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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn Taylor Book Tour and Book Review



About the Book
Murder Mezzo Forte Murder Mezzo Forte (Lamplighter Mysteries, June 2016)
He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .
She a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they’re probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs.
Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.
Can this ill-matched pair’s stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college’s incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse.
Learn more and purchase a copy.


Donn Taylor
Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in Renaissance literature and taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His publications include three suspense novels, one historical novel, and a book of poetry. He lives near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.

My review;

"Murder Mezzo Forte" by author Donn Taylor is about 2 people who are trying to keep their job and stay away from being arrested for murder . Mara Thorn who is a religion professor and Preston Barclay is a history professor, who is not at all outgoing, are both now being looked at by the police as being guilty of murder of another worker. Someone has made the sneaky attack behind the scenes. But, how are they going to make sure that everyone knows they are really innocent. It even looks like they have put their safety on the line. If everyone is trying to show that they are guilty will they be able to show they are not. These are both great characters that you will grow to like.  Will they be locked up? What will become of their jobs if they can keep them? I was given this book for a  review by Litfuse Publicity. I give this book a 4/5. These are my opinions.

Her Legacy by Teresa Crumpton Cover Reveal and Giveaway








Title: Her Legacy

Series: Foster House Legacy #1

Author: Teresa Crumpton

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Length: 99k words

Format: Digital

Digital ISBN: 978-0-692-74841-1

Cover Artist: Danielle Barclay of Barclay Creative




Synopsis:

The Foster House

The house is important, and so are you, hexe. The ancient ones foretold this. Yet, we’re still not sure. But we won’t kill you. We have killed before, those that didn’t have the blood. Your ancestors want to protect you; they need to. Blood is the key. He wants your blood.

Peace and harmony must be restored.

A house’s thirst for blood and a family secret are revealed when Alexis, a young empathetic law student, inherits her family’s long forgotten estate, The Foster House.

An empathetic law student is the key.

When Alexis moves in to The Foster House, she is surrounded by ghosts and a mysterious history. A history that is her legacy. But it’s not just the house she needs to worry about. An evil entity has enlisted the help of an ex-special ops Captain, Brenton Young, to manipulate Alexis’s life for his own dark purposes.

A family legacy will be revealed.

As the FBI, NSA, and local police close in on Brenton Young, Alexis enlists the help of her boss and secret crush, District Attorney, Josh Hampton. Together, can they solve the mysteries of the house and discover what her true legacy really is or will the answers they find lead to more questions & mysteries?

Pre-orders available soon! Add to Goodreads today!

About Teresa Crumpton:Teresa Crumpton writes dark supernatural thrillers along with poetry, non-fiction and short stories. She started writing when she was young, never thinking one day she'd turn her passion into a career. She started writing her novel in eight-grade, though it's changed over the years. Teresa’s first novel, Her Legacy, is a haunting ghost story with a little rumored family history within the pages.

Teresa obtained two degrees, Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, and English Lit, hoping to get into law school. In 2004 she married the man of her dreams. As they moved around the country her dreams changed. She once again went back to school, this time obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and her writing became not only her passion, but also the fulfilment of a promise to her father before he passed.

Teresa Crumpton grew up in Cincinnati and Dallas/Ft. Worth, making her a hybrid midwest and southern girl. She has five siblings (all half or step), which always made for a boisterous Christmas while traveling.
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Aria & Ethan by Kad Rayan Cover Reveal and Giveaway


Homicide in the House by Colleen J. Shogan Virtual Book Tour, Guest Post, and Giveaway











Homicide in the House

by Colleen J. Shogan



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GENRE: Cozy Mystery



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BLURB:



During a government shutdown, Kit’s congresswoman boss is found standing over the dead body of a top staffer she tangled with in front of the press. The police are about to name her as the prime suspect. The weapon was the Speaker’s gavel, an item entrusted to the congresswoman the previous night. The killer knows Kit is on the case. Can she solve the mystery in time to save her job and her life?






