So when a work trip to the Caribbean turns into a week in paradise, they’re forced to choose: Pursue a passion that ignites under the tropical night sky? Or risk destroying everything they’ve ever worked for by staying together after the island?

 

Excerpt:

Sadie’s pulse had returned to its regular pace after her dash across the hotel. But even as she kept her eyes casually fixed on Jack’s, she realized that her hand was still clasped in his. As the heat from his broad palm and strong fingers seeped in and spread up her arm, Sadie’s heart began to race for an entirely different reason. Perhaps Jack caught a glimpse of discomfort on her face. Or felt the subtle shiver that raced across her fingers. Either way, he released her hand and took a step back, his smile easy, charming.

 

Sadie swallowed, hoping her voice would come out at a normal octave. “I’m afraid the hotel is putting the final touches on your room and you won’t be able to check in yet.” She cast a glance back at the front desk clerk who was industriously pounding away on the computer. “I’ve given them fifteen minutes to rectify the situation. In the meantime, I’d be happy to give you a quick tour of the property, show you where everything is taking place over the next few days.”

 

Jack shoved his hands into the pockets of his suit pants and rocked back on his heels. “What a kind offer, Sadie. And though I’m sure you’d make a charming tour guide, I see some of my colleagues in the bar. A Scotch and a seat by one of those fireplaces is exactly what I need after today’s trip.”

 

“Of course, Mr. Avery. Please….” Sadie let her voice drop off as she gestured towards the bar. A bizarre motion, she realized, as if she was granting him permission to join his colleagues. But if Jack found it odd, he made no sign of it. Instead, he paused while he pulled a small square of paper from his wallet, scribbled something on the back, and handed it over to her.

 

Sadie plucked the paper from his fingers, careful not to brush his skin with hers. If she’d been less distracted she’d have realized it was a business card before staring at it for a second. But with her brain still skittering over her odd reaction to his handshake, she looked blankly between the card and his face several times before he took pity on her.

 

“My cell phone number.” Still, Sadie’s face remained blank. “If you pass it along to the front desk they can just call or text. When my room is ready.”

 

Sadie closed her eyes, silently cursing her stupidity. And there she stood, mute, a blush creeping up her neck as she mentally berated herself for being an idiot in front of one of her clients.

 

“Certainly, Mr. Avery. I’ll be sure they contact you as soon as your room is ready.” Trying to regain some credibility, Sadie continued, “If you’d like me to bring you the keys just let the front desk know when they call. They have my number. I’d be happy to save you a trip back to the lobby. I can deliver the keys to you at the bar.”

 

“That won’t be necessary, Ms. Carter. I’m perfectly capable of getting into my own room. I’m sure you have far better things to do than babysit me.” Catching the eye of one of his colleagues, Jack gave a brisk wave and headed their way. But as he passed Sadie he paused, dropping his head so that his mouth was inches from her ear. “Don’t worry, Ms. Carter. I’m a big boy. I’m capable of taking care of all sorts of things.”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon + Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0734HPBB8

 

Author Biography:

Katy Ames loves a good story. Whether through blogs, books, or live events, she’s been an avid story teller her entire career.

 

With a bachelor’s in English Literature, Katy is happiest when curled up on her favorite sofa with a captivating read, whether it’s the Romantic poets or contemporary romance. A good glass of bourbon doesn’t hurt, either.

 

Katy lives with her husband and son in Washington, D.C. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s very enthusiastic about fancy cheese, late nights & lazy mornings. Only two of which she gets to enjoy on a regular basis.

 

Katy is a member of both the Romance Writers of America and the Washington Romance Writers.

 

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Title: After the Fall (Seven Winds Book 2)

Author: Katy Ames

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

If there was one man in the world Grace Fitzgerald never wanted to see again, it was Mark Donovan.

 

Sinfully handsome, famously flirtatious, unerringly cocky. Paragon of men. Archetype of entitled a**holes. As a guest at her luxury hotel, Mark was impossible.

 

As the new owner of her hotel, he’s become a nightmare. The kind that wakes Grace in the middle of the night wishing she could forget how right his lips felt against her own, how tempting his fingers were against her skin.

 

But for all of the challenges that Mark and Grace face working together, nothing can prepare them for the undeniable attraction that flares every time they battle for control. Or the secrets that linger in the luxury of the Seven Winds Resort.

 

With no way of escaping each other or their pasts, can they possibly survive life on the island after they fall?

 

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Excerpt:

A loud crack split the air beneath her.

 

“Shit, shit, shit.” Grace ran down to the lower level. Whatever she’d expected to find on the ground floor of the resort’s most expensive villa, this wasn’t it.

 

There, sprawled on the ground, eyes closed, lips skewed in an off-kilter smile, wearing nothing more than a wrinkled pair of shorts, was Mark Donovan, co-founder and CEO of D&A International. Sinfully handsome, wildly successful, obscenely wealthy, unerringly cocky, undeniably brilliant, famously flirtatious. And, Grace was horrified to realize, unconscious and sporting a wicked cut above one eyebrow.

 

“Oh, no, no.” Grace rushed towards him and crouched over Mr. Donovan’s motionless form, her hands fluttering just above his face. Get a grip, Grace. Check to see if he’s breathing, check to make sure nothing is blocking his airways. She focused with a deep breath and shifted her brain to autopilot.

 

Grace’s pulse calmed substantially when she saw Mr. Donovan’s chest rise in a steady, heavy breath. Definitely not dead. Thank the good Lord. Running an assessing glance across his head and body, Grace confirmed that other than the bruise blossoming beneath the cut on his head, Mark appeared to be perfectly fine. Though unconscious.

 

An incoherent mumble broke free of his lips, followed by a muffled snore. Grace amended that last part. Not unconscious. Asleep.

 

Slumping back, Grace rearranged herself so she could sit more comfortably on the floor, her eyes fixed on her unwitting patient. Mark was stretched out and motionless, giving Grace an unparalleled view of his starkly beautiful face and meticulously sculpted body. His eyes were closed and Grace’s gaze wandered across the sharp ridges of his cheekbones and refined slope of his nose, both of which drew her attention down toward his wide, generous mouth, his lips parted, soft puffs of air brushing the strong, supple lines on every exhale.

 

Determined to ignore her sudden impulse to taste those lips, Grace shifted her eyes away. But a particularly deep inhale dragged her back, this time her attention landing on the long planes of his broad chest, light wisps of blond hair dusting the hard curves that came to an abrupt halt against the repetitive ridges of his abdomen.

 

Grace, you need to stop staring. Seriously. Stop staring!

 

But Grace’s eyes had a mind of their own. As Mark breathed, the play of the muscles across his stomach and sides was hypotonic, the slopes and dips elegantly formed, exquisitely defined. Of its own volition, Grace’s tongue slipped across her lower lip as she caught the hint of dark ink dancing across the shadow of one hipbone.

 

God help her, he was beautiful. Every delicious detail all the more enticing at that precise moment because his eyes weren’t flashing in disdain. And his voice wasn’t dripping with irritation. Mark Donovan, silent and still, was perfect.

 

Awake and entitled? Not so much.

 

“Typically, I expect a woman to buy me one drink, at least, before she gets to enjoy such an up-close and personal view.”

 

Grace squeaked in surprise and tried to scramble back, but Mark anchored one of her wrists in a warm, inflexible grasp.

 

“You had an accident. I found you on the floor. I was making sure you weren’t injured.”

 

Confusion, then recollection flashed in the deep indigo of his eyes. Pressing his free hand to the bump on his forehead, he cocked his lips into a crooked grin. “From what I can tell, my injuries are up here. Not”—he nodded in the direction of his crotch—“down there.”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/After-Fall-Seven-Winds-ebook/dp/B0756LSZQ4/

 

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The Second Cup by @SarahMarieGraye is A Beautiful Story of Six Friends and Suicide #bookreview


 

Title: The Second Cup

Author: Sarah Marie Graye

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

University was years ago, but Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love from her days as a student. She knows Jack might have moved on, but when she decides to try and track him down nothing prepares her for the news that he’s killed himself.

With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?

The Second Cup is the first novel by London South Bank University postgraduate scholarship holder Sarah Marie Graye.

“Emotionally challenging and highly original The Second Cup proves a powerful debut for Graye and a hard book to put down.” – Book Viral

 

My Review:

What happens to a group of university friends (or mates as the Brits say) when one of their own commits suicide? No one has heard from Jack in ages and at the same time that Faye decides to see what he’s up to, she gets the news that he killed himself. Crushed beyond belief, she goes to meet her three girlfriends at the pub. Faye, Beth, Abbie and Olivia all deal with the news in their own way and separate from the others.

 

Faye goes on a trip to find Ethan, Jack’s best friend, and her friend as well. Abbie questions her life choices, her husband and deals with a mini-crisis of her own. Olivia is wracked with grief and wonders what will happen next. Beth, it seems, is hit the hardest. She just wants to escape the pain so she takes a pill and winds up in the hospital. Each woman has to come to grips with what happened to Jack and either embrace life or walk away.

 

The Second Cup is an emotive portrait into depression, suicide and the utter despair loved ones feel after someone commits suicide. Six friends, each dealing with their own circumstances at a crossroad, trying to figure out which way to go. Four choose life, one death and one is undecided. A clear message of clinging to what’s important underlies the grief and sadness of losing someone.

