Weekly Update #322, I'm on 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, and to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

I'm offline this weekend and will be much of the next week or so. We're up with my parents and the rest of my family near the mountains where my parents live and taking a little vacation together. Then we'll be coming back to where we live in the city and doing other fun things together this week, so I'll still be pretty MIA. I'm really close with my siblings and my kids with their kids, so we're looking forward to spending time with them.


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New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for June 10th - June 16th #freebook #booksale #booklinkup #booklinky


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A book to fall in love with... Lilac in Winter by Susan Pogorzelski (Guest Post) @chapterxchapter @susanpogo



The author is sharing a little about this book below, and there's a tour giveaway as well...

Lilac in Winter
By Susan Pogorzelski
YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
May 26th 2019 by Brown Beagle Books

Summary

Lilac Sophia Carpenter is sixteen years old. She’s going to be sixteen years old for the rest of her life.

Confined to her bed as her health declines, Lilac lives her life in daydreams, imagining her love story to her former best friend, Nathan Emery. But Lilac and Nathan haven’t talked since that fateful night—the night of her sister’s wedding, when her health worsened and his life unraveled and the already-fractured pieces of their friendship became irreparable.

With the comfort of her daydreams becoming more and more elusive, Lilac must decide if reality can be greater than her own imagination when there’s little time left for living.

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Guest Post:
Why You’ll Love this book

My first two books were the books that I felt I needed to write. Lilac in Winter is the book I always wanted to read—I just didn’t know it until I started writing it. Even now, I’ll sometimes find myself picking it up and reading it just for the enjoyment of the characters and their experiences. There’s a little something for everyone—family drama, friendship, overcoming obstacles, self-identity, and most of all, heartfelt romance.

I wrote Lilac in Winter at a time in my life when I needed Lilac and Nathan—I needed their friendship, their love story, their hope and humor and strength. I keep returning to them because they always have something to offer no matter where I am in my life. It’s my hope that readers will feel the same—that they’ll relate to the characters in such a way that it enriches their own life, and that they’ll keep finding more to love no matter how many times they return.

About the Author


Susan Pogorzelski is the award-winning author of Gold in the Days of Summer: A Novella. Her first full-length novel, The Last Letter, is a semi-autobiographical account of her experiences living with Chronic Lyme Disease and was an Honorable Mention in the 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. When she's not writing her own stories of nostalgia and the magic of everyday life, she works as a consultant, editor, and creative coach at Brown Beagle Books and is the founder of LymeBrave Foundation, Inc. She lives in South-Central Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive a physical copy of Lilac in Winter by Susan Pogorzelski

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She's on her way to her happily-ever-after, if all goes as planned... The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep (Review & #Giveaway)



Welcome! Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Noble Guardian
(The Bow Street Runners #3)
By Michelle Griep
Christian Historical Romantic Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 320 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press

Summary

A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure

The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal. . .money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

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My Review

THE NOBLE GUARDIAN is a story of heartbreak and hope for a better future as a woman travels to wed her betrothed and finds a dangerous journey ahead of her, but safety in a bow street runner who protects her on the way. Full of danger and romance, makes for an overall dramatic story.

I really liked Abigail and Samuel from the beginning. They have somewhat similar tortured pasts, but Samuel only saw the worst of men and Abigail hoped for the best. She was very naive and had no idea how deceitful and dangerous the world could really be. The journey and what followed was quite eye opening for her. For Samuel, Abby brought light and hope into his life and slowly his heart softened towards her. The romance was sweet with plenty of sparks, and would appeal to those who like it on the heavy side. The inspirational elements were consistently weaved through the story, although sometimes they felt a bit forced.

I really enjoyed the first half of the story. Samuel was smart and very good at his job. About half-way to two-thirds through though, it seemed like there were parts of the story that were unnecessary and drew out the story more than it needed to be. The romance also became the main focus, which I think I would have been okay with, except that towards the end of the story, I just didn't understand the actions of the characters. Everything felt unrealistic to me and overly dramatized and seemed to stay that way. It left me with very mixed feelings about this story overall.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I'm mixed on this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part and not so much the last part. I think if you enjoy stories heavy on the romance, and don't mind overlooking some things that don't feel realistic, then you'll enjoy this one.

