Sealskin by Su Bristow @SuBristow #Magical Realism #Selkies @OrendaBooks #BookReview #FridayReads

  • Author: Su Bristow
  • Performed by Angus King
  • Released: February 2017 by Audible Studios
  • Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous, and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives—not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. 

Based on the selkie myths, this is a wonderfully original debut novel. An extraordinary tale with dark undercurrents, it’s about the power of love, magic, forgiveness and conversely violence, loss and atonement. It explores the meaning of community, the story giving the impression of being set in times gone by, which combined with the complexities of living in a small fishing village, intensifies the atmosphere. When life could be extremely harsh, villagers didn’t stray far from home and weather and sea dictated their way of life.  Continue reading

Secrets of the Heart (Heartfelt Series #3) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #SundayBlogShare

  • Author: Adrienne Vaughan
  • Published: November 2014 by New Romantics Press
  • Category: Romance, Drama, Review

Finally free to be together on the remote Irish isle of Innishmahon, campaigning journalist Marianne Coltrane and her movie star partner, Ryan O’Gorman are looking forward to life away from the bright lights of Hollywood and the constant pursuit of the paparazzi.

Secrets of the Heart is the final instalment of the Heartfelt series. Marianne Coltrane’s birth parents, reunited after years apart, have finally tied the knot and she couldn’t be happier. The fabulously flamboyant Kathleen MacReady and Brian Maguire are in Dublin on honeymoon after a lovely wedding day. Continue reading

Taming the Highlander (Scottish Relic Trilogy #2) by May McGoldrick @MacmillanAudio #HistFic #FridayReads

Innes Munro has the ability to “read” a person’s past simply by touching them, but her gift comes with a heavy price: her freedom. Forced to stay at desolate Castle Girnigoe, Innes never expects to be drawn to the wounded warrior who haunts its dark passages and challenges her at every turn.

Fifty years previously four small pieces of a stone relic, the Wheel of Lugh, were brought to Scotland. Each fragment held a special gift but together, the four pieces would hold a terrible power if they were to fall into the wrong hands. The bearers of the tablets had sworn an oath, to travel to the farthest reaches of Scotland to keep the pieces of the relic separate. Continue reading

Twins of a Gazelle ~ An Ionian Affair by Margaret Cullingford #FridayReads @CullingfordMags #BookReview

Fifteen months married to Adam Burgess, Calista Blake suspects she has chosen the wrong man. She looks forward to their holiday on the Greek island of Ithaca, hoping its magic will banish her disenchantment.

Calista Blake had no notion her affair would lead to marriage. She hadn’t wanted Adam to leave his wife but, carried away by the excitement and mystery of their relationship, here she was, married to Adam. The realisation she didn’t really know him at all left her disillusioned and confused. Once upon a time she was the other woman, has she now created an opening for someone else to fill? Adam spends a lot of time in London, leaving Calista, lonely and uneasy, rattling around their Leicestershire home with spaniel, Beppo. Luckily she has her career as a lawyer to occupy her. Continue reading

Much Ado About Highlanders (Scottish Relic Trilogy #1) by May McGoldrick #HistFic #Audiobook @MacmillanAudio

Highland warrior Alexander MacPherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn’t expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

After a prank backfired and years of father/daughter misunderstandings, independent and headstrong Kenna MacKay fled her marital home on the night of her wedding to Alexander Macpherson. Their marriage was arranged to unite the two clans. For the past six months she has been training in the skills of healing with the nuns at Glosters Priory. Kenna and her cousin, Emily, are attending a birth in the village when they are kidnapped by the Macpherson brothers in a determined attempt to bring Kenna and Alexander together again. Left alone, the attraction ignites. Continue reading

A Change of Heart (The Heartfelt Series #2) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Drama #Romance #BookReview

  • 16301209Author: Adrienne Vaughan
  • Published: November 2013 by New Romantics Press
  • Category: Contemporary, Drama, Romance
  • five-stars

Escaping to a remote Irish isle, journalist Marianne Coltrane had not bargained for a tumultuous affair with movie star Ryan O’Gorman.