Excerpt



Absent the big commuter crowds to slow the boarding of trains, I arrived at Capitol South twenty-five minutes later. Maeve hadn’t replied. Perhaps the “trouble” had already blown over. Just in case she still needed help, I headed directly to the Cannon rotunda without stopping at the office. Reporters usually camped out inside the rotunda to shoot live cable television hits from Capitol Hill. It wasn’t as grandiose as the Capitol rotunda, but its Corinthian architecture with imposing columns did provide a stately backdrop for the camera.



I exited the elevator and walked past the famous Cannon Caucus Room, which hosted the House Un-American Committee hearings decades ago. Hearing Maeve’s voice in the distance, I followed the narrow hallway circling the rotunda. After rounding the bend, I found my boss. She wasn’t alone. Next to her was Detective O’Halloran of the Capitol Hill Police. Jack Drysdale was between them, but the Speaker’s top aide wasn’t looking so handsome this morning. Blood flowed from his head onto the pristine marble floor. If he’d generated Clarence’s Capitol Canine votes, there wouldn’t be any more favors coming my way. Jack Drysdale was dead.

Author Guest Post;


Ebooks? Friend or Foe?





Authors or readers are split about ebooks. I hear the complaints all the time at book festivals or author panels. I’m not conflicted about them. In fact, I love ebooks. I read almost exclusively on my Kindle. In the cold, in the sun – my Kindle endures. When I get tired of a book or hear about a novel I simply must read, before I know it I’m onto the next story.



By the way, as an author, the Kindle is a savior. I’m writing the third book in my series and I needed to check a detail about one of my main characters I included in my first book. I was writing during a flight, without my access to a paper copy of Stabbing in the Senate. No problem. All I needed to do was open the Kindle app on my MacBook and use the “search” function to find the exact line in question.



Here’s the common complaints I hear about ebooks and what I think privately when people say these little ditties:



I like the feel of a real book in my hands: Quite frankly, I do not understand this observation at all. For sighted people, reading is about thinking and processing words on a page. It has nothing to do with the sense of touch. Why does it matter if you’re holding a book reader or an actual book?



I can’t get used to the typeface: This one really boggles me. Kindle has designed an entire typeface (“Bookerly”) for reading ease. It is optimized for ideal consumption, and Amazon has also improved its typesetting and justifications. Ebooks look like “real” books now.



I like the idea of reading a printed book by the pool or on the beach: Couldn’t agree with you more. That’s why you want an ebook reader that’s glare resistant. iPads are great for a lot of things, but reading outside in the sunshine is not one of them. Invest in an economical ereader (Kindle Touch or NOOK Touch, for example) and you’ll be in business. Of course, you can’t drop your Kindle or Fire in the water, but I think that’s the case for paperbacks, too.



I want to support authors by buying their actual books: Thanks for the sentiment. However, I make twice the royalty percentage on ebooks than regular trade paperbacks. When it comes down to it, I’d rather sell volume in ebooks so more people are actually reading my series. Call me crazy, but the whole idea of writing books is for people to read them. I could care less if they’re downloading my books or reading them in traditional print.



Ebooks are bad for your eyesight: Sorry, this is a myth. The backlit technology actually makes using an ebook reader comparable to reading a printed book. With the latest configurations, ebook readers also can sense when the lights are off in a room and will adjust the contrast. No more keeping the nightstand lamp on while your partner struggles to fall asleep as you read. Now you can read with no external light at all.



Ebooks are a more economical way of encouraging people to read books. That’s the bottom line for me. If that were their only virtue, I’d still be a big fan. More people reading books is ultimately good for authors – and society.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She writes the Washington Whodunit series published by Camel Press. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.



Twitter: @cshogan276















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Between the Bleeding Willows by D. A. Roach Book Tour and Giveaway




Between the Bleeding Willows

Demon Hunters Series

Book One

D.A. Roach



Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy



Publisher: Limitless Publishing



Date of Publication: March 8, 2016



ISBN: 1680585274

ASIN: B01C4VVPII



Number of pages: 282

Word Count: about 64,000



Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Design



Book Description:







At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…



At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring.



She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….



A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment.



Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…



When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need. Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.



And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.









