Saturday, July 17, 2021

Free Regency Romance Today Only!

I really enjoyed Heidi Kimball's regency romance Where the Stars Meet the Sea and it's free today only! (You can see my full review HERE) You won't want to miss this one!

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Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes’s domineering will. When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet’s only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her. Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temper and insults the man—who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society’s rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, her scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.

Friday, July 16, 2021

My New Story is on Kindle Vella!

Have you heard of Kindle Vella? 

It's Amazon's new program where authors can upload a chapter at a time of a book and readers can follow, like, or comment on the story and the chapter. I've decided to try it out so I'm doing the first book in my new romantic suspense series, Worth the Risk on Vella! 

I'm so excited about this! Click HERE to read the first two chapters in my story. Read, follow, favorite, and tell me what you think! 

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Homeland Security officer Tyler Coughlin discovers that surface-to-air missile systems are being offered on the black market and Quinn Parker--a legend in the field for her ability to get the job done---will be sent in undercover. Tyler will be Quinn's backup, but when the mission goes wrong his hacking skills and her expertise in the spy game will be the only thing keeping them from certain death. Can they stay alive long enough to bring down those who want to hurt the U.S. in any way possible?

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Freebie for Romance Fans!

If you are having a busy summer, but still need a little romance, this collection of summer wedding novellas---bite-sized romances---are perfect for you. And it's free today!

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LOVE BYTES by Melanie Jacobson
Bree is the maid-of-honor and Dallen is the best-man. While they plan and plot over email and texting, Bree realizes that the best part about the Maui wedding might be meeting Dallen. She just hopes that he’ll feel the same way.

ROMEO AND JULIE-EX by Julie Wright
“Romeo” turns out to be a two-timing jerk, and when Juliet Moore’s pre-ordered wedding dress arrives from UPS, Juliet curses everything male. In a stubborn streak, she decides to keep the bridal photography appointment—when Juliet shows up for the appointment and meets photographer Jack Montague, she might have to take back some of her curses on men.

THE MELTDOWN MATCH by Rachael Anderson
Courtney spends each summer in her hometown of Heimel, Alaska, to find inspiration for her next novel. But when she runs into former high school friend, Mitch Winters, and they both win the Meltdown Match—a traditional dating contest—Courtney discovers that leaving her hometown at the end of the summer might not be so easy this time.

GOLDEN SUNRISE by Annette Lyon
Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she's putting her heart in harm’s way a second time.

TIDE POOLS by Heather B. Moore
Lexi makes a quick trip to Hawaii to attend her friend’s wedding, and she discovers that the engaged couple, Sydney and Apelu, are still trying to match-make for her. Lexi laughs because not only does their friend David have a serious girlfriend, but he owns a restaurant on the island. But when Lexi meets David, she has a hard time remembering why all of her plans were so important.

Abby is helping her sister, Caroline, plan her British wedding. That’s right, Caroline is obsessed with all things British and insists on an authentic wedding in . . . Oregon. When they arrive at Sainsbury House reception hall, it has everything Caroline loves, and the host, Matthew Carlton, even has a British accent. Yet Abby isn’t buying the whole good-looking-British man with impeccable manners thing; she’s determined to expose him as a fake. But the more Abby gets to know Matthew, the more she realizes how wrong she really is.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Book Review: Ace High

Contemporary Fiction Review by Lauren

Kellie Prosper is an accomplished therapist whose life didn’t turn out exactly the way she planned it. Coming out of a messy divorce, she finally has the closure she needs to move on. Fortunately, she has a brother with cute friends that help around the family ranch. For what seems like the first time, she notices the handsome Lars, her brother’s best friend and local rodeo star. As they explore their feeling for one another, a romance begins to blossom that keeps the reader enthralled and enjoying every minute of this book.

Ace High is an adorable romance novel that not only will satisfy your need for a cute love story, but also brings in real-life issues such as mental health and divorce in a very sensitive way. This book takes you on the ups and downs of navigating a new relationship, and how worth it is to work on hard things together.

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Here's the back copy:

Sometimes second chances are waiting when you least expect them.

