Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Faceoff (Northbrook Hockey Elite) by Rebecca Connolly, Heather B. Moore, & Sophia Summers, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





About the Book



She isn’t supposed to want him. He isn’t supposed to want her. But wanting each other is inevitable.

Clint McCarthy has finally achieved his dream of playing for a professional hockey program, and is eager to make his mark with his new team. While getting settled in his new city, he happens across Bree Stone, whom he has known for years, with their respective brothers both being in the famed Belltown Six Pack. But for the life of him, he can’t remember Bree ever looking so attractive. Or being so captivating. Or taking over his every waking thought.

In the middle of her graduate degree, Bree has no time or desire for working on her dating life, or lack thereof, but the impossibly handsome Clint McCarthy coming back into her life makes everything complicated. She shouldn’t be focusing on him, or on them, not when her professional future hangs in the balance. But once she hears about Clint’s past with the Northbrook Hockey Elite program, and where that program stands now, Bree just might find a way to make her career, and a future with Clint, come to life.

Welcome to Northbrook Hockey Elite!

Six professional hockey players used to play on an elite club team together, but have all separated and now play in the pro-hockey leagues. Not all of them were friends, yet circumstances bring them together, and for the greater good, maybe they can put aside their differences.

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Northbrook Hockey Elite Series:
Faceoff
Powerplay
Rebound
Crosscheck
Breakaway
Shootout



My Review:

This book was fantastic from page one until the very end. In fact, it was so good that I could not even put it down! The characters were engaging,  funny, and had this undeniable connection. Bree and Clint's connection was palpable! I loved the links to the Belltown Six Series, although in no way do you need to have read them. I loved the connection! If every book in this series is as great as Faceoff, I will devour each and every one!

Happy Reading!

About the Authors

Rebecca Connolly



Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.



Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty publications. Her historical novels and thrillers are written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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Sophia Summers

Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name. You can follow her on http://www.sophiasummers.com. Be SURE to join her Newsletter for freebies and fun. 



Friday, November 22, 2019

To Die To Sleep by Stephanie Black, Blog Tour & Giveaway!



Book Summary:

After surviving a difficult year, Natalie Marsh is heading for Ellsberg Keep, an exclusive mountain resort that promises to provide the tranquility she desperately needs. She’s eager to relax and to reconnect with her estranged cousin Lily, who works as the Keep’s nurse—a reunion that begins abruptly when an accident on the winding mountain roads lands Natalie in the infirmary in the care of her cousin. They have little time to bond over childhood memories, however. Everything is thrown into chaos when the owner of the Keep is rushed to the medical wing, wildly delusional and raving about a murder plot.

Despite Lily’s care, the owner dies. Is his death simply an accident, or are his frenzied suspicions true? Determined to help Lily cope with the loss of her patient—and the accusations that she’s to blame for his death—Natalie searches for answers and is swept into a mystery that grows more puzzling as frightening hallucinations torment the dead man’s son. When a staff member who asks too many questions disappears, it is clear that this idyllic resort harbors someone with deadly intent—and Natalie may not survive to uncover the truth.
 

My Review:

I wasn’t sure where this book was going to take me. I wasn’t expecting a fortress type castle getaway in the dead of winter! Talk about things that make you go “hmmmm”. Little did I know I was in for an insane roller coaster ride. Black kept me guessing and every time I thought I had it figured out, another twist, another turn. And I didn’t know who Natalie could trust, so why was she trusting anyone?  I became so paranoid I felt no one was trustworthy and I was internally screaming at her to stop sharing all of this information!!! Didn't she know there was a killer on the loose? A true whodunnit worthy of Sherlock Holmes, To Die, To Sleep is the perfect blend of mystery and suspense. You won’t want to sleep because you will be up finishing the very last page.....and wondering how in the world it all happened. I am still rethinking it, mind blown. Five stars for this fantastic novel, it blew me away!  I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.



Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.


About author Stephanie Black:

 I’ve enjoyed making up stories since I was a child, when my sisters and I would play long Barbie games full of intrigue and danger, or write and direct plays for ourselves and our younger siblings. I took a creative writing class in high school, but my stories stunk, since I hadn’t yet figured out that a story needs a plot. An encouraging comment from the teacher got me rolling in the right direction (thank you, Mrs. Owen!) and my final story for that class eventually developed--after many years, much studying of fictional technique, and countless hours of writing and rewriting--into my first published novel: The Believer, a dystopian thriller, was published in 2005 by Covenant Communications.

Four of my contemporary mysteries are Whitney Award winners for Best Mystery/Suspense, and my second dystopian novel was a Whitney Award Finalist for Best Speculative Novel. My novella “An Eye for an Eye” was part of the RONE Award-winning anthology Timeless Romance: Autumn Suspense collection.

My husband Brian and I have five children, two children-in-law (with one more on deck), and a rather majestic cat. I love spending time with my family, enjoy homemade pizza and anything chocolate, and have recently developed a fondness for LEGO projects. I play the violin in a community symphony (but never practice enough), and always have unmatched socks, post-laundry. At the center of everything that matters most is my love for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You can check out Stephanie's website here.


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Wrapped Up in Christmas by Janice Lynn, Blog Tour


WRAPPED UP IN CHRISTMAS 

by Janice Lynn is out now! Check it out and be sure to join #Hallmark in their #countdowntoChristmas #WrappedUpInChristmas 
~*~ 
A gift of warmth
to heal two hearts…

Sarah Smith in Pine Hill, Kentucky has had her heart broken in the past. She pours herself into her work at church and into special projects—like making a quilt for a wounded warrior.

