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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blog Tour - Ms. Crowne's "To Win Her Love," Ms. Julienne's "Sex, Secrets & Happily Ever Afters," Ms. Denker's "Lucky For You," & Ms. Finz's "Starting Over" | Spreading the Word & Review

Today I'm turning my blog over to Mackenzie Crowne the author of "To Win Her Love," Deb Julienne the author of "Sex, Secrets & Happily Ever Afters," Jayne Denker the author of "Lucky For You," & Stacy Finz the author of "Starting Over!!" [Blog Tour will run from September 21 - October 15, 2015]




"To Win Her Love"
[Players Series, Book 1] by Mackenzie Crowne

Author's Book Description :
    To win the game, they’ll have to risk losing their hearts…

    When a bizarre child custody stipulation pits popular sports blogger Gracie Gable against football superstar Jake Malone, losing the battle for her twin nieces isn't the only thing Gracie has to worry about. Forced to live for three months under the same roof as the sexy tight end, will she fall prey to his flirtatious pursuit? Or worse, will the skeletons in her closet destroy her chance for the love and family she so desperately wants?

    Neglected by his parents as a boy, Jake doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Yet living with Gracie and the twins might be enough to change his mind—and his womanizing ways. But when the press unearths a scandal from Gracie’s past, will he lose the one woman he was ready to open his heart to?

My Book Review :
    4 out of 5 stars!! After Gracie learns that her brother-in-law prematurely passes away, she is all ready to take on the job of raising her six-year-old twin nieces. Yet, at the reading of the will she learns that she has to live with another relative (Jake -- who just happens to be the extremely hot football player she had an online argument with recently) for three months to earn the guardianship. However, with Gracie wanting to keep her life out of the spotlight, Jake’s life already in the spotlight, and dealing with this unique situation will she be able to keep her life on track and her heart in one piece at the same time? Or is this the beginning of something new for them all?

    This energetic and enticing novel reels you in with its unique “family dynamic,” while capturing your interest with the mystery of Gracie’s paternity and Gracie & Jake growing relationship. I was riveted while laughing the whole way through. [READ MY FULL REVIEW & THREE EXTRA TEASERS]

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (e-Book) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes and Noble (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **


TO WIN HER LOVE by Mackenzie Crowne Author -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, September 29, 2015




About the Author :

Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too.

Visit her website at mackenziecrowne.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/MacCrowne.


My Previous Review(s) for this Author : To Win Her Love

Do you have your pre-order copy. Releasing 8/4. #PlayersRomance
Posted by Mackenzie Crowne Author on Tuesday, July 28, 2015



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"Sex, Secrets & Happily Ever Afters"
[The Twisted Sisters Club Series, Book 2] by Deb Julienne

Author's Book Description :
    Angel Talbot is anything but pure—in fact some might even consider her a bit wicked. How else would you describe the manager of an ‘adults only’ store that specializes in helping ladies find that special O. But Angel could use a hand herself. Or two. That is until she stumbles into sexy businessman Travis Wellington.

    When the Wellington Family had a problem, they sent Travis to fix it. Being the CEO of his family’s multi-million dollar enterprise means Travis is used to getting his hands dirty. But the pressure of looking out for the company, along with his family’s well-being was beginning to take its toll . . . until he found his Angel…

    A Lyrical Press/Kensington Books, release August 4, 2015

    NOTE: I will be donating half the proceeds of Book 1: "Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aids" and Book 2: "Sex, Secrets, & Happily Ever Afters" to Paul Walker’s charity ROWW (Reach Out WorldWide).

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (e-Book) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes and Noble (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **


Sex, Secrets, and Happily Ever Afters is now on pre-sale:...
Posted by Deb Julienne on Monday, February 16, 2015



About the Author :

While some say truth is stranger than fiction, Deb Julienne’s experience runs more along the lines of a slap-stick comedy. When life tosses you lemons the only thing to do is to turn it into Limoncello.