Content: Some violence, abuse, innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series


About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


More from Michelle

Highwaymen Aren’t All Glamorous

Highwaymen are often romanticized in historical romances, but the truth is these fella’s were generally not compassionate thieves at all. They were cutthroat robbers who sometimes killed. Here’s a brief history so that you’re in the know.

The term “highwayman” simply means a thief who steals—usually at gunpoint—from travelers on the road. Not all, but some of those attacks turned deadly, the robbers not wishing to leave anyone behind who could identify them. Others wore masks for the same purpose.

Long, deserted stretches of roads that were main thoroughfares were the particular favorite haunts of these men. Criminals would choose remote highways that supplied regular traffic going to and from major destinations, such as Hounslow Heath, about fifteen miles outside of London.

To combat these villains, in 1805 the Bow Street Horse Patrol was created. There were about sixty men hired to protect travelers on the principal roads within sixty miles of London. Most of the men had served previously in a cavalry regiment. Their most successful achievement was to rid Hounslow Heath of highwaymen.

And that’s where I got the idea for my hero, Samuel Thatcher, in The Noble Guardian. He’s a rough and tumble man who’s tired of life and the wickedness of man. Mostly he’s just biding his time until he retires—that is until he rescues Miss Abigail Gilbert from the clutches of one of the worst offenders of all…Shankhart Robbins.

Sound like an adventure? It is. Settle back with your own copy and see what it’s like to ride the rugged heath in a carriage, bounding along—until you hear the crack of a pistol.

Enjoy!

Tour Schedule

Among the Reads, June 10
Genesis 5020, June 11
Carpe Diem, June 13
Wishful Endings, June 14
Stories By Gina, June 14
Hallie Reads, June 17
Moments, June 18
Bigreadersite, June 19
Remembrancy, June 20
Pause for Tales, June 21

Tour-Wide Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Noble Guardian!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!


Have you read the other books in this series? Do you like stories that involve a bow street runner as a character?

Is there such a thing as too many Christian suspense novels... Vigilant by Sara Davison (Guest Post & #Giveaway)


Welcome! The author is sharing a super fun post about too many suspense novels (not
that I believe that is possible). Definitely check out her post as well as the giveaway below...

Vigilant 
(The Night Guardians #1)
By Sara Davison
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 346 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Mountain Brook Ink

Summary

She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands.

Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.

Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk.

Then children begin disappearing in the night.

When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.

Except for one.

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Guest Post:
Top Ten Clues You Might be Reading Too Many Christian Suspense Novels

1) You take to speeding or talking on your phone while driving in an attempt to arrange encounters with a local law enforcement officer. As the two of you chat, you silently assess him to determine if he is someone you would want on your “protective detail” should your life ever be threatened.

2) You trust no one, including family members and people you have known all your life, unwilling to discount the possibility that they could be playing a long-term endgame with you.

3) While paying for your groceries, you cast furtive glances at the new bag boy, wondering where he came from all of a sudden. When he offers, you refuse to allow him to help you out with your purchases in case he plans to run your plates and find out where you live.

4) You start sporadically missing spin class, Bible study, and pick-up for your kids because you need to change up your daily routine in an effort to throw anyone who might be following you off track.

5) You stop taking casseroles to new people moving into the neighbourhood because you prefer to stay under their radar if they are—as you assume them to be—up to no good.

6) Before entering your vehicle, you run your hand under the bumper and fender, checking for tracking devices. On days where you are feeling particularly jumpy, you get down on your hands and knees to check for bombs duct-taped to the undercarriage. Even when everything looks okay, you turn the key in the ignition slowly, listening for that tell-tale click.

7) You actually do hear a click one day and launch yourself from the vehicle, dropping and rolling across the lawn and landing at the feet of your very startled mailman.

8) You speculate as to how your mailman happened to be in the neighbourhood at the exact moment you are almost blown to bits by a bomb.

9) Everything anyone says to you starts to sound suspicious, so when the barista at Starbucks asks if you want her to leave room in your cup for dairy, you instinctively duck, wondering if dairy is a code word they are sending to someone that this would be a good opportunity to take you out.

