Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden, Blog Tour



Book Summary:

Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upper-class ladies of Victorian society. But by night, she writes very different kinds of stories—the Penny Dreadfuls that are all the rage among the working-class men. Under the pseudonym Mr. King, Elizabeth has written about dashing heroes fighting supernatural threats and dangerous outlaws romancing helpless women. They contain all the adventure and mystery that her real life lacks.
 
Fletcher Walker began life as a street urchin, but is now the most successful author in the Penny Dreadful market, that is until Mr. King started taking all of his readers--and his profits. No one knows who King is, including Fletcher’s fellow members of the Dread Penny Society, a fraternity of authors dedicated to secretly fighting for the rights of the less-fortunate.
 
Determined to find the elusive Mr. King, Fletcher approaches Miss Black. As a fellow-author, she is well-known among the high-class writers; perhaps she could be persuaded to make some inquiries as to Mr. King’s whereabouts? Elizabeth agrees to help Fletcher, if only to insure her secret identity is never discovered. 
 
For the first time, Elizabeth experiences the thrill of a cat-and-mouse adventure reminiscent of one of her own novels as she tries to throw Fletcher off her scent. But the more time they spend together, the more she loses her heart. Its upper-class against working-class, author against author where readers, reputations, and romance are all on the line.


My Review:

Elizabeth and Fletcher's story is a roller coaster ride that was thrilling the entire time! I could not put the book down, no matter how tired I was.  I wanted, nay, I needed to know the ending. This book is not one, not two, but three stories in one! Count them, three stories folks! And I loved it! Eden artfully put together a tale about two very different people from completely opposite walks of life (who both happen to write penny dreadful novels). The secrets, the chemistry between the characters, and the fact that I got to read each character's novel within this book was the icing on the cake. I have never read a novel that was so perfectly put together while inserting two completely separate stories into the book. Eden has written a beautifully crafted masterpiece and I would wager that she will win awards for this one. I love it, I recommend it, and I would read it again!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, September 9, 2019

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas by Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, & Joanna Barker, Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Book Summary:

Christmas at Falstone Castle · Sarah M. Eden

The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two second chances for love.

The Heart of Christmas · Anita Stansfield

When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing. 

’Tis the Season to Be Daring · Esther Hatch

Elizabeth Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.

The Christmas Dress · Joanna Barker

Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.



My Review:

Hands down, this is my favorite Christmas anthology I have read! There is something for everyone in this set of novellas. Christmas at Falstone Castle takes the reader on a journey of redemption, love and family. This heartwarming tale is one you definitely want to read! The Hearts of Christmas is an unlikely Christmas miracle story that readers will enjoy. 'Tis teh Season to Be Daring is my personal favorite of this anthology! I love, love, loved Lord Hawthorne! His smirk, his willingness to play along, his disdain for what society accepts...just everything!!! This is a must-read for fans of Christmas, love, and regency. This story rocks! Last, but certainly not least, is The Christmas Dress. This story swept me away into the frozen and cold world of Nell. This is a story unlike most...they were friends as children and then years passed and her circumstances changed to a fall in station. I truly loved the relationship building between Nell and Jacob...this one is a great read! All fans of Christmas and regency novels will love All Hearts Come Home for Christmas!!! 


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Love Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk, LDS Book Review



Book Summary:

Jason Jennings made a tough call two years ago when he left behind his status as a 
hard-partying star quarterback in order to serve the Lord. Recently returned from a mission now, he's ready to get back on the football field at UCAL. But despite turning his life around, his bad boy reputation is proving hard to shake. 

Allie Hollis is everything a cheerleader should be--beautiful, outgoing, and smart--but her brilliant smile hides a devastating secret. So when Jason begins to show interest in her, there's no question: her answer is no. 

Yet, in the face of Allie's chilly response, Jason's gentle persistence pays off, and a tentative friendship grows. Their chemistry is obvious, but Allie's determination to steer clear of a relationship with Jason goes deeper than he realizes. When the truth of her painful history comes to light, the couple must decide whether they will remain on the sidelines or jump back in the game of love.


