Monday, May 25, 2015

Girl of Mine by Taylor Dean: A PACKED post of Review, $100 Giveaway, Book Trailer and Author Inspiration!

Taylor Dean's newest book is now available!


The year is 2003 and Captain Lucas Graham is at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, about to be deployed to Iraq. A few weeks ago, he broke his engagement with Jillian Barrett, leaving her stunned and heartbroken.

Knowing he can’t leave for war without putting his affairs in order, Luke obtains a four day pass with only one goal in mind: explain his life story to his former fiancĂ©e. 

The problem: Jill is now engaged to another man. 

But Luke isn’t giving up. He only has four days to gain an audience with Jill, even if he has to resort to drastic measures to do so.

And he will . . .

I was so, so excited to read this book. It's no secret that I love Taylor Dean's books. She really knows how to write a story that pulls you in and engages you emotionally as a reader. Taylor is one of the authors that I stalk (in the best possible way), waiting for an announcement of a new book.
This book had a few surprise turns and stories within stories.  It took awhile for the whole picture to come together as pieces kept falling into place one at a time.  I really liked it.  I just couldn't put it down.

I loved both Jill and Luke.  They were characters with real, human emotions.  It was easy to relate to them and it was easy to like them.  I went on an emotional journey with them both and came out on the other side happy and satisfied.  

Content:  Clean!  Yipee!

The book trailer:

The song that inspired me while writing GIRL OF MINE:
(Watch until the end. There's a surprise!)

A interesting tidbit about GIRL OF MINE:
My dad always worried about the cost of the electricity bill. If he walked past my bedroom and noticed that my light had been left on, he would turn it off and holler,
"That's okay, Taylor, I got your light."
It became a bit of a joke in our household. My siblings and I loved to try and catch my dad leaving on a light, just so we could say,
"That's okay, Dad, I got your light."
Now that I'm an adult with my own family, the term takes on new meaning.
The message behind it has worked its way into my new novel, Girl of Mine.
My father brought me into this world, he cared for me, and he taught me well. He gave me my "light," my life.
He nourished my "light" and helped me become the person I am today.
So, Dad, thanks for getting my light.
I'll always be grateful.

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense--you'll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks + a $25 and Book Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Hope In Every RaindropHope In Every Raindrop
by Wesley Banks
NA Contemporary
ebook, 202 pages
May 26th 2015

“Small towns have big stories.” That was a lesson Katie’s father taught her years ago. A lesson she’s taken to heart. And right now, Katie is desperate for a big story. Reeling from the recent loss of her father and with her agent breathing down her neck for the next book, the twenty-one-year-old writer picks a spot on the map and finds herself bound for a middle-of-nowhere town called Bishopville, South Carolina.

Taking a chance on the words of a local grocer, Katie stumbles upon a rare breed of dogs raised by the town doctor and his nephew Kyle. The only problem? Kyle isn’t interested in telling stories—especially not to a big-city girl who can’t seem to sit still. In an attempt to win him over as the clock winds down, Katie finds herself immersed in Kyle’s world, doing everything but writing.

When inspiration finally strikes, Katie is faced with an unforeseen catastrophe and a truth she can no longer ignore. While she has come to love the dogs, the real story may be about Kyle Walker.

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I love the title of this book "Hope in Every Raindrop" and the running theme of it throughout the book.  I also loved the dogs in this book and how they played a large roll in the life and learning of the characters.

Katie is taking a risk for something that she loves.  She wants to write a meaningful story and she is willing to work hard for it, even if she is frustrated by the circumstances.  I admired her drive and her love for the written word.  She was both strong and vulnerable and a connection to her was easy to make.

Kyle was a bit of an enigma throughout the whole book.  I'm not sure what Katie saw in him other than his devotion to the dogs.  The emotional connection was lacking a bit for me but the story was still a good one and I really enjoyed reading it.

Content:  Mild swearing and sex behind closed doors between an unmarried couple.  No description, but you know it happened.

wesley-bio-300x460Wesley Banks was born in 1983 and grew up on the west coast of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. After spending over 7 years building movable bridges from Florida to Washington he decided to focus on his true passion: writing.

Wesley recently moved from Florida to Oregon to get back to the great outdoors that he’s love so much. He lives with my wife Lindsey, and his two dogs Linkin and Story. Most of his time these days is spent writing, with as much rock climbing, hiking, or skiing as they can fit in.

Wesley’s debut novel, “Hope In Every Raindrop,” is set to be released May of 2015.

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June 3rd - Grand Finale

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

$25 Cover Reveal Giveaway for Veils and Vengeance by Rachelle J. Christensen

Veils and Vengeance 
When wedding planner, Adrielle Pyper, goes to Hawaii to orchestrate a destination wedding, she isn't prepared for what she finds. After the trauma of her previous event, the beautiful isle of Kauai is the perfect place for Adri to unwind and do what she does best – plan. She even lets herself indulge in the attention of the groom’s handsome brother. But just when everything seems to be perfect, an afternoon snorkeling trip turns to murder when Adri discovers the body of a young woman. Shaken, but unable to let it go, Adri’s sleuthing leads her into more danger than she could imagine. When a number of “accidents” threaten her own life, it soon becomes apparent that someone will do anything to keep Adri from interfering with their vengeance.  
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Author Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading. Rachelle is the award-winning author of six books, including Wrong Number, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, and What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know. Her novella, Silver Cascade Secrets, was included in the Rone Award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Moses Chronicles: Bondage by H.B. Moore + $25 and Book Giveaway

A gripping, historical fiction account of the events that lead to Moses’s flight into the wilderness, The Moses Chronicles: Bondage will take you back to a rich period of history replete with scandal, strife, love, and hope as God prepares a prophet to lead His chosen people.