When Ryan leaves to pursue his career, Marianne remains to care for those who need her most, but Ryan soon realises he cannot live without her and returns to woo her back.

Following on from events in The Hollow Heart, Ryan O’Gorman returns to the beautiful island of Innishmahon with his baby son, Joey, much to the shock and amazement of Marianne Coltrane. Their relationship hasn’t been without its ups and downs but Ryan is determined this time he’s back for good. Unfortunately it’s not so simple. Ryan’s movie contract is for three pictures, he’s only made one. He brings more turmoil in his wake in the form of his troubled and trouble making ex-wife, Angelique de Marcos. It seems the peaceful, settled life he and Marianne are looking forward to is not going to materialise any time soon.  Continue reading

Cover Reveal & Excerpt ~ His Christmas Delight by Summerita Rhayne #Books #Reading @SummeritaRhayne

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Synopsis

Caught by Santa!

For Myra, Christmas means supporting her friends. They rallied round getting her back on her feet after she lost Pete, her husband, so she’s always ready to help any of them. No matter to what lengths the challenge makes her go. Only she didn’t expect to find Santa almost catching her in her wrongdoings. Then she finds that the handsome Santa is Jay, her old high school friend. Now he’s changed from a gangly geek to an attractive stranger. After missing out on the dating scene for a long time after losing Pete, she feels the first stirring of desire. But Jay is playing hot and cold, refusing to admit the attraction sizzling between them. Continue reading

#Relaunch ~ Taming Tom Jones is renamed For Hannah, With Love #BookReview @Margaretkaj #FridayReads

Taming Tom Jones, written by Margaret K Johnson and originally published in October 2015, has been renamed and relaunched. Here’s Margaret to explain why….

What’s in a title? Well, quite a lot, actually.

I’ve just decided to rename and relaunch my novel Taming Tom Jones. Why? It’s quite a catchy title, and I’ve always been fond of it. But…I came up with it years ago, when I first started to write the novel, because the couple in the story met at a fancy dress party when she was Madonna and he was…yes, you’ve guessed it, Tom Jones. Continue reading

First Light by Bill Rancic & Barbara Keel #AudiobookReview A Story of Survival @BillRancic #SundayBlogShare

A father from Chicago takes a road trip to the city of Whitehorse, in Yukon Territory, with his wife and son. During the car ride, they reveal to the boy their harrowing experience surviving a horrific plane crash in the wilderness ten years before, which is how the boy, in fact, came to be born.

When the invitation arrived to attend a ceremony about to be held in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, honouring the victims and survivors of the plane crash that almost cost the lives of his family, he decided it was time. His son deserved to know what happened to his parents. The trip will take several days by car, neither he nor Kerry would get on a plane again. They can use the time to tell Jackson the whole story. Continue reading

Beyond the Carousel (Wyattsville 5) by @BetteLeeCrosby #BookReview #FridayReads Family #Saga

  • 32951455Author: Bette Lee Crosby
  • Published: January 2017 by Bent Pine Publishing
  • Category: Family Saga, Romance
  • five-stars

A FAMILY TRAGEDY, A 25 YEAR OLD MURDER, AND A DETECTIVE DETERMINED TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT…

Laura Wilkes has everything a woman could want when she snaps the carousel picture. Her daughter, a happy little five-year-old, is holding the brass ring and smiling at a daddy who adores her. Each time the carousel circles around Laura snaps another picture, seven in all. This is a day of unforgettable happiness; one of the few Laura has left.