Excerpt:

I had no idea where the path would lead me, but I told myself I’d be fine as long as I did not veer from it. The insects hiding in the foliage sang their quiet night songs, and fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows, trying to convince me I made the right choice and would be safe. On the contrary, the trees seemed to reach out for me, unashamed of their menacing appearance. I walked carefully to keep my noise down, not wanting to draw attention to myself or scare off the voice I heard.

The path continued some ways before it joined with a clearing dotted with headstones. Blaylock Grove Cemetery. The headstones were in ruins, kicked over by vandals, no longer marking where the dead were buried. Weeds grew around the grave markers, and fallen branches cluttered the ground. What the hell was the deal with this place? There was a bad vibe here.

I crouched next to a headstone and Googled Blaylock Grove Cemetery. Wikipedia said it was a small abandoned cemetery that was known for its ghost sightings and haunted reputation. My arms got goosebumps, but I continued reading through a few sites. Some believed that the spirits were restless and angry because of the disrespect for their final resting place. In the 1950s, it became a place where couples would come to make out. There was also an increase in vandalism, and it was around this time when the burial ground became known as “haunted.” In the early 1900’s a mob boss and his goons were rumored to have dumped their victims’ bodies into the lagoon at the edge of the cemetery. I looked around and saw a clearing in the tree­line ahead; the moon shimmered off of what must be



the lagoon. The image gallery showed photos of the grounds in daytime and with infrared film. Looking at the images only made me feel even more unsettled.

Jace,” the female voice whispered to my right in a seductive tone. I stood frozen in one spot, staring in the direction of the voice, staying as silent and statue­like as I could. In my periphery, I saw a shadowy figure walk across the clearing toward the voice. I couldn’t make out a face so I stood and followed it, hoping for a closer look. In my haste, I snapped a branch beneath my foot.

Crap!



The figure turned toward me. His mouth twisted in a snarl, and his eyes were solid black. Despite these deformities, the face was familiar. My heart and mind warred with each other. Instinct told me to get the hell out of there, but my heart still thrummed for the guy who had captured it four years ago.

Seeing him like this, though…



Jace Peters was a good guy, not evil like the demon before me.



The sound of fast footsteps and cracking branches gained on Jace. I looked to the sound. In the dim moonlight, I could only see a large, dark figure running at full speed. Jace took off and darted between two giant willows at the edge of the cemetery. The dark figure dove at him—and they both vanished before they hit the ground.

What the…?



I grabbed my backpack and ran to the willows, but there was no sign of them. I ducked under the weeping branches and studied the base of the tree, searching for any clue. I grabbed the trunk to steady myself, but quickly retracted my hand when I felt the wet sticky liquid. Using my phone light to illuminate, I found the willow trunk coated in a dark sap. Putting my soiled fingers to my nose, I could not smell a thing. I touched my tongue to it, and tasted the metallic warmth of blood. Shining the light up the tree top showed me the streaks started as high as I could see and ran down to the roots. I walked to the other willow and found it also oozed blood. The leaves and branches were unremarkable; only the trunks were affected.

Trees didn’t bleed, so what was going on here? Maybe this place really was haunted. Had I witnessed two apparitions tonight, one being my dead ex­boyfriend?

Why was I blaming this on mystical things? I had never believed in ghosts and I always thought those Ghosthunters shows preyed on gullible people. Well, I wasn’t a gullible person, but I sure as hell saw two figures disappear right before my eyes tonight.

I needed to get out of there and get home. After I wiped the blood on the weeds below, I grabbed my backpack. Stepping out from beneath the branches onto the path between the bleeding willows, I began falling…down…down…down…







About the Author:



D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.



D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids' school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.



"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."



George Bernard Shaw



WEBSITE: http://daroachbooks.blogspot.com/









BOOK GORILLA: http://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00AQNBVH2/d­a­roach















Tour giveaway 1 Amazon Gift card $25 2 signed copies (US only) of Between the Bleeding Willows


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Right Through Me by Shannon McKenna First Look Celebration and Giveaway





About RIGHT THROUGH ME:

Stranger, speak softly...

Biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher has a deadly secret: his clandestine training as a super-soldier gives him abilities that go far beyond human. Yet he's very much a man. When Caro Bishop shows up at his Seattle headquarters with a dangerous secret agenda, his ordered life is thrown into chaos. Caro is a woman like no other—and her luminously sensual beauty cloaks a mystery he must solve.

Caro's lying low, evading a false charge of murder. She means to clear her name, and she'll do whatever it takes to survive—but seducing a man like Noah is more than she bargained for. His amber eyes have the strangest glow when he looks at her—she could swear he sees the secrets of her heart. The desire smoldering in Noah's eyes awakens her own secret hunger, but Caro has to resist his magnetic pull. Anyone close to her becomes a target. The only right thing to do is run, far and fast, but Caro can't outrun Noah's ferocious intensity—or deny the searing passion that explodes between them.

Nothing else matters—until a vicious enemy bent on the ultimate revenge puts his murderous plan into play. Noah and Caro must battle for their lives...and their love...

Find out more at Goodreads | Shannon’s Website



Exclusive Excerpt:

Welcome to the secret and dangerous world of The Obsidian Files!

I love stories about people forced to widen the idea of what it means to be a human being, as well as stories about what it would be like to be superhuman. Now that the technology to augment, enhance, even design human beings is becoming an accepted reality, it fascinates me even more.

My hero, charismatic biotech tycoon Noah Gallagher, has a deadly secret—he’s more than human. As a teenager, he was swept up into the Obsidian program, a plan to create super-soldiers using gene splicing and nanotech. Noah led the other modified kids in a desperate rebellion. They barely escaped with their lives and went deep underground.

Now, years later, Noah’s crew now hides in plain sight, careful to mask their uncanny abilities. All except for breakaway element Mark Olund, a psychopath who uses his abilities to enrich himself. Mark is a threat Noah’s group, so when Mark’s mistress, Caro Bishop, suddenly shows up near Noah’s Seattle headquarters working as a bellydancer, Noah’s sister decides that they need a closer look at her. Preferably one using Noah’s enhanced eyes.

But Caro has a secret, too. She’s running away from a false charge of murder. Mark Olund killed her boss, and has been hunting her relentlessly ever since. She’s the only one with the biometrics to open a safe that will unleash a terrible weapon onto the world.

This nightmare has to stop, one way or another. If no one else can help, she’ll do it herself. But in the meantime, a girl had to eat and pay her rent and bus fare. She’s been bellydancing to survive, and this gig seemed just like any other—until she set eyes on the mind-blowingly handsome recepient of her dance . . .



Caro narrowly missed slamming her hip into the table. For the third time.

Look away from the guy, for God’s sake. Get a grip. It’s just a dance.

But her gaze kept getting sucked back to Noah Gallagher, the birthday boy. Ultra-powerful CEO of the oh-so-myserious Angel Enterprises, cutting-edge biotech firm.

The man was gorgeous. Barrel chested. A dense slab of muscle. Short hair showed off the sharp planes and angles of his face, a wide, strong jaw. He wore shaded glasses, but he’d taken them off a few seconds into her bellydance, and it was incredibly hard to stay focused on the music and remember her moves while being examined with such blazing intensity. It made her lose the thread.

To say nothing of her physical balance.

Holy flipping wow. They said he was turning thirty-two today, but he seemed older, or maybe it was just his expression. Each time she twirled, she snagged a new yummy detail. The shape of his ears. Thick, straight dark brows. Sexy grooves framing a stern, sensual mouth. Sharp cheekbones. His face was a taut mask of tension. But it was his eyes that really got to her.

His scorching laser focus made her temperature rise. He looked like he’d tear you to pieces if you gave him any trouble, despite the elegant suit that sat just right on his huge shoulders. He didn’t laugh or look embarrassed like most men did when surprised by a bellydancer. He just sat there, with the charged stillness of a predator poised to spring. Radiating a subtle sense of danger.

Her smile faltered as she shimmied and spun. Suddenly, she was hyper-conscious of the erotic allure of the dance. She always tried to keep things as light hearted and playful as possible, but his silent, very male sexual energy made it feel deadly serious. As if they were alone, and she’d been summoned for a private, uninhibited performance designed to drive him crazy.