 

There are five POV’s which was confusing at the beginning but I understood why Graye choose multiple views. It brings us right in and as the reader, it’s what’s needed to connect with the five friends. The last chapter is Jack’s and while I’m still a little confused about why it’s in the book, it sheds some light on what led to Jack’s suicide.

 

Brilliantly written, Graye takes an intense situation and instead of shying away from it, she strips away the bandage so we can see the raw, oozing wound. Depression is in every corner of the world and suicide rates are rising. This book sheds light on why we need to help those suffering from it in any way we can.

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

“There also seemed to be a calmness between her and the others that hadn’t been there before. Life was like one of Matt’s games and she’d made it to the next level: to adulthood.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Second-Cup-Sarah-Marie-Graye-ebook/dp/B0743LZ4XV/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Second-Cup-Sarah-Marie-Graye-ebook/dp/B0743LZ4XV/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Cup-Sarah-Marie-Graye-ebook/dp/B0743LZ4XV/

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35806547-the-second-cup

 

Author Biography:

Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression. It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision. Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel – about family, friendships and mental health.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://thedissociatedvoice.com/

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/SarahMarieGraye

 

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Marie-Graye/e/B0744LTJPH

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Reconstructing Charlie by @CharJGordon Reads Like a Hallmark Movie! #bookreview #womensfiction


Reconstructing Charlie

 

Title: Reconstructing Charlie

Author: Charmaine Gordon

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

 

My Review:

Charlie’s been on the run from her abusive father her whole life. In one terrifying moment, Charlie stops running and protects her mother and siblings. Blood on her hands, her mother packs a suitcase and ships Charlie off to an estranged aunt and uncle. “Don’t lose this, Charlie. It’s your passport to a new life.” With a note and suitcase, Charlie walks out on her old life and starts a brand new one.

 

So begins the story of Charlie. Her aunt and uncle are the family she’s never had and they provide everything Charlie needs to turn her life around. A good home, love, affection and opportunities galore. It’s up to Charlie to carve out a life for herself and make her lofty dreams come true. Along the way, she encounters strife, inner turmoil and guilt. She has obstacles to overcome and a past life to bury, but she does it with the support of her new-found family and friends. Spanning over a decade, Charlie grows from an insecure teenager into a confident woman of business.

 

I loved this book! It’s an inspiring story of a young woman torn between her past life and building a new one. It’s a fast-paced novel which reads like your favorite Lifetime/Hallmark Channel movie. My heart broke for Charlie, at how she had to live in such fear around her father and grown up way too fast. I loved how her new family embraced her as their own (especially Edgar and Robert). The men come and go in Charlie’s life but each of them teach Charlie something and that is real life in a nutshell.

 

If you’re looking for an empowering women’s fiction written with emotion, pick up this book today! You won’t regret it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Charlie. She could’ve crumbled and lived a terrible life but instead, thanks to a wonderful support system, grew into a beautiful, caring, compassion women. I loved her fiery spirit and determination to make a difference. She’s a role model to young women and women everywhere.

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B004KKZ6WS/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B004KKZ6WS/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reconstructing-Charlie-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B004KKZ6WS/

 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/38890?ref=lexcycle

 

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/lu/book/reconstructing-charlie/id419793348?mt=11

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reconstructing-charlie-charmaine-gordon/1100075654?ean=2940011188084

 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/reconstructing-charlie

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10364570-reconstructing-charlie

 

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Author Biography:

Charmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive. Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch, and her series of Mature Romances, The Beginning…Not the End.

 

“I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand– in leg model, my first job giving me entrée into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.”

 

You can reach Charmaine at
http://authorCharmaineGordon.wordpress.com

 

And on her FB page http://www.facebook.com/charmaine.gordon

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Starting Over by @CharJGordon #romance #romanticsuspense #MFRWAuthor


Starting Over

 

Title Starting Over

Series Women Who Survive and Thrive

Author Charmaine Gordon

Genre Women’s Fiction, Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb

Each morning, Emily Kendrick runs on the hard-packed sand of St. Augustine Beach to clear her mind and heal her heart.

From the widow’s walk of the house perched high on the dunes, a man trains his binoculars on Emily…

 

Excerpt

Chapter 1

She ran as fast as she could on the hard packed sand this early morning in February, still cold in St. Augustine, Florida. Cold and beautiful with the tide out and no one around. Almost always surefooted, not as steady since Larry died eight months before, Emily Kendrick stumbled and caught her balance. There was a sense of someone watching her, close to her, yet she ran into no one on the deserted beach. It was almost an everyday occurrence. Tears spilled down her face just as the hurdles set for the track team came up. Easy leap over the first one, the second knocked over by a careless foot. Emily fell and didn’t get up.

 

A lone runner sprinted through the waves and hurried to aid the fallen woman.

 

Binoculars slammed against the railing of the widow’s walk where two eyes had been watching the long-legged runner for months. From his well hidden perch high up on the mansion over-looking the Atlantic Ocean, under investigation the infamous Clifford Lansdale said, “She’s mine.” Fragments of the expensive binoculars lay at his feet.

 

“Are you all right?” the runner said.

 

Emily laughed and cried. “Oh sure. I never stumble like this and the kids will be coming down for practice soon. I’ve got to be on top of my game to train them.” She stood up, checked all her parts to make sure nothing was damaged and brushed off sand. “Thanks for stopping by. I’m Emily Kendrick.” She noticed the runner checking out all her parts too and shook her head. Guys. They just can’t help it.

 

“Patrick Corwin. What kids?”

 

“I coach the women’s track team at the college. We’re at the beach most days before the crowd.” She opened a thermos and offered tea. Patrick begged off.

 

“I run early before office hours. Have to get up to Jacksonville before morning rush.” He fished a business card from his running shorts. “Call me. I’d enjoy getting to know you better, Emily.”

 

Patrick left before she had a chance to say no. How could she ever go out with another man? Larry was the best husband in the world, her high school sweetie. Emily didn’t know how she was going to spend the rest of her life without him. Their children were grown up and married. They loved her but had their own lives to lead. “Go out, Mom,” Tommy said. “Have some fun. Dad wouldn’t want you to be alone.” Her daughter wasn’t eager for her to date. “Play Bridge, learn how to use the computer we bought you. I’ll have a baby for you to play with.” Emily hated card games, computers were scary, babies sounded wonderful but is that how life would be?

 

From sounds of a bus coming over the nearby dune, Emily knew the team had arrived. Time to work and work was the answer for now.

 

Buy Links:

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/10726/3/starting-over

 

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Over-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B003BVJCHM/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Starting-Over-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B003BVJCHM/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Starting-Over-Charmaine-Gordon-ebook/dp/B003BVJCHM/

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/starting-over-charmaine-gordon/1100073061?ean=2940000833049

 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/starting-over-28

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7880797-starting-over

 

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Author Biography

Charmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive. Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch, and her series of Mature Romances, The Beginning…Not the End.

“I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand– in leg model, my first job giving me entrée into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.”

You can reach Charmaine at
http://authorCharmaineGordon.wordpress.com

And on her FB page http://www.facebook.com/charmaine.gordon

High Hopes by @suelilleyauthor explores #adoption as well as #romance and secrets! #bookreview


High Hopes

 

Title: High Hopes

Author: Sue Lilley

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”

Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.

Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student – how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.

Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?

Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.

 

My Review:

Three best friends, since childhood, come to grips with a startling one-night stand and the daughter that has come searching for answers.

 

Grace receives a letter from her daughter, whom she gave up for adoption 19 years ago, wanting to meet her birth parents. In order to do that, Grace must confess her long-buried secret to her two best friends, whom are now married. She decides to do it in person and travels to Penrowan. She meets a sexy twenty something gardener, Danny, who only complicates matters. Grace stalls sharing her secret, trying to find the right time but in essence, she’s scared. What will happen to their friendships when she drops the bomb? Will Grace survive and what about the handsome Danny who’s an older woman’s fantasy? Everyone has High Hopes of a happy ending… most of all, Grace.

 

I loved the premise of this book and wasn’t prepared for how s-l-o-w the plot moved. Grace keeps stalling and the more I read, the more Grace didn’t tell her two best friends the truth. Instead, she shopped, drank wine, went clubbing and panted after the 20 something Danny. The cattiness between Dixie and Grace surprised me. I mean, aren’t they supposed to be best friends? Sam’s obvious jealousy towards Grace’s love interests pointed to a secret love which was far too predictable. I didn’t get much steaminess but a solid women’s fiction story about love, mistakes and making amends.

 

I did enjoy the banter/sexual tension between Grace and Danny. They were cute with the “does he/she like me or doesn’t he/she”. Grace, for being almost 40, has a lot of issues to deal with and I did enjoy her growth as a character. It just took a long time to get there. The ending made it all worthwhile and it was very satisfactory, in my view.

 

If you like your romance with depth, pick up this book today. The themes of birth parents and adoption are prevalent throughout High Hopes.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive.

 

My Rating:  3.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/High-Hopes-Sue-Lilley-ebook/dp/B01EIJYJAU

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/High-Hopes-Sue-Lilley-ebook/dp/B01EIJYJAU

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/High-Hopes-Sue-Lilley-ebook/dp/B01EIJYJAU

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29960165-high-hopes

 

Author Biography:

Sue Lilley loves getting lost in a page-turning story and can never put a good book down. When she isn’t escaping somewhere else in her imagination, she lives in the north east of England, near the stunning Northumberland coastline and the famous Alnwick Castle, last seen in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter movies.

