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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Feasted On: Brides of Amish Country Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 437 KB | Release Date: March 1, 2010 | Publisher: Harlequin : Love Inspired | Obtained: Amazon.com

"Katie's Redemption" [Brides of Amish Country Series, Book 1] by Patricia Davids

Author's Book Description : After two years away, Katie Lantz returns to her Amish community nine months pregnant--and unmarried. With nowhere else to turn, she nervously knocks on her family's door, fearing she'll be shunned. Yet the handsome stranger who now owns the farm welcomes her in--just in time for Katie to give birth. Carpenter Elam Sutter and his kindly mother care for Katie and her newborn in a loving way she never dreamed was possible. But in the face of a heartwrenching choice, Katie learns just what family, faith and acceptance truly mean.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Katie is a nine months pregnant ex-Amish woman who is down on her luck. After her boyfriend abandons her, she realizes she has nowhere else to go but back to her overbearing brother’s home. Yet, not long after she travels to Hope Springs Katie learns that her brother sold their farm and at that same moment, she goes into labor. Thankfully the new owner of the farm, Elam & his mother Nettie, are kind souls who generously help Katie with the birth and get her back on her feet. But as more revelations about Katie and her past come to light will Katie decide to redeem herself back to the Amish ways so she can also be closer to Elam or will she decide to forge her own path?

This truly was a story about redemption. Redemption for all, Katie, Nettie, Elam, and the town of Hope Springs. I enjoyed its steady pace, intensity, and all of the background stories. Katie is a free-willed woman who struggles to find her place in the world, yet hopes to do the best for her child. Elam is a man who always knew what he wanted and who he wanted to be, yet has had his heart broken in more ways than one which makes it hard for him to trust again. Together they make a great pair who lifts one another up to improve themselves.

I recommend this novel to those who are fans of Ms. Davids and/or are looking for a contemporary Amish romance!

-- On a side note --
This novel kind of reminded me of "The Amish Widow's Secret" by Cheryl Williford. =0)

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Amazon (e-Book) : The Doctor's Blessing (Book 2) | Amazon (e-Book) : An Amish Christmas (Book 3) | Amazon (e-Book) : The Farmer Next Door (Book 4) | Amazon (e-Book) : The Christmas Quilt (Book 5) | Amazon (e-Book) : A Home for Hannah (Book 6) | Amazon (e-Book) : A Hope Springs Christmas (Book 7) | Amazon (e-Book) : Plain Admirer (Book 8) | Amazon (e-Book) : Amish Christmas Joy (Book 9) | Amazon (e-Book) : The Shepherd's Bride (Book 10) | Amazon (e-Book) : The Amish Nanny (Book 11) | Amazon (e-Book) : An Amish Christmas Journey (Book 12) | Amazon (e-Book) : Amish Redemption (Book 13)

IndieBound (Hardcover, Large Print) : Katie's Redemption (Book 1)

IndieBound (Mass Market Paperbound) : Katie's Redemption and Plain Secrets

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Amazon : Brides of Amish Country Book Series

