Thursday, October 19, 2017

Falling for a Duke (Timeless Regency Collection) {Review}

Falling For a Duke (Timeless Regency Collection)
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Mirror Press

    



From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes FALLING FOR A DUKE.

Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Rebecca Connolly, Nichole Van, and Janelle Daniels

ON THE DUKE’S ERRAND by Rebecca Connolly. Lord David Chambers has one goal—to put his father’s Scotland estate to rights. Even if it means leaving in the middle of the London Season and avoiding the matchmakers. As the second son of a duke, David looks forward to facing the wilds of Scotland, and trying to make something of himself and prove his worth to his father. But David’s not prepared for the censure he receives from the local Scottish gentry, especially Ceana Shaw, the baronet’s daughter who not only mistakes him for the duke himself, she seems determined to think the worst of David.

VINGT-ET-UN | TWENTY-ONE by Nichole Van. Eliza Mail had found the perfect place to live out her days as a young widow, away from the pain of her past and lost love. Seemingly by chance, Eliza’s childhood neighbor, Liam Trebor, Duke of Chawton, comes to her village for a visit. Eliza hasn’t seen Liam in over five years, and his presence panics her. Will he reveal what he knows to her friends and neighbors, destroying her current life? Eliza must avoid Liam at all costs, but he seems equally determined to flush her out of hiding. What happens if Eliza’s past does not stay where it belongs . . . in her past?

I KISSED A DUKE by Janelle Daniels. Madeline Maybury will do anything to be invited into the inner circles of the ton. She takes on a challenge from a high society lady to kiss the Duke of Hargrave. When she finds Ethan alone and explains that she needs to kiss him, instead of turning her away, he’s amused. He also obliges. Madeline believes she can report back and achieve all of her ambitions. Instead, she’s given an even greater task. Once she accomplishes it, she realizes that the Duke of Hargrave is a very different man than she expected, and she’s in grave danger of falling in love.


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My Review: 5 Stars

Wouldn't it have been so romantic to live in Regency England (or Scotland) and to fall in love with a duke? These three swoony stories fulfilled my dreams. I can always count on this line to be sweet and satisfying and this one is a new favorite for sure.

The collection starts off with ON THE DUKE'S ERRAND, and transports the reader to Scotland. I love that the author tells Ceana's name pronunciation in a subtle way right off the bat because I totally would've said it wrong. A case of mistaken identity is always a good way to really get to know a person, as Ceana discovers, especially when that first meeting is a bit shocking. I love the characters and the charming setting that wrapped itself around a fun and entertaining plot.

VINGT-ET-UN | TWENTY-ONE is a heartbreaking story of second chance love. I adored the creativity that went into developing a solid friendship, as the story waffles between the present and the past. I had my prejudices set from the start, but found my thoughts and feelings shifting as the story progressed and captured my heart.

The characters and chemistry in I KISSED A DUKE are purely delightful and I was smiling and swooning throughout. In fact, I almost blushed a time or two, but my adoration of Ethan and Madeline pulled me through. I loved the tasks and reactions that resulted because of these charming characters.

This is a fantastic collection that an Regency romance lover will adore.

Content: mild romance.

*I received a copy, which has no influence on my opinion in any way.*

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http://amzn.to/2yAVikR


Love Me at Sunset by Lucinda Whitney {Review}


Love Me at Sunset by Lucinda Whitney
A Destined for Love Romance: Mansions
Book 3 in the Romano Family Series
ebook, 300 pages
Publication: October 17th 2017 by Lange House Press



An ex-con reforming his life. A pregnant widow hiding her past. Will the price of her secrets cost her his love?

Catarina Romano has lost everything: her husband, her house, her lifestyle. She flees to her cousin’s empty manor in the heart of Portugal, trying to find peace and to hide from the scandal spun by the media, only to discover she is pregnant.

Afonso Cortez is done with all the lies. Fresh out of prison for trusting the wrong person, he’s ready to leave the past behind and look ahead to new opportunities. The remote Sunset Manor, in need of a groundskeeper, is the perfect solution, promising to provide Afonso with the solitude he craves while he restores the grounds to their former glory.

Catarina avoids Afonso at first, not wanting to further complicate her life. But Afonso is intriguing, and she feels drawn to him. If only she didn’t feel guilty for all the secrets she’s keeping from him.

When suspicious accidents start occurring at the property, Afonso believes his past is catching up with him. Will he be able to protect Catarina or will he lose the woman who might restore his belief in love?



