The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


I'm welcoming the author of this new release to my blog today for an
interview, so make sure you check that out as well as the giveaway below...

The Last Magician
by Lisa Maxwell
YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy. Time Travel
Hardcover & ebook, 512 Pages
July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Summary

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (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.

I love the cover for this one (my favorite color is green) and the synopsis just sounds like it will be an awesome story. I also love that this is set outside the US and is a retelling. It's my pick this week...
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Let's discuss... Book Reviews that Offend


I don't believe that people should hide how they think, feel, or stand on an issue, but I also think they should be respectful of others and stick to what is being discussed and not take things personally. I have a group of friends who believe all sorts of things differently than I do and I've never felt that meant I couldn't be respectful, kind or their friend. In fact, I love learning why they think or believe the way they do and how I can better understand them. Sometimes we just agree to disagree.

This translates to book reviews as well. I know that reviews are subjective. They're based on the reader's feelings and preferences. I totally went against the trend when I reviewed the Hunger Games series quite a while back because I didn't enjoy it. I know, shocker. I actually like the movies better (except that last one with aliens instead of dogs). I've never written a review with the purpose to offend other readers or the author. In fact, I usually try to be nice about books I don't end up liking, although it can be a tough line to balance.

Have you seen readers get offended by others' reviews or have you been offended by a review?
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The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Renegade's Redemption
By Stacy Henrie

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops

you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Ever since sharing some of Tex’s story in my last Love Inspired Historical book about his twin brother Tate, I’ve eagerly anticipated the chance for readers to get to know Tex better—through his own story this time. A legendary, charismatic outlaw, Tex was a fun and complex character to write. So, too, was his reunion with the girl he left behind eight years ago Ravena Reid.
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Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I enjoy inspirational stories set during war because they usually throw two unlikely characters
together and then test their strength while forming an unbreakable bond. This is such a story...

Grounded Hearts
by Jeanne M. Dickson
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 337 Pages
June 13th 2017 by Waterfall Press

Summary

A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.

In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in "flyboy" Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband's death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Weekly Update #223, in which there might be an end in sight to my crazy life...


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'm starting to feel like a broken record... Another extremely busy week down and this upcoming week, that I thought was going to be lighter, is turning out to not be. BUT, there is an end in sight. I have the classes finished that I needed to take and a test this week for some licensing for my new part-time job and then the following week will finally be less crazy. Hallelujah! Then I can relax again with reading at night and get my life back (including returning comments and being on instagram again). The thought makes me quite happy.


In the meantime, I do still have stuff going on here, so this is what to expect:
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Rebel in a Small Town by Kristina Knight (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Rebel in a Small Town
By Kristina Knight

Note from the Author

I'm super-excited because it's a brand new month and I've got a brand new book out for you! It's the second in my new Slippery Rock series, and features interim town sheriff, James Calhoun and Mara Tyler, the absentee sister from Tyler Orchard!

One of the themes throughout the Slippery Rock series is home. Home can be a million different things to a million different people, but I think what it holds in common for all of us is a feeling of safety. Of belonging.

Home is something that Mara has been missing since leaving Slippery Rock in a misguided attempt to protect James ten years before; what is surprising to Mara is that she's missed home at all. Because, although she does love her family, she's always felt a little out of place in Slippery Rock. For a while, she and James had a secret affair, and when things got a little too hot for Mara to handle, she ran. Now, though, a tornado has torn the town apart and her family needs her...and she needs her family, too. There's just one little problem: when she ran from James the first time, she didn't know she was pregnant...and now, she's going to tell him.

My family's special project for this new series is continuing with the release of Rebel in a Small Town, too. We’re donating a portion of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series toward providing Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children. Most children going in to foster care have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Sweet Cases are duffel bags given to children coming in to care, and once given, the bags remain with that child, giving them a sense of home and, hopefully, a sense that they aren't alone. Each duffel includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

— Kristina
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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for July 10th - 16th #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)
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Home to Stay by Kate James (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Home to Stay
By Kate James

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

Launch - Note from the Author

This promises to be a fun-packed tour with lots of stops along the way. Heartfelt thanks to all the bloggers who signed up for this tour. I put together a special prize-pack to recognize the terrific response. I’m looking forward to all the stops, and I hope to see you along the way!

— Kate

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The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I love Stacy Henrie's books and am excited to share an excerpt from her
newest release with you today. Check that, the book, and giveaway out below...

The Renegade's Redemption
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
July 1st 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Summary

Refuge for the Outlaw

When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid's farm, he's eight years too late for the elopement they'd once planned—and it's far too early to win her forgiveness. He's seriously wounded, though, and she can't turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it's wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she'll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.

