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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Set 19 years after The Architect of Song:

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

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

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

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

Chesapeake Valor Series by Dani Pettrey (Series Review)

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


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

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

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

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

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
Courting the Country Miss
By Donna Hatch

Note from the Author

I’m so excited about my newest book in the Courting Series, Courting the Countess, my 19th published title.

While helping me polish my manuscript for Courting the Countess, my critique partner begged me to write the story of the hero’s rakish brother, Tristan. Though a “bad boy,” Tristan had a fun sense of humor, a depth of character, and a vulnerability that really begged to have his tale be told. So, book two, Courting the Country Miss, was born. But don’t worry; it’s a stand-alone story so you don’t have to have read the first one to know what’s going on. It helps though. So, one of the prizes I’m giving away is a copy of the book that started it, Courting the Countess. to one lucky winner. The rest of you are welcome to purchase your own copy of Courting the Countess. ;-) 

Today’s star attraction, Courting the Country Miss, is about letting go, learning to forgive, and finding one’s true self—one’s best self. It’s also about not giving up on dreams or good causes just because of a little (or a lot) of opposition.

— Donna

Weekly Update #226, I survived the first week...

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 stopped by last week you might remember that my kids started school this last week. The first week or two are always crazy as we get back into routine and the kids get to know their teachers and their expectations. It also forces me to get back into a routine and I have to say that I am sorry to see summer and all the fun it brings go. It felt really quiet this week when the kids were gone, but I'll get used to it and also enjoy getting to come and go and not worry about the kids during the day. It also means more time for Instagram, answering comments, and reading (hopefully).

As far as books go, here's what to expect on the blog this week:

For Joy's Sake by Tara Taylor Quinn (Blog Tour Grand Finale & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
For Joy's Sake
By Tara Taylor Quinn

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

Welcome to the For Joy’s Sake book tour! I hope you’ll follow along, visit some great book sites, find entertaining and worthwhile reading material along the way, maybe win a prize or two! More than that, though, I hope you find some joy!


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

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
The Alaskan Catch
By Beth Carpenter

Come along with us on this romance tour and get a taste of Alaska...

Author Interview

What inspired you to write THE ALASKAN CATCH? 

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

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

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

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

(This takes place in late evening, sitting by the campfire.)

Sam pulled the stretchy band from her ponytail, releasing the silky strands, and nuzzled the top of her head. Her hair smelled like wood smoke and lavender shampoo. If only he could bottle that scent. He would remember this one perfect night always.

Dana turned slightly so that her head was against his shoulder and she could look up at his face. “Sam?”


“I’m really glad you asked me to come on this trip.”

“So am I.”

She gave a happy sigh. “Someday when I’m an old lady sitting on a rocking chair in some nursing home, and people are telling stories about exciting things they’ve done, I’ll tell them about the time I rafted down a wild river in Alaska with you.”

“I’m sure you’ll have lots of exciting stories to tell.”

She shook her head. “No. The most exciting thing that ever happened to me before was probably winning the science fair in middle school. I’m not the kind of girl that takes chances.”

“You took a chance coming out here with me.”

“Maybe,” she paused, “but it didn’t feel like taking a chance. I trust you.”

She trusted him. It was as simple, and as absolutely mind-blowingly complicated, as that. In spite of his mother’s hatred of Raynotts, of his possible claim on her father’s estate, of Chris’s misgivings, Dana trusted him. It was a lot to live up to.

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

Dana went looking for her brother, but what she finds is her own inner strength and the love of a good man, if only she can find a way to accept it.

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

I do a lot of my writing in the tub. Not literally, but something about relaxing in warm water lets my creative juices flow, and makes it easier to map out a scene in my mind before I sit down at the computer and type the words.

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for August 7th - 13th #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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