Tuesday, March 31, 2015

5 Star Review of The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow


The Glass Arrow
by Kristen Simmons
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Wow!!  I love this book!!!

This is the first book I've read by Kristen Simmons, but now I want to read anything and everything she writes.

The title has significant meaning. 2/3 the way through the book, a legend is told about the glass arrow and even before I realized how significant the lil' tortoise-n-hare type legend would be, I loved the concept. Arrows, in general, are significant...  Ok, everything is significant, from cleanliness levels to names to communication.

I am a smidge hung up over the importance of lineage. Seriously?!  It's THAT important what blood flows in your veins?!  I can't help feeling separated from the main character in that moment b/c no matter how good of an imagination I have (and it's good), I know my family does not come from any people groups inside this story. And that is quite a disappointment.

And a relief. This is a harsh dystopian world that does not have those fuzzy lines where captives sorta become attached to their overbearing masters. It was refreshing to NOT sympathize with the monsters in the story. The mean people remained mean, even after getting to know them better. Mean, spoiled, dirty, scarred, broken, unforgiving... the world is revealed at a fast, rigid pace and stays there letting Aya navigate it as best she can.

Aya is a fun character, too. She is unique... not like me, not like anyone else I have read about, and yet I love(d) being her, inside her head. I wasn't frustrated with her choices even though I had to hold my breath or grip the library book with increasing frequency as the story progresses.

For some reason, I never assumed that anyone would make it.  Every danger was real... maybe because of the mind-set of acceptance or the moments when knives are used and blood flows and bodies hang. There's enough real fear and real disasters to make me fear for the main characters and all the side characters... all of whom felt unique and vibrant to me.

Not saying I got enough of any of 'em. Yes, I love that this book is complete in itself, but at the same time, I did not get enough of the twins by half. Or Kiran... or the Driver society.  This is like a unique candy that's taken away after a delicious taste. More would be nice, if the author's listening.

I really like Kiran (except for that bit of bloodline rigidness, darn it). He's described progressively, as Aya learns more about him. I like his layers. I like having to rescue him, although... some lameness there, too. I can't think quite as highly of someone who tries to bluff his way past a deadly injury, I mean, he had to have known things weren't going well, but he continues to try to rescue people like he's got it under control.  (Nice bear, dude.)

The ending is veeeeerrrrrrryyyyy satisfying.  It's got some glass arrow - full circle stuff plus a healthy does of Kiran's own medicine that just hits the spot.  Back at ya, mute boy!!

I need this book in my library and I'll re-read it some day. It's a real 5 star for me and possibly my first raving-good-book of 2015.  If I had to admit why, I'd say it's that I could feel the dirt on me and smell the stinky hides, I cried on the public transit reading this story - twice, and that romance... in a world of "insta" and love triangles, this romance buds out of nothin' and is as real/fragile/threatened as the rest of the story. My imagination will carry Aya and Kiran far into the future since there's so much more for them. I am a reader who appreciates more... but what's in this story is perfect for this story. I believe I already mentioned that I want MORE, ya?


Monday, March 30, 2015

Cover Reveal: Saving Marilee by Annette K Larsen

Coming May 1, 2015 - Saving Marilee by Annette K. Larsen

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  Saving Marilee 
by Annette K. Larsen 

 Marriage wasn’t bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can't give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happiness, and reclaim the ability to trust. When her charming neighbor intrudes on her quiet life, offering his friendship (and a dog, of all things), she must determine whether his interest is genuine, whether he is a friend or foe, and whether he deserves the fragile bit of trust she has managed to scrape together.

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Author Annette K. Larsen 

I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find.

I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander


Dare To Kiss


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Author S.B. Alexander has drawn on a childhood experience and her love of baseball to inspire her New Adult fiction romance, Dare to Kiss (September 30, 2014).

