Sunday, June 29, 2014

Going on Vacation!



 

Heading out for a few days, and taking a pile of books with me!  Will be back soon!  Happy Reading, Y'all!



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Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Bevy of Summer Romances with Harlequin - Spotlighting A Sinful Seduction by Elizabeth Lane



Nothing goes better with summertime than a stack of sizzling Harlequin romances! And leading the pack for the month of June is a fascinating story set in Africa from author Elizabeth Lane.


About The Book:

A man with a plan… for revenge -

East Africa is the last place philanthropist Cal Jeffords expected to find glamorous Megan Rafferty, his best friend's widow. Now that he's tracked her down—she's been working as a volunteer nurse for his own foundation—he'll stop at nothing to get answers… including getting her into bed. When he finds out what happened to the millions she embezzled from the charity, he'll make her pay.
 
Megan does have something she's hiding, but it's not what Cal thinks. Ultimately, the truth will make it impossible for him to see their African adventure as a simple seduction—and to let her go.




My Thoughts:

Author Elizabeth Lane takes her readers on an intriguing adventure to Africa with this heart-racing story of love, danger, and benevolence.

I was so impressed with the details that Lane includes in this romantic story - giving the tale the grit it needs to relay to the reader the primitiveness of the setting and the hard work that the main character Megan does as a volunteer nurse working in the Sudan region of Africa.  Lane had definitely done her research on the culture and climate of the region and this is apparent through her storytelling. 

Lane doesn't leave out the romance in this story - there is plenty of hot, sizzling scenes, as well as a few tense moments as the couple reacquaint themselves and learn secrets that change both of their lives forever.

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary romance with an edge to it.  It's a great summer read!



About The Author:



Elizabeth Lane has lived and travelled in many parts of the world, including Europe, Latin America and the Far East, but her heart remains in the American West, where she was born and raised. Her idea of heaven is hiking a mountain trail on a clear autumn day. She also enjoys music, animals and dancing. You can learn more about Elizabeth by visiting her website at www.elizabethlaneauthor.com




Other Harlequin titles that would make for great summer reading include this month's special selection featuring a bevy of handsome cowboys!

Vicki Lewis Thompson kicks off the cowboy parade with the first book in her "Sons of Chance" series - and how could I resist a book about Chances! :)



Saddle up!

There ain't a rider that can't be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O'Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancée with his best friend. Now he's starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn't perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble….
 
Lily King is the queen of anti-structure. Turns out, that makes running a horse sanctuary a challenge. Regan's help is exactly what Lily needs—not to mention the seriously sexy sparks that are flying between them. Now she just has to convince this fallen cowboy to dust himself off and get back in the saddle …and into her bed!



Tanya Michaels offers a fun and sexy tale that will leave a smile on readers' faces and set their hearts to fluttering.  Featuring a feisty heroine and a handsome hero, what more could you want?



He's Just The Hired Help…

What kind of cockeyed Pollyanna is Colin Cade working for? Her porch is rotting, her "guest cabin" is cheerless and her land and livestock have only a geriatric cowboy to care for them. Yet Hannah Shaw is positive she can turn her ranch into a successful B and B—and that Colin's the man to make it happen.
 
But Colin can't stick around. He lives with the loss of his family by avoiding the memories, and the way he feels around Hannah and her young son is like a knife to the heart. Trouble is, he's better at ignoring his own pain than someone else's, and bright, cheerful Hannah has a heart as haunted as his own. She deserves to be happy—but could she really be with him?


And last, but certainly not least, popular author B.J. Daniels brings back her beloved "Cardwell Ranch" stories with this fast-paced tale of intrigue and lust.  Be sure to have plenty of something cool to drink as you read this hot romance!



Saving her once was risky. Rescuing her again may be fatal.

When Hayes Cardwell arrived in Big Sky, Montana, for his brother's wedding, the Texas P.I. didn't expect to play hero. But ever since he saved her from a brutal abductor, he can't get McKenzie Sheldon out of his mind and heart. As passion blindsides him, Hayes vows to protect the beautiful business owner from once again becoming the target of a killer intent on finishing the job.
 
McKenzie was drawn to Hayes from the moment she awoke and saw the tall, dark cowboy who'd rushed to her rescue like some Western fantasy. With his lean, sexy looks and fierce protective instincts, the gun-shy bachelor is already lassoing her heart. But can he protect her from a danger that's much closer than they think… a killer hiding in plain sight who's about to spring a final trap?