Her practical exterior hides the soul of a daydreamer and compulsive people watcher. She’s often found eavesdropping on people’s conversations on the Metro for inspiration. She’s been married to Michael, an artist and fellow creative spirit, for more years than they’re brave enough to count.

Described as an exciting new voice in Women’s Fiction, Sue’s first novel, Another Summer was called “an alluring example of its genre” by BookViral. Her second novel, High Hopes was described by OnlineBookClub.org as “a story that holds immense appeal for readers who like plots containing sizzling love triangles.”

She is hard at work on her third novel. If you don’t want to miss it, sign up here to be notified when it’s released:
https://www.suelilley.com .

If you have a question or feedback you’d like to share, you can email Sue at: sue@suelilley.com

You can follow Sue on Twitter: @suelilleyauthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Out of the Box Awakening by @JenTheRiot Audio Release! #womensfiction #audio @MoBPromos


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My Baby Wrote Me A Letter by @JacqBiggar #ReleaseDay + #Giveaway! #womensfiction #mgtab #books


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Title: My Baby Wrote Me A Letter

Author: Jacquie Biggar

Genre: Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

A family’s brush with the past will threaten the fabric of their lives.

 

Grace Freeman is eight months pregnant, and with her navy husband away on a mission, she craves the security of her childhood home in Canada.

 

When she finds a letter written by her long-lost mother, it creates a tear in the foundation of those she loves.

 

Can Grace find a way to bring her family peace, or will a message from the past destroy their future?

 

 

Special Canada Day Giveaway:

Jacquie would like to gift an e-copy of My Baby Wrote Me A Letter to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is share your favorite Canada Day/4th of July/Summertime food/drink at the bottom of the post.

 

Open internationally.

 

Jackie will choose a winner on Wednesday, July 5th.

 

 

Excerpt:

Home.

 

He’d been to many beautiful countries in his lifetime, but nothing had ever quite compared to the Canadian Rockies. He remembered the first time he and Beth had traveled this road, young and in love. They had just enough money to put a down payment on the acreage, the house came later—in stages as the kids were born. Money was tight, but it hadn’t mattered. They had a roof, the land supplemented their diet. And then he’d ruined it by taking the correspondent job.

 

They hit a deep pothole and he grunted, feeling the punch to his arthritic joints.

 

Thomas glanced over his shoulder, hands wrestling the steering wheel. “Sorry, Dad. We’re getting the road re-topped, just waiting for the frost heaves to come out first.”

 

Ben looked back, too, a reckless grin on his still-round face. “I told him to leave it, more fun this way.”

 

Leo leaned forward so he could tap his brother’s head. “You’re such an idiot,” he said, the affection obvious in his tone.

 

“Hey,” Ben grouched good-naturedly, rubbing the supposed injury. “Watch the hair.”

 

“What hair?” Grace added her two bits, her smile bright enough to light up the dim cab.

Ben shot her a wounded look. “Ouch. That hurts, sis. You know I’m sensitive about my curls.”

It was true. He could have had shares in a popular hair product, the amount he used to flatten those dreaded curls.

 

“You kids quit your squabbling,” Ray muttered, anxious for his first glimpse of the house. He’d only been away a few months, but it seemed longer. In some indefinable way, he thought if he just waited long enough, maybe Beth would hear he’d changed and come back. Silly probably, but his heart lived in hope nonetheless.

 

He placed his hand over the letter hidden away in his chest pocket, and met Gracie’s worried gaze. Did she realized just how much she looked like her mother with the same expressive, warm hazel eyes and silky chestnut hair? It hit him in the solar plexus every time she smiled.

 

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Jacquie Biggar

 

Author Biography:

JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.

 

She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls.

 

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

 

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂

 

Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site:

 

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Or email her via her web site. Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

 

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Fat Girl Begone! by @dehaggerty is #RomanticComedy Gold! #bookreview #romance #RRBC


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Title: Fat Girl Begone!

Author: D. E. Haggerty

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

 

Book Blurb:

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

 

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

 

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My Review:

Everly is having a bad day. First, her boyfriend dumps her because, and I quote, “I diet too much and don’t love myself.” Yeah, talk about a douchebag. So she calls up her best friend, Blaze, and there’s lots of tequila drinking. The next morning, Blaze picks her up and drags her to the gym to meet up with Evie’s brand new hotter than hot personal trainer. Yup, while drunk on tequila, Evie signed up for a gym membership and six months personal training sessions. Why? Because she, like most of us women out there when we get dumped, wants to have a great bod when she runs into her ex again and have him beg to take her back.

 

But the universe has a funny sense of humor. While Evie wants to lose weight to show up her ex, Josh, she meets two hot guys who are interested in dating her. There’s her drop-dead gorgeous personal trainer, Gabriel, who flirts with her and then asks her out for a date. Then there’s the cute but geeky Carter, a member at the gym who’s clearly interested in her. Which one will Evie choose?

 

I’m a huge Haggerty fan and pretty much anything she writes is romantic comedy gold. I’m serious. Move over Kinsella and Fielding, you’ve got competition with D. E. Haggerty. Not only does she create such life-like characters and situations (has she been stealing my diary?), but she’s one of the few writers out there who’s got the gift for comedic timing. It takes talent to blend humorous situation with laugh out loud (yes, I’m peeing my pants) dialogue and Haggerty’s got it in spades.

 

Okay, let’s talk about Fat Girl Begone! and what I loved about it. I instantly connected with Everly and her over-fascination with her “jiggly” bits. She’s just been dumped and suddenly finds herself trying to keep up with the beautiful gym people. Hey, I’ve been there and done that. Then, she’s got three men trying to win her attention. I love Carter best but that could be my inner geek coming out. Everly’s best friend (Blaze) is the best friend in the world and has got Evie’s back! She’s my favorite character next to Everly and Carter. She loves her best friend and wants the best for her. Every gal has to have a bestie like Blaze, who tells it like it is.

 

If you love romantic comedy and all the hijinx that comes along with life’s ups and downs, Fat Girl Begone! is a must-read! I loved it so much and it’s Haggerty’s best book to date!

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

“You’re not getting this. You’re it for me. I feel it in my bones. You’re not out of my league. Your league is so far above mine, I’m surprised you even noticed me let alone looked down and smiled upon me.”

 

And a bonus second quote because they’re both my favorite quote(s) –

 

And then we celebrate. Without clothes. The best kind of celebrating there is.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

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Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fat-girl-begone-de-haggerty/1126081046?ean=2940154089385

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34683994-fat-girl-begone

 

D E Haggerty

 

Author Biography:

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

 

Fat Girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

 

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Charlie’s Family Secret Omnibus Edition by @CharJGordon #books #womensfiction


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Title: Charlie’s Family Secret Omnibus Edition

Author: Charmaine Gordon

Genre: Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Vanilla Heart

 

Book Blurb:

3 Charmaine Gordon Novels in 1 Volume!

Reconstructing Charlie
Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

Sin of Omission
A twist of fate intervenes when Shelley keeps a secret that threatens to break apart the Costigans and her future. A mysterious client, Deanna Rose, enters Haven, victim of a savage beating under strange circumstances. Shelley investigates and finds Ms. Rose has an unsavory past. With the reputation and safety of Haven at stake, Shelley is at risk to lose everything and everyone she cares about.

The Catch
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this time.

 

Excerpt:

“I need you, Jimmy Costigan”

Words he’d heard since childhood chilled him. Not again. Oh please, not again.

Strong hands gripped the tall cowboy and spun him around and he wasn’t an easy man to spin. In high heels, Shelley Jackson faced him eye to eye,

“Just when I was makin’ a clean getaway,” he said. “Whatcha need now?”

“You. I’m alone with hostage survivors and no one to help me.”

“Hostage?”

“Didn’t your sister tell you or maybe you weren’t listening.”

“Whoa.” He held up a calloused hand. “What happened?”

“How are you with small children?”

A profound pain hit him in the gut. “The best,” he said.

“Great. see if they’ll confide in you.”

 

Giveaway:

One commenter will win an e-copy of Sin of Omission. All you have to do is answer this question:

 

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when seeing this title: Sin of Omission? Creativity encouraged.

 

Open Internationally. Comment below from May 24 – May 29. Winner will be picked by Charmaine Gordon on May 30th and the winner will be contacted via email.  

 

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Author Biography:

I write books about women who Survive and thrive. My motto is take one step forward and leave your past behind to begin again; a lesson learned from the loss of my first love.

While working as an actor for many years, I didn’t realize I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and direction from Mike Nichols, Harrison For, Anthony Hopkins and more of the best. I even had one day on Saturday Night Live with Robin Williams. When the sweet time ended because I lost my voice, creative juices flowed and I began to write.

 

Social Media Links:

Twitter @CharJGordon

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Wedding Dreams: 20 Delicious Nuptial Romances by 20 Authors! #romance #giveaway @XpressoTours




 

Wedding Dreams: 20 Delicious Nuptial Romances
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

 

**You are invited to the weddings of your dreams**

 

Twenty award-winning, USA Today and International best-selling authors have come together to bring you over 3,000 pages of love, lust, and lusciously sexy men.

