Thursday, July 19, 2018

Welcome to author Carol Kilgore

Hello, Carol, congratulations on your book release!




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Gracie Hofner returns, and chaos reigns—including a couple of ghosts trying to save their granddaughter. But as Gracie dances from problem to problem, she’s unaware the music has been orchestrated into a murderous symphony.

When a different melody reaches Gracie’s ears from a guitar played by the new tenant living in her garage apartment, her tension vanishes. She listens unseen, cocooned in the shadows on her patio, and wonders who he’s longing for—and how it would feel for someone to crave her that much.

She can’t dwell on those thoughts, however. Problems of murder and missing prisoners abound. To say nothing of the ghosts. No one ever said being a law enforcement consultant would be easy.

Bluebonnet Ballerina follows Jalapeno Cupcake Wench and is the second book in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy.


Read an Excerpt:

“I don’t even know where to begin. Oh, yes I do! With this.” Gracie pulled out her phone and found

Donovan’s photo. She handed it across.
A smile spread across Ariana’s face. “Look at those eyes. Does this sexy hunk have a name?”

“Donovan Beck.”

“Tell me you like him and he likes you and it’s not some kind of police thing.”

“I thought I liked him, but…”

“Gracie.” Ariana motioned with her fingers for Gracie to tell her more, but Gracie kept her mouth shut. “Come on, spit it out.”

“He’s a good kisser.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It means that I met him on the job, but he wasn’t the reason I was on the job. Bastion sent me to a bakery—Jalapeno Cupcake—and Donovan was there helping his sister. She’s the owner and just had a baby.”

Ariana sipped her water. “Does he know what you do?”

“Sort of.”

“And?”

“He doesn’t like it.”

“Is that why you think you don’t like him?”

Gracie shook her head. “He’s controlling. We went out once—probably not again.”

“Is he really controlling, or is that an excuse?”

“No excuse. A combination of thinking he can tell me how to do my job, spend my time, and even unwarranted jealousy.”

Ariana leaned forward. “Who’s he jealous of?”

“The guy who came to look at your old apartment.”

“I see. Tell me about him.” She smiled again.

“My mother sent him.”












About the Author:

Carol Kilgore is the award-winning author of The Amazing Gracie Trilogy. In addition, she is the author of In Name Only (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FC8OG2), Solomon’s Compass (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C0F8DZ2), and Secrets of Honor (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NH0QTO6), three standalone romantic suspense novels set along the Texas Gulf Coast.

She and her husband live in San Antonio, the setting for the Amazing Gracie books, with two quirky herding dogs who still require help opening the food bin and the door.

You can learn more about Carol and be the first to know when the third book in the Amazing Gracie Trilogy will be released by visiting her website and subscribing to her newsletter at http://www.carolkilgore.net or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


Carol is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Welcome to author Rachel Brimble

Hello, Rachel, congratulations on your Saga/Romance book release, The Mistress of Pennington's.

 Let's hear about it:
BLURB:

Elizabeth Pennington should be the rightful heir of Bath's premier department store through her enterprising schemes and dogged hard work. Her father, Edward Pennington, believes his daughter lacks the business acumen to run his empire and is resolute a man will succeed him.

Determined to break from her father's iron-clad hold and prove she is worthy of inheriting the store, Elizabeth forms an unlikely alliance with ambitious and charismatic master glove-maker Joseph Carter. United they forge forward to bring Pennington's into a new decade, embracing woman's equality and progression whilst trying not to mix business and pleasure.

Can this dream team thwart Edward Pennington's plans for the store? Or will Edward prove himself an unshakeable force who will ultimately ruin both Elizabeth and Joseph?

****Sounds interesting!

Excerpt:

Her gentle study drifted to his mouth and back again. ‘Did you love her? The woman you once worked with?’

Joseph stared, as disquiet whispered through him. ‘Why do you ask?’

‘I find it implausible that a man who holds women in such high regard has not known what it means to love one. You have been in love. I see it in your eyes. Unfortunately for you, they’re very revealing.’

He ran his gaze over her face and hair. Every sound muted. The amber glow of the few lit candles danced over her skin, turning it pearlescent. ‘I was married. To a wonderful, caring woman. A woman who worked beside my father and I every day after we were married.’

Her voice softened. ‘What happened to her?’

‘She died.’ He would tell her no more, the shame of his failure burned like acid in his chest and he quickly stood, wanting the intensity to ease, her justified scrutiny to end. ‘Will you try on a pair of gloves?’

He brushed past her and breathed deep as he approached a box of his finished gloves. Lifting a pair of soft kid, perfectly stitched and the exact green of her eyes, the pale cream stitching the colour of her skin.