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 11

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : An Amish Harvest

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

Book Teaser(s) :
“I certainly wouldn’t mind having another woman in the house.” It seemed his mother couldn’t be silent for long.
This wasn’t a discussion he wanted to have in front of an outsider. He said, “Nothing can be done tonight. We’ll talk it over with Katie in the morning.”
The faint smile that played across Nettie’s lips told him she’d already made up her mind. “The woman needs help. It’s our Christian duty to care for her and that precious baby.”
Mustering a stern tone, he said, “You don’t fool me, Mamm. I saw how excited you were to tell me it was a little girl. The way you came running out to the barn, I thought the house must be on fire. You’re just happy to have a new baby in the house. I’ve heard you telling your friends that you’re hoping Mary’s next one is a girl.”
His mother raised one finger toward the ceiling. “Gott has given me five fine grandsons. I’m not complaining. I pray only that my daughters have more healthy children. If one or two should be girls—that is Gotte wille, too, and fine with me. Just as it was Gotte wille that Katie and her baby came to us.” ~ within Chapter 3
Elam loaded two plates with fried chicken, coleslaw, pickled red beets, fresh rolls and two slices of gooey shoofly pie. He carried them to where she stood. “I’ve brought you something to eat.”
She smiled and rolled her eyes. “What is this thing you have about feeding me?”
“I don’t like skinny women.” He held out one plate.
Lowering herself to the ground, she leaned back against the trunk of the tree and placed Rachel on her outstretched thighs.
“If you think I’m going to get fat just to make you happy, think again.”
“One plate of food will not make you fat.”
“Ha! Do you know how many calories are in that peanut butter and marshmallow spread?”
He sat beside her. “No, and I don’t want to know.”
She took the plate from his hand, set it on the grass and picked up the slice of homemade bread covered with the gooey spread. She bit into it and moaned. “Oh, this is good.” ~ within Chapter 14

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Blog Tour - Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford | Character Interview, Spreading the Word & Jane Ashford Book Bundle Giveaway

Today I'm showing off Jane Ashford's "Heir to the Duke," which happens to be the FIRST BOOK in her The Duke’s Sons series and comes out this January! Also, to celebrate, we invite you to get to know James Gresham, one of the six sons of the Duke of Langford, and to check out an excerpt from the book!

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My Q&A with a character from "Heir to the Duke" :

Character's Name : James
Character's Age : 26
Character's Occupation : Officer in the Royal Navy
Character's Appearance : Height: 6’ 0” | Hair Color: Auburn | Eye Color: Blue

How would you describe yourself? (100 words or less)
    I’m always wondering what’s over the horizon, what I’ll find at the next landfall. I was born a rover.

If your brothers had to describe you, what would they say?
    I think they might have difficulty doing that. I left home at sixteen and have been mostly at sea since then.

What is your favorite way to spend your time?
    On the water – lake, river, or ocean.

What’s one piece of advice you would give the newlyweds (Nathaniel and Violet)?
    Without hurting others, do as you please, not what people tell you to do.

If money was no object and you had no commitments for the next two weeks, what would you do?
    Get hold of a fine yacht and sail down to Cornwall, around Land’s End, and back up again.

"Heir to the Duke"
[The Duke’s Sons Series, Book 1] by Jane Ashford

Author's Book Description :
    Book 1 of The Duke’s Sons series

    From bestselling author Jane Ashford comes a brand new series of sparkling Regency Romance

    Life is predictable for a Duke’s first son

    As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill—highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he’s a match for his new bride’s vivacity and daring.

    Or so he once thought…
    Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can’t wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family’s sordid secret, and she’s faced with an impossible choice—does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?

This book is available to order on :

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About the Author :

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Her historical and contemporary romances have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Twenty-six of her new and backlist Regency romances are being published by Sourcebooks. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. She is currently rather nomadic.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Married to a Perfect Stranger

Book Excerpt :