When Emory Hawthorne came into money bequeathed to him from his long absent father, he moved his family from their cold water flat into a dream house. For all her inherent frugality, Emory’s wife, Rose, and eleven year old Laura, loved the house. As the years passed and Emory’s salary increased, Rose learned to adapt and became more accustomed to being able to buy what she wanted. Laura secured a secretarial job at the bank working for the vice president. And it was there she met Franklin Wilkes. Continue reading

The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series #1) by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #Drama #Romance

  • 16301205Author: Adrienne Vaughan
  • Published: October 2012 by Adrienne Vaughn
  • Category: Romance, Drama, Contemporary
  • four-half-stars

Marianne Coltrane is a feisty, award-winning journalist who is far from lucky in love. Taking herself off to the wilds of the west of Ireland to recuperate, she literally runs into Ryan O’Gorman, the most conceited, infuriating man in the world. 

We first meet Marianne Coltrane, investigative journalist for the Chesterfield Chronicle, as she confronts Sister Mary May about the illegal sale and adoption of children from the women’s refuge she runs. Marianne’s work and resulting article earns her a nomination for Journalist of the Year. Continue reading

#NewRelease ~ Moonlight by Ines Johnson #Extract @ineswrites #ParanormalRomance #TuesdayBookBlog

Released today, Moonlight is the second book in the Moonkind paranormal romance series. Continue reading

The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft #FridayReads #ContemporaryFiction

  • 32227415Author: Sue Moorcroft
  • Published: December 2016 by Avon
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance
  • four-half-stars

For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember …

On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Ava Bliss is struggling to scrape a living from her bespoke hat making business and, although she shares a house with her best friend Izzy, finding the rent is becoming a real worry. Her dreams of running a successful high-end millinery business are fading fast and to top it all it’s Christmas, Ava’s least favourite time of the year. Money troubles are not the only problems for Ava. Her ex boyfriend is harassing her and threatening to make public some photos Ava deeply regrets agreeing to. Continue reading

A Holly Bay Christmas by Jo Bartlett @J_B_Writer Contemporary #Christmas @FabrianBooks

  • 32946761Author: Jo Bartlett
  • Published: November 2016 by Fabrian Books
  • Category: Contemporary Romance
  • four-stars

Maddie owns her dream business running a combined bookshop and tea rooms, in the beautiful Cornish village of Holly Bay. When Ben arrives looking for a place to rent, Maddie is keen to help him find a home in the town she loves, where they really know how to celebrate Christmas.

Maddie owns Basil’s Adventures, bookstore and tea rooms, named after her much loved and missed grandfather, the man who shaped her love of books and reading. With the inheritance he left Maddie, she was able to move to Holly Bay and realise her dream of opening her own bookstore. I think that would be my dream job too! Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Blind Side by Jennie Ensor @Jennie_Ensor @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

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Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Maktub: It Is Written by Rosemary Gallagher #Spirituality #Romance @rosemarysangels

  • 32297449Author: Rosemary Louise Gallagher
  • Published: September 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Spirituality
  • four-stars

Maktub: it is written: is the long awaited sequel to I Listened To My Heart. Rose O’Carroll is fifty something, funny and fabulous; with an infectious zest for life. She talks to angels, reads tarot cards and has an unwavering faith in love…it conquers all.

Following on from I Listened To My Heart, when Rose O’Carroll left Australia for London, she met and then lost her twin soul-mate, Joe de Marco. Rose took the advice and suggestions from her angels and began tarot readings, wrote a book and penned songs.

Maktub: It Is Written picks up the story with Rose, excited about getting a publishing contract for her debut novel. She is about to make a guest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show as while she’s waiting she begins the story of how this came about. Continue reading

Wishing For Wonderful (Serendipity #3) by @BetteLeeCrosby #Contemporary #Fantasy

  • 23435149Author: Bette Lee Crosby
  • Published: September 2012 by Bent Pine Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
  • four-half-stars

A Magical and Heartwarming Romance…from a USA Today Bestselling Author of Women’s Fiction

Eleanor has loved John Gray since she was seven years old. She grew up believing they would one day get married. They didn’t. They married other people. Now they’re both single again and they’ve got a second chance at love…or do they?