Oh my. What a stimulating scenario that would be.

She was actually getting aroused. For the love of God. Rising panic began to shred the sensation. Enough of this ridiculous crap. She had to get out of here, and fast.

Finish the dance. You need the cash. He’s only a hot guy, not a celestial being. You’re freaking yourself out. Chill. Usually she spread the wealth, bestowing flirtatious smiles on everyone, but no one made a sound. Tension was thick in the air. No laughter, no snickering, no whistles.

Who cared. Her mind was fully occupied with the task of not gaping at Noah Gallagher’s godlike hotness.

This is Caro’s first inkling that all is not exactly what it seems at Angel Enterprises. She has no idea that they know who she is, and still less that they are wondering if she is Mark Olund’s spy. But really, all she can think about is Noah.

Toughen up, cupcake. Take back the power. This was a tough crowd, maybe, but everything was relative. The people in this room weren’t trying to frame her for murder, kidnap her or kill her. And she certainly had the birthday boy’s full attention.

So she’d play with it. That man needed to be humbled. To worship at the feet of her divine awesomeness. She’d dance like she’d never danced before, blow his mind, and melt away, forever nameless. Leaving him to ache and writhe.

That’s right, big boy. Prepare to suffer.

The dance was ending. Caro sank to her knees, arching back in a pose of abandoned sensual ecstasy as the music reached its climax. Stretched before him like a sacrificial virgin on an altar.

Take me, I’m yours.

The pose felt obscene, but only because there were other people in the room. If there hadn’t been, it would have felt right. It would have felt . . . hot.

Caro rose slowly to her feet. Noah Gallagher didn’t applaud.

He just stared as if he wanted to leap over that table and pin her to the ground.

Tension built. The othe people in the room looked up, down, anywhere but at her. Caro smiled brightly. Not fair, to throw an innocent performer into the middle of someone else’s big fat faux pas and make her swim in it. Bastards.

So what. She’d stay dignified. While running for her life, fighting the powers of darkness, scrambling for money. Even if it involved putting on a scanty costume and shaking her booty for rude or indifferent strangers.

Or else one single intense, lustful, smoldering stranger.

Caro has been alone with her problems for so long. She’ll scramble to keep anyone else from getting punished by the toxic mess that is her current life, but she can’t resist Noah’s smoldering, magnetic gaze. Aside from how drop-dead hot Noah Gallagher is, she’s intensely drawn to the strength she senses in him. A strength that could withstand even problems as big as her own.

Still, all Caro dares to hope for is one secret night. That’s the extent of her self-indulgence—but Noah has other ideas . . . and he’s willing to protect what he loves . . .

I hope you enjoy the mysterious and exciting new world of the Obsidian Files as much as I loved creating it! There is still so much yet to discover, so happy reading!



About Shannon McKenna:

Shannon McKenna is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of fifteen action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series. She’s also the author of the upcoming OBSIDIAN series, the first of which, RIGHT THROUGH ME, comes out in July of 2016. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love.

Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. The alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed, but what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear from her readers.


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The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead by Miriam Pia Book Tour









The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead

Miriam Pia



Genre: urban fiction, magical realism,

crime fiction, mystery



Publisher: SBPRA



Date of Publication: 2015

ISBN: 978-1628572254



Number of pages:300

Word Count: 95,000



Book Description:



Frustrated by the audacity of local villains, the sheriff of Marion County turns to the mayor. Urban fiction set in a real city, The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead takes some of the charm of vigilante comic book heroism and mixes it with the nitty gritty of contemporary crime fiction.



A band of champions searches for the missing pieces in the evil plot of a local drug kingpin in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead: An Adventure in Indianapolis.



Ideal for those who love events of the outside world and the workings of the mind – characters’ actions and thoughts are portrayed in this contemporary novel – with just a touch of magic.
















About the Author:



Miriam Pia has been writing for decades, including over ten years as a professional. Most of her work was done without a byline and as a ghostwriter. This is the author's first published novel.













Wednesday, June 29, 2016

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson Book Review





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About

She's ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn't expect is an old flame.
Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.


