Saturday, October 31, 2020

10.31.2020 CREATURES BY SHARI LOW

 

On the eve of Evangeline’s wedding, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor of Winter Island, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. From there, in this mesmerizing, provocative debut, Evie remembers and reckons with her complicated upbringing in this lush, wild land off the coast of Southern California. 

Evie grew up with her well-meaning but negligent father, surviving on the money he made dealing the island’s world-famous strain of marijuana, Winter Wonderland. Although he raised her with a deep respect for the elements, the sea, and the creatures living within it, he also left her to parent herself. With wit, love, and bracing ashes of anger, Creatures probes the complexities of love and abandonment, guilt and forgiveness, betrayal and grief—and the ways in which our ability to love can be threatened if we are not brave enough to conquer the past.

Lyrical, darkly funny, and ultimately cathartic, Creatures exerts a pull as strong as the tides.

MY REVIEW:

Thank you to Algonquin Books for having me in this book tour for Creatures by Crissy Van Meter. 

Set in a beautiful island off the coast of Southern California in a lush wild lands of Winter Island is the heart breaking story of Evie. In a series of unfortunate events occur in the eve of Evie's wedding with a dead whale trapped in the harbor, her fiancee late from returning from his trip out at sea, and her estranged mother shows up to complicate matters. 

As all these issues are crashing down at Evie, she looks back at her dysfunctional up bringing from parents who were both neglectful - a mother who leaves Evie as a young child only to be left to an alcoholic father who peddles marijuana to tourists in the island. 

The writing of this story is both poetic and lyrical - certainly a character driven story told in a very unique perspective. There are a lot of symbolisms and found the writing beautiful, very deep, sometimes dark but very much real and will touch your heart. I felt for Evie - my heart broke for her and her childhood. Every one who reads this will find something to relate to in this moving story.

I had an incredible time reading this fabulous story and glad to read a book set in Southern California.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:




Crissy Van Meter is a writer based in Los Angeles.

She teaches creative writing at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the founder of the literary project Five Quarterly, and the managing editor for Nouvella Books. She serves on the board of directors for the literary non-profit Novelly.

Her debut novel Creatures is out now from Algonquin Books.

Friday, October 30, 2020

10.30.2020 Love Offline: Looking For Romance In Real Life By: Olivia Spring

 


Love Offline: Looking For Romance In Real Life

Emily’s Struggling To Find Romance Online. Will Ditching The Dating Apps Lead To True Love?

Online dating isn’t working for introvert Emily. Although she’s comfortable swiping right at home in her PJs, the idea of going out to meet a guy in person fills her with dread.

So when her best friend challenges her to ditch the apps, attend a load of awkward singles’ events and find love in real life, Emily wants to run for the hills.

Then she meets Josh. He’s handsome, kind and funny, but Emily’s had her heart crushed before and knows he's hiding something…

Is Josh too good to be true? Can Emily learn to trust again and if she does, will it lead to love or more heartache?

Love Offline is a fun, sexy, entertaining story about friendship, stepping outside of your comfort zone and falling in love the old-fashioned way. Ideal for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare.


MY REVIEW:

This was such a lovely read I really needed - a little break from all the thrillers I have been reading for the spooky season. In Olivia Spring's Love Offline, she treats us with a lovely and heart warming story about finding true love the old fashioned way. Main character Emily is shy and introverted who is trying to find her own happy ever after - just reeling from a bad relationship with her ex. 

I love the characters in the story and the situations had me clutching my belly for a good laugh. This was a wonderful chick lit but it really is so much more. It's about believing in yourself and learning to love yourself first and foremost. It's about being young, being in a relationship, and how social media affects these relationships. I found that I really connected with the characters, the amazing plot (and some twists too), and well-written dialogue. 

What a great story and one I highly recommend!!


Purchase Links

UK: https://amzn.to/2OKcwF3

US: https://amzn.to/35p81oZ

Love Offline is available to read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. It is also available to read for FREE in Prime Reading until late November.

Author Bio –

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women's fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel 'The Middle-Aged Virgin', which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

Olivia published three novels in 2019: 'Only When It's Love', 'Losing My Inhibitions' and 'Love Offline'. ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy’, the hotly anticipated sequel to ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ and Olivia’s fifth novel, was published in July 2020.