Nathaniel Gresham, Viscount Hightower, stirred in his sleep. His hands groped for bedclothes, found nothing. Sensing wrongness, his consciousness rose through layers of befuddlement and wisps of dreams. He opened his eyes to find a gaping maw of three-inch fangs inches from his throat.
Nathaniel threw up his arms to shield his face and twisted to the side. The convulsive movement brought him right to the edge of a large four-poster bed, and he scrambled to avoid falling three feet to the floor. He twisted in the opposite direction and struck out at the sharp, yellowed teeth. They did not snap shut on his forearm or lunge into his face once more. Indeed, they did not move at all, except sideways under his blow. There was no snarl or slaver, no spark of rage in the shiny eye behind the fangs. Nathaniel shoved them farther away and sat up.
He was stark naked, on a large bed stripped bare of linens, covered only by a moth-eaten gray wolf skin. The wretched thing’s head had been carefully placed on his chest, to ensure the rude awakening. His hips still rested under its hindquarters. Molting fur peppered the bed. The mere sight of the ancient pelt made his skin itch. Revolted, he pushed it all the way off and moved to the foot of the bed, struggling to get his bearings. This wasn’t his bedchamber. The blue-striped wallpaper was alien, the furnishings unfamiliar; the windows with their slant of early morning light were in the wrong place. Then he remembered. He was staying at the Earl of Moreley’s country house, because tomorrow—no, today—he was to marry the earl’s daughter at their local parish church.
Nathaniel glared at the wolf skin, then rubbed his hands over his face. This was what it meant to have five brothers—five younger brothers—on one’s wedding day. Or rather, on one’s wedding eve, a night they’d insisted upon marking with bowls of rack punch. Had it been three? Or had he lost count? No wonder they’d kept filling his glass, if they had this prank planned. Where the devil had they found a wolf skin in a strange house? And hadn’t he told his father, when Robert was born in his sixth year, that four sons were quite enough? Even for a duke, six sons were excessive. At this particular moment, Nathaniel thought that his parents might have been content with just one.
He rose, stretching stiff limbs and marveling that he had only a mild headache. Revenge on his brothers would have to wait for another day. Today, he was getting married. He was doing his duty to his name and his line, pledging himself to a woman who would be an admirable duchess when their turn came—may it be far in the future. The match was eminently suitable. All society acknowledged its rightness. And despite Violet’s irascible grandmother, the occasional bane of his existence, he could have no complaints.
Indeed, why had the word even occurred to him? No one had rushed him into marriage. He had enjoyed a plenitude of seasons in London and a number of agreeable flirtations and liaisons with delightful females. Though they had never spoken of it, he was aware that his parents had given him every opportunity to fall in love. But the passion that had overtaken them in their young days had not befallen him. He wasn’t sure why, but once he’d passed thirty he concluded it never would. He’d had more than enough time to observe that such a bond was rare in the circles of the haut ton.
Nathaniel stretched again, his bare limbs a bit chilly. This marriage was certainly not a penance. He liked Violet very much. They’d been acquainted for years. He did not know whether she’d had other offers, but he supposed that she too had waited for love to find her. They had that in common. They were also well suited by background, had similar tastes, and enjoyed the same even temperament. When he’d decided that the time for marriage had come, he’d simply known that she was the proper candidate. He expected their union to be gracious, harmonious, and ideal for the significant position they would someday be called upon to fulfill. And now it was time to stop wool- gathering, put on his dressing gown, and begin this momentous day.
Nathaniel walked over to the oaken wardrobe on the far wall and opened it.
It was empty. All his clothes had disappeared.
He stared at the bare hooks. This part of the prank would be Sebastian’s doing, he imagined. It had his next younger brother’s touch. Nathaniel met his own gaze in the mirror set into the wardrobe door, and acknowledged the spark of amused annoyance in his eyes. His brothers had a fiendish facility for complicated jests.