Praise for Once Upon a Summertime
"Carlson kicks off her new series with this heartwarming and uplifting novel about taking a chance on fulfilling your dreams. . . . A pleasant summer escape."--Library Journal
"Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining."--Christian Manifesto
"[The] perfect summer read for a day at the beach."--CBA Retailers + Resources

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.

The Author

  1. Melody Carlson

    Melody Carlson

    Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas...
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Reviews

Praise for Once Upon a Summertime
"A hardworking girl finds her happily-ever-after ending in Melody Carlson's heartwarming tale. Readers will cheer Anna's journey as a summer of new beginnings becomes a summer of unexpected love."--Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper
"Carlson (The Christmas Joy Ride) kicks off her new series with this heartwarming and uplifting novel about taking a chance on fulfilling your dreams. Carlson's fairy-tale romance is not without its ups and downs, but readers will root for her likable protagonists to find their happy ending. A pleasant summer escape for readers of new adult fiction and contemporary romance."--Library Journal
"Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel."--Christian Manifesto
"In this the first in the Follow Your Heart series, Carlson takes readers to New York City and the exciting world of starting and running a hotel. Anna is an enchanting character, and the romance develops naturally. Overall, this is a fun new series."--RT Book Reviews
"This perfect summer read for a day at the beach is sure to fill many readers' summers."--CBA Retailers + Resources



Resources


My review;
When her aunt wants her help Tia D'Amico moves to San Francisco. She is going to make a yacht into a restaurant that stays in the water. She has been to San Francisco  before and she loved it. What can she do when she finds out that the captain of the boat is Leo Parker, and she used to like him when she was younger. She cannot believe it when she finds out he has a girlfriend. As I read this story I felt like I was right there and I could see this happen. I was excited to read the story and see what was going to happen to her and what kind of future she was going to have. It is a great addition to a new series. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing . These are all my opinions.

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon Book Review





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Two people starting over . . . in a town known for second chances
After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to Hope Harbor--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed and breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect who's invaded the house with her motley crew. As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces for to help Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms

Praise for Hope Harbor
"Hope Harbor . . . a place of emotional restoration that readers will yearn to visit."--Publishers Weekly"A gorgeously rendered romance."--RT Book Reviews
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America's elite Hall of Fame.

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The Author

  1. Irene Hannon
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    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and Sea Rose Lane, as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted...
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Reviews

Praise for Hope Harbor
"Hannon's novel promises to be a bestseller and classic. It's easy to see why people are falling in love with the characters of Hope Harbor."--CBA Retailers + Resources
"Hannon steps away from her mystery writing to pen this gorgeously rendered romance. The relationship development between Tracy and Michael is natural and heartwarming. The secondary characters add to the story, and the spectacular setting will have readers excited to book their own trips to the Oregon coast."--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Fan favorite Irene Hannon brings a whole new cast of characters to life in a charming Oregon seaside village. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites reader to come home to Hope Harbor."--Christian Retailing
"Award-winning Hannon steps away from romantic suspense in this inspiring tale. As her characters come closer together despite their fears, they find that their lives are growing rich again in ways they thought were lost forever. Hope Harbor shows that trusting others is not what causes pain; it's the isolation after loss that does the damage. As Michael and Tracy begin to care more for each other, they heal, and they help Anna and all of Hope Harbor make a fresh start too."--Booklist

Praise for Irene Hannon
"Irene Hannon is one great storyteller."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber on One Perfect Spring
"Hannon's multithread plot is woven beautifully together to create a tapestry that will enchant romantics of all ages."--Publishers Weekly on One Perfect Spring
"Captures the reader from the verlet go from his job he returns to hi y first pages. Irene Hannon knows the power of words and the miracle of faith."--New York Journal of Books on That Certain Summer
"Beautiful storytelling . . . a gem of a read."--RT Book Reviews on That Certain Summer
  My review;

"Sea Rose Lane" by Irene Hannon is A Hope Harbor Novel in her series. When Eric Nash is let go from his job he goes back to where he grew up.  He wants to be alone to get on with his life There he comes face to face with BJ Stevens the person who is making the house where he grew up, into  a bed and breakfast. What is going on? His father never even told him that he was going to do this. BJ Stevens wants nothing to do with men. She has been hurt and does not want to even date. Maybe they can find a way to get along. I really liked this story and I like stories of people trying to start over. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing and these are my opinions.

