Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Book Review: Captured by a Laird by Margaret Mallory

Title: Captured by a Laird
Author: Margaret Mallory
Series The Douglas Legacy #1
Publisher: Createspace
Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2014

The Douglas sisters, beauties all, are valuable pawns in their family's bitter struggle to control the Scottish Crown. But when powerful enemies threaten, each Douglas lass will find she must face them alone.

Haunted by his father's violent death, David Hume, the new laird of Wedderburn, sets out to make his name so feared that no one will dare harm his family again. The treacherous ally who played on his father's weakness is dead and beyond David's vengeance, but his castle and young widow are ripe for the taking. The moment David lays eyes on the dark-haired beauty defending her wee daughters, however, he knows this frail-looking lass is the one person who could bring him to his knees.

Wed at thirteen to a man who tried daily to break her spirit, Lady Alison Douglas is looking forward to a long widowhood. But when the fearsome warrior known as the Beast of Wedderburn storms her gates, she finds herself, once again, forced to wed a stranger. Alison is only a pawn to serve his vengeance, so why does this dark warrior arouse such fiery passion and an unwelcome longing in her heart?


I was very excited to read this book and start this series.  It was very well written for it being self published, although it was a very quick read.  Probably because I was so invested in it I couldn't wait to see what happened next.  It was interesting to read that the characters were real and actually did live in that century, and actually did have a good marriage (hopefully). I was very excited to read the next book in this series, but then I read the blurb.  And the plot seemed very much like the plot of this book. that I had just read.  I wasn't into reading the same story, albeit with different characters.
Oh well.  I'm glad I read this book at least.  It reminded me very much of Maya Banks and her highlander series.  I so miss Maya Banks, and wonder what happened to her.  I might read more Mallory.  Not sure though.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Xmas blog tour: The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde

The Christmas Dare
by Lori Wilde
Twilight, Texas
Contemporary Romance
PublisherAvon Books
Publication Date
October 22, 2019
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A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel.
Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of Yes.”  It’s about time she lets loose a little, so Kelsey agrees to say “yes” to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure leads her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah MacGregor.
Noah’s never one to say no to a risk—from leading his NBA team to victory to making Christmas cookies in Twilight, he’s up to the challenge! But a lot has gone on since they were teenagers, and he knows he has to take his time to make Kelsey dare to believe that what they feel is more than just the holiday magic that’s in the air . . .

 Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of THE CHRISTMAS DARE by Lori Wilde, we're giving away a paperback copy The Christmas Key by Lori Wilde to one lucky winner!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy The Christmas Key by Lori Wilde. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Books.  Giveaway ends 11/4/2019 @ 11:59pm EST.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Lori Wilde

A fifth generation Texan, LORI WILDE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 82 works of fiction. She’s a three-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award and has won numerous other awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, and a certificate in forensics.
She is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor, and runs a yoga/creativity retreat for artists at Epiphany Orchards in Weatherford, Texas, the Cutting Horse Capital of the World.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Release Day: Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Christmas Shopaholic
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publication: Bantam Press ( Penguin Books)
Pub Date: Oct 15th
Pgs: 384

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic!

The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Release Spotlight: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Meyes

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Title: The Giver of Stars
Author: Jojo Meyes
Publication: Pamela Dorman Books ( Penguin)
Pub: Date: Oct. 8
Pgs. 400 Hardcover

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium .

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job—bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Xmas book Spotlight: Christmas in Harmony Harbor by Debbie Mason

Title: Christmas in Harmony Harbor (#9)
Author: Debbie Mason
Publication: Forever
Date Published: Oct. 1st

Evangeline Christmas will do anything to save her year-round Christmas store, Holiday House, when high-powered real-estate developer Caine Elliot uses his money and influence to push through his competing property next door. When her last desperate attempt to stop him fails, she gambles everything on a proposition she prays the handsome, blue-eyed player can't refuse.

Caine agrees to Evie's bargain because how hard can it be to fulfill three wishes on the Angel Tree at Holiday House? The wishes have him reliving the Christmases of his past and taking part in the holiday festivities of Christmas present. But just when he begins to believe Evie might be his Christmas future, dark secrets from his past are revealed.

Will the last wish on the Angel Tree be enough to give Caine and Evie the happy ending they deserve?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Blog Tour + Extras: How to Capture a Duke by Tina Gabrielle

Lady Olivia, the youngest sister of the Earl of Castleton, has no patience for the boring gentlemen of aristocratic society. She longs for a more adventurous life like the ladies who visit the Raven Club. But her plans are thwarted when her family drags her to a country house party to meet the elusive Duke of Keswick.
Tristan Cameron, the Duke of Keswick, finds Olivia in his stables. She believes him to be the stable master, and he doesn’t dissuade her of the notion. He has no interest in entertaining one of the spoiled, self-indulgent ladies who’ve invaded his home. Except, Olivia is neither of those things, and their shared kiss during a ride results in combustible passion.
And a potential scandal.
Olivia is relieved when the handsome stable master comes to her aid as her alibi, but that relief fades to anger when she suddenly finds herself betrothed to the harsh, foul-tempered duke.
Tristan believes he’s been trapped by a scheming, title-seeking lady. To make matters worse, she’s utterly captivating. He plans on leaving her behind in the country immediately after their vows, but Tristan soon finds himself battling temptation and Olivia’s stubborn determination to be the Duchess he doesn’t believe he deserves...