 

From sweet second chance romances to bad boys, BBWs, and brides looking for revenge, this is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys Romance or Women’s Fiction. These pages are packed with cozy romances, thrilling international and holiday adventures, and sweet heart-melting stories. Our authors bring you everything from hot cowboys to rockstar romances, elegant weddings to nuptial disasters, and blushing brides to bold women, all in a delightful celebration of love.

 

You’re in for a wild, passionate ride on a breathtaking voyage to make your heart soar. This box set will leave you craving all things marital and wishing the honeymoon would never end.

 

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Edna and Luna by Gleah Powers @GPWriterArtist #fiction #womensfiction #giveaway


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Title—EDNA AND LUNA

Author —Gleah Powers

Genre—Fiction

Publisher—Vine Leaves Press

 

Book Blurb

Set in the American Southwest, Edna and Luna is the story of two women: a lonely, recently widowed eccentric and a much younger new age healer. Facing old age and a hysterectomy, Edna, at 70, reminisces and ruminates about her losses as she makes unsuccessful attempts to start a new life. She tries to befriend her hairdresser, her gardener and a man she meets at a senior dance who makes sexual advances in the swimming pool. Luna, at 35, ridiculed since childhood for her unorthodox gift of healing, has left a violent husband before moving to a local trailer park. Despite Edna’s initial suspicions that Luna is both out of her mind and after her money, their relationship becomes an odyssey filled with unpredictable depths and discoveries for both women.

 

 

Giveaway—

Enter to win one of two copies of EDNA AND LUNA

Open Internationally and runs April 5 through May 5

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Excerpt—

Edna wheeled her cart over to the chicken cooler and after scrutinizing the size, weight, date and price, put a three pack of breasts in her cart. She made her way to lemons. She’d had a craving all week for the lemon cake she used to make for Hank on Sundays. As she sniffed one lemon after another testing for sweetness, an unkempt woman appeared beside her and began moving her hands through the air over the pink grapefruits. Her nails were dirty and the joints of her fingers were knobby. Edna had read that that came from too much knuckle cracking. The woman wore a big silver ring with a milky white stone held in place with star-shaped prongs. Edna had seen her in the market before but not this close. Suddenly she felt another twinge in her pelvis and dropped her bag of lemons. She tried the breathing exercise again, but this time it didn’t work. Edna put her hand over her belly and said to the cramp, “Knock it off.”

 

“Were you talking to me?” The tall wiry woman had stringy blonde hair that hung over the sides of her face and Edna could see her nipples through her flimsy top.

 

“No, I wasn’t.”

 

“Am I in your way? I was just checking to see which of these grapefruits wanted to go home with me.” The woman told Edna she’d just moved to town and was scouting the markets in Phoenix to see where she best resonated with the food.

“Are you okay? I noticed you were holding your stomach.”
“I’m fine.”  Edna snapped a plastic bag off the roll above her head.

 

“Are you sure you don’t need some help? I could at least pick out some lemons for you. I just need to touch your arm so I can feel your energy.”

 

“No, thank you.” Edna pulled her shoulders back.

 

“I love that you’re wearing a Christmas tree in the summertime. I do that. Leave my tree up all year long.”

 

“If you must know, it has nothing to do with Christmas. It just so happens December 25th is my birthday. This is a birthday pin.” Edna was tired of feeling obligated to speak and exchange smiles with strangers. Even when she was young, men she didn’t know would come right up to her on a street corner and say, “Smile, honey. It can’t be all that bad.” Now that she was older and a widow, she realized she could get away with things like bumping into people who were in her way or stepping on their feet and then pretending she’d lost her balance, which she decided to do with the barefooted woman now.

 

“Oh, I’m so sorry. Did I hurt you?”

 

“It’s okay.” The woman picked up her foot and began massaging her big toe. “I understand where you’re coming from.”

 

“What? It was an accident.” Edna spun her cart around and headed for the liquor aisle to get her usual half-gallon of Ancient Age. Before checking out, she picked up some frozen dinners and a Sara Lee Fudge cake.  Thank God two people came up behind her in line before the grapefruit woman got there.

 

 

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Gleah Powers

Author Biography—

Born in Chicago and raised and educated in the American Southwest, Gleah Powers has led a life by turns grounded and nomadic—a perfect preparation for discovering in herself the voices of Edna and Luna. In her early teens, she lived with her grandmother in Phoenix. At 18, she traveled with the production of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point. (Antonioni, suffering from insomnia, liked that Gleah was a worthy opponent at cards. She even taught him to play gin rummy.) Thereafter she studied art in Mexico City and at Cal Arts in Los Angeles; moved to New York where she worked as an actor, model, bartender and administrative assistant to a wealthy philanthropist; and became an explorer and teacher of alternative therapies. These adventures will be detailed in the memoir she is currently writing. Edna and Luna is her first novel. Visit her website at: www.gleahpowers.com

 

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Edna and Luna by @GPwriterartist Celebrates Women with Humor and Grace #bookreview


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Title: Edna and Luna

Author: Gleah Powers

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Set in the American Southwest, ‘Edna & Luna’ is the story of two women: a lonely, recently widowed eccentric, and a much younger new age healer. Facing old age and a hysterectomy, Edna, at 70, reminisces and ruminates about her losses as she makes unsuccessful attempts to start a new life. She tries to befriend her hairdresser, her gardener, and a man she meets at a senior dance who makes sexual advances in the swimming pool. Luna, at 35, ridiculed since childhood for her unorthodox gift of healing, has left a violent husband before moving to a local trailer park. Despite Edna’s initial suspicions that Luna is both out of her mind and after her money, their relationship becomes an odyssey filled with unpredictable depths and discoveries for both women.

 

My Review:

Two women, Edna and Luna, forge an unlikely friendship and traverse through life’s ups and downs. Edna is dealing with life in the Southwest as a widow and it’s much more difficult than even her country club friends realize. Luna is a mid-thirties new age healer dealing with her own form of isolation. A chance meeting at the grocery store changes their lives forever.

 

Two strong, independent women are front and center in Edna and Luna, which delights me. No hair-pulling, no back-stabbing, just two women trying to figure out this crazy thing called life. Told in dual POV, each chapter unveils a snapshot of Edna’s or Luna’s life. From the mundane (grocery shopping for one) to the poignant (miscarriage), the reader befriends both women at the same time. The metaphysical sub-plot added a mystique to the story which gave it an almost ethereal backdrop.

 

Women’s Fiction is not just about dating and romance, it’s about women and journeying through life. Edna and Luna made me laugh, cry, nod my head in agreement and form a bond with the characters. Powers is truly gifted in sharing the female experience (pregnancy to miscarriage to menopause) with humor and grace.

 

A must read!

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character: Edna. She’s a quirky character with definite beliefs and morals. Upon first meeting Luna, she thinks Luna’s a nutcase but as time goes on and the Universe keeps putting them together, Edna realizes Luna may just be the friend she’s always needed. Dealing with living as a widow is a challenge for Edna and I loved her shock when her handyman tries to kiss her. She’s one in a million and I wanted to reach into the book and hug her.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Edna-Luna-Gleah-Powers-ebook/dp/B01L2KOAF2

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30847563-edna-and-luna

 

Author Biography:

Born in Chicago and raised and educated in the American Southwest, Gleah Powers has led a life by turns grounded and nomadic-a perfect preparation for discovering in herself the voices of Edna and Luna. In her early teens, she lived with her grandmother in Phoenix. At 18, she traveled with the production of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point. (Antonioni, suffering from insomnia, liked that Gleah was a worthy opponent at cards. She even taught him to play gin rummy.) Thereafter she studied art in Mexico City and at Cal Arts in Los Angeles; moved to New York where she worked as an actor, model, bartender and administrative assistant to a wealthy philanthropist; and became an explorer and teacher of alternative therapies. These adventures will be detailed in the memoir she is currently writing. Edna and Luna is her first novel. Visit her website at: www.gleahpowers.com

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gleah.powers

Twitter https://twitter.com/GPwriterartist

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/gleahpowers

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Fling! by @lilyionamac is Available in #Audio! #literaryfiction #womensfiction #giveaway


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Title:  Fling!

Author: Lily Iona MacKenzie

Genre: Literary/Women’s Fiction/Humor

Publisher: Pen-L Publishing

 

Book Blurb:  

Fling! features 57-year-old Feather and her 90-year-old mother Bubbles. They travel from Canada to Mexico, making stops in San Francisco and the Isle of Skye, seeking answers to family mysteries during their odyssey. What they find instead is a whole new view of life that they hadn’t considered before.

Lewis Buzbee, who teaches creative writing in the University of San Francisco’s MFA in writing program and has published several volumes of fiction and non-fiction, says, “Fling is both hilarious and touching, the madcap journey of an aging mother and her adult daughter from cold Protestant Canada into the hallucinogenic heart of Mexico’s magic, where the past literally comes to life.  Every page is a surprise, and ‘Bubbles’ is one of the most endearing mothers in recent fiction.  A scintillating read.”

 

Excerpt:

Waiting for Bubbles to answer the door, Feather dangles her straw tote bag from one shoulder. She’s wearing an ankle-length red peasant skirt with matching top and scuffed brown leather hiking boots. A yellow cotton triangle partly conceals her long dark auburn hair, now streaked with gray.

