Friday, June 30, 2017

Swoon Worthy Spotlights #6


Welcome to Swoon Worthy Spotlights hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month. We will share the cover(s), our review(s) and a link to each other's post so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

For this month's Swoon Worthy Spotlights I am going to choose...


Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel


Sweet Dreams By Stacy Claflin

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And don't for get to check Kathy's post here and Katie's post here!

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Do you have a blog and want to join us for Swoon Worthy Spotlights? Then grab the picture and post with us! We will be posting on the last day of each month. Make sure you share your link with us so we can check out your favorite authors as well!

Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Summer Countdown Blitz - Day 11






When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.

She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn't sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little.


Connect with the Author here:
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~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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After being left at the altar on her wedding day, businesswoman Allie Strickland returns to her hometown to heal her broken heart. But Heartland Cove County is a small town of Victorian homes and quirky, gossiping citizens.

Grieving the trauma of her ex-fiancé’s betrayal and overwhelmed by her clingy mother, Allie rents the first available house she can find. But on the very first night, Allie’s peace is violated by an unexpected intruder who breaks into the house while she’s taking a bubble bath. An intruder using an alias with old ties to Heartland Cove.

Forced by unusual circumstances to share the same rental house, Allie’s suspicions of the man grow—even as she finds herself attracted to him. But is Ethan Smith merely a magazine freelancer on assignment—or an undercover spy for the mayor who wants to ruin the charming town by running a new highway through for his own profit?

Is Ethan Smith friend or foe? Enemy or lover?


This book is on Sale for .99 for today only! 
Make sure you get your copy now!

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
 The next book in the series is available next week! 

Make sure to check it out on Author Kimberley Montpetit Amazon page!



Snippets:

It was the perfect day for a wedding. After months of trying on wedding gowns, ordering invitations, and searching every bridal boutique in Toronto for the perfect shoes, Allie Strickland was ready to walk—maybe even run—down the aisle of the church and into Sean Carter’s waiting arms.
          That morning Allie had taken her big fat red marker and made an X on the calendar.
“Mrs. Sean Carter, here I come,” she whispered as she capped the pen and tossed it inside a packing box. 
During five years of dating, she and Sean had gone through grad school together, first jobs, saving money, and now Sean was climbing the ladder to become a partner with Learner & Associates Law Firm.
She sent a text to Sean and then stared out the window in an effort to settle her nerves. With her brother Jake at the wheel and the car full of her mother, her sister Erin, and best friend Marla on their way to the Episcopal Church, Allie went over her luggage in the trunk, packed for fun, sun, and the beach.
Three bikinis; red, black, and purple.
Slinky dresses for candlelit dinners.
Five pairs of shoes, including a pair of running shoes.
Lingerie and toiletries.
She couldn’t wait to get on that plane to Bermuda tomorrow and leave work and stress and family behind.
Seven perfect days with Sean. Finally, finally, finally.



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz - Day 5





I live in Rocky Mountains with my husband and children and love my home when it’s not snowing. I’m the author of 36 books so far. I also write YA Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O’Guinn. I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my family. I’m a huge believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it’s a darn shame Leo and Kate didn’t float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don’t even get me started on Romeo and Juliet. To find out the latest on my books, check out my blog at www.shannonguymon.blogspot.com or www.katieleeoguinn.blogspot.com.

You can purchase all of my books at Amazon.com.

I’m also a supporter of Operation Underground Railroad. Check out their website at ourrescue.org to learn more.


Connect with the Author here: 
 ~ Website ~ Blog ~ Amazon ~




"A funny and bittersweet look at grief, love and families who maybe love each other too much.

Letting go of the past and facing the present and future is harder said than done for Kam Matafeo. Getting over his wife’s death isn’t something on Kam’s list of things to do. But when Grace Jackson, his new Sous Chef walks in, life is turned upside down. And not just for him either. Anne, his mother-in-law, is not open to the idea of anyone new in Kam’s life and will do anything to stop his romance from blooming. But when the ‘Love Witches’ step in to protect him, the battle lines are drawn. Fircrest is in for some fireworks when the fight for Kam’s heart not only affects his family, but his friends’ lives too.

Things get so crazy that Grace has to make the decision to stay and fight for herself and Kam or to give up and let Kam slip back into the darkness."



