Thursday, July 24, 2014

Goddess Born

Kari Edgren
Paranormal Romance
Historical Romance

"Other than the Devil himself, Nathan Crowley was the last person I wanted to see today. Then again, the Devil hadn’t been pestering me for months to become his wife."

Selah needs to marry, but not Nathan Crowley who has been pestering her to do so, even threatening to have her banished from the Quaker society.  Rather, Selah needs to marry her cousin, Samuel, from Ireland who already knows about her secret.  Selah is a descendant of the Goddess Brigid, and as such has a natural ability and responsibility to heal others.  But when Selah meets the news of Samuel's death instead of his person, she needs to act fast.  When a far fetched idea brings her and a stranger to matrimony, lies, danger...and perhaps love.

My Opinion: This was a lovely read that kept my interest throughout the story.  It is a rare find that keeps the paranormal, normal.  It doesn't go off the deep end into craziness, but keeps to the aspects of the paranormal and fits it into society and everyday life of the characters.  The meticulous plot played out well with good tempo, twists, and neat ends.  There was good suspense and a great romance with the main characters that was both believable and oh so sweet.  This book was well written and satisfying and kept me up all night.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Spotlight: Discovery

Ginger Simpson

Even though a collection of stories is not the site owners cup of tea, I personally love them. These seven were published individually and when the contracts expired, I combined them into one book because they each have a message to deliver about discovering something.

Seven stories in one novel; each one with it's own plot and lead character: a stewardess who discovers her judgement may be a little flawed, an older divorcee who finds something far more interesting than sandals at a shoe clearance, a bride-to-be thinking she has a valid reason to call off her wedding, a pudgy ex-wife with a fear that a medical apparatus will make her look like Jacques Cousteau, a newcomer to Florida expecting fair weather and experiencing her first hurricane, but not alone or scared, a daughter in mourning, pursuing the meaning of three tarnished bars held together by a black ribbon, and a doctor who discovers something totally unrelated to medicine that heals a heart problem.

"Throughout these stories, facets of each person's character are revealed, layer by layer, often with a punch of the Ginger Simpson sense of humor. Delicious! I can think of no better way to spend an evening or lazy afternoon than wrapped in the comfort of her words." ~ H. Haven

Author Bio:
Born and raised in California, Ginger Simpson moved to TN and discovered a whole new side of life. She and her husband enjoy being retired, close to their only grandchild, and their Shih-Poo, Benny. Ginger has been writing over a decade with many genres to her credit. Her favorite is historical western romance, but she's not afraid to try her hand at whatever a character dictates. Yep, she's a pantser and having voices in her head is normal, even frightening when there is silence.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Changing Fate

Michelle Merrill
Contemporary Romance
Young Adult Romance

"I mean, it’s Kyler, his voice alone is worth the jump."

Most girls who move during their Senior year are worried about making new friends and fitting in.  Kate isn't like other teenage girls.  All she wants to do is live.  And break as few hearts, including her own, if she didn't.  Kate has been dealing with cystic fibrosis her whole life.  Just her and her mom, her father having abandoned them when she was diagnosed.  But her plans of quietly finishing high school are interrupted by both the vivacious Giana who insists on being her friend, and the good-looking Kyler who may just insist on being more.  But how can Kate open up to them when her future is so uncertain?  And what might happen if they found out her secret?

My Opinion: This was a very moving book.  The raw struggle that brings awareness of the pain and torment of a tragic disease.  The author weaves a stark story full of adrenaline and internal struggle.  It feels like real life and I guarantee you'll need a box of tissues...or two...before it's over.  However, while it did such a great job in this aspect, as a romance it seemed to fall short.  The rest of the world the main character is living in is a bit fuzzy, including the love interest.  After a while, it hardly seemed like Kyler was much of a driving part of the story, though it was compelling in other ways.  Overall a great and moving book, but not a great romance.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Author Interivew: Claudia Burgoa

Claudia Burgoa
author, Getting By

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I was born in Mexico City, married a Texan and moved here at an early age with him. We have three children ages range from nineteen to thirteen. Two of them have learning disabilities but extra abilities to make the world special. We’ve done a few road trips through the US and when we get a chance, we travel to the nearest beach for a full therapy of R&R.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?

