Adult Fiction · Book Review · Contemporary Romance · FIction · Romance

The Power of Love

This month I had the pleasure of working with Goddess Fish Promotions to review The Power of Love by Kemberlee Shortland. I had never heard of this author, but with the synopsis that I read, I was excited to give this new author a chance!

Synopsis

Meet Elaine and Ethan. They are newly weds, married at Christmas, and their plan is to wait to start a family until they are ready. However, Elaine discovers she is pregnant and is hesitant to tell Ethan as she is not sure how he will react. Ethan however surprises Elaine by accepting the pregnancy and soon to be parenthood with open arms and excitement.

At a prenatal exam, Elaine and Ethan find out devastating news that will change their lives as they know them. Their charmed relationship and lives are about to crash down around them.

With Christmas coming soon and Elaine due to give birth right around that time, will a Christmas wish come true for the couple or will everything they built end up as rubble?

Review

I have to be honest, I was really sad that this was a short story, as I loved the writing style and the story line. Kemberlee Shortland has a writing style that pulls you in at the first page and leaves you wanting more at the last. I immediately felt the emotions that Elaine and Ethan were feeling and found myself pulling for them as a couple as their world crashed around them. The descriptions of the characters and situations the characters were in were written so well that you felt like you where right in the book with them. My only complaint for this book was that it was not long enough and I wanted to know more about what happened to Elaine and Ethan. I can’t wait to explore more of Kemberlee Shortland’s books and get lost in her writing again!!

Excerpt

His strong hand grasped hers and brought it to lips framed with dark stubble, kissing the backs of her fingers. “Please, love. I can barely move.”

Elaine glanced down the solid length of him to the twitch beneath the sheet just covering his hips. “Could have fooled me.”

Leaning over, he propped himself up on an elbow and looked down at her. He nestled her head in the crook of his arm.

“Isn’t it enough you kept me up all night,” winking at the double meaning, “but you want to make me late for work, as well?”

You weren’t complaining an hour ago.”

His lips against hers echoed the passion they had shared through the night.

When he leaned away, his deep voice was soft, his blue-eyed gaze intense. “And I never will, Lany. I love you to the depths of my soul and will always be here for you.”

Tears welled and threatened to spill down her cheeks. “Will you?”

Nodding, he said, “Aye. Always.”

You truly want this baby.” It wasn’t a question. She rubbed her belly without breaking her gaze with him. When he nodded again, his grin answering more than his voice could.

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Giveaway

Kemberlee Shortland will be awarding a House of Tirgearryen t-shirt (Worldwide shipping, except in restricted regions as per An Post) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click HERE to enter this giveaway!!!

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Romance · Women's Fiction

This is Not How it Ends

This month I was pleased to be a part of Suzy Approved Book Tours and review the book This is Not How it Ends by Rochelle B. Weinstein. I never read any of Rochelle B. Weinstein, and when I saw the synopsis of this book, it sounded like a good read, that I just had to get my hands on.

Synopsis

Charlotte and Phillip meet on a flight to Missouri. Their connection was instant. They fell in love quickly and moved to the Florida Keys with plans to marry. However, as Charlotte wants to begin planning a wedding with Phillip, he is suddenly pulling away, leaving Charlotte to second guess everything they have built together.

Charlotte and Ben met in the grocery store after Ben’s son Jimmy had an anaphylactic reaction to nuts. Ben froze and Charlotte saved Jimmy’s life. Charlotte and Ben an instant connection and Charlotte suddenly feels pulled toward Ben.

Charlotte finds herself torn. Should she go for the love that she has always wanted or should she go for the love she knows that she needs? After a hurricane passes through the Florida Keys, Charlotte’s life is upended and she ,must reexamine the choices she has made throughout her life and look at choices that she will have to make in the future.

This is Not How it Ends is a book about an emotional journey of love, friendship, and sacrifice. Will Charlotte’s plans go off without a hitch, or will her best-laid plans change in a heartbeat?