After writing for almost 20 years, she’s about to be an overnight success. Her life, like her comedies, has been one big fat romantic comedy…or errors. It’s not a matter of “if” it can go wrong, but how bad when it does happen, and make no mistake…it will. Survival with a sense of humor is the goal.

Joking aside, Deb’s dream of being published came true with the release of her first book, "Sex, Lies and Beauty Aids," which was released March 2014. Since then she’s added to more to her collection of tales. "Sex, Secrets, & Happily Ever Afters," and "A Splash of Romance" in the "Crashing into Love Anthology."

As a long time member of both Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local RWA Chapter, the Sacramento Valley Roses, she fills the hours she’s not writing romantic comedy and romantic suspense with her day job at a Silicon Valley Corporation, playing in the kitchen concocting her award-winning jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces (with alcohol of course).

Born and raised in San Jose, California, she now resides in the Tahoe National Forest Basin, her own little bit of heaven on Earth, with her husband of 34 years, their three sons and one daughter, and two very precocious grand kids, with a third on the way.





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"Lucky For You"
[Marsden Series, Book 3] by Jayne Denker

Author's Book Description :
    It’s where everyone remembers your name—and your mistakes. But the quaint Catskills town of Marsden has a way of inspiring the unlikeliest reunions, flipping the script on the best laid plans, and opening even the most stubborn hearts…

    Jordan Leigh’s always had a reputation for being bad news. So she figured it was only a matter of time before she got into serious trouble. But serving house arrest in her hometown of Marsden is truly cruel and unusual punishment. Plus she’s under police officer Will Nash’s up-close-and-all-too-personal supervision…which could make things worse—or more fun.

    To make amends, Jordan throws herself into making nice with her neighbors, taking in stray animals, and helping teenage girls get back on track. But what she really wants is to get on the right track with Will. To do that, she’ll have to show him she’s grown up. And if that means making him break his own rules and face down his own fears, she’s up for the challenge …

This book is available to order on :

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** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **


Five days! :D
Posted by Jayne Denker on Thursday, August 13, 2015



About the Author :

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog! I’m glad you stopped by! Hoping to have new posts up frequently, but…well…you know how it is. But I’ll do my best!

Important professional stuff: I’ve been a writer all my life, even—gasp!—getting paid for it, sometimes even—double gasp!—in full-time jobs. I’ve also worked as an editor and proofreader, which makes my novels, if nothing else, very clean. Of course, in publishing terms that means very few grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors, but it is tempting to legally change my name to Paul’s Grandfather. (Obscure reference clarification here.)

After I quit my last full-time job about five years ago to stay home and raise my son, my husband said I should “knock out a few dozen romance novels over a couple of weekends” to get filthy rich. Hah! He’s a funny guy. In a misguided kind of way. Still, the idea of getting back to writing fiction after many years in the nonfiction biz was intriguing, so I joined NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and jumped right in. Overnight success took three and a half years.

And of course I’ve got no guarantee of that success thing, overnight or not. My first contemporary romance, "By Design," was published (e-book) by Kensington in May and my second, "Unscripted, in August," and my third, "Down on Love," in November. My fourth, a followup to "Down on Love," will be published in July.

Important personal stuff: I live in a small village in western New York with my husband, son, and a very sweet senior-citizen basement kitteh who loves nothing more than going outside, where she sits on the front walk and wonders why she begged to go outside. I’d post a picture, but she always looks stoned. Too much ‘nip, perhaps? When I’m not hard at work on another novel (or, rather, when I should be hard at work on another novel), I can usually be found frittering away stupid amounts of time on Facebook.

Check in with me there (“Jayne Denker Author”) or on Twitter (@JDenkerAuthor). You can also drop me an e-mail (Jayne.Denker@gmail.com) anytime—I’d love to hear from you.


My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Picture This

Advance reviews FTW!
Posted by Jayne Denker on Tuesday, August 18, 2015



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"Starting Over"
[Nugget Series, Book 4] by Stacy Finz

Author's Book Description :
    The mountain town of Nugget, California, may be tiny, but with its breathtaking scenery, fresh air, and lovable locals, it has everything. Not to mention it’s the perfect setting for firsts—and seconds—of all kinds . . .

