Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Before I Let You Go - Release day giveaway


The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As the weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancĂ© only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhoods, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.

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Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels. Her latest novel, Before I Let You Go, will be released in 2018. Kelly lives in rural Australia with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

The Secret to Southern Charm - Release week review & giveaway


Review by Melinda Garza
In Kristy Woodson Harvey's The Secret to Southern Charm we meet Sloane and her family. Sloane is one of three sisters. Her sisters are Caroline and Emerson. She is the quietest of the three but the most intuitive. Slone is married to Adam and they have two very young boys, AJ who is three and Taylor who is six months. Adam has always been her rock and her home. He is a strong and loyal Srgt 1st class soldier. While deployed, Adam goes MIA. Going MIA, Sloane and the boys stay with her mom, Ansley, in Peachtree Bluff, GA.

Sloane's world crumbles after Adam goes missing. Her family becomes very supportive of her as she cannot even get out of bed and care for her boys. She actually stays in her room for 34 days before coming out. Ansley is Sloane's biggest helper despite Ansley having to still care for her own mom who is sick with cancer and does not have long to live.  Ansley has a secret she has kept all of the girls lives and fears it will come to light during this ordeal.

Sometimes the truth is hard to swallow but with everyone's support and love, they are all able to love, encourage, and give each other the strength they each need. They chase their dreams, face their fears, and take leaps of faith.

Through all this Sloane believes the secret to southern charm is having a brave face, carrying on, helping others, being kind and humble, giving to others, and believing with all your heart that the world could be a better place and maybe she could make it that way.


This story shows us how missed opportunities and second chances occur for everyone and once the truth is found, change happens.

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Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment. The author of Slightly South of SimpleDear Carolina, and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Recipe Box - release week giveaway


In The Recipe Box, bestselling beloved author Viola Shipman spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life―including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.
As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

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VIOLA SHIPMAN is a penname for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. He is the author of The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Family Next Door - Release day giveaway

Review by Darcie Czajkowski
In a quiet suburban town, mothers Essie, Fran, and Ange appear to have a lot in common. They love their children and their husbands and also work hard to keep their secrets hidden. That’s easy when neighbors wave with smiles plastered on their faces, but real, true friendships where confidences are shared evade them.

Essie’s secret involves a postpartum moment when she left her infant daughter in the park. Now that she has a second child, she fears that she’s on the brink of another, similar incident.

Ange always wanted a girl but has two energetic boys instead. She also has a gorgeous husband who adores his boys. But does he share the same devotion for Ange?
Fran is an attorney who adroitly balances motherhood and her career. But when her husband fell into a depression following a financial loss, Fran struggled to support him and now lives with the guilt of her actions.

Then Isabelle moves in next door to Essie. No children. No husband. Employment unclear. Neighbors begin to whisper, positing theories as to Isabelle’s motivation for moving to a sleepy town where single women don’t often desire to live. Essie, Ange, and Fran are convinced that Isabelle is hiding something. Something big. But what?

In “The Family Next Door,” Sally Hepworth explores difficult choices that women commonly have to make in a beautiful, engaging way. The characters feel real and fully developed which make it easy to invest in the story. The author does a wonderful job of unfurling bits of information at a smooth, steady pace which keeps the reader wanting more. The Family Next Door is Wisteria Lane in a novel, every bit as juicy and thrilling. 

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SALLY HEPWORTH is a human resource professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the UK, and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and three young children. She is the author of The Secrets of Midwives, The Things We Keep, and The Mother's Promise.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Missing Hours - Release Day Giveaway


One moment, Selena Cole is at the playground with her children . . . the next, she has vanished without a trace.

The body of Dominic Newell, a well-respected lawyer, is found on a remote mountain road, blood oozing from the stab wound in his neck.

In the sleepy borderland between England and Wales, sheep outnumber people and serious crimes are rare. Which makes this Tuesday morning, with two calls coming in to the local police station, even more remarkable. Detective Constable Leah Mackay and her brother, Detective Sergeant Finn Hale, begin their respective investigations, but soon find them inextricably linked. And when Selena is found alive and unhurt twenty hours later, the mystery deepens. 