The figure in the glass shook its head. All the sons of the Duke of Langford were tall, handsome, broad-shouldered men with auburn hair and blue eyes. Sebastian was the tallest. Robert the wittiest. Randolph was acknowledged as the handsomest, James the most adventurous, and Alan the smartest. But he was the eldest, and the heir.
For as long as he could remember, Nathaniel had felt the weight of his destiny. The others said it was a burden to have everything done ahead of them, but he’d felt the onus of being the pattern, setting up the expectations, being the son visitors scrutinized the most. He would be the next duke; he must show he was worthy. Thus, he kept a tight rein on his wilder impulses. Instead, he was the one who came to the rescue when one of his brothers went too far, kicking up a lark.
And so now, he did not slam the empty wardrobe shut, but simply closed it. He would leave it to his valet to straighten this out. He wanted hot water for washing, and then clothes, and then breakfast. He went to ring for Cates, and discovered that the bell rope had been removed. He could see the wire to which it had been connected, near the ceiling, twelve feet up. It must have taken two or three of his brothers to reach so high.
For a moment he just stood there, staring at it. This final touch would be Robert’s idea, no doubt. He’d always been the most ingenious, the brother who added the crowning climax to a prank. Robert would be the one to set the others guffawing—describing their elder brother slinking through the corridors of the Earl of Moreley’s house wrapped in a wolf skin, like some sort of demented ancient Celt. Even Nathaniel had to smile at the picture. How would Violet’s fierce stickler of a grandmother like that? And all the other near and distant relations visiting for the wedding? He’d barely met most of them. Perhaps he’d twine some ivy from outside the window in his hair and attempt a Gaelic war cry.
Nathaniel laughed. Truth to tell, it was a splendid prank, unfolding like a puzzle box upon its hapless victim. All that remained was for him to wiggle out of the trap so cunningly set.
He eyed the windows and considered pulling down some of his almost-mother-in-law’s elaborate draperies to wrap about himself. But one panel would trail behind him like a coronation robe. The picture was little better than the wolf skin. Perhaps he would just wait until Cates arrived on his own. It couldn’t be too much longer. In fact, judging by the sunlight, his valet ought to have appeared well before now. Where the devil was he?
As if in answer to this thought, there was a knock at the door.
The voice was the last he expected. “Violet?”
“Are you all right? James said you needed to speak to me most urgent—” The door opened, and Nathaniel’s promised bride looked around the panels. “Oh!” Her mouth dropped open.
Nathaniel—stark naked, next to a bed sporting only a rumpled wolf skin—braced for a shriek, a shocked retreat, babbled apologies. But Violet just looked at him. Indeed, it seemed as if she couldn’t tear her eyes away. He could almost feel her gaze traveling along his skin, as if it left trails of warmth. He saw something stir in those gray eyes, something he’d never observed before, and his body began to respond to the possibility of much more than he’d expected from his suitable marriage. Respond all too eagerly.
Nathaniel moved over behind the bed. “My brothers’ idea of a joke,” he said with a gesture toward the wolf skin.
Violet blinked. Color flooded her cheeks, and she looked away. “How did they...?” Her voice was rather choked.
“They are endlessly inventive. They stole my clothes as well. Would you have someone send Cates to me? I would ring but”—he pointed to the bell wire—“they were quite thorough.”
Violet glanced at the denuded wire, swallowed, and gave a quick nod. “Of course.” In the next instant, she was gone.
“Well, well,” murmured Nathaniel to the wolf. “That was interesting.”
His days of being capable of interest long past, the wolf made no reply.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Made the Grade: Hot & Nerdy Series, Book 5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Kindle Edition - File Size: 869 KB | Expected Release Date: November 24, 2015 | Publisher: Kensington Books : Lyrical Press | Obtained: NetGalley