The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher Book Review






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It was a well-laid plan--but it wasn't her plan . . .
It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors. 

Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives--including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus. 

As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting--a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include The Imposter, Anna's Crossing, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

The Author

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
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    Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the...

Reviews

"Fisher is a talented author who knows what readers have come to expect from her novels and always gives them more."
RT Book Reviews, 4-star review
"Fisher's deliciously heartwarming contemporary Amish romance, the second in the Bishop's Family series (after The Imposter), picks up a few months after the first left off and is told from a variety of viewpoints. . . . This fascinating glimpse into a closed culture explores the depth and breadth of its members' commonalities and differences. The deftly written tale of life, love, and faith is filled with a delightful cast of characters. "
Publishers Weekly, starred review

My review;

"The Quieting" by author Suzanne Woods Fisher is a great story of two people that have met each other and like others have obstacles in their way. Dane Glick is not an approved man, by Amish standards.  Abigail Stotzfus's family does not like his family and it is felt the same on the other side. This is another book in author Suzanne Woods Fisher's series. I really like this series and the characters are believable. I couldn't wait to finish the book to see if love would prevail. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing. These are my opinions.

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin Book Review


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In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love?
Nothing slows Lillian Avery down--not her personal challenges and certainly not America's entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he is her brother's best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves--and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling?

As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Praise for Through Waters Deep
"Sundin, exhibiting her usual flair for 1940s history and setting, will delight WWII buffs."--Publishers Weekly

"Full of exciting intrigue . . . just the right amount of romance to balance out the drama."--RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars

"Working with a large cast of characters and an intricate and dramatic plot, Sundin brilliantly builds tension, making this book an optimal hybrid of 1940s crime and romance."--Booklist


Sarah Sundin is the award-winning author of the Wings of Glory and Wings of the Nightingale series, as well as Through Waters Deep. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Learn more at www.sarahsundin.com.

The Author

  1. Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep and Anchor in the Storm, as well as Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. During...
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Reviews

Praise for Through Waters Deep
"Sarah Sundin is a gifted novelist. Bottom line--this book is perfect for lovers of WWII romances and mysteries that would give Nancy Drew a run for her money."--Cara Putman, award-winning author of Shadowed by Grace and Where Treetops Glisten
"Sundin, exhibiting her usual flair for 1940s history and setting, will delight WWII buffs with this Waves of Freedom series opener."--Publishers Weekly
"Sundin's latest is full of exciting intrigue, set right before the United States enters World War II. Sundin gives just the right amount of romance to balance out the drama."--RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars

"Working with a large cast of characters and an intricate and dramatic plot, Sundin brilliantly builds tension, making this book an optimal hybrid of 1940s crime and romance. Readers will be struck by the thoughtfulness and care Sundin brings to every thread in this chilling story as they are swept up into the exciting plot twists leading to a thrilling climax."--Booklist
"With her trademark knack for blending historical research with lyrical prose, Sundin weaves an exciting story of intrigue, faith, and character development."--CBA Retailers + Resources
"Providing readers with an immersive experience, Sundin vividly re-creates the atmosphere of a country on the brink of entering World War II. The tender romance at the story's center keeps readers rooting for Jim and Mary to realize their true feelings for each other."--Library Journal
"Fully entertaining from beginning to end. Through Waters Deep is a deftly crafted novel that is a completely absorbing read with unexpected twists and turns."--The Midwest Book Review

My review;

 Lillian Avery is a pharmacist in Boson and she really likes her job. America has just entered World War II. Lillian's  brother has a best friend named Ensign Archer Vanderberg who  is always a bother and will not stop. Arch has a problem with his men being alert as they try to find and  battle German U-boats. Lillian Avery has to help Arch find out what is really going on. Will they be able to work together? This is part of author  Sarah Sundin's "Waves of Freedom" series. These are wonderful stories of love , sacrifice and family. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine

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