Dare to Kiss is the story of Lacey Robinson, whose two loves are baseball and her family. When her mother and sister are killed in a home invasion, Lacey’s baseball dreams die with them. The tragedy seeps into her psyche, causing nightmares, panic attacks and blackouts. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, her psychiatrist recommends a change of scenery and picking up the things that she loved to do. For Lacey, that’s baseball. She moves across the country with two goals—to overcome her PTSD and make Kensington High’s baseball team. But trying out for the team comes with complications—the captain, Aaron Seever, doesn’t want a girl on the team. Her life is further complicated when she meets Kade Maxwell, a tall, sexy and drool-worthy bad boy who has a magical touch that awakens her feminine side and a kiss that slowly erases her nightmares. But getting involved with him may be dangerous when Kade’s arch-nemesis returns to town to settle a vendetta.

“The story developed from something that happened to me when I was a child,” Alexander said. “And from that experience the story unfolded. The message in the story: With the right help and people around you, a person might be able to overcome PTSD. I’m not saying they will, but taking the right steps can certainly help to heal some of the symptoms associated with PTSD. I will never get the image of my experience out of my head, but I’m not afraid anymore.”

Dare to Kiss is the first book in The Maxwell Series. Alexander has also written a thrilling young adult series, Vampire SEALS, which has drawn praise from fans across the world.

Alexander is a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor. She currently works as a corporate sales manager, but is always looking for her next story, character or scenery.



Author Biography of S.B. Alexander 

S. B. Alexander’s passion for writing began when she read her first Stephen King novel, The Shining. Over the years she kept telling family and friends she was going to write a book. Fifteen years later, on the advice of a friend, she sat down and wrote her first novel. One year later, she published two novels with three more slotted for release. Her books are targeted toward the young adult and new adult markets.

Her young adult series, Vampire SEALS, includes two books, On the Edge of Humanity, and On the Edge of Eternity, which have garnered high praise from readers. Dare to Kiss is the first book in her new adult series.

Alexander’s career has been colorful—a former navy veteran, high school math teacher and college professor, sales consultant, coach, and manager. She loves baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. She enjoys playing golf, is moved by music and great stories, and will go out of her way to help people.

She currently works full time in Corporate America and writes any chance she gets.

She believes words are the key to opening the door to extraordinary places with amazing characters that tell a great story.



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grand Finale: The Best Laid Plans by Amy Vastine on @PrismBookTours

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're blitzing the GRAND FINALE for
The Best Laid Plans
By Amy Vastine

Did you get to know the youngest of the Everheart sisters, Emma, in this sweet Harlequin Heartwarming book? If not, go back and check out the tour stops now!

Launch - Intro to The Best Laid Plans
The Best Laid Plans features Emma as she sets her sights on meeting Dr. Right. Everything about her plan seems to be working except for one glitch - she’s falling in love with a handsome, spontaneous paramedic instead.

JoJo's Corner - Review
"This story was a wonderful reminder that life doesn’t always turn out the way we planned or expected, but sometimes that can be a good thing…a very good thing. . . . If you love soul-stirring romance with a sprinkle of humor and fun- don’t miss this one!"

J.R. Richardson Fics - Excerpt & Review
Charlie and his extra-wide smile came over to congratulate the happy couple. He was Max’s only friend in the city besides Kendall. Emma knew him from the hospital. He was the paramedic all the triage nurses flirted with when he brought someone into the ER. Emma could admit there was something attractive about his dark brown hair and green eyes that were always smiling.

"It's no secret, I adore Amy's writing. This series is so much fun. Her personality shines through every page and her characters make me want to call my family up and tell them how much I love them despite our differences."

Deal Sharing Aunt - Songs that Inspired The Best Laid Plans
I love to take a song and imagine what the rest of the story might be. Sometimes I only need one line to catch my attention. That was how The Best Laid Plans came to be. It was inspired by two songs. . . . The first one is Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing”.

Southern Chelle - Review & Excerpt
"I loved Charlie in “The Better Man” and was quite surprised to find him falling hard for The Nightingale. I love Amy Vastine’s writing, style, and characters so far. I can’t wait for Chicago Sisters #3 and learn more about Lucy and her life."

The closer she got, the warmer he felt. He practiced greeting her in his head, trying to sound cool. Then she smiled and he lost the ability to speak.

