Friday, January 13, 2017

How to Silence a Rogue by Kristin Vayden ~ Release Blitz


Title: How to Silence a Rogue
Series: The Forsaken Lords Series
Author: Kristin Vayden
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing



Miss Maria Garten had one more season till she was firmly on the shelf.
One. More.
It was her only chance, because while some ladies could pretend or sincerely be at peace with the life of a spinster.
She was not among their ranks.
Taking a deep breath, she reminded herself once more to think before she spoke. It shouldn’t be difficult.
Except that it was, for her at least.
Because the only thing more certain than her potential future as a spinster was that Mr. Sheppard was a confirmed bachelor.
A rake of the first order.
Not the kind that would ruin an innocent, but the kind that would charm them, seduce her with his charming words, make her fall in love with the legendary smile and easy manner that was as easy as breathing.
And then he’d walk away to find a new distraction.
Utterly unaware that he had broken a few hearts in the process.
Maria refused to be counted among them.
She needed a husband, not a distraction.
After all, friendship was far less complicated.
Wasn’t it?
**This is the second book in The Forsaken Lords Series. A series of interconnected standalones**
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Jewelz Review~
I can already tell that The Forsaken Lords Series is going to be one of my favorites. This is written as a stand alone, but if you read or have read The Greenford Waters Series, you'll recognize Lady Southridge and those associated with her. Mr. Sheppard and Miss Garten's story is not connected through family ties, but through both business and social relationships.

Miss Maria Garten has grown weary of her mother's negativity regarding her prospects of marriage and has thus solicited the help of her dear friend Mr. Sheppard to hopefully find a worthy match. She would be at peace should she never marry, except for her mother's meddling and constant criticism.

Mr. Curtis Sheppard is a confirmed bachelor and enjoys his friendship with Miss Garten - he always makes sure to save her a waltz and her constant chatter is a much needed relief from the awkward silence that often accompanies the stilted conversation with eligible young ladies of Society.

It comes as quite a shock when Mr. Sheppard realizes he has found the perfect companion in Maria, but winning her heart will be somewhat difficult considering he provided her a list of eligible bachelors and practically thrust her into the arms of another man.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Sheppard's wooing game - so fun and romantic. Miss Garten is an intelligent young woman who can accomplish anything once she sets her mind to it. The subplot involving Beatrix Lamont was a fun addition to the love story.

Ms Vayden's books are always a sweet and delightful escape from the humdrum of everyday life. Her Regency period stories always bring a smile to my face and a little bit of a sigh as I take the opportunity to spend a little time in yesteryear.

FYI ~ clean read
Honest disclosure ~ I received a review copy

“I’ve always loved a gentleman in a black coat.” Maria flirted.
He turned, his heart slamming against his chest at her words. While he knew they were on friendly enough terms for her to joke with him, it affected him differently. For her to say such a thing meant that she did find him attractive.
Damn it all, he was reading into everything like a woman.
“And I do love a debutant in a…” Curtis paused, taking in her gown, drinking her in. “Good Lord, Maria,” he murmured hoarsely, swallowing hard and immediately berating himself for being so careless with his words. He cleared his throat and forced a charming grin. “You’re lovely! Quite angelic, if I say so myself… even if I know better.”
“Thank you, I think.” She grinned wryly. Her gaze shifted to the room, scanning it thoughtfully.
“Looking for someone?” Curits asked, deftly angling toward her, moving in closer.
“Yes. You know I am, thank you kindly,” she answered, not even turning slightly to address his question.
“Have you had any more… contact?” he asked, knowing full well she had.
“Maybe, maybe not.” She shrugged.
“Oh, is that how you’re going to play it, minx? Confide in me and then leave me out in the dark?” he joked, using her distraction as the prime opportunity to scan her features, catalogue them in that devastatingly beautiful gown. His mouth grew dry as he noted the way the braided cord accentuated the swell of her perfect breasts, while draping with the barest of hints over her round derriere. Dear Lord, she was killing him without a weapon.
“Very well, you have a point. It’s not very sporting of me to keep you in the dark when you’ve been nothing but supportive.” Maria gave a small sigh. “He said that I’ll dance with him tonight.” She turned, her gaze alive with delight, practically overwhelming him with a humbling elation.
She was this excited about him… only she didn’t know it was him.
Would she be so thrilled if she knew?
The thought was sobering, and he cleared his throat before responding. “Ah, so some of the mystery will be solved then!”
“Yes! Of course, no one has asked me to dance yet, but… maybe he hasn’t arrived.” She gave him a slightly worried look, her dark-winged brows drawing together slightly.
“Well, just because he’s not made his move doesn’t mean you have to be a wallflower. Let’s take the next dance and give him something to be jealous over, don’t you think?” He leaned in closely, inhaling softly the scent of rosewater clinging to her shoulder as he paused just above it.
She sighed and turned then paused. Her green eyes wide, she blinked at his proximity before blushing as he gave her a wink and offered his hand.
“You’re wounding my ego,” he said as he wiggled his still-empty hand, his heart pounding hard at the thought of her rejection.
“Sorry, yes, of c-course.” She seemed to collect herself and placed her hand in his.
How could holding a woman’s hand be so sensual? Yet, as his grip tightened slightly over hers, his body responded. He forced his thoughts away from the path they tried to take, one that led to visions of that very same dress pooled in a heap on his bedroom floor. “How are the tulips?” he asked, forcing his thoughts into line.
“Alive. How chivalrous of you to care.” She arched a brow at him, grinning.
“That’s me. What can I say? I care about children, small animals, and tulips. I’m a regular saint.” He chuckled as they meandered through the room toward the dancing floor.
Maria stifled a giggle.
“Mocking me?” Curtis asked.
“Never.” Her eyes were a mask of innocence, an expression that at once had him narrowing his eyes.
“And a lady such as yourself would never stoop to use sarcasm,” he answered with a hint of sarcasm and a grin.
“Indeed. Never,” she replied haughtily then proceeded to giggle. “Never!” she repeated with exaggeration.
Curtis chuckled, taking pleasure in the way her grin lit up her countenance, enchanting him. Yet as his gaze left her face, he noticed the regard of several other gentlemen as well, watching her thoughtfully.
With interest.
Bloody hell.
“Shall we?” He led her out to the floor to the beginning of the quadrille. As they performed the steps and spun around, he grinned at the way she danced with graceful abandon. While her steps were perfectly executed, a lively nature reflected the wit and humor she possessed. How had he missed that before? As she gave him playful grins, he found himself lost in the merriment of the moment. Was this what he had been afraid to face? Had he truly felt that a life of lonely bachelorhood could compare to this carefree joy?
The song ended all too soon, and before they exited the floor, Lord Huffton approached, asking Maria for a dance. She obliged, and as they turned to the dance floor, she glanced back, giving Curtis a wide-eyed grin full of implication.
Damn it all, for the rest of the night she’d think each partner could potentially be her admirer. She’d laugh, flirt, and beam those beautiful smiles in their direction.
While he watched.
And bloody hell, he had no one to blame for it but himself.



Kristin’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! Life is full—of blessings and adventure! Needless to say she’s a big fan of coffee and wine…and living in Washington she’s within walking distance of both! Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kristinvaydenauthor) And Instagram @kristinkatjoyce and Twitter @KristinVayden! You can also sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/795f9.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Friends ForNever Blast

  friends-fornever Friends ForNever by Melissa Baldwin Erin Taylor is a hard-working journalist with a serious TV addiction and lack of a social life. She's focused on her career and determined to leave her tiny cubicle behind for a fabulous corner office! But when a new co-worker, a friendship drama, and a hot workplace crush collide, Erin finds it harder and harder to focus. Especially when that crush on the oh-so-yummy Aiden Thomas starts to materialize into what feels like a magical relationship. Erin's life seems to finally be heading in the right direction...until suddenly friends aren't such great friends after all, her magical relationship hits a bumpy road, and her career could be derailed by it all. Erin learns a lesson the hard way: Sometimes people aren't who they seem to be. With her happiness on the line, can Erin rise above her disappointments and create the life she's always dreamed of or will she be stuck being Friends ForNever?
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  Praise for the Book Friends ForNever is a cleverly written book that will keep you wanting for more until the very end! I highly recommend this book! Friends for Never is like listening to your best friend tell you about her day at work! And anyone who has worked in an office will totally relate to this book. I was absolutely sucked in. The love story was great! It was well paced and funny! The author is really good. An intriguing look at the demands of family and friendship when personal goals are at risk. A novel of back stabbing emotions. add to goodreads
Melissa BAuthor Melissa Baldwin Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published four more novels, Wedding Haters, See You Soon Broadway, Not Quite Sheer Happiness and Friends ForNever. Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Cover Reveal ~ The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson

the-rise-of-miss-notley-gr The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson To escape an undesirable match, Miss Notley must give up her riches for rags. When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow. The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced for the position, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe? The Rise of Miss Notley is the delightful tale of a mysterious gentleman and a determined young woman, caught together in a web so tangled it begs the question: Will they ever get out?
~Coming February 2017~
add to goodreads   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Review ~The Reformer ~ Power of the Matchmaker by Jaima Fixsen


From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Mary Buchanan has bigger worries than the radical journalist moving in next door who’s spoiling her father’s digestion: unrequited love for a footman, a fractious aunt, patiently awaiting her destiny…

Already she’s nearly eighteen. No sign of destiny yet, but Mary’s certain he’ll be handsome.

Then she meets the reformer, this Mr. Samuel Brown. Destiny is closer at hand than Mary has supposed—if she can just get Mr. Brown to realize it.



Jewelz Review~
I have read all but one of the Matchmaker books and this is one that had elements I liked and some I disliked. Generally, I enjoy Regency/Victorian period fiction. This book involved more of the political upheaval of the 1830s that you would normally get in a typical romantic novel, and this was something I did enjoy because it was integral to the storyline.

Mary is a character that it is easy to feel sorry for. She has been raised in a family that seems to not care much for her, she has little to no freedom, yet she is generally a kind, considerate, and positive young lady. I did not care for Mary's family members much at all, though due to Ms Fixsen's wonderful character development, my opinion had changed toward her father by the end of the book.

Mr Brown & Mr Murray are both heroes that a reader (and Mary) can fall for. Of course, I had a preference for one over the other, but I found that what I really enjoyed about the men was that they weren't stagnant characters. Mr Murray's character grew and developed as the story unfolded in a most pleasant way. He is a wonderful friend to Mr Brown and an all around good man, even if he sometimes makes poor judgments due to lack of knowledge/experience. Mr Brown was easy to fall for from the start and by the end, we find he's more than just a pretty face obsessed with reform.

Miss Pearl was a delight in this installment. I loved that she had an active role throughout the book and I really enjoyed that she was working with more than one match. The subplots were just as enjoyable as the main storyline.

FYI - clean read though there is a scene where Mary reads a medical book about reproduction - so not "squeaky clean"
Honest Disclosure ~ I received a review copy

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review ~ A Christmas Kiss by Susan Hatler


Harper Avery is a jaded divorce attorney who loves helping her clients move on to better things. After all, they’ve struggled enough being in an unhappy marriage. When one client’s soon-to-be ex-husband suddenly says he wants a second chance with his wife, Harper’s dubious, certain that her client is just going to get hurt again.

Despite his career as a divorce attorney, Gabriel Hart still believes that love can work miracles. Sure, there are no guarantees, but he totally supports his client’s efforts to reconcile with his wife—even if it means Gabriel has to go head-to-head with Harper to keep her from ruining the couple’s chances.

With the holidays approaching, husband and wife set out to see if they can work through their issues, while Harper decides to spend the long Christmas weekend at her friend’s cabin in Lake Tahoe. Only when she gets there, someone is already occupying her last-minute rental—Gabriel Hart. Both refuse to give up their holiday retreat. Will their adversarial working relationship make for a stressful weekend? Or will the magic of Christmas sprinkle them with a love that can beat the odds?
 


Jewelz Review~
I really enjoy Susan Hatler's novellas - they are fun, quick reads that always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. A Christmas Kiss is no exception.

What could be more fun that two divorce attorneys - opposing counsel nonetheless - who wind up stuck at a cabin in Lake Tahoe together for the Christmas holiday? Of course romance is going to be in the air - but two divorce attorneys? Sparks of more than one kind are bound to fly!

Harper Avery is not only a divorce attorney, but she firmly believes that marriage is the cause of all problems. Not only was she was raised by her aunt who has nothing positive to say about men or marriage, but Harper has had bad luck in the romance department herself. She's basically sworn off men and relationships.

When she arrives at the cabin her friend offered her for the holiday she was none too pleased to find Gabriel Hart in residence. Not only is he opposing counsel for her current case, he actually acted to help the couple reconcile! He somehow believes that marriage can be a good thing despite the fact that he's a divorce attorney.

This was a delightful Christmas romance that brought two unlikely people together. The setting provided the opportunity for the beginnings of the relationship and even through the ups, downs, misunderstandings, and craziness of life, true love just won't be ignored.

FYI ~ clean read
honest disclosure ~ I received a copy from the author

Friday, December 30, 2016

Review ~ No Holly for Christmas by Julie N Ford


A story about how fate will carry us where we need to go whether we are willing passengers or not.

After being jilted not once, but twice by the only woman he’s ever truly loved, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships. Then, on special assignment for the DA's office, he steps into the middle of a politically sensitive murder case where he crosses paths with a beautiful ex-socialite-turned-social-worker, Holly Cavanaugh Winter. 

Widowed, practically penniless, and reduced to shopping at Walmart, Holly is dreading the approaching holiday season. However, her angst isn't due to her husband's untimely death the previous December 25th, but to a secret that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid the coming Christmas. To make matters worse, she unwittingly stumbles into the throes of Brian’s case and the manhunt for a killer who now has his sights set on her.

His case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe while bringing an assassin and the powerful man who hired him to justice.


Jewelz Review~
This is not your typical Christmas story. Nor is it your typical romance novel. . At first I felt like I was reading a typical "socialite meets Mayberry" type novel, but this isn't that book either. I enjoy a good romantic suspense, and this was a fun book for me to read. It has a lot of different elements that combine to make a story that kept me reading and neglecting my home for a full day.

Holly Winter, Southern socialite with the "perfect" life, has found herself widowed with two daughters to raise on a hospital social worker's modest income. Moving back to her hometown and living a decidedly middle-class lifestyle is not what she had planned. But, she didn't anticipate getting caught in the middle of a DA investigation or becoming the target of not one, but two men who want her dead.

Brian McAlister likewise finds himself in a situation he dislikes, but he can't say "no" to his mother and so he's filling in at the DA's office while his father deals with the effects of a heart attack. He's decided he'll never fall in love again and he definitely never wants to have a family, but there's no denying the connection he has with Holly. And he can't exactly stay away from her being as it's his fault her life is in danger.

The ups and downs, twists and turns of this story kept me reading even when I really should have taken a break. Both Holly and Brian have backstories that pull at your heartstrings and keep you hoping that they'll get a happily ever after - they deserve it after all they've been through. But, there are so many things working to keep them apart it seems that fate just might have a different plan.

Truly a book I enjoyed reading. While there were times I got frustrated, those twists and turns are what make an exciting book that keeps you reading until all is said and done. I will definitely be looking into the other Magic City books.

FYI ~ minor language, violence
Honest Disclosure ~ I received a review copy

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

FREE for a limited Time - Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson

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Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own. Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hope of Israel by Thomas Papa



As Miriam is drawn to Elisha, sensing that he is a holy man, she is forced to face the disappointments of her past as they collide with the hope for her future. Struggling with the conflict of life's failed expectations, Miriam's faith is tested even further when Elisha promises her a great blessing. "Do not lie to me!" Miriam pleads, knowing that a lifetime of sorrow lives behind the very thought of such a promise. Yet the blessing proves true. 

Joy and happiness fill the void of emptiness, and nothing can take that from her. Or can it?

Hope of Israel shares with us Miriam’s journey and how, when all she holds most dear to her is taken away, she does not abandon her faith but instead runs to it.


Author Bio~
As a young man I read a story that had as its main character a young boy who at one point in his journey had to climb to the top of a mountain. I do not remember the title or the author or anything else about this story except for the images that came to my mind as I read of this boy's solitary climb up the side of that mountain. I remember seeing in my imagination the boulders that stood as obstacles and the rocks that slipped from under his feet causing him to stumble. I also remember the cliff face that stood as the last challenge before he arrived at his destination and how it required multiple attempts to scale that wall. Then, I remember the view in my mind as he reached the top and peered out from where he now stood. He was able to see out into places that he could not see before, but he was also able to look down and see where he had come from.

Now, every time I am out driving or hiking or anything else that takes me near a mountain, a hill, or mesa, I envision what it would be like to climb that mountain and what I would see when I reached the top. At times I have even stopped in my travels and made that climb, while at other times I have only envisioned what it would be like. All this in part because of the adventures of a character in an unknown story that I read in my youth.

I love where my mind takes me when I read.

In many ways, writing Hope of Israel: Miriam's Journey was like climbing that mountain. There have been boulders and cliff walls to climb, and at times I have even slipped and fallen because of the loose terrain. However, as I look out from where I now stand, looking back along the path I have traveled as well as to the unknown that will come tomorrow, I am grateful for what I can now see.
I am a computer programmer by trade. I have degrees in Math Education and Computer Systems Engineering. At one time I was even recognized as a Maroon and Gold Scholar Athlete at Arizona State University for the sport of Baseball. But more importantly I am a father of six and have been married for twenty-plus years. Now I am honored to be able to add Author to my achievements.