    On the day of her glitzy New York City wedding, society girl Samantha Dunsbury ditches her Wall Street groom, and hops in her convertible. Her only plan is to head west. But when a pit stop lands her at a lovely Victorian inn in Nugget, she doesn’t want to leave. And when the innkeeper needs someone to fill in, Sam is thrilled to take the job—her first! For once, she’s going to do what makes her happy. She just has to figure out what happy looks like. She never expects it to look like her surly new boss…

    The last thing Nate Breyer needs is a debutante dilettante mucking up his business. How his sister—and co-owner—could’ve hired Sam is beyond him. Nate’s known women like Sam before—he was engaged to one once. With no options, he’ll just have to keep his eye on her while also keeping his distance. But to his surprise it turns out Sam’s got a knack for the job, and for putting folks at ease—including Nate. As business—and pleasure—heat up their relationship, Nate finds himself ready to do anything to persuade the runaway-bride to stay permanently gone…

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (e-Book) | Amazon (Paperback) | Barnes and Noble (e-Book) | Kobo (e-Book)

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **





About the Author :

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writingfiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Finding Hope

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015





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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feasted On: Players Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 246; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1164 KB | Expected Release Date: August 4, 2015 | Publisher: Kensington Books : Lyrical Press : Shine | Obtained: Pump Up Your Book

"To Win Her Love" [Players Series, Book 1] by Mackenzie Crowne

Author's Book Description : To win the game, they’ll have to risk losing their hearts…

When a bizarre child custody stipulation pits popular sports blogger Gracie Gable against football superstar Jake Malone, losing the battle for her twin nieces isn't the only thing Gracie has to worry about. Forced to live for three months under the same roof as the sexy tight end, will she fall prey to his flirtatious pursuit? Or worse, will the skeletons in her closet destroy her chance for the love and family she so desperately wants?

Neglected by his parents as a boy, Jake doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Yet living with Gracie and the twins might be enough to change his mind—and his womanizing ways. But when the press unearths a scandal from Gracie’s past, will he lose the one woman he was ready to open his heart to?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! After Gracie learns that her brother-in-law prematurely passes away, she is all ready to take on the job of raising her six-year-old twin nieces. Yet, at the reading of the will she learns that she has to live with another relative (Jake -- who just happens to be the extremely hot football player she had an online argument with recently) for three months to earn the guardianship. However, with Gracie wanting to keep her life out of the spotlight, Jake’s life already in the spotlight, and dealing with this unique situation will she be able to keep her life on track and her heart in one piece at the same time? Or is this the beginning of something new for them all?

This energetic and enticing novel reels you in with its unique “family dynamic,” while capturing your interest with the mystery of Gracie’s paternity and Gracie & Jake growing relationship. I was riveted while laughing the whole way through. Gracie is a fun character who knows her mind and does anything she needs to protect her love ones. Jake is an “outlaw” who reforms in this novel and reading about him settling down was so sweet! Together they are unstoppable! I didn’t want to stop reading about their romance! In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed how this novel to set up for its series. It made me excited to see where it’ll take us next!

I recommend this novel to those looking for a contemporary sports romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : To Win Her Trust (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : To Win Her Heart (Book 3) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : To Win Her Trust (Book 2) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : To Win Her Heart (Book 3)


Kobo (e-Book) : To Win Her Love (Book 1)

Author's Novel Extras : To Win Her Love - Overview | Pinterest: To Win Her Love (Players series) | Excerpt: To Win Her Love by Mackenzie Crowne | #NewRelease TO WIN HER LOVE

Have you met Jake? Available for pre-order at a special price. http://amzn.com/B00PEOIZ4K
Posted by Mackenzie Crowne Author on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Never mess with a heroine's dog... :-)
Posted by Mackenzie Crowne Author on Monday, May 11, 2015