I've got these books in my bag to take on vacation with me next week - grab a few yourself and enjoy a little hot romance this summer!




My thanks to Harlequin and author Elizabeth Lane for providing the review copies of these books.  I was not compensated for my opinion.



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Tea Shop On Lavendar Lane by Sheila Roberts - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review


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About The Book:

When it comes to men, sisters don’t share!

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling’s dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey’s face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she’ll stay with her sister Cecily.

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She’s going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily’s started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there’s more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she’s not pleased.

Wait! Isn’t Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He’s a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd’s the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?

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My Thoughts:

I just adore Sheila Roberts' "Life in Icicle Falls" series, and her latest book, "The Tea Shop on Lavendar Lane" continues the story of this quaint little Bavarian-style town in the Washington mountains and the residents who make the town such a fun place to visit.

This installment once again focuses on the Sterling sisters - Samantha, Cecily and youngest sister Bailey.  They are small-town royalty in Icicle Falls but they have their problems too.  When Bailey returns home after a humiliating experience in Los Angeles, she is at lost ends - until she is presented with a plan to open a tea shop in town - only problem is - her business partner, Todd Black, is interested in her sister Cecily. Sisterly love takes a big hit when Bailey discovers she has feelings for Todd as well.  Sparks fly all over town and it's not even the 4th of July!

Sheila Roberts has once again created a fun and lively story with personable characters and a fast-paced story that will thrill fans of contemporary romance. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, but I highly recommend readers indulge in the entire series!  You'll be glad you did!




About The Author:

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Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children.

Writing since 1989, Sheila’s books have been printed in several different languages and have been chosen for book clubs such as Doubleday as well as for Readers Digest Condensed books. Her best-selling novel ON STRIKE FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a movie and appeared on the Lifetime Movie Network, and her novel THE NINE LIVES OF CHRISTMAS has just been optioned for film and is slated to be a Hallmark movie later this year. Her novel ANGEL LANE was named one of Amazon’s Top Ten Romances for 2009.

When she’s not making public appearances or playing with her friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. You can visit Sheila at her website, www.sheilasplace.com.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction/romance, The Teashop on Lavendar Lane.

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For more information on Sheila's tour schedule, click the link here - http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2014/05/25/pump-up-your-book-presents-the-tea-shop-on-lavender-lane-book-publicity-tour/






My thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for including me on this blog tour and to the author for supplying the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman - Book Review






My Review:

In May, 1945, as World War II is slowly coming to an end in Europe, a train rolled into the station in Werfen, Austria and was seized by American authorities. It has already meandered across central Europe, been seized by the French, and stopped occasionally to unload containers onto trucks. The contents of the train that arrived at Werfen was a forty two-cars filled with belongings looted from Hungarian Jews, including jewelry, art, furniture, china, crystal, and cash.

A young Jewish officer, Jack Wiseman, is put in charge of guarding and taking inventory of the contents of the train, the owners of which had mostly perished in Auschwitz and other concentration camps throughout Germany. While in Austria, Jack meets Ilona, a Hungarian concentration camp survivor who has lost everything – her family, her home, her sense of self – and she is angry about it. However, a connection is felt between Jack and Ilona, a relationship that is made even more distressing by the fact that he is counting the personal belongings of people from her town, perhaps even her family. Would their relationship survive the secrets that Jack keeps about the Hungarian wealth?

Moving forward to today, a terminally-ill Jack leaves his granddaughter a necklace that was taken from the train, and she wants to return it to a member of the family it was taken from. Natalie’s attempt to do this highlights the problems in finding out what belonged to who—a major reason the U.S. forces had for not returning the riches to the families of their original owners. Were any of these people still alive and if they were, where were they?  It’s up to Natalie to undo her grandfather’s mistake, and perhaps find a way to renew her own life at the same time.

And then, there is the story of the two women who portraits are in the necklace that Jack took from the train’s possessions – what was their connection to the gold train and the fates of the Jewish population of Hungary?

