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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour: The Husband Maker by Karey White

Husband Maker Tour



The Husband Maker by Karey White
Author: Karey White 
Publisher: Orange Door PRess
Date of publication: July 15, 2014

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next. Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed? When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

My thoughts:
The Husband Maker is a well written and clean read..  I did like the overall story as it dealt with trying to figure out what we truly want in life and relationships.   I really felt bad for Charlotte because I think she clearly was picking the wrong men.  She seems to be someone who is looking for true love, but keeps trying maybe too hard to find it.  She did come across as a genuinely nice and caring person. She has great friends and loves her family. 

Given her personality, I was surprised at her relationship with Kyle.  I never liked him throughout the whole book.  He kept coming across as selfish to me and that isn't someone I would want to see Charlotte with.  The book does end in a sort of cliffhanger.  Not as bad as it could have been.  I felt comfortable with the place that Charlotte was in and I am really rooting for her future.

I do recommend this book.  I am really looking forward to reading the sequel, The Matchmaker which comes out this fall.

Enjoy this excerpt!

My apartment intercom buzzed. “Yes?” I answered.
“It’s Kyle Aldsworth.” He had a deep, rich voice in spite of the static that accompanied it.
“Great. I’ll be right down.” I ran to the window that overlooked the sidewalk in front of my apartment. I didn’t have a great angle. The door to our building was narrow and sat behind a wrought iron gate between Cuddy’s Clip Shop and Grandpa Guo’s Shoe Repair. Cuddy’s was two floors below us, and if guests were standing too close to the door, they were blocked from view by the barber pole attached to the side of the building.
Kyle stood a few feet from the door, allowing me a birds-eye view of dark, thick hair and a navy suit. If he looked up, I’d be able to see his face, which Jayne had compared to a clean-shaven Jake Gyllenhaal. Of course, if he looked up, he’d probably see I was spying out my window instead of coming to the door. I took one last look at my gray and white striped dress, grabbed my yellow cardigan, and headed down.
“You must be Charlotte,” he said when I opened the door. I smiled and looked up—yes up—at one of the most incredible faces I’d ever gone on a date with. Jayne had been wrong. He wasn’t a beardless Jake Gyllenhaal. He was Jake plus Cary Grant plus Captain VonTrapp, with a little of Jonny Lee Miller’s Mr. Knightley thrown in for good measure. Perhaps that sounds ridiculous, but you weren’t looking at him.
All intelligent thought abandoned me, leaving me unable to remember for sure what my name was.
What kind of game was Jayne playing with me? Kyle was much too beautiful for me. He’d have probably been too beautiful for Grace Kelly.
“You are Charlotte Emerson, right?”
How long had I been standing there gawping at him?
“Yes. I’m Charlotte.”
“Whew! You had me worried for a second. I’m Kyle. It’s good to meet you.” He extended his hand and shook mine. His hand was perfect—good size, warm and dry, nice grip without too much enthusiasm. He was a hand-shaking artist. Great. He’d stopped shaking my hand and I hadn’t relinquished my grip. I quickly withdrew mine and turned to lock the iron gate. My face burned, and I fidgeted with the key for a few extra seconds to give my cheeks a chance to return to their normally fair complexion.

Kyle was smiling when I turned back around. “My car’s around the corner.”

Karey WhiteAbout the author:

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pre-publication blog tour: Love and Let Spy! by Shana Galen

We are excited to be taking part in a pre-publication tour to promote Shana Galen's new book, Love and Let Spy!  Over the next two weeks, a different blog will be releasing a new excerpt every day.  We have the first on for you below!  