10) You spend an embarrassing afternoon at the garage attempting to explain to your mechanic that you didn’t intend to actually kick your taillight out—you were merely testing it to see how hard it would be to do so if you were ever tied up and tossed into your trunk.

About the Author


Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy, and the suspense novel, Vigilant, book one of The Night Guardians Series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.


Tour Schedule

Follow the tour here.

Tour-Wide Giveaway


(1) winner will receive a copy of Vigilant and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 17, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open to US/CAN residents!

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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What do you think? Have you read too many Christian suspense books? 😉 Will you be reading this one?

Check out the newest addition to the Ecosystem series... House of Earth, House of Stone by Joshua David Bellin (#Giveaway)


House of Earth, House of Stone
(Ecosystem #3)
By Author
Adult Dystopian, Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 330 Pages
April 22nd 2019 by Mostly Wind Books

Summary

The Ecosystem is at war

The dark queen Miriam has attacked the City of the Queens. Commanding an army of creatures from legend and nightmare, she appears unstoppable. Sarah is forced to flee into the treacherous mountains north of the city, where she seeks to discover word of the missing queen, Celestina. Only with their combined strength, Sarah believes, is there any hope of contesting the dark queen’s might.

But to wage the final battle against the dark queen, Sarah will have to overcome an ancient curse that threatens not only the survival of the city but the existence of the Ecosystem itself. And she will have to decide whether to save Isaac, the boy she loves, at the cost of losing everything else she holds dear.

House of Earth, House of Stone is a riveting fantasy-adventure set in a world where Nature holds dominion over humankind. The final book in the Ecosystem trilogy, it completes the journey Sarah began in Ecosystem and The Devouring Land.

Praise for ECOSYSTEM Trilogy

“Joshua David Bellin proves once again that he’s the master of SciFi survival stories that explore the devastating consequences of environmental destruction. If you’ve ever walked in the woods and felt that the trees were listening, this book is for you!” ―Jennifer Bardsley, author of GENESIS GIRL

“This page turner will give you a new respect for the forces of the natural world. I’ll never look at plants or animals the same way again. A five star tour-de-force. Can’t wait for a sequel.” ―Darlene Beck-Jacobson, author of WHEELS OF CHANGE

"If you’re a fan of survivalist and post-apocalyptic literature then I would definitely, and not so subtly, tell you to read ECOSYSTEM." ―YA Bookers

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About the Author


Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). A college teacher by day, he has published numerous works of fantasy and science fiction, including the two-part Survival Colony series (Survival Colony 9 and Scavenger of Souls), the deep-space adventure Freefall, and the short story collection Ten Tales of Terror and Terra. The Ecosystem series—Ecosystem, The Devouring Land, and House of Earth, House of Stone—is his latest foray into speculative fiction. In his free time, Josh likes to read, watch movies, and take long nature hikes with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.

PHOTO CONTENT FROM JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN


Blast Giveaway


- 2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of HOUSE OF EARTH, HOUSE OF STONE by Joshua David Bellin.
- Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter | Ends July 1, 2019

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Sometimes trouble is a good thing... Tate by Susan May Warren (Review & #Giveaway)



Welcome! You can follow the rest of the tour here.
Check out my review and enter the giveaway below...

Tate
(The Montana Marshalls #2)
By Susan May Warren
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
July 9th 2019 by Stonewater Books

Summary

What will it cost this bodyguard to save the woman he loves?

Bodyguard, Tate Marshall, has always been the family troublemaker. Maybe it’s his impulsive propensity to get into the middle of problems that don’t belong to him. But once in, he can’t stop himself from trying to solve them and that includes his recent dilemma. He’s in love with the woman he’s supposed to protect, the beautiful Gloria, “Glo” Jackson, daughter of US Senator and presidential hopeful Reba Jackson. A member of the country band, the Yankee Belles, Glo was targeted in a recent terrorist attack designed to deter her mother from running.

Glo is as stubborn as her mother, and Glo isn’t about to hide from threats, at least the kind that won’t cost her heart. Because she’s already paid a terrible price for the war on terror, and she can’t let herself love a man who might die, especially because of her.