This wonderfully charming and fun romance is narrated by Cupid himself, interspersed by passages from Eleanor and John. This Christmas themed story has several threads woven together, including that of a little dog in need of a home, making Cupid’s job of matching perfect partners more difficult that he would have liked.  Continue reading

Guest Post by Summerita Rhayne ~ Three Things to Keep in Mind for #NaNoWriMo #Writing

The National Novel Writing Month is here and authors everywhere know there is no bigger motivator to finish your novel. Especially if you are a procrastinator like me.

My writing is often put on the shelf. When I do find time, I find about a hundred things to do online, checking posts, replying to messages, tweeting…you get the idea.
Let’s face it. We live in the era of distractions. Writing is hard. It involves sitting down and making your head do the work. How unjust is that when there are tempting things like facebook posts waiting for you to scroll, instagram, pinterest and Candy Crush…to name only few? Continue reading

Echoes of Time (Guernsey Novels #5) by Anne Allen ~ Family #Drama #Historical @AnneAllen21

  • 31321800Author: Anne Allen
  • Published: August 2016 by Sarnia Press
  • Category: Family Drama, Romance, Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey. 

All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake. 

Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer – but there’s a price to pay. . . 

The story weaves between the WWII years in Guernsey and the island in the present day. Olive married Bill Falla in the spring of 1940. Although not in love with him she looks forward to the security of having her own house. She soon finds out marriage doesn’t come close to anything she hoped for. Bill is a brute and a bully, and Olive’s life is miserable, made even more so by the occupation of the island by German forces.  Continue reading

Silver Threads (Memory House #5) by @BetteLeeCrosby #Contemporary Fiction #SundayBlogShare

  • 515W1hOlysLAuthor: Bette Lee Crosby 
  • Due to be released on 14th September
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Saga
  • four-half-stars

On the day Jennifer Green was born a pile of stones was placed alongside her scale of life. A few were the dark gray of sorrow, but most were a pale blush color. The largest stone was the rose hue of a sunrise. That one would be placed on the scale the day she married Drew Bishop. Even more brilliant but a wee bit smaller was the pink stone glistening with specs of silver. That one would bring Jennifer a baby girl named Brooke. The Keeper of the Scale smiled. Seeing such happiness laid out before him was pleasing to his eye.

Since the beginning of time The Keeper of the Scale has kept happiness balanced against sorrow for the lives under his protection. But even the Keeper has no control over the outcome of events from the intertwining silver threads linking strangers and events to one another, so there was nothing he could do to alter the consequences of a random thread.  Continue reading

A Boy Named Rabbit: WakeRobin Ridge #2 by @marciameara #SundayBlogShare

  • 24749583Author: Marcia Meara
  • Published: April 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction with Supernatural Elements
  • five-stars

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.”

Those are the words of ten-year old Rabbit’s dying grandmother, who has ‘seeing’ dreams. She tells Rabbit he must leave their camp and find the ‘good people’. Rabbit has lived in the mountains of North Carolina, as far back as he can remember with his gran and grampa, never seeing another soul and has been taught that people are not to be trusted. Rabbit is scared seeing his gran so weak and frail, and worried because his grampa hasn’t returned from getting supplies. But now his gran has become so sick that she’s insisting Rabbit must leave all he’s ever known and go off into the wilderness. So begins Rabbit’s almost two months long and perilous journey over the mountains to fulfil his promise to his gran. He’s determined to find the man she described before she died.  Continue reading

Love Under French Skies by Gill Bryant ~ #Romance #BookReview

  • 31197092Author: Gill Bryant
  • Published: August 2016 by Endeavor Press
  • Category: Romance
  • three-stars

Fiona Grange feels her life is over. 

In a career rut, abandoned by her husband, with a daughter who has left home and a best friend who has recently re-married, life seems to be passing her by.