When he turned and walked back to his bench, she had sat in his seat. She carefully watched his approach, her eyes unreadable.
Who and What Inspired My Love of Books…by Rachel Brimble

I have no idea how old I was when my passion for books took hold of me, but I must have been very young. The reason I know this is because one of my earliest memories is being around the age of four or five and my teacher telling my mother I had a ‘gift’ for English comprehension and I felt my very first flush of pride.
My love of books was introduced and nurtured in all their beautiful glory by my wonderful mother. Our house was always filled with books and I was a super regular visitor to our local library from a very young age. I clearly remember standing on my toes to see above the counter, lol! My mum, my brother and I are all avid readers…something my Dad has quietly tolerated all his life as he NEVER reads books. A phenomenon I can’t understand, lol!
As for when I began to dream of being a published writer one day, this started around the age of eight or nine when I discovered Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series…then came the Sweet Dreams books (anyone remember them??). I absolutely devoured one after another and that’s when I started writing romantic stories of my own. Unfortunately, they’ve all disappeared but how I wish I’d kept them!
As for my writing aspirations, life took over and I started work in a bank and completely ignored that voice that used to nudge me to write, reminding me of my dream, for about twelve years. However, my love for reading never faltered and I’ve constantly had a book to hand…sometimes two or three.
I read widely. Everything from romance, to crime, to historical fiction, to historical non-fiction, to women’s fiction. My bookshelves and attic are crammed with books that I swear to my husband, I need…it’s an obsession and I’m a self-confessed and proud bibliophile.
So, when did I finally starting seriously writing? That came in 2005 when my youngest daughter started school full-time. I had a slap in the head ‘now or never’ moment and embarked on realising my lifetime dream.
In 2007, The Wild Rose Press published my first book, Searching For Sophie, and since then I’ve had twenty other novels published by small presses, Harlequin, eKensington and, now, Aria Fiction. I feel blessed and grateful for doing what I love every day and now encourage my children with everything I have to pursue the job that they would willingly do for free!
Happy Reading…
Rachel x

AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a brand new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s, will release in July 2018.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Welcome to author Jennifer Macaire

Hello, Jennifer, congratulations on the new book release!

I was happy to receive a free review copy and will put my honest opinion here.


My thoughts:

This is another amazing installment in the Time For Alexander Series, full of adventure, drama, and exotic ancient settings. 
One would get more out of Storms over Babylon if they had read the earlier books in the series, but this story is understandable without them. The complicated romantic relationships might be a little hard to understand though, if this is the first book in the series read.

Ashley, the time traveler who has gone back thousands of years and has married Alexander the Great, and her husband are touring his kingdom with the army. He has less than two years left to live, and she wants to save him, damn the consequences.

They sometimes have philosophical conversations about literature, and then it gets real, about them and their lives. Mundane details are interesting like using moldy bread to save an injured soldier. Her modern point of view is capable of being cute or funny.

Tension rises, and they head toward Babylon where their son would be and where Alexander would die.

Readers are treated to a great look into the cultures of the Persians, Egyptians, and Greeks, etc. of the era. For example, the Greeks were mad that Alexander was pretending to be a god for the Persians, and this gives us a view into the clash of values. Strains between cultures appear causing unrest. How will Alexander handle this? Natural disasters such as a flood hit the camp, worsening the situation. Readers are inspired to keep turning pages to find out. Ashley and Alexander deal with the people up close and personal after such losses, building up their characters. The story, therefore, is realistic and sad but not overwhelming.

Troubles of traveling in the desert and getting lost occur. One might have read the historical accounts of Alexander. Or not, but this brings the idea home of how difficult it was for him and his people to do their exploits. We learn more about him as a man, assuming the author wrote his character true to the historical accounts, based on what we know.  It inspires readers to like him more. 

Alexander is treated like a conquering hero when they arrive at new places, consolidating his kingdom, giving more of an understanding of the past, in an entertaining way.

Some of the sex is explicit but not overdone. There is open-door sex, but not graphic. Earlier books in the series were more explicit in their descriptions. Sexual morals were different back then. More was accepted casually, so if a reader is offended over sexual relations beyond the normal that take place between married couples, this might not be the book to read. The different romantic situations, though not typical for many from our modern-day perspective, are still written with a sense of respect and integrity. The values of the day may have been different than ours, but the author makes them make sense within the context of the story. 

There are situations with multiple wives/husbands, and people worshiping Alexander even though he killed their sons in battle, etc. Ashley does her best to adopt to this and generally is successful. Her struggles though are understandable. Ashley’s way of handling the day-to-day reality shows her humanity. She knows a dear friend is to die soon. Can she save him? Readers hear the ticking clock.