As the campaign heats up and the threats deepen, so does the attraction between Tate and Glo. But when they’re discovered, and Tate is fired, what will he do to protect the woman he loves?
And what will Glo do to keep from losing another man to the costs of war?

The gripping second installment of the Marshall Family series.

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My Review

TATE picks up right from where the first book in the series ended. It's a story of two people yearning to find love and thinking they need to prove themselves, when really, they already have God's love and the love of each other if they will only let go and accept it. There is a suspenseful undertone from the first to the last page, with certain moments of danger spread throughout the story and a climatic ending. The romance is full of tension, with plenty of sweet moments. Definitely recommended to fans of this author and intense inspirational romantic suspense.

I was so glad that I read KNOX before I began this story. You could read them on their own, but each story is so involved in the other, that it's best if you read them in order. I feel like each of the Marshall boys have different demons they're trying to overcome. I really liked Tate and Glo and the rest of the Marshall clan, as well as Ford and Scarlett (whose story starts in this book). Tate has been labelled the troublemaker and bad boy, but also the hero. He has his fears, his hopes, his weaknesses, and his strengths. He wants Glo to be safe and to be with him more than anything, but it's a complex situation with Glo's own issues and her mother's manipulations thrown into the mix. Glo is good in her heart, but lets others dictate who she is and has lost herself a little. Tate challenges that, but also offers love without strings. The romance has plenty of swoon-worthy moments. Their story is volatile. Both their romance and the danger that is lurking, and both come to a head in this story.

There were a few things that didn't quite feel right. That were maybe overly forced and didn't feel as genuine. A few things that needed to be edited more. I also felt Glo was a little strong in how she tried to push Tate away and her being so lost in who she is made it hard to love her as the heroine. Even at the end, she's still being manipulated and I didn't really full get her coming into her own and standing up for herself. It's there, but not until the very end and I wanted more. The inspirational element also felt a bit forced and I didn't feel the characters were allowed time to build their connection to God.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story was full of emotions as these characters tried to navigate their lives, face danger and evil, and try to decide if they will open their hearts to love. With the Marshall boys, there is never a dull moment, and I'm looking forward to continuing Ford's story in the next book.

Content: Some violence and innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host/NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

Other Books in the Series

Knox
(The Montana Marshalls #1)
By Susan May Warren
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 251 Pages
March 12th 2019 by Stonewater Books

Summary

He's not looking for trouble...

Montana rancher Knox Marshall's danger years are behind him. A former bull-rider, he now runs the Marshall family ranch, raising champion bucking bulls for the National Professional Bullrider's Expo (NBR-X). Wealth and success are his, but life is stable, expected, and…ordinary. But he wants more from life...

But trouble is looking for her...

Kelsey Jones just wants a safe life, a family, a home. Onstage, the beautiful rising star of the Yankee Belles becomes the person she longs to be - vivacious and confident - burying the brokenness she carries from a violent assault. Becoming NBR-X’s next country act is key to outrunning her past and achieving the success and security she craves.

When trouble finds them both...

Knox and Kelsey's paths collide when an explosion at an NBR-X event traps them in the rubble and leaves them reeling. Kelsey’s crippling nightmares return, but for Knox, an obsession to find the bomber is ignited.

What will it cost him to protect her?

When Kelsey’s past threatens Knox’s family, he'll have to choose between saving the Marshall legacy or becoming the protector he's always longed to be.

The explosive first book in the Montana Marshalls series!

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About the Author


Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.


Tour-Wide Giveaway


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Knox & Tate, plus 2 CDs - Kelsea Ballerini (Unapologetically) and Brett Young (Ticket to LA)

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 10, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 17, 2019. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Have you read either of these? Are you a fan of this author or inspirational romantic suspense?

Sometimes being safe is better... Knox by Susan May Warren (Review)

Knox
(The Montana Marshalls #1)
By Susan May Warren
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 251 Pages
March 12th 2019 by Stonewater Books

Summary

He's not looking for trouble...