I’m a book hoarder, thanks to the ebook era it isn’t apparent. I read a little of everything and love it. The one book I’ve read every year since 1993 is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s one of those books which meaning changes each time you read it.

What is one silly fact about you?

I’m a very silly person and love to make background noises or music whenever applicable, like suspense tunes “tan, tan, taaaaaaan.” Drumrolls and circus music when I do something worth of a circus act—quiet often.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

I just finished writing the sequel of Getting By; Standing By. It’s now heading to the editor and hopefully being released before fall. I’m planning on branching my genre to fantasy and sci-fi, next week I start the first draft of one of my projects. Hopefully I can release it by the end of the year.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Knowing that my words let a reader know they’re not alone, or at least give them that escape from their real life to get sucked into a different world where they don’t have to worry about deadlines, family and the daily routine.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

A bit of them, I have a very colorful family that has gone through everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything. On the top of my head I can say that I’m an only biological child, my mother has two younger children and my father has twelve...

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

Five, and I’ve only published two; however there’s a third about to come out of the oven on 7/1/2014—Next To You

Please share about your book 

It’s a drama about two people with a difficult pasts and afraid of commitment, but is also about family. How family can play a big role in our lives.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Quirky, smart, introvert, geeky and artistic.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

Yes, Mitch Knight. He’s charming, big hearted and passionate.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Giveaway!!! Choice of Kathy Carmichael Books!

Hello all you lovely readers!  Today I am so excited to tell you about a wonderful giveaway for Kathy Carmichael books.  Three lucky winners will win their choice of an e-copy of either Chasing Charlie or My Southern Bride. Don't miss out on these great books!

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For my summary and review of My Southern Bride, please click here.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Spotlight: Changeling's Crown

Changeling's Crown
Juli D. Revezzo

When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she's finally been given a chance to redeem herself...but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn't need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he's been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell's about to break loose on his watch, he can't resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

Author Bio:
Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world-slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, Crossing the River, An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys; The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She’s the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Harshad Wars series.

She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour. Come learn more about her at

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Twitter: @julidrevezzo

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Manroot

Anne Steinberg

Manroot is the evocative and stirring story of a lonely town in Missouri, and a young woman named Katherine who discovers a mystical side to herself that she’d never known existed. Anne Steinberg weaves together fantasy, romance, and a young girl’s coming of age into a darkly magical story.  


In the spring of 1939, Katherine Sheahan and her father, Jesse, are looking for work in the isolated tourist town of Castlewood. Jesse gets a job as handyman and Katherine as a maid at a small hotel. Jesse drinks and neglects his work and eventually disappears, abandoning his daughter. Frieda Broom, the hotel Manager, takes Katherine under her wing, and teaches her about ginseng, the manroot, and other secrets of the foothills. Katherine discovers that she is a natural healer and has the ability to communicate with spirits, a gift she inherited from her Navajo Indian mother.

Among the hotels regular clientele is Judge William Reardon. Escaping his sterile marriage, he becomes captivated by Katherine. As the pair bond over astrology and gardening, Katherine becomes convinced they belong together, despite him being much older than her and married. As they begin to fall in love, the violence of dark magic threatens to annihilate all Katherine knows and holds dear. Can their love survive?

Manroot is a potent tale of destiny, spiritualism and love, written in Anne Steinberg’s signature compelling style. The kindle version was published March 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon:

Amazon reviews:

“Manroot is an undeniably good read; it’s well-written with a compelling plot and memorable characters. Recommended to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction imbued with fantasy, including Native American themes and the supernatural.”

“Words to describe this book are: romantic, thrilling, memorable, spiritual, magical, and well written in a breath taking way that will keep you enthralled well after it is over. I wish it would have lasted longer and was saddened when it came to an end. 5 stars and cannot wait to see what Anne Steinberg comes up with next!”

About the Author:

While living in England, Anne Steinberg’s first novel, Manroot was published by Headline Review in London. Manroot was heralded as an important first novel in 1994 and included in the Headline Review’s prestigious “Fiction without Frontiers,” a new wave of contemporary fiction that knows no limits. Eight modern storytellers were featured: Anne Steinberg, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, William Gibson, Peter Hoeg, Roddy Doyle, and E. Annie Proulx. It was an auspicious beginning to a long and varied career for Anne Steinberg, who went on to write several acclaimed novels, Every Town Needs A Russian Tea Room, the story of a wealthy socialite who falls in love with a penniless young Russian immigrant who is haunted by a bizarre shameful secret, The Cuckoos Gift, First Hands, and An Eye For An Ear. She is also coauthor of The Fence, written with her grandson Nicholas Reuel Tolkien, the great grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Nicholas is a filmmaker, director, and published poet. The Fence is a chilling story of a magnificent Gothic fence forged by a despicable blacksmith and infused with evil.

Anne was a partner in the world famous vintage clothing store, Steinberg & Tolkien, on Kings Road in Chelsea. After a successful run for over 20 years, the shop closed, and she returned to the US. Approaching her eighty-second birthday, she now writes, reads, and studies antiques, American Indian history, animal welfare, mythology, and folklore legends.

Anne recently re-released Manroot in kindle format. It was published March 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon:

Connect with Anne on Twitter:

Previously published novels include:
First Hands:
 Every Town Needs a Russian Tea Room:
The Cuckoo’s Gift:
Elias’s Fence:


Anne is generously offering one lucky winner a Kindle copy of Manroot to enjoy for themselves!  Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

Official Rules:  All entrants must be 18 years old or older.  This giveaway is open internationally.  This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on July 17, 2014.  All entries must be submitted before then.  The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ethan's Bride

Margaret Desmond
Contemporary Romance
Book #1 in King's Valley Romance Series

"Who taught you how to drive?  Mr toad?"

Jessica has always gone along with what she should be doing.  She's the perfect everything.  That is, until she can't stomach saying 'I do' to a man who is anything but perfect.  But her flight from the alter finds her broken down on a lonely road.  That is until she meets a man who accuses her of setting her up as a joke, and his sweet grandmother who insists on taking her in until her car can be fixed.  Despite Ethan's brusque exterior, Jessica finds herself taken in by his grandmother and slowly drawn to his own charm.  Ethan wants nothing to do with those who are rich and feel like that makes them better than others.  When Jessica shows up in a fancy car on a day he'd rather not remember beautiful, rich women, he sets himself against her.  But Jessica is like no one he's ever met.  Can they bridge their differences?

My Opinion: This was a totally sweet little book.  With fun characters and a super, sugary sweet plot, it was a great dip into a quick romance.  The main characters fell in love naturally and sweetly, though they didn't seem to have a lot of flaws.  Everything fell into place in a way you enjoy on a wintry night in front of a fire and a book in hand, but without the depth of an in depth read.  The setting seemed a bit off and unresearched (for one who grew up in that area), but otherwise it was a well created world for the couple to find themselves in.  Overall a sweet romance.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Author Interview: Michelle Merrill

Michellle Merill
author, Changing Fate

*Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I grew up in Utah, wentto college in Idaho and have since lived in Washington and Oregon. I’ve been to 48 states in a 15 passenger van. Hawaii and Alaska are definitely on my bucket list, but hopefully not on wheels (good thing that’s not possible)! I have the best hubby and we have five little princesses.

*What is your favorite genre to write?

Anything with magical elements in a real life setting.

*What is your favorite genre to read?

Fantasy or historical fiction...with magical elements.

*What is one silly fact about you? 

I can touch my nose with my tongue.

*What got you started on your writing journey? 

The characters in my head who wouldn’t stop taking over my brain. And the random lady at church who told me I should write a book.

*Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well? 

No steam for me :) I choose clean romance because sometimes the most romantic moments are the ones without much physical touch.

*What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so? 

REVISIONS! I have written several books and have only polished a few. But I want to fix them and get them out there! I love the characters and stories, they just need to grow and have some room to breathe.

*How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published? 

I’ve written 7, published 1.

Hence the year of revisions.

*What are the elements of a great romance for you? 

Tension. Overcoming difficulties to deepen a relationship. Great conversations to make the attraction realistic. A few touches. And at least one or two great kisses!

*Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book? 

It’s emotionally driven, has conflicted characters, and includes some of those great romantic moments. It also provides a glimpse into the life of someone with cystic fibrosis and half of the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

*Do you have a favorite character you have written so far? 

In Changing Fate it would have to be Kate. She’s so complex emotionally, physically, and mentally. I enjoyed getting to know her so that everyone else could understand her better.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

SMT: Painting the Moon

Painting the Moon
Traci Borum
Contemporary Romance

When Noelle Cooke inherits a cottage from her British aunt, she also inherits a cottage full of secrets--a locked room, an old journal, an art gallery in financial ruin. Noelle never planned to abandon her life in San Diego, never intended to move across the ocean to live in a tiny Cotswold village. But the idea becomes irresistible, especially with the possibility of saving the gallery. 

And just when Noelle settles into her new village life and starts to discover the cottage's mysteries, someone from her past reappears—her first love, Adam Spencer. But an impossible barrier stands between them, and Noelle is forced to make a choice. Will she risk her heart? Or will she walk away…and lose him all over again?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mischief in Italy

Beate Boeker
Contemporary Romance

"'I'm supposed to find soul mates.' I stressed the first word. 'You, however, are supposed to have more fun.'"

Henry just doesn't want to see his adult son, Josh, waste his life on women more interested in their family money than in a real relationship.  But what starts out as an uncomfortable father-son talk becomes an unconventional deal.  Josh will pretend their substantial fortune has disappeared, in order to find a more substantial relationship, and Henry will put an ad in the classifieds to find something to have a more lighthearted relationship with.  Though Henry's ad ends up more outrageous than expected, as are the people who end up answering it.  As paths cross and relationships are made and broken, can everyone keep their stories straight?  And what happens when the truth of it all must come out?

My Opinion: This is a fun romp through multiple perspectives to come up with a silly and ridiculously enjoyable read.  The writing style had a cute bounciness as it tripped through different characters' points of view.  Both romances were sweet and created their own stories which, both of which you were anxious to have turn out well.  I must say that I really loved this change of pace and delightful book.  And it convinced me that I apparently have to visit a magical place called Lake Garda to see just what kind of mischief and magic is really there.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Spotlight and Giveaway!!! Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War

Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War
Glen Hierlmeier

Honor and Innocence: Against the Tides of War, a historical romance novel by Glen Hierlmeier, was released March 2014. This book takes the reader through the devastation left by World War II across the European and Asian continents following its main character Hank Fischer, who was drafted to the American Army in 1945 shortly after his high school graduation.

During his service, Hank befriends a German prisoner-of-war, Max, who tells Hank of his twin sister, Roberta, also in captivity. An unlikely romance buds between her and Hank, leaving Hank conflicted between his allegiance to the American Army and his love for Roberta. Hank decides to break out Max and Roberta, and together they make a desperate flight through war-torn Germany where they witness first-hand the destruction post-war Europe has endured. Leaving Max behind in Switzerland, they make their way to the port city of Trieste, where they board a ship and depart to the seas, dealing with pirates, facing adversity, making new friends, and desperately seeking a safe refuge in a place where their love can flourish.

Follow Hank and Roberta on their intense and captivating journey from country to country as they seek refuge. Read as they make their way through bombed-out cities, giving a rare glimpse into the tragic consequences of war, as they remain together bound by love.

About the Author:

Glen graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, then earned a Masters of Business Administration at The University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served in the US Air Force on the Manned Orbiting Laboratory space exploration program and on the design phase of the development of the F-15 fighter aircraft. After leaving the Air Force, Glen returned to Wisconsin and became Vice President of the largest bank in his home state, First Wisconsin National Bank. In 1979, he moved on to become President and CEO of several real estate development and management companies. Glen retired in 2009 to devote full time to his grandchildren and his writing. Glen is the author of Honor and Innocence, We Had to Live: We Had No Choice..., and Thoughts From Yesterday: Moments to Remember.


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