Friday, October 13, 2017

Author's Corner: Teresa McCarthy

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...

Teresa McCarthy

A few years ago I discovered Traditional Regency romances, and I was hooked! On my search for good clean regencies I came upon Teresa McCarthy. I read her book The Rejected Suitor and knew I had to get my hands on her other books. I've really enjoyed all of them, even her contemporaries. Sadly, its been a couple years since she's published a book and her online profiles (website, etc) are gone. Not sure what happened, but I still love her books and wanted to do a spotlight on her since I think my followers would enjoy her books as well.

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Teresa has mostly written in the Regency genre, but does have a few spin-off contemporaries that are also a lot of fun. I think she's a great storyteller, her books are well written and have a nice flow to them. She's written about eleven books and I really enjoyed them all. Like I mentioned above, the first book I read of hers was the Rejected Suitor - a fun second-chance at love type story. Lots of great tension, misunderstanding and swoony romance.

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The Cowboy's Accidental Bride by Cindy Roland Anderson

The Cowboy's Accidental Bride: Country Brides & Cowboy BootsThe Cowboy's Accidental Bride: Country Brides & Cowboy Boots by Cindy Roland Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super cute!

I dropped everything when I saw Cindy had a new book out! I didn't even bother reading the synopsis, I just dove right in. That's what I love about having favorite authors, you always know you're going to get a great story.

Ruby was such a likable character, very tough and sweet. I loved that although she had a rough upbringing and messy divorce, she was a devoted mother and kept a positive outlook on life. I love being around people like that and reading about characters like that. Tate was also a fun character, very charming and patient. Ruby and Tate have some great chemistry and wow, who knew hugging could be so swoony?! Needless to say, these two have some great chemistry! I really enjoyed their story and watching them fall in love. I have a seven year old daughter, so I could relate so much to the young girls in this book.

Overall, this was a fun read. Well written, swoony romance and a cozy setting with likable characters. All the things I love in a good book.

Content
Romance: Clean, HUGGING! and kissing
Language: None
Violence: None
Religious: None
Series: Country Brides & Cowboy Boots, stands alone

Source: Kindle Unlimited

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Secret of Secrets Series by Stephanie Connelley Worlton


This was a fun series, each book is a little under 100 pages so I'd recommend just reading them all together as one book. Samantha works for the NSA as a hacker and stumbles upon something she shouldn't. To protect her, they send her into hiding. Under a new identity she continues to work on her project and ends up falling for the handsome neighbor next door. Seth may be handsome and seems almost too good to be true. When the truth comes out and his motives revealed Samantha is left picking up the pieces. Time passes and Samantha just can't let Seth go and starts digging around to find out who he really is. After tracking him down she jumps on a plane and goes after him.

Sounds fun, right? Well, it was. I really liked the idea for this series and while I did enjoy the story I think it could have been a little better. If it had been written as one full-length novel we could have had a little more character and plot development. I go into a little more detail on my Goodreads reviews, but I'll just leave it that I thought it was a fun, light romantic suspense. Nice if you have a couple hours and want to escape for a bit. Of the three, I think the first book was the best. Grabbed my attention and had a fun storyline. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Saving Shadow by Laura Beers

Saving Shadow (The Beckett Files, #1)Saving Shadow by Laura Beers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was excited to try out this debut novel by Laura Beers, it has my favorite regency setting with a fun suspense and isn't that cover awesome!

Lady Elizabeth Beckett is not your typical regency miss, she may be the daughter of a Duke, but is also a spy. Eliza has a close circle of people she actually trusts and takes some time warming up to her new partner, Lord Benedict Sinclair. I enjoyed the idea of Eliza being a spy, which is so not your typical regency heroine. She's good what she does and tries to make the right choices. Eliza and Benedict have good chemistry, and tension. I usually like when the romance is more natural or a little slower building, to where you feel like the H/h have really gotten to know each other and fallen in love. When it happens too quickly, it sometimes looses the believability. But I did think Eliza and Benedict were a good couple and I was rooting for them to get their HEA. The suspense/mystery was well done and kept me interested and wondering how things would all work out.