Fiona Grange’s dreams are about to come true when she receives a letter inviting her to take voluntary redundancy from her college lecturing post. In the same mail delivery is a solicitor’s letter, informing her she could be a beneficiary, with a number to call – in France. Thinking it’s a scam she throws the letter away, only to retrieve it later, just in case. It turns out to be genuine and at the solicitor’s office she’s informed she has inherited a farmhouse in the depths of France from an aunt she didn’t know she had. Her dream of being an artist somewhere in the sun looks like becoming a reality. Continue reading

The Dirigible King’s Daughter by Alys West reviewed for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog @AlysWestYork A #Steampunk Romance

  • 51uQrZJpsELAuthor: Alys West
  • Published: August 2016 by 
  • Category: Steampunk, Romance
  • four-half-stars

When Harriet Hardy moved to Whitby, newly famous from Mr Stoker’s sensational novel, she thought she’d left her past and her father’s disgrace behind her. But then an amorous Alderman and a mysterious Viscount turn her life upside down and she’s never been more grateful that she doesn’t leave home without her pistol. 

It’s clear Harriet Hardy, a supporter of the Suffragette movement, is not a woman to trifle with nor underestimate. We meet her as she loads the pistol she keeps in her reticule, before meeting a client. She owns and runs the property letting business left to her by her Uncle Humphrey. Harriet and her mother were left destitute after her father’s disgrace and subsequent death years before and if not for Uncle Humphrey, Harriet dare not think what might have happened to them. Continue reading

Scotch On The Rocks by @lizzie_lamb ~ A contemporary #romance set in #Scotland #Bookreview

  • 25849896Author: Lizzie Lamb
  • Published: July 2015 by New Romantics Press
  • Category: Contemporary Romance
  • five-stars

ISHABEL STUART is at the crossroads of her life. Her wealthy industrialist father has died unexpectedly, leaving her a half-share in a ruined whisky distillery and the task of scattering his ashes on a Munro. After discovering her fiancé playing away from home, she cancels their lavish Christmas wedding at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and heads for the only place she feels safe – Eilean na Sgairbh, a windswept island on Scotland’s west coast – where the cormorants outnumber the inhabitants, ten to one.

Ishabel (Issy) Stuart is introduced in dramatic style with a race along the causeway to Eilean na Sgairbh, against the incoming tide and an impending thunderstorm. She’s on her way home to her aunt Esme and the house she grew up in, now a B&B, along with a wounded heart and her father’s ashes. She needs the serenity of Cormorant Island, her aunt and a heart to heart chat. But Esme has guests, a motley crew of elderly activists, and was due to leave with them the following day, on a campaign against fracking.  Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Scotch On The Rocks by @lizzie_lamb Contemporary #Romance @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Wake-Robin Ridge by @MarciaMeara #TuesdayBookBlog ~ Contemporary #romance with a #supernatural twist #books

  • 25063141Author: Marcia Meara
  • Published: December 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Supernatural
  • four-half-stars

On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.

Two women, two stories, fifty years apart, their lives connecting in a terrifying way. Ruth and Frank met in the 1960s when Ruth escaped from an abusive husband and settled in a little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Ruth thought she was safe and could at last find happiness when she met Frank, but it wasn’t that easy to remove Lloyd from her life. Her husband, Lloyd Carter, himself an abused child which shaped him into the man he was to become, had been imprisoned for multiple charges, including assault with the intent to kill. Ruth took her chance and made the break for freedom, taking Lloyd’s money and car. From prison, Lloyd employed his cousin to keep an eye on things for him. When he learned what Ruth had done his anger knew no bounds and he swore revenge. While he served his time, he plotted and planned, and two years later he was paroled. That’s when Ruth’s nightmare began. Continue reading

Haunted Destiny (Krewe of Hunters #18) by Heather Graham ~ #Paranormal investigators #SundayBlogShare

  • 27069953Audiobook Review
  • Author: Heather Graham
  • Performed by Luke Daniels
  • Published by Brilliance Audio and released May 2016
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line’s Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He’s known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint’s medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he’s doing this.

