The Corner Shop of Whispers by Debbie Viggiano (Book Blitz)

The Corner Shop of Whispers
by Debbie Viggiano
Women's Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 218 Pages
February 14th 2017

Summary

Romantic Florrie, scatty Daisy and snobby Alison are neighbours, living their married lives in the tiny English village of Lower Amblegate where everyone knows everybody. Together the three friends share laughter, tears, and things they wouldn’t want anybody else knowing. But unbeknownst to them, a scandal is brewing. As rumours circulate, the gossips go into overdrive, rocking marriages and revealing the women have much more in common than just neighbourly bonds…

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Unexpected Love by Heather Chapman, Paula Kremser, Mandi Ellsworth & Ashtyn Newbold (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)



I adore this time period (as long as I don't have to live in it) and 
marriage-of-convenience stories, so I've been looking forward to this 
publisher's new release. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Unexpected Love:
A Marriage of Convenience Anthology
by Heather Chapman, Paula Kremser, Mandi Ellsworth & Ashtyn Newbold
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
March 1st 2017 by Sweetwater Books

Summary


Around the turn of the century, matches were made for all sorts of reasons--whether to keep a family together or simply to make ends meet. But love has a way of turning up in the most unexpected places! With four historical romance stories in one, this fun anthology will sweep you from the dance floors of aristocracy to the hearths of country living, leading to love through the most unusual circumstances.

Ashbrook Abbey by Heather Chapman
Though decidedly against marriage, when Ambrose Notley discovers it may win him his uncle's good opinion (and his inheritance), he marries the orphaned Kate Mowbray. But will Kate be able to break down the walls that Ambrose has built around himself?

First Comes Marriage by Paula Kremser
When Letty's sister and husband unexpectedly die, a greedy uncle threatens to steal custody of the children and their money. David, Letty's brother-in-law, marries Letty in the hopes of retaining custody of their niece and nephew. But will this love for show become something deeper?

The Price of Her Heart by Mandi Ellsworth
When Faith McKinney witnesses a crime she shouldn't have seen, she's forced into hiding to protect her own life.As part of this, her uncle arranges her marriage to small-town sheriff Geoffrey. But when the men searching for her find Geoffrey as well, will he be able to protect her?

Beauty and the Beholder by Ashtyn Newbold
When a marriage arranged by chance brings Fanny and Percy together, they quickly learn that clashing personalities and battles of wit are not a recipe for a happy match. How could a marriage between quick enemies ever result in something such as love? But fate has a way of bringing even the most unlikely hearts together...

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I've heard such fabulous things about this author and also just LOVE that cover! 
You can see what I thought about the book and enter the tour giveaway below...

Dating the It Guy
by Krysten Lindsay Hager
YA COntemporary
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
March 21st 2017

Summary

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

Praise for the Book

“A sweet, endearing story—you’ll fall in love with Emme just like I did!” -- Kimber Leigh Wheaton, YA/NA author

"Hager's authentic characters will resonate with readers of all ages as they are immersed in the story - complete with teen drama and angst, but also the relationships which make it all worthwhile." -- Leslie L. McKee, book reviewer, Edits and Reviews by Leslie


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Hooked To Books Reading Challenge


Hooked to Books is hosting a Reading Challenge! Find all the info and sign up here.
Tag @Hookedtobooks and use #HookedtoBooksReadingChallenge.

I already have some challenges I'm participating in (I'm behind in updating my status, but you can see all my challenges here), but this challenge is a little different as it coincides with my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge. My challenge there is to read 200 books, so that's the level I'll be going for with this challenge as well. I'm a fourth of the way there, so right on target.

Let me know if you're participating. There are some awesome prizes too!

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The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga (Blog Tour Review, Interview & #Giveaway)


This looked like a cute read, so I thought I'd give it a try. The author is also stopping by
for an interview (love those!), so check that, my thoughts and the giveaway out below...

The Slope Rules
by Melanie Hooyenga
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 350 Pages
February 24th 2017 by Left Handed Mitten Publications

Summary

Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.

Or so she thinks.

A twist of fate—well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town—lands her in Blake’s school, but the charismatic boy she fell for wants nothing to do with her, and worse, the Snow Bunnies, the popular clique, claim her as their newest recruit.