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Author: Shana Galen
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: August 5, 2014


Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde…
A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love…until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife…
Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

London Season, 1816
“I don’t care how beautiful or rich or bloody socially acceptable she is,” Dominic said, turning fiercely from the drawing--room mantel. “I am not marrying her.”
“Sir, need I remind you that your mother is present?”
The marchioness waved a hand. In her pale blue muslin morning gown, she seemed almost one of the furnishings in the drawing room, which had been done in blue and cream and a panoply of gilt and ormolu. “I have heard it all before,” his mother said. “One does not raise four sons without hearing a bit of the vulgar tongue.”
Dominic gestured as if to say, See?
“I do not give a bloody farthing,” the marquess said, standing and pointing at Dominic. “You will show your mother some respect.”
Dominic refrained, just barely, from mentioning the contradiction inherent in his stepfather’s curse. The man had no sense of humor and would not appreciate the irony. He also had a selective memory. At the moment, he chose to forget that his wife possessed a somewhat less than savory past.
Dominic wished he could forget.
“My lord,” Dominic said, tamping down his fury from long habit, “I do not wish to marry. I have no obligation to produce an heir, as I have no lands or titles to pass on. There is no need—-”
“There is every need!” Lord Edgeberry boomed. Dominic clenched his fists to keep from using them. He was a grown man and did not enjoy being treated like a child. But he would tolerate it for his mother. “Your behavior is scandalous, and I’ll be damned if I stand by while you produce a passel of bastards who show up on my door, begging for money.”
Dominic cut his gaze to his mother, and the marchioness hissed in a breath and shook her head at her eldest son, her eyes pleading for forbearance. “My lord,” she said, rising and taking her husband’s arm. “Might we speak in private for a moment?”
Dominic turned his back on the room and faced the mantel, staring at the figure of a small porcelain shepherdess. She was a typical English beauty with flaxen hair, rosy cheeks, and huge blue eyes. Dominic hated the type. Behind him he heard his mother’s rapid whispers. Every few moments, he was able to discern one of her words. “Fatherless…Pride…Careful.”

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Dark Paradise by Angie Sandro

Author: Angie Sandro
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Date of publication: July , 2014

DARK LEGACY

Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of "witch women," she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She's haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

DEADLY SECRETS

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister's killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.


For the most part, I enjoyed debut novel, Dark Paradise.  From the opening chapter, I was engaged in the mystery of what happened to Lainey Prince.  With voodoo, ghosts and possible murder, you have all the makings of a good book.  The story is told in alternating points of view between Mala and Landry.  I did like that aspect of the story. I also liked the solution to the murder.  What I didn't like was the way everyone kept getting angry at each other and then were happy go lucky the next.  It got a little tiring after a while.

Mala was a good strong character.   I felt bad for her.  She is trying to do everything she can go make something of herself and things keep happening to prevent that.  I didn't quite see the attraction between Landry and Mala, especially when he keeps accusing her of having something to do with Lainey's death. In the end, I was also a bit disappointed in seeing the makings of a love triangle.  We will have to wait and see how that plays out in the next book, Dark Sacrifice.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Cursed by Heather Graham

Author: Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: May 2014

Hannah O'Brien, who grew up in the house and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she's dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help. 

FBI agent Dallas Samson has a passionate interest in the murder, since the victim's a colleague whose death is connected to the smuggling ring known as Los Lobos—the wolves. Now Dallas is even more committed to chasing them down…


The Cursed is the 12th book in the Krewe of Hunters series.  I'm pleased to say that even after 12 books, the series is still very enjoyable.  I really enjoyed this one.  The characters were strong and fun.  I loved that they didn't get a long at first.  That always makes for good tension. In the end, I thought Hannah and Dallas were perfect for each other.  The mystery was well written.  I didn't guess the killer until the very end.

What I loved most about the book was that is took place in Key West which was the setting for her Bone Island trilogy.  In fact, Hannah is related to one of the characters from that series.  It was fun to see some old characters show up. I love when authors do that sort of thing!

Up next is The Hexed.  I can't wait!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

by:  Elizabeth Wein
published by:  Egmont Press
publish date:  February 6, 2012

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.