It was the Archangel’s eleventh murder as he travelled through the South. The killer’s latest victim has been discovered just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans. FBI Agent Jude McCoy and Jackson Crow, head of the Krewe of Hunters, are at the scene. Jude and Jackson notice an odd looking man behaving suspiciously on the edge of the crowd. They give chase, pursuing the man until Jude believes he saw him board the pride of the Celtic American cruise line, the Destiny. The two agents decide to sail with the ship, giving them the best chance of catching the suspect.  Continue reading

Gamer Girl by @GlynisAstie ~ #Romance and #Fantasy combined with #humour #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Gamer Girl OfficialAuthor: Glynis Astie
  • Published: May 2016 by Tikinou Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Humour
  • four-half-stars

Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn’t in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger.

Meri Palmer loves her job developing video games, having inherited a love of Disney and role-playing games from her parents. She escapes whenever she can into her fantasy life in a virtual world as Pix, the fairy warrior, much preferring that to dealing with reality and real people. It’s her way of hiding from the insecurity and sorrow resulting from the tragedy of her parents’ deaths when she was just a child. Pix is everything Meri believes she is not – brave, strong and a fighter. Continue reading

A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock #Audiobook Set in 1920s New York #histfic #SundayBlogShare

  • 26053121Audiobook Review
  • Author: Amber Brock
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: May 2016 by Random House Audio
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Romance
  • three-half-stars

Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera’s story begins in 1913 while studying art at Vassar, where she meets spirited and uninhibited Bea Stillman and forms her first real friendship. As the narrative unfolds the chapters alternate between Vera’s time at Vassar and her life ten years later in New York, where Vera is trapped in a loveless marriage to Arthur Bellington. She lives in luxury but lacks any sort of personal freedom, her duty is to conform. Her life as a society wife is empty and meaningless. Arthur is never home, her mother, Lorna Longacre, is cold and domineering, concerned only with social standing and reputation. Appearance is everything. Vera’s life is a continuous round of vacuous socializing with the other couples who live in the prestigious apartment building, The Angelus, designed and built by her husband.  Continue reading

The Wild Water Series by @JanRuthAuthor ~ Reviewed for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog ~ Family #Saga

  • Wild Water Box SetAuthor: Jan Ruth
  • Published: May 2016 by Celtic Connections
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction
  • five-stars

The tragedy and comedy that is Jack’s life; secrets, lies, long lost loves and family ties.

Wild Water begins the story of Jack Redman who works in the Cheshire branch of his family’s very successful estate agency business. To all outward appearances he has it all, the up market car, the big house, a beautiful, if high maintenance, wife and three lovely children. But Jack’s life is thrown into turmoil when Patsy, his selfish and materialistic wife, admits to an affair and leaves the family home with their younger daughter. Jack has felt something was amiss for a while but certainly wasn’t expecting the train wreck which was now his life. And things were getting worse. His father has had a health scare leaving Jack to run both the Cheshire and North Wales branches. Jack is run ragged and very unhappy. Meeting up with Anna, his first love, in Wales, when she lists her farm for sale is the only thing keeping him sane. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Gamer Girl by @GlynisAstie ~ Contemporary #Romance @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Tall, Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb #Romance in the Scottish Highlands #bookreview #SundayBlogShare

  • 16141980Author: Lizzie Lamb
  • Published: October 2012 by The New Romantics 4
  • Category: Contemporary Romance
  • four-half-stars

Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen . . . Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it her dream of one day being her own boss. When she’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, she grabs it with both hands. But there’s a catch – the centre lies five hundred miles away – in Wester Ross, Scotland. 