When she's not writing, Olivia can be found making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

 

Social Media Links –

https://twitter.com/ospringauthor

https://www.facebook.com/ospringauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/ospringauthor/

http://www.oliviaspring.com/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olivia-spring

#LoveOffline

10.30.2020 WE WAIT BY MEGAN TAYLOR - EYRIE PRESS UK


 




Publisher : Eyrie Press (November 18, 2019)
Language: : English

Author: Megan Taylor

The wealthy Crawleys can’t abide a scandal, so when fifteen-year-old Maddie’s behaviour causes concern, she’s packed off to the family’s country estate, along with her best friend, Ellie. But while Maddie is resentful, Ellie is secretly thrilled. A whole summer at Greywater House, which she’s heard so much about – and with Maddie, who she adores…

But from the moment the girls arrive, it’s clear there’s more to the house and the family than Ellie could ever have imagined. Maddie’s aunt, Natalie, and her bedridden grandmother are far from welcoming – and something has been waiting at Greywaters, something that flits among the shadows and whispers in the night.

As the July heat rises and the girls’ relationship intensifies, the house’s ghosts can’t be contained, and it isn’t just Ellie who has reason to be afraid. Three generations of the Crawley family must face their secrets when past and present violently collide.

MY REVIEW/THOUGHTS:

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! 

What a perfect book to read this season, and most especially after having just read for October, both Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca and Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Mexican Gothic - both of which were fabulous examples of gothic horrors. "We Wait" feels like a mix of both - the prose is definitely haunting, mysterious and a very gothic eerie feel I absolutely loved with this book.

Sara and Hugo Crawley's daughter Maddie has been a handful and is now going to be sent away for the summer at the Greywater House with her best friend Eleanor "Ellie". Hugo's sister Natalie lives at Greywater with their elderly mum. Some resentment starts to brew with Natalie who not only is the main caregiver for their mother, but now have two teens in her hands. 

The story is told in two timelines where the story starts to really unfold and this is where Taylor's brilliance in her writing while revealing just the right amount at just the right time. The story is so chilling with the atmospheric writing building this world that was horrifying and creepy in the best ways possible. This book kept me up and I loved the it! 

This sinister and unsettling novel is a must read for thriller and gothic horror fans. This is such a well written novel, that is sure to stand the test of time. I am hoping more readers will discover this amazing book by Megan Taylor. If you are reading this review, please pick the book up for a fantastic read you will enjoy!!



Editorial Reviews:


'Hill House for the 21st century: haunting, dark, and very, very real. Chilling and very sinister, but still rippled with the confusion of being a teenager, of first love, and of making impulsive mistakes. A masterpiece.' - Anstey Harris

'As poetic as it is unsettling, We Wait is an absolute triumph. The beautifully vivid prose is reminiscent of Du Maurier - both haunting and chilling at the same time. An eerie, clever, spine-tingling novel. This is Megan Taylor at her most thrillingly dark.' - Kerry Hadley-Pryce


About the Author



Megan Taylor is the author of dark novels and short stories. Her short fiction has been shortlisted in several competitions, including 2017's Brighton Prize and The Walter Swan Short Story Prize 2017-18. Megan lives in Nottingham. When she's not playing with her own fiction, she enjoys running creative writing workshops and courses. You can find her at www.megantaylor.info

Thursday, October 29, 2020

10.29.2020 CHRISTMAS AT THE FARMHOUSE BY REBECCA BOXALL

 


Christmas at the Farmhouse



As the anticipation of Christmas builds in the Nielsen family’s cosy farmhouse, Jo, Magnus and their grown-up children begin to congregate for a hybrid Danish-Jersey festive season, each with a surprise of their own – though the surprise that arrives over Christmas is the most life-changing of all.

Fifty years earlier, in 1969, Susan Jones finds herself being pursued by Mr Jenners, her former English teacher, and at the age of seventeen is packed off to a Home for Unmarried Mothers in London by her uncompromising father. As Christmas approaches, all she can do is desperately hope to be rescued, but will anyone be able to reach her in time?

The two timelines of this festive story gradually weave together in a tale that examines whether love and hope can eventually triumph over even the deepest sadness.

Rebecca Boxall is the award-nominated author of five bestselling novels – Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse.



MY REVIEW:

Christmas at the Farmhouse is a beautifully written novel that was both heart wrenching and heart warming. I loved the writing, the characters, the gut punching story that broke my heart but was hopeful and exactly what I need for a wonderful Christmas story that put me in a great mood to start the holidays. A quick read that really was impactful as it was compelling - true to the time period and well researched by the author.