I loved watching Jake fall in love with his sisters and apparently, so did this early reviewer of To Win Her Love. She gave it 5 stars and said "There is something so sexy about a guy who is good with kids."
Posted by Mackenzie Crowne Author on Friday, July 31, 2015

Author's Series Extras :
***Double Cover Reveal***For those of you who met Tuck and Max in To Win Her Love, I'm excited to share the covers...
Posted by Mackenzie Crowne Author on Monday, August 31, 2015

Author's Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
Though his nasty insults during their disastrous exchange on her blog the other day should’ve dealt a death blow to her foolish infatuation, the two-dimensional image she’d admired on her TV screen couldn’t have prepared her for the flesh and bone temptation that was Jake Malone. Dismay crowded panic as every double X chromosome in her body quivered with giddy, XXX delight.
The X girls danced with anticipation, and the erratic thump of her heart increased with every fall of his size fifteen feet. Down, girls. He may look like every woman’s deepest sexual fantasy, but those boots are more likely to stomp us into the ground than end up under our bed. ~ within Chapter 1

TO WIN HER LOVE by Mackenzie Crowne Author -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TO WIN HER LOVE by Mackenzie Crowne Author -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Preview :
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Blog Tour - The Wedding Switch by Sharon Kleve | Spreading the Word & Review

Today I'm turning my blog over to Sharon Kleve author of "The Wedding Switch," which is a NOVELLA in the Four Weddings and a Fiasco Series!! [Blog Tour & Giveaway will run from September 25 - October 1, 2015]




"The Wedding Switch"
[A Four Weddings and a Fiasco Novella] by Sharon Kleve

Author's Book Description :
    Abby Blackwell runs a successful wedding planning business. She’s delighted when Derrick, her boyfriend of only a few short months proposes. Abby immediately accepts and dreams of the perfect wedding at the Rose Chalet. But, when Derrick with no explanation, pressures her to get married as soon as possible, she has to wonder why and drags her feet.

    Derrick Coltrane's future rests on portraying a settled, respectable and married man. All he needs is a wife—now—and Abby fits the bill. She’s successful, smart, gorgeous, and would make the perfect corporate wife. He just needs to convince her to tie-the-knot by the end of the month to close the most important deal of his career.

    Hunter Price knows he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Derrick, a friend from school, hires him to pretend he’s getting married, in an attempt to trick Abby into planning her own whirlwind wedding. Abby is selfless, sweet, tastes like sunshine, and belongs to someone else—and he just kissed her.

    Two grooms-to-be—one bride-to-be and one bridesmaid. Which couple will walk down the aisle to happily ever after?

THE WEDDING SWITCH by Sharon Kleve Author -- Read my #blogtour, #meme, & #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, September 28, 2015

My Book Review :
    3 out of 5 stars, a man proposes to his wedding planner “girlfriend” after a few short months of dating after being pressured to be in a committed relationship so he’ll receive his promotion. His fiancée isn’t sure getting married is what she wants to do, but since she doesn’t know that he only wants to marry her for his job reasons only, she is still slowly following through now that she’s accepted. Yet, slowly isn’t fast enough for him so he brings in a “friend” from high school to try to help out…and soon everything changes for all three of them.

    Listed just as the title states, it is a slightly surprising wedding switch. I liked how it all turned out in the end. Yet, even though Derrick unintentionally gets both Abby and Hunter together, and I enjoyed reading about their sweet relationship growing, Derrick himself was a hard character to read.

    About the Main Characters :
    • Derrick: Rude. Arrogant. Handsome. Rich. A jerk. Engaged to Abby, wants to marry very soon.
    • Abby: Beautiful. Sweet. Professional wedding planner. Wants to marry for love and only plans to marry once in her life unlike her parents. Engaged to Derrick. Attracted to Hunter.
    • Hunter: Co-owns a detective agency. Attracted to Abby. Handsome. Is “helping” his “friend” Derrick.
    • Alessandra: Abby’s Maid of Honor and best friend. A southern belle. Quite pretty. Has been married before.