My Review:


Loved Sidelined grabbed me from the first down and kept me reading all the way until the final touchdown of the game! This book is all about Jason Jennings and his journey back from being a bad boy and just wanting to be seen for who he is, not the football player everyone knows. From the very beginning of the book when Jason meets Allie for the first time I was hooked on the story and cheering for Jason harder than any of his other UCAL fans! I wanted him to succeed in life and to get the girl. The story is written so well and kept pace like a marathon runner...I could not bring myself to put it down until I was done. You will love Jason and Allie's story and find yourself cheering them on, just like Allie on the sidelines of Jason's UCAL games! Odekirk scores a touchdown with Love Sidelined!!! Run and grab your own copy!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Entangled by Traci Hunter Abramson, Clair M. Poulson, Gregg Luke, & Stephanie Black, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

Mystery and desperation collide in Entangled, a compilation of novellas that twist, turn, and terrify, penned by four popular suspense authors: Traci Hunter Abramson, Clair M. Poulson, Gregg Luke, and Stephanie Black.

A woman on the run from a man who is always one step ahead.

A mother who will stop at nothing to find her missing daughter.

A wife determined to discover the source of the illness attacking her husband.

A newlywed caught in a web of murder, unsure of whom to trust.

Featuring a chilling cast of villains, these stories tell the tale of strong heroines forced to make perilous snap decisions in their quest to outwit evil. With an abundance of intrigue and danger, each masterful mystery is sure to leave you breathless
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My Review:

Reading Entangled was a fantastic and thrilling read. Each novella was different and unique but full of action and suspense that kept me reading. I loved that each story was long enough to be a full story but short enough to read when I didn't have a lot of time. Bridge of Trust by Abramson pulled me into the fast and furious world of the FBI and drug bosses. It is a must read. Corrupted by Poulson made me rethink everything I thought about safety and kept me on my toes about who would live and who would die. Insidious by Luke was one big mystery and since I don't want to spoil it, just go read it! Something Beautiful for Something Evil was a complete whodunnit, it kept me trying to sleuth until the end. If you love action/suspense, thrills and mystery, then you will love this collection of novellas, Entangled!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Marquess Meets His Match by Julie Coulter Bellon, Book Review



Book Summary:

Lord Christian Wolverton―known as Wolf in a covert group operating during the war against Napoleon―has been called home from his military duties. For the moment, his family responsibilities require him to suspend his more clandestine activities. But information falls into his hands that a traitor will soon try to tip the scales back into French favor and Christian must stop it from happening.

Going to the one person who can help him, the powerful Duke of Huntingdon, Christian comes face to face with Lady Alice. She’s a beautiful member of the ton with a very big secret―she’s also a trained agent and already on the case. Forced to partner with her to lure the traitor out of hiding, Christian wants to quickly finish the mission himself, before Lady Alice is more closely involved. But Lady Alice has ideas of her own and she’s going to prove her theories correct―with or without him.

Danger is closer than they think, however, and it’s a race against time to expose the traitor’s identity before British lives are endangered. Both Christian and Alice have strong opinions on who he is, but which one will be proven right and can they catch him in time?


My Review:

This is no ordinary run-of-the-mill regency novel, it is so much more!!! Don't get me wrong, I love a good regency romance, but this has spies, intrigue, mystery, danger, edge-of-your-seat action and love to boot! The back and forth between Wolf and Lady Alice is something you don't want to miss. I love how head strong they both are, each one asserting that they are right. They make a great team and I was left wondering if they could or would ever catch the culprit! Bellon kept me guessing until the very end and I loved every second of The Marquess Meets His Match!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


Source:  Author for review

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Million Dollar Date by Susan Hatler, Book Review



Book Summary:

Abigail Apple is running late to meet her blind date when she’s pulled over for speeding. Unfortunately, the follow-the-rules cop doesn’t care that she’s late, let alone that she’s heartbroken because her favorite dog rescue is in danger of being closed. Now she has to meet her date with mud drying on her heels, dog hair covering her dress, and the smell of a barn perfuming her hair. When she arrives, however, Abigail learns her handsome blind date is none other than the cop who pulled her over. 

Abigail has no intention of staying until she learns Cooper Hill is heading a committee for the city that will award a six-figure donation to a charity of their choice. So, what’s a girl to do? Abigail decides a second date is the perfect way to convince Cooper to vote for the dog rescue. Soon, however, Abigail is less interested in Cooper’s vote than she is in his deep voice, kind heart, and tender touch. 

Will this follow-the-rules cop and this follows-her-heart animal lover learn that despite poor first impressions, second chances can lead to love?


