Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: And You Came Along by Elaine Stock


About the Book

A Mother’s Christmas Wish

All single mom Jacey Tucker wants for Christmas is for her young son to have a home and a smile. What she never expected was an eviction notice from her apartment, or the loss of her job. Now she can’t leave Kindred Lake, Pennsylvania fast enough.

A Wounded Detective’s Second Chance

Zander Paxton, wounded on duty while trying to save the life of his partner, needs a new residence for the second half of his recovery. His hometown of Kindred Lake offers promises, but it may be too late to make up for his past.

She heads south. He heads north. In the middle of a blizzard, five days before Christmas, they collide and wreck their vehicles, and nearly each other, on an ice-covered road. The kindness of two strangers provides a cabin for shelter, a place where pain is soothed and hope is renewed . . . until their pasts catch up to their present and threatens a forever separation. Is true love ever mistaken?
 


My Review

Four Stars

'And You Came Along' was the first time I've read anything by Elaine Stock and I absolutely loved it! I'll definitely be adding this author to my watch list. This novella was really well written. I could feel the bite of the frigid blizzard conditions. I felt the characters emotions as if they were my own.

Jacey's having one of those days that goes from bad to worse. I ached for her and the situation she found herself in. Her little boy, Caleb, was adorable. It was abundantly clear how much she loved the little guy and would do anything for him. I immediately liked Zander. He's dealt with a lot, but is a very determined man. And I can't forget to mention Samson! I'm a dog lover, so of course, I loved him.

This was a sweet and touching romance that was perfect for putting me in the mood for winter and Christmastime. Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.


You can find Elaine Stock at her website, on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

12 Days of Clean Romance – Day 10 – December 14th – Annette K. Larsen (Plus a Giveaway!)



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Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen


Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she’d imagined.

“I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me.”

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Praise for Just Ella

“This book is so well written it felt just perfect. Honest. I loved it from beginning to end.” -Aimee Brown, Getting Your Read On

“Full of those tender moments you want to go back and read again, plus exciting moments, clever humor, and some suspense as well.” -Jana, The Writer’s Assistant

“Loved every second of this book. It was engaging, eventful, beautifully written and hard to put down. It’s wonderful for all ages!” -Jen, Goodreads


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He gave me a sad smile and shrugged. “I apologize if my bluntness offends you. I figured you would leave if you were upset by me.”
“That would be very rude of me.”
“It’s what I’d expect.”
“Why? Because that’s what a noble would do?”
“Well.” The confusion was back, forcing him to make a slight concession. “Any other noble.” It was somewhat gratifying that he no longer felt compelled to lump me with the nobles he despised. However, the fact remained—I wasn’t a noble. And I knew he would think even less of me when he knew what I was.
I wouldn’t lie. “I told you, I’m not—”
“Come now, Ella. Your tree climbing hasn’t got me fooled.” He used an almost paternal tone, his eyes laughing. “You are nobility, aren’t you?”
I buried my hurt. “No, I’m something worse.”
“Oh, come now, I don’t think that badly of people. The only thing that might be worse is royalty.” How charming he was, even when insulting me.
I stood silent for a moment, wondering if he would catch on. When he continued to gaze at me, I simply said, “Exactly.”
A look of horror crossed his face and I gave him a sad smile before turning to leave.
“Oh,” I heard him stuttering behind me, sounding utterly mortified. “No, I…my apologies, miss—Your Highness,” he corrected himself sharply. “Princess, I’m so very sorry, I…”
I shook my head as I turned to face him again. He looked so different: the confidence, the grin, the amusement were all gone, replaced with a look akin to physical pain. “It’s all right,” I said quietly. “You’re not wrong.” I should have inclined my head, waiting for him to bow before I left. Instead I lifted my hand in farewell.


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Author Annette K. Larsen

I was born in Utah, but migrated to Arizona, Missouri, and Virginia before settling in Idaho.