A Raven Club Novel
Copyright © 2019 by Tina Gabrielle

A Raven Club Novel
Copyright © 2019 by Tina Gabrielle

Anger bubbled inside Olivia, and she pushed back her chair and stood. “I’ve attended the Raven Club before, and if I choose to wager at one of the gaming tables with your cousin, I will do so. He is amicable and cordial, and I enjoyed his company this afternoon.”
Tristan’s expression turned fierce. “Just how much did you enjoy his visit?”
“Don’t be absurd.”
A dark shadow crossed his features. “I saw the way he looked at you. I saw, and I didn’t like it.”
Olivia’s breath stalled in her throat. Could he be jealous? But why? He didn’t want her, didn’t trust her. He had no right to be jealous, to prevent her from socializing with whom she wished, only to look at her as possessively as he did now.
He reached for a piece of hair that had escaped her pins and wrapped it around his finger. “My cousin is right. You are a beautiful woman.”
Tristan thought her beautiful? Her heart tripped in her chest. If he wasn’t standing so close, if the scent of his shaving soap didn’t tease her senses, and if she didn’t long to trace the breadth of his shoulders with her fingers, it would be much easier to maintain her cool facade. 
“Tristan, I—”
“Have you thought of our kiss the day we went riding?”
The question took her off guard. Had she thought of it? Yes, she had. Too much. The look in his dark eyes told her he was thinking of it right now. His gaze lowered to her mouth, and she licked her suddenly dry lips.
“I want to kiss you again. Now. If you don’t want it, then tell me to leave.”
Tell him to leave?
Olivia’s lips parted, but no words came out. Her eyes lowered to his mouth, to the firm lips that she knew firsthand could be tantalizingly soft. Curiosity bubbled inside her. Their stolen kiss in the country had been sweet and seductive and had left her longing for more. 
Would it be the same?
As if reading her thoughts, his gaze darkened, and he reached for her. She showed no resistance and met him halfway.

About the Book

How to Capture a Dukeby Tina Gabrielle
SeriesRaven Club
Historical Romance
PublisherEntangled Scandalous
Publication DateOctober 14, 2019
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Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE by Tina Gabrielle, we're giving away a paperback copy of How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle to one lucky winner!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a paperback copy of How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Entangled Publishing.  Giveaway ends 11/6/2019 @ 11:59pm EST.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Author ChitChat

 How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I’m working on a new historical romance. The heroine is multicultural and comes from an Armenian, Greek and Lebanese family. Just like me!

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I do a lot of research on the Regency period. I’m a member of the Beau Monde chapter of Romance Writers of America and they are a wealth of information. I enjoy research and love to read nonfiction books on the period. For my Regency Barrister series, I used my own experiences as an attorney in the courtroom. For “How to Capture a Duke,” I also recalled my speech therapy sessions as a child. I think real life experiences help enrich a book.

How many hours a day do you write?
I try to write each day, but this doesn’t always happen. I’m a mother of two girls, a wife, a sister and a friend. I have learned to be flexible. I’ve also learned to write in the car during soccer or swim team practice. Every word adds up.

What was your hardest scene to write?
My hero in “How to Capture a Duke” has a bit of a stutter. The hardest scenes to write were when he recalls being bullied as a child at boarding school. It was hard because I recall having speech difficulties as a child. Other difficult scenes to write were when he rejects treatment. But wonderful scenes are when he gets the help he needs and accomplishes his lifelong goal of arguing on behalf of a bill in Parliament that helps wounded soldiers. 

By the way, did you know Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Earl Jones, and Nicole Kidman (just to name a few) struggled with stuttering? This book means a lot to me and I hope it inspires others. 

What is your favorite childhood book?
Beauty and the Beast.

Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, I’m very fortunate to have a supportive husband and two girls. I couldn’t do it without them.

About Tina Gabrielle

Best-selling author TINA GABRIELLE is an attorney and mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances for Entangled Publishing and Kensington Books. Tina also writes best-selling cozy mysteries as Tina Kashian for Kensington Books. 
Publisher’s Weekly calls her Regency Barrister’s series, “Well-matched lovers…witty comradely repartee.” Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Tina lives in New Jersey and is married to her own hero and is blessed with two daughters. She loves to hear from readers. Visit her website to learn about upcoming releases, join her newsletter, and enter free monthly contests at www.tinagabrielle.com
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Friday, October 4, 2019

New Release+ Giveaway: When The Marquess was Mine by Caroline Linden

. . .In the game of love…
Georgiana Lucas despises the arrogant and cruel Marquess of Westmorland even before learning that he’s won the deed to her friend Kitty’s home in a card game. Still, Georgiana assures Kitty the marquess wouldn’t possibly come all the way to Derbyshire to throw them out—until he shows up, bloody and unconscious. Fearing that Kitty would rather see him die, Georgiana blurts out that he’s her fiancé. She’ll nurse the hateful man back to health and make him vow to leave and never return. The man who wakes up, though, is nothing like the heartless rogue Georgiana thought she knew…
You have to risk it all
He wakes up with no memory of being assaulted—or of who he is. The bewitching beauty tending him so devotedly calls him Rob and claims she’s his fiancée even as she avoids his touch. Though he can’t remember how he won her hand, he’s now determined to win her heart. But as his memory returns and the truth is revealed, Rob must decide if the game is up—or if he’ll take a chance on a love that defies all odds.

About the Book

When the Marquess Was Mineby Caroline Linden
SeriesThe Wagers of Sin
Historical Romance
PublisherAvon Books
Publication DateSeptember 24, 2019
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Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of WHEN THE MARQUESS WAS MINE by Caroline Linden, we’re giving away three paperback copies of My Once And Future Duke!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Three winners will each receive a paperback copy of My Once And Future Duke by Caroline Linden. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Books.  Giveaway ends 10/7/2019 @ 11:59pm EST. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Caroline Linden

CAROLINE LINDEN was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England.
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