Boxall wrote a dual timeline story set in 1969 and then the present fifty years later during Christmas time in 2019. The story begins with Susan - young, naive and only seventeen when the unlikely happens that causes her to be sent away to a Home for Unwed Mothers. Post-war England society along with a very strict father sealed Susan's fate with her child being taken away from her and sent for adoption.

Fifty years later, we come to Jo and Magnus' story in Jersey at their farmhouse during Christmas, and their large loving family while they prepare for the festivities. A fun relatable family with their own issues to contend with but somehow able to manage through understanding and love for each other.

I am still reeling from this beautiful Christmas novella and the stunning story and characters I will certainly miss. I highly recommend this compelling read I know will warm your heart that is perfect for the holidays.




Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Farmhouse-festive-author-Vicarage-ebook/dp/B08J7S6SZV

US - https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Farmhouse-festive-author-Vicarage-ebook/dp/B08J7S6SZV

Author Bio –










Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, three children and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. She is the bestselling author of Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse and was nominated for the Romantic Novelist Association Awards in 2020.

Social Media Links –

For more information please visit her website – www.rebeccaboxall.co.uk – or her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/christmasatthevicarage.








10.29.2020 JUST JONES: Sometimes a Thing Is Impossible . . . Until It Is Actually Done By Andy Andrews


 
From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews comes the return of one of our favorite characters: Jones, the Noticer. Jones’ wise stories have comforted and guided millions of readers. In Just Jones, navigate the hope that the impossible can come true.
At 3:29 a.m. on May 22, a telephone rings in Orange Beach, Alabama. Breaking the sleepy silence, a hastily whispered message heralds the news that readers have been waiting on for seven years: Jones is back in town. Apparently, however, he is also in jail.

The old man is tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding his brief incarceration. After arriving to bail him out, Andy is shocked to discover that his trusted friend has already opened an unusual business in one of the resort town’s most high-profile shopping districts.

As the town moves from spring to summer, a practical joker is becoming bolder and more inventive with every prank that is pulled. Could Jones be behind some of it? Why? What’s the truth about that four-hundred-pound table in his store? And why does it look as if every person Jones meets has a secret they will reveal only to him?

With melodic writing and a whimsical, authentic voice, Andy and Jones take you on a sometimes hilarious journey to discover the heart of people and learn a few valuable lessons along the way, including:


the importance of perspective
the power of connection to create peace in a community
and the ability you have to make the impossible come true
Just Jones is book #3 in The Noticer series, following The Noticer and The Noticer Returns. Each book is a standalone fictional novel based on true events, following the character of Jones, a mysterious elderly man with endless wisdom who always appears to show up exactly when he’s needed most.



My thoughts:


What a fantastic book to read! I was completely mesmerized by this book in the Noticer series. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but don't let this stop you from picking up this beautiful book. Just Jones is a fantastic story that is both mesmerizing and captivating. Lots of great stories and life lessons along the way. This was a really quick read that I enjoyed and found to be eye opening. I now understand why Andy Andrews has such a loyal following - a true master storyteller. I am going to be purchasing this book for friends and family to gift.


Wonderful!!

Review

'Just Jones is lightning in a bottle--pure genius on paper. If you can imagine a hilarious mystery filled with useful wisdom that is fresh and new, you've just conjured up this book. Andy Andrews is our generation's Mark Twain. Just Jones is the latest proof.' --Dave Ramsey, national bestselling author

'Just Jones is a rare accomplishment--a mystery that is at times touching but often so funny that I laughed out loud. When one wraps an awesome story around wisdom with the power to change lives . . . well, how many great books can you name like that? Just Jones is a masterpiece.' --Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author

'In much the same way Andy Andrews presents on stage--making him one of the most sought-after speakers in America--in Just Jones he weaves a rollicking sidewinder of a tale that'll delight his fans anew. Get to know a troubled girl with a funny name who experiences a character arc rarely manifested in contemporary fiction.' --Jerry B. Jenkins, novelist and biographer

''A jail is also a near-perfect starting gate.' And with this bit of wisdom, Jones, whom we have come to know as the noticer, leads us into another can't-stop-reading story. Or is it a biography of the reader? Andy Andrews is the master of telling tales that end up being all about us. His newest weaving, Just Jones, is no exception. I dare you to read it! Then order a dozen copies to send to people who are longing for someone to tell them a story about themselves as they could be.' --Gloria Gaither, writer, lyricist