"His New Jam" [Hot & Nerdy Series, Book 5] by Shannyn Schroeder

Author's Book Description : Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.

Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, Sydney has dealt with a difficult dating experience and knows that she never wants to be with a man who will treat her that way again. So, when Hunter, a college senior and lead saxophonist in the marching band, singles her out and majorly flirts with her it makes her leery. She thinks he's hot and as they get to know one another better through their love of music she trusts him better, yet Hunter seems too much like her ex-boyfriend. And Hunter will do whatever it takes to prove to her that he is the man for her!

This sweetly erotic novel keeps you on your toes with its quirky characters and fast paced plotline. I was intrigued with Hunter with how he goes about winning over Sydney’s affection one serenade at a time. In addition, I liked how they came together as a couple. Nevertheless, I wish Sydney’s POV wasn’t portrayed as harsh as it was and that the ending had an epilogue.

Overall, I do recommend this novel to those looking for a quirky New Year’s Celebration New Adult contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Her Best Shot (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Her Perfect Game (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Her Winning Formula (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : Hot @nd Nerdy | Kobo (e-Book) : His Work of Art (Book 4) | Kobo (e-Book) : His Dream Role (Book 6) | Amazon (e-Book) : Her Best Shot (Book 1) | Amazon (e-Book) : Her Perfect Game (Book 2) | Amazon (e-Book) : Her Winning Formula (Book 3) | Amazon (e-Book) : Hot @nd Nerdy | Amazon (e-Book) : His Work of Art (Book 4) | Amazon (e-Book) : His Dream Role (Book 6)

Kobo (e-Book) : His New Jam (Book 5)

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: His New Jam

Author's Novel Extras : His New Jam - Overview & Excerpt | His New Jam – Release Day

His New Jam - released yesterday:
Posted by Shannyn Schroeder on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Author's Series Extras : Her Best Shot - Overview & Excerpt | Her Perfect Game - Overview & Excerpt | Her Winning Formula - Overview & Excerpt | Hot @nd Nerdy - Overview | His Work of Art - Overview & Excerpt | His Dream Role - Overview & Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :

HIS NEW JAM by Shannyn Schroeder -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, December 28, 2015

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Spreading the Word: FARTS: A SPOTTER'S GUIDE by Crai S. Bower

Today I'm playing around by showing off Crai S. Bower's "Farts: A Spotter's Guide," which is the FIRST in its Farts: The Spotter's Guides Series, that I found at Target with my son who LOVED pushing the buttons!!

"Farts: A Spotter's Guide"
[Farts: The Spotter's Guides Series, Book 1] by Crai S. Bower

Author's Book Description :
    Sure, everyone does it; but everyone tries to hide it a little differently. "Farts: A Spotter's Guide" will help you pinpoint he (or she) who dealt it every time. This hilarious book identifies the habitat, range, voice, and "field marks" of ten common wind breakers, from the gentle hiss of the Silent-but-Deadly to the rip-roaring flatulation of the Seismic Blast. The attached battery powered fart machine reproduces each emanation in accurate sound. Grossly hip illustrations by the Fudge Factory's yes, you read that right Travis Millard depict the offenders and offendees in brilliant detail. Printed on durable card stock, this is pure, unbridled entertainment for the giggling child in all of us. Let 'er rip!

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (Hardcover) | IndieBound (Hardcover) | Alibris (Hardcover)

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: His New Jam

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 :

"His New Jam" [Hot & Nerdy Series, Book 5] by Shannyn Schroeder

Two weeks.

LOL ... sorry this one was very underwhelming. =0)

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Feasted On: Sons of Chance Series, Book 17

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 219; Kindle Edition - File Size: 514 KB | Expected Release Date: December 1, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin Blaze | Obtained: NetGalley

"A Last Chance Christmas" [Sons of Chance Series, Book 17] by Vicki Lewis Thompson (aka Cory Kenyon)

Author's Book Description : A Christmas kiss from a cowboy…

Ben Radcliffe reckons it'll be a cold day in hell before he considers a serious relationship or family of his own—with good reason. When he delivers a "secret" present to the Last Chance Ranch, however, Ben catches a glimpse of what family could be. And suddenly this lone cowboy finds himself under the mistletoe…planting one heck of a kiss on a stunning woman!

Genealogist and academic Molly Gallagher is all about family. And even if Ben's secrets make him as skittish as a wild mustang, there's nothing Molly loves more than an enigma. Especially a ridiculously sexy one! But the magic of Christmas—and the Last Chance Ranch—might not be enough to wrangle a cowboy who can't trust himself…

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Molly is visiting her distant cousins about a week before Christmas so she can meet them and put her genealogist skills to use. While visiting Molly meets Ben, a saddle maker, who was invited to join in the celebration and stay with Molly’s relatives as a way to deliver his one-of-a-kind saddle as a birthday present to the family matriarch. They find that their instant connection is electric and plan to spend as much of their visit together as they can. However, that all depends on if Molly’s relatives won’t stand between their brewing relationship.

This intensely creative novel steps up its game when a nerdish petite woman “ropes” a cowboy for herself! I will say this plot was unique because I have never read about a heroine who physically describes me more; Molly is a petitely built brunette who is also genealogist (someone who likes to keep records on her family tree) and likes the holiday season with all the traditions that the holidays include. So, to have Molly also be a genuinely nice character made me want to root for her all the more. Then when Ms. Thompson throws in Ben, who is a hunk with a dark past that he needs to overcome, into the mix I found myself swooning for this novel! I appreciated the steps it took to bring Molly and Ben together for good.