Part of the Destined for Love Mansions collection:
- Kiss Me in the Rain by Lindzee Armstrong
- Roping His Heart by Jaclyn Hardy
- The Princess and The Pizza Man by Cassie Mae
- Mending Fences by Lorin Grace
- Love Me at Sunset by Lucinda Whitney
- Saving Sycamore Bay by Cami Checkets

Also part of the Romano Family series:
- Book 1- Hold Me At Twilight
- Book 2- Meet Me At Sunrise
- Book 3- Love Me At Sunset
- Book 4- Keep Me At Christmas (coming soon)

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My Review: 5 Stars

I've loved the Romano series, which takes place in Portugal, and I've also loved the Destined for Love series. Combining the two is brilliant! 

Afonso is a great, standup kind of guy, especially considering what he's just endured. I cant' think of a kinder man. Ex-con or not, he won my heart from the moment I met him. Just out of prison, for reasons that unfold as the story progresses, he's working to clear his name and he sure works hard at cleaning up the grounds at a mansion of his friend's. Catarina is recently widowed and her story also gradually unfolds. Appearing as a timid, sickly little rabbit of a woman, it's quickly apparent that she has a core of steel.

I'm also up for a good, swoony romance and I'm happy to report that this one delivers. Although Afonso moves slowly, so that he doesn't scare Catarina off, the sparks and chemistry smolders throughout and I desperately wanted them to take it to the next level and start dating. I know, patience.

I love the importance of family throughout this series and it's apparent that the characters really value their support system as well. I really adore this family--is it possible for them to adopt me? I also love the way the setting is vividly portrayed. Portugal is on my list to visit now, thanks for this set, and I almost feel like I don't need to go because I've already visited a couple of times in my imagination. Almost...

As for the mansion series, it seems that there is a tiny mystery and suspense element surrounding each installment and this one has an edge that almost borders on creepy. That could be because I read it at night while my husband was out of town.

Content: mild romance (kissing, implied affairs); mild violence

*I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinions.*

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Buy Link:

http://amzn.to/2xK62tF

Professor Ladybug Book Blast with Giveaway

   
Professor Ladybug Teaches Alphabet Animals
Practicing the alphabet is fun when your child can do it learning about animals! This workbook contains over two hundred practice pages, easy-to-follow instructions, and lots of bonus games and activities. Educational exercises include:
  • Alphabet practice
  • Uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and practice
  • Simple drawing exercises that improve understanding
  • Essential writing practice
  • Practice writing rudimentary sentences
  • Matching exercises
  • Basic word puzzles
  • And much, much more!
This workbook also encourages numerous life skills that are essential for your child, including word recognition, memory recall and creative thinking. These books allow your children to learn in a way that is both fun and highly effective! Parents with younger children can read along and explore these fun animals together! Professor Ladybug workbooks are packed with simple learning exercises that your children will be happy to complete. This workbook is designed primarily for children aged 3-6.  
Praise for the Book
Professor Ladybug workbooks are wonderful for young children... Engaging them to learn, think, write, create, and draw. I love it. Creative with a great page layout. Certificates in the back to award to the children upon completing their learning tasks. I wish children's workbooks were more like this one when I was little. Overall, I highly recommend this one to both teachers and parents alike. ~Danielle Urban, Urban Book Reviews

   
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Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 4: Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello





I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. 

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.





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When 15-year-old Rosa agrees to help the ghost of King Tut find his lost queen Hesena, she doesn't count on falling for him.

Once back in Ancient Egypt, Rosa discovers that finding Hesena if not all she must do and is not as easy as she thought it would be, even though she carries part of the lost queen in her soul. She must also keep out of the reach of the living Horemheb—who crosses mortal boundaries using Seth's evil magic—if she is to stay alive to make it back
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Snippet:

A shout from behind makes me turn. Tut is running after me, but it is not his voice that ignites the terror in my heart. It is mine screaming to hold on to life.

“No. No. NO!”
The force of the explosion flings me through the air like a rag doll. By the time I pick my head up a dense cloud of dust engulfs me. Too late I cover my face.

I’m choking, can’t breathe, can’t see! I’m dying!
Arms encircle my chest pulling me backwards. My legs scrape painfully across the debris- covered granite floor. Another pair of arms lifts my legs. Floating. That’s what it’s like. Dying is like floating on air.

My body touches solid ground. Voices, whispers really, penetrate my clogged brain. I hope this is heaven.
Without warning, I start coughing and gagging. My brain screams at me. “Fight! Breathe!”




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cover Reveal for Christmas Secret by Donna Hatch with Giveaway






Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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Holly's two Christmas wishes this year are to finally win her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas ghost.