Letters From Annie (Douglas) Lima - Luck of the Irish
Charlie doesn’t need luck, though. Luck doesn’t win you love. Charlie gets the girl because of who he chooses to be each and every day. Sometimes we have a little bit more control over our destiny than we think. Don’t chase the rainbow, looking for the pot of gold. BE the rainbow and the pot will come to you!

Wishful Endings - Interview
1. What is your favorite thing about the Chicago Sisters Series?
I am the only girl in a family of three. I have always wondered what it would be like to grow up with two sisters instead of two brothers. These stories allowed me to pretend. I am envious of sisters who have built-in friends in each other. The Everhart sisters are friends as well as family and even though the stories focus is on the romance, the sisters are special to me!


i blog 4 books - Review
I absolutely adored The Best Laid Plans! I was immediately drawn into the story and couldn't get enough! After reading The Better Man, I enjoyed picking up with Emma and seeing her fall in love.

Plans 2“It’s fine, just cold.” Charlie reached over and pressed her hand and the ice pack back against his face. She was so close that it made his heart beat faster. Thank goodness he wasn’t hooked up to any machines that would’ve given him away.

"The romance is so sweet and the story has a lot of action and humor as well. The characters are very well-developed…too bad they aren’t real! You’ll totally fall in love with this book! It is definitely one you need to add to your TBR piles. Put it on the top!"

“You know the cute paramedic?” Tessa’s interest in Charlie was bothersome, and that in and of itself was even more bothersome. Charlie could date whomever he wanted. It shouldn’t matter to Emma one bit.

"I was immediately drawn into the story and fell in love with all of the characters. . . . I enjoyed the family-oriented feel to the story and camaraderie that Charlie has with his co-workers. I loved the chemistry and the realizations that are made. This is recommended to all those readers who love a good, clean, fun romance."

Getting Your Read On - Review & Excerpt
"I fell in love with Charlie long before Emma did. Haha. He is awesome and so, so, so incredibly patient."

Charlie faced her, that easy smile on his face. “I love the new look, Nightingale,” he said without hesitation. “You look gorgeous.”

I Am A Reader - Meet Emma Everhart
plans
Emma is the youngest of the Everhart sisters, who all star in the Chicago Sisters series. Emma is a nurse, like her mother before her. She works in the ER of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago. Emma is bright and determined. She knows what she wants and always gets it.


Colorimetry - Meet Charlie Fletcher
Charlie Fletcher is my favorite hero so far. He’s a six foot four, green-eyed, fun-loving paramedic who wears his heart on his sleeve. There really isn’t anything not to love about him.

The Best Laid Plans (Chicago Sisters, #2)The Best Laid Plans
(Chicago Sisters #2)
Amy Vastine
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 368 Pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming


She planned on falling in love. Just not with him!

Emma Everhart's life is going according to plan. Finish nursing school with flying colours… Check. Get a great job in the ER… Check. Marry a handsome doctor and have two babies, three years apart… Not quite yet. But with a dreamy new doctor joining the hospital staff, she's so close she can almost taste the wedding cake. Now is not the time to let the tall, dark and flirtatious paramedic Charlie Fletcher distract her! He may be the best date and best kiss she's ever had, but he's definitely not part of her plan. No matter how he makes her feel…



The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
(Chicago Sisters #1)
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance…until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?


Author picAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn’t make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming – a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FREE ebook: Fields of Elisium by AB Wheelan #ParanormalRomance

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Character Interview with Britt Bowen from Covering Home by Heidi McCahan

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

Covering HomeCovering Home
Heidi McCahan
Adult Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 310 Pages
January 18th 2015 by Snug Corner Cove Press


On assignment in Japan, television personality turned sportscaster Britt Bowen is determined to land an interview with the most reclusive pitcher in baseball and prove she can succeed in a demanding profession. A relationship with a self-absorbed professional athlete is the last thing Britt needs. 

Shunning all media attention, former All-Star pitcher Caleb Scott is focused on rebuilding his career in Japan, far from his past and the horrible tragedy that nearly ruined him. Then he meets Britt, who is everything he vowed to avoid. 

