The Triple Date Dare by Lauraine Henderson (Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway)

I wasn't too sure about this debut, but it interested me enough to be willing to give it a go. I'm quite happy I did! Read my full review as well as an excerpt, and enter the giveaway below...

The Triple Date Dare
by Lauraine Henderson
LDS Contemporary Romance, Christian
Paperback & ebook, 212 Pages
December 8th 2016


Writer Laura Nelson can’t believe her luck. Since staying in a beach house on the Oregon coast, she’s had two run-ins with the police. The upside is that handsome Officer David Harrington handled both situations.

Laura, still stinging from years of making poor choices, has come to Oregon to take control of her life. She recently renewed her relationship with God and the church, and she’s in the process of writing her next mystery. But is she ready for romance?

David has a rule: don’t get close to women. He is ashamed of his unlawful past, a father in jail and an alcoholic mother. His triple date dare is a sure-fire way to keep women at bay. Who would love him with all his baggage anyway?

When he asks Laura out, David figures she will crash and burn as planned. He had no idea she would not only change the rules of his famous dating dare, but sneak her way into his heart.


Chameleon by Zoe Kalo (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

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by Zoe Kalo
YA Paranormal, Gothic
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
February 2nd 2017


An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret… 

17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia.

When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out… Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

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The Splash of Lady Harriett (Cover Reveal & #Giveaway)

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
The Splash of Lady Harriett by Rachael Anderson
Coming August 28th 2017...

The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson (Book Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

The Rise of Miss Notley
(Tanglewood #2)
by Rachael Anderson
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 270 Pages
February 20th 2017 by HEA Publishing


To escape an undesirable match, Miss Notley must give up her riches for rags.

When Miss Coralynn Notley’s father barters her off to the first titled gentleman to come along, she realizes she must flee her home or be forced to wed a despicable man. Driven by desperation, she applies for the position of housekeeper at Tanglewood Manor, the home of the handsome Mr. Jonathan Ludlow.

The moment Jonathan sees Miss Notley, he is intrigued. She is far too young and inexperienced, yet there is something about her that that inspires a certain hope within him. Does he dare offer her the position of housekeeper or will doing so result in catastrophe?

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Weekly Update #203, The books are piling 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 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.

I recently looked at the books released so far this year that I have already missed reviewing... I've started working on catching up, but then I looked ahead... I always forget how busy March and April are for me. There are always so many new releases that I don't want to miss, but I also judge for the Whitney Awards and then have other books I just want to read. The books seem to be piling up, which of course I said I wouldn't do this year. Ha!

I also have a backlog of reviews. Terrible to be in that position, I know. ;) I've had other promotional posts and I didn't' want to just dump a bunch of reviews. It's kind of funny, in a way, that I already need to do some rescheduling and we're only half-way through February. I actually feel good about having extra posts though. It's nice to know I have them when I need them and I'm thinking I'll just schedule them ahead when I don't have other posts already scheduled even if it's a month or two out.

So, I'm curious... Do you guys feel like I do with spring releases and not wanting to pass them up? Do you schedule posts far in advance, posting a review a month or more after you've read the book? The most I've been scheduled ahead is a month, but that's fairly rare. Anyway, let me know. :)

 And here's what to expect this week:

How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days by Jennifer Peel (Review)

How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety DaysHow to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days
by Jennifer Peel
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook, 240 Pages
December 26th 2016


How to Get Over Your Ex in Ninety Days 

• Break off all contact for ninety days.
• Stay away from social media.
• Remember all the things you liked to do when you were single and revisit those activities.
• Think carefully about starting any new romantic attachments. 
• Wine, lots of wine. No, don’t. It could end badly. 
• Be mindful of anxiety and feelings of hopelessness. 
• Remind yourself it takes ninety days for your mind to switch gears and picture your life in a new direction.

Presley Benson thinks she found the perfect plan to get over her ex-boyfriend, Jackson Montgomery. All she needs is ninety days. There’s a problem, though. Jackson Montgomery is the newly appointed vice principal of Riverton High School where she teaches drama. 