    I enjoyed the plot along with how Hunter goes about winning the girl he likes. It was all very sweet! I recommend this novel to those who are fans of the other Four Weddings and a Fiasco novellas and/or if you’re looking for a unique contemporary wedding romance! [READ MY FULL REVIEW & TWO TEASERS]

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (e-Book)

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THE WEDDING SWITCH by Sharon Kleve Author -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, August 31, 2015



About the Author :

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.

Sharon is a multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.

One of her favorite things to do is pick-up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors inspired her.

When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.


My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Wedding Switch

THE WEDDING SWITCH by Sharon Kleve Author -- Read my #blogtour, #meme, & #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, September 28, 2015

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: A Castle for Dragons


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"A Castle for Dragons" [The Dragons of Eternity Series, The First Archive/Book 0.5] by Julie Wetzel

Reports had come back from the outlying farms of a dragon stealing livestock, but no one had really believed them.



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Spreading the Word: Drummond Island Bears Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1248 KB | Expected Release Date: September 22, 2015 | Publisher: Midnight Blue Press | Obtained: Erin Kelly

"Bearly in Time" [Drummond Island Bears Series, Book 1] by Erin Kelly

Authors' Book Description : First book in a new series. This is a complete story with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

Carrie Sylvan's on the run. Her ex-fiance is stalking her, determined to get her back. She stands up to him, refuses to back down, and drives to a remote island determined to start a new life. The last thing she expects is to fall in love with boat captain Jack, but there's more to the handsome man than meets the eye.

Jack Chambers is happy running Drummond's Dream, a local ferry to the mainland, drinking gourmet coffee, and spending weekends letting his bear run free in the forest that covers most of Drummond Island. Most of his bear shifter friends have found their mates, but he refuses to believe in the werebear myth of fated mates. At least, he didn't think fate had someone in store for him...until he met a curvy, gorgeous woman on his boat that he can't stop thinking about.

Carrie's too frightened to trust anyone, but Jack's determined to win her heart and her hand in marriage. But there are treacherous waters ahead when Carrie's stalker finds her once again. Will Jack's bear be strong enough to keep Carrie safe and make her his mate?

My Book Review : DNF. While I believe this novel is set up with a creative plotline, I just couldn't get into it. I found its pace to be slow and I just couldn't get into its rhythm, that's why by 44% (within Chapter 5) I gave up reading this novel.

If you decide to try this novel out for yourself then be aware, it's for those who like paranormal romances.

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Book Teaser(s) :

BEARLY IN TIME by Erin Kelly -- Read my #bookreview / #bookpromo post here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Friday, September 25, 2015
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Made the Grade: Charm School Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 2483 KB | Expected Release Date: March 30, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Juniper Grove Book Solutions

