Saturday, July 8, 2017

Author's Corner: Margaret Brownley

Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose...

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice and Award of Excellence. She’s a former Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap.  She is currently working on a new series.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English.  Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence. Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California.

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I stumbled upon Ms. Brownley's books about three years ago. Not sure how I discovered her, but I picked up High Button Shoes I was hooked right off the bat. Fun western settings, humor and romance. I've read about ten of her books so far, but plan on reading all of them. I have a bit of catching up to do, but it's a challenge I look forward to accomplishing. I really do enjoy her books and storytelling. The books I've read so far have all be fun reads with likable characters and fun romances. She's re-written some of her earlier works to be "clean" versions, and some have Christian elements, but of the ones I've read its pretty mild and not "preachy" IMO. Just good clean western fun! haha

Ms. Brownley has quite a few series to choose from, and went with the first book I read of hers, High Button Shoes.

This one grabbed me right from the start and I had a hard time putting it down. The story and characters were engaging and I enjoyed the unique plot of the heroine being a shoe maker. When Maggie’s husband became ill she had him teach her his shoemaking business. When he passes away she uses it as a way to support her two children. I liked Maggie, she has a lot of spunk and is always trying to do the right thing. I liked Dominick quite a bit, he loved to tease Maggie about him being an outlaw. They are forced into a fake relationship and it was fun to watch the sparks fly. I thought the story was fun and kept me entertained.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel

Sweet Regrets (Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series, #5)Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another hit! I really enjoy Ms. Peel's books and was looking forward to this one for awhile. It's book five in the Indigo Bay series, but stands well on its own. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

I am a sucker for second chance romances and always enjoy seeing couples get a second chance at love. Melanie and Declan have a sweet romance, they grew up together and dated in high school. Chance would have it that they're reunited when Declan has business with Melanie's father. She's just gotten out of a messy divorce, pregnant and currently trying to figure out her life. I liked both Melanie and Declan and enjoyed their story. I also loved the setting of Indigo Bay! Charming town that makes you want to pack up and visit.

Cute story, likable characters, fun setting and a sweet romance!

Content: Clean

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Summer Book Trek 2017

It's that time of year again, the Summer Book Trek hosted by New LDS Fiction! I've participated the past few years and always have a good time, and even win a few books which is always fun! Participation is easy, you simply read books written by LDS authors and write reviews to win free books! While written by LDS authors, they don't have to have LDS themes - in fact, most of the ones I read have no Christian elements at all. This has been a great way to find new authors and great new books. It's also been a fun way to find other reviewers to follow.

So here is my list for the month, will update as I go...

Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel
The Devil in Beauty by Heidi Ashworth
Romancing Daphne by Sarah Eden
His Mysterious Lady by GG Vandagriff
A Holiday in Bath Collection
Once Upon a Wish by Danyelle Ferguson
Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright
Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart by Jennifer Moore
Secret of India Orchid by Nancy Allen


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Author's Corner - Rachael Renee Anderson


Welcome to our newest Book Blog Meme hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month Author's Corner will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

We love finding and sharing amazing authors with others, we thought this would be the perfect way to share the love not only with other bookworms but with the authors that we absolutely adore! So... without further adieu...



Rachael has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. I just really click with her books and love recommending them to people. I've been lucky enough to even meet her in person, and she was SO nice! I was pregnant with my twinners at the time and had my baby Josh with me. It was at an author book signing at B&N, there were a bunch of authors there and when I saw Rachael I was so excited, because I just loved her books. We chatted for a bit and have stayed in touch since.

While it was easy choosing Rachael to spotlight, it was a little harder narrowing down a favorite book of hers to showcase. For me, all her books are five star reads. She has a smooth writing style that really sucks you into the story. Likable characters with fun plots and I'm hooked every time. I decided to go with Working It Out, I really loved the characters in this one and the plot. Lots of fun chemistry, and it's one I think everyone would enjoy.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Choice to Boycott Simon & Schuster

**Update 06/05/17-- I had to go digging because Simon & Schuster has yet to release an official statement, and now I know why. I found this response from them on a comment on their Facebook page "Thank you for your comment. Our authors' opinions and comments on issues unrelated to their books are theirs alone." In other words, THEY DON'T CARE. I still with my decision to no longer review or purchase books published by them.

I don't want to get into politics, for me reading and my review blog is meant to be a fun escape from the sometimes serious cares of the world. However, since this particular issue actually involves a children's book author and the publishing industry, I wanted to share my thoughts.

As I'm sure many of you are aware, the "comedian" Kathy Griffin posted a disturbing and offensive picture to her Twitter account the other day. Of course, there was a lot of uproar over it and one author at Simon & Schuster (Ken Jennings) decided to chime in. His target for his attack ended up being that of the President's son, an innocent eleven-year-old boy, who should be completely off limits to any kind of political attack. Or any attack really. If you haven't seen his Tweet yet, here it is...


Politics aside, where is this man's empathy? Can you imagine an 11yo child sitting at home when up on the TV screen appears a picture of their father, beheaded and bloody. By all accounts, this was a very traumatic experience for the young boy. When Mr. Jennings learns that the child was upset about the photo, he takes to twitter to MOCK the child for his obvious trauma. It's disgusting. Not only has he left his offensive tweet up, but he has doubled down on his post and has issued no apology.

I took a moment to look over his twitter feed and found that this incident is not a unique one. He can be found mocking the disabled, the dead and he thinks rape is funny. And I'm sure there are many more of these sprinkled throughout his feed.  His sense of "humor" leaves a lot to be desired, I guess nothing is off limits for him.




It took me a minute to place who Jennings was, I vaguely remember him doing well on Jeopardy. I haven't thought of him since and had no idea he wrote children's books. I was stunned when I found that out yesterday, that someone who makes a living writing books for CHILDREN would openly mock a CHILD. I don't care about his political views, or his lame attempts at humor. But I have to draw the line when he abuses a child. And that's what this was... him thinking it was okay to bully an 11yo. And from what I understand, Jennings also has children, one of which is also 11yo. He should know better.

What I find most upsetting is that this man claims to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a faith which teaches that we should love our fellow men and to show kindness to others and to try and become like our Savior, Jesus Christ. Mr. Jennings is not a representative of this great faith, he has not shown kindness or love for others and his disgusting treatment of an innocent child shows his low morals and character.

I know that Simon & Schuster is aware of this situation, I know they have been flooded with complaints and yet they have yet to respond. I thought for sure by this morning they would have at the very least issued some kind of statement, at most a termination of Jenning's contract. Nothing. Their lack of action leads me to believe that they approve of his behavior and must share his views. Because of this, I can no longer support their company. Their complete indifference that one of their children's authors actively bullies a child is unacceptable to me. I hope others will join me in this and not support this author or his publishing company.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Swoony Spotlights - May

Welcome to Swoony Worthy Spotlights, hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Swoon Worthy Spotlights features 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month. We will share the cover(s), our review(s) and a link to each other's post so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

Wow, May was a busy month! I never realized how the end of the school year can be so full of things that need to be done, a lot of which I just didn't get too. I didn't have a lot of free time to read this month, and ended up squeezing in a lot of novellas along the way, here were my favorites for May!





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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Author's Corner - Sarah M Eden


Welcome to our newest Book Blog Meme hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month Author's Corner will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

We love finding and sharing amazing authors with others, we thought this would be the perfect way to share the love not only with other bookworms but with the authors that we absolutely adore! So... without further adieu...



I still remember sitting in my San Diego condo browsing on Goodreads when I came across Sarah's profile. I must have been looking for regencies or something, and up came her books. I read through a few and they totally sounded like something I would like. I immediately jumped over to Amazon where I ordered the only one available (they were out of print at the time). I waited and waited and eventually Amazon contacted me that the book was unavailable. I was SO disappointed. Fast forward and as I was walking through a Seagull Book I came across one of Sarah's books, Courting Miss Lancaster, it was her first to be republished and of course I snapped it up. I knew I would be a life long fan after reading that book and it's still a favorite for me. Since then Sarah has published many more amazing books. I had the opportunity to meet her once at a Regency Tea Party I attended, I was too shy to ask for a picture and now I wish I would have! She was super nice and it was fun meeting one of my favorite authors in "real life."