As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he's ever loved is the riskiest thing he's ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Year I Dated the Internet by Stacy Lynn Carroll (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

The Year I Dated the Internet
by Stacy Lynn Carroll
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
May 23rd 2017

Summary

With her 30th birthday fast approaching, Chelsea Wilson decides she is done being single. She is going to be married by the end of the year if it kills her. And sixteen first dates might just do that. With no male companionship, other than her cat Daughtry, Chelsea reluctantly creates an online dating profile. She begins meeting all kinds of men in a world now full of man buns and skinny jeans. While trying to find one good man, she ends up with four. How will Chelsea ever decide? The best part is she doesn’t have to. It’s up to you. In this romantic comedy like no other, you, the reader, get to pick who Chelsea chooses in the end. Her fate is in your hands.

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

Grab your copy for just 99¢ from July 11th to 15th!

Praise for the Book

“I highly recommend reading this book. The story is fantastic, the dates memorable, and the ending is what you decide. I was so happy to choose which guy Chelsea ends up with, I felt even more involved in her story.” –Stacy Lybbert, Amazon reviewer

“Having read plenty of fiction with endings I didn’t love, this book was refreshing and fun. And having been married for a couple of decades and out of the dating scene, it was eye opening to get of glimpse of the new world of online dating and how difficult it can be.” –Holly Frasche, Amazon reviewer

“There was plenty of humour throughout the story and I shared some of the jokes with friends and family who all laughed as well. I would like to see more books like this. It lived up to its description and recommendation and I’m glad I read it. I would recommend it. It was just what I was looking for: a nice, light read with no heavy stuff.” –Autism Mom, Amazon reviewer

“I especially liked how real and well developed the characters were. The main character has dating experiences that anyone in the dating world can relate with, as well as experiences that no one would want, and ones that are unique to our age of the internet, taking the reader on a ride that is entertaining and heart warming.” –Leilani Peterson, Amazon reviewer.
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Fragile Chaos by Amber R. Duell (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)


I love mythology and this story is a nice twist on that. Check all the
info and the giveaway out below and join the FRAGILE CHAOS
Release Day Party on Facebook to chat with Amber & win prizes!

Fragile Chaos
by Amber R. Duell
YA Fantasy, Mythology
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 300 Pages
July 11th 2017 by Radiant Crown Publishing, LLC

Summary

A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.

AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.

BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.

“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

(Affiliate links included, meaning I receive a small kickback when you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (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.

Maggie Stiefvater always has interesting stories and excellent characters. I also love her writing style. Her upcoming release is my pick this week...
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Home to Stay by Kate James (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I've enjoyed all of Kate's books as well as working with her, so I was thrilled to get to
review her newest! You can see what I thought below as well as enter her fabulous giveaway...

Home to Stay
(San Diego K-9 Unit #4)
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

She's bringing his son home

A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans's son safely home is more than a job. It's a mission she can't fail… But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist…

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

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The Song of Copper Creek by Kristen Mckendry (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I loved this author's last book, The Governess, that I read last year and have been so
excited for this one, which  I loved as well. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

The Song of Copper Creek
by Kristen Mckendry
LDS Fiction, Women's Fiction, Christian Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 226 Pages
July 3rd 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

It's been more than a year since she lost her family - a tragedy that has left Grace Whitaker a shadow of her former self. Unable to move on surrounded by so many memories, she makes the desperate decision to return to her childhood home in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. There she hopes to salvage the broken pieces of her life - but what she finds is the promise of peace and healing in an unlikely place.

Copper Creek Farm is part of a Canadian historical museum, offering glimpses into 19th-century pioneer life. Yet the farm offers much more than that - it is a place of second chances. For Grace, the opportunity to work the land alongside the loving Whelan family is the first step toward healing. But she isn't the only broken soul seeking hope on the farm. Grace is joined by a young man in trouble with the law, as well as the Whelans' son and grandchildren, who are struggling through their own heartbreak. Together, these survivors discover the strength that can be found in friendship. But when faced with the uncertainty of the future, will they have the courage to move beyond the past to forge new lives for themselves?

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Charm Offensive by Cari Lynn Webb (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Charm Offensive
By Cari Lynn Webb

We hope you enjoyed the tour! 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 motivated you to write THE CHARM OFFENSIVE?

We moved often when I was a child because of my father’s job and now with my husband, we’ve continued to relocate around the country. I’ve been fortunate to live in both small towns and big cities and I’ve discovered there’s something to love about each place we’ve lived. There are so many wonderful romance series set in small towns and I wanted to write a series about characters who live and work in a big, vibrant city. San Francisco has always been one of my favorite cities and when the idea for The Charm Offensive came up, the City by the Bay seemed like the perfect setting. 