"Charm School After Dark: Lesson 1" [Charm School Series, Book 1] by Lynn Carmer

Author's Book Description : Caelen Calvo has three meddling sisters, an employment problem, a married ex-boyfriend, and a massive headache from all the drama. Pass the wine, please. Her only hope of redemption comes in the form of a charm school that she and her sisters have recently inherited. The problem? The real money comes, not from manners and etiquette, but from naughty, after hour, classes that the sisters must take over and teach.
Caelen draws the short straw. The first topic on the charm school’s roster, well, let’s just say it involves her mouth and a man’s . . . Thrill Drill. If she were a cheerleader, she would chant: Give me a B to the J, rah, rah, rah—Caelen has four short days to research advanced techniques like The Corn on the Cob and The Twist and Twirl . . . plus prep the charm school for a blowout party and – oh yeah – find a man willing to be her temporary guinea pig.
Dare Lagos has been in love with Caelen since middle school. The former professional boxer, turned firefighter, has always fought for what he wants. The battle for Caelen’s heart is no different. Doesn’t matter that they used to bicker, endlessly, back in the day. Doesn’t matter that he has a cheating ex-wife that created serious trust issues. And it shouldn’t matter that he’s been suspended from his job as a Hot Shot, because he may have over-reacted when his ex-wife’s Boy Toy was assigned to his station. Nope. None of that matters except the taste of her smart mouth, the feel of her smooth skin and the smell of her sultry scent surrounding him. He wants Caelen Calvo—and he’s going to make sure that the only name on her short-list, is his.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! While the Calvo Quads are informed that their mentor left her Charm School to them in her will, they are also informed about the harsh situation the school is in. First – the Charm School is in dire financial straits. Second – there is someone who hopes to take the school from them. Then Third – their mentor’s plan to save the school was to host afterhours private classes for women who need a little help in the bedroom and they only have four days left to learn what they can before the first class. Because of an argument that the quads have it becomes apparent to Caelen that she’ll be in charge of the first class, especially if she wants to keep the school. So, Caelen does what she can to find out everything about her mentor’s first topic, blowjobs. Now if she can find the right man so help her out. Her old nemesis looks to be the perfect guy for her, and he is so very willing. Yet as they grow closer and find they want more than their four-day compromise, both of their pasts come back into their lives to haunt them. Can they trust one another and love one another enough to see everything through?

This uniquely erotic contemporary romance really sets up a nice pace for itself and the rest of its series. Funny, bright, and VERY steamy this novel seems to have it all! I really liked how Caelen and Dare come to terms with their attraction and get together. Then to top it off with the way Caelen tries to find her balance with him and how Dare deals with her eccentricities, it made me want to root for their relationship even more. My only wish was that the parts of the novel that were the “build ups” for this series weren’t so drawn out, as at times it left me a bit distracted and confused as to where the plotline would lead us.

Nevertheless, I do recommend this novel and series to those looking for a quick-witted erotic romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here :

Author's Novel Extras :
My newest postcard... I know it will be lining the bottom of bird cages soon, but I still think it is pretty pretty 
Posted by Lynn Carmer on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Teaser(s) :
Caelen was back! And it was time for her to see how much he’d changed.
It will be different this time. He made the silent promise to himself as he imagined showering her with compliments instead of insults. She would feel the full power of his attention, instead of his sloppy, teenage jabs.
Holy hell. Just like that, life was good again.
Let the insanity begin. ~ within Chapter 2
“But hell, baby. I love your outfits. I love every sexy inch of skin that teddy showed off.”
Joy sang in her heart. Yes! “So, I was right! It totally made it better.”
“Of course it did.”
I knew it.
Then he ruined her smug triumph by saying, “’Cuz you’re practically naked!” ~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Lynn, then please check out her website.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: A Time for Everything


SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want



MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"A Time for Everything" by Mysti Parker (aka Misty Baker)

Portia lay on the frozen ground between her husband and daughter.



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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Blog Tour - Feasted On: A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn by Shelley Shepard Gray | Review & 5-Book Giveaway(s)

Today I'm turning my blog over to Shelley Shepard Gray, with a review of her recent release "A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn," which happens to be the THIRD BOOK in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAY(s) (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from September 15 - 30, 2015 | Giveaway ends on September 30, 2015]



- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 288; Library Binding - Pages: 500; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1576 KB; Audio CD - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: September 15, 2015 | Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers : Avon Books : Inspire | Obtained: Litfuse Publicity Group / edelweiss

"A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn" [Amish Brides of Pinecraft Series, Book 3] by Shelley Shepard Gray (aka Shelley Gray)

Author's Book Description : Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents…and the wedding that brings them together.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars! Over a year ago, Jay’s wife passed away, so now he and his sons move to Pinecraft, Florida to make a new life for themselves. While waiting for their new home to be ready Jay meets Emma, an Amish mother of three little girls who is a widower too, who is chasing after her naughty beagle. Has fate/God set them on a path to meet and become something more? Or will moving forward be too hard for them and those around them?