And oh yeah, he wants her back. 

So what’s a girl to do? Stick with the plan of course.

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The SEAL's Return by Patricia Potter (Blog Tour Launch Interview & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
The SEAL's Return
By Patricia Potter

Author Interview

1. What is your motivation behind The SEAL’s Return?

It’s the fourth in my Home to Covenant Falls series about veterans – men, women and even animals – who return home from the battlefield. The first, I thought, would be a stand-alone book about Josh Manning, a troubled and guilt-haunted Ranger returning home with a military dog as damaged as his new owner. It was inspired by a story in the New York Times about military dogs who came home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Josh’s best friend, the dog’s handler, died saving my hero’s life and left him a cabin in a small Colorado town. The cabin and the town – along with the town’s lady mayor – helped them both heal.

When I finished Josh’s story, I didn't want to leave Covenant Falls. I had fallen in love with the town and its quirky and good hearted citizens. I simply wanted to live there. Since I couldn’t do that, the next best thing was to revisit it.

Other stories started forming in my head.

Josh’s cabin was left to another veteran, this time a chopper pilot. He was followed by a battlefield surgical nurse. 

And then it was time for my Navy SEAL, the fourth in the series. I’ve always wanted to write a book about a Navy SEAL. The training is the most difficult of any service and they do extraordinary deeds.   My SEAL is Jubal Pierce, and he’ll always be one of my favorite heroes. Half of his life has been in the SEALs. His total identity is being a SEAL. When a mission gone bad leaves him physically unable to continue as a SEAL he is lost and rudderless.

It takes a troubled kid, a buckskin Quarter Horse named Jacko and a lady doctor to make him realize he still has something to offer.

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

That they respect the military and reach out with a helping hand and understanding heart. And that love can often conquer even the greatest obstacles.

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

I think it’s when Jubal helps with the birth of a colt:

To Jubal, it was a miracle. Life beginning. He’d seen so much life ending, often in terrible ways. “It was . . .” Jubal stopped, unable to express the feelings surging through him. The colt and mother together touched him as nothing else had.

Jubal swallowed hard. An odd tug pulled at his heart. And a rare indecisiveness. He knew a lot about survival and weapons and killing. Not so much about something so new and innocent. . . For the first time he could remember, Jubal was at peace in his world.

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

You never know when you’ll find your home.

5. Share something about you that is unique – maybe about how/where you write.

It’s probably not unique to most writers, but curiosity is a compulsion with me. I’ll start researching one subject – how much money does a Navy SEAL make? – and end up hours later following the Yellow Brick Road to quite different topics. Google is, quite simply, my downfall.

The SEAL's Return
(Home to Covenant Falls #4)
by Patricia Potter
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
February 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

This is the home he never expected…

With a terrifying ordeal behind him, former navy SEAL Jubal Pierce was supposed to stay in Covenant Falls, Colorado, for only a day or two. That's it. He's not prepared to put down roots here—no matter how intriguing the town's new doctor happens to be. Not to mention Dr. Lisa Redding's teen brother is on a troubled path that's all too familiar. Suddenly Jubal finds himself entangled in the community and with deep, unfamiliar feelings for Lisa. But maybe a little detour is just what a warrior needs to find his true purpose…and true love.


New Releases, Free & Bargain Books for February 13th - 26th #Freebook #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)

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson (Blog Tour Review, Guest Post & Giveaway)

I met Kevin Emerson a while back when he had just released his YA contemporary,
Exile. He was really fun to chat with. This is his newest release. See what I thought,
check out Kevin's tens list (which is totally fun!), and enter the giveaway below. And also
check out this guide that he and the publisher put together here (it's got some cool stuff).

Last Day on Mars
(Chronicle of the Dark Star #1)
by Kevin Emerson
Middle Grade SciFi
Hardcover & ebook, 336 Pages
February 14th 2017 by HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press


It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we prepare for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the very last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space, and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival.