Sophie Callahan was the first person to pull at him in places he thought only the music could reach. But, unlike the symphony, he wasn’t interested in becoming a patron of Sophie Callahan’s.
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Weekly Update #222, July is already well on its way...


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.

If you've been following me at all this past month you've already read about my life being super crazy. I actually missed my weekly update last week and this one is going up late - or at least later than I normally post. Things are still crazy, crazy. This week will be another super busy one, but next week things will start to finally settle down... just in time to start getting the kids ready to go back to school. I have one starting back on July 24th and the others in early August. I feel like the summer is just flying by.


I've been really, really behind in my reading, responding to comments here, and being active on Instagram, so I'm hoping to get back into it all next week. I hope your summer is going well and you're getting some great reading in!

Here's what to expect on the blog:
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Home to Stay by Kate James (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Home to Stay
By Kate James

Note from the Author

I’m thrilled to be on tour again with Prism Book Tours with the second of my three 2017 releases, Home to Stay!

This promises to be a fun-packed tour with lots of stops along the way. Heartfelt thanks to all the bloggers who signed up for this tour. I put together a special prize-pack to recognize the terrific response. I’m looking forward to all the stops, and I hope to see you along the way!

— Kate
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The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I've read several of this author's books and she always seems to surprise me, in
a good way. Check out this newest release, my review, and the giveaway below...

The Ghost of You and Me
by Kelly Oram
YA Contemporary
ebook, 311 Pages
June 20th 2017

Summary

How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him?

From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels.

The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives.

Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right…even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend.

With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram.

This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism.

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


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Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Family of His Own
By Catherine Lanigan

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below...

Launch - The Faerie Tour

Welcome back to THE SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE! If you’re reading the series and following our Prism book tours, I’ll bet you weren’t expecting something as fantastical as a Faerie Tale, especially after dealing with cops, drug dealers and PTSD like we did with Cate Sullivan and Trent Davis in PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, now did you?
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The Unicorn Hunter by Rachel Kirkaldie (Blog Tour Review)


This was an interesting fairy tale with quite
a few twists. Read my full review below...

The Unicorn Hunter
by Rachel Kirkaldie
Adult/YA Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Paperback & ebook, 192 Pages
June 13th 2017 by Sweetwater Books

Summary

Princess Jessalyn’s betrothal is the talk of the realm, but all she cares about is escaping her family’s smelly fishing kingdom. As queen of Gontir, her life will finally be perfect. But her plans are shattered when she’s kidnapped by a murderous unicorn hunter in a plot to destroy Gontir. With her dreams in ruins, Jessalyn must decide if the life she’s always wanted is worth the price of her heart.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)


I really enjoyed the first book in this series that I read last year and have been anticipating this 
second book ever since. Today the author talks about magic and chimera in her fantasy world...

The Dragons of Nova
(Loom Saga #2)
by Elise Kova

Adult Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 488 Pages
July 11th 2017 by Keymaster Press

Summary

Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Renegade's Redemption by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
The Renegade's Redemption
By Stacy Henrie

Note from the Author

Ever since sharing some of Tex’s story in my last Love Inspired Historical book about his twin brother Tate, I’ve eagerly anticipated the chance for readers to get to know Tex better—through his own story this time. A legendary, charismatic outlaw, Tex was a fun and complex character to write. So, too, was his reunion with the girl he left behind eight years ago Ravena Reid. 

I hope you enjoy Tex and Ravena’s second chance at love in this story of hope, redemption, and forgiveness. 

Happy reading!

— Stacy Henrie

The Renegade's Redemption
by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
July 1st 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Refuge for the Outlaw

When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid's farm, he's eight years too late for the elopement they'd once planned—and it's far too early to win her forgiveness. He's seriously wounded, though, and she can't turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it's wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she'll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.

As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he's ever loved is the riskiest thing he's ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?

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I can't wait for... Invictus by Ryan Graudin (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.

I've loved all of this author's books, although I still need to read her Wolf by Wolf series and The Walled City. This new one sounds unique and exciting! It's my pick this week...
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The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere (Blog Tour Review)

The Captain's Daughter
(London Beginnings #1)
by Jennifer Delamere
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 338 Pages
June 6th 2017 by Bethany House Publisher

Summary

Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan (Blog Tour Interview & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I'm welcoming Catherine Lanigan to my blog today to talk
about her newest release! Check that and the giveaway out below...

Family of His Own
(Shores of Indian Lake #8)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

He's ready to settle down…with or without her

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he's always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she's been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn't even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn't feel like a future. Maybe it's time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…

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

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The Charm Offensive by Cari Lynn Webb (Book Tour & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
The Charm Offensive
By Carri Lynn Webb

Author Interview

What motivated you to write The Charm Offensive?

We moved often when I was a child because of my father’s job and now with my husband, we’ve continued to relocate around the country. I’ve been fortunate to live in both small towns and big cities and I’ve discovered there’s something to love about each place we’ve lived. There are so many wonderful romance series set in small towns and I wanted to write a series about characters who live and work in a big, vibrant city. San Francisco has always been one of my favorite cities and when the idea for The Charm Offensive came up, the City by the Bay seemed like the perfect setting. 

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

I’d like readers to finish The Charm Offensive and walk away believing that true love is real. While love might not happen according to our own plans or timelines or come wrapped up with a bow, it’s worth fighting for. 

Do you have a favorite scene that you can share with us?

One of my favorite scenes includes my heroine, Sophie Callahan, her nine-year old niece, Ella and the hero, Brad Harrington. Sophie and Ella have started a new dinner tradition called, Sunday-night Surprise. Brad has been invited to join them much to Sophie’s chagrin. Sunday-night Surprise hasn’t been the success that Sophie had envisioned, but she’s determined to keep trying. Here’s a teaser. You’ll have to read more in The Charm Offensive to see how this Sunday-night Surprise worked out. 

Sophie glanced over at Brad. “Sunday-night surprise works like this. The chooser picks a protein from the piglet teapot. Then a cuisine style from the cow teapot.” Sophie pulled a colored cardboard piece from each teapot. “We’ve got French cuisine and fish as our protein. We can work with this. Now comes the surprise part.” Sophie sorted through the cookbooks and picked up French Food Made Simple.

The daring taste buds of the pair interested and surprised Brad. He appreciated their culinary spirit and how organized and efficient Sunday-night surprise was. When he was a kid, he’d wanted only burgers and French fries. Matt and Ruthie’s worry seemed unnecessary and overblown. He asked, “You make any recipe from that cookbook?”

“Not exactly.” Ella leaned her elbow on the table and rested her chin in her palm. “We make the recipe on the page number Aunty picks.”

“What if we don’t like that recipe?” Brad asked.

“You have your cell phone in easy reach, right?” Ella asked.

“Yes,” Brad said.

Ella grinned against her fingers. “Perfect. You might want to put The Boot Pizza into your contact list.”

“We’ve only called them twice.” Sophie gripped the cookbook like she was a harassed librarian ready to swat rowdy children with it.

“Last week was close,” Ella said. “We’ve called almost every time it’s been your turn, Auntie.”

“I haven’t had very good luck,” Sophie admitted.

Defeat eased into her tone and she looked like she wanted to smack her own forehead against the cookbook. Or cry. Brad wanted to bring back Sophie’s smile. Bring back Ella’s bright laughter. He should leave, but he wanted the experience he’d been promised: the surprise, the adventure and the food. Their execution needed a little refining, but he’d deal with that next Sunday. Not that there’d be a next anything. But there was tonight. Tonight, he’d stick to their plan.

If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say?

This is a love story about two people who discover all they’ve ever needed can be found in the City by the Bay, if they can only learn to open their hearts. 

What is something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write, favorite hobby... or favorite snack foods? 

I don’t think I’m much different from other writers in that I write whenever and wherever I can and that might be in my car outside the pool while my daughter’s practice, on the bleachers at a weekend travel swim meet or in my home office (to include the porch or couch or kitchen counter so it’s more of a mobile home office). I carry a clipboard with me all over and I still find something freeing about writing with a pencil and paper, especially if I get stuck on a scene. I love to bake and I’ve been on a cheesecake run recently, trying out new homemade cheesecake recipes (If anyone wants to share their favorite recipes, please do – I love trying new recipes). I’d love to attend culinary school as I’ve a secret wish to be a chef or at least skilled enough to take five random ingredients and put together a tasty dinner without a recipe to guide me. Gelato is both a weakness and reward for meeting my writing goals. Now that I’ve finished this interview, I think I need a bite of the salted caramel gelato waiting in the freezer. (Does it matter that it’s only 9 am?)
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Venom and Steel by Melissa Wright (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

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Release Celebration Blitz for
Venom and Steel
By Melissa Wright

Venom and Steel
(Frey Saga #4)
by Melissa Wright
YA/NA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 214 pages
July 1st 2017

Three seasons of peace come with a price.

It's dark night in the kingdom of the fey when the castle is attacked, and Ruby has gone missing. If Frey can't decipher the clues, one of her Seven might pay with their life.

But winged gods and high fey tricksters are plotting to steal more than a Halfling. Frey's high guard is torn apart, her magic too volatile, and in three moons, the fates will dance.

If she can't regain her guard and get a grip on her powers, the fate of the lands will rest in fey hands—but to do so, she must place her trust in one of them.

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