My Review:

Hats off to Hatler who has done it again! Another sweet and funny romance full of laughter and tears! I started the book and I never wanted to stop! Who wouldn't love Abigail Apple and her zest for life? It was an awesome touch that the cop who pulled her over ends up being her date! What are the chances? Abigail and Cooper are opposites in so many ways and the heat turns up when Abigail goes toe to toe with Cooper. Can these two ever make a relationship work? I read this book in one sitting, so don't hesitate to snag a copy, it will not disappoint you! 



Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Author for review

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fool's Deadly Gold by Clair M. Poulson, LDS Book Review



Book Summary:

Lauralyn LaPlant and her sister, Bridgette, could not be closer. Their shared passion for adventure draws them to scale a sheer cliff one fateful day, but despite their experienced precautions, Bridgette suffers a terrible accident and plummets to an untimely death. Shattered by grief, Lauralyn soon makes a sobering discovery: this was no accident—her sister’s climbing rope was cut. But who wanted Bridgette dead, and why? It’s up to Lauralyn and her grieving brother-in-law, Dade, to uncover the truth, even if it means putting themselves in the path of a ruthless killer. As their search for clues leads them deep into the heart of Gold Country, they discover that in the world of prospecting, greed knows no limits.


My Review:

This story kept me on my toes and guessing until the very end! I kept going back and forth between who I thought had done it. Poulson did a fantastic job of immediately starting the action and keeping you wondering and trying to piece together clues until the very end. There were so many players that it could have been anyone and I was suspecting everyone. The gold mine was an interesting piece to the puzzle. If you enjoy suspense and mystery novels, you will like Fool's Deadly Gold!

*This is an LDS title

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen, Blog Tour!




Synopsis:

Hazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium—someone who can talk to ghosts. But as of yet, that skill has remained frustratingly elusive. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.

Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest social circles thanks to his family’s position and history. When Sam hires Hazel to assist him with his medical practice, he is immediately drawn to her intelligence, wit, and beauty.

Their potential relationship is derailed one evening when a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the truth about her past: she was abducted at birth and her twin sister has fallen dangerously ill.

Hazel agrees to travel to Romania with Count Petrescu in order to save her sister, and Sam insists on accompanying her. The count has secrets, though, and the journey grows more sinister with every mile that draws Hazel closer to her homeland. Even as her feelings for Sam become deeper and more complicated, she fears she might not survive the quest to save her sister with her heart intact, not to mention her life. She must learn to draw on gifts she doesn’t know she has if they are going to ever return home again.

Hazel and Sam must fight their way past dark magic, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable Coppergate Tower before time runs out.


My Review:

This is the third book in Allen's steampunk series and it is my favorite by far! This is her spin on Rapunzel and it captivated me from the start and I found myself wanting more time to read so I could finish Hazel's story! I loved both Hazel and Sam as main characters. Sam was so kind and supportive of Hazel, you could see his affection through his actions. Hazel was so strong and compassionate. She was brave and headstrong in her mission to help her sister. This story took me on a whirlwind adventure full of danger, mystery, and romance. I highly recommend this fairytale steampunk story to any avid reader!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy here.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Out of Liberty Movie Spotlight and Giveaway!!!




 Movie Synopsis 

Winter 1839. LIBERTY, MISSOURI. Local jailer, Samuel Tillery (Jasen Wade) is tasked with watching Missouri's most wanted men as they await their upcoming hearing. Caught between the local Missourians' increased drive to remove the prisoners, and the prisoners' desperate efforts to survive, Tillery is pushed beyond what any lawman can endure. Based on actual recorded accounts, Out of Liberty is an intense, evocative western, with an outcome you have to see to believe. 


Out of Liberty
Q&A with Director, Garrett Batty

1. Where did the concept come from for Out of Liberty?

I love a good Western, and I've wanted to do one for a while. The events at Liberty Jail involve a triangle of conflict between the jailer, the mob and the prisoners.  It seemed like an intriguing plot to explore.  Amidst some of the better known occurances were attempted jailbreaks, repeated appeals to the legal system and an impromptu court hearing.  With 1830’s Missouri as a setting, it’s the perfect backdrop for a powerful western.

2. What were some high points during the creative process?

Working in independent film is extremely difficult.  It requires a lot of talented, passionate creative individuals to make things come together.  Stephen Dethloff brought in the first several drafts of the script, and it was a high point to see that there was a cinematic story in Liberty Jail.  Then, to be able to cast Jasen Wade, Brandon Ray Olive and Corbin Allred (who came back to acting after a 5 year hiatus just for this role) was a dream come true.  Another high point was getting to see the set of the jail.  We built 2 different sets, to cover interiors and exteriors.  To step onto each set after they were completely prepped for filming made everything feel real.

