Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Blitz 'All That Glitters' by Tracy Krimmer


This is my stop during the book blitz for All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 June. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/all-that-glitters-by-tracy-krimmer/ 


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34109955-all-that-glitters
Country-music star, Dory Walker, never wanted to come back to the small town of Sycamore Bay. But after her fairy-tale life is flipped upside down, and her marriage becomes a casualty, she has no choice.

Harris Malone is a man with few commitments. He keeps a low profile most days while he cares for his young daughter and helps run his dad’s hardware store.

But when he and Dory run into each other at the local gas station, all either can think about is the searing kiss they shared many years ago.

Can a woman who only wants to rekindle her career and a man who enjoys a no-strings attached lifestyle find everlasting love?



The Facts:


Publication Date:
June 1st, 2017
Series:
Songs of the Heart #1
Genre:
Contemporay Romance, Women’s Fiction
Pages:
224
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:


Excerpt:


Dory

I still had a key to the house. It never left my keychain after all these years. I found it on my Jason Segel keychain and steadied it in my hand. Ever since How I Met Your Mother I fell in love with Jason Segel’s quirkiness. The second I passed my driver’s test I ran to the novelty store and found the keychain. I adored the romance between him and Alyson Hannigan, and I hoped one day to find a Marshall to my Lily. I thought I had that in Dylan.
I gripped the chain in my hand. This had been a part of me for so long, one of the only things left from home.
The first few steps up the porch proved difficult. How could I even ask my grandmother to live there? The news of my split with Dylan cluttered social media, but my grandma stayed away from all electronics. She probably hadn’t even heard. I hoped seeing me surprised her in a good way.
I pulled open the screen door and put my hand on the knob. I turned it, but nothing happened. My hand shook as I slid the key into the lock and turned, releasing a breath. She didn’t change the locks on me. I took that as a positive.
I stepped inside to the foyer, pine and lemon filling my nose. My grandmother loved to clean, a complete opposite of my messy tendencies. The slate floor brought a sense of peace, its various colors of maroon, blue, and green bringing back memories of when I would play with matchbox cars, pretending the grout lines were the streets.
The blanket on the back of the couch wasn’t folded, and when I reached the kitchen, dishes filled the sink. This wasn’t like her, to leave such a mess. Though once I moved out, possibly she changed her ways. Either way, I folded the blanket and started in on the dishes. If I planned to ask her to allow me to live here, I had to show I could hold my own.
Fifteen minutes later, after the last dish was washed, dried, and put away, I walked into my old bedroom.
Nothing had changed. The polka dotted comforter was still on my bed, my old white desk against the wall. My closet was still covered in photos of Jason Segel, The Rock, and Ryan Reynolds. Even the bright green shag rug sat in the center of my room, next to the bed.
I fell back onto my bed. The bed where Harris Malone first kissed me. And the last time. They were the same exact time. One and the same. He was the only boy I ever kissed besides Dylan Booth. After Harris kissed me, he made up with his girlfriend, Jody. They got married after graduation, and she got pregnant right away. They probably moved out of town and had two or three more kids, a happily ever after I would never see.
I shook thoughts of Harris out of my mind. Why did I think of him after all these years? One man I cared for broke my heart by choosing another, and the other took everything away from me.
What did everyone think of me? I was the one to break out from the town. I left this place and made a better life for myself, if only temporarily. In all my interviews, I never talked about Sycamore Bay. I wasn’t ashamed. Not at all. There just wasn’t a lot here, nothing to discuss.
I turned my head toward my bulletin board, pictures tacked up, leaving no empty spaces. Most of the smiles looking back at me were of me and Tammy. I missed her so much. My best friend since I started school and now I couldn’t feel more distant from her. Our calls to one another started off daily, then weekly, and monthly, until they eventually disappeared. I couldn’t say who made the last phone call, but a day didn’t pass when I thought of her.
Best friends are supposed to be forever. That’s what our necklace claimed, anyway. My half that held the -st from best, and the -nds from friends, still hung on the corner of my bulletin board. Did she keep her half? Did she live in Sycamore Bay? She never talked about leaving like I did, but her dreams weren’t as quite as big as mine, either. I wanted to see her, though if I did, I didn’t know what I would even say. At this point, she was a stranger.
I laid back on my bed and stared up at the ceiling. The stars my grandma stuck up there when I was nine remained. Whenever I turned off my light, they glowed, and I’d stare at them for hours. So many stars in the sky, each unique and full of destiny. I wanted more than anything to be part of those stars.
            I never realized becoming one would destroy me.