Regencies purist may have problems with some of the historical details, but overall, I thought this was a fun read and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Beers.

Content
Romance: Clean, mild innuendo and kissing
Language: None
Violence: Mild, talk about kidnapping/prostitution
Series: Beckett Files, Book One

Source: Review Copy


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thrills & Chills Reading Challenge 2017


I have totally been in the whole mystery-suspense reading mood lately so it's perfect timing to join the Thrills and Chills reading Challenge over at New LDS Fiction. This challenge starts today, I did read that the host has been under the weather so there may be a slight delay, but I'm starting my reading today.

What do we read in October?

Books with thrills and chills and things that go bump in the night, of course! This includes Mystery/Suspense, Action/Adventure, and all kinds of Speculative Fiction—for all ages, from Middle Grade to Adult. Every Thrills & Chills* novel by an LDS author that you read and/or review from the genre categories listed below, can earn points to win more books. All you do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter Points page, then wait to win! (No blog needed!)

Mystery/Suspense: Traditional Who-Done-It • Suspense • Psychological Thrillers • Crime Drama • Police Procedurals • Private Investigators • Political Intrigue • Legal & Medical Thrillers • Techno Thrillers • Amateur Sleuths • Cozies

Speculative: Science Fiction • Alien Invasion • Cyberpunk • Dystopian • Post-Apocalyptic • Epic Fantasy • Sword & Sorcery • Fairy Tales & Folk Tales • Myths & Legends • Urban Fantasy • Paranormal • Contemporary Fantasy • Time Travel • Magic • Superheroes • Steampunk • Space Opera • Magical Realism • Horror • Alternate History • Dark Fantasy

Action/Adventure: War & Military • Survival Stories • Pirates • Sea Adventures • Spies

Other: Romantic Suspense & Speculative Romance (if SUSPENSE or SPECULATIVE is the main storyline, and the romance is the supporting storyline)

Since I love making lists, here's the one's I'm hoping to read this month. Not all of them are from LDS authors, but I'll only be entering the LDS authors in the challenge. Lots of fun, spooky reading to  look forward to!

Swoon Worthy Spotlights - September

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!

Sadly, it's been a couple months since I've done one of these. We had a rather busy summer and I haven't been reading as much as I used to. Luckily, things have settled down and I'm finally getting back into reading and have a huge stack of awesome books waiting for me. I only read about ten books this month, but it was still hard narrowing it down to just a couple favorites. I really enjoyed them all. But, these two really stood out for me...

Traditional Regency Romance
Tanglewood Romance - Book Three

Contemporary Romance
A Georgia Moon Romance - Book Three

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Authors Corner: Cindy Roland Anderson

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...

Cindy Roland Anderson


"I write clean, contemporary romance with a combination of humor, romantic tension and some pretty great kissing scenes. I'm lucky to be married to my best friend. I love being a mother and have five amazing children. Our family has expanded by adding a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. I'm a registered nurse and work in the newborn intensive care unit. I love to read, almost as much as I love writing. And I love chocolate, probably a little too much."

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It works out nicely that I decided to spotlight Cindy on a day she has a new book out! I just happened to finish reading it and I loved it! I've really enjoyed all of Cindy's books so it was an easy choice to me to choose her as an author to spotlight. She writes fun, clean contemporary romance. The first book I read of Cindy's was her fun romantic adventure, Discovery Sophie. The cover was what drew me in initially, but I ended up really enjoying the storytelling as well. Cindy was a new-to-me-author at the time, but after reading her first couple books I was hooked. I've been able to get to know Cindy behind the scenes as we worked on a project together awhile back. I really came to admire her and getting to know her outside of her books was a lot of fun. She's an author I would really like to meet in person one day. 