In addition, even though I wish there was an epilogue about Ben & Molly, I do recommend this novel to those looking for a steamy Christmas contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : Should've Been a Cowboy and Cowboy Up (Book 4 & Book 5) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Long Road Home (Book 7) | IndieBound (Paperback) : The Heart Won't Lie (Book 12) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Riding High (Book 14) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Riding Hard (Book 15) | IndieBound (Paperback) : Riding Home (Book 16) | Kobo (e-Book) : Wanted! (Book 1) | Kobo (e-Book) : Ambushed! (Book 2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Claimed! (Book 3) | Kobo (e-Book) : Should've Been a Cowboy (Book 4) | Kobo (e-Book) : Should've Been a Cowboy and Cowboy Up (Book 4 & Book 5) | Kobo (e-Book) : Cowboy Up (Book 5) | Kobo (e-Book) : Cowboys Like Us: Cowboys Like Us\Notorious (Book 6) | Kobo (e-Book) : Already Home (Book 6.2) | Kobo (e-Book) : Long Road Home (Book 7) | Kobo (e-Book) : Lead Me Home (Book 8) | Kobo (e-Book) : Feels Like Home (Book 9) | Kobo (e-Book) : Riding High (Book 14) | Kobo (e-Book) : Riding Hard (Book 15) | Kobo (e-Book) : Riding Home (Book 16) | Kobo (e-Book) : Harlequin Blaze December 2014 Box Set | Vicki Lewis Thompson's Amazon Acct

IndieBound (Paperback) : A Last Chance Christmas (Book 17)

Kobo (e-Book) : A Last Chance Christmas (Book 17)

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: A Last Chance Christmas

Author's Novel Extras :
Out in print on Monday! Here's what my heroine Molly has to say about Ben: "She adored his mouth. A harmonica player...
Posted by Vicki Lewis Thompson on Saturday, November 15, 2014

Author's Series Extras :
The real Nelsie and Archie! I named the Chance grandparents Archie and Nelsie for my grandparents, Archie and Nelsie...
Posted by Vicki Lewis Thompson on Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Teaser(s) :
What a lovely sound. He really was talented. She moved a few steps closer and then a few steps more. He played with heart, and she could almost imagine his as the Beast longing for his Beauty to show up. That was plain silly, of course. The way her luck went, he'd be old as the hills, or middle-aged and balding. ~ within Chapter 2

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Second Sentence Saturday: A Last Chance Christmas

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 Last Chance Christmas" [Sons of Chance Series, Book 17] by Vicki Lewis Thompson

But adrenaline rather than fatigue made him clumsy as he untied the ropes holding a blanket over the saddle he was delivering to Jack Chance.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Made the Grade: The Amish Widow's Secret by Cheryl Williford

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 648 KB | Release Date: June 1, 2015 | Publisher: Harlequin : Love Inspired | Obtained: Harlequin.com

"The Amish Widow's Secret" by Cheryl Williford

Author's Book Description : Second Chance at Love

Widow Sarah Nolt never expected another marriage proposal. She hardly knows the handsome Amish man who's come to help with her barn raising. Besides, they're both still mourning the loss of their spouses. But Mose Fischer needs a caretaker for his daughters, and Sarah needs to escape her father's oppressive rule. They agree to a marriage of convenience, but when Sarah moves to Mose's Amish community in Florida, she can't help falling for the strong, kind widower and his little girls. To create a family, they'll have to come to terms with their pasts…and the secret Sarah is unknowingly carrying.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Sarah is deeply depressed. She blames herself for her husband dying in the barn fire, her cruel father and the community is now pressuring her to sell her farm that would put her back under her father’s roof, and for the past couple of months she has been more sore and overtired than usual lately. Nevertheless, with the community coming together to rebuild her barn, hope comes to her in the form of Mose and his two young daughters.