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About the Author:


Tracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

For more information about Tracy Krimmer please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Bookbub. Or sign up for her newsletter.

This Book Blitz was organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review 'Someone To Love' by Mary Balogh


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30312989-someone-to-love
Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune that will forever alter the lives of everyone in his family—including the daughter no one knew he had...

Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl’s guardian is interested in Anna…

Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, keeps others at a distance. Yet something prompts him to aid Anna in her transition from orphan to lady. As London society and her newfound relatives threaten to overwhelm Anna, Avery steps in to rescue her and finds himself vulnerable to feelings and desires he has hidden so well and for so long.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
November 8th, 2016
Series:
Westcott #1
Genre:
Historical Romance
Pages:
400
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


I just love Historical Romance novels. There is just something about those books that makes me feel happy.  I definitely feel like I’m traveling through time when I read a Historical Romance novel, and the romance just always has this almost magical feel about it. And the books I’ve read by Mary Balogh, were really good, so when the time came I grabbed my copy of ‘ Someone To Love’ and started reading.

In ‘ Someone To Love’ we meet Anna Snow. Anna has lived in a orphanage all her life and is now a teacher. One day Anna receives a letter that will change her life forever. Anna Snow is really the daughter of a very rich Earl, and she is the one who inherits all his money. In a blink of the eye Anna is one of the richest woman and soon she has to learn everything there is to know about the ‘ton’. Thankfully, Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby is there to help Anna out.

Just like the other books I read by Mary Balogh, ‘Someone To Love’ is a very nice and easy to read book. I took me a little time to get into the story, but when I did I was definitely fascinated by this read.
The whole Young-woman-living-in-an-orphanage part had a big cinderella feel about it and I really enjoyed reading Anna’s story.

The romance between Anna and Avery was something I just didn’t really ‘feel’. I just couldn’t really feel the chemistry between those two and I kept wondering if I somehow missed the whole falling in love bit. It was all very sudden and unexpected. It was still a nice romance story to read, but I just didn’t really got the feeling.

Anna was definitely a nice character. She was a very strong woman, who didn’t really seem to fit into her time. She was very opinionated and really just wanted to have a family of her own.
Avery was very mysterious, and still was this way at the end. I enjoyed reading about him, but I still feel like I don’t know him at all. And the whole Chinese fight stuff, just felt a little weird to me.

Overall ‘Someone To Love’ was a nice Historical Romance novel with a good story, and some nice characters.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.

Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby. Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name. In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full-time. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling 'Slightly' sextet and 'Simply' quartet. She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards. She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B. Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about Mary Balogh please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.

https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Favorite.. Evil Book Character



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

There are so many great book characters out there. There are characters who are really almost heroes and that make the book so much better. There are characters that you can relate to and there are characters you just dislike. And I love reading and finding new characters to love and well ..hate.

And then there are book characters that are just evil. Think of President Snow from the Hunger Games, or think of Victoria in the Twilight Saga. But my favorite Evil Book Character has to be Professor Snape from Harry Potter. Not only did I seriously hate him in the first three books of Harry Potter, I also kind of loved him in the other books. There’s just something about this character that makes me feel all kind of emotions.

Obviously, the fact that Professor Snape was portrayed by the amazing actor Alan Rickman made me love him even more. And I guess some of you wouldn’t even describe Snape as an evil character, but to me he is the perfect character that made me hate him while loving him. And when I think of evil character I just always think of him.

Which Evil Book Character is your favorite? And why?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blog Tour 'A Deadly Game' by Gary M. Leppers


Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘A Deadly Game’ by Gary M. Leppers. This is a Mystery/ Thriller novel that was published on December 6th, 2016. Check out this post for more info about this book and to read an excerpt.

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33519419-a-deadly-game?ac=1&from_search=true
Professional baseball players in multiple cities have been injured inexplicably--and two have died. When former police detective David Kenmuir tries to learn why, he becomes trapped in a collision between the make-believe world of fantasy baseball leagues and the very real world of crime-for-hire. In order to escape from it, he must end it--and manage to stay alive in the midst of lethal conflicts between a mob boss and his maverick subordinate, and between himself and a nemesis from his past. It won't be easy.








