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Weekly Update #227, August is already half-way over...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book ReviewerTynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week, and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

I feel like this summer has just gone by way too fast for my taste. I've missed a lot of new releases that I was hoping to get to and I know fall is just around the corner with its release season, so I've decided I need to get back to reading consistently and gear up for my read-a-thon in September, which I'm really looking forward to. How about you? Are you keeping up with your books?


This coming week is going to be blissfully light for me. I have had a non-stop summer, then just finished dealing with the craziness of getting the kids back in school plus studying for a professional license (I took the test Friday morning and passed and am ecstatically happy to have it over!), and am so happy to have a mostly open schedule this week. I'm looking forward to finally, finally getting back on Instagram and doing some things I've neglected (like more reading!).

There's quite a mix of books this week on the blog. Here's what to expect:

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for August 14th - 20th #BookSale


Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by
Sharon over at Beck Valley Books, for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books.
Readers please free to add your own finds.
(any genre except erotica welcome)

Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Donna Hatch's books are always fun with plenty of sizzling romance on the clean side. If
that's your kind of romance, definitely check this one out, as well as the giveaway below...

Courting the Country Miss
(Courting #2)
by Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.

Summary

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

The Alaskan Catch by Beth Carpenter (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Alaskan Catch
By Beth Carpenter

We hope you enjoyed the tour and getting a taste of Alaska! If you missed any
of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:


Launch - Author Interview

What inspired you to write THE ALASKAN CATCH?

One thing I hear over and over in Alaska is, “I came for the summer and never left.” I wanted my heroine, Dana, to feel that connection, to recognize that Alaska is a place where she can become the person she wants to be.

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

As Sam tells Dana, “You can paddle your own boat or you can throw up your hands and let the current carry you wherever it will.” Find your river and keep on paddling.

The Tiger's Watch by Julia Ember (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


I really like the cover of this one because it's so artistic. Read an
excerpt from the book and enter to win a copy of your own below...


The Tiger's Watch
(Ashes of Gold #1)
by Julia Ember
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 180 Pages
August 22nd 2017 by Harmony Ink Press

Summary

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

I can't wait for... Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

This one just intrigues me from the cover to the description! It sounds character driven, while also having a strong plot that sounds rather mysterious. It's my pick this week...

The Search by Clair M. Poulson (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


This is the fourth book I've read from this author. Read my
thoughts on his newest release and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Search
by Clair M. Poulson
LDS Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 240 Pages
August 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Young private investigator Jayden Spaulding has cracked his share of tough cases, but nothing like this. When stunning professional basketball player Nadia Fairchild walks through his door, her story seems simple enough: two days ago, her mother disappeared along with a member of the women’s college basketball team she coached. Jayden and Nadia delve into a baffling maze of motive and opportunity with a lengthy list of possible suspects. As they work together amid their growing attraction to one another, the unlikely duo seems no closer to discovering the truth. Then the threats begin. Soon, the pair begins to suspect that this case is much more complicated than a simple disappearance—they have unwittingly stumbled on a conspiracy of corruption, greed, and murder far more deadly than they ever imagined. Others are also searching for the missing women, and they will eliminate anyone who stands in their way . . .

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Edenbrooke by by Julianne Donaldson (Celebrating Romance Awareness Month & the Proper Romance Line)

Today is National Relaxation Day! As part of celebrating Romance Awareness Month and the Proper Romance line of books, I'm highlighting my go-to book for when I want to relax.

This book is one of my all-time favorites and it's one I re-read every year. It's sweet, endearing, makes me laugh out loud every single time, has a little danger, and a fabulous romance. I hope it's one of your favorites too! If you haven't read it, I hope you'll give it a try...

Edenbrooke
(A Proper Romance)
by Julianne Donaldson
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 264 Pages
March 27th 2012 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome heir of Edenbrooke, Marianne finds that even the best laid plans can go awry.

From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. Will she be able to rein in her traitorous heart, or will a mysterious stranger sweep her off her feet? Fate had something other than a relaxing summer in mind when it sent Marianne to Edenbrooke.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

There is a collector's edition of Edenbrooke being released in September that will include
the prequel novella, Heir to Edenbrooke. You can read my review of the novella here.

The Hummingbird Heart by A.G. Howard (Book Release Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)



The Hummingbird Heart
(Haunted Hearts #2)
by A.G. Howard
New Adult Paranormal
Paperback & ebook, 339 Pages
August 15th 2017 by Golden Orb Press

Summary

Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

Shortly after escaping a circus tragedy, young Italian orphan, Willow Antoniette, seeks refuge at The Manor of Diversions—a holiday resort in England born of a ghost story. For eleven years, she’s raised alongside the children of the resort’s owners: Julian, his twin brother, Nick, and their younger sister Emilia. Now that Willow is of marriable age, she's determined to escape finishing school along with everyone's efforts to make her a proper lady. The only man she wants to spend her life with is Julian, after all. Yet how can she tell him, when he thinks of her as nothing but a friend?

As a machinist and engineer, Julian Thornton prefers a governable life. He can't allow his ever-deepening attraction for Willow to distract from his amusement park plans to lure a younger, wealthier clientele to their family's resort. In hopes to escape Willow and find investors, Julian sets off on a transatlantic ocean liner headed for the St. Louis World’s Fair, unaware Willow has secretly stowed away on the same ship.

A tiny, mute orphan named Newton and a pair of haunted Italian shoes bring Willow and Julian face to face on deck. Forced to work together to solve the mystery of Newton and his vindictive, ghostly companion, Julian and Willow can no longer fight their untapped passions. However, time to admit their true feelings is running out, for the ghost and her murderer have enlisted them as unsuspecting pawns in a karmic game of cat-and-mouse that could cost all of them their lives.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Chesapeake Valor Series by Dani Pettrey (Series Review)

Cold Shot
(Chesapeake Valor #1)
by Dani Pettrey
Christian Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
February 2nd 2016 by Bethany House Publishers 

Summary

In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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