Lars Jackson isn’t purposely hanging around Lost Creek to see Kellie Prosper more. All right, maybe he is. She’s single now, and well, he knows she’s been through a lot. Maybe he can be a listening ear. Something more would be a dream of his, but he’s good at waiting. Before Kellie’s divorce, he’d just kept his focus on his bronc riding career. But now . . .

Kellie Prosper is busier than she’s ever been. Running the Broken Hearts Ranch, bringing on new clients, and balancing all the changes in Lost Creek. At least her brother Ryan is there to help, though when Lars Jackson, one of the Original Six, starts hanging around more, Kellie feels . . .  She doesn’t know exactly what she feels. But appreciation is just the beginning.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Freebie for Regency Romance Fans!

Regency romance fans, Karen Thornell's novella Pursuing Miss Hall is free today! I haven't read this one, but it looks cute so I thought I'd pass the deal along. 

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Nathaniel Blake has been in love with his best friend, Meg, for as long as he can remember. Though a gentleman himself, his status in Society is inarguably below Meg’s own. Determined to avoid the label of “fortune hunter,” Nathaniel has long concealed the feelings of his heart. But when Meg’s parents determine to throw a house party for the sole purpose of marrying her off, it is clear that idleness is no longer an option.

The daughter of a wealthy baronet, Margaret Hall has always known she is expected to marry well. After illness forced Meg to miss her first London Season, her mother is not willing to allow her to sit off the marriage mart for too long. There is to be a house party that will include three eligible men for her to choose from. Meg is determined to make her parents proud. Still, she cannot help but be grateful that her closest friend, Nathan, has been invited as well. But when Meg begins to develop feelings that are far beyond friendship, will she have the courage to choose her own happiness over duty?

Monday, July 12, 2021

Book Review: Inventing Vivian

Inventing Vivian is the next installment in the Blue Orchid Society series and I was really excited to read this one. Jennifer Moore is one of my favorite authors and she doesn't disappoint in this Victorian romance.

Vivian loves science and experiments, but of course her brilliant mind is not accepted in society. In fact, she has felt the sting of being asked to leave a club for young scientists when she was a girl, but now she is grown and has dreamed of going to the International Exhibition of Industry and Science. She needs a recommendation from a peer of the realm and is struggling to find someone to help her, when she receives an anonymous benefactor. 

Lord Benedict has returned from China upon the death of his older brother. He is trying to find his footing as the new heir, when he meets Vivian in a most unusual way. He is attracted to her uniqueness, but because of an unfortunate event when they were children, she is not anxious to be more than acquaintances. Lord Benedict finds a way he can help her by being her anonymous sponsor at the Exhibition, but when the secret is revealed, will it ruin his hopes regarding Vivian?

I really enjoyed Vivian's character and her inventions. She is such a memorable character, with depth and passion for her craft. I loved her interactions with Lord Benedict as they begin to see each other in a different light. There really were some laugh-out-loud moments between those two! There is also a little murder mystery near the end of the book which also showcases Vivian's talents and her deepening feelings for Lord Benedict. 

I thought the author did a wonderful job with the details and setting, especially bringing in a little bit of Chinese culture through Lord Benedict's best friend Zhang Wei. Lord Benedict was a hero who needed a bit of guidance, but wasn't afraid to ask for it. He wanted to do right by those around him, and was so endearing in his attempts to woo Vivian. Inventing Vivian is a wonderful addition to the series, and one for my rainy day shelf!  

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Here's the back copy:

Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Freebie Friday for Romance Fans!

If you need a romance to read this weekend, Not Over You, by Heather B. Moore is free today! I haven't read this one, but it looks like a cute second chance romance. 

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Here's the back copy:

He left her behind. She’s spent years ignoring him. But some things can never be forgotten.

Knox Prosper knows he can never go back in time and correct his mistakes, so he has to find a way to move forward, and start a new life. Become a better man, and a father, if only for his young daughter. His regrets have taught him to simplify and to focus on what’s real and important. Returning to his hometown to ride in the rodeo gives him a chance to spend time with his daughter and to continue mending bridges with the rest of his family. But what he doesn’t expect is to run into Jana Harris—the first woman he loved—the woman who faded from his life years before because Knox continued to mess up one thing after another. Someone as good and as sweet as Jana is the last person he deserves. Hope is dangerous. And hope can break his heart once again. Yet Jana might be the one person with the power to redeem his past once and for all.