It started and ended with a mischievous dog, named Frankie. He gets into EVERYTHING when it comes to getting the food he wants, and because he’s adorable he gets away with it more than he should. However, if it wasn’t for Frankie’s antics it’s doubtful that Jay and Emma would have gotten as close as they did. Their relationship grows quickly in this novel but I love how it was all handled and the calming effect they have for one another. I could definitely read more about these two if I had the chance. The love that they show for one another and their unique situation kept reminding me of the 1968 version of “Yours, Mine, and Ours,” even though there is a lot more children in the movie.

The other major relationship that comes together in this novel is between Ben, Jay’s eldest son, and Tricia, Beverly’s—the manager of the Orange Blossom Inn—niece. They have a bit of a whirlwind romance but it’s very sweet. Also, I thought it was cute how their relationship grew from a sort of friendship into romance.

Lastly, this novel is the first out of the series to truly update you on all previous main characters! It was fun to see how everyone was up too.

I HIGHLY recommend this novel and series to those looking for an entertainingly sweet contemporary Amish romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | IndieBound (Paperback) : A Wish on Gardenia Street (Novella 1) | IndieBound (Paperback) : A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (Book 4) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | IndieBound (MP3 CD) : A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (Book 4) | IndieBound (Library Binding, Large Print) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | IndieBound (Library Binding, Large Print) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | IndieBound (Library Binding, Large Print) : A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (Book 4) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : A Wish on Gardenia Street (Novella 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (Book 4) | Alibris (Paperback) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : The Promise of Palm Grove (Book 1) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : The Proposal At Siesta Key (Book 2) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : A Wish on Gardenia Street (Novella 1) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft (Book 4)


IndieBound (Paperback) : A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Book 3)

IndieBound (MP3 CD) : A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Book 3)

IndieBound (Library Binding, Large Print) : A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Book 3)

Kobo (e-Book) : A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Book 3)


My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 2

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Hidden | Joyful

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015 | Second Sentence Saturday: The Proposal At Siesta Key

Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: A WEDDING AT THE ORANGE BLOSSOM INN | A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn - Overview


So happy to be joining my friends over at Amish Wisdom this week! My husband is still shaking his head about the three things I'm passionate about. : )
Posted by Shelley Shepard Gray on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Author's Series Extras : Pinterest: THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE | The Promise of Palm Grove - Overview | Pinterest: THE PROPOSAL AT SIESTA KEY | The Proposal At Siesta Key - Overview | Pinterest: A Wish on Gardenia Street | A Wish on Gardenia Street - Overview | Introducing the Bride Blog | Bride Blog: Perfect Proposals | A Visit to NYC | Bride Blog: Engagements | A Glimpse Behind the Scenes: Cover Art by Gail Dubov

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Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Shelley, then please check out her website.



About the Author :

Since 2000, Shelley has sold over forty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, "The Protector," the final book in her "Families of Honor" series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, "The Survivor," appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, "Forgiven" and "Grace," and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, "Hidden," was an Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.

Shelley also writes historical, western inspirational romances for Abingdon Press as Shelley Gray. Her first novel with Abingdon, "A Texan’s Promise," was released in October 2011 and has earned glowing reviews.

In addition to her writing as Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley has written a dozen novels for Harlequin American Romance under the pseudonym Shelley Galloway. Her first novel with Harlequin, "Cinderella Christmas," reached number six on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list, and her second book for the American Romance line, Simple Gifts, won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Harlequin American Romance of 2006.

Her written essays have appeared on CNN.com

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she's not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine's annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

Shelley is a member of RWA’s Published Author chapter, ACFW, and the Faith Hope and Love Chapter of RWA. Please visit www.shelleyshepardgray.com to learn more about Shelley and her books.




Giveaway(s)!! :

When widow Emma’s family opposes her new friendship with widower Jay, she begins to wonder if she’ll be alone forever. Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's third book, "A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn," in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series! A wedding brings together two young widowed parents, and once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Enter to win a copy of A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn—five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced October 1 on Shelley’s blog!

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