The door opens, and before Feather can speak, words rush out of Bubbles’ mouth: “Mother’s ashes, they’re in the dead letter office. Mexico City.” Feather sighs and steps inside, sets down her bag, and gives her mum a tentative hug. The corset she’s wearing prevents Feather from feeling her generous curves, and she can smell urine. The scent is mixed with cheap Evening in Paris perfume. As usual, she feels overwhelmed by this woman who gave birth to her.

Bubbles pulls away and pats her hair. “I’m telling you, we need to make plane reservations right away.”

“Cool it, Mum. You’ll have a heart attack!”

Pure white hair a frizzed halo, scalp pink as a baby’s, she checks out Feather from head to foot and shakes her head. “I thought you’d be dressed up for my party.”

“I am dressed up!” Feather should be used to her mother’s scrutiny by now and her disapproval of anything that isn’t the latest in fashion. But she isn’t. It still stings when she doesn’t accept her as she is, a leftover hippie from the ’60s.

Bubbles swerves away from Feather and lurches toward the coffee table, snatching a creased, brown manila envelope from among the clutter there. “I’m serious! Mother’s ashes—” She hands her the letter. “Look: it says Mexico City. But I can’t make out these words: Oficina de cartas perdidas. What do they mean?”

“I think it’s the office of lost packages.”

Feather flops onto the love seat, sending up a cloud of dust, and reads the letter aloud: “Dear Madam: There big box dead letter office address you name. Come get box. Mrs. Heather MacDonald ashes. Nun found box and note for family. Have box many years. No send ashes by mail for health reasons. When you pick up?”

“Granny’s ashes? She popped off years ago.”

Bubbles paces, the bunny ears on her slippers flopping back and forth, almost tripping her. “You’ve got to take me to Mexico City. It’ll be like old times. Traveling together.”

Feather throws up her hands. “Mexico City? No way. They kill tourists there. Anyway, I already have plans for the summer. I’m doing research in Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende on matriarchal cultures.” She’s been interested in spending more time in Mexico since doing her earth goddess series of sculptures. The matriarchy still lives there, hidden under the layers of modern life. There’s something very primitive hovering in that country.

Bubbles scowls. “I can’t just leave her in a foreign country. I could get killed here, too. Gangs are attacking old people all the time. Never mind, I’ll get Buddy to take me.”

“Buddy! Jesus, Mum, he can’t handle a trip like that.”

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Enter to win one of two audio copies of Fling!

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Publisher http://www.pen-l.com/Fling.html

 

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Author Biography:

 A Canadian by birth, a high school dropout, and a mother at 17, in my early years, I supported myself as a stock girl in the Hudson’s Bay Company, as a long distance operator for the former Alberta Government Telephones, and as a secretary (Bechtel Corp sponsored me into the States). I also was a cocktail waitress at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, briefly broke into the male-dominated world of the docks as a longshoreman (I was the first woman to work on the SF docks and almost got my legs broken), founded and managed a homeless shelter in Marin County, co-created THE STORY SHOPPE, a weekly radio program for children that aired on KTIM in Marin County, CA, and eventually earned two Master’s degrees (one in Creative writing and one in the Humanities). I have published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 150 American and Canadian venues. Bone Songs, another novel, will be published in 2017. Freefall: A Divine Comedy will be released in 2018. My poetry collection All This was published in 2011. I also taught writing at the University of San Francisco for over 30 years, and I blog at https://lilyionamackenzie.wordpress.com .

 

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Twitter @lilyionamac

Single Chicas by Sandra C. Lopez is a Fresh Take on the Single Life #BookReview #WomensFiction


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Title: Single Chicas

Author: Sandra C. Lopez

Genre: Short Stories, Hispanic Fiction, Women’s Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you’re looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you’re better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas

 

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

 

My Review:

There’s a brand new voice in Women’s Fiction and her name is Sandra Lopez. Single Chicas brings a new perspective to the trials and tribulations of being a single woman. A Hispanic group of women dealing with everything from being hit on by men in the grocery store to a crank caller to learning to love oneself to trying to please your family. These six short stories will make you laugh, cry, nod your head in agreement and so much more.

 

Sandra Lopez knows what she writes and it adds truth to the characters in these stories. She sprinkles humor throughout while bringing up serious topics like love, friendship, stalkers, self-esteem and what it means to straddle two cultures. I laughed at loud at the story when a chica attempts to diffuse an unwanted suitor trying to pick her up at the grocery store by pretending to be a lesbian, only to have it back-fire on her in a big way.

 

Both single and married women will enjoy these stories. As a married woman, I remembered fondly going through similar experiences as a single woman. Not to sound like a cliché but I could totally see this Hispanic Sex and the City group of women becoming a hit for television. A must read!

 

Favorite Quote:

“Guys really suck. I mean, are they stupid? Do they realize how much they suck?” – The Lesbian Theory

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Single-Chicas-Sandra-C-Lopez-ebook/dp/B01KG85F1Y

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/658343

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/single-chicas

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/single-chicas-sandra-lopez/1124415443?ean=2940153681405

 

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Author Biography:

Sandra Lopez is considered one of today’s influential Latina writers in young adult literature. Her first novel, “Esperanza,” a teen fiction novel, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college! “Beyond the Gardens,” is the sequel to her engaging and inspirational heroine, Esperanza.

 

She travels as much as she can and is currently at work on her next book.

 

To find out more about her books, please visit her website at www.sandra-lopez.com

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.sandra-lopez.com/pages/home.html

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1656820.Sandra_C_Lopez

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandra-Lopez/173657042664609

Blog http://sandrasbookclub.blogspot.com/

Shelfari http://www.shelfari.com/sandrasbookreviews/shelf

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

The Phoenix Syndrome by Claire Gem @GemWriter + #EntertoWin Amazon GC #Romance #MFRWAuthor


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Title:    The Phoenix Syndrome

Author:    Claire Gem

Genre:     Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction

Publisher:  Erato Publishing

 

Book Blurb:

Turning forty, for lab technician Lannie Marvin, is rough. It’s the day she discovers her husband is leaving her for a younger “soulmate.” At work, a crazed mouse brutally bites her. Then Lannie goes a little crazy, too.

Seems she’s recently developed a serious crush on the drummer of her son’s favorite heavy metal band. Waking up to her husband’s empty closet, her finger still throbbing from the mouse bite, Lannie snaps. Under the ruse of a shopping trip, Lannie kidnaps her sister-in-law/best friend and heads toward Bethel, New York – the site of the original Woodstock concert.

Just so happens Dreamwish is playing a concert there, and Lannie managed to procure the pair of tickets her son won but couldn’t use.

Tristan Allard, the band’s drummer, holds this breast cancer benefit every year in memory of his late wife. The musician is beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when a sexually charged, extremely attractive, slightly older woman literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.

The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality boomerangs way too soon. Tristan is headed back to the UK to audition his next album’s scores. And for Lannie, an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.

Lannie soon discovers the treated mice are going deaf.

 

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Excerpt:

But then there was the drummer. If not for the overhead monitors panning in for close-ups during the performance, I might never have known he existed. What a travesty that would have been.

In a word, he was . . . magnificent. He sat like a king on his throne at the elevated rear of the stage, sparkling silver-flake drums surrounding him like loyal minions. The monitor directly over our seats focused on him often, so close and so clear I could see the sweat glistening on sculpted upper arms, bare beneath a black muscle shirt stretched taut across a broad chest. Some sort of ink crawled over one bicep. A black-and-white paisley bandanna covered most of his head, but long, dark curls framed his face and clung damp against his neck. His facial hair, limited to a sparse mustache and goatee, was chocolate brown. I indulged in the fantasy that his eyes were that same sweet, smoldering color.

His passion for his work was palpable. Hands flying, head bobbing, he was completely engrossed, as if the music were a drug he was tripping on. His hooded eyes gave him the look of a sleepy lover, but when he did open them, I could swear he was gazing directly at me.

Looking back on that night, I can’t be sure how long we’d sat there before I fixated on my drummer boy. The music, which at first grated on my senses as way too loud and completely discordant, gradually began to permeate my brain. Before long, my bare toes started tapping against the carpeted floor. I freed one hand from my cup of wine to pat my thigh in time with the music. When my head began to bob, almost of its own accord, I smiled.

Ah, now I know why they call progressive metal fans head bangers.

 

We were climbing into my brother’s SUV, Paul at the wheel with Jeri and Jay next to him in the front. I sat squashed between my husband and son in the back.

“So, what did you guys do for all that time?” Ryan asked.

“We saw Dreamwish,” Paul piped up from the front, sounding as though his statement actually made sense.

“You saw our concert? You guys?” Jay sputtered through his laughter.

I opened my eyes to find my son staring at me in much the same way Jeri had been earlier.

“How’d you like it, Mom?” Ryan asked in a slight singsong of ridicule, which I chose to ignore.

I hesitated, clearing my throat. “The music is . . . different,” I said.

I caught my brother watching me in the rearview mirror. He was wearing an impish grin. “It’s true, Ryan,” he said. “For a while there, we were afraid your mother might run off with one of the roadies.”

“To hell with the roadies,” I snapped. “If I run off, it will definitely be with the yummy drummer.”

 

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bIMkHJ

 

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Author Biography:

Claire writes intensely emotional romantic novels. Her vision is to transport her readers into another place and time, creating characters so real, readers miss them when they reach The End. Her heroes are hot, & her heroines strong and brave: a combination producing the spark to fan the flames of your most intense romantic fantasies. Claire’s characters are human, just like you & me. They make mistakes, they get clumsy sometimes, & they’re not too proud to laugh at themselves & each other.

