Thursday, March 23, 2017

Forever Alabama - Blog Tour & Giveaway


Forever, Alabama
Alabama #3
By: Susan Sands
Releasing March 20, 2017
Tule Publishing

Blurb
Everybody loves local attorney and favorite son, Ben Laroux.  Well, at least everybody of the female persuasion–until he meets Sabine O'Connor. She loathes him and makes no secret of her feelings, even when he pours on his famous charm hoping to thank her for helping his family. Ben has never been told no, and if there's one thing he's never walked away from, it's a challenge.

Sabine hopes she’s finally found peace and safety in the small town of Ministry. She’s changed her name to escape her painful past and her shameful family secrets. Ben Laroux is a gorgeous and sexy complication she can’t afford, but also can't resist. However, when her past threatens to derail her present and future, Ben might be the only man she can trust.

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She fought the urge like mad to scoot closer to her potential client and find out what lay beneath those blue plaid boxers. Her good sense and professionalism warred with her very long-ignored womanly needs.
“Are you having sexy thoughts about me?” Ben asked, breaking into her sexy thoughts. Because his sexy had returned.
“Huh? Of course—not.” Her eyes were unfocused.
“You are. You want to sit on my lap again,” he accused.
“That—wouldn’t be wise.” But God, it would feel so good.
“Stop it! I’m asking for help, here, and you want to climb the tower of Ben.”
“Okay, this isn’t headed anywhere good,” Sabine said.
“Make you a deal.” He appeared deadly serious.
“I’m listening.”
“You stay here tonight—” He held up a hand to stop her shocked protest. “Listen. I’m suggesting I sleep off my beers, make a call to my buddy to have your car cleaned, and we discuss plans for my therapy. And I’ll make eggs in the morning. If you still look at me like that after I’ve sobered up, then, I’ll have no choice but to kiss you again.”
She couldn’t really see a flaw in his plan. Certainly, there were many, but right now, she was seriously charmed by a stinky, post-vomitous guy with a great house. “Um. I’m not sure that’s wise.”
“Why?”
 “Because I’m a little distracted by your sitting there in your underwear.”
His eyes changed, the atmosphere between them became charged. “I knew it.”
“Go take a shower and brush your teeth.”
Both laughed at that. Sabine had no idea where this might lead, but either way, she was certain it was a bad idea. Bad.

Author Info
Susan Sands began writing on her fortieth birthday. Better than a hot young boyfriend or a red convertible as mid-life crises go. Her first Southern women’s fiction title, Again, Alabama, was published a mere eight years later, with the second, Love, Alabama, and her latest, Forever, Alabama, following closely behind. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, Susan's passion for reading sparked her interest in writing. She now creates stories about the quirky characters and fascinating relationships that are uniquely Southern.

Susan holds a degree in elementary education, and has lived in the Johns Creek/Alpharetta suburb of Atlanta with her husband and three children for over twenty years.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cards From Khloe's Flower Shop - Virtual Tour, Review & Giveaway


By: Isabella Louise Anderson

Released January 17, 2017
Chick Lit Goddess, LLC

Blurb
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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Review by Marlene Engel
As a flower shop owner, thirty-one-year-old Khloe Harper spends each day delivering love.  That’s pretty ironic considering she has a hard time trusting men after her ex’s betrayal.  But with the arrival of Derek Thomas into her shop, she starts to wonder if love may still be in the cards for her.

After losing her husband to a heart attack, sixty-five-year-old Gabby is still hopeful to find love again.  She joins an online dating service and, to her surprise, meets fellow widow Harry Hoffman.  Will she get another chance at love?

Connie Albright has been a pariah most of her life.  In the hopes of getting her co-workers to notice her, she creates a bogus boyfriend named Walt and sends flowers to her office from him.  When asked to see a photo of Walt, Connie has no choice but to seek out a Walt.  That’s when she joins an online dating service.  But her plan doesn’t go as smoothly as she’d like and her world is thrown into disarray again.

Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop is a delightful story about stepping out of your comfort zone, new beginnings and discovering one’s self.  It’s told through three very different characters, but ties into one very enjoyable story!

Author Info
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.

Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

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Sweet Lake - Review #Wintervention

The Mayfair Inn, located in the small town of Sweet Lake, Ohio is a family business that Linnie has been running since her father had a stroke.  After she began overseeing the inn she began making improvements that she thought would ensure that she be able to take over the business.  But the inn has always been passed on to the son of the family. 

It was never Sarah and Treat Mayfair’s intention to cause a rift between their children.  They felt they were doing what was right for the business and following tradition.  When their son, Freddie, does something deceitful he causes the fissure between him and his sister to become even deeper.

But leave it to the Sweet Lake Sirens, a group of elderly women, to concoct a plan to reunite Linnie and Freddie.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but she quickly made me a fan.  I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her novel TREASURE ME, Liberty series book 2, is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists SECOND CHANCE GRILL, Liberty series book 1, and the other Liberty books as "highly recommended". 

Look for SWEET LAKE, book 1 of her new series, on February 28, 2017 and THE COMFORT OF SECRETS, book 2, on July 18, 2017.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Two Good Dogs - Pub Week Giveaway

Single mom Skye Mitchell has sunk her last dime into a dream, owning the venerable, if run-down LakeView Hotel in the Berkshire Hills. It’s here where she believes she’ll give her fourteen-year-old daughter Cody a better life. But being an innkeeper is more challenging than she imagined, and Cody still manages to fall in with the wrong crowd. In addition, Cody is keeping an earth-shattering secret that she’s terrified to reveal. The once loving, open girl has now become completely withdrawn, and Skye is both desperate and helpless to reach her.
When Adam March and his pit bull Chance check into the hotel, it becomes the first of many visits. Here in these peaceful mountains he finds an unexpected relief from his recent bereavement. He and the beleaguered innkeeper form a tentative friendship. Adam knows the struggles of raising a difficult teenager and Skye understands loneliness.
And then there is Mingo, a street kid with a pit bull dog of his own. When Cody discovers an overdosed Mingo, Adam takes the boy’s dog not just for safekeeping, but to foster and then rehome. But the dog isn’t the only one who needs saving. A makeshift family begins to form as four lost people learn to trust and rely on each other, with the help of two good dogs.

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Susan Wilson is an American author. Her first novel, Beauty, was adapted into a television movie. A later book, One Good Dog, was a New York Times bestseller.

She is working on her next novel, another work featuring the complicated relationship between humans and the dogs they love. 

She lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband.  She has two grown daughters and three grandchildren.  Susan also lives with her demanding terrierist, Bonnie. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Typewriter's Tale - Pub Week Giveaway

‘Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to.'

This is the maxim of celebrated author Henry James and one which his typist Frieda Wroth tries to live up to. Despite her admiration for the great author, Frieda is marginalised and under-valued, lost between the faceless servants and the chattering guests.

The arrival of the hypnotic Morton Fullerton brings Frieda into sudden focus. As she is drawn into his confidence she finds herself at the centre of an intrigue every bit as engrossing as the novels she types. Her loyalties tested, Frieda must choose between anonymity in the presence of a literary master and an uncertain love with a man she barely knows

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Michiel Heyns grew up all over South Africa – Thaba Nchu, Kimberley, Grahamstown, Cape Town - and was educated at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge. For much of his adult life he was an academic, lecturing in English at the University of Stellenbosch, but after publication of his first novel, The Children’s Day, he took to writing full-time.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

It Happens All The Time - Review #Wintervention

Review by Melinda Garza
In Amy Hatvany's novel, It Happens All The Time, you quickly become consumed with this emotional and very complex read. This story has alternating views between Amber and Tyler. Amber and Tyler are close friends, if not best friends. They have known each other since their teenage years when Tyler and his parents moved into the neighborhood. A short time after moving in, his parents divorce and Amber's mom and Tyler's become confidants. Amber and Tyler also trusted and depended on each other.

After Amber graduates from college, she returns to her childhood home for the summer. She and Tyler spend a lot of time together. One night they attend a party and Amber kisses Tyler but Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart. She always felt like their relationship was just one of friendship but unbeknownst to Amber, Tyler always secretly wished they would be more than just friends. This drunken kiss and what happens next when she says no and he doesn't listen, changes their lives forever and the trust they once shared is shattered.