I always go into any book that fictionalizes scriptural events hesitant.  There are so many liberties that need to be taken to fill in the blanks and I hate confusing fact with fiction.  But, I usually just approach books like this as works of fiction and not fact or scripture and then I'm okay.

This book was so rich and full of life.  I could easily imagine the scenes and the people as I went through this book.  I loved the alternating points of view of Miriam and Moses.  It really helped me create a firm personal connection to them both.

Miriam is a character ruled by her heart.  She acts and speaks from her heart.  I love her devotion to Moses, even though he doesn't know who she is.  She has such faith in him.  Miriam gets into one scrape after another because she does allow her heart to lead her.  I loved her journey in this book, her adventures and her road to love.  She is a very satisfying character.

Even though I know the story of Moses, when I finished this book I was still a bit annoyed that it ended where it did.  I wanted to continue on with Moses.  It was a cliff hanger but not.  The real cliff hanger is me wanting to know how the author will weave her magic into this story and make it something that pulls me in and engages my mind and my heart.  I guess I'll just have to wait!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Seaside Surprises (The Seaside Hunters) by Stacy Claflin

Tiffany Saunders is on the run. When she winds up stranded in a seaside town, she wants nothing more than to forget her horrific past and kept moving. But a chance meeting with a handsome local changes everything.

Jake Hunter has some deep emotional scars and is trying to cope with running the family business. The last thing he wants is a relationship—until a mysterious brunette walks into his store and complicates it all.

Tiffany prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong—in her rear view mirror. But dark secrets cannot stay hidden forever. Just as the walls around Tiffany’s heart start to come down, the past catches up with her. Will true love be able to conquer all?

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I love discovering new authors in the clean romance genre.  Stacy Claflin is new to me and I haven't read her other books so I don't know if they are clean or not, but this one is and I know she has plans to write more books in this series about the Hunter brothers.  I'm looking forward to them!

I love books with an ocean setting.  For some reason I am so drawn to them.  I love the ocean.

This book has a very predictable story line, I could have called the whole thing from the beginning but it was still very enjoyable.  Tiffany is on the run from an abusive husband.  She is trying to keep a low profile and stay hidden and safe.  She thinks she is just passing through this ocean town but then she steps in to Jake's store and everything shifts.

Jake is attracted to Tiffany.  One look is all it takes.  Jake is a patient man- loyal with a strong sense of duty.  He has been through a great loss which makes him so gentle, humble and compassionate.  I loved Jake.

This is a sweet, clean romance.  There is at least one instance of mild swearing that I can remember.  There is some violence (domestic abuse, attempted murder and some fighting).  While the romance here is sweet with only kisses, the main characters do become involved before a divorce is finalized.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Date and Dash (Better Date Than Never Series, #10) by Susan Hatler

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Good news!  Bad news!  Good news!

Good news:  A new book, Mary Ann's story, in this Better Date Than Never series!

Bad news:  I think this is the last book in this series!  :(

Good news:  Another series is starting soon! Every Little Kiss (Kissed by the Bay Book 1)  It looks good and I can't wait to read it!

I have loved, loved, loved this series.  These books are so flirty and fun and the covers are a fantastic representation of what is inside.  I am always in the mood for one of these books.  The stories are short but oh, so satisfying.  They fill up my romantic heart and leave it with a breathless sigh of happiness.  

This is Mary Ann's story.  Mary Ann is impulsive and enjoys life but she has a deeply sentimental side as well.  She is on her way to an auction to bid on her grandmother's long lost bracelet when she gets into a bit of an accident.  Through a series of miscommunications, Mary finds herself with a date instead of a bracelet and her date is no other than the stiff, unyielding guy she hit on her way to the auction.  Talk about bad luck.  Or is it?

I think this story is one of my favorites.  Yup, favorite.  I said it.  Each book in this series can stand alone- you don't have to read them in order.  There is some character cross over though so reading from the beginning is fun because then you see old friends later.  Either way, it's going to be good.  

This is a sweet, clean romance with some kissing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Fairly Dangerous Godmother by Janette Rallison

Some people bomb auditions. Sadie Ramirez throws up during her tryouts on TV show America's Top Talent. Her performance is so bad, it earns her a fairy godmother through the Magical Alliance's Pitiful Damsel Outreach Program. Enter Chrysanthemum Everstar: a gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, high heel wearing fairy godmother in training. She misinterprets Sadie's wishes and sends her back in time to be a part of The Little Mermaid story and then makes her one of the twelve dancing princesses. Wishes are permanent, and if Sadie wants to get back to her home, she'll have to strike a magical bargain--one that involves stealing a goblet from a powerful fairy queen.

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If you have read any of the previous books in this series, you have an idea of what this book is like.  It's a mishmash of fairy tales- The Little Mermaid and The Twelve Dancing Princesses in this one.  Then you have a character (or characters) thrown into these fairy tales by a fairy godmother in training, Chrysanthemum Everstar (Chrissy).  She has a tendency to really mess things up and this time is no different.

Sadie is the girl usually on the outside looking in.  She is shy and maybe a bit of a loner.  She loves music and dreams of a career in singing.  Sadie decides to try out for a talent TV show and bombs her audition big time.  Because it is so pathetic, a fairy godmother is sent to her as part of an outreach program.  Poor Sadie thinks she is making her dreams come true with her wishes, but no.  Instead, something goes horribly wrong and she becomes the little mermaid.

This book is fun.  It is light hearted and humorous.  You really can't help but smile through so much of it.  It is perfectly clean and appropriate for tweens on up.  You don't have to read the previous books to understand this one, it can stand alone.  However, you will have a better understanding of Chrissy if you start at the beginning of the series.

My thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.