This was one of those books that I've had forever it seems like and I don't know why I never got around to it.  I finally read it and oh my gosh, I loved it.  No wonder so many people were gushing about it.

It tells the story about British pilot Maddie and her passenger Verity.  They crash behind enemy lines and Verity is captured by the Nazis.  Because they want information from her, they allow her to write out her story in hopes that she will divulge secrets.    In the mean time, Maddie is trying to get back to friendly territory so that they can rescue Verity before the Nazis execute her.

The story is told in both Verity's point of view and Maddie's and it was a very tense and exciting story.  It's one of those books that when I finished reading it, my first thought was that all kids should have to read it.  I wouldn't be surprised if it became required reading.  So, I definitely recommend it for anyone and everyone!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Chance by Robyn Carr

Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Date of publication:  February 2014

With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge. 

Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep…unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.


I think that The Chance has become my favorite of this series, so far. This was a wonderful story filled with second chances.  Eric is Ashley's biological father. He has moved to town to start a new business and be closer to his daughter.  An ex-con, he has turned his life around and made himself into a model citizen.  Laine is back in town to take a hiatus from her FBI job.  She has a lot of recovering to do from her gunshot wound and the events at the cult compound a few months before.  They say opposites attract and from the start, the attraction for these two is strong.  I loved this relationship.  Even though they were so different, they just worked so well together.

Along with the main couple, there are a couple of other relationships that add a lot of warmth to the book.  I thought the relationship between Al and Justin and his brothers was wonderful, yet heartbreaking at the same time.  RayAnne also finally gets some happiness in her life as well. This book could be picked up as a stand alone.  There is enough background to give the reader just enough information to feel at home in the town of Thunder Point.  But as a whole this series is wonderful and so worth reading.  The Promise is next.  I can't wait to read it.  It will be nice to see Scott Grant finally get some happiness back in his life!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Don't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown

Author: Holly Brown
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: July 2014

Marley’s quiet. Innocent. Sheltered. Growing up in Northern California with all the privilege Rachel never had, what does Marley know about taking care of herself? About being okay?
Rachel might not know her daughter at all. But she does know that she needs to find Marley before someone else does. Someone dangerous.

The police have limited resources devoted to runaways. If Rachel and her husband, Paul, want their daughter back, they’ll have to find her themselves. Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter and launches FindMarley.com.
But Marley isn’t the only one with something to hide. Paul’s social media campaign generates national attention, and the public scrutiny could expose Rachel’s darkest secrets. When she blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins.

The blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It’s not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it’s discovered that Rachel lied to the police, the devoted mother becomes the prime suspect in Marley’s disappearance.

Is Marley out there, somewhere, watching it all happen . . . or is the truth something far worse?

Can you imagine coming home to see that your daughter has posted on the white board in your kitchen...that she has left and doesn't want to be found?  That is the nightmare that Rachel finds herself in the middle of one afternoon in Don't Try to Find Me. The question that Rachel and her husband need answered is did Marley run away or was she kidnapped?  

I was really expecting a mystery, but instead I got a glimpse into both sides of a teenage runaway situation and the dangers of not paying attention to how our children use the internet.  The story is told from both Rachel's and Marley's point of view.  Rachel struggles with the reason that Marley would want to runaway. What could she have done differently and would it have mattered.  I did feel badly for Rachel.  She has often been manipulated by her husband and her "friend" Michael.  She has kind of lost herself and has forgotten how to be a good parent.  Marley came across as a exactly what she is...a naive and troubled 14YO little girl who thinks she knows everything.  

Overall, I liked the story.  It's a great commentary on how much social media plays in our perceptions of people. Also in how nothing is private anymore and if you open yourself to the World Wide Web, it could come back to haunt you.  I was a little unsatisfied with the ending.  I felt like it was a little abrupt and would have liked to see more of what happened "after".  But, I do recommend the book.  It's well written and kept me engaged through to the end.