3. What was your favorite scene on set?

The entire shoot was extremely cold, and the pressure to get everything just right probably impeded me from being able to feel like I had a favorite scene during the shoot.  But now that the film is done, I can look back at some of the scenes and more accurately choose favorites.  There’s a lot of recorded stories about the friendship between Joseph (Brandon Ray Olive) and Porter (Corbin Allred.)  The scenes in which we tried to portray that friendship have become some of my favorites.  Also, the jailer, Samuel Tillery (Jasen Wade) has a classic western stand-off with one of the characters.  I’ve loved that scene from the moment it was in the script, through the final edit. 

4. Any learning moments you want to share?

Any film presents opportunities for learning moments.  Whether in the research phase, fundraising phase, production, post, or distribution, I’m always learning more and more about the process.  One lesson that relates specifically to OUT OF LIBERTY was learning to respect the humanness of whom the story is about.  Often I read historical accounts, but fail to recognize that they are written about real people, who deal with the same human hopes, dreams, faith and fears that I go through.  So I learned to not only show their actions, but to help the audience understand the human emotion that was driving their actions.  So in a moment of weakness, when Sydney Rigdon (Brock Roberts) doesn’t live up to my expectations, appreciating his humanness helps me to be more understanding of his actions.

5. What is the inspiration behind the story? 

OUT OF LIBERTY is based on the true events that happened at Liberty Jail in 1839.  Mob rule and public opinion collided with religious liberties and expressions of faith.  It lead to a conflict that escalated beyond what either side wanted.    Today, with ever-present social media and opinionated commentators stirring up reactions and attacks toward any differing belief, the similarities felt very relevant.  Fortunately, we see in both cases, that principled individuals, dedicated to the good of society, can make a difference.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers?
Stop aspiring, start doing.  We need great storytellers!

7. If you had to summarize the film in one line what would it be? 
OUT OF LIBERTY is a western drama about a jailer caught between his civic job to keep Missouris’s most wanted men held for trial, and his personal duty to protect them from those who want them dead.

8. What do you hope people take away from this film?
When audiences go to the theater to see OUT OF LIBERTY, I hope they come away thinking “Wow, that was an awesome film!  Let’s see it again.”  It’s really a cool story, and to see it in theaters brings it to life in a way that no other format can.

9. What most surprised you in the making of this film?
One of the surprises along they way was how dedicated and committed the cast and crew were to telling this story.  One example of this is with the character of Caleb Baldwin played by Adam Johnson.  I’ve been friends with Adam Johnson for years, and have loved watching him in everything from CHARLY to The Outpost on The CW.  He was gracious enough to come do this movie as a favor for me.  I anticipated he would show up, deliver a good performance, keep the set fun, and be on to the next project.  But Adam surprised me.  He brought a performance that gave a level of humanity and depth that turned Caleb Baldwin into a real person for me.  It was humbling, inspiring, and it has stuck with me.  Every actor gave  their all, and it shows on screen.  It was really quite a nice surprise to have that caliber of talent on this film.

10. What scene was the most difficult to film? 
Each scene had its own set of challenges, but for this project I’d have to say the first day of shooting was the hardest.  The film is dedicated to my mother-in-law, who unexpectedly passed away only two days before filming began.  With this personal tragedy very much on my mind, it was difficult to try to focus on the film.  I was grateful to be surrounded by a supportive cast and crew, and a wonderful family.  One message of the film deals with enduring extremely difficult circumstances, so that inspired me throughout the shoot.

11. What other films have you directed?
OUT OF LIBERTY is my fourth feature film.  Other features I’ve written and directed are THE SARATOV APPROACH, FREETOWN and SCOUT CAMP. 