But it doesn’t take long before Caleb is battling his attraction toward Britt. While she works to uncover his secrets, she can’t deny she’s drawn to his wounded soul. At a crossroads, Caleb must decide if he can break free from his past mistakes and give love another chance. And Britt must choose between advancing her career … or falling in love.

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Heroine Interview: Britt Bowen from Covering Home

What’s your favorite book?

I don’t have much time to read anything for fun during baseball season, but the last book I read that really stuck with me was The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

On a date, would you prefer an adrenaline-fueled adventure or a romantic candlelit dinner?

Oh, tough question. I love the adrenaline rush of a new adventure. But since it’s a date, I’d enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner.

What kind of drink do you order at Starbucks?

Venti skinny vanilla latte

If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would you choose?

Oh, wow. Only three? There are so many people I’d love to interview. My mother, because she died the day I was born. Obviously, we’d have a lot to talk about. Jane Chastain, because she was a pioneer for women in sports broadcasting. She must have some incredible stories and I’d love to say thank you for blazing a trail for those who followed her. Eric Liddell, the Scottish Olympic athlete, whose life story is portrayed in Chariots of Fire.

When you book a vacation, do you go to the beach or the mountains?

The beach! I’m a California girl.

Which baseball stadium is your favorite?

I think I’ve seen them all at this point, at least in the United States. I’m still partial to AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Tell us something unique about you.

I was the co-host of a morning talk show in San Francisco before I switched to sports broadcasting for professional baseball.

Do you have a quote that inspires you?

I have many. Here’s one I’ve focused on lately: “Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
-Ephesians 4:29.

My mouth can get me in trouble sometimes and this is a reminder to watch what I say, both professionally and personally.

What’s the best gift you could ever receive?

A long, relaxing weekend at the beach, preferably Santa Cruz or Monterey, California.




Heidi McCahanHeidi McCahan is a Pacific Northwest girl at heart. She spent her formative years in Alaska, where her unique upbringing, coupled with Alaska's breathtaking scenery, fueled her active imagination and loosely inspired her debut novel, Unraveled

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband, Steve. They currently live in North Carolina with their three boys. 

When Heidi isn't stepping on Legos, chauffeuring the boys around suburbia or watching one of their many sporting events, she loves to read and write heartwarming romance.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Grand Finale: The Accidental Wife by @SimiKRao on @PrismBookTours

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We're blitzing the Grand Finale for the TRAVELING INDIA TOUR for
The Accidental Wife
By Simi K. Rao

LAST DAY to get Inconvenient Relations for FREE!!

Inconvenient Relations (Arranged Match #1)
Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.

This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao's Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues.

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Did you get a taste for India as we explored a little bit of the culture? 
If you missed any stops, go back and check them out now!

He frowned, straining to decipher her features obscured by deep shadow. “Deepika?”

“Naa…, not Deepika.” She stepped forward into the light, a bright smile illuminating her strikingly graceful features.

His heart sank. Not Deepika.

“I am Naina—the girl you married. Goodbye, Rihaan.”


Coffee Books & Art - Sari: Traditional Costume or Functional Attire?
The image of a woman wearing a sari conjures up both the remarkable beauty of women and the exquisite artistry of textile and embroidery. The sari is a garment created from a single piece of fabric five to nine yards. Its ingenious design allows for wrapping around a woman’s body in different ways. This allows for a variety of effects: stunning traditional gown, alluring eveningwear, or simple utilitarian work attire.

Mythical Books - Sensual Spices & Excerpt
It is one thing to prepare food for ourselves because we need to eat. It’s mealtime, we’re hungry, what do we have in the cupboard? But it is a whole different thing to cook a special dish or an entire feast because we want to shower someone we love with a caring gesture.

Rihaan stepped into the tiny kitchen to find it dwarfed by his lanky frame. Folding wiry arms across his chest, he leaned gingerly against the wall and watched as she went about her task in a haphazard fashion. Her attempts at putting on a show of neatness and method were failing hopelessly.

Rihaan gave a wry shrug.