Fliss Bagshawe, determined and independent, has worked hard and struggled to support herself since her parents died. A qualified holistic therapist, she works at a salon in Pimlico, doing a little moonlighting in the evenings to supplement her income. When Fliss is offered the chance to manage a salon on an estate in the Highlands by the self-centred and rebellious, Isla Urquhart and her sister, Cat, she is both excited and apprehensive. Having lost her job, without references, ostensibly through her association with the Urquhart sisters, Fliss feels she has nothing to lose by accepting.  Continue reading

The Ten Year Reunion by T.S. Krupa #BookReview #Contemporary Fiction #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00009]Author: T.S. Krupa
  • Publication Date: May 10th 2016 by Avalon Haddam Press
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
  • three-half-stars

Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind – for what she thought was forever. Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she has been invited back for her college reunion.

Told in the first person from Dani’s point of view, the story begins in the present as Dani receives an invitation to her college reunion. She had applied for and been accepted at Coastal State University despite her parents’ disapproval at her choice. Now living in Boston with one more year left before her fellowship ends, Dani is reluctant to revisit her past. She and her friends, Addie and Callie, drifted apart after they graduated. The heartache caused by the tragic death of Dani’s friend and roommate and the thought of Jake Dillon, her first love, were things she’d rather not resurrect. Addie was always the persistent one, though, and nothing has changed. She is determined to get Dani to the reunion. Dani agrees to attend, with little enthusiasm.  Continue reading

A Portal in Time by Claire Fullerton @cfullerton3 #BookReview #Romance in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • 18849120Author: Claire Fullerton
  • Published: November 2013 by Vinspire Publishing LLC
  • Category: Romance, Paranormal
  • four-stars

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California’s Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madeira Hotel.

A Portal in Time is set in the same location, the beautifully described Carmel-by-the-Sea, but two different time periods. It tells the story, in alternating chapters, of Anna and Kevin in the present and Valeria and Anders from the past, and how both couples meet and fall in love. The story opens with Valeria walking onto the beach, ‘listening to the fury of the wind as it intermittently drowned out the pulsing rhythm of the sea.’ And as she faced a particular spot in the water she declared it a portal in time. Continue reading

Finding Hunter ~ Riverbend Book 2 @MarciaMeara #Contemporary #Romance #SundayBlogShare

  • FindingHunterAuthor: Marcia Meara
  • Published: September 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
  • four-half-stars

Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once. 

Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need, 

As an old car swings to the shoulder, 

And stops. 

~ Traveling Man ~

Following on from Swamp Ghosts, this story brings to life the lives of Willow Greene, close friend of Maggie Devlin, now Maggie Wolfe, and Hunter Painter, best friend of Maggie’s husband, Gunn.  Continue reading

Beltane by Alys West @AlysWestYork #UrbanFantasy set in #Glastonbury #reviewed for #RBRT

  • BeltaneAuthor: Alys West
  • Published: December 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Urban Fantasy, Romance
  • five-stars

Finn McCloud is a druid, connected by magic to the earth. He’s made a big mistake; one that could cost him his life. 

Maeve Blackwell has plans for a new start, free of the façade she so carefully maintains. At Beltane, the Celtic festival of fire, all her preparations will come to fruition. 

Struggling artist Zoe Rose is in Glastonbury to work on the illustrations for a book. But when she arrives at Anam Cara, the healing retreat run by Maeve, she finds it’s not the haven she hoped for.

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Dancing To An Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton @cfullerton3 #TuesdayBookBlog Contemporary #Romance

  • DancingAuthor: Claire Fullerton
  • Published: March 2015 by Vinspire Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
  • four-half-stars

Twenty five year old Hailey Crossan takes a trip to Ireland during her sabbatical from the Los Angeles record business. While on the trip, she is unexpectedly offered a job in the Irish music business that is too good to turn down, so she decides to stay.

The story revolves around Hailey, an American with celtic roots, and is told from her perspective. She came to Ireland on holiday and stayed on, working as part of a team of four, for the Galway Music Centre, looking for, and helping, aspiring musicians. Hailey has settled into the community and is getting used to the laid back approach, differences in lifestyle and the small town feel where everyone knows everyone else’s business. She’s made good friends, most notably Shannon who also works at the music centre, and Mick and Gabrielle, her neighbours who ‘lived deep in the bog’ behind her cottage.  Continue reading

#Q&A with Ben Burgess Jr #Author of Love and Happiness

In your own words, please tell us about Love and Happiness

Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr Book Cover PhotoLove and Happiness is a romance story that makes you think. It’s told from both Karen and Chris’s perspectives so you can see where both of their heads are at. 