12. How long did it take to film your movie?
 We filmed OUT OF LIBERTY in November, 2018.

One fun story - I was holding auditions, and was surprised when Jasen Wade showed up to audition.  We had never worked together, and it was an honor to have him audition.  He read for a role and did a great job.  But I felt I should ask him to read the part of the jailer, Samuel Tillery.  He looked a little disheartened, but agreed to read for the part.  He was perfect for it!  About a week later, we offered him the part and he graciously accepted.  I asked him to make some time for a call so that we could discuss his approach to the character.  As we discussed the character, he paused for a minute, then said “Wait a minute… I’m just playing the jailer, right?”  He was shocked to find out that the jailer was the protagonist of the film.  He was expecting it to be just a small supporting role.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Lady's Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson, Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Book Summary:

Molly O’Malley, lady’s maid to the progressive Lady Amanda Halloway, is determined to continue the life’s work of her lost love, killed in the Peterloo Massacre. But when her efforts and a trip to Lady Halloway’s charitable orphanage culminate in her own abduction, Molly’s eyes are opened to the horrifying crimes transpiring in the city’s slums. Despite the risks, she broadens her mission and is drawn ever closer to the peril all around them. 
Thomas Flaherty, a footman in the Halloway household, has been with Molly from the beginning, but he fears she will never trust him with her heart. Even though her cause and happiness are of foremost importance to him, his loyal patience is tested by the fears that keep her at a distance. But with their safety on the line, Thomas is resolved to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves. 
Risking their lives and their love, Molly and Thomas and a team of nobles on their side will stop at nothing to empower the powerless, no matter the personal cost.

My Review:
It is no secret that I absolutely love regency era novels. But you guys! This one just surprised me like that really good molten chocolate cake you get on the cruise. You think it is going to be good but once you take a bite you have to eat the entire thing and then you wish there was more! This book is awesome sauce because it isn't just one love story...it is two love stories! I loved reading the perspectives from different characters, I loved trying to piece all of the different clues to the puzzle together, and you guys I loved the strong characters! There were times when I was screaming in my head, "Communicate! Tell someone!!! HELLO!!! If you just tell them then problems can be solved!!!" But alas, the characters did not listen to my silent screaming and had to suffer more. That being said, this book is not just your typical regency romance, it is more about women's rights and protecting children from a historical perspective. I loved the historical information along with the emotional roller coaster I got to ride along with all of these characters. A Lady's Maid is powerful, emotional, beautiful, and a story I will not soon forget!

HAPPY READING!!!




You can pick up your own copy here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Springback (Ring of Time #1) by Jana Miller, Book Review and Giveaway!!!



Springback
Ring of Time: Book 1


Author: Jana Miller
Genre: Speculative YA
Release Date: July 5th, 2019


Ever since discovering her ability to rewind time seven years ago, Chloe has been reaching—reaching for a worthy use of her ability, reaching for redemption from her past, and reaching for the kind of validation she’ll never find as long as she has to keep this secret.

By the time she’s sixteen, Chloe has decided that rewinding is not a gift at all, but punishment for her part in the tragedy that has shaped her life. And when she discovers that Jake, a careless senior in one of her classes, possesses the same ability, she has no idea what to do about it or whether she can even trust him. But then other rewinders reveal themselves, and Chloe finds that there’s much more to her own story than she’s ever imagined.

Secrets of the past combine with rivalries of the present to set off a series of painful events and impossible discoveries, and soon Jake and Chloe find themselves in a race to piece together a puzzle of ancient relics, family feuds, and strands of time as they seek to defuse the threat not only to their powers but to her family and the fabric of time itself.


Excerpt


I asked Jake all the unanswerable questions I’d been asking myself. I wished I had pumped Leah for more information, but then she may have gotten suspicious and beaten me to the rewind.

“Well,” Jake said after I’d dumped all my questions on him, “only one way to find out.” He pulled out of the parking space and I stared at him until he explained, “You have to talk to her. Ask her.”

I swallowed. “But—but what if she’s not…on our side?”

He glanced at me before turning out of the parking lot. “Our side? Are there sides I should know about?”

“I don’t know,” I muttered. I’d started imagining evil time manipulators and crazy cults, and I was regretting never digging deeper into research about time manipulation. I had no idea if there were sides; I just knew this was weird. Maybe there was no way to prove it, but I was sure Leah had rewound me before. What could we have said in previous conversations that she didn’t want me to remember?

“Well, either way, you need to talk to her,” he said.

I sighed. “I know. But if something goes wrong, or it seems like she’s going to…do something, you’ll have to rewind.”

“Why me? I can’t go back as far as you can. And I won’t even be part of the conversation.”

“I can’t do it because I’m still in my repeat, so unless it’s later than the point where I went back from, I can’t rewind again.”