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Praise for the Book

“Emerson’s writing explodes off the page in this irresistible space adventure, filled with startling plot twists, diabolical aliens, and (my favorite!) courageous young heroes faced with an impossible task.” --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds series

“Last Day on Mars is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative, a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced. A fantastic start to an epic new series.” --Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

“This is perfect science fiction: a terrifying yet very cool vision of the future, lots of technological awesomeness, mind-bending alien mysteries, a mission to save the human race—and two funny, resourceful, very real kid heroes who I’d follow to the edges of the universe.” --Tui Sutherland, New York Times bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series

“A hugely enjoyable blend of adventure, humor, science, and kids trying to find their place when humanity itself doesn’t have one.” --Emma Trevayne, author of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

“Action-packed science-fiction adventure.”

Love Remains by Sarah M. Eden (Cover Reveal)

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Love Remains by Sarah M. Eden
From the world of Hope Springs, coming September 5th 2017...

Under Gemini by Linda Hope Lee (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Under Gemini
By Linda Hope Lee

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

Launch - Note from the Author

Welcome to my Prism Book Tour for Under Gemini, a Crimson Rose novel published by The Wild Rose Press. Gemini is a fictional island in the San Juans, an archipelago between Washington State and British Columbia. I’ve long thought the islands would be a good setting for a mystery and finally an idea came to mind.

Crazy Messy Beautiful by Carrie Arcos (Blog Tour Tens List & #Giveaway)

Author Carrie Arcos is stopping by today to share ten facts about
her newest YA release. Check that, the book, and giveaway out below...

Crazy Messy Beautiful
by Carrie Arcos
YA Contemporary
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
February 7th 2017 by Philomel Books


From National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos–a fresh take on happily ever after, and friendship, that is anything but a love story.

When your namesake is Pablo Neruda—the greatest love poet of all time—finding “the one” should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.

Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of love—and art—in more ways than one. And when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realized—and riskier, too, than simply saying the words.

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Valentine's Day Collection by Multiple Authors (Review)

Valentine's Day Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 19)Valentine's Day Collection
(A Timeless Romance Anthology)
by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, & Sarah M. Eden
Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 334 Pages
February 1st 2017 by Mirror Press


From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance, comes VALENTINE'S DAY COLLECTION. 

Six brand new contemporary romance novellas by Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Jenny Proctor, Annette Lyon, Heather Tullis, and Sarah M. Eden. 

A BRUSH WITH THE LAW by Janette Rallison
Bethany has endured a streak of depressing Valentine’s Days. And this one is turning out no different. Her friend set her up on a blind date—and Bethany can only hope that James will be a decent guy. But it seems the fated day has other plans, and Bethany finds herself in the middle of a comedy of errors that make a blind date with a stranger the least of her problems.

EVERY OCCASION by Heather B. Moore
When Maurie moves back to her hometown to open up her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job, and Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood return with full force. When she discovers Grant has a troubled past of his own, Maurie realizes that she might have misjudged him all along.

HOLD YOUR BREATH by Jenny Proctor
As Kayla trains for the Olympic swimming trials, she vows to never let another boyfriend get in her way. When she finds out her younger sister’s new high school swim coach is Nate—the guy Kayla had a huge crush on when they were in school together—Kayla realizes that her resolve is weakening. But Kayla isn’t willing to risk giving up her Olympic dream for anyone, not even charming Nate.

When Sam’s long-time boyfriend, Steve, texts that he has something important to ask her on Valentine’s Day, she’s sure that he’s going to propose. Determined to look great for the big day, she hits the all-night laundromat to wash her favorite outfit. When her clothes are chugging away in a machine, Steve calls and pops a question—not one she ever would have expected. Reeling with shock, she’s left facing the holiday alone, unless you count the other person at laundromat, a guy leaning against his own washer, intent on his phone.