Karen is cheating on her husband Chris, with not one man, but two. On the outside, her life seems perfect, but on the inside, Karen feels neglected. Out of fear of losing Chris and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but when Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity.

Where do your story ideas come from?

My first novel “Monster” was based on my personal life and experiences. My second novel “Wounded” came about while I was actually working on “Love and Happiness.” “Ken” from “Monster” makes a cameo appearance in “Love and Happiness.” I didn’t want fans to think I was a one trick pony or feel that my book was derivative so I was stuck with how I would write it.

My co-workers (Who happened to be lesbians) asked me to write a book with a Lesbian protagonist. At first, I thought it wouldn’t be possible since I wasn’t a woman, and I knew nothing about being Gay or the LGBT community. My co-workers decided to take me to a Lesbian bar. (They took me to the Cubbyhole, which is the first bar I mentioned in Wounded.) After going there with them and talking to the women, I decided to work on the book. To make the book feel as authentic as possible, I did a lot of research. I interviewed fifteen women and five couples, to hear their thoughts, feelings, and philosophies about being a Lesbian, and life. I also used one of my family members as a basis for my character development, so I felt personally invested in creating “Samantha.” For my latest novel “Love and Happiness,” I used real life relationships as my inspiration. I talked to several married and divorced couples. I asked them what they enjoyed and hated with marriage. I wanted to know what they wish they could change or what they regretted not doing. With all of my novels, my goal is to make people think. I want to help people see things from different perspectives to help the world to be more open minded. Continue reading

On Lucky Shores ~ A Chet Walker #Adventure by @KerryJDonovan #RBRT

  • 28588716Author: Kerry J Donovan
  • Published: January 2016 by Human Vertex Publications
  • Category: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Romance
  • four-half-stars

In an action-packed tale of secrets and lies in small town America, Chet Walker is a man forced to make decisions that will affect his future and the life of the woman he loves.

When his life is threatened, Chet Walker learns the truth behind the saying, “no good deed goes unpunished.” 

Singer/songwriter Chet Walker has been running from his past for the last eighteen months, hitchhiking from town to town, singing for his supper and hoping for inspiration along the way. As he heads towards Lucky Shores, a little town in the Rockies, after seeing a billboard advertising an open mic night, he witnesses a terrible car accident. The only occupant of the car is in a very bad way and as Chet does what he can to help, the dying man whispers a few words, a mysterious message for his daughter which he wants Chet to deliver. Continue reading

Esther’s Gift ~ The Lei Crime Series: (Kindle Worlds Novella) @BetteLeeCrosby #TuesdayBookBlog

  • EsthersGiftAuthor: Bette Lee Crosby
  • Published: November 2015 by Kindle Worlds
  • Category: Contemporary, Romance
  • four-half-stars

In the days before hurricane Iniki hit the island of Kauai the forecasters predicted it would stay south of Hilo. But Esther Ka’awai, a psychic and gifted wise woman of the ancient culture has seen the future. She knows of the devastation that will come to the island. She has warned those she loves; now all she can do is pray.

Esther describes her gift as ‘a knowing’. She doesn’t have visions or tell fortunes, it’s more the certain knowledge that something will happen. She can’t explain it but she always listens and pays attention to the warnings, although she never knows the outcome. The story is set on beautiful Kauai, one of the Hawaiian Islands where Esther lives with her husband of more thhawaii-500285_640an twenty years, Keoki. 

When she dreams of the terrible storm heading their way Esther warns as many people as she can, although few heed her warning as the weathermen forecast that the storm is far to the south and no threat to the island. So Esther and Keoki are the only ones prepared when the devastating storm lands. Continue reading