“Okay, then let your mom choose your wife and live happily ever after with my blessings,” Rudy said, grinning widely.

“No! Never! I can’t!”


It's like I can't describe it- but The Accidental Wife had me HOOKED! I loved how Naina and Rihaan slowly fell for each other, how things kept happening thatnmept them from being together, it was so realistic, how they let their pride get in the way of things, how they decided to stick to their stubborn ideals despite the obvious love and desire they were feeling! . . . All I can say is- for an insight into Indian Society- READ THIS!

Sarah's StoryLines - Indian Elephants + Excerpt
Inside it, she found some clothes just like the oversized ones hanging in the closet. They were of no interest to her. What caught her eye was a beautiful silk sari, tie-dyed in a rainbow of colors with decorated elephants marching along the borders and tiny shiny mirrors that caught the light and sparkled like diamonds. She flung it around her neck like a shawl and felt deeply comforted by the strong fragrance of sandalwood.

He soon found himself engaged in the activity of browsing through the huge databanks of boys and girls seeking potential life partners. He was shocked at the variety he saw and equally surprised at the way they presented themselves, especially how particular they were about the kind of mate they wanted. It was just as Rudy had described—a huge marriage market.

Finally after having amused himself for a few hours, Rihaan fell asleep thinking there might just be a solution to all his problems.



“I’m getting married. Time to celebrate.”

His mother, as he’d guessed she would, immediately dismissed him. “Rihaan, if that’s supposed to be a joke then it is a very bad one.”

“Maa… I’m telling the truth,” Rihaan said. “I’ve found a suitable girl and the deal is set.”

alwaysjoart - Heroines in Literature and Real Life & Excerpt
Who is your favorite heroine? With so many incredible women in literature who are often trailblazers for women in real life, it is hard to choose just one.

He emerged a few minutes later with a Wonder Woman pin that he fastened to her coat.


Mary Terrani - Review
The Accidental Wife had me hooked from the start. I love reading about different cultures and this is a perfect example of it. The depth of the characters and how real they came across had me wanting more. I couldn’t put it down.

Beck Valley Books - The Tradition Behind Arranged Marriages
Marriage is a sacred relationship. It is not just the meeting of two individuals but of two souls. Its purpose is for the continuation of family and to practice one’s Dharma. There is no concept of divorce. Once married, a couple is wedded for life. Divorce is a modern concept introduced through the Hindu Marriage Act of India.

The Accidental WifeThe Accidental Wife
Simi K. Rao
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 270 Pages
March 4th 2015

Some accidents are meant to happen…

Dr. Rihaan Mehta is a brilliant young neurosurgeon who has no inclination for love or marriage. According to him wives and girlfriends are annoying accessories that one can do without. But when his mother dangles the sword over his head in classic Bollywood style, he succumbs, and sets out in search of a bride who would fit his 'requirements'. But can Rihaan deal with what he gets instead?


Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in both northern and southern India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. Inconvenient Relations is her first published novel.

The inspiration for this book, and her other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world. A practicing physician, Rao lives in Denver with her family.



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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Meet Charlie Fletcher in The Best Laid Plans by Amy Vastine @PrismBookTours

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Best Laid Plans (Chicago Sisters, #2)The Best Laid Plans
(Chicago Sisters #2)
Amy Vastine
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 368 Pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming


She planned on falling in love. Just not with him!

Emma Everhart's life is going according to plan. Finish nursing school with flying colours… Check. Get a great job in the ER… Check. Marry a handsome doctor and have two babies, three years apart… Not quite yet. But with a dreamy new doctor joining the hospital staff, she's so close she can almost taste the wedding cake. Now is not the time to let the tall, dark and flirtatious paramedic Charlie Fletcher distract her! He may be the best date and best kiss she's ever had, but he's definitely not part of her plan. No matter how he makes her feel…


The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
(Chicago Sisters #1)
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance…until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?



Hi and thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today. I am so excited to be here and to introduce you to my hero from my newest book, The Best Laid Plans. Charlie Fletcher is my favorite hero so far. He’s a six foot four, green-eyed, fun-loving paramedic who wears his heart


on his sleeve. There really isn’t anything not to love about him.