Montana rancher Knox Marshall's danger years are behind him. A former bull-rider, he now runs the Marshall family ranch, raising champion bucking bulls for the National Professional Bullrider's Expo (NBR-X). Wealth and success are his, but life is stable, expected, and…ordinary. But he wants more from life...

But trouble is looking for her...

Kelsey Jones just wants a safe life, a family, a home. Onstage, the beautiful rising star of the Yankee Belles becomes the person she longs to be - vivacious and confident - burying the brokenness she carries from a violent assault. Becoming NBR-X’s next country act is key to outrunning her past and achieving the success and security she craves.

When trouble finds them both...

Knox and Kelsey's paths collide when an explosion at an NBR-X event traps them in the rubble and leaves them reeling. Kelsey’s crippling nightmares return, but for Knox, an obsession to find the bomber is ignited.

What will it cost him to protect her?

When Kelsey’s past threatens Knox’s family, he'll have to choose between saving the Marshall legacy or becoming the protector he's always longed to be.

The explosive first book in the Montana Marshalls series!

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My Review

KNOX starts off with a bit of a bang and continues to keep readers on the edge of their seat through most of the book. With a rugged and charming cowboy as the leading man and a country singer with a tortured past as the leading lady, readers will have no difficulty falling in love with these characters and cheering them on to the climatic end. Recommended to fans of the author and inspirational romantic suspense fans who like their stories on the intense side.

I really enjoyed this story the introduces a family of cowboys and cowgirls and the ranch they call home. The oldest Marshall brother's story was in a previous series and here we get to really get to know the other part of his life, although he is not the focal point of this story and you don't need to have read the other series to enjoy this one.

Knox is one of those steady gentleman who feels solid—like you can rely on him, trust his word, and that he'll keep your heart safe. Kelsey is an up-and-coming country singer who needs a steady place to land and Knox and her meet at the perfect moment. I enjoyed their relationship as they tried to figure out if it's real and if their attraction was more than just that. There's plenty of back and forth and Kelsey had warranted trust issues. I loved how Knox really steadied her, but that she also brought so much light into his life and how much he really needed to live. She pushed him in the right direction. Tate's story also began here and continues into the next book. I loved their dynamic and really all the Marshall siblings as well as their mother. There was such a great feeling of family in this book and I loved that!

There were a few things that I felt could have used a little more development, but there wasn't much to complain about.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to more from this series. This family is so dynamic and I know there are lots of stories to tell and happily-ever-afters to find.

Content: Some innuendo, references to murder and rape.
Source: Purchased


Check out my review of the second book, Tate, as well as the tour giveaway here.

I Can't Wait for... The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW


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

I saw this on Edelweiss a while back and the cover grabbed me from the start. Then I found it's by the author of The Witch of Willow Hall, which is still high on my list to read, and read the summary and I was sold. I love Gothic tales shrouded in mystery and a touch of romance! It's my pick this week...

The Widow of Pale Harbor
By Hester Fox
Adult Gothic Romance, Suspense
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
September 17th 2019 by Graydon House

Summary

A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.

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Will you be reading this one?

A slightly awkward meet-cute... Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (Excerpt) #WaitingForTomHanks


I'm sharing an excerpt (one of my favorite parts of the book) from this new romcom below...

Waiting for Tom Hanks
By Kerry Winfrey
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
June 11th 2019 by Berkley

Summary

A rom-com-obsessed romantic waiting for her perfect leading man learns that life doesn’t always go according to a script in this delightfully charming and funny novel.

Annie Cassidy dreams of being the next Nora Ephron. She spends her days writing screenplays, rewatching Sleepless in Seattle, and waiting for her movie-perfect meet-cute. If she could just find her own Tom Hanks—a man who’s sweet, sensitive, and possibly owns a houseboat—her problems would disappear and her life would be perfect. But Tom Hanks is nowhere in sight.

When a movie starts filming in her neighborhood and Annie gets a job on set, it seems like a sign. Then Annie meets the lead actor, Drew Danforth, a cocky prankster who couldn’t be less like Tom Hanks if he tried. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-fail, but soon Annie finds herself sharing some classic rom-com moments with Drew. Her Tom Hanks can’t be an actor who’s leaving town in a matter of days...can he?