'Andy's work has profoundly impacted me, and his newest release, Just Jones, reminds us that just because something hasn't yet been done, doesn't mean that it can't be accomplished. After reading this book, you will not only be more convinced than ever that the only limitations on your life are the ones you put on yourself but also realize that now is the time to stop making excuses, start making a difference, and begin fully living your life.' --John O'Leary, #1 national bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker

'This latest soon-to-be-classic from Andy Andrews continues to challenge us to think about life and our current situations from different and unique perspectives. And always with the focus of helping us evolve, grow, and prosper. In addition, the story that surrounds and propels all this valuable information is one of the best (and most fun) you'll ever read.' --Steve Jacobson, CEO Fairway Mortgage

'I will share Just Jones with my family, team, and friends! It's a very engaging story that effortlessly teaches lessons and will make each of us and, therefore, the world a better place to live.' --Grant Woods, PhD, wildlife biologist and GrowingDeer.tv host
About the Author





Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit AndyAndrews.com.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

10.24.2020 AUTUMN SKIES By Denise Hunter








Facing the past is easier if you don’t have to face it alone.
The Bluebell Inn is turning a profit, and it’s time for the Bennett siblings to sell it and move on. Only Grace has plans to stay in the small lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina, where she hopes her growing outfitters business will save her from the loneliness of her siblings’ departure and the persistent sense of unworthiness in her life.

A gunshot wound resurrects the past for Secret Service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell. There he must come to grips with the tragedy that altered his life fourteen years ago.

When Wyatt books a room at the Bluebell Inn, sparks fly between him and Grace. She volunteers to be his mountain guide, and he soon opens up to her, drawn to her strength and sense of humor. But both are reticent to talk about the survivor’s guilt they each carry, and when their pasts finally collide, their budding romance might not survive the truth.

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series.


REVIEW:


I am a huge fan of the Bluebell Inn Romance Series and of course reading this third book is like visiting old friends - the Bennet siblings’ stories from book 1 and 2 all had a little bit of romance, mystery and small town drama and excitement - all with a feel good happy ending.

Their beautiful home turned into a gorgeous B & B by the lake on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina is blustering with activity and guests, and is now running well and turning a profit. Molly and Levi are looking to sell and move on. However, Grace stays on to run her outfitting business.

In this installment, we read about Grace Bennett the young, spunky, and cynical about matters of love sibling, fall head over heels with Wyatt, a guest at the Inn. Wyatt is a secret service agent who is on a leave of absence after taking a bullet. Your heart will flutter as jaded Wyatt falls head over heels over Grace who comes into his life just when he needed it the most.

I just love Denise Hunter’s stories they always leave you feeling great and hopeful - always an engaging story I enjoy!




AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:








Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, Denise began her first novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently enjoying an empty nest.







Q & A with author Denise Hunter

How did you research the setting for the Bluebell Inn series?

I always go to the location where the book is going to be set. This brings the setting alive to me, so I can bring it to life for my readers. Although Bluebell is a fictional town, it’s based on the real-life town of Lake Lure, North Carolina. The Bluebell Inn is based on The Esmeralda Inn, which is situated near Lake Lure in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The owners kindly sat down with me and answered all my questions about running an inn. I love when readers say the Bluebell Inn is almost like its own character in the series. It definitely has a history and secrets of its own. Those who’ve followed along in the series have solved the mystery of a lost love letter and found a precious heirloom necklace. And while the hero in Autumn Skies comes to the Bluebell Inn looking for something a little less tangible, it is certainly of no less value.




What will readers of your previous novels find to love about Autumn Skies and the Bluebell Inn series?

The Bluebell Inn series features the Bennett siblings who, when their parents die, undertake the mission to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic home into an inn. The sense of loss the characters are facing and the common goal they’re working toward draw the Bennetts together. This gives the reader a sense of belonging that is characteristic of my novels. I also believe my readers will find comfort and hope in the small-town setting of Bluebell, NC. Though this is my first series set around a lake, the town has the same sense of community my readers have come to expect in my books. And of course, there’s a swoony love story in each of the Bluebell Inn novels. I aim to have the reader flipping through pages to see how each couple overcomes their obstacles, and I hope she finishes each book with a happily-ever-after sigh.




Readers love your loveable, relatable characters. Who are the main characters for Autumn Skies and how did you create them?

As the story opens, Grace Bennett is plugging away at her new outfitters business while scrambling to help her siblings run the family business—the Bluebell Inn. Grace is young and spunky with a dry sense of humor, and she’s a little cynical where love is concerned—until Wyatt Jennings checks into the Bluebell Inn. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. Sometimes that just happens on the page as I’m writing. I’m not sure who’s in control! But I hope readers love watching Grace fall head over heels for Wyatt—and vice verse—as much as I did.

Wyatt Jennings is a troubled Secret Service agent who’s forced to take a leave of absence after taking a bullet in the line of duty. I’ve wanted to write about a Secret Service agent since 2016. My husband and I were at a hotel in Virginia Beach in preparation for my appearance on the 700 Club when we heard a politician was going to be speaking at the hotel that night. While we were in the lobby, a whole crew of Secret Service agents entered the hotel—suits, sunglasses, the whole nine yards. I’m pretty sure they were moving in slow motion. I definitely heard “Bad to the Bone” playing in the background. That’s where the idea for Autumn Skies truly originated. I immediately envisioned a male lead with a past so traumatic that it inspired him rise to the heroic position of Secret Service agent. Wyatt is seasoned, worldly, and a little jaded, and he views Grace Bennett as a breath of fresh air.

10/24/2020 The Light at Wyndcliff Blog Tour - Enjoy an Excerpt and Enter the Giveaway


The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd

Publication Date: October 13, 2020
Thomas Nelson
Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages

Series: The Cornwall Novels, Book 3
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Christian


Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.

Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks. The only survivors, a little girl and her injured mother, are rescued and brought to Wyndcliff Hall.

Liam Twethewey is just twenty-two when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans to open a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and the rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his new-found authority. Though wise beyond his years, young Liam quickly finds himself out of his depth in this land where long-held secrets and high-stakes agendas make no room for newcomers.

Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truths from deceptions, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.

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REVIEW:

The Light at Wyndcliff is an amazing and beautifully written book I thoroughly enjoyed. Sarah E. Ladd’s writing and very well researched novel transported me to 1820’s Cornwall in this amazing Historical Fiction novel. The setting, the dialogue and the story line was on point and that really made this read so enjoyable for me. The world building was perfection. Though this was my first book in the series, I felt that I enjoyed it as a stand alone. Because I enjoyed this so much and now a Sarah E Ladd fan, I am definitely jumping into the first two books ASAP! 

The depth of the characterization was fabulously written and I was completely immersed with the storyline. Liam just inherited Wyndcliff Hall and with a little bit of mystery, suspense and some romance into the mix which I really enjoyed. Liam working with Evelyn Bray to work out the mystery of a recent shipwreck and the drama was really wonderful.

Overall, this was a wonderfully written novel that I was fully immersed into the story, the characters, and I loved the setting and the timeframe this was written in. The beautiful writing and exceptionally researched historical fiction really brought this world to life with characters I absolutely loved reading about. I highly recommend this entire series for historical fiction fans.

 

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Hallie Reads
Feature at Momfluenster

Wednesday, October 14
Review at McCombs on Main
Review at Gwendalyn's Books
Review at Probably at the Library

Thursday, October 15
Review at Jessica Belmont

Friday, October 16
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder
Review at View from the Birdhouse

Sunday, October 18
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Monday, October 19
Review at Book Bustle

Tuesday, October 20
Review at Books and Zebras
Review at Robin Loves Reading
Review at Into the Hall of Books

Wednesday, October 21
Review at The Lit Bitch

Thursday, October 22
Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 23
Review at Lu Reviews Books

Saturday, October 24
Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie

Monday, October 26
Review at The Caffeinated Bibliophile
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, October 27
Review at Captivated Reading

Wednesday, October 28
Review at Heidi Reads

Thursday, October 29
Review at YA, it's Lit

Friday, October 30
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at Read Review Rejoice

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 5 copies of The Light at Wyndcliff! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Light at Wyndcliff 

 

Excerpt

Chapter 14

Evelyn braced her feet in the sand, standing still and straight on the shoreline, refusing to sway with the gusts as the wind tore at her gown and her unbound hair. Determined to ignore the shiver of cold that began in her chest and flowed to her limbs, she watched in breathless anticipation and fear as the mayhem unfolded before her.

How familiar it was. How terribly, eerily, chillingly familiar. The sight was much too familiar, especially as of late, and each instance hit close to her heart.

Perhaps the men would rescue someone. Perhaps not.

She could not help but wonder if the situation had been the same all those years ago when her father had lost his life assisting in a rescue. She’d been too young to understand then, and no one ever spoke of it, especially her grandfather, but with every shipwreck she saw, it seemed a little bit more of him was taken from her.

A man ran past, nearly knocking her down. She stumbled backward into Bertie and some of the other women gathered.

The excise men could not be aware of the shipwreck yet. Otherwise uniformed men would make their presence known and there would be more order, or at least more discretion, among the villagers racing to grab whatever they could.

Aye, several men were attempting to rescue survivors presumably still aboard, but as she looked farther down shore, dawn’s faint glow cast light on men and women who were equally intent upon reaching the crates and debris being pushed onto the shore and into the arms of those waiting to receive them.

She turned her attention back to the men forming the lifeline. It was not raining now, and a figure clad in white appeared in the distance.

Her pulse jumped, and she stepped toward the water so the waves lapped at her skirts. She shielded her eyes against bits of sand caught in the gale and watched as the bundle was passed slowly down the rope until the very last man carried the small body over one shoulder to the shoreline. He dropped to his knees and lowered the body to the ground.

Evelyn rushed forward and stooped next to the tiny body, fearing what she might see. It was a child. A girl. And her breath came in great, airy gulps. Black eyes stared up at her, wide and wild, from a ghostly white face. Long streaks of black hair clung to her forehead, her cheeks, her neck. Her blue lips shivered, but raspy breaths, gasping coughs, and darting glances confirmed she was alive. The child struggled to sit up, but Evelyn put a gentle hand on her shoulder.

Dr. Smith, the mining surgeon, pushed past Evelyn and knelt by the girl. “Are you hurt, child? What is your name?”

The child did not respond but shivered violently. The bottom of her white gown was torn, and it clung to her tiny body. She wore no boots, no stockings.

One of the women lifted a light behind the surgeon so he could assess the child’s condition. After several moments he sat back. “I think she’s all right, just stunned most likely, but we must get her dry and warm. Take her back to Wyndcliff. I’ll stay here. I think there are more coming. Can you carry her, Miss Bray, or shall I call one of the men?”

Evelyn looked back to the men, lit only by lantern light and torchlight and a faint sliver of moonlight through the rolling clouds. They were engaged along the rope for another rescue and were needed here. She nodded. “We’ll manage.”

She took the child’s shivering shoulders in her hands and looked at her. “You must hold on to me tightly, just for a while, then you will be able to rest, I promise.”

The child did not respond. Her teeth chattered, but she did as bid. She wrapped her arms about Evelyn’s neck and her legs around her waist as much as her trembling limbs would allow. Evelyn’s own wet skirts hindered her walking, and already at the edge of the beach her muscles burned with the effort.

Slowly but surely they made their way back up the crag where the beach gave way to a copse of trees and then to moorland. Fortunately the child clutched her as if her very life depended on it, as it very well may have, easing some of the burden of the weight.

Evelyn climbed the rocks, her skirts catching on the crags and the brush. Before her, the lights of Wyndcliff blazed, and she fixed her sights on it, placing one foot in front of the other.

The kitchen light shone like a beacon, calling to her, urging her to hurry. After what seemed an eternity, they burst through the door, breathless and windblown, and Marnie whirled to face them. “Merciful heavens! What be this?” She reached out and accepted the girl.

Evelyn’s arms and legs burned from the physical exertion. Her own limbs trembled with the cold, and she knelt on the flagstone floor before the fire. “We must get her warm.”

Friday, October 23, 2020

10.22.2020 CHRISTMAS REUNION IN PARIS

 


Christmas Reunion in Paris

Parisian reunion
With the one that got away!

Celebrity chef James Harrington never expected to find himself face-to-face with Chloe, his first love, again… Especially, with her working as a chambermaid at his luxury hotel! Their chemistry’s as strong as ever, but she’s hiding a secret. Can James convince Chloe that their love is worth taking a chance on – again?

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists' Association's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said - "Liz Fielding's books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre."




REVIEW:

The title of this book was so amazing and irresistible, I had to read it. It was the perfect book for me to get into the changing of the seasons mood from the scorching heat this summer to the cooler nights and weather hoping for a heart warming and tantalizing story. Fielding definitely delivered with this amazing second chance romance that made my heart melt and swoon.