The Facts:


Publication Date:
December 6th, 2016
Series:
-
Genre:
Mystery, Thriller
Pages:
299
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

Excerpt:


He flinched when a sudden and jagged burst of light flashed in front of him. Then he counted—one, one thousand…two, one thousand…three, one thousand…four, one thousand—before a deep boom overtook the light. Symbolic, he thought. The thunders getting closer and so am I.
He looked at his reflection in the huge 12th-floor window of his office. The classic embodiment of a leader, he thought: 43 years old, suit custom-tailored to his lean six feet, clean shaven, dark hair trimmed above his ears (rock ‘nroll bands be damned). What he considered his best feature wasnt visible: a slight limp that he would explain, with modest reluctance, as the result of a wound in his left thigh, where hed been bayoneted during hand-to-hand combat with a Vietcong soldier—which wasnt quite true, but was close enough: during the war, yes, but the result of slipping in muck during a monsoon and being impaled on a tent peg.
When he returned from Vietnam, he was appointed executive vice-president of his fathers computer hardware business. Five years later, a cerebral aneurysm soundlessly killed his sleeping father and transformed the business into his business.
Hed always known he had the decisive, shrewd, and prescient intellect of a leader. Unfortunately, those same characteristics had been resented all his life—which was why hed been thwarted in running for student offices in high school and college, as his classmates always had chosen otherspopularity over his competence, and why his Army career had stalled, as his intimidated contemporaries and even commanders had deprived him of deserved opportunities and promotions. Finally, he was in command.
As expected, the business thrived under his leadership. Until about three years ago, when it started to decline. Granted, itd been undramatic: a piece here, a piece there, but slow and steady, like hunks of soil eroding off a riverbank. Hed been stunned and puzzled—until he realized that he was the victim, not the cause.
Two destructive influences, both totally out of his control and not at all his fault, had converged on him. First were the slob Californians: unshaven, dressing in rumpled sport shirts and Levis as if they worked on a loading dock or a construction site, and having no sense of propriety. Second were the insufferable Asians: America had spent millions to develop new technologies, only to give them away so gook countries could exploit American markets, for gods sake. No home-grown business like his could compete with their cheap labor and government subsidies.  
Looking back on it, he wished hed surrendered to one of the attempts to take over his business. One major battle and one crisis, and it wouldve been over. Instead, hed beaten back all of them. Ironically, itd all been a waste of time and so damn much money, since the modernized plant—humming with new equipment and systems that now manufactured products faster and cheaper than ever—still wasnt rapid enough to keep pace with what seemed to be weekly technological changes or cheap enough to yield sufficient profits. As a result, his business was enduring the commercial equivalent of death by a thousand cuts: a product here, a service here, a customer there.
Worse, the handwriting on the company wall was spelling his own name as well; if it went down, so would he. About two years ago, hed begun agonizing over how to rescue himself. His first impulse had been a high-risk, large-dividend investment of some kind, but he backed off when his research revealed that such an investment, by its very nature, also implied a high risk of failure. Hed then imagined a hefty, and thus very lucrative, drug sale—but had no notion how to acquire any drugs, let alone in sufficient volume, and drug trafficking was just plain dangerous.
As one idea after another succumbed to some insurmountable flaw, his desperation began to deteriorate into panic. Then, a little over a year ago, what he thought of as “The Plan” revealed itself. It was magical: one moment there was no solution, and the next moment there it was, vivid and briljant.

About the Author:


Gary M. Lepper is a retired trial lawyer with degrees from Stanford University. An Army veteran, he has written for a local newspaper as well as authored A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors, a research study on modern American first edition fiction and poetry that can be found in most libraries. He is an avid baseball fan and fantasy baseball league commissioner and nine-time winner of the Walnut Creek Bush (fantasy baseball) League. Lepper is a collector of first edition novels, comic books and baseball cards among other ephemera. He is married with two daughters, three granddaughters and, at last, one grandson, as well as the devoted owner of “Frodo,” a half maltese, half shih tzu attack dog.

For more information about Gary M. Leppers please visit his website

This Blog Tour was organized by Smith Publicity .
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