Review

I really enjoyed this book by Rochelle B. Weinstein. The book started out a little slow, but the story quickly picked up steam. The writing in this book was enough to capture me and keep me turning the pages. It was fun to read a story that bounced back and forth between the past and present and then suddenly come colliding together into a story that tugged at my heart strings and left me wanting to continue reading page after page, long after I should have turned out the lights and gone to bed. Rochelle wrote this book in such a way that you felt what the characters felt. When they hurt, you hurt. When they were left questioning, you too where left questioning. While this book is not a quick read by any means, it is a book that is more than worth it to sit down and take the time to walk through the lives of Charlotte, Phillip, and Ben. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can not wait to read more books by Rochelle B. Weinstein.

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Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Historical Fiction · Historical Romance

The Beekeeper's Bullet

I again had the pleasure of of partnering with Goddess Fish Promotions for another book book review tour! While I am not usually one to read historical fiction, the synopsis of this book intrigued me and I decided to give it a try! In addition, I had never heard of the author Lance Hawvermale, so I thought I would give his writing a try as well.

Synopsis

It is 1917 in Germany, where the Great War is raging.

Ellenor Jantz is an American who works as a teacher and a beekeeper for a wealthy loyalist. When tending to her bees one day, Ellenor sees a British aircraft call from the sky and crash behind enemy lines. Upon closer inspection, Ellenor sees that the pilot is injured, but not dead.

Alec Corbin-Dawes is the British airman whom crashes behind enemy lines. He is on a mission to save his sister within the next 4 days, before the factory that she works at gets bombed.

Both Ellenor and Alec are at a crossroads…will Ellenor choose to aid Alec or hand him over to the German authorities who now live in the manor where she is staying? Will Alec be able to make his way into Germany to rescue his sister now that his plane has gone down? Read The Beekeeper’s Bullet to find out!

Review

As I said, I was not too sure with it being historical fiction (and romance). While I enjoy history, I sometimes find it hard to follow the story line of what is happening due to all the historical details. This book was different however. While this book was set in 1917, the historical information was not too overwhelming, but enough so that you could follow along the story line and understand what it was like for both Ellenor and Alec during this time. While to me the book started a little slow and I could not see where the story line was going to go, the book picked up speed quickly and the story line was better than I imagined it would be. I enjoyed this book and the surprises that unfolded as I turned the pages. Author Lance Hawvermale did a great job telling this story with descriptive phrases to make you feel like you were right there will Ellenor and Alec. I really enjoyed this book and from what I understand, this book is the 1st in a series, and I am excited to read the next installment in this series!

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Excerpt

Something fell from the sky.

A shadow blasted across the truck, briefly barricading the sun. An instant later, a machine of wood and twanging wires flew across the truck’s hood, missing it by the breadth of a hand. Smoke coiled out behind it. The howling contraption flipped in the air, bits of it snapping free even as it dropped, and then it struck a patch of wild forget-me-nots on the side of the road, crushed them, and vanished in the tall grass beyond.

Ellenor torqued the steering wheel to the right and applied brake and clutch, her breath trapped behind her teeth. The truck came to a jarring halt, the two white brood boxes sliding in the back and dislodging a hundred dead bees. Exhaling, Ellenor looked from the window in the direction of whatever the hell it was. The war rarely reached this far from the Front; Ellenor never fell asleep with the sound of German artillery pounding French hillsides, as so many others did. Other than the occasional supply convoy from the factories in Berlin, Father’s estate and the villages nearby saw no evidence of the blood being hemorrhaged by millions a few dozen miles away. But Ellenor knew, staring from the truck’s dusty window, a part of the war had almost crushed her. Its smoke rose like a serpent from where it waited in the grass.

She opened the door. . . .

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Lance Hawvermale will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Nobel gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click HERE to enter!!!!

Book Review · Contemporary Romance · FIction · Romance

Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards

I again had the opportunity of working with Goddess Fish Promotions, for this book tour for Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards, by Joye Emmens. I have never read anything by Joye Emmens, and when I read the synopsis of this book, it immediately jumped out as one I needed to read! And, boy, I am sure glad that I did!!