When it comes to Alexander’s impending death, he tells Ashley that he will accept fate and not try to cheat it. She has a major problem with this and plans to interfere anyway. There is great suspense throughout the book. There are emotional ups and downs with the relationships. Trouble escalates. How will Ashley get out of this mess? Locked in the palace until her baby is born? Then she couldn’t save her friend or Alexander.

When the scene of Alexander’s final illness arrives, readers are desperate to know what’s going to happen. Ashley doesn’t have the cure, and Alexander is getting sicker by the moment. She may just have to accept fate. The scene where she deals with this is inventive.

This is an enjoyable read, one I’m glad I found. It fits in nicely with the series.


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From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history. Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece but his reign will be short. Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She's determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down. Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.


Read an Excerpt:

We had two weeks of marching through arid land before we came to Bampur. The most difficult part of our journey was over.

We’d lost more than five thousand souls in the desert. We arrived in tatters, deeply shocked by all the men, women and children who’d perished. We were relieved to be in a place where sweet water flowed in abundance and the grass grew green. It was like a rebirth, like arriving in paradise, and to top everything off the whole city had turned out to greet Alexander, conquering hero, and king of the world.

Alexander, conquering hero! The people lined the streets. They sat on the rooftops and were already hoarse from cheering by the time we were near enough to hear them.

Alexander, king of the world! Flowers fell like rain, wine flowed like rivers, the soldiers were feted and acclaimed, and Alexander’s name was on everyone’s lips. He had returned to his kingdom and the city, like a bride, opened her arms to him.

It was heady stuff for a man suddenly to realize that this was the summit of his glory. He had been fighting for so long that he’d forgotten why. He’d been struggling to reclaim a crown and consolidate a kingdom and now that it was done, suddenly, here it was. Here was his kingdom. It was just the edge, but it was here, and the people were weeping, screaming, and swooning when they saw him.

Even I, who had seen one of the ancient newsreels of the Beatles arriving in America, was impressed. The Beatles were an old hat compared to Alexander. These people had no television either. They had been waiting for months for a glimpse of the young king.

Here he was, and, by the gods! He was young! He was handsome! He waved and grinned and cried. His hair was bleached pale gold, his skin was burned deep brown, his eyes glittered blue and brown, and they were huge in his starving face. His purple cape was in tatters, but the mayor of the city gave him a new one. He wore the crown of Darius on his noble head and he carried the spear of a cavalry officer. His men had polished their bronze weapons until they shone in the red setting sun like drops of blood. The horses, wild with the scent of grass and water whinnied and screamed at the crowds, and the crowds screamed back.

Everyone cried, everyone laughed. It was our first homecoming and we were drunk within seconds with the ecstasy of ‘Nostos’, the return. We drank from the cups held out by every hand towards us. The men all had purple mouths and staggered drunkenly by the time we left the city and headed towards the encampment, but Alexander was drunk on glory. His eyes were brilliant and his color hectic. His face burned with fever and he had no voice left to speak.

About the Author:

Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. After graduation in St. Thomas, she moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Welcome to author Tanya Anne Crosby


Hello, Tanya. Congratulations on your new book release, The King's Favorite.


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Fearing her “gifts” will be used to defeat her sister Matilda, Elspeth escapes the Black Mountain priory that has sheltered them since their father's death, only to find herself indebted to, of all men, a Scotsman, whose loyalties are in question...

Excerpt:  Bolting in a direction he would never have led her—into a thick cloud of fog—Merry Bells hurled over a low-lying bush, and even before Malcom could think to ask how she could possibly know such a thing, they stepped outside the curtain of fog, under a bright spring sky. Stunned though he might be, he knew they hadn’t time to waste. The barking grew frenzied as he urged Merry Bells into a full canter.


“Thank you,” she said, and Malcom felt her shiver.
Feeling strangely protective over the lass, he slid an arm about her waist.


By damn, like his Da, he must be a bloody fool for a lady in distress because he knew beyond a shadow of doubt, as they flew over brush and bracken, that he wouldn’t give the girl up, no matter how many Welshmen’s arrows were trained at his back. They could riddle him with holes and he would take his last breath defending her. He wasn’t about to leave her to whatever fate those men intended to deliver. Leaving the barking and chorus of shouts in their wake, Merry Bells swallowed the ground that rose to greet them, and soon enough, the woodlands gave way to moorlands, the Welsh countryside vanished before England. All the prideful words that had been spoken between them were cast aside like dust in their wake.

About the Author:


Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty novels. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher's Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages. Her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where Tanya was hailed as "one of Avon's fastest rising stars." Her fourth book was chosen to launch the company's Avon Romantic Treasure imprint.

Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters Tanya is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor, and her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Welcome to author Reut Barak

Hello, Reut (of raw munchies), congratulations on the release or your new non-fiction cookbook. It looks like readers can discover plenty of delicious vegan meals here.

Let's hear a little about the book: 
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Join the fun!

This book is all about the warm crunch: pesto,

fettuccine, pad thai, and even coconut chicken, all in their raw vegan version. It’s a great way to have a quick, impressive healthy meal.

30 recipes for 30 days of a spiralizing adventure. It’s a whole new way of cooking!

“It’s always great to share food with the people we love, and Raw Munchies book series is all about making something special to have together. It could be an exotic smoothie, a healthy spaghetti, or a portobello mushroom steak. It’s been my greatest challenge and joy to create this book series and open up to this new art: to bring popular and gourmet recipes from around the world to the raw vegan table.” Reut Barak

***What a wonderful concept! Now for a peek into the book:

Excerpt: 
FARFALLE

An impressive noodle dish, with a rich cream and fun, crunchy noodles

Dressing

Chop tomatoes, bell pepper, and chives and mix with the rest of the Dressing ingredients.

Dehydrate on a Teflex sheet at 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius), for 2-3 hours.

In a food processor or high-speed blender, blend the dehydrated Dressing ingredients.

Fresh Vegetables

Chop parsley and chives and add to the Dressing.

Farfalle

Using a spiralizer triangle blade, spiralizer zucchini, and then cut into smaller pieces, creating large farfalle. Mix with the rest of the Farfalle ingredients.

Add the Dressing (and the Fresh Vegetables).

DRESSING

2 tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 tablespoon chives
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon rosemary
½ teaspoon paprika
sprinkle of chili flakes

FRESH VEGETABLES

2 tablespoons parsley
1 tablespoon chives

FARFALLE

1 zucchini
1 cup rocket leaves
the juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons cold-pressed olive oil

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Waiting time: 2-3 hours

Serves Two 

Youtube Video for this recipe https://youtu.be/K6PzFEfwq4I

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***Very nice! 
***My thoughts about the book (Review): 
I'm not a vegan myself, but I love vegetables and am trying to eat healthier. And like most people ( I assume), I'm looking for ways to get good taste along with health-filled benefits in food. Reut Barak's book seemed like a good fit, so I gave it a try. A free copy was given to me to review for an honest opinion.

The topics include such things as: About the diet, secret ingredients, a note on dehydration, recipes, world cuisine, and more. 

Reut explains that to be considered part of a raw vegan diet, the produce can't be cooked in temperatures higher than 108 degrees. She also explains the why: to detox, get more energy, and better health. She explains other concepts that might be new to some of her readers such as food combining. For those who know this stuff already, they might pick up a new detail or two that would be useful. Some of the questions she answers are fascinating such as how to make mushrooms taste like steak. I never knew, and now I do. There are many good tidbits in this book. 

Her explanation of Asian tastes in food I found useful as well since my family often enjoys this type of cuisine. Of course recipes from other parts of the world are included, and they are great as well.

This book was filled with many surprises (me being an omnivore and all). When I saw that there was a part about dehydration, I was thinking she'd advise eating watermelon or something. She meant a process of food preparation though. I had to smile about my own ignorance upon this matter.

With recipes like Quinoa Noodle Salad or Rainbow Noodles, readers can find various delicious new things to try. I know this is a book about veganism, but I'm going to go out on a limb and admit something here: non vegans can get a lot out of this book too. One can perhaps have a vegan night for taste or detox, or one can enjoy the various recipes every single day.

Us omnivores could enjoy these tasty treats along with or our regular fare. People from different backgrounds can get a lot out of this book. And those pictures...the large pictures add to the allure of the book. It's nice to see what the dishes look like. Also, a perusal of ingredients will convince one to do themselves a favor and try these dishes out. Put into the right combination, not only will they provide fabulous nutrition, but they taste good as well. It's going to be fun going through and trying different recipes. I may even experiment with these concepts myself. This book is recommended. -Laura Hogg****

About the author:


RawMunchies.org is a raw vegan website dedicated to making healthy, gluten free recipes, that are delicious, easy and great for detox.

Reut Barak has been an online influencer in the Raw Vegan world since her transformation in 2015, “I started cooking when I was 7, on my own making Challah bread. I was brave. The result was what could only be described as beginners luck.I have since had every possible failure in the book (and some of my own). 

But I always succeeded in the end, and over the 25 years in the kitchen I mastered cooking. I could make anything I wanted to make. Until I went raw. 

A chance night of late Googling on May 25, 2015 exposed me to this new great challenge and I learn new things every single day. Join me! Love, Reut”

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Reut-Barak/e/B06XWY27SS


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