Cally must learn to be true to herself—all while landing a spot on the ski team and figuring out who she is without her old friends. And when she finds out what Blake is hiding, she learns the rules on the slopes apply to more than just skiing.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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I can't wait for... Life After by Katie Ganshert & Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

I have two picks this week, one in the Christian genre and one in the YA genre. Both are very promising reads from established authors. Check them out...
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Redux by A. L. Davroe (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway))


I've heard good things about this series and it sounds like a really good
SciFi. You can learn more, read an excerpt, and enter a giveaway below...

Redux
(Tricksters #2)
by A. L. Davroe
YA SciFi, Dystopian
Paperback & ebook, 428 Pages
March 21st 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Summary

The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

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The Ivory Queen by Jacob Devlin (Book Blitz & #Giveaway) @chapterxchapter @jacob_devlin @BlazePub



The Ivory Queen
(Order Of The Bell #1.5)
by Jacob Devlin
YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Paperback & ebook, 37 Pages
January 10th 2017 by Blaze Publishing

Summary

Twenty-five years ago, the venomous Queen Avoria was banished from the enchanted realms of Florindale and sentenced to spend eternity inside a cursed mirror.

After a seemingly endless tumble through the mirror’s abyss, Avoria awakens in a gloomy metropolis in the darkest corner of Wonderland. There she meets the shrewd King of Hearts, Cornelius Redding, and the two strike a turbulent alliance. As Avoria helps Cornelius execute his conquest of Wonderland, she plots her own vengeance against the world that cast her out. In the city's cold shadows, Avoria finds pawns in the souls that defied her, truth in the reflection that calls to her, and power in the past that forged her. And thus, the Ivory Queen begins carving a path to the ultimate throne.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

Praise for the Book

"a well-written glimpse into the magic mirror." - Janelle
"Avoria is a really fascinating villain" – Samantha 
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How to Become a Pirate Hunter by Marty Reeder (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I've been in the mood for pirate books lately, especially after reading another pirate book
recently and loving it. Find out what I thought about this one and enter to win a copy below...

How to Become a Pirate Hunter
by Marty Reeder
YA Time Travel
Paperback & ebook, 208 Pages
March 1st 2017 by Sweetwater Books

Summary

Not everyone is special. Or at least that's what Eric believes. But when the new girl Charlotte tells him he's a natural at hunting pirates, and offers to prove it, Eric can't resist the adventure. Thrown in the middle of the Spanish Main, Eric must quickly accept his skills, or else succumb to the horrors of the dreaded Willard Pirate Twins.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Amanda Lester and teh Gold Spectacles Surprise by Paula Berinstein (Cover Reveal & #Giveaway)


Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Amanda Lester and teh Gold Spectacles Surprise
by Paula Berinstein
Coming March 27th 2017...

You can get your copy for free for a limited time on Amazon!
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Growing Up with Conference: Practical Ways to Make General Conference Fun Year-round by Emilee Reynolds, Cassie Lyle & Tiffany McDaniel (Blog Tour Review)



With my church's General Conference coming up, I was curious about what ideas I might
gleam from this book to better help our family be prepared. You can read my full review below...

Growing Up with Conference:
Practical Ways to Make General Conference Fun Year-round
by Emilee Reynolds, Cassie Lyle & Tiffany McDaniel
LDS Nonfiction
ebook, 191 Pages
September 13th 2016 by Cedar Fort, Inc.

Summary

Make General Conference fun year-round!

From the creators of the Sweetly Made (Just For You) website comes a new book filled with fun and creative ways to get your family excited for General Conference, including crafts, recipes, FHE lessons, and more!