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Loving this cover and now I can't wait to read the book!!!


Find All Of Donna Hatch's Book HERE!



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Monster Mash Countdown Blitz Day 3: The Unmistakable Scent of Gardenias by Denise Moncrief





Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She's been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.





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Content with the direction her life takes…



The temptation to earn a sweet payday and collect enough money to start her own interior design business is too much opportunity for Sophia Cannon to ignore, but working for her new client, Les Wakefield, is like working for a creepy stalker. He seems to be everywhere she goes.

Until trouble walks around the corner and into her life again…

Dylan Hunter almost turns down the Wakefield Manor restoration job until Les Wakefield tells him Sophia is the interior designer hired to oversee furnishing the old plantation house. Sophia has been the ghost in his life since the day she left him, haunting his heart with her memory every day and every night.

Stirring up more than just the spirits of the dead…

Sophia and Dylan fight with each other until a much bigger threat puts both their lives in danger. Discovering that generations of Wakefields have restored the plantation only to disappear months after moving in to the manor house stirs up spirits that would rather remain undisturbed.


Can love survive the long nights at Wakefield Manor with the unmistakable scent of gardenias hanging so heavily in the air?






Snippet:

Celia led them toward the back of the main hall where Charlotte assumed there was an entrance into the kitchen. Celia pushed a swinging door behind the stairs and disappeared through it, leaving the door to settle into place in Charlotte’s face. She sucked down her irritation and pushed through to the other side.
She stalled in the doorway, and the door slammed into her back. Rotting boards hung from above, dangling from the ceiling and resting with one end on the floor below. Water spots marked the part of the ceiling that was still intact. The flooring had warped in the room as badly as it had on the front porch deck. A large hole in the center of the room opened up to the underside of the house. Charlotte spotted weeds growing up through the gaping hole. Several windows were missing, and a breeze pushed chilled air through the vacant panes. Nothing resembling modern existed in the room. In fact, the place appeared as if it had been abandoned to the elements for the past seventy-five years.
Celia was nowhere to be found. A door to the outside of the house hung on one hinge on the far side of the room, but how could Celia have traversed the rotted floor so quickly without falling through the hole in the floor? If she had, Celia would have cried out from the fall. A step further into the room warned Charlotte of the floor’s instability. She peered into the large hole, but couldn’t see any sign of Celia.

She backed out of the door and turned to leave, intending to go outside and circle the house searching for the woman. As she twisted to head across the main hall toward the front door, she pulled back before taking another step. In front of her stretched another hole in the floor larger than the one in the middle of the kitchen. She shook her head to disperse the fog in her brain. Until that moment, she had attributed the grogginess to sleep deprivation. Was something more sinister working on her mind?



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Keeper of Her Heart by Stacy Henrie {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Keeper of her Heart
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
ebook, 271 pages
September 26th 2017 by Beyond the Page Publishing

If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie’s inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One!

Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.

Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.

Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .

Advanced Praise for the Book

“Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for.” —Fresh Fiction


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My Review: 4 Stars

Stacy Henrie is a master at historical fiction, especially during the World Wars. In this offering, we are treated to the story of Ada, a young woman of class, in the early 1900s in England. Ada wants to marry for love and is determined to do just that, even if it means losing her relationship with her family. The story slowly builds as Ada forges a new life for herself and her new husband. Although it's not full of action at first, the plot isn't overly wordy and key points for Ada's story are shown, which play important roles as the book progresses.

The way things unfold allow the reader to emotionally invest in Ada's life, whether it be joyous times, hard times, or even surprises. I felt like I grew right along with her and especially enjoyed the tremendous growth that she did develop in many aspects of her life. Her strength is to be admired and she's a women whom I would love to be friends with.

A few things that I took away from this book: It's so easy to dream about how you hope your future will be and a completely different story to actually live it--it never works out how you think it will. You don't always realize what you have until it's gone and my heart broke for Ada a few different times, especially regarding the relationship with her parents. And finally, life isn't perfect; it requires a lot of hard work, but the joys can help balance the disappointments. Attitude is key.

This is a time period that I love learning more about, because I don't think it's written about very often--or maybe it's just that I don't read it often--but I found it fascinating and loved watching Stacy Henrie bring this time in history to life in a way that I never could have imagined.

Content: mild romance; mild violence; mild religious elements

*I received a copy, which didn't affect or influence my opinion in any way.*

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About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $40 Amazon e-gift card and an e-book copy of any of Stacy's books (winner's choice)
- Open internationally
- Ends October 25th