We have an heiress Chloe who longs for her freedom and to try to make it on her own. All by herself in Paris working like crazy to make ends meet. Well worth the price for independence from her controlling father and a mother who could not stand up to the patriarchal rule over their household. Enter James - a childhood friend who has now come in to her life and will this second chance work out while she is in Paris and he in London?

What a heart tugging romance as I figure out how this relationship will end while rooting for both Chloe and James. Fielding wrote a fantastic Christmas novel that checked off all the boxes for me to make this a perfect read for the holiday season and truthfully any season.





Purchase Links



Amazon - https://mybook.to/ChristmasReunion

iBooks - https://books.apple.com/gb/book/christmas-reunion-in-paris/id1508284570

Google https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Liz_Fielding_Christmas_Reunion_In_Paris_Mills_Boon?id=DgPdDwAAQBAJ

Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/christmas-reunion-in-paris-liz-fielding/1136637305

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/christmas-reunion-in-paris-mills-boon-true-love-christmas-at-the-harrington-park-hotel-book-1

Mills and Boon - Harlequin -

https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335556462_christmas-reunion-in-paris.html

Mills and Boon Australia

https://store.millsandboon.com.au/products/christmas-reunion-in-paris?_ga=2.190695592.2088628603.1594193836-1074301285.1594045585







Author Bio – Best selling author, Liz Fielding worked as a secretary in Africa, the Middle East and the UK before writing full time. Her award winning books are published worldwide in multiple languages and she has more than 15 million books in print.

Katie Fforde wrote, when honouring her with the Romantic Novelists' Association's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019 said - "Liz Fielding's books, with their warmth, humour and emotion, have charmed millions of readers. She is a true star of the romantic fiction genre..."

Social Media Links –

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lizfieldingauthor

Twitter - https://twitter.com/lizfielding

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/liz.fielding/


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

10.20.2020 AFTER EVERYTHING By Andrea Nourse #PUBDAY

Paperback : 270 pages
Publisher : Andrea Nourse

All Abby Rhodes wants is a chance to pursue her songwriting dreams. 

When she leaves her husband on Christmas Eve and puts their Missouri hometown in her rearview mirror, she heads straight to Nashville and onto the doorstep of her estranged father.But in typical Abby fashion, nothing goes as planned.Unemployed and alone, Abby lands a job waiting tables at her neighborhood dive bar. 

There she meets a local singer-songwriter with steel-grey eyes and a reputation that threatens to unlock Abby's small-town innocence.

Just as Nashville starts to feel like home, her past comes crashing back in the form of her soon-to-be ex-husband, forcing her to confront the truth behind her midnight escape.

If Abby can't reconcile her history with her future, she might lose out on her dreams and her second chance at finding love.

REVIEW:


After Everything by Andrea Nourse was one of my most anticipated reads this summer. ⁣

After Everything was a beautifully written book full of heart, real and relatable characters, and a book that will immerse you into the story and give you all the feels. The writing instantly pulled me right in and just from the few pages, I developed a wonderful connection with the main character, Abby Rhodes. ⁣

Abby - a woman who was down in her luck, trying to make a fresh start after leaving her husband and her high school sweetheart, while also losing her corporate job in marketing. This time, she wants to start anew by following her heart, her life-long dream, and her passion of becoming a song writer. ⁣

I felt all the raw emotions as Abby develops and forms new relationships, and mend past ones. This was a great story about starting over, following your dreams, and mending family relationships. I love a great story about people who are brave. Brave to make mistakes. Brave to follow life’s passions. Brave to forgive and be forgiven. Brave to make a change.⁣

This was a book I really loved! Thank you Andrea for this amazing novel and sharing with us Abby’s story. ⁣



AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:




Andrea is the author of Life is but a Dream, Happily Ever Never, and Lie Baby Lie.

Andrea currently lives in Nashville with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Jackson and Annabeth. She has a BS in Mass Communication from MTSU and an MBA from the University of Memphis.

Follow Andrea on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook at @andreanourse!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

10/18/2020 FORESHADOW - Authors: Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma - ALGONQUIN YR

 





Paperback : 352 pages
Publisher : Algonquin Young Readers (October 20, 2020)
Reading level : 14 - 18 years

I have an amazing book to feature and review today that is releasing on 10.20.2020 by Authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma. I have been looking forward to this amazing book and so grateful to be one of the early readers. 

Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.

What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan.

This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults.


REVIEW:

FORESHADOW is an amazing collection of well curated short stories by talents writing YA short stories today. 

Each story is introduced by well known talents and some of my favorite YA authors such as Adam Silvera, Melissa Albert, Jason Reynolds, Roshani Chokshi, Sabaa Tahir, and Nicola Yoon to name a few. 

This book is so beautifully presented for those who read and write YA. The expert advise with the author notes following each story is some of the most valuable to me as a reader, and a reviewer. Each of the stories also highlight underrepresented voices and written by #ownvoice authors as well. 

Editors Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma further digs deep into the story line and provide expert advise. An example is the discussion on characterization and how to connect readers to the story and characters especially in short stories. Some other topics covered are the characters' voice, suspension of disbelief, emotional resonance and more.

I find that this book is amazing for our young readers to inspire them to create and write their stories from their own experiences and perspectives. I find that the expert advise is invaluable for writers and readers, as well as, a great resource for literary reviewers. Foreshadow was everything I expected and I highly recommend this amazing book. 

About the Authors







Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.


Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she spent most of her adult life in New York City and now lives in Philadelphia.

Monday, October 12, 2020

10/12/2020 THE PARIS AFFAIR

 


The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap

Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages

Series: Theresa Schurmann Mystery, Book 3
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction


Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783.

Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses at Versailles, and more, when nothing could be further from the truth. On the advice of the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer, Joseph II--emperor of Austria and Marie Antoinette's brother--decides that mystery-solving violinist Theresa Schurman is the ideal candidate for a spy to discover the source of these vile slanders.

Theresa is only too glad to get away from Vienna for a while, unwilling to commit herself yet to marrying Zoltan--a Hungarian baron she met when she was fifteen--and running out of reasons to postpone her decision. She is eager, too, to explore a new musical scene and broaden her artistic education. But when the captain confounds her expectations and places her as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, milliner to the queen, she begins to lose hope that she will ever achieve her musical aims--or the emperor's goal of exposing the pamphleteers.

A chance encounter with the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary black violinist and expert swordsman, sets Theresa on the path to unraveling the mystery. But will the chevalier's patron, the powerful duc de Chartres, confound her efforts and put her--and the captain's--lives in danger?

Be prepared for music, mystery, love, and murder in this riveting tale of pre-revolutionary Paris.

"The settings and situations are enchanting and varied; Dunlap is adept at on-the-fly description and at lacing intrigue with romance...Dunlap proves an arresting tour guide through this rich milieu, summoning up the past without slowing down the storytelling. Author and protagonist alike boast an epigrammatic wit. The touch is light, but the scenery and chatter are sumptuous...Theresa stands as a fascinating protagonist, a woman whose nimble navigation of society's expectations and several burgeoning romances are exciting and inspiring, even more so than the sleuthing that drives the novel's plot. The people she encounters are likewise memorable, complex, and surprising, especially the chevalier...This sparkling historical mystery conjures up the salons, fashion, and gossip of Marie Antoinette's Paris, with a winning emphasis on the power of music and the roles that society allowed women." - The BookLife Prize


REVIEW:

The Paris Affair is the third installment in Susanne Dunlap's Historical Fiction mystery featuring Theresa Schurman, a young violinist from Austria set in 1783. In the Paris Affair, Theresa is asked by Emperor Joseph II from Vienna, Marie Antoinette's brother, to go to Paris, to discover who is circulating false rumors against his sister. Theresa does not hesitate to go to Paris - this may help her musical career and even work alongside the ever so handsome, Captain von Bauer. 

I really enjoy Dunlap's books and have read her previous novels. Dunlap writes an immersive story that is rich in detail, to transport her readers to the time period - using all our senses to see Paris, hear the music and sounds of the blustering city, and smells of the city's delights. This one was a short book but packed with so much drama and mystery that I enjoyed. 

I highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans who enjoy a fantastic location of Marie Antoinette's Paris, full of intrigue, mystery, music and some romance. 



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About the Author


Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that's a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!

In her spare time she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap's website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, September 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Thursday, October 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, October 2
Feature at I'm Into Books
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Monday, October 5
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, October 6
Review at YA, It's Lit

Wednesday, October 7
Review at Amy's Booket List
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, October 8
Excerpt at Turn The Page

Friday, October 9
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Sunday, October 11
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Monday, October 12
Review at Nursebookie

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Rajiv's Reviews

Wednesday, October 14
Review at Book Bustle

Thursday, October 15
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 16
Review at Passages to the Past
Guest Post at The Intrepid Reader

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