With this book you will get:
- Easy to follow DIY crafts
- Full-color photographs
- Memorable FHE lessons to use before and after general conference
- Gospel tools to motivate families
- Scripture references and quotes
- Easy, affordable recipes
- Link to FREE printables
- Dozens of tips to prepare for conference

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Protecting the Single Mom by Catherine Lanigan (Blog Tour & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Protecting the Single Mom
By Catherine Lanigan

THE DANGEROUS TOUR

Hi, and welcome to my Prism Tour for “Protecting the Single Mom”. I’ll bet you’re wondering why I chose this tour title for a Heartwarming story in little old sweet small town Indian Lake, right? Right off the bat, let me tell you that in the real world, there are a lot of dangers, but falling in love, now that’s a real risk. How many people get married for all the wrong reasons? Just check the divorce statistics. In my opinion, love is too often discarded and other “sensible choices” enter the picture. Risking your heart for a lifetime with another person? It’s not practical. It’s nonsensical and yet, we all dream of that one true love. Our soul mate. Our adored one that we will spend all of this lifetime sharing, caring and creating, sigh, a family.

But what if, your life choices had driven you to that place where of all the things that could happen to you, love was never it. Impossible. Not to be discussed or negotiated?

That’s what happened to Cate Sullivan. She ran away from her abusive husband with nothing, nothing but the clothes on her back. No ID. Money, credit card. Just guts and courage. And she was pregnant. She hitchhiked across state lines and wound up in Indian Lake where she changed her name and has been living in disguise for six years. Cate, AKA Susan Kramer, has created a false life for her  six year old son, Danny, and things are going well—until Detective Trent Davis---aggressively bent on bringing a murderous drug lord to justice---discovers that the drug lord is Cate’s ex-husband.

Trent has lived his life as a Special Forces Sniper in Afghanistan and now on the Indian Lake Police Department, head of the Drug Task Force Team…in a Danger Zone. Shadows of his past haunt his nights and afflict his days. Trent can never be with any woman, yet Cate has burrowed deep in his heart.

He’s about to draw Cate and her little son, Danny, into his circle of danger, by convincing Cate to be the bait to draw her ex-husband into Trent’s trap.

Cate finds that she’s not so brave after all, when she falls in love with Trent, the one man she can never and should never love.

— Catherine


Protecting the Single Mom
(Shores of Indian Lake #7)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
April 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Getting involved shouldn't be this dangerous…

Cate Sullivan is no damsel in distress. She's kept herself and her son safe for six long years. Built a good life in Indian Lake. But now that her drug-dealing ex-husband is moving his operation here, that life is about to explode.

Her instincts tell her to trust Detective Trent Davis. That he's more than just a handsome cop doing his duty. The former Green Beret has even formed a fast bond with her son. But there's something he's not telling her. Some darkness that keeps him from giving in to the feelings she knows are growing between them. Cate trusts Trent to keep her safe, but the real question is whether he'll trust himself with her heart.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

Advanced Review for Protecting the Single Mom

This is an exceptional romantic fiction novel that inspires women to achieve their dreams and warms the hearts of the romantics. It is a beautifully well-written story with a clean context. It is suitable for anybody who loves a good romance and yearns to be inspired to make a change in their circumstances. - Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
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Weekly Update #208, lots of reviews coming up...


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, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date, and I've also just recently added linking up to The Sunday Salon on Facebook.

We had a dip in temperatures last Thursday that I loved! It will be the last we'll see of low 70s here for some time. I can already feel summer coming. That might be weird for a lot of you guys who live where there is still snow, but in Arizona the summer comes early and stays for some time. I'll take it over most other places though. :)

This week shows another interesting mix of books. I've been told I should stick to a genre for more blog traffic (like only YA or only adult romance or something), but I just have a hard time doing that and I started this blog as a hobby to share what I love, so I don't really want to limit what I'm allowed to read. Do you prefer blogs who only focus on one thing or those who review various genres? Just curious.

I'm starting a new monthly newsletter for those who don't want daily emails and to spotlight specific giveaways and posts. If you're interested in signing up, you can sign up here (same thing that's now on my sidebar):


This week there are a lot of reviews. Actually, all but one are reviews. Here's what to expect:
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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for March 20th - 26th #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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The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


This one sounds like an interesting mix of historical romance and
mystery. Read an excerpt and enter the Amazon gift card giveaway below...

The Wolf Mirror
by Caroline Healy
YA Historical Romance, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
February 14th 2017

Summary

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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The Wedding March by Tara Randel (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Wedding March
By Tara Randel

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Note from the Author

I hope you enjoy Cassie and Luke’s journey in The Wedding March. And if you’ve read my previous books set in Cypress Pointe, you’ll catch up with familiar characters who pop up in this book. Thanks for stopping by!

— Tara
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A Second Chance by Alexis A Goring (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)


A Second Chance
by Alexis A Goring
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 154 Pages
January 25th 2017 by Forget Me Not Romances

Summary

Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death. 

​Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)
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Project Emergence by Jamie Zakian (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my stop for this new YA SciFi! The author is sharing about the
setting for this book which you can check out along with a giveaway below...

Project Emergence
by Jamie Zakian
YA SciFi, Dystopian
Paperback & ebook, 292 Pages
March 14th 2017 by Month9Books

Summary

An ancient Hopi myth says people arrived on tiny silver pods that fell from the sky.

But the truth is far more terrifying.

Two-hundred fifty-eight teens are sent from a dying Earth to a terraformed Mars as part of the Emergence Program, mankind’s last hope before solar flares finish off their planet and species. Among the brave pioneers are sixteen-year-old Joey Westen and her twin brother, Jesse.

After only minutes in space, something triggers a total ship lock down.

With the help of their roommates, the Matsuda twins (notorious hackers and shady secret-keepers), Joey and Jesse stumble onto an extremist plot to sabotage the Emergence Program.

But Joey and Jesse didn’t travel to the deepest pits of space and leave their mother behind to be picked off in a high-tech tin can. They’ll lie, hack, ​and ​even kill to survive the voyage and make it to Mars.

(Affiliate links included.)
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I can't wait for... Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

This one just sounds really cute and I adore You've Got Mail, so it's my pick this week...
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Spring 2017 Bloggiesta


Bloggiesta is hosted over at its site and runs from March 20-26.
You can go and sign up here.

I've already been working on a few things this and last week for this, but here is my official list and goals...

TO-DO LIST
  1. Update at least one month of back reviews to my review page (already finished back through January, which is a good start to the two years that are not updated - yay!)
  2. Crosspost reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, and B&N back one month (I went back a month - now I just need to keep going...)
  3. Clean up my sidebar and minimize (I finished this and even though there's more there than I really want, it's so much better and has everything I need)
  4. Participate in at least one mini challenge, found here. (I've participated in three! The two items above actually coincide with these, which must be meant to be since I decided on those to-do items before I saw the challenges.)  
  5. Clean out my "Respond Now" and "Respond Soon" email folders
  6. Clean up my menu (on some computers my social icons at the top were overlapping with my menu, so I had to figure out what I didn't need up there)
  7. Re-do my "About Me" on the sidebar (Done. I put a picture instead of my blog button and changed the verbiage.)
  8. Re-do my About Me and Policies pages (Done. They're better organized and more concise.)
  9. Update my "About" info (finished this today)
  10. Continue scheduling posts one week ahead, so on Sunday, March 26th, I should have through April 2nd scheduled

Now looking at how busy I am this week, I'm not sure how far I'll really get with these, but I'm going to do my best. I'll be updating this post with what I've gotten done.

Did you join Bloggiesta?
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The Wedding March by Tara Randel (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I've heard fabulous things about this series, so I was happy to have the chance
to read this one. See what I thought and enter the fabulous giveaway below...

The Wedding March
(The Business of Weddings #4)
Tara Randel
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Summary

The help only he can offer…

Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she's not a two album wonder. But her case of writer's block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids' lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they're not as different as he thinks…
(Affiliate link included.)
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Arizona Forever by Jaclyn M. Hawkes (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

Arizona Forever
by Jaclyn M. Hawkes
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 249 Pages
March 10th 2017

Summary

Dr. Jessie Benn has everything—except Mr. Right. There’s only one problem. The one guy who intrigues her is completely wrong.

She’s a veterinarian specializing in horses with a thriving practice nestled between her family’s Arizona ranches, looking for a nice, dependable guy who can take her to the eternities.

He’s a visiting Australian business tycoon who’s just a touch bitter, a touch wild, and way more than a touch fascinating.

What is a girl to do?

(Affiliate links included, meaning that I will be compensated if you make a purchase using my links.)

What Readers Are Saying About Jaclyn’s Books

Jaclyn M Hawkes ROCKS!

I love all of her books! This was another great story that had it all; great characters, fun, happiness, love, suspense, sadness, triumph, family, and joy.

I’m not worried about letting my teenage daughters read anything Jaclyn writes.

Thanks for another great read and please keep them coming! Karen

Fantastic as always!

Fantastic, magnificent and beautifully written.

Amazing!

I have never read a book before that had me captive from the beginning. I cried, have laughed and felt her deep grief and confusion. What a wonderful book and a wonderfully exceptional writer. I can’t wait to read more of Jaclyn Hawkes books! Lorraine

I love the way she writes!

I love it!

A fun read that warms your heart and makes you feel just as awesome as the characters!

Jaclyn Hawkes was delightful!

A love story with depth and characters you want to meet.

I find myself reading halfway into the night if I don’t set a reminder to stop and sleep when I get her new books. Janie
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Courting Carrie in Wonderland by Carla Kelly (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I've enjoyed every single one of this author's books and this one was no
different. Check out my review and enter to win an ebook of your own below...

Courting Carrie in Wonderland
by Carla Kelly
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
March 1st 2017 by Sweetwater Books

Summary

Struggling through college and balancing her summer job in Yellowstone Park with the Wylie Camping Company, Carrie McKay simply doesn't have time to consider romance. Spanish American War Veteran Sergeant Major Ramsay Stiles also isn't looking for love, busy with his own complicated affairs. But as the magic of Yellowstone starts making its way into their hearts, both begin to see love move up their priority list.

(Affiliate links included.)
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Weekly Update #207, back from vacation...


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 Reviewer, as well as to Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves 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 checked in last week you might have heard I was gone on vacation with the family, so I was pretty much MIA. I've caught back up, including on comments, since I've been back. It helped that I had some posts scheduled ahead and my inbox cleaned out before I left. Anyway, we had a fabulous time and played hard all day every day while we were gone. The first day back we all just kind of relaxed trying to recuperate. It kind of cracks me up that it seems like you need a vacation after a vacation. :)

This week should be fun with some romance and ya books coming your way...
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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for March 13th - 19th #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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Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell (Blog Tour Guest Post)


Living in this story-book world can be quite perilous, so Rose
(the heroine of the story) is sharing some survival tips below...

Garden of Thorns
by Amber Mitchell
YA Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Paperback & ebook, 362 Pages
March 6th 2017 by Entangled Teen

Summary

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll to take to her grave if she must.

(Affiliate links included.)
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Sanctuary Cove by Kate James (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Sanctuary Cove
By Kate James

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Note from the Author

In Sanctuary Cove, when New York-based communications executive Emma Meadows finds her personal and professional life in shambles, she retreats to her lakefront cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Aiding an injured animal at the side of a rain-drenched road, she meets local veterinarian Joshua Whitmore. . .
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Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull (Blog Tour Review, Trailer & #Giveaway)


My kids love this series and I've enjoyed The Caretaker's Guide and the activity book! Read
my thoughts on this new break-off series and check out the contest they're running below.

Dragonwatch
(Fablehaven Adventure #1)
by Brandon Mull
Middle Grade Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 384 Pages
March 14th 2017 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

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Love, Jane by Reneé S. Clark (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


This is the third LDS romance I've read from this author. See
what I thought about this one and enter the giveaway below...

Love, Jane
by Reneé S. Clark
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 208 Pages
March 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

Jane Reeves and Sean O'Callaghan seem to be a match made in heaven—but the timing is all wrong. Jane has her heart set on serving a mission, and she can't delay telling Sean the news any longer: not only has she quietly submitted her mission papers, but she's also leaving in a month ... for Alaska. Shocked and devastated, Sean struggles to come to terms with Jane's decision. Unable to deny the depth of their feelings for one another, Sean makes a promise to wait for her.

Life unfolds for both Jane and Sean, with communications limited to weekly e-mails. But with just a few months left in Jane's mission, Sean's messages stop. When she receives the dreaded "Dear Jane" breakup along with the news that she has been replaced by Sean's former flame, Jane knows the future she envisioned now belongs to another woman. But upon her return home, Jane quickly realizes some things are worth fighting for—perhaps, most of all, a shot at true love.

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I can't wait for... Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday)


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

I haven't read any of this author's other books, but this one just sounds awesome! It's my pick this week...
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