Selena’s work consulting on kidnap and ransom cases has brought her into close contact with ruthless criminals and international drug lords. But now, as Selena walks back into her life wearing a blood-spattered sweater, claiming no memory of the preceding hours, Leah can’t be sure if she is a victim, a liar, or a murder suspect. 

Leah and Finn delve into each case, untangling the secrets and betrayals—large and small—that can lie just beneath the surface of a life, yet unprepared for where both trails will lead.  

With engrossing characters, devilish twists, and evocative prose, The Missing Hours is that rare page-turner—as satisfying and complex as it is unpredictable.

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Emma Kavanagh is the acclaimed UK bestselling author of Falling and Hidden. Born and raised in South Wales, she is a former police and military psychologist. After completing her PhD, Emma began her own consultancy business, providing training to police and military across the UK and Europe. She taught police officers and NATO personnel about the psychology of critical incidents, terrorism, body recovery and hostage negotiation. She has run around muddy fields taking part in tactical exercises, has designed live fire training events, has been a VIP under bodyguard protection and has fired more than her fair share of weapons. She is married with two small sons and considers herself incredibly privileged to get to make up stories for a living.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Villa del Sol - Promo & Giveaway


Jennifer Logan just buried her husband, the beloved senior senator from Rhode Island. To find solace and peace for her troubled soul, she rents a villa in a small town on the Swiss-Italian border. For the next six months, Jennifer will process her grief in solitude, unplugged from the world. But her financial stability is threatened when her husband's only child lays a claim to his estate. Jennifer's future is uncertain, and she must face the woman who has despised her for years. Senator Logan's daughter always believed Jennifer was nothing more than a gold-digging trophy wife. She wasn't the only one. One person can help her find the peace she needs to move on with her life. But first, Jennifer will have to trust. And trust enough to share a secret about her husband's death.

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Martha Reynolds is the author of seven novels, including the Amazon bestsellers Chocolate for Breakfast, Bits of Broken Glass, and Best Seller. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR’s Tell Me More poetry challenge. She and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ditching Mr. Darcy - Review & Giveaway


Review by Marlene Engel
Some might find this hard to believe, but I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice.  For that matter, I’ve never read any Jane Austen books.  So when my good friend asks me if I’d read her debut novel based on one of her favorite Austen books, I had to admit that I was a little weary.  Not knowing the story behind Jane Austen’s infamous novel, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d relate to this book.  It only took me getting through the first couple paragraphs before I realized it didn’t matter that I was unfamiliar with the original story.  I knew that I was not only going to enjoy this book, but it would be one that I would recommend for a long time. 

To Elizabeth Baker, no man she could ever date could compare to Fitzwilliam Darcy.  But when she meets Bryan at a Halloween party dressed as her favorite character, she thought the stars had aligned.  Only to be crushed when he revealed that he’s actually interested in men.  This throws her in a tailspin and she decides to take a trip overseas, to lick her wounds and spend time with her sister and aunts. 

After a blind date gone horribly wrong, an accident causes Elizabeth to be in a coma.  When she “wakes up” she is no longer in present time.  She is thrown back in the Regency Era.  And, it’s here that she sees familiar faces, but they aren’t who they seem.

Samantha Whitman puts a modern, fun twist on the Austen classis, Pride and Prejudice.  With a cast of characters you won’t soon forget and a story that will have you hoping for a sequel, Samantha is sure to be an author everyone will be talking about for a long time to come.

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Growing up, Samantha moved around a lot and calls herself a typical Navy brat.  Now living in Florida, where she was originally born, she resides with her husband, five kids and several furry friends.  When Samantha isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family (Disney is one of their all-time favorite destinations), photography and overall just enjoying life.  She is working on the sequel to Ditching Mr. Darcy and continuously thinking up new story ideas. 

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