 

The keyword here is EMOTION. Big on the Sigh factor, Claire’s stories aim to hit you straight in the heart and leave you smiling through happy tears.

 

She writes in two genres: romance w/a ghostly twist, and sexy contemporary. Claire’s books are like a thrill ride at a theme park. Whether it’s spooky-scary, angst-ridden relationships filled with gut-wrenching turmoil, silly chuckle moments, or hot-flash-inducing sex, Claire guarantees to take you on an emotionally intense romantic journey.

 

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Welcome to Havenport by @RuthACasie et. al. is the Perfect #Beachread! #romance #MFRWAuthor


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Title: Welcome to Havenport

Author: Lita Harris, Emma Kaye, Ruth A. Casie, Nicole S. Patrick

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

A multi-author romance novella boxed set.

Get the latest with Havenport Herald’s very own gossip queen, Candy Apples.
Gossip with a snarky, tart bite…

SUMMER’S HEATING UP!

After a much-needed revamping of The Final Chapter, resident sweetie Olivia Baxter has reopened the bookstore as A New Chapter–and launched Serendipity, a metaphysical shop next door. But that’s not all she’s been up to. The grapevine tells me that cutie Max Porter is back in town, and they’ve made an intimate connection. Sounds intriguing. After all, there’s nothing better for New Beginnings than young love…

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Rumor has it Christa Morrow skipped town on that hunky Jeremy Pearce months ago. Heard he wasn’t so faithful. Now she’s back…and I love to see a man grovel. There’s something strange in the air around these two. A little magick? Hocus-pocus, and maybe they’ll be a couple again. Can’t wait to watch. Christa might just be able to get Jeremy back and Under Her Spell.

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Did you hear Beth Holmes and JD Watson are in town? Will sparks fly? Only if it’s the ones between these two lovebirds. Pick up autographed copies of their latest best sellers at their tent. Now those two should craft a book together. He writes compelling mystery and her steamy stuff is to die for. Adventure on the horizon? Who knows…maybe The Game’s AFoot.

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I’ll be keeping my eye on Augusta Moore, owner of Wags and Walks, who’ll have a tent set up for the animal shelter during the July Fourth festivities. Why isn’t she attached? She’s irresistible with those furry cuties she helps get adopted. And don’t forget to cheer for our very own Evan Washburn in the parade. The hunky Marine can save me any day. Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? He’s throwing his hat in the ring for town council, too. Havenport could benefit from a Hometown Hero. Hmm…sounds like a match made in Havenport heaven…

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Enjoy the July 4th parade and celebration, including vendor tents, food and Mayor Owen to kick things off. Fireworks display over the harbor starting at 10PM. (weather permitting)
Happy July 4th!
~Candy

 

My Review:

Looking for a beach read this summer? Welcome to Havenport offers something for everyone. From young love budding amongst family/life struggles to one couple’s magical romance to a romantic suspense featuring my favorite couple (Beth and Jarrod) to a military/pet romance. This boxset has it all.

 

New Beginnings- While I like this couple as they’re trying to navigate life and falling in love, I found the story to be out of place in a romance boxset. The romance takes a backseat and it’s all about Max discovering who his birth parents are plus Olivia dealing with her obtrusive sister and family. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid story but I’d classify it as New Adult fiction rather than contemporary romance. If this isn’t your thing, please skip to the next one. I promise, you won’t be sorry.

 

Under Her Spell – I’m a big fan of paranormal romance and this story was fantastic! I loved Christa and her conflict. She fled months ago and left Jeremy high and dry… but with good reason. Can she overcome her fear and face the truth about her feelings for him or will the dark magick finally destroy her? I loved this I can’t wait to find out more about this couple. The author draws you in and doesn’t let go. Plus, the scenes with Jeremy are downright yummy!

 

The Game’s Afoot – Beth and Jarred are back in Havenport, only it’s far more dangerous than either of them realizes. They made the decision to collaborate last Christmas but it’s more difficult than they thought. Every time Jarred sends her notes, Beth cringes with self-doubt. She needs to confess her feelings to him before it pulls them apart. But that’s the least of their issues when Beth accidentally stumbles upon a criminal plot in the least-likely place. Can Jarred protect her or will he be too late? A beautifully written romantic suspense by Casie and it only made me love this couple more. Casie kicks up the adrenaline at just the right spots and has a talent for romantic suspense. Well done!

 

Havenport Hero – Who doesn’t swoon over a military man? Evan and Augusta are such fun in this story. I remember them from The Final Chapter (previous collection) and their story continues. Evan decides he wants to run for town council and I’d salute him anytime. * winks * Augusta and her furry pets are adorable and I want to read more! A blend of pet and military romance that’ll make your heart beat faster.

 

Favorite Story:

The Game’s Afoot. I loved everything about this story from the plot to the pacing. This is Casie’s first attempt at romantic suspense and she’s got a talent for it. Plus, Beth’s mobile app is a must-own for any author. Jarred is sexy as can be while still being sensitive to Beth’s needs. Can’t wait for more from this couple!

 

My Rating for the Boxset:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/Amazon_Welcome_to_Havenport

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/welcome-to-havenport

iBook: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1116562753

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/welcome-to-havenport-lita-harris/1123846740?ean=2940158421587

 

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Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is an author of swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Her Druid Knight novels have both finaled in the NJRW Golden Leaf contest. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

 

Email:  mailto:ruth@ruthacasie.com

 

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

 

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

 

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

 

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/13GwuQ1

 

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

 

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Together, Again by the Fabulous @CharJGordon is a Lovely Story About Love! #BookPromo #womensfiction


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Title: Together, Again

Author: Charmaine Gordon

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

A wealthy couple, no children in sight, answer the door one day to find a replica of the woman living there, titian hair and all. Charlie is her name and so begins the story. Years later Charlie’s young twin sisters , now seventeen, are rescued by the same couple with a big heart. It’s a tale of love and hearts that keep on giving.

A Note from the Author:

I wonder where oh where did my lovely voice go after years of performing in NYC. Those golden days have ended beginning with Harrison Ford in Working Girl, When Harry Met Sally-so much fun singing and dancing, Mike Nicols telling me not to drop the cake or let the balloons hit the ceiling and then lunch with Anthony Hopkins-call me Tony. There are many more memorable times during the wonderful years and then boom, when a voice goes, it goes. I began to write without any knowledge except an idea. But what is writing after all. Ideas. And so this newbie wrote. My first book was picked up by Vanilla Heart Publishing. I had this idea. A woman wakes to find a note on her pillow. Dear Liz it’s not you, it’s me. “To Be Continued” is the story. A woman is left to recover her life after her husband leaves. A story with a twist. Nevertheless she finds her way, Survives and thrives, my first story. Me, suddenly widowed in my personal life with no experience.

After many books, my latest is Together, Again.

Buy Links:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CHHGPPW

 

Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1089674907

 

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/together-again-30

 

Inktera

http://www.inktera.com/store/title/ecff98e5-52d0-4fac-a0e5-327e2d215a62

 

Nook

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/together-again-charmaine-gordon/1123485653

 

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Author Biography:

Years of experience as an actor on daytime drama. Stage, spokesperson and commercials plus writing sketches for Air Force shows helped prepare me for the wonders of a writing career. Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time when immersed in the written words of others, that I was like a sponge, soaking up how to construct a scene, write dialogue, and paint the setting.

 

My writing effort came later when I wrote a two-page story, sent it to son, Paul who commented, “Cool. Can you write ten pages?” Seemed impossible but the story poured from my fingers and seventy thousand words later, I typed The End.

 

I kissed my acting career goodbye, leaving on a high note with the lead in an Off Broadway play, “The Fourth Commandment” author Rich Knipe. It was great fun and time to move on. Movies like “Working Girl”, “Road to Wellsville” and having the pleasure of Anthony Hopkins company at lunch, working with Mike Nichols in “Regarding Henry” and singing outside with Harrison Ford, crying with Gene Wilder over loss on another set, When “Harry Met Sally” with the whole gang singing It Had to Be You. Lots of fond memories. My first job as stand-in leg model for Geraldine Ferraro in a Diet Pepsi commercial with Secret Service men guarding her and her daughters. A sweet time.

 

One last memory and a funny one at that. A casting call went out for an actor with a Betty White voice. Talent in the tri-state area scouted and I was the only one who fit the bill. A voice-over accomplished for a nutrious drink for seniors; another credit added to my resume. I smile every time I see and hear Ms White on television and recall yet another sweet time.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog/Website https://authorcharmainegordon.wordpress.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/charmaine.gordon

Twitter @CharJGordon

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1514425.Charmaine_Gordon

Friday Book Round-Up Spotlight: From Italy With Love @JulesWake #books #bookreview


Welcome to the first Friday Book Round-Up Spotlight. It’s a special spotlight geared to books that I have read repeatedly and have a special place in my heart. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to From Italy With Love by Jules Wake. I love this book because it’s a fun, exciting and very British romance. But it’s more than just a romance; it deals with discovering who you are and what kind of life you’d like to lead. The heroine reminded me of myself and the author made me fall in love with Italy. A must-read! 🙂 MRS N

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Title: From Italy With Love

Author: Jules Wake

Genre: Romance, Chick-Lit, Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

‘This epic road-trip is full of glamour, romance and sizzling sexual tension, but at its heart is a truly heart-warming tale of self discovery – you’ll not want to miss a moment of it.’ – Chick Lit Love

Home-loving Laurie thinks she’s happy – she has a safe, reliable boyfriend and working in her local library is what she thought she always wanted. That is until she inherits a vintage Ferrari from her eccentric Uncle Miles and the conditions of the inheritance are far from simple. To keep the car Laurie will have to drive across Europe with the gorgeous but unreliable Cameron Matthews as her guide… and Cam’s motives for helping are not all that altruistic.