Synopsis

Meet Olivia. Each summer, since she was little, she has spent at her grandparents vineyard, Clos de Harmonie in central California. Now college age, Olivia is in school and achieving her masters degree in Viticulture and Enology – more specifically winemaking. In her last year of school, Olivia accepts an internship and a vineyard in France.

Meet Luke. Luke’s family own’s the vineyard in France that Olivia will be interning at. The attraction between Luke and Olivia is strong and instant. After Olivia finishes her internship, she and Luke want to continue their romance, however Olivia must return to California due to a family emergency. Once in California, Olivia is thrust into a role of getting her grandparent’s vineyard certified as biodynamic.

Throughout the time Olivia is focusing on her grandparent’s vineyard, Luke is in France working on his own family’s vineyard. Will Olivia and Luke be able to keep their romance alive, while working so far apart? Will Olivia give up working on her grandparent’s vineyard to seek a long term romantic relationship with Luke in France? Make sure to read Crush: The Tail of Two Vineyards to find out!

Review

I absolutely LOVED this book. This book was so easy to get into and the writing style kept you turning the pages!! I read almost 1/2 of the book the day I started it!!! I loved Joye Emmens’ writing. Her wonderfully descriptive writing allowed you to know and like each of the characters instantly. In addition, her writing allowed you to feel like you were both in Central California as well as in France. I could picture myself walking the vineyards with Olivia and Luke, and see what they saw. It as so, so easy to see exactly what the characters were experiencing and doing in my head. Joye Emmens’ writing allowed a movie of the whole book to play in my head throughout and it was VERY easy to get lost in this book!!!!

The only thing that I did not like about this book was the ending. I felt that the book ended very abruptly and that the story was not finished as the book ended. The book left me wanting to know the rest of the story of Luke and Olivia and each of the vineyards they worked on. I hope that there is a squeal to this story, so I can find out what happens!!!

Overall though, this book was FANTASTIC!!! I can wait to read other books written by Joye Emmens!!!

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Excerpt from the Book…

Professor Clark, my graduate adviser, walked to the podium. The guest speaker followed. With his lean build, he glided across the stage. He stood tall and relaxed in a white linen long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. While the professor introduced him, he scanned the audience, and his eyes landed on me in the front row. I sat up straight and wished I’d worn something more flattering than jeans and a T-shirt. Mom always told me never leave the house without looking your best. His brown eyes met mine before he took the podium.

So, this was Lucien Laroche. I was to be his ambassador for the weekend. Professor Clark had asked me to take Lucien to consult with two wineries near Santa Barbara. Since I was going to my nana’s vineyard in the valley already, it worked out perfectly.

“Biodynamic agriculture springs from a spiritual worldview called anthroposophy,” Lucien Laroche stated. His French accent had me. “A biodynamic farm is a living system. A self-sustaining ecosystem that is responsible for creating and maintaining its health without any outside or unnatural additions. Each farm has its own unique characteristics.”

I followed his every move. His presence held my attention. My undivided attention.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Joye Emmens will be awarding a $20 Amazon/Barnes and Nobel Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour!!! Click HERE to enter into the giveaway!!

Book Review · FIction

The Second Chance Supper Club

This month I was able to be a part of another book tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours. As mentioned before this is something that I had always wanted to be a part of since I started my bookstagram journey in January. I had not read any books my Nicole Meier and the synopsis f the story sounded great, so I quickly jumped on this tour!!!

Synopsis

Meet Julia Frank – a broadcast journalist who is fighting to keep her name and face relevant in the fast moving media world.

Meet Ginny Frank – chef and owner of a clandestine supper club, run out of her home, and hidden in the Arizona desert.

Julia and Ginny have a relationship that every sister dreams of having. Best Friends. A bond that could never be broken. Then tragedy strikes and the sisters are pulled apart by anger and resentment.