Bodie Lewis is lost. All he’s ever wanted was his career as an Army Ranger, but he was injured in an explosion that killed his brothers in arms. In the hospital, he receives a handmade quilt. Later, he sets out on his final mission: to find and thank its maker.

Bodie expected Sarah to be an elderly lady, not a lovely young woman. When she mistakes him for a handyman, he doesn’t immediately set her straight. Instead, he sets about repairing the home she’s turning into a bed and breakfast. Sarah’s presence and the spirit of the small town bring Bodie something he thought he’d left far behind on the battlefield: hope.

This heartwarming sweet romance includes a free quilt pattern from the Quilts of Valor Foundation and a new original Hallmark recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Maggie's Place by Annette Haws, Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!


Book Summary:

Years ago, Mary Margaret Sullivan changed her name, boxed up her previous life, moved into the Eagle Gate Apartments, and hid her painful memories in her chicken-wire storage unit in the basement. But secrets have an inconvenient way of surfacing when least expected.

Three weeks before Christmas, an elegant man in a penthouse, a young woman named Carly—homeless and ill with pneumonia—and two calculating thieves invade Maggie’s carefully reconstructed life, and in different ways, each is connected to Maggie’s difficult past. As Maggie and friends nurse Carly back to health, hearts begin to heal with a hope for the future. But all is not as it seems. When faced with the shocking truth, Maggie must rely on her wits, her friends, and her own strength as never before.

My Review:

I really fell in love with Maggie's Place! I felt like Maggie had such a story to share and too many things she was holding on to from the past. I loved the community of amazing friends she had and the support they all showed for each other. The entire story was about Maggie, her story, and her journey. There were parts of this story that were fun, happy, sad, tragic, emotional, bittersweet...this book covers an entire range of emotions. If you are willing, take a walk to Maggie's Place, and you will find that you will never want to leave. More than your typical book, Maggie's Place is a story of love, forgiveness, giving, and most of all....hope.


Connect with the author:  https://annettehaws.com/about

You can pick up your own copy via here.

Happy Reading!!!

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Monday, November 11, 2019



Book Summary:

No one wants to be alone for the holidays.

But sometimes, a past of hurt puts finding new love on the back burner.

Tiffany closed her heart to everything but her career when her ex left with another woman.

Roger's billions couldn't save his marriage from a tragic ending that left his young daughter motherless.

Career-focused and plagued by past fears, finding someone new is the furthest thing from their minds…

Until Valentina Del Torre steps in.

The Billionaire Matchmaker knows that a future lies ahead of them, but she can't mend the past.

The fear of more loss, pain and heartache lurks within them both, pushing them apart even as they reach for each other.

Will they finally find peace in each other?

Can they even dare to hope for a holiday miracle?
 



My Review:

This is a story about a matchmaker who enjoys setting people up with the intent that their relationship will last. While Valentina, the matchmaker, was not a huge part of the story, her character was unforgettable and truly genuine. I liked that there was no ulterior motive for Valentina, just a desire to make two people happy. I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Tiffany and Roger. To be honest there were a couple of twists I did not see coming which as a reader, I really appreciated. I like to be surprised and to not know exactly how everything will turn out. This is a nice and easy read for someone who enjoys contemporary romance!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.


Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Forgotten Carols!!!


Check out the amazing performance of The Forgotten Carols! A Christmas show you do not want to miss! It will warm your heart and soul. It is perfect for the entire family!


Synopsis: 

This season, we invite you to join us for this beautifully re-imagined telling of Michael McLean’s holiday tradition THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS. Touring since 1991, this timeless Christmas tradition brings to life the story of Constance Louise Chamberlain, a nurse who hasn’t laughed or cried in over 30 years.  But that all changes when she meets, and cares for, a homeless man with dementia (Uncle John, as he likes to be called) who insists he’s been alive for over two thousand years. Uncle John recounts the story of Christ’s birth through these Forgotten Carols sung from the perspective of his “friends” the Inn Keeper, a Shepherd, Handel and others, taking Connie Lou on a life-altering journey.  As Uncle John struggles to remember all the reasons why he feels compelled to share these unknown carols with his nurse, she discovers what her heart has forgotten about the true power and meaning of Christmas!

For ticket information: https://www.forgottencarols.com/shows/

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Heart of the Rebellion by Sian Ann Bessey, Blog Tour & Giveaway!




Book Summary:

September 1400

King Richard II of England is dead. And after three years in His Majesty’s service, Rhys ap Tudor and his brother Gwilym are finally free to return to their ancestral home in North Wales. Their long- anticipated homecoming is overshadowed, however, by the harsh changes they encounter in their once peaceful land. The new king, Henry IV, rules with an iron fist, and the country is ripe for rebellion. Instantly thrust into the forefront of the conflict, the proud Tudor brothers enter the fight for their freedom.

Lady Catrin Buckley is alert to the unrest swirling around her. As the daughter of an English father and a Welsh mother, she knows too well the trouble her lineage poses. Her own battle, however, is one of the heart: she is to be married to a man she neither knows nor loves. Then an unexpected encounter with the enigmatic Rhys ap Tudor changes everything. Soon, Catrin finds herself swept into a rebellion that could not only change history but also rewrite her own future.
 

My Review:

This book was so well written I felt like I was there and in the freezing cold in Wales. I loved the character building and getting to know each person. The changes in Lady Catrin was a beautiful transformation. Rhys was swoon worthy and everything a noble and man of honor should be. The love story was woven seamlessly within the historical context. What would you do for love? That is what I felt myself contemplating as I read this book. The struggles, the sacrifices, the courage it took to live during this time, I am amazed. I find myself weeks later still thinking about this story. This is so much more than a love story, it is about love of country, love of your birthright, love of what is right, and most of all following your heart. 

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.