Cam isn’t particularly thrilled about escorting his late pal Miles’ dull mouse of a niece on this wild goose chase but all he has to do is get Laurie safely to Italy and he’s sure the Ferrari is his.

But Uncle Miles had a few tricks up his sleeve and the route he’s planned takes Cam and Laurie on a road trip they’ll never forget. From sampling the delights of the Loire Valley to the breathtaking beauty of Lake Garda, this is one journey that has more twists and turns than either of them could ever have imagined…

My Review:

Laurie is a caterpillar making her way through life. She thinks she’s happy living with her boyfriend Robert and working at the library. She has everything in control and then her Uncle Miles dies. At the funeral, per Miles’ instruction, everyone is dressed in colorful clothing and having a great time. Laurie feels out of place and alone (even with Robert next to her).

At the reading of the will, she discovers she has inherited the ultra-rare Ferrari worth millions. What am I supposed to do with that, she wonders. It’s not like she can afford the insurance. Ahh, but there’s a catch. Uncle Miles has it arranged that he wants his beloved niece to go on a road-trip in the Ferrari across England, into France and end up at the Ferrari Museum in Italy. Just to make sure she’s safe, Uncle Miles insists on Cameron Matthews (who knows cars inside and out) to accompany her.

Thus starts the journey and like a scared jackrabbit, Laurie is timid and shy around Cam. They appear to be opposites but along the journey, Laurie emerges from her cocoon. Both Cam and Laurie are shocked by the attraction they feel and try to deny themselves.

Laurie discovers that life is more exciting than she imagined and with every obstacle, she emerges stronger. But when she has to choose between her old life and new life, which one will she choose?

Take a look at that gorgeous cover. It’s one of the reasons why I chose to review this book. It’s eye-catching and I can picture myself behind the wheel of that gorgeous Ferrari.

I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the writing (very British) and the characters are well-developed. I loved the sexual tension between Cam and Laurie. I loved how she transformed before my eyes. Life is all about discovering who you really are and never settling.

When reading this book, I got the same giddy feeling I did when I read Confessions of a Shopaholic for the first time. Jules Wake has a gift for weaving an entertaining romantic comedy filled with delightful fun characters. I highly recommend this book, especially if you love romance, cars, travelling and chick-lit!

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for a complimentary copy in order to review this fabulous book.

Favorite Character:

Laurie is my favorite character, hands down. I loved how timid she was in the beginning and the further they got from home, the more independent she became. Uncle Miles loved her feistiness and bravery; it just took her awhile to realize it.

My hope is that the author will write more stories about Laurie (or others like her). Such an endearing character. 🙂

My Rating: 5+ stars

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Italy-Love-Jules-Wake-ebook/dp/B00SS459DS

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Italy-Love-Jules-Wake-ebook/dp/B00SS459DS

Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel by @JudithKeim #womensfiction #bookpromo #giveaway


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Title: Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel

Author: Judith Keim

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Blurb:

When Ann Rutherford’s husband dumps her for the bimbo in his office, unfairly leaving her without a home or a job, she reluctantly joins forces with Rhonda DelMonte to convert Rhonda’s Florida seaside estate into the small upscale hotel it once was. Ann, quiet and reserved, is no match for brash, bossy Rhonda, who left the family’s New Jersey butcher business after she won the lottery. Amid their struggles to succeed, The Sins of the Children, a soap opera, films a number of episodes at the hotel and things get complicated in unexpected ways when Ann falls for Vaughn Sanders, the star of the show.

Excerpt:

I turned to Angie’s mother and shocked, I rocked back on my heels. This was sweet, shy, little Angie’s mother?

Wearing a bright green silk caftan and sparkly, gold and “diamond” sandals, Rhonda DelMonte stood before me like a large tropical bird. Rhinestone-studded sunglasses rested atop her head and huge diamonds, offset by a deep tan, winked at her ears, wrists and throat. My gaze traveled up to Rhonda’s bleached blond hair, pulled away from her full face and gathered in a knot at the base of her head. Wide brown eyes, surrounded by lashes stiff with mascara, studied me openly.

“So, you made it!” Rhonda boomed, pulling me into a bosomy hug that reeked of Poison perfume. “Let’s see if we can put some color on that thin, little figure of yours!” She squinted at me. “And a sparkle in those eyes.”

Bowled over by her presence, I forced a smile.

She gave me a little jab on the arm. “Boy, have I heard a lot about you! But, don’t worry! It wasn’t all bad.” She let out a short burst of laughter and studied me. “Ann Rutherford sounds so formal. I’ve decided to call you Annie.”

“But, but,” I sputtered. I hated the name Annie. It reminded me too much of Little Orphan Annie. My own parents were killed in an auto accident when I was just five, leaving my strict grandmother to raise me. “I don’t…”

“Don’t pay any attention to me.” Giving me a broad grin, Rhonda elbowed me playfully. “I have to dub people in my own way, and with those round blue eyes of yours, you’re an Annie if I ever saw one!”

Before I could respond, Liz tugged on my arm. “Mom! You have to come see what Angie got for an early Christmas present!”

She led me outside. A shiny, little white convertible was parked in the waiting zone.

Liz grinned. “Neat, huh? I’ve always wanted a Beemer!”

“It’s just perfect!” Angie gave her mother a quick hug. She might be a little spoiled but she was a sweet girl. Dark-haired and quiet, she was a perfect match for my more outgoing blonde daughter.

We loaded the car with the suitcases, and I squeezed into the backseat of the BMW with Rhonda. As we drove through town, it was difficult to hear Rhonda’s chatter above the rush of wind in my ears, but I strained to listen.

“Palm Avenue is one of the nicest shopping districts in Sabal. They have some beautiful things.” Rhonda gave me a meaningful look. “You’ll be able to buy some bright, fun clothes, and not be quite so beige.”

Dismayed, I glanced down at the simple beige dress I was wearing.

“Don’t worry.” Rhonda winked. “We’ve got plenty of time for shopping.”

I sat back in my seat, realizing this short visit wasn’t going to seem short at all.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-at-Beach-House-Hotel-ebook/dp/B00YD5X6NG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Judith-Keim/e/B00THNL4VA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breakfast-at-the-beach-house-hotel-judith-keim/1122015573?ean=2940152206142&itm=1&usri=2940152206142

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id999110580

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/breakfast-at-the-beach-house-hotel

Giveaway:

Enter to win one of three signed copies of Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel. All you have to do is go to her website and send her an email with your name and mailing address:

http://www.judithkeim.com/contact-me/

Winner will be randomly drawn by Judith Keim and she will be responsible for the prizes awarded and shipped.

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Author Biography:

Judith Keim was born and raised in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Idaho with her husband and long-haired dachshund, Winston, and other members of her family.

Growing up, books were always present – being read, ready to go back to the library or about to be discovered. Information from the books was shared in general conversation, giving all of us in the family a wealth of knowledge and a lot of imagination. Perhaps that is why I was drawn to the idea of writing stories early on. I particularly love to write novels about women who face unexpected challenges with strength and find love along the way.

As J.S. Keim I write children’s middle-grade stories. I love writing about kids who have interesting, fun, exciting experiences with creatures real and fantastical and with characters who learn to see the world in a different way.

I have a story in Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman’s Soul and a story in Belle Book’s Mossy Creek Series – A Summer in Mossy Creek. Some of my stories have finalled in RWA contests and three of my children’s stories have been published in magazines – Highlights for Children, Jack and Jill and Children’s Playmate.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoy telling them!

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.judithkeim.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Judith-Keim/184013771644484?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Twitter: @judithkeim

The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour by @jfredlee #bookreview #fiction #roadtrip


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Title: The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour

Author: Jeff Lee

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor, Satire, Crime, Offbeat & Quirky Commercial Fiction

Book Blurb:

Vonda Mae Ables could never hurt a living soul. Now she’s on the lam in a huge RV, with her best friends, gallons of Chardonnay and a stiff in the freezer.

Vonda has suffered her alcoholic boyfriend’s abuse for twenty years. But the first time she stands up for herself, she overdoes it and crushes his skull with a football trophy. Rather than turn herself in, she enlists the help of her friends to ditch the body. They stash the boyfriend in the freezer of his humongous RV and hit the road for Arizona, planning a quiet desert burial.

Unfortunately, the plan goes more sideways with every mile, culminating in rural Idaho. Vonda finally finds a likely place to plant the dead SOB, but now he’s frozen solid and stuck in the freezer. Exhausted from their day of digging and unsuccessfully trying to extricate him, the women stop at a local cafe.

While they’re drinking dinner, a gang of Harley-riding repo guys makes off with the RV and a Good Samaritan reports the theft. When the state troopers arrive to take a stolen vehicle report, Vonda panics, knowing if the cops recover the motor home and discover what’s in the freezer, she might have to turn that old trophy on herself.