For three long years the sisters do not talk to each other. Each goes their own way, until one day Julia shows up on Ginny’s doorstep after she makes a career ending blunder at work. A blunder that destroys Julia’s reputation and puts her job on the line.

When Ginny opens the door, during one of her supper club dinners, and sees Julia on the doorstep, the first thing that runs through her mind is “No More Drama.” She has enough with her only employee, her daughter Olive. While her heart is hard and full of anger, Ginny decides family is family and pulls Julia in to help her make it through the two supper parties she has scheduled that night.

As Julia stays with Ginny and helps her with her supper club, old wounds are opened and the sisters are forced to confront betrayals, pain, anger, and resentment from the past. Will the stress of keeping the underground supper club a secret and providing unique meals to those that visit the supper club be too much? Or will working together allow them to find common ground and clear up the past?

​Review

I absolutely L-O-V-E-D this book!! This was a book that I got lost in every time I picked it up. Nicole Meier’s writing is wonderfully descriptive. Nicole Meier does a fantastic job describing each of the characters and the situations they are in. You feel like to you right there, living life with them. You feel the emotions that each of the characters go through.

The story line in this book was both realistic and cute. This book was light-hearted, but still kept you guessing about the decisions that each character was going to make for their life. I could not wait to turn the page to see what happened next!!!

Unit this book, I had not read any books by Nicole Meier, but now she is a must read author! I can’t wait for future books of hers to come out!!!

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Action/Adventure · Book Review · Fantasy · FIction · Paranormal · Urban Fantasy · Young Adult

Witches Protection Program

I recently reconnected with Goddess Fish Promotions to be a reviewer of up and coming books. When I first read the symopsis of this book, I said to myself, “I just have to read this book.” I was excited to read this this author, Michael Okon, and see what his writing style was like as I have not ready any of this author’s other works.

Synopsis

Meet Wes Rockville – a law enforcement agent that has disgraced his family name. His father, Harris, has fired him from his job in a federal undercover branch that has been created to perform jobs that local law enforcement couldn’t handle. Harris gives his son one more chance to prove himself in a secret government organization that is 232 years old: The Witches Protection Program.

There is just one problem. Wes does not believe in witches. He is skeptical that they are real and living under the noses of him and everyone around him. Wes’ first assignment is to protect Morgan Pendragon. Her aunt, Bernadette, is the head of Pendragon Cosmetics, a billion dollar cosmetics company. Wes’ job is to figure the company’s diabolical plan to take over the world. Will Wes be able to accept that witches are real? Will Wes and long time veteran witch protector and Wes’ new partner, Alastair, be able to stop the company’s plan before it is too late?

Review

When I first read the synopsis of this book, it intrigued me right off the bat. Growing up I loved watching shows like “Charmed.” (And if you must know, I still enjoy watching it, but the original series, not the new one on the CW 🙂 ) You always here about the bad witches or the “Wicked Witch” in movies like “Wizard of Oz.” I was fascinated by the prospect that there could be good witches that protect the world for the greater good.

As I started to read the book I was not sure if it was going to live up to the expectations that I had given the book after reading the synopsis. The book started out a little slow for me and I was not sure where it was going to go, however after reading 30+ pages, the book really picked up and it was full of the action and adventure that I expected. The book was full of great writing and descriptions that made it easy to imagine exactly what was happening. The descriptions Michael Okon provided in this book made the book an excellent and exciting read. Once started, I could not put this book down. I hope that there will be more books written by Michael Okon that will continue to story of Wes, Alastair, and the Witness Protection Program!!!

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Raffle

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Excerpt from Witches Protection Program

The narrator filled in more information. “It wasn’t until this land became my land that the government decided to create an organization to protect women at risk. The Davina Doctrine went against everything that the Willas stood for. Even though they ran the risk of persecution, the Davinas chose to work with law enforcement to expose the evil deeds of the rival sisterhood. President George Washington established secret legislation under Title VI of the Control Act of 1792. The law was enacted to protect the good witches that exposed the evil deeds of their sisterhood.”