It was hard narrowing just one book to spotlight, but I really love those Jonquil brothers and I loved this book. Full of witty banter, mystery and a swoony romance you can't go wrong with...

The Jonquil Brothers, Book One

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Friday, May 12, 2017

First Line Friday


Welcome to First Line Friday! This fun meme is easy to do, simply pick up the book you're currently reading and share the very first line! There are some really good first lines out there, they grab you and suck you right into the story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32323490-the-masquerading-groom

The Masquerading Groom by Taylor Hart
Bachelor Billionaire Romance, Book Five - Standalone
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 30, 2016

"As the sun crested over the Tetons, the water went from a dull drown to a clear blue."

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The Masquerading Groom: Bachelor Billionaire RomanceThe Masquerading Groom: Bachelor Billionaire Romance by Taylor Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been reading this series over the weekend, its been fun reading them all together so, but I also love that each story can stand alone. I've also read the series completely out of order, but our hero in this one, Sterling Pennington, is in the others books and I was looking forward to reading his story.

I thought this was a fun one. I liked Sterling and Sayla, they have an unusual courtship, but it works for them. They get to know each other under quickly and while normally I think they'd be moving to fast, it seems to work for them. They have a sweet and accepting kind of relationship that I enjoyed watching come about.

Content
Romance: Clean, just kissing
Language: None
Violence: None
Religious: Secular
Series: Bachelor Billionaire, Book 5

Source: Kindle Unlimited



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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Swoony Spotlights - April

Welcome to Swoony Worthy Spotlights, hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Swoon Worthy Spotlights features 1-3 of our favorite books that we have read during the month. We will share the cover(s), our review(s) and a link to each other's post so you can check out which books we have all chosen!

April has been full of regency reads for me, and it's been awesome. I love this genre, the time period and storylines are always so much fun. To be honest, it can be hard to find good regencies out there, but when you do find a good one...sigh, it's heaven. Here are a few that really stood out to me...

by Karen Tuft
Traditional Regency Romance

This is not only a favorite for this month, but an overall favorite for me. This truly captured the regency feel, loved the characters and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! A bit of a forbidden-love story, with charming characters.

A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorn House, Prequel) 
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Regency Romance

Adorable! I really enjoyed this lighthearted regency. Endearing characters and a fun plot. A great introduction to the series (which I read out of order). One of my favorite things in novels is a funny "meet cute" and this one was great!

An Elegant Fa├žade (Hawthorn House, #2)
by Kristi Ann Hunter
Regency Romance

Great character development and an interesting story. I always enjoy the whole "enemies to lovers" plots and thought it was really well done in this one. Great read and a fun regency series overall.

Secrets of a Spinster (Arrangements, #3)
by Rebecca Connolly
Regency Romance

Friends to lovers trope, and my favorite of the Arrangement series, I loved the characters and story. I thought it was well written and kept me glued to the pages.  Looking forward to many more books by Ms. Connolly.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Lady of Esteem (Hawthorne House, #0.5)A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charming!

I really enjoyed this one. I was hooked from the start, Amelia is such a fun heroine and finds herself in embarrassing situations and making endearing faux pas. The former Raeburn Rake, Lord Anthony is captivated by her, and their interactions are so fun. Amelia feels more comfortable with the servants than she does with the ton, and I enjoyed her relationship with them and thought they played a fun role in the story. Anthony was a likable character, I liked that his transformation from was refreshing. It seems so many times in regencies the guy only changes after meeting the heroine (and I have a hard time believing they've actually changed). I liked in this case, he had changed on his own and had been reformed for a few years.

This is a novella and pretty lighthearted, I felt the end wrapped up a tad quickly and would have liked another chapter or two to wrap things up. But overall, was very satisfied with the story and of course loved the characters. A fun regency and one I'd will definitely read again.

Content
Romance: Clean
Language: None
Violence: None
Religious: Mild
Series: Hawthorn House, Prequel book

Source: Purchased

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Come Vote for May

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So... we have decided to start our monthly book chats up again! And I have been chosen to pick the books for the month of May. I have to tell you it's a lot harder than I thought it would be! Props to Kathy for doing it so many months in a row... ;) Now... let's see which book we will be reading... On your mark... get set... vote!
 
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