Though I dabbled in writing throughout school, being an author seemed like an unattainable dream. It took me seven years to write my first book, Just Ella. During that time, I taught myself how to write a novel. Not the most time effective method, but it gave me an education I wouldn’t have received from a class or a how-to book. Something about the struggle of writing without a formula or rules worked for me.

I write clean romance because I love it. Jane Eyre is the hero of my youth and taught me that clinging to your convictions will be hard, but will bring you more genuine happiness than giving in ever can.

I love chocolate, Into the Woods, ocean waves, my husband, and my five littles. And I love books that leave me with a sigh of contentment.



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Keeping Kinley is on sale right now for just 99 cents!

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Giveaway Details
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/28/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12 Days of Clean Romance – Day 9 – December 13th – Heather B. Moore (Plus a Giveaway!)




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The Falling Series

Contemporary Romance Novellas from USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore


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Falling for Sydney

Sydney has been the perfect friend, the perfect daughter, and Rian checks off on her perfect fiancé list. But when Sydney notices a strange truck parked in her fiancé’s parking spot, she’s in for the surprise of her life. Not only is Rian not who she thought he was, but his brother Jake is about to turn her life upside down.






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Falling for Maria

At twenty-six, Maria is holding out for the perfect man to share the rest of her life with. Josh seems to be that man, but after months of dating, their relationship is at a stand-still. Maria plans to nudge Josh forward, but when the company she works for is bought out, her new boss Walker seems determined to change Maria’s idea of the perfect man.





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Falling for June

Once a year, June Dawson goes on vacation with her best friends from high school. When she arrives in Maui, she realizes she’s the odd-woman out. With Sydney engaged, and Maria nearly so, June wonders if anyone will ever fall for her. Then June meets Lance, their gorgeous next door bungalow neighbor at the Maui resort, and she’s definitely charmed. But after her recent breakup, June refuses to fall for gorgeous, or charming, again.





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Author Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. You can connect with Heather on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Newsletter.




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Giveaway Details
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/27/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


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Can't Wait Wednesday: Fawkes: A Novel by Nadine Brandes

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Fawkes: A Novel by Nadine Brandes releasing July 10, 2018.


About the Book

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

Why I Need It

I absolutely loved Nadine Brandes' Out of Time series, so I've been eager to find out what she was working on next. Fawkes sounds AMAZING! I always love books that mix fantasy with history. And that cover... oh my goodness!

What book are you eagerly anticipating?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 8 – 12 Days of Clean Romance – December 12th – Sheralyn Pratt (Plus a Giveaway!)



Pimpernel: Royal Ball by Sheralyn Pratt

Sequel to the award-winning novel, Pimpernel

One man, one night, one dance, and one question…none of which Claire Ramsey sees coming.

She thinks the night is a test—a call to rise above her insecurities and step more fully into her skills. It’s been a year since she learned about the Pimpernel and fell in love with the man of so many masks. Jack’s world is full of high stakes and big players, and Claire wants in.

To her frustration, Jack is dragging his feet on letting her all the way into both his heart and his work. The risk is too high, he says. But Claire is ready to prove him wrong. She’s ready to go all-in.

What Claire doesn’t know is that Jack is no lone wolf, and the world he is shielding her from is much bigger than she has ever imagined.

But one man, one night, one dance, and one question will change all of that in a way Claire never saw coming.

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Claire was not alone.

There was a man in the room—a dark-haired man with unreal green eyes and a suit that looked ready for a fashion shoot. The intruder was fit and tall, with a trimmed beard that looked like it had been shaped with laser precision.

Do. Not. Scream. (Again.) Do not freak. Coherency is your only bargaining chip, and only one of you works here.

For the first time that day, Claire wasn’t arguing with her instincts.

“How did you get in here?” she accused.

“Someone left the door open.”

Oh. Yeah. That would be her. She opened the floor. And left it open.

Whoops.

But that still didn’t explain what this man was doing in Margot’s office wearing the most refined suit she’d ever seen. Part of Claire felt reassured that if this man was an assassin, it would be a tidy affair. He wouldn’t want to get blood on his clothes.

“Who are you?” she asked, trying to get a sense for exactly how much trouble she was in.

“I’m the boss’s son.”

That made no sense. “Margot is the boss.”

He seemed to weigh her answer. “Depends on how you look at it. If you’re talking about the business, yes. That’s Margot’s. But if we’re talking about what brought you here tonight, then Jack works for my father. His line has served ours faithfully for many years. We like Jack.”

Wait. What? Claire knew Ren’s family had served Margot’s for generations, but she’d always thought that more as a bodyguard thing. Jack wasn’t a bodyguard. He was a problem-solver for the elite. When people growing into their power started doing things that threatened the safety of civilians, Jack was brought in to—

Something clicked in Claire’s brain.

It wasn’t like her to be the last one to catch on to something, but everything Claire had seen in the past year fit very nicely into this man’s claim. When a job came in, Jack and Margot did it. They didn’t argue over its merit or vet the client. They solved the problem.

Because someone asked—allegedly, this guy’s father.

So either this man was an assassin sent to kill her, or the boss’s son had just caught her red-handed. Whatever the case, running away and pretending this never happened didn’t seem to be an option.
Stand your ground, instinct whispered.

“You need to make a choice before you speak again, Claire,” the green-eyed man said. “You must decide if you’ve just been caught where you ought not to be, or if you’re exactly where you want to be.”
Um, both felt like traps the way he said them.

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Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

For centuries, the elite of the world have sought the Pimpernel everywhere. Some want to kill him, others want to hire him, but Jack Cavanaugh knows that the love/hate relationship comes with the job title.

At present, Jack is trying to dismantle an investment scheme centered in Las Vegas, but “trying” is the operative word. It’s been a month since he put the face of the scheme behind bars, yet the scam is still going strong. As Jack tries to uncover who has stepped in as the new head, what miniscule evidence there is all seems to point him back to Claire Ramsey, an introverted PhD student studying at UNLV.

If ever there as an unlikely head of an investment scheme, Claire’s it. She has a genius IQ, but from all Jack has seen, Claire’s intelligence is as much a blessing as a curse when paired up with her acute OCD. Claire can barely make conversation with the cute guy down the hall, which makes it hard to believe she could be the charismatic salesperson who is getting international businessmen to invest $5—50 million a pop.

So what is Jack missing? What is the real story behind Claire Ramsey? And once Jack learns it, will he be able to walk away?

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Praise for Pimpernel

“My go-to book that has it all–action-adventure, mystery. and intrigue, all wrapped up in a sweet (but not overdone) romance.”

“Leverage. Mission Impossible. Pimpernel… If you like those first two, you’re going to love Pimpernel!…Secret identities, twists and turns, cons within cons, with just a bit of romance.”

“Intrigue, romance, and that vague something that sticks with you.”


https://www.goodreads.com/series/221283-pimpernel

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Author Sheralyn Pratt
Sheralyn was born at an early age, with 10 fingers and 10 toes. She is proud to report that she currently retains all 20 digits. Described by one reviewer as “the bomb dot com” (url already claimed… bummer), Sheralyn has been a karate instructor, musical theater performer, a beach bum, freelance writer, nomadic traveler, and, yes, a private investigator. At the moment she enjoys working with and training her dog to give the poor thing breaks from sitting and Sheralyn’s feet with the unbearable task of watching someone write a book.

Really, and you thought your job was bad!

Sheralyn currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, although as people who know her can attest to, that is subject to change at any time. Connect with her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Giveaway Details
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway
Ends 12/26/17

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2017


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

The Topic for this week is: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017. Okay, so... there was absolutely no way for me to narrow my list down to just ten. So here is my SUPER long list of my Favorite Books of 2017.

Contemporary

by Christina Coryell

by Becky Wade

by Tanya Eavenson

by Janell Butler Wojtowicz

by Victoria Bylin

by Tanya Eavenson

by Pepper Basham

Historical

by Elizabeth Camden

by Sarah Sundin

by Naomi Rawlings

Mystery/Suspense

by Susan May Warren

by Christy Barritt

by Rachel Dylan

by Christy Barritt

Speculative

by J. Rodes

by Julie Hall

by Seanan McGuire
by Maria V. Snyder

What are some of your favorite books of 2017?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Midnight Clear by Autumn Macarthur


About the Book

He could be her Mr. Right. Only she knows she’s his Ms. Wrong.

Teacher Claire Robinson moved to Huckleberry Lake to escape the grief of losing her happily-ever-after, and no one in the welcoming Idaho community guesses her secret heartbreak.

Including Ryan Connor, who seems to think she’s “the One”. But he wants a big family, something she can’t give him. Her snark should make him forget her.

Problem is, both God and Ryan have other plans!

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My Review

Five Stars

Oh goodness, y'all, this novella! It is so good! It's heartwarming and touching, filled with laughs and tears, characters finding their way, and a wonderful spiritual message. There were times when I was laughing out loud and then others when I was wiping away tears. It really put me in the Christmas spirit. This novella is a great reminder to trust God, His plans, and to know that He is always with us, no matter what, that the Lord's path is so much better than anything we could ever plan. I tried to read this slowly, to savor it, but in the end, I couldn't help but read it as fast as I could. I loved every second of it! Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

To learn more about Autumn Macarthur, visit her website, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.


Midnight Clear is part of the Snowflakes and Snuggles Box Set.



Six brand-new, heartwarming novels and novellas.

ALMOOSED HEAVEN—JAN ELDER

It’s Christmastime in Moose Creek, Maine, and Rev. Samantha Evans and forest ranger Eric Palmer are finally getting hitched. When circumstances turn against them in the shape of a meddlesome sister, an ill family member, an old flame, and a contrary moose, will they discover that marriage is Almoosed Heaven?

QUINN’S CHOICE—CLARE REVELL

Trauma surgeon, Quinn Southgate, is about to marry his soul mate when his pager goes off. His bride, Liz Hastings, gives him an ultimatum—answer that bleep and the wedding is off. Whatever choice Quinn makes, the consequences will last a lifetime.

WINTER WISHES & SNOWFLAKE KISSES—MARY MANNERS

When the wedding of mutual friends draws a reluctant Delaney Chambers home to King's Gap, Tennessee, rancher Austen Brantley believes their reunion is a Christmas miracle. Tragic childhood memories make Delaney eager for a quick return to her city life. But Austen has other plans…to chase away those memories and bring Delaney home—for good.

CINNAMON KISSES—CECELIA DOWDY

When Jamal Jennings runs into his first love, Kelly Richardson, during a homeless ministry, their dormant feelings are rekindled. He needs her help to open his bakery and she’s struggling to forgive her cheating ex-fiancé. Can they fall in love again, in spite of their past pains?

MIDNIGHT CLEAR—AUTUMN MACARTHUR

He could be her Mr. Right. Only she knows she’s his Ms. Wrong.

Teacher Claire Robinson moved to Huckleberry Lake to escape the grief of losing her happily-ever-after, and no one in the welcoming Idaho community guesses her secret heartbreak.

Including Ryan Connor, who seems to think she’s “the One”. But he wants a big family, something she can’t give him. Her snark should make him forget her.

Problem is, both God and Ryan have other plans!

A TIME TO LOVE—MARION UECKERMANN

Everyday life for Dr. Melanie Kerr had consisted of happy deliveries and bundles of joy…until her worst nightmare became reality.

Journalist and TV host Jordan Stanson has gone from one assignment to the next, but before he can take a break for Christmas, his boss has squeezed in another—uncovering the tragedy surrounding the doctor the country came to love on his show.

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