~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK



Excerpt 1:

Barry gestured to the guests.  “This is Pule Matafeo and his wife, Posey. And this couple is Asher and Meredith Murphy.”
Grace frowned and stared at Pule Matafeo.  Was the whole town nothing but Matafeos?
“Uh, any relation to those guys?” she said gesturing over her shoulder to Tate and Tai. She looked back at the table and all four heads looked down as if they had been staring in her direction.
Pule smiled serenely and nodded. “Those two men are my cousins and Kam is my big brother.”
Grace smiled and reached out her hand to shake.  “It’s a privilege to meet you.  I have to say, I love working for your brother.  He is so kind and thoughtful.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like to grow up with Kam as an older brother,” she said.
Pule snorted and was about to say something when the woman sitting next to him elbowed him in the side.  Pule smiled and nodded.  “Kam was wonderful.”
“He is wonderful,” his wife said.  “Hi, I’m Posey, Wren Downing’s younger sister.  She’s told me about your gnocchi.”
Grace grinned. “I love Wren! She’s my favorite.  Are you a chef too?”
Posey shook her head.  “Oh, no. I can barely microwave food.  I write children’s books.”
Grace shook her head. “That is so cool.  Good for you.”
And I’m Kam’s ex-girlfriend.”
Grace swiveled her head to see an attractive blond with a razor sharp angled bob looking her up and down.
“Um, okaay. That’s nice for you.”
The man sitting next to her rolled his eyes and sighed loudly. “I’m Asher Murphy.  And since you’re new in town, we run the Match and Mingle web site for singles in the Fircrest and Tacoma area.  The first month is free.”
Grace frowned and looked down at her hands.  “I probably should look into something like that but I have the worst luck with men.  The last guy I dated, emptied out my savings account. I think I’ll stick to what I’m good at. Cooking.”
“Gotcha. You’re a cat lady,” Meredith said with a small, self-satisfied smile.
Grace turned and smiled directly at the woman, not breaking eye contact. She made it a rule to never back down from a bully and she wasn’t going to start now, even if it was an ex of Kam’s. 
Meredith looked away first and blushed.  “Sorry, that was rude,” she finally said.
Grace didn’t bother acknowledging the obvious and looked back to Pule and Posey.  “So how was dinner tonight?” she asked, changing the subject.
Posey pointed to her almost empty plate.  “I’m about to order another meal just so I can take home some leftovers.  It was amazing, Grace.  Truly, delicious.”
Pule stopped glaring at Meredith to smile at her.  “Let’s just say we’ll be coming back every week for dinner and twice for lunch if I have anything to say about it.”
Asher put his fingers to his lips and make a kissing motion.  “Perfection.  Thank you for moving to Fircrest, Grace.  We’re all very happy you’re here. Right, Meredith?”
Grace watched curiously as Meredith winced.  If she wasn’t mistaken, someone was getting kicked under the table.
“She might be a halfway decent cook but that doesn’t mean that she’s good enough for K…” she gasped suddenly and didn’t finish her sentence. She glared across the table at Pule. “That hurt!”
Pule ignored Meredith and smiled up at her.  “I think you are good enough for Calzones.  I’ve been after Rob forever to add them to the lunch menu.”
Grace smiled in confusion.  “Good enough for calzones? Uh, sure.  I’ll see what I can do.  You all have a wonderful evening.  I have one more table to say hi to.”
She walked away, motioning to Barry to show her the last table.  That was the weirdest encounter she’d had since moving to Fircrest.  She was going to stay clear of Meredith. That woman was psycho.



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz - Day 4








Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press.


Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.





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American writer Nora Tierney is house hunting in Oxford to solidify her little family that includes her almost-year old son, Sean, and her partner, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes. But why does she feel like she's being followed? 

When tracking devices confirm Nora has a stalker, it sets off a chain of events that connect to Declan's murder investigation of a young Oxford art restorer, and will bring bioterrorism and a psychopath into their lives, while Sean's hangs in the balance. The fourth Nora Tierney English mystery is the most tension-filled yet, a meditation on what is family and home, combined with art theft and an international conspiracy.








This book will be available soon. Make sure you read the first three books in the series first! 



Find the links to the entire series here:
~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK



Snippets:

(From Chapter 1:)

In the 10 weeks he’d been following her, it became obvious that Nora Tierney was a competent mother who loved and cared for her child. It seemed they had a fairy-tale life, bouncing back and forth between the storied city and the nature-filled village.

From the overheard talks with Barnes, her friends, and phone conversations, plus the house viewings, he learned she planned to move back to Oxford. When would that happen? How long would she stay in Bowness this time?

How long could he keep following her?

As long as it took.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

**UPDATE**

I thought it was time to do an update on my reading challenge. I've actually been doing pretty good this year! On my below challenge I have 5 books left! WAHOOOOO! On my Goodreads reading challenge I have read 66 of my 100 books goal, I am more than halfway there! Which is amazing considering the last couple of years I struggled and kept getting into reading ruts. Gotta love when you can find amazing books and authors! 😉

What about you? Did you decide to do a reading challenge this year? If so, how's it going for you? If not, you know... it's not too late! Come join me! 😉 Hehe.

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Since I really enjoyed doing the 2016 Reading Challenge, I decided that I would do it again for 2017! After checking out some of the reading challenges going around, I knew there was no way I would accomplish even half of the list.

So, what's a girl to do when she really wants to do another challenge?! Why make her own of course!

Allow me to share with you KJ's Book Nook 2017 Reading Challenge!


1. A book by an author you have never read: Hidden Moon by K.R. Thompson
2. A book with a pretty cover: Hit and Run Love by Jennifer Peel
3. A trilogy: My One and Only, Free Fallin' and At Last by Shannon Guymon
4. A book by your favorite author: Paige's Turn by Jennifer Peel
5. A book by a friend's favorite author: I'm going to be a bit ambitious for this one. I have three friends that I always talk books with. So I am going to read a book from each of their favorite authors.. ;) Hehe. 1. How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison (Kathy), 2. Mergers & Acquisitions by Jennifer Griffith (Katie), and 3. Just Ella by Annette K. Larsen (Heidi). 
6. A book you have read before: Be Mine by Shannon Guymon (The above mentioned book buddies will know why this one is going to be tough!)
7. A book with a billionaire in it: The Daring One by Cami Checketts
8. A book with a one word title: Obsidian by Kimberly Loth  No review on my blog. Posted on Goodreads only.
9. A book that takes place on an island: Begin Again by Crystal Walton
10. A book with a topic you dislike: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson (I am so NOT a ghost story fan! Haha.)
11. A book that "everyone" has read but you: Divergent by Veronica Roth
12. A YA best seller: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
13. A favorite book from your childhood: The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
14. A book with a bad review from a Goodreads friend: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain  DNF at 50%.
15. Reread a favorite book from 2016: A Season to Love by Nicole Deese
16. A book with a hero/heroine's name that you love: Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson
17. A book with your favorite color on the cover: Georgie on His Mind by Jennifer Shirk
18. A book set in a place you would like to visit: Never Trust the Rain by Laura D. Bastian

Now, I can't take all the credit for coming up with the above choices. My good friend Katie over at Katie's Clean Book Collection helped come up with the various options. We had a list of about 40ish options... I just narrowed it down to 18. ;) Hehe. You can see her 2017 Reading Challenge list here.

Does this challenge sound like one you would love and could accomplish? Then feel free to join me! Happy reading my fellow bookworms!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz - Day 1





Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish seventeen historical romance titles, to date. She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and she loves to ballroom dance. She and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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"From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line.

THE MATCHMAKING GAME: A brand new historical romance novella from bestselling author Donna Hatch.




Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart."











Snippet #1:

Rowena nudged Evan with her elbow. “I have an idea.”

Evan groaned under his breath. “The last time you had an idea, I nearly broke my neck.”

“Oh, pish. You only fell a short distance, and it was worth it. Besides, I concocted several diverting ideas while you were gone, and no one fell to his death.” She leaned forward and peered into his face. Are you still there? she longed to ask.

Without turning his head, he slid his gaze to her. His eyes remained that same intriguing mixture of brown and green, yet somehow different— wary, cautious. “That’s because no one else is foolish enough to go along with your madcap plots.”

She grinned. “Only you, which is partly why I missed you so much. I need a courageous friend for this idea.”

“Courageous or mad?”

“Semantics.”

Download your copy of the complete Sweet Regency Romance novella, The Matchmaking Game, exclusively on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ebook/dp/B01MUC3MAZ



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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel


Synopsis:

Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea.

Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve.

Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?

My Review: 5 Stars


Divorced, pregnant and living back home in Indigo Bay is the last place Melanie thought she would be at almost 30 years old. But here she is. Starting over. Determined to go at it alone. She doesn't need to have her heart broken or be left again. All she needs is her family, friends and the little one growing inside her. But little does she know that fate has something else in store for her...

Declan finds himself back in Indigo Bay starting a new job. When he sees Mel for the first time in almost 12 years, he knows that this is fates way of giving him a second chance. She is and always will be his one true love. He let her go the first time and has regretted it ever since. He will not make the same mistake twice. Now.. all he has to do is win Mel over again and get her to see that they are meant to be together.

Melanie definitely has her doubts about getting into another relationship, and she has every right to. But Declan is patient and knows what he wants. He's not going to let her go without a fight. I absolutely loved watching these two rebuild their relationship and get their second chance at HEA. *dreamy sigh*

I just love this book! What's better than a lost love/second chance story?! I am a complete sucker for them! I found myself getting teary eyed at the sweet moments, giggling out loud at the funny moments, and of course letting out little dreamy sighs at the swoony moments. I love it when that happens! <3

I have to say that I am super excited for this series! You gotta love when amazing authors come together to give us a new, fun, swoony series!

And can I just say that Ms. Peel has done it again! Her talent completely amazes me and I am in awe every time I read one of her books! They just keep getting better and better! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! <3

I have to say I'm absolutely in LOVE with this casting! They are perfect in my opinion! What do you think?!


*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.*