“Wait, what?”

I realized I’d rewound over the first time I’d explained this to him. “I won’t be able to access the cords again until—”

Suddenly, I was hit with a wave of vertigo as Jake let go of the steering wheel and then grabbed it again, swerving as he pulled over abruptly. He braked so hard I lurched forward and was snapped back by my seatbelt.

“Sorry!” he exclaimed wildly. “Sorry, that was really bad.”

I pressed my hand to the side of my head, a dizzy headache pounding against my temples. Too many rewinds today. “What happened? You rewound? What—?”

He pressed his forehead against the steering wheel, obviously far dizzier than I was. “I panicked. She said you’re not supposed to be able to do it.”

“Supposed to do what? Who—Leah said that?” This was trippy to say the least. It was like he’d gone forward in time without me, even though I knew he’d just done the same thing I had done today; I just didn’t remember it.

He lifted his head, eyes closed, cradling it with his hands. “Yeah. She said nobody but her family is supposed to be able to manipulate time—”

“Her family?” There was a whole family of rewinders I’d never known about?

“Actually, she said something about two families, and how only her family is supposed to do it because they were chosen.” He squeezed his eyes tighter. “Man, those cords really have a kick now. This is way worse than usual.”

“Wait, Leah said something about being chosen?”

He squinted at me. “Yeah. For the gift.”

“Like, the gift to rewind?”

“She called it pulling time, but yeah. Her family was chosen to rewind.”

I closed my eyes, thinking. “How can anyone be chosen? Wouldn’t just having the ability make us chosen?”

Jake just laid his head back against the headrest and raised his hands and shoulders in a slow-motion kind of shrug.

 “Okay. Well, what else did she say?”

He looked over at me. “That she needs your help.”

My Review:

I have to start by saying that I wasn't sure what to expect at all from this book. And I was blown away! Miller immediately captured my attention and held it so thoroughly throughout the entire book that I could not put it down. I repeat, I could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!!  I tried, I really did. Because it was getting late and my eyes were burning but I had to know how it all ended. I couldn't stop reading it held me so completely. Chloe can rewind time you guys! Literally she can take the strands of time and go backwards! Don't like a conversation you just had? Rewind! Awkward moment? Rewind! But there is more to her story than that. Jake enters the pictures and Chloe suspects he can rewind time too. Is there any rhyme or reason to who can do this? The pair find themselves in the middle of solving a dangerous mystery and it held me spellbound until I read the very last word.  I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA, mystery, time travelish, epic adventure type books!


HAPPY READING!!!


Springback is available for purchase on Amazon and can be borrowed through Kindle Unlimited.

About The Author




My six siblings and I were raised by artistic parents in mountain towns, and after surviving thirteen years in the Valley of the Sun, I now live in Colorado (my dream come true!) with my fun-loving husband and our five weird kids! I’m a work-from-home mom, editor, and now author. Until this year, writing a novel has always been in my top three “pie in the sky” dreams—along with running a marathon and being in a Broadway musical, which I don’t actually expect to ever happen.

I love art, decorating, chocolate, theater, words, trees, photography, and the ocean. Occasionally I make music videos with my sisters or my kids, but most of the time I can be found cleaning my house (or avoiding cleaning it), driving kids around, or watching The Great British Baking Show and then baking brownies.


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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa by Nancy Naigle Blog Tour!

Today we have the blog tour for CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA by Nancy Naigle! Check out this sweet new Hallmark holiday romance and grab your copy today!

Title: CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA

Author: Nancy Naigle

Genre: Holiday Romance

Publisher: Hallmark & Crown Media



About Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa:

Return to Evergreen,

the town where Christmas wishes come true…

But only if you know what your heart really wants.



When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has closed. The place was a beloved local tradition, and she decides to use her skills as a professional retail designer to bring it back to its former glory. She charms a local contractor, Kevin, into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another.



One of the biggest surprises of all is finding the mysterious 25-year-old letter to Santa that never made it to the North Pole. Who really wrote it, and will its request come true at last? And will Lisa and Kevin figure out what they’re truly wishing for?



This sweet small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Incredible Apple Dumplings.


My Review:

This book is like walking straight into a Hallmark Christmas movie! I loved every second of it and never wanted it to end! Evergreen is a beautiful small town that does Christmas right. Lisa remembers it fondly from her childhood and has always wanted to go back one day. She finally does and she meets Kevin while fixing up her favorite childhood store. This book is an easy and effortless read; you fall right in and you don't want to come out. If you love Hallmark movies and romance, then this is the book for you!