When rape and the lack of consent in sexual interactions occur, there are dire consequences. How will they live the rest of their lives and understand what happened? Rape and its recovery is a very sensitive and heavy subject and after reading this novel, I would recommend it to all. It is an emotionally wrenching story that opens doors to the conversation of date rape. It is a definite must read!

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Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist.

Amy spends most of her time today with her second and final husband, Stephan. (Seriously, if this one doesn’t work out, she’s done, kaput, no more husbands.) She stays busy with her two children, Scarlett and Miles, and her “bonus child,” Anna. Their blended family also includes two four-legged hairy children, commonly known as Black Lab mutts, Kenda and DolcĂ©.

When Amy’s not with friends or family, she is most likely reading, cooking, or zoning out on certain reality television shows. Top Chef is a current favorite. She eagerly awaits auditions for the cast of “Top Author.”

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Monday, February 27, 2017

A Million Little Things - Pub Week Review & Giveaway

Review by Deb Czajkowski
Zoe is single.  She would go so far as to use the word alone ─so alone that, when she accidentally traps herself in her attic, she envisions someone finding her dead body days, or even weeks, from now.  This realization forces her stop living in her, well, living room ─Zoe works from home, translating manuals─ and reach out to make friends.  She’s also missing her mom, who died several years ago, and she’s needing some motherly TLC right now.

Pam, a recent widow, volunteers for an organization that counsels women on personal and professional goals to help them move forward in their lives.  She balances that with a Pilates class several times each week.  Pam, old enough to be Zoe’s mother, is thrilled when Zoe shows up unexpectedly at her Pilates class, looking to join the class and also looking to her for that mother-substitute TLC.

Jen is Zoe’s best friend, but things have been strained between them for a while now.  Jen and her husband Kirk have an eighteen-month-old son, Jack.  Since he was born, Jack has been Jen’s whole world, to the point that Jen is constantly frantic over every aspect of Jack’s life. But her greatest worry is that there is something seriously wrong with Jack ─he hasn’t spoken one single word yet!

Enter Steven ─initially to fix that faulty attic staircase.  But now he is fast becoming the new man in Zoe’s life. He successfully runs the family business, he’s kind and thought. And he seems to be falling for Zoe. So where’s the problem here?

Zoe’s life has suddenly gotten complicated! Problems, complications: “tomayto, tomahto.”  I like the word labyrinthine.  Why? Well, Jen is Pam’s daughter as well as Zoe’s anxiety-ridden best friend, and Pam wants Zoe to join forces with her in staging an intervention for Jen.  And Steven is (Wait for it!) Pam’s son ─and Jen’s brother. Did you see that coming?  How do Pam and Jen feel about them dating? Oh, then there’s Miguel. Who’s Miguel, you ask?  He’s Zoe’s widowed father ─and he’s now trying to work his substantial charms on Pam!  Labyrinthine is a good word here, right?

Ah, but there’s also that other thing……...

That you will have to wait for! (i.e. Read the book! J)

In A Million Little Things, the cast of characters is relatively small. This allows author Susan Mallery to a.) develop each character’s personality, giving us glimpses into their day-to-day thoughts and activities, flaws and claws, challenges and opportunities; and b.) tangle the web of their lives and loves to intensive their dreams and the drama.

I liked that about Mallery’s novel: Getting to really know the characters made them seem more real to me and their problems more personal.  It was like cheering for friends to search their souls and succeed in finding solutions to their dillemmas. As Mallery skillfully illustrates in A Million Little Things, life can go from mundane to messy in no time at all. And calming the chaos is usually neither quick nor easy.

Maybe your life is mundane right now, and messy ─someone else’s mess!─ sounds like a fun diversion.  Or maybe messy is more like life as you know it.  Either way, I recommend you pick up a copy of A Million Little Things.  Best case scenario is your life looks carefree in comparison.  Worst case? You see that complicated is common ─one might even argue that it’s normal.  Relax today with A Million Little Things and relish a bit of uncomplicated in your life.

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle.

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