The screen went dark. There was only a chair in the center of a dimly lit stage. A single spotlight focused on the top of the blond actress’s head. Wes was right; it was the actress he’d suspected. She had a hit sitcom and two Emmys, and there was some recent Oscar talk about her last movie.

“Yes. There are witches. Living among us. They are women who believe in using their power to protect love and life. And then there are some who use their powers for all the wrong reasons.”

The camera came to rest on her beautiful face. She winked saucily as she placed a triangular witch’s hat on her head. “Welcome to the Witches Protection Program.”

Alastair smiled broadly. “I love that part.”

“That was Jennifer Anis—”

Adult Fiction · Book Review · FIction · Historical Fiction

Summer of ’69

I don’t know about you, but I love a good Elin Hilderbrand book!!! When I hear she had a new book coming out AND it was getting great reviews, I naturally had to have it!!! In addition, I am part of book club, The Bee Hive Book Club, where each member is part of a 12 member team. Each member picks a book for their team and then journals their thoughts in a notebook while reading the book. At the end of the month, the member mails the book and the journal they have to the next member of the group. When 12 months is up, I will get my book back and the journal back with thoughts from 12 different people!!!! Naturally I chose Summer of ’69 for this exchange!!! There is so much packed into this book, and I can wait to see the journal responses from others around the United States! I am so excited!!!

Synopsis

This book, based in 1969, is about the Levin family and what the Summer of 1969 has in store for them. Each summer, the Levin family travels to Nantucket to spend the summer at their grandmother’s, Exalta aka Nonny to the grandchildren, home “All’s Fair.” This summer, however, is nothing like the previous summers that the Levin family has experienced.

Blair, the oldest of the children, is stuck in Boston. Blair is pregnant with twins and her husband, Angus, who is an astrophysicist and is helping NASA with the moon launch, is not home much of the time due to the upcoming mission. Plus, Blair is sure that her husband is having an affair with a woman named Trixie.

Kirby, a student at Simmons College, wants nothing more than her independence. She is all about the civil rights movement and has participated in several protests, some of which have gotten her arrested. This summer however, she wants her freedom and talks her mother and father into letting her take a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard.

Tiger has recently been called up to serve has a soldier had as been deployed to war in Vietnam. Tiger is the light of his mother, Kate’s, eyes and she is devitated when her only son is deployed.

Jessie, the youngest of the family at age 13, is suddenly an “only child” and is forced to go to Nantucket with her mother, Kate, and grandmother, Exalta. She want desperatly to stay home with her father, David, who will come to Nantucket on weekends, but Kate and Nonny will not hear of it.

This story takes a look at each of the siblings lives as well as Kate’s and Nonny’s. Each life is filled with secrets that are spilling over at the brim. Each person wants to keep their secrets to themselves, but at the same time so desperately wants to not be alone in the vast world. Are they willing to spill their secrets to become more cohesive as a family or will they ride out the summer, separate and alone?

This is this first historical novel written by Elin Hilderbrand.

Review

I am generally not one to read historical fiction…it usually is just not my cup of tea. However, as I said I absolutely love Elin Hilderbrand as an author and once again she did not disappoint. This book captivated me from page one. I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about 1969, other than the basics that we are taught in school. However, this book captured me and took me to a place where I could see the events unfolding – it was like I was there, experiencing it with the characters. I felt myself longing with the family that Tiger would come home from the war. I felt myself remembering what is was like to be a 13 year old girl. I reflected on how all we want when we are little is to grow up and be independent in the world. I thought of the secrets that we all have and how we go through an internal struggle as to whether to let those secrets out or to keep them hidden deep down. This book was fantastic in so many ways, from the description of the times and of the characters to the raw emotions that were written about in the book and felt by the reader. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Everyone should have it on their TBR (To Be Read) List!!! I have never been disappointed by an Elin Hilderbrand book, and this one showed me again what an amazing author and storyteller Elin is!!!

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