Happy Reading!!!

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About the Author:


USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began writing while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. Her many books include The Secret Ingredient, Christmas in Evergreen, and Christmas Joy and Hope for Christmas, which were adapted into Hallmark movies. Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and enjoying the occasional spa day. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.




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Monday, July 22, 2019

Secrets Never Die by Laurie Lewis, Blog Tour!



Book Summary:

Tallie Brown's life has never made any sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life.

Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he's paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story.

Jackson's investigation leads him to Cutler's Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion - something terrible happened in Cutler's Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town's cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever - because secrets never die.
 



My Review:

From page one I was hooked and could not put this book down! The action and mystery started from the beginning and didn't stop until the very end. Tallie's life was a mystery I kept trying to unravel...the more I learned, the more I thought I might never figure out what had happened! So many questions and the answers were just within her grasp; if she could put all of the clues together. With the help of Jackson, it seems that they just might find the answers they both are seeking. When I finished this book, I felt like I had just gotten off a roller coaster and I wanted to get back on! I am hoping that Lewis delivers a book two, because Tallie's story cannot end here!!! I highly recommend this book to any fan of mystery and suspense novels. This one is a home run!


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via AmazonSeagull Book or Barnes and Noble.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Emerald Heart of Courtenay, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

The moment her father takes his final breath, Sarah Courtenay becomes the sole heir of her family’s sprawling castle—and something far more unexpected. For on his deathbed, Lord Courtenay left his daughter a cryptic message: a dark curse will fall upon the house should Sarah fail to obtain and protect a priceless treasure. Sarah’s astonishment upon discovering the carefully hidden sword sparkling with jewels is nothing compared to the shock she feels when she learns the nature of her father’s death: he was poisoned. And now, Sarah herself might possess something worth killing for. Desperate to avoid her father’s fate, Sarah flees the only home she’s ever known, taking with her a loyal maid and a hired bodyguard, who will stop at nothing to protect the beautiful woman in his care. From the safety of a remote farm, Sarah finds a renewed measure of peace and hope for the future. But the sinister weapon that glitters amid her belongings in that small farmhouse beckons a shadowy enemy, one who will not be deterred from taking everything from Sarah—including her life.


My Review:

I want to start by saying that I loved the story...the intrigue, the slow budding romance, and the mystery surrounding this priceless treasure. Sarah and Darius were strong characters that I found easy to like. That said, I felt that a lot of the story was the author telling us what was happening or had happened, not showing us. There were parts that I could have skipped altogether because it was so slow moving and nothing was happening at all. Overall, I loved the story itself, I just felt like it could have been improved by showing us what was going on and editing out the parts where absolutely nothing happened. You will definitely find yourself rooting for Sarah and Darius in The Emerald Heart of Courtenay!

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Redgrave Murders by A.L. Sowards, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

Loss is inevitable, as Evie Hampton knows all too well. But despite losing her mother to cancer and her older brother to a war, she knows she’s one of the lucky ones. After all, she still has her father, a distinguished professor of medieval history. And she has Gary Redhawk, the man she loves despite the emotional scars he carries from the Second World War—and despite her father’s opposition to their relationship.

When a freak accident sends Evie’s car careening off the road, she chalks it up to poor maintenance, or sheer bad luck making another appearance in her life. Little does she know a host of hardships is just beginning—the car was her father’s, and the brake lines were deliberately cut. Someone wants them dead—but why? All fingers point to Gary, a man with a troubled past and no solid alibi, but Evie is unwilling to believe he’s involved. Determined to uncover the truth, she begins to piece together a startling picture of deception and vice. But as she closes in on the truth, it is clear that someone is determined to silence her—and the next attempt on her life may be a deadly success.
 


You can connect with the author, A.L. Sowards here.



My Review:

This book was a huge surprise to me and in a very good way. I didn't expect to become so completely engrossed in Evie's story and not only her relationship with her boyfriend Gary, but the murders that keep happening around her. As soon as I thought I had a part of the puzzle figured out, or I thought I knew who was behind it, the Sowards would throw another curve ball my way. This is a true whodunit and kept me on my toes and page turning until the very end. I highly recommend The Redgrave Murders to any mystery/suspense fan, you will not be disappointed! 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


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