Charlie is the youngest of five children and the only boy. His sisters are nothing less than a total pain in his butt. His two oldest sisters, Kristin and Mandy, fight. All the time. They’re in constant competition with one another. It tends to make family gatherings a little tense. His other two sisters, Candice and Becca, are twins. Charlie is closest to the twins but they both have some big secrets to reveal in the story.


Charlie’s other family are the men and women he works with at the firehouse. Charlie is a paramedic and spends much of his time at Station 22. The guys there are no different than brothers, which means they also fight and tease one another like brothers. At the same time, they have one another’s backs. No one is ever left behind and when one of them is in trouble, they all are there for him. A couple of the firefighters find that out firsthand in the story.


Charlie also has several interesting personality traits. One being that he loves to give people nicknames. If you read The Better Man, the first book in the Chicago Sisters series, you already met Charlie and got a feel for his panache for nicknames. His best friend and neighbor is Floor Three. His sister who lives in Colorado and is a ski instructor is Snow Bum. The nurse he’s fallen in love with is his Nightingale.


Charlie lightheartedness also makes him endearing. He’s also a silver-lining kind of guy. Optimistic and a positive thinker, Charlie can see the bright side to any situation. It’s not easy to bring him down (trust me, I know this from experience!) I do put poor Charlie through the wringer. He deals with some disappointment in the story that, in the end, makes him appreciate what he’s got that much more. I promise he gets his happily ever after!



My favorite thing about Charlie is the way he loves Emma. Charlie loves with his whole heart. He doesn’t hold back. It’s what makes him so irresistible. But what I love the most is that he learns he’s worthy of being loved back that much as well.


Well, there you have it. I hope you’ll give Charlie a chance to make an impression on you. He’s worth it, I promise!


Author picAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn’t make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming – a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

My 3-5 Star Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

The Kiss of Deception
by Mary E Pearson

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Important:  This was published last July and the next in the series won't come out 'til July '15.

I picked up this book at the library b/c some of my fav authors recommended it. I like books with great review quotes on the back cover!  My expectations were, therefore, a tad high and I might've be a bit picky about the story.

The pace, for me, was meanderingly slow with lots of extra details thrown in that I wasn't overly concerned about. I didn't think very much of Lia's idea to run away in the first place, it was a bit shocking even after reading the premise, and I wasn't endeared to her awesome choices along the way.

For example, all this time is spent on her great skills at covering her tracks, but it's not like everyone doesn't find her, so that was a lot of word count from 3+ perspectives for no apparent reason. For me. I mean, it's nice and gives her a bit of credibility, but it also proves how little she grasps of the big picture.

At once point one of the other characters comments on how much more good Lia could do from the palace if she chose and I totally agreed. If you care about a situation, use what leverage you have to improve things. So, anyway... I wasn't too excited about the first half of the book. None of the characters wowed me. I really didn't respect anyone.

But then I had to actually put the book down in total frustration because Lia apparently decides to follow this idea of abandoning everything she was ever meant to be and fall in love with whoever she wants to. The blackberry picking scene is quite pivotal (although how thrilled was I to go blackberry picking?)  Lia quite obviously loves who I felt was the wrong guy!!

I'm sooooo glad I kept reading b/c this is when everything picks up speed. All those choices catch up with everyone and we quit playing festival games and the world does this TOTALLY AWESOME switcheroo with who's who.  When Lia is kidnapped, I had to stop reading and go back to the beginning and verify that I had guessed some things incorrectly.

There was a moment of "What?!" Followed by "Saweeeeeet!!!!!"  And then I loved the book. Lol. The story is about deception and I fell for it and that's totally awesome.

Lia steps into her responsibility in her thoughts, even though she can't in action. The other two main characters, the prince and the assassin, also grow up into their characters. It's like all of them fill themselves out a bit and the entire story, past, present & future, falls into place and finds it's foundation. I see how they need to grow and how each faces decisions that could bend their futures and change their characters, but it's like I could finally SEE them all. So all that irritating stuff before was a smoke screen.  It still irritated, but now I didn't mind it quite as much.