Mose arrives to help with the barn raising in hopes of helping his best friend’s widow and in turn finds a woman who is in deep need of a helping hand. Being a widow too, he understands the burden Sarah is going through. Overtime they grow close and form a nice friendship. Therefore, when he learns of the extent of Sarah’s troubles he asks her to marry him, and she accepts. Yet what they didn’t know was that Sarah is keeping a secret even she wasn’t aware of, once the truth comes out will it be the final piece of the puzzle to bring their new family together or will it be too much of a burden for them to handle?

This moving tale of two widowers coming together was touching, fascinating, and very sweet. It was uniquely written as it displays the good and bad points of being Amish depending on the community they live in. Yet, I enjoyed it all and got VERY teary eyed when an unexpected revelation comes out too.

The dynamic characters in this novel are what hooked me. They were very revealing and more outspoken then I planned on reading. However, the main characters, Mose and Sarah, are wonderful together. I really liked how they became a united team before they even really knew one another. Mose and Sarah were a great couple!

I do recommend this novel to those looking for a sweet contemporary Amish romance!

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IndieBound (Mass Market Paperbound) : The Amish Widow's Secret

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Kobo (e-Book) : The Amish Widow's Secret

Kobo (e-Book) : Love Inspired June 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

Author's Novel Extras : Story Behind the Amish Widow’s Secret – Cheryl Williford

Looks grand, doesn't it.

Posted by Cheryl Williford on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Teaser(s) :
"You're not to fret. I'm your husband now. You're my wife and the mother of my kinder. I will always be here for you. Joseph would have wanted it this way. I feel honored to have you as my wife." He smiled so tenderly Sarah almost broke down. Her lip quivered as she took the rough hand he held out to her. She grasped it, their fingers entwined. Time stopped and Sarah's heart beat a bit faster. "Nothing will come between us." Mose promised. "You'll see." ~ within Chapter 6

THE AMISH WIDOW'S SECRET by Cheryl Williford -- Read my #bookreview here:...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A (belated) Release Day Blast / Spreading the Word: CRASHED OUT by Tessa Bailey, HIS TO TAKE by Katee Robert, & SAY YOU'RE MINE by Diane Alberts

Today I'm showing off Tessa Bailey's "Crashed Out," Katee Robert's "His To Take," & Diane Alberts' "Say You're Mine!!"


"Crashed Out"
[Made in Jersey Series, Book 1] by Tessa Bailey

Author's Book Description :
    His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation...

    Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She's the fuel for every song he's ever written-each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band is on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this "kid" turned into every inch the man she's always needed...

    Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey...until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks-or rather storms-into Jasmine's life. Sarge's return shouldn't affect her this way. He's her best friend's much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.

    But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it...

This book is available to order on :

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Posted by Tessa Bailey on Monday, December 7, 2015

About the Author :

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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"His To Take"
[Out of Uniform Series, Book 3.5] by Katee Robert

Author's Book Description :
    Truth or dare...

    Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

    Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can't have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent--something neither of them wants. But now that they're both back in town and she's right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he's never been able to resist, he's questioning everything.

    That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin's sure she's got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren's dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there's no way either of them can win…

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (e-Book) | Amazon (Paperback) | Entangled Publishing

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About the Author :

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Wrong Bed, Right Guy

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

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"Say You’re Mine"
[Shillings Agency Series, Book 5] by Diane Alberts (aka Jen McLaughlin)

Author's Book Description :
    She’s a challenge he can’t afford to lose…

    Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.

    Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

    Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…

This book is available to order on :

Amazon (e-Book) | Amazon (Paperback) | Entangled Publishing

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About the Author :

Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

My Previous Interview(s) with this Author or their Character(s) : July 2012 | December 2012

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Try Me | Captivated By You

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Try Me | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013 | The Boys of Brazen Military Bash

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Idolizing In: Birmingham Rebels Series, Book 2

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 2181 KB | Expected Release Date: December 1, 2015 | Publisher: Random House Publishing : Loveswept | Obtained: NetGalley

"Calling the Play" [Birmingham Rebels Series, Book 2] by Samantha Kane

Author's Book Description : Samantha Kane's Birmingham Rebels series—perfect for fans of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake—proves that three's never a crowd . . . at least not for the hard-bodied football all-stars who give teamwork a sexy twist.

Quarterback Tyler Oakes plays hard and parties even harder. That reckless lifestyle nearly derailed his career, and now the Birmingham Rebels are Ty's last shot at football immortality. But staying out of trouble can take its toll—especially for a man with a taste for girls and guys. Because curvy, gorgeous Randi McInish is just the kind of trouble he'd like to get into.

A tough-as-nails undercover cop, Randi meets her match in Ty. After they get wrapped up together in a drug bust and a high-speed car chase, Randi's eager to take the notorious bad boy for another wild ride. Turns out Ty already has something in mind. When he introduces her to the Rebels' sexy new quarterback coach, things start heating up a little too fast for Randi.

Brian Mason coached Ty in college, and boy do they have history together. With Brian taking control on the field and in the bedroom, they were an unstoppable team. But Brian, blindsided by love, ran from his feelings for Ty. He won't let Randi make the same mistake. Both men agree they need more than each other. They want a woman they can share. And when they make a pleasure play for Randi, all three are sure to score.

"Calling the Play" is intended for mature audiences.

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Tyler (Ty) is the Quarterback for the Birmingham Rebels, one of the NFL’s newest franchises, and is still dealing with his past. Yet one night at a grungy bar changes Ty’s plans for good when he meets Randi, an undercover cop, and unintentionally assists her in busting a drug deal. Randi and Ty have a whirlwind “relationship” that changes when Ty’s ex-lover Brian (the one who got away) comes back into Ty’s life. What all three of them soon realize is that choosing between themselves isn’t an option, but making something work between them all might be the best plan yet.

OMG! This novel is hot Hot HOT!!! I LOVED all of the characters from Ty, Randi, and Brian to the rest of Ty’s teammates! They were all quite funny and I adored their playful banter. Yet, this novel wasn’t all about sex, Randi deals with heavy stuff and the way all three work through it made me enjoy it all the more! Together these three make a great team and I’d love to read more about them!

Exciting! Fun. Silly. Erotic. Charming. Sweet! Tough … these are just a few words to describe why I fell in love with this novel and its wonderful characters! I couldn’t get enough!

ALSO, while I have book 1 for this series I still have yet to read it … THEREFORE I can say wholeheartedly that this novel can be read as a standalone!

I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for an erotically charged contemporary romance!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Broken Play (Book 1) | Amazon.com (e-Book) : Broken Play (Book 1)

Kobo (e-Book) : Calling the Play (Book 2)

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: Calling the Play

Author's Novel Extras : Calling the Play - Overview

Author's Series Extras : Pinterest: BIRMINGHAM REBELS | Broken Play - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
They needed to get over this 'just football' thing. Because there was no way Randi wasn't going to be the girl filling in that sandwich. The sexual tension between them was thick enough to choke on, but it seemed to her they weren't going to get anywhere without a little divine Randi intervention. So if she had to lead them to each other through her, who was she to argue with that? She was more than a little sad that her time with Ty was going to end sooner than she'd like, but she wasn't going to come between him and Brian, not when they had history and obvious feelings for each other. A girl could dream, but she didn't have to be a bitch about it. She was still on Ty's side, but she could see Brian's side of things, too. Hadn't she thought the same things he'd talked about today, that Ty would move on? Guys like Ty didn't stay with girls like Randi. She guessed that left for guys like Brian, guys who were gorgeous, successful, confident, and sincere. ~ within Chapter 9

CALLING THE PLAY by Samantha Kane -- Read my #bookreview here:...
Posted by From Me to You - Video, Photography, & Book Reviews on Monday, December 7, 2015

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