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Excerpt

(Chapter 4)

I blink a few times, staring straight into Drew Danforth’s face. It’s like when you’re a kid and there’s a solar eclipse, and all the teachers are like, “Don’t look directly into the sun! You’ll destroy your retinas!” but there’s always that one kid (Johnny Berger, in our class) who can’t stop staring.

In this situation, I’m Johnny Berger. And I guess Drew Danforth is the sun.

“Are you okay?” he asks again, enunciating his words even more as if me understanding him is the problem. His brown eyes, I notice, are flecked with tiny bits of gold, which is something you can’t see when you watch him on TV. His hair is just as voluminous as it seems in pictures, but in person, I have the almost overwhelming urge to touch it, to reach out and pull on that one lock of hair that hangs over his forehead.

“She’s not responding.” He turns to Chloe. “Is something wrong?”

“She’s French,” Chloe says without missing a beat. “She only speaks French.”

“I’m not French,” I say, breaking my silence. Chloe and Drew’s heads swivel to look at me.

“I’m sorry about your coat,” I whisper, then I run toward Nick’s.

Chloe bursts in the door behind me, the bell jingling in her wake. “I’m not French?” she screeches. “Those are the first words you spoke to Drew Danforth? Really?”

“Well then, why did you tell him I was French?” I shout, ignoring the curious stares of everyone working on their laptops and the calming melody of whatever Nick put on to replace the Doobies.

“I don’t know!” She throws her hands in the air. “You weren’t talking, so I thought I’d give you an interesting backstory!”

I put my hands over my face. “This is ridiculous.”

“No,” Chloe says, grabbing me by the shoulders. “This is your meet-cute, and now you need to go back out there and find him and say something that isn’t a negation of your Frenchness or an apology for destroying his probably very expensive coat.”

“Meet what?”

Nick stares at us from behind the counter, a dishtowel in his hand.

“A meet-cute,” Chloe stands up straight, shoulders back, as if she’s delivering a Romantic Comedy 101 lecture to Nick and his patrons, “is the quirky, adorable, cute way the hero and heroine of a romantic comedy meet.”

Everyone stares at her blankly.

“Or hero and hero. Or heroine and heroine. Not to be heteronormative,” she clarifies.

“Like how me and Martha met at her wedding,” Gary says.

Chloe thinks about it. “I don’t know that I would necessarily call that one a meet-cute, but sure, Gary.”

“Did you just make that up?” Nick asks, arms crossed.

I shake my head. “No. It’s a thing.”

“Watch a romantic comedy, dude,” Tobin says.

Nick rolls his eyes.

“Anyway,” Chloe continues, “Annie straight up ran into Drew Danforth and spilled a cup of coffee all over his coat, which is, like, the cutest of meets.”

“That doesn’t sound very cute,” Nick says skeptically, rubbing the scruff on his chin. “Was it still hot?”

“Scalding,” I say, sinking into my chair and resting my head on the table.

“Sounds like a meet painful,” says Gary, and a few people laugh.

“Thanks,” I mutter. “I’m so glad you all find my embarrassment entertaining.”

“Annie!” Chloe sits down across from me as a customer walks in and the rest of the shop stops paying attention to us. “This isn’t embarrassing. This is merely a story I’ll tell in my toast at your wedding to Drew.”

I lift my head to look at her. “I hate to break this to you, but I don’t think he’s my Tom Hanks. I think he’s just a famous guy with a possible third-degree burn on his chest. And now my first day on set is going to be super awkward because I accidentally assaulted the lead actor with a beverage.”

Chloe’s about to say something, but then a song starts and she closes her mouth, looking up toward the speakers. “I swear to ---, I told Nick not to play any more Bon Iver. It makes people look up their exes on Instagram, not buy coffee. I’m gonna go put on some Hall and Oates.”

As she walks away, I rest my head on the table again. As if it wasn’t embarrassing enough to have my uncle get me a job on set, now I have to deal with this.

About the Author


Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry writes for HelloGiggles and blogs at welcometoladyville.com. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, their son, and their dog, Merlin. You can find her on Twitter @KerryAnn.


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