We also ditched Pauline for a bit, who spent the irritating smoke screen progressing from honorable to whiney. That girl needed a challenge to wake up and quit fussing. It helps that she's heading into an awakening for herself when the story is cut off.

Yeah, the story abruptly ends. Until the last 50 pgs, I had naively thought this story would be complete in itself. What else would I assume if we had time to go pick blackberries? But no... the story picks up pace exponentially the closer we get to the end, expanding along with the characters and the world view 'til we reach an abrupt edge, both literally and figuratively.

I cannot wait to read the next book. I'm completely committed to everyone, from the individuals to the kingdoms at stake. Even if the author tortures me by meandering through silly details, I've caught on to the promise of MORE going on even if I don't see it and I won't fall asleep on the story again.

First half of the story earns 3 stars for good writing but obnoxious details and slow progress, not to mention irritating relationships.  The second half earns 5 stars for pulling such a great surprise and showing that great stuff really is going on... with pace of story, character depth and world building. I'm meeting the two in the middle at 4 stars for The Kiss of Deception, but I want to read the next book, The Heart of Betrayal, as if this series has the potential of being a favorite in 2015.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Love finds you... Covering Home by Heidi McCahan on @PrismBookTours

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Covering Home
By Heidi McCahan

Can a sportscaster and a professional baseball player be open to unexpected love?

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Learn more about Covering Home and Author Heidi McCahan

1. What’s the motivation behind your book? Why did you want to write it?
The original inspiration for Covering Home came from a call for submissions from a publisher. They wanted a novella set in Tokyo, Japan and it had to include a bat, a bell and an angel. I had visited Japan before and attended a baseball game, so I had some personal experience to fuel my imagination. But once I started writing, Britt and Caleb were such fun characters to hang out with, I couldn’t stop at a novella. So I wrote a clean, full-length romance with a subtle, inspirational message … exactly the kind of book I like to read.

2. What do you hope readers take with them when they read your book?
The nicest thing a reader can say to an author is, “I just could not put your book down.” When someone tells me that, I’m overjoyed. So I hope readers turn the last page with a contented sigh, yet wish they had just a little more time with the characters. On a deeper level, I hope readers recognize that I write from a Christian world view and God is a God of second chances, who can redeem us from hard seasons.

3. Do you have a favorite scene?
I have three. But if I had to choose one, there is a scene with the hero and heroine riding a Ferris wheel that is both amusing and romantic. I enjoyed writing it and I hope readers enjoy it, too.

4. Tell us something unique about yourself: 
I grew up in Alaska, which is somewhat unique. My parents owned a small business for most of my childhood and I find that aspect of my upbringing influencing the stories I write in so many ways including themes, character development, setting.

Covering HomeCovering Home
Heidi McCahan
Adult Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 310 Pages
January 18th 2015 by Snug Corner Cove Press


On assignment in Japan, television personality turned sportscaster Britt Bowen is determined to land an interview with the most reclusive pitcher in baseball and prove she can succeed in a demanding profession. A relationship with a self-absorbed professional athlete is the last thing Britt needs. 

Shunning all media attention, former All-Star pitcher Caleb Scott is focused on rebuilding his career in Japan, far from his past and the horrible tragedy that nearly ruined him. Then he meets Britt, who is everything he vowed to avoid. 

But it doesn’t take long before Caleb is battling his attraction toward Britt. While she works to uncover his secrets, she can’t deny she’s drawn to his wounded soul. At a crossroads, Caleb must decide if he can break free from his past mistakes and give love another chance. And Britt must choose between advancing her career … or falling in love.

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Heidi McCahanHeidi McCahan is a Pacific Northwest girl at heart. She spent her formative years in Alaska, where her unique upbringing, coupled with Alaska's breathtaking scenery, fueled her active imagination and loosely inspired her debut novel, Unraveled

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband, Steve. They currently live in North Carolina with their three boys. 

When Heidi isn't stepping on Legos, chauffeuring the boys around suburbia or watching one of their many sporting events, she loves to read and write heartwarming romance.


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