One thing I love about her books are all the cute covers! It was hard narrowing down a favorite, since I enjoy them all... but I went with Under a Georgia Moon! This was a super cute and fun read, it also kicks off the Georgia Moon series, so it's a good place to start if you're wanting to check out her books. 
Under a Georgia MoonAddie Heywood thought she was doing okay after her fiancé dumped her just weeks before their wedding, claiming he’d found someone else more compatible with his health food tastes. But when he marries the other woman three months later, Addie needs to get away. Leaving her home in Idaho, she escapes to Mitchel Creek, Georgia to visit her Aunt Janie. Chase Nichols isn’t looking for love. His dream is to trade his computer mouse for his guitar and make it big in the country music world. If he can land a job in Nashville, he might have a shot at getting discovered. His plans get derailed when he does his neighbor a favor and picks up her niece, Addie, at the airport. Things get even more complicated when his ex-girlfriend comes back into the picture. That’s when he hatches a new plan. Since Addie wants to avoid her aunt’s matchmaking schemes, and he wants to avoid his ex-girlfriend, they’ll fool the world by pretending to date. What neither of them counts on is actually falling in love.

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Blue Moon Kisses by Cindy Roland Anderson

Blue Moon Kisses (Georgia Moon Romance, #3)Blue Moon Kisses by Cindy Roland Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adorable!

I really enjoyed this one! Ashlee has had a childhood crush on her brother's best friend Beau for most of her life, but he only has ever looked at her as a little sister. He joins the military and they go their separate ways. Jump ahead six years and when they both return to their small hometown they're reunited and realize a lot has changed in those six years and she's not so little or sister-like anymore.

I was sucked into this one right from the start and ended up staying up way to late reading, if I didn't have to get my kids up and ready for school the next morning I probably would have stayed up even later to finished. I was actually glad I was able to get my kids off to school and then finish up this morning. I really enjoyed the story and characters. Ashlee and Beau are both likable leads and have amazing chemistry. It's nice that they've known each other for so long and it was fun to watch as they realized their feelings for each other went beyond friendship.

Overall, this was the perfect escape for me. I liked reunited with past characters (stands well on its own) and I love the small-town charm. Definitely a favorite series of mine and one I would totally recommend!

Content
Romance: Clean- Kissing and talk of waiting for marriage
Language: None
Violence: None-Mild...talk of a date(s) getting a little handsy
Religious: None
Series: Georgia Moon series, Book Three. Can stand well on its own

Source: Review copy


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Author's Corner: Christine Feldman

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...


Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts.  She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her ballroom-dancing husband and their beagle.

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I meant to get this post up awhile ago, I'm a little behind. With moving and the kids starting back into school I've been playing catch-up for awhile now. Anyway, I'm a big fan of Christine's books, I wish I could remember how I discovered her, but I am so glad I did. I have really enjoyed each of her books and always look forward to her new releases. She writes Contemporary Romance, they're light and fun and clean! The first book I read of hers was called The Bargain, which was a fun read. I'd have to say my favorite of all her books though was...

All's Fair in Love and Weddings

Prue is on her way to her sisters wedding, who she hasn't seen in a few years. She is determined to make things right between them and won't let anything get in her way. Including handsome Tucker, the guy planning on stopping the wedding. Tucker was a great guy, I mean seriously what guy would be so easy going about all the things Prue put him through. She was hilarious and I admired her determination. They have some great moments together and I found myself laughing at the different messes they got into. If you're looking for a cute, lighthearted, romantic getaway than grab this book! 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Courting the Country Miss
(Courting #2)
by Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?


My Review
There is a reason Ms. Hatch is one of my top favorite Regency authors! I always get so excited when she has a new book coming out and jumped at the chance to joining the tour for Courting the Country Miss. This is a companion novel to Courting the Countess, but stands well on its own. I have really come to enjoy the whole friends-to-lover plots and thought it was handled really well in this one. Leticia is a likable heroine that you can't help rooting for. She has known Tristan a long time and knows how to keep him on his toes. I thought they had great chemistry and it was fun watching their story unfold. Definitely recommend to any regency fan!

Other Books in the Series

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
Courting the Countess
(Courting #1)
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?


About the Author


Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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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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