A rose is a rose – so the saying goes. But is a blog a blog? My blog is like a patchwork – slices of my life, my past, and things I see and read. I rant sometimes about politics (not often, I’m afraid) and about injustice. And last night, I was confronted with an injustice that took my breath – er, blog – away. Yes, my blog was suspended. Apparently there is a rule against hosting book tours on WordPress, so I will now cease to present books written by other people. WordPress used the example of Samantha Winston, which was unfortunate, Samantha being “moi”, so I wrote a note and kindly pointed that out. I don’t know if they will recant, so until I get things perfectly clear (what exactly can I post – can I review books? Can I show off my new covers?) Will anyone come back to my blog if they don’t have new books to glom – well, I know that my blog is mostly about my life, my crazy kids, my polo playing husband, and my very silly dogs. Auguste must have ESP – he just poked his head up and wagged his tail – and recipes. And my garden. My golf. My love of chocolate. And today it’s my earache! Yes, I have an earache. I stayed up until 2 am last night arguing with WordPress people, who were kind enough to revise their opinion (however with warnings! Do Not Promote Book Tours, like for Samantha Winston’s “A Polo Passion”!) I told them Samantha was me, her books are my books, and sorry about the others. I. Didn’t. Know. (the terms of service are not precise). I’ve had an earache since Sunday, today I’m on antibiotics, after running to the doctor because I thought it was mumps (my neck is all sore and swollen.) (Stef says he can’t see it. But it feels all swollen!) The dr said I could only get mumps once and that I had an ear infection. Oh, woe is me. WordPress won’t let me promote Samantha, and I’m half deaf. And I must rush because I’m late for work! It seems we are in too much of a hurry to slow down and smell the roses!
A Simple Wish
by Charlotte Hubbard
GENRE: Amish/Inspirational Romance
BLURB: Making rugs for the Simple Gifts store has taught Loretta Riehl that an unassuming pattern can reveal surprising depth. People, too, have a way of defying first impressions. Drew Detweiler came to Willow Ridge under a cloud, but the handsome craftsman has gained the community’s respect for his upholstery skills and commitment to making amends for his mistakes. As her new brother-in-law’s twin, he’s joining the family for dinners and Sunday visits, and Loretta can’t deny enjoying his attentions.
If only her dat were willing to let a little joy into his life. Cornelius Riehl grows sterner with each day, and Drew suspects there’s more to his moods than missing Loretta’s late mamm. Hoping to fulfill Loretta’s wish to live in a peaceful, happy home again, Drew sets out to learn the truth. It’s a journey that will bring to light painful realities—but also the chance to forge a new, honest, and loving future together… Continue reading
JANE AUSTIN LIED TO ME by Jeanette Watts ~ Genre: Humor
BLURB: What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzie was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to do?
Jeanette Watts’ satire pokes loving fun at Jane and all of us who worship the characters who shall forever be our romantic ideals.
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The Chocolatier’s Wife & The Chocolatier’s Ