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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Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Spotlight: Unbearable

Sherry Gammon

Booker Gatto is done. Done with women, his old life, all of it. Only the love of his friends in Port Fare keeps him going as he leaves the MET in exchange for the quiet life his new law practice will provide.
Tess Selleck, once as ambitious and determined as she is smart and beautiful, had to leave everything and everyone she loves in San Diego to escape the man who destroyed her dreams and now wants her dead.
Together Booker and Tess find love when they least expect it, until their pasts drive them apart. Is there a happily ever after for these damaged lovers? Or is the thought of loving and trusting again simply Unbearable?

Author Bio:

Sherry Gammon's debut novel Unlovable quickly rose to the top seller list on Amazon. She has added several more novels to her body of work. Sherry and her wonderfully supportive husband, currently call Upstate New York home, which is also the setting for her novels. It is where they are raising their family. Sherry has a degree in Legal Assisting, and served as a medical technician in the Air Force. She and her husband worked in foster care for a number of years, from which they adopted their youngest son. She has worked in the education system for a number of years, and is currently lucky enough to be teaching teenage girls, ages 12-18. She has lived in Michigan, California, Utah, Texas, Pennsylvania, and the beautiful, but over-taxed state of New York where she has spent the last eleven years, and now considers home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping :} Her Blog is:

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Movement of Crowns

Nadine C Keels
Medieval Romance
Fantasy Romance
Book 1 in Movement of Crowns Series
Movement of Crowns, Movement of Rings, Movement of Kings

"The astuteness in his countenance was unmistakable, and if a man could radiate a craving for a woman he’d known for less than a day, this man was doing so."

Constance is turning twenty and as heir to her father's throne, this means changes for herself and her kingdom.  But never before has there been a woman on the council.  Will it be allowed now?  Many see Constance as a way to the throne through marriage, but she isn't interested in any of them.  Or is she?  Her best friend and Captain in the army seems to be pulling at her heart like never before.  As war and marriage proposals loom, Constance must face decisions and actions that will lead her and her people into new territory.  Will she be able to keep her heart intact as well?

My Opinion: I was a bit disappointed with this one, to be honest.  I felt the story was anticlimactic.  Any scenes with real excitement, lot or character development seemed to be fast forwarded through or completely skipped over.  The characters had no real character with no definition, conflict or growth.  There was barely any romance in the story, though it may have been simply skipped over.  The story had great potential, but I was never really pulled into the story or was curious to solve the mysteries of the story.  I wasn't even upset over the many loose ends left at the end.

Note: This is labeled as both fantasy and medieval in that it is a medieval setting in a fantasy world, but there is no magic and/or mythical creatures.

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Book Spotlight and Giveaway!!! Homecoming

Homecoming: Identity
Heather Justesen

Hank’s twin brother Bo returns from Iraq during a difficult time for the whole family. Their sister, Karissa, recently found love after a messy divorce, but two new women in town may prove more than these brothers can handle. Love is in the air again in Juniper Ridge, but considering some of the secrets being kept under wraps, it also comes with complications.

Genres: Contemporary Clean Romance/Crime


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Spotlight: The Curvy Girls Club

Michele Gorman’s latest romantic comedy, The Curvy Girls Club, launches in the US and Canada on June 17th.

RomCom booklovers in the UK, Europe, Australia and the rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer since HarperCollins isn’t publishing the book in those regions until January 2015, but you can sign up here ( for the chance to read it for free before it’s published!

About The Curvy Girls Club

A funny, heart-warming story about overcoming the prejudices we hold, no matter where we tip the scales.

When the pounds start falling off Katie, founder and president of London’s most popular social club for the calorie-challenged, it seems like a dream come true. But as the overweight stigma recedes and her life starts to change, she faces losing more than the inches around her waist. Everything that’s important to her – her closest friends, boyfriend, and acceptance into the club itself – are at stake in a world where thin is the new fat.

“So engaging and witty, yet insightful and empathetic.” Sophie Kinsella, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"A book about friendship, love and most of all, loving yourself; you'll eat this up." Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Spin and Hidden

Sales Links
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A Free Short Story for RomCom fans

To celebrate The Curvy Girls Club launch, we’re giving away Michele’s short story, Weightless (it’s on sale on for $1.99). Simply email and you’ll get Weightless for free for your eReader (any device) along with membership to the real Curvy Girls Club* (link:

*You don’t have to be curvy - it's a daily dose of loveliness for everyone!

Sometimes looks can be deceiving

Annabel’s not surprised when nobody recognises her at her 10 year reunion. The spotty fat teen nicknamed AnnaBall by the school bullies is long gone. But standing on the edge of the popular crowd, she still feels like that girl. That is, until Jack, her teen crush, starts flirting with her. Much to her amusement, he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, Annabel’s chief tormenter before she moved to France in their last year.

It’s just a bit of fun at first, letting Jack believe she’s Christy. After all, he was nuts about her before she said au revoir to England. And when he asks Annabel out, the fun becomes something even more interesting. The more they date the deeper they fall for each other. So what if Annabel has to fib a little to keep up the fa├žade?

As the lies start compounding, and she realises that they’re falling in love, she has to tell him who she really is. But she’ll lose the love of her life if she does.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Liberty and Destiny: A Novel of the American Revolution

Jessica James
Historical Romance

"You just couldn't tell about people these days.  Not even women.  Especially not beautiful ones."

Amid the war-torn country, Sophia Adair is caught between the loyalists she lives with and the cause she believes in.  But she has a plan.  With the intelligence she learns at home, Sophia hopes to turn herself into a spy and help those who are fighting for the country she wants.  Colonel Grant Morgan doesn't want to trust Miss Adair any more than he'd want to put her in danger if her desire was in earnest.  But how can he avoid a woman intent on giving him inside information on the movements of his enemy?  As they balance a fine line of war and intrigue, will they find a way to keep love, and themselves, alive?

My Opinion:  This was a fun and quick jaunt into the past and through the American revolutionary war.  Sophia is a wonderfully spunky and wholly dedicated patriot to the revolutionary cause.  I would have liked to know the basis for her motivation, but she was a constant and wonderful character I felt like I could relate to and stand in her shoes.  Grant is a lovely character balancing his duty and his desire to protect Sophia from the rough war he is involved in.  I'd love to have heard more of his history as well, but it was sadly missing.  However, their relationship is sweet and wonderful and I was rooting for them all along.  I'll admit, while reading, a few tears were shed, a few breaths were held, and my patriotism was pumped up by a few levels.  Though I would have loved this to be four times as long (that may have been the history buff in me), it was a wonderful read and one I would highly recommend.

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


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