About the author:

Holly Brown lives with her husband and toddler daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a practicing marriage and family therapist. Her blog, Bonding Time, is featured on PsychCentral.com.

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Throwback Thursday: An Independent Wife by Linda Howard


Author: Linda Howard
First published in 1982 by Pocket Books

An independent wife and determined to stay that way -- that was Sallie Baines. Her husband Rhy had broken her heart and once, she had vowed, was enough.

Then fate brought them together again, and the new Sallie fell for him just as the old had done. His was the fire, the power -- the love -- that could weld a heart once broken, into a seamless whole and leave a woman, once hurt, basking in a passion fulfilled.


I can't really say what made me finish listening to this book.  It's probably because Linda Howard is one of my favorite writers and I have loved most of her early romance books.  Not this one.  I know it was written in 1982, but I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would think a book where the man is a major A-hole  through the entire book is worth reading.  As I listened to the audiobook, I kept urging Sallie, the heroine, to kick him in the balls whenever he grabbed her to kiss her.  Yes, the story kind of pissed me off.

I detested Rhy throughout the entire book and never felt like he redeemed himself.  Rhy and Sallie are separated for 7 years.  Why not just get divorced?  Throughout that time, Sallie gets a backbone and makes something of herself.  When Rhy finally tracks her down, he continues to manhandle and manipulate her in order to keep her from leaving or divorcing him.  Instead of being disgusted by his behavior, Sallie, the not so Independent woman, keeps falling into his arms because he seems to have some magic power over her libido.  By the end, I just couldn't buy into the HEA that I supposed to like.  It just left a bad taste in my mouth.  So, I'm sure you can guess that I won't be recommending this one.  

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UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries.

When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

The Rest of The Sydney Rye Series:

DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2) 
INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)
STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)
THE DEVIL'S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5) Coming April 2014

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Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling "Sydney Rye" series of mystery novels including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS and the forthcoming THE DEVIL'S BREATH. Emily lives with her husband, Sean Gilvey, and their dog, Kinsey Millhone "Pup Detective", on a trawler docked in the Hudson Valley during the summer. She spends her winters traveling to where ever the next Sydney Rye Novel takes place. Right now she is in Costa Rica working on Sydney Rye #6.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Son by Jo Nesbo

by:  Jo Nesbo
published by:  Knopf
publish date:  May 13, 2014

Sonny Lofthus, in his early thirties, has been in prison for the last dozen years: serving time for crimes he didn't commit. In exchange, he gets an uninterrupted supply of heroin—and the unexpected stream of fellow prisoners seeking out his uncanny abilities to soothe and absolve. His addiction started when his father committed suicide rather than be exposed as a corrupt cop, and now Sonny is the center of a vortex of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest—all of them focused on keeping him stoned and jailed, and all of them under the thumb of Oslo's crime overlord, the Twin. When Sonny learns some long-hidden truths about his father he makes a brilliant escape, and begins hunting down the people responsible for the hideous crimes he's paid for. But he's also being hunted, by the Twin, the cops, and the only person who knows the ultimate truth that Sonny is seeking. The question is, what will he do when they've cornered him? 

I'm a huge Jo Nesbo fan.  I love the Harry Hole series.  I was really excited about a stand alone book, because I really like his other stand alone book Headhunters.  However, I felt a bit let down by The Son.  I felt like I was reading another Harry Hole book but with different names plugged in.

I won't say that I totally disliked the book.  It was good, I was engaged throughout the whole book.  It just felt the same.  I was hoping for something really different, like Headhunters was.  Even the title, I almost expected it to be somehow about Oleg in someway.  But getting past all that, I really did like how the story fit together.  It was an interesting idea that prisoners are kept in prison and paid off to take the fall for crimes that they didn't commit.

Will this little disappointment stop me from reading Jo Nesbo, of course not.  I'm always recommending him to everyone.  I hope he continues with the stand alone books.