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I can't wait for... Dark Breaks by Sara B. Larson (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 enjoyed Larson's Defy series and I love that she's written a story based on Swan Lake. It's my pick this week...

The Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rea Cobb (Birthday Blog Tour & #Giveaway) @RachelleReaCobb

I'm joining in the celebration for this inspirational series. Check it all out below,
including a giveaway. You can also check out an interview with the author here.

The Sounds of Emeralds
(Steadfast Love #3)
by Rachelle Rea Cobb
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
April 15th 2016 by WhiteFire Publishing


What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

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Blood Road by Amanda McCrina (Blitz Excerpt & #Giveaway)

Happy release day to...

Blood Road
(Blood Oath #1)
by Amanda McCrina
YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 329 Pages
April 25th 2017 by Month9Books


Nineteen-year-old Torien Risto has seen dissidents dealt with before. He knows the young local girl who just knifed him will hang for assaulting an Imperial officer, unless he can stop it.

Someone inside the provincial government is kidnapping Imperial citizens and selling them across the desert to the salt mines, silencing anyone who tries to intervene. The girl’s brother is one of those who has been taken. Rejected by the corrupt courts, she’s waging a personal war against the Empire.

Determined to save her life, Torien sets out in search of answers on the Salt Road, the ancient trade route running deep into the heart of a desert—territory claimed by the hostile Mayaso tribe.

Now, Torien is no longer sure where his own loyalty lies, or how far he will go to break the cycle of tyranny, political bullying, and social injustice in an empire that seals its borders in blood.

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Ninja Girl by Cookie O'Gorman (Blog Tour Guest Post & #Giveaway)

I'm welcoming the author on my blog today to share some of her
heroine's tips. Make sure you check that and the giveaway out below...

Ninja Girl
by Cookie O'Gorman
YA Contemporary Romance
March 30th 1016


Seventeen-year-old Snow-Soon Lee kicks ass--literally. She teaches at her family-owned martial arts gym, The Academy, and cares more about training to be the next Bruce Lee than hooking up. In fact, Snow's never even been kissed. But when Girls Night rolls around, Snow decides to prove to her friends (and herself) that she's not just some boring tomboy. Impulsively, she kisses a hot stranger and even manages to escape his two security guards.

One stolen kiss…

Ash Stryker's senior year sucks. His politician father pulled him out of Chariot High, separating him from his championship-winning soccer team. Now he's stuck at a prissy private school with no friends, no team and no chance of being scouted. On top of that, thanks to the death threats his dad's received, Ash has a security tail aka professional babysitters. When the mystery girl from the movies shows up at his school, rappelling from the rafters, Ash knows one thing: he won't let her get away again.

One interesting job proposition…

After a seemingly random attack, Ash's mother surprises everyone. She hires Snow to be Ash's personal bodyguard until after the election. But can Snow's kick-ass skills hold up against the rising threats to Ash's family? More importantly, can Ash convince his ninja girl to screw ethics and kiss him again?

Opposites attract in this YA romance where a smooth talker meets his match in the tough girl who (literally) sweeps him off his feet. Moral of the story:

Sometimes even bad boys need a bodyguard.

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A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway) @CynthiaRuchti

This book... It was quite a read. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

A Fragile Hope
by Cynthia Ruchti
Christian Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
April 4th 2017 by Abingdon Press


Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
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Weekly Update #212, reading by my mood...

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.

This weekend I ignored the books I was supposed to be reading and read what I felt like. Romance. I don't read a lot of mainstream romance, but I was just in the mood for it and will have some reviews coming soon for what I read. Generally I can fit a book or two in here or there that I'm in the mood for, but otherwise, it's pretty scheduled. Not that what's on the calendar aren't books I don't want to read, because they are, but I'm not always completely in the mood for them. So, I'm curious. Do you schedule your reading, do you read whatever you want, do you have a mix? Let me know.

This week is a mix of genres, as usual. Here's what to expect:

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for April 17th - 23rd #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)

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party for True to You on May 4th!

Raise your hand if you're ready for Becky Wade's new series! 

I adore Becky's books! She's one of my top inspirational contemporary romance authors and is always wonderful to chat and work with.

Celebrate the release of book one, True to You, with Becky and other readers on Facebook on May 4th during a fun author chat party at 8:00 PM EDT (that's 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, & 5:00 Pacific)! Becky will be chatting about the book and answering your questions about the new series, and of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways too!

Pre-order your copy of True to You so you're ready for a fun book discussion. Find out more about the book here.

Hope to see you on May 4 for Becky's True to You Facebook Party! In the meantime, feel free to grab the prequel novella, Then Came You, FREE from Amazon!

Defiance by A. L. Sowards (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)

I loved this author's last two WWII books and have been anticipating this one, so I'm
happy to get to review for its tour. Read what I thought and enter the giveaway below...

by A. L. Sowards
LDS Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 310 Pages
April 2017 by Covenant Communications


Eight years after immigrating to the United States, German-born Lukas Ley embodies the American dream: successful athlete, gorgeous girlfriend, loving family. But beneath the surface, eighteen-year-old Lukas is driven by ambition, resolved to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of the Nazi regime. Unfortunately, a failed physical throws his plans for flight school off course. Unlike his war-hero older brother, Lukas’s purpose is unclear. He can’t fly, and in the eyes of the military, he’s good for only one thing—the front lines. 

From the foxholes of war-ravaged Luxembourg to the devastation of an enormous German offensive, Lukas’s journey is fraught with peril. But when he’s taken as a prisoner of war, he realizes life is about to get much worse. In the enemy camp, Lukas is viewed as a German fighting for the wrong side. Ripped from the innocence of an idealistic youth, he becomes a man beaten by the horrors of war. Now his only hope of survival is to hold tightly to his faith in God and his love of family and home. But even if he manages to make it out alive, can he ever be whole again?

Sometimes survival is the ultimate act of Defiance.

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Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton (Blog Tour Excerpt, eBook #SALE & #Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Dead Time, book three in the series, just released on April 15th!
Don't miss the series ebook SALE and begin the series with book one...

Crossing in Time
(Between Two Evils #1)
by D.L. Orton
Adult Sci-Fi Romance, Dystopian
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 374 pages
April 7th 2015 by Rocky Mountain Press


Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Best Sci-Fi Love Story of the Year”
Remember How It Feels to Fall in Love?

Race against the clock through a dystopian nightmare. Climb naked into an untested time machine (carrying only a seashell and a promise). Wake up twenty years younger on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded, with your heart in your throat.

This is a journey of love, loss, and redemption that will make your pulse gallop and your palms sweat, have you laughing out loud through your tears, and leave you flush with the sublime pleasure of falling in love.

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