“Love and Treasure,” by Ayelet Waldman, is a beautifully written story of the after-math of World War II and how among the rubble and debris a spark of love can be ignited. Waldman’s characters are so realistic and personable, and the center of the story, the Hungarian Gold Train, is fascinating. Readers will be pulled into this novel which is filled with tragedy, love, humor in surprising places, and a great deal of history. As far as being one of the plethora of novels themed during World War II, “Love and Treasure” is a jewel among the many.



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About Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is the author of the forthcoming Love and Treasure (Knopf, April 2014), Red Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace.

Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was adapted into a film called “The Other Woman” starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Her radio commentaries have appeared on “All Things Considered” and “The California Report.” Her books are published throughout the world, in countries as disparate as England and Thailand, the Netherlands and China, Russia and Israel, South Korea and Italy.

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Ayelet Waldman’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, June 9th:  Linus’s Blanket - “Out of 20″ Q&A
Tuesday, June 10th:  A Bookish Way of Life
Monday, June 16th:  Book-alicious Mama
Wednesday, June 18th:  My Shelf Confessions
Thursday, June 19th:  Reading Reality
Monday, June 23rd:  Historical Tapestry – “Why I Love…” guest post
Monday, June 23rd:  Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, June 24th:  Lit and Life
Thursday, June 26th:  Book Addict Katie
Monday, June 30th:  Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, July 1st:  Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Wednesday, July 2nd:  Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, July 7th:  Fiction Addict
Tuesday, July 8th:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, July 9th:  Perks of Being a JAP
Thursday, July 10th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, July 14th:  Bibliotica
Tuesday, July 15th:  Walking With Nora



My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Knopf Publishing for supplying the review copy of the book.
I was not compensated for my opinion.
 

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading?




 


It's Monday!  The sun is shining after a wonderful rain storm last night, and finally I'm feeling a little bit better after battling a sinus infection all week last week!  So yay!

I did get quite a bit of reading done while I was down and out - so that's a good thing!  One of the best I read was Linda Francis Lee's new book, "The Glass Kitchen," and I also loved Sarah-Kate Lynch's book "The Wedding Bees!"  Watch for my reviews of these coming soon!

My husband and I are busy planning our trip to Alabama, coming up next week.  I hope to, plan to, wish to have reviews scheduled to automatically run while we are gone, as there is limited internet access where we are going. But you know what they say about best laid plans and all ...  I promise to try!  And yes, I'm taking a pile of books with me on the trip, but that's for next Monday!

So, on to what I've got lined up to read this week - a lot of goodies!!

What I'm Reading Now:

Love Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series!  Perfect for Summer reading!

What I Plan To Read:








Special Events:

Wednesday - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review



I hope you have a wonderful week of reading lined up too! 




It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme sponsored by my friend Sheila at BookJourney (www.bookjourney.wordpress.com)  Check out what other bloggers are reading!


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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fair Play by Deeanne Gist - Book Review





About The Book:

From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
 
Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who think they belong anywhere but home…

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Despite their difference of opinion on the role of women, Hunter and Billy find a growing attraction between them—until Hunter discovers an abandoned baby in the corner of a White City exhibit. He and Billy team up to make sure this foundling isn’t left in the slums of Chicago with only the flea-riddled, garbage-infested streets for a playground. As they fight for the underprivileged children in the Nineteenth Ward, an entire Playground Movement is birthed. But when the Fair comes to an end, one of them will have to give up their dream.


A painting of the Chicago's World Fairgrounds 1893 - fondly known as The White City















Will Billy exchange her doctor’s shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the “gray city,” a woman who insists on being the wage earner, and a group of ragamuffins who need more than a playground for breathing space?




My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this lively and fun novel set at the historical Chicago World's Fair.  Author Deeanne Gist does a wonderful job of transporting her readers back to the 1890s with this fast-paced story that includes a little bit of everything that a reader would want - there is romance, there is a bit of mystery, there is action, and, best of all, there is plenty of humor to be found here,

"Fair Play" is the second book that Gist has set at the Chicago World's Fair, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel in itself. I particularly enjoyed the historical photographs of the actual fair that are found at the beginning of each chapter.  That unique touch adds the perfect touch of realism to the historical element of the story.

"Fair Play" would be a perfect book for vacation reading, or for reading pleasure anytime!  I highly recommend it!




About The Author:




Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, original historical and contemporary novels. She has received three RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews.

With a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M, Deeanne has written for People, Parents, and Parenting magazine. She has four grown children and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband. Visit her online at www.IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.




My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for supplying the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


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