My Review:

I love road trip books and this one is hilarious from start to finish. Listen up ladies, we’ve all been in Vonda’s shoes. We’ve been saddled with a selfish SOB and once or twice, we’ve wondered what would happen if we offed him. 😉 Vonda only did what came natural and her best friends are there to help her get rid of the body. No body, no crime, right?

Thus begins a rib-tickling adventure featuring three woman, a deceased deadbeat and the authorities on the hunt for the RV they’re riding in. The author, who is a man, does an incredible job getting us inside the head of Vonda and her two girlfriends. I was really impressed.

I laughed all the way through the book and I can’t wait to read the next installment!

If you like Thelma and Louise, you’ll love this book!

Favorite Character: Vonda. I love how matter-of-fact she is. She’s a fun no-nonsense kind of woman who get herself into some sticky situations. Luckily, she has her best friends at her side or else she’d lose it. She reminds me of Thelma from Thelma and Louise, only a bit wackier.

Favorite Quote: “Y’see officer,” she launched into a character centered somewhere between Gracie Allen and Ethel Mertz. “Vonda might have been driving and all, but I’m the reason she had to swerve.”

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Temperance-Clubs-Farewell-Tour-ebook/dp/B004TNI8BM

Author Biography:

Born in New York State, Jeff Lee was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent his entire career in Los Angeles. For more than 30 years he has been a copywriter and creative director for some of the advertising industry’s most recognizable agencies, winning numerous awards for his creativity.

Unfortunately, none of those ad agencies are still in business, but Jeff appears to have an alibi. He is currently co-founder and creative director of a small ad agency located halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where he lives with his two sons and a cat that thinks it’s part golden retriever. Trained as a cook in the Army, Jeff still enjoys being creative in the kitchen when not writing or protecting his clients from themselves. He also admits that few things in life compare with the thrill of finding out you have just given 140 heavily armed men a good case of food poisoning.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jfredlee

Website: http://jeffleewriter.weebly.com

Celebrating #Chicklit in This Week’s Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books #bookreview


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! May is International Chick-Lit Books month and in honor of this, I created my top ten must reads. Call it chick-lit or women’s fiction, it’s one of my favorite genres. Why? It’s funny, irreverent and at the core it’s all about falling in love. The characters are honest, real and could be you (if you were female) or me. So without further ado, here are my top ten (yes, they’re in order):

1- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I remember the moment when I was introduced to this book. The Random House rep pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, “You have to read this book. It’s going to be huge!” I nodded as she handed me the ARC. I took it home that night and read it the next day (my day off) in one sitting. I laughed, I rolled my eyes and swooned over the devilishly handsome Luke.

Becky is a shopaholic and the ironic thing is that she’s a financial advisor. Each chapter is filled with notices from her creditors asking to payment and her creative excuses for being behind in the payments. What woman hasn’t ditched work or an appointment to find the perfect outfit, shoes or accessory?

It’s a fun read and there is even some romance in it. A great start to a fantastic series and a must-read this summer if you haven’t read it yet.

2- The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I have read it at least a dozen times and each time that I read it, I love it even more! It’s fun, flirty and the tension between Tanzy and Riley is tantalizing! Who doesn’t love a sheep/wolf hybrid?? If you love chick-lit, please go and grab this book NOW!

3- Girls’ Poker Night by Jill A Davis

A funny, clever story about one woman’s journey to discover who she is and what she wants. She’s a writer who, tired of being the single girl columnist, leaves her boyfriend and moves to New York City. She takes a job with The New York News and starts fresh. She starts a poker night with three other women and soon the stakes grow higher. She falls for her new boss and editor, Michael, who pushes her to be more than she thought possible.

I loved this book (and read it every year) because it reminds me that life is filled with unknown hands of luck and loss. You’ve got to take a chance on life and throw all your chips in. I laughed out loud in many places and I love this book!

4- Babyville by Jane Green

I’m a huge fan of Jane Green and this delightful book doesn’t disappoint.  Three friends deal with the biological clock ticking and that urge (or denial of said urge) for babies. I loved this book and it made me laugh hysterically. It’s a fast read and the characters are so life-like I swear Jane Green knew some of my girlfriends. A must read!

5- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Some say that Bridget Jones started the whole chick-lit phenomenon and I would tend to agree. The author wrote a funny, honest account of what it means to be a single woman in today’s society. It’s further down on my list for the simple fact that I think there is too much emphasis on smoking.

I loved the format of this book along with the antics Bridget gets away with. I mean, who wears a costume to a tea party? Bridget takes it all in stride and the book is 1000% better than the movie.

6- To Have and To Hold by Jane Green

Another one of Jane Green’s novels that makes you think. Most chick-lit and romances end when the couple falls in love but Jane Green delves deep into what happens after the couple says “I do”. I loved this honest account of a woman who turns a blind eye to her husband’s penchant for cheating and discovering true love. I loved Alice and the way she grew as a woman! A heartwarming solid chick-lit pick.

7- Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Out of all the Shopaholic books, this one is my favorite. Becky and Luke are getting married, which means more hijinxs for Becky’s spending habits. LOL! I LOVED it and Luke is a saint! To put up with her and all her excuses, it must be true love!

8- Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski

This is a comical and light-hearted story about Selena’s entrance into the CIA. On a whim, she decides to apply for the CIA. She figures she won’t pass due to her sketchy background but surprise, surprise, she’s accepted. What happens next is a fun inside peek into the training of the CIA.  I’m positive all that happens to Selena is not based on fact but it is makes for a page-turning treat. I love this book and it will appeal to everyone who likes Alias and James Bond.

9- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

This was the first book I’d read dealing with a plus-size heroine. Bravo to Jennifer Weiner for writing such an honest character in Cannie. Cannie is a 28 year old woman dealing with all that life throws at her, including her jerk of a boyfriend. But when her boyfriend writes a tell-all article about living with a larger woman, Cannie has no choice but to go on a soul-searching journey. This book details the highs and lows of weight and how society sees larger women with such accuracy, I cheered aloud! A must read and a mantra for women everywhere (no matter what their size)!!!

10- Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes

Another one of my favorite chick-lit authors, Marian Keyes does not disappoint in Last Chance Saloon. Three girlfriends dealing with the single life and the men who make you cringe. Before there was Sex and the City, there was best friends Tara, Katherine and Fintan.  Being single can make you feel like a cowgirl in the Last Chance Saloon. Available men are becoming fewer and it makes a woman wonder if she’ll ever find her cowboy to ride off into the sunset. Even though these characters are flawed and made me want to shake them for settling, I love this book! Being single, like being married, is a matter of choices and perspective.

What’s your favorite chick-lit book? Share in the comments below.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

#BeachReads: Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books #summer


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! Summer is right around the corner and these are five books I can’t wait to read this summer (or have just finished reading). So grab your favorite sunscreen plus a pen (you’ll want to write these down) and read on.

Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola’s friend, Sydney, calls to tell her what a wonderful time she’s having in rehab. Lola can’t believe her ears. Rehab fun??? The more Sydney talks about it, the more Lola is dying to escape her reality. A plan develops and soon Lola has convinced her Hollywood folks she is addicted to alcohol and needs to go into rehab. They don’t know the real reason she’s going is to be closer to her crush, Wade.

I liked the triangle the author created between Lola, Wade and Adam. It was fun and made me root for Adam. Who would she choose? Her sexy crush or a down-to-earth guy?

Twisted (Deathwind Trilogy #1) by Holly Hook

Nothing says summer like tornados and this book is filled with twists and turns. I can’t to read this!

Sixteen-year-old Allie isn’t like other girls. Instead of spending her summer break sitting around on the beach, she takes the epic vacation of a lifetime.

Tornado chasing.

And she’s not disappointed. Just a few miles from the town of Evansburg, Nebraska, Allie meets her dream of seeing a tornado. In person. She can’t wait to tell her friends back home. Never mind that her parents are going to kill her.

But her dream soon turns into a nightmare, and a strange event leaves her shocked. Confused. When she returns home to Wisconsin, something’s…different. Allie now bears a curse so awful, it could destroy everyone and everything she’s ever known.

With her best friend, Tommy, Allie must return to the plains to find a way to reverse it. She enters a world that she had never imagined, where she becomes a pawn in a fight to save the people of Evansburg from her fate…or to destroy them.

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie

I can’t wait to read this and I really think it’s going to be a best-seller!

My name is Skylar Quinn, I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No—I was. No—I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

I have been a huge fan of Jane Green for years and while this one is more serious, I still can’t wait to read it!

With Summer Secrets Jane Green has reached an even deeper level of emotion that will stay with you long after you turn the last page…

Living in London in her twenties, Cat had it all–a great job and wonderful friends. But with the good came the bad–a party every night, wreaking havoc, and blackouts. When she discovers the father she never knew she had, living in Nantucket, it sends her into a spiral, costing her the new family she had desperately craved. The drinking had always been a constant evil in Cat’s life. Now in her late thirties, sober, divorced from the love of her life, and trying to make up for lost time with her teenage daughter, she’s ready to make amends to those she has hurt. But facing the past and the unthinkable act she committed one summer night could change the course of her life forever.

Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs

This book has a little bit of everything I love in a good book. I can’t wait to read it!

This summer Rosa Capoletti is about to rediscover the pleasures of love and laughter, food and wine, friendship and romance…

With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted “best place to propose” three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who’s just come back to town?

Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict