October 29, 2014

The Publicist Book 3 - Cover Reveal



It's finally here, the long-awaited sequel to The Publicist! CLIMAX by Christina George is the final installment in the series. It comes in two parts:


The Covers






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About the Book


Release date: December 15, 2014. You can pre-order now!

Kate Mitchell has never forgiven herself for breaking Nick Lavigne’s heart. Now he’s back and he’s moved on, and it’s affecting Kate’s life more than she’s willing to admit.

Kate Mitchell has everything. She's the head of a crazy successful publishing house, engaged to the traffic-stopping sexy Mac Ellis and she's about to sign one of the biggest authors of her career.

And that's when everything falls apart.

Everything is perfect…until it’s not.

In a city of 8 million people Kate manages to run into someone she never expected to see again.

Nick is handsome, impossibly kind, every girl’s dream, and Kate’s former fiancĂ©. He’s also the brother of the rising star author she’s trying to sign. Now that Nick’s back in town and has moved on he insists he’s over Kate, but part of him still can’t get past how amazing they were, and his sister won’t let anyone forget how brutally it ended.

When Mac is dealt a life-changing blow, it forces Kate to question every single choice she’s made.

Follow Kate as she embarks on a journey of life and love, navigating through the decisions that will change it all forever.



About the Author



Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook  ~  Goodreads

Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.


Let's Revisit the Characters...





Some Fun Stuff!


Head on over to Kate's site and listen to a sample of the audio book version of The Publicist and enter her Amazon gift card giveaway. She also has a playlist of songs for the book!

So which team are you on? Want to know who Kate ends up with?



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Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna - Review, Interview and Giveaway


I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna
ISBN: 9781492720195
Trade Paperkback

Synopsis: A Story of Vengeance, Forgiveness, and Love 
After her husband's untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family's villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin-a father she hasn't spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently has died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father's last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead-and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.

My review: I enjoy reading books about Italy and Venice is such a beautiful city how could you not want to read a book set there. This book has a little mystery and romance all rolled into you - two things that kept me turning the pages long into the night. I thought the character development was very good especially with Marietta, I found myself cheering her on throughout the entire story. She had to go through so much starting at the beginning - being married to a horrible husband, his death, going home to her father who ends up being dead and finds  out it was murder, then falling for man who's father is suspected of killing her father. How could she not be a tough cookie. The author was also very descriptive in the scenes so much so that I felt as if I was right there - a part of the story. I was not disappointed one bit and look forward to reading more books by this author. 

Author's Bio:

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.
Connect with her: Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Where to buy the book:





Interview: 

1.    Where do you write?
Mainly in my home office, though sometimes if I am missing my family, I will write in the TV room as they watch something I’m not interested in.
           
    2.        Do you write every day?
I write every day, but I don’t write fiction every day. I am a technical writer for a software company, so my fun writing has to wait until I have my “real” work done.
           
    3.        If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I wouldn’t go back too far. I like the Hollywood glamor of the late 1940s/50s. I love to watch the black and white movies where the woman has semi-curled hair and a beautiful evening gown.
           
    4.        What advice would you give budding writers?
You have to have an editor. Find a professional editor that you can work comfortably with. The editor I used for Venice in the Moonlight taught me a lot and pushed me. She also had some great resources for the graphic design of the printed book.
           
    5.        What is your next project?
I am working on a contemporary romance titled, First Crush. Here is the description I have been using:

Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening all over again at her high school reunion. Lee Archer is The One Who Got Away. Despite Jessie’s best efforts, he only wanted to be friends. Fifteen years later, things are different. Lee wants more, but first Jessie has to unload some baggage—the biggest one being a psycho ex-husband. Will Jessie learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?


Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.

Tour Schedule:

Oct 27 - The YA Lit Chick - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 27 - Blissful Book Reviews - review / interview
Oct 28 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 28 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 29 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review / interview / giveaway
Oct 30 - Real Army of Moms - review / giveaway
Oct 31 - Walking with Nora - review / giveaway
Nov 3 -  All Things Bookie - review / interview
Nov 3 -  Back Porchervations - review / interview
Nov 4 -  Bookfan - review 
Nov 4 -  Svetlana's Reads and Views - review / interview
Nov 5 -  Il Mio Tesoro - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 5 -  Lady in Read - review / giveaway
Nov 6 -  Reviews by Molly - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 7 -  Like a Bump on a Blog - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 7 -  Dalene’s Book Reviews - review / interview / giveaway
Nov 7 -  Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway

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A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd - Review and Kindle Giveaway from Litfuse


I received this book in exchange for a fair and  honest review

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
Whispers on the Moors - #3
ISBN: 9781401688370
Trade Paperback

Synopsis: Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.

His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she's desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own --- one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father's position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he'll never be free to find his own way in the world. He'll never be free to fall in love.
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

My review: I have to say I have enjoyed each of the books in this series. Sarah has a way with words that makes me feel as if I am a part of this story. I really enjoyed reading about Nathaniel and Cecily and watching them grow together. It was neat how Sarah used the characters flaws to really develop them. Getting to know Nathaniel's family was a plus as well. Both characters have a past they want to keep hidden, but can they? This book moved right along for me. It is a nice weekend read. If you are a fan of Regency books or even Jane Austen type of stories then you will enjoy this book. This is a book fit for both teenagers and adults alike. I hope there is another in this series as I am not ready for it to end. 

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CsnBw

About the author: 

Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing.The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Find Sarah online: websiteFacebookTwitter

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Award-winning author Sarah E. Ladd examines how to escape the clutches of a tainted past in the final installment of her Whispers on the Moor series. A Regency-era novel, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall cleverly shows that even though our pasts may be shameful or painful, God can take the darkest personal histories and turn them into the brightest futures.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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  • A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd
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October 27, 2014

Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman


I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Be Careful What You Witch For by Dawn Eastman
Family Fortune Mystery #2
ISBN: 9780425264478
Mass Market Paperback

Synopsis: Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…
The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.
 Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.
My review: I think this was a great addition to a fun cozy mystery series. It is enjoyable to revisit this little town with all the unique characters that live there. What fun it would be to visit their fall festival. I am not a big paranormal fan but I love to read about witches so for me this is a fun book.It is fun to follow Clyde through her journey to accept her "gift". I like how the author gives you just enough clues that you think you know who did it but not enough to give the whole mystery away too soon. This is a fun light weekend read for both young adults and adults alike, that is one thing that I like about cozy mysteries. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 
About This Author
Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of Pall in the Family, the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery Series. She lived in Michigan for many years in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog.

Author Links
www.DawnEastman.com
Twitter – @DawnAEastman
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DawnEastmanAuthor

Goodreads – under Dawn Eastman, the link is weird but here it is:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544185.Dawn_Eastman

Purchase Links
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Tour Participants – Mini Tour
October 23 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - Spotlight
October 24 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review
October 25 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
October 26 – off
October 27 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review
October 28 – Mystery Playground – Interview
October 29 – readalot blog – Review
October 30 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review

October 26, 2014

The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts


I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts
 Life in Icicle Falls #6
ISBN: 9780778316619
Mass Market Paperback

Synopsis: How Santa Gets His Christmas Spirit Back… 

James Claussen has played Santa for years, but now that he's a widower, he's lost interest—in everything. So his daughter, Brooke, kidnaps him from the mall (in his Santa suit!) and takes him to Icicle Falls. She's arranged a special Christmas at the lodge owned by long-widowed Olivia Wallace and her son, Eric. And yet…Brooke wants Dad to be happy, but she's not ready to see someone else's mommy kissing Santa Claus. 

Single mom Missy Monroe brings her kids to the lodge, too. Lalla wants a grandma for Christmas, and her brother, Carlos, wants a dog. Missy can't provide either one. What she'd like is an attractive, dependable man. A man like John Truman… But John's girlfriend will be joining him in Icicle Falls, and he's going to propose. 

Of course not everything goes as planned. But sometimes the best gifts are the ones you don't expect!

My review: I can't say enough good things about this book. This is one of my all time favorite series. With each new installment in this series you get to go back to the great town of Icicle Falls and revisit your old friends and meet some new ones. This is a town I would love to live in. In this book we get to meet Missy who is a single mother trying to do the best she can and just needs a break. We also meet the Claussen family who lost their wife/mother just a year ago and are trying to have a happy Christmas. Next up is John who wants to propose to his girlfriend and have the perfect Christmas. There are also a couple of other families that play bit parts, two of them are a couple of friends Jane and Vera. You will find yourself laughing, crying and on the edge of your seat throughout this book. I can't wait for the next book in this series to see what happens next. This is one series that I recommend to everyone. 

October 25, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller - Review and Giveaway by Litfuse


I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Refined by Love
ISBN: 978-0764212550
Trade Paperback

Synopsis: Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia
Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.
But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.
Review: It has been awhile since I have read a book by Judith Miller but I am glad I picked up this book. I enjoy books from this time. Judith did a good job on the character development. It was nice to watch Ewan and Laura's relationship develop though out this book. I felt bad for Laura for all she had to go through. I think she was a strong person. I like the journey that this book took me on. I recommend this book for all historical fiction fans. I am glad I picked this book up and look forward to the rest of the series. 

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CAurf 

About the author: 

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.

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Don't miss Judith Miller's latest novel, The Brickmaker's Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, ". . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials."

Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a "Refined by Love" Facebook author event on November 4th.
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  • The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th. Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She'll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

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October 19, 2014

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon


Written in my Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander #5
ISBN: 9780385344432
Hardback

Synopsis: In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].” Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
 
1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
 
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is  searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
 
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

My Review: I have been a fan of the Outlander series from the very first book. This book did not disappoint me even though it seemed to take me a little longer to read this one. There were times that Diana had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next with Roger and Brianna's family. It was nice to see Ian find someone he wants to be with. I always like the way the author intermingles history with her fictional characters. Can you imagine meeting Sam Adams, George Washington and many others. I think I would have been awe struck. Diana has a way of making you feel so connected with each of these characters. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.