DEAL BREAKERS by Heather Tullis
The last place Colette wants to be stranded is the snowed-in Denver airport, especially when her sister is enduring chemo treatments and needs Colette’s help back home. When Colette runs into another stranded passenger—none other than former college boyfriend Drew—she can’t believe how much he’s changed . . . and hasn’t changed. Drew is still the same amazing guy that Colette was foolish enough to blow off for someone else. By the time she’d realized her mistake all those years ago, Drew’s heart had been too broken to give her a second chance. Now Colette can only hope that she can work her way back into his heart.

HEY, HELEN! by Sarah M. Eden
On the surface, Helen seems to have her life figured out. Her advice column, Hey, Helen!, is gaining more readers every week. She regularly hangs out with the guy next door, laughing and chatting over pizza and work. But when her feelings for her handsome neighbor begin tiptoeing toward something more than friendship, Helen can’t help hoping Neil might feel the same way. Between her own uncertainties, his friend-zone treatment of her, and a pair of loudly interfering parents, Hey, Helen! could use a little advice in love.

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The Return by Kelly St. Clare (Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway)

Welcome to the Cover Reveal (designed by Tracey at Soxsational Cover Art) for
The Return by Kelly St. Clare
Coming June 2017...

I can't wait for... For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund (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've read the previous two books in this series, enjoyed the first book, loved the second, so I'm really looking forward to this newest release! It's my pick this week...

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Blog Tour Spotlight)

I love folklore and retellings, so this has been on my list for some time. Find out more below..

by S. Jae-Jones
YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 448 Pages
February 7th 2017 by Thomas Dunne


Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

This is the second book I've read from this author and quite different from the last one
with the military aspect in this one. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Breach of Trust
by Kathi Oram Peterson
Adult Romantic Suspense, LDS
Paperback & ebook, 232 Pages
February 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications


Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors.

Four years later . . .

On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It’s the woman he’s been looking for and dreaming about for so long.

After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she 
disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. In one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger.

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The Outlaw's Secret by Stacy Henrie (Blog Tour Grand Finale & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Outlaw's Secret
By Stacy Henrie

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’m so excited to introduce readers to the Becketts brothers—one a lawman, the other an outlaw—in my next two books releasing from Love Inspired Historical. In THE OUTLAW’S SECRET, you’ll meet Tate Beckett, a Pinkerton detective posing as his outlaw twin brother Tex. You’ll also meet Essie Vanderfair, a dime novelist in need of a great story. And she hopes to find it when she begs to go along with the gang of train robbers that Tate has infiltrated. These opposites-attract characters were so much fun to write as were the outlaws Essie meets and interviews.

Happy Valentine's Day!


Under Gemini by Linda Hope Lee (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

I love romantic suspense with the underlying tension that seems to exist through the entire story. Check out Linda Hope Lee's newest with an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway below...

Under Gemini
by Linda Hope Lee
Adult Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 234 Pages
February 8th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.


Reeling from the deaths of her ex-husband and their nine-year-old daughter, Meg Evans suspects foul play in the mysterious auto accident. Clues lead her to Gemini Island, where she goes undercover cataloging Northwest Indian artifacts while conducting her own investigation. She doesn't count on having to work with the enigmatic and handsome Eric Richards.

Artifact expert Eric has hidden reasons for coming to Gemini, and he doesn't relish working with anyone who might thwart his search for answers. Will they keep their true identities and their missions hidden? Or can they learn to trust each other and together discover Gemini's terrible secret?

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Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild (Blog Tour Excerpt & #Giveaway)

If you're in the mood for some women's fiction, then check out this new release...

Sweet Southern Hearts
(Willow Hill #3)
by Susan Schild
Contemporary Women's Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 214 Pages
January 10th 2017 by Lyrical Press


Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery…

When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.

Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…

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Royal Design by Sariah Wilson (Book Blitz & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

ROYAL DESIGN is releasing as a Kindle in Motion ebook. Go to Amazon to see a preview of some of the special video features included. It's so fun! And in case you need a teaser, here is one of the heroine, Bellamy Sullivan:

Learn more below and enter the fabulous giveaway...

Royal Design
(The Royals of Monterra Novella)
by Sariah Wilson
Adult Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 217 pages
February 14th 2017 by Montlake Romance


Bellamy Sullivan’s life is hardly regal. She’s a waitress from Ohio who’s been on her own since she was sixteen, working several jobs while her dreams of being a fashion designer stay just that. But everything changes when PR maven and soon-to-be-royal Lemon Beauchamp drops in to announce that Bellamy is a princess. Unfortunately, Bellamy’s newly assigned bodyguard is the last man she wants to see.

A year ago, the royal family of Monterra tasked Enzo Rannalli with confirming Bellamy’s heritage, which meant he had to get very close to her. Enzo got the confirmation he needed, but he didn’t expect their connection to be so meaningful. And he didn’t expect his sudden departure to break the young princess’s heart.

In exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to kick-start her fashion career, Bellamy agrees to star on a royal reality show that will match her with the world’s most eligible bachelors. But after a series of disastrous dates make her even more grateful for Enzo’s company, she wonders if her fairy-tale ending is waiting to happen off camera.

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$10 Amazon eGift Card for the Romance Is in the Air Blog Hop (Giveaway)

The Romance Is in the Air Blog Hop is hosted by BookHounds.

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon eGift Card for my giveaway.

Weekly Update #202, almost Valentine's...

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.

I can't believe that it's almost Valentine's Day! Where has this year and this month already gone? My husband and I don't do anything too big for Valentine's or anything. We normally just share some chocolate fondue after the kids are in bed. Although, last year we invited the kids and actually had a great time with them, so we may do that again this year.

This last week was pretty busy so I'm not as ahead in my reading as I'd like to be, but am still getting some reading in. This week has another mix of genres, of which most will be reviews. Here are the books coming up:

Under Gemini by Linda Hope Lee (Blog Tour Launch & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Under Gemini
By Linda Hope Lee

Note from the Author

Welcome to my Prism Book Tour for Under Gemini, a Crimson Rose novel published by The Wild Rose Press. Gemini is a fictional island in the San Juans, an archipelago between Washington State and British Columbia. I’ve long thought the islands would be a good setting for a mystery and finally an idea came to mind. Throw together two strangers whose search for the truth sends them to a remote island. Add some Northwest Indian artifacts and a cast of colorful—and suspicious—characters. Spice the plot with danger and plenty of romance and there it was—Under Gemini. Thanks for coming aboard. I hope you enjoy the tour—and the story.

— Linda

#famous by Jilly Gagnon (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

This story definitely seems quite plausible these days and it's one I've been curious about
and will be reading this month. Learn more and enter to win a copy of your own below...

YA Contemporary
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
February 14th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books


In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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An Inconvenient Romance by Chalon Linton (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

I'm always up for some sweet historical romance. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

An Inconvenient Romance
An Inconvenient Romance
by Chalon Linton
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
February 2017 by Covenant Communications


The countryside of England provided an idyllic backdrop for Charles Brumley's and Leah Hasting's childhood. Neighbors and best friends, the pair passed many happy days racing through the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Everything was perfect—until Charles ruined it all and abandoned Leah for university.

Six years later, the former friends are thrust into each other's paths once more. Leah had been looking forward to the ball, an opportunity to further her acquaintance with the handsome Mr. Wilkins—but when she sees Charles's familiar face through the crowd, her traitorous heart leaps. 

Charles faces his own struggle: he has loved Leah since he was fifteen years old, yet it seems he is too late—it appears that her affections are otherwise engaged. As the pair tentatively renews their friendship, the spark between them in undeniable. 

After so many years apart, leah endeavors to reconcile her feelings toward her once cherished companion. But when a conniving revival for Charles's attention approaches Leah, the threat is clear: give up her association with Charles or a devastating secret about her family will be revealed. Faced with an impossible decision, Leah must make a choice—the ruin of her family or the ruin of her heart?

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The Magnificent Glass Globe by N. R. Bergeson (Cover Reveal, Excerpt & #Giveaway) #FridayReveals #Month9Squad #Month9Books

Welcome to the Cover & Chapter Reveal for
The Magnificent Glass Globe by N. R. Bergeson
Coming Month April 10th 2017 from TantrumBooks...

Note from the Author

I keep a map in my hallway with pins marking every place I’ve ever lived or visited. As of today, I’ve lived in seven different countries, and visited 65. As I stared at that map one day, contemplating where I’d go next, the idea for The Magnificent Glass Globe came to me. Not only do I wish I had a magic globe of my own, but I wish that everybody would take advantage of modern opportunities to expand their horizons, gaining a deeper understanding of the wider world we live in. So many of the problems we face in this world are the product of different groups of people who don’t understand one another. Well, there’s no better way to solve that problem than to go where others live and getting to know them in their world. My hope is that the Glass Globe will continue to take kids around the world, giving them a taste of life in faraway places, and a better view of the all the adventures this world has to offer.

A Cowboy to Keep by Karen Rock (Tour Grand Finale & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
A Cowboy to Keep
By Karen Rock

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

Launch - Note from the Author

Best of all, this novel is the prequel to my ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOYS series that starts November 1, 2017. THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COWBOY series chronicles the lives and loves of Jack's ranching family, the Cades (hot-tempered, passionate rough-riding rebels) and their neighbors, the Lovelands, (laconic, stubborn, gritty loners), with whom they've feuded for over a hundred years. They are loyal, strong and determined cowboys who work hard, play harder and love forever. I know you’ll fall in love with them as much as I have!

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill (Blog Tour Review, Ten List & #Giveaway)

I loved the cover for this one and also loved the words inside! Check out
a fun guest post from the author, my full review, and the giveaway below...

The Lost Girl of Astor Street
by Stephanie Morrill
YA Historical Suspense
Hardcover & ebook, 352 Pages
February 7th 2017 by Blink


Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

From the glitzy homes of the elite to the mob-run streets of 1920s Chicago, Stephanie Morrill’s jazz-age mystery shows just how far a girl will go to save her friend.

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Praise for the Book

"Morrill delivers a story that has it all - mystery, the mafia, and a heroine you can't help but root for. If Veronica Mars met the Roaring Twenties, you'd end up with The Lost Girl of Astor Street!" Roseanna M. White, The Lost Heiress

Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little (Book Blitz & Giveaway)

I'm excited for this final book in the Forbidden series and am planning on reviewing
the entire series soon. There's an excerpt and a giveaway below for you to check out...

by Kimberley Griffiths Little
YA Urban Fantasy, Historical
Hardcover & ebook, 384 Pages
February 7th 2017 by HarperCollins


After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed, Kadesh’s kingdom, as well as his status as king, is at stake.

Jayden knows that the time to be merciful has come and gone, and that some enemies can only be halted by death. Now she and Kadesh must prepare to fight not only for their love, but also for their kingdom.
This is the final book in the epic trilogy that began with Forbidden and Banished. Jayden and Kadesh’s love will be put to the ultimate test as they fight a war to save their kingdom.

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Praise for the Series

Booklist (starred review): “At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires. . . descriptions of the landscape are evocative in both desolation and in beauty. Just as good is the pacing, which gets the blood pumping for both characters and readers. This will heighten anticipation for a no-doubt exciting conclusion.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books: “Rich historical details are deftly woven into Jayden’s narration, and the dynamics of Jayden’s tribe are vividly drawn. Jayden’s story becomes as much about finding herself as it is about finding love.”

Reader: “This book took my breath away. I loved the immersive story and the rich setting of ancient Mesopotamia. The customs, traditions, and beliefs of the desert people were captivating and every time I set the book down I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. I’ve never read anything like this before.”

Reader: “Forbidden was so captivating that I awoke early in the morning, while my family was still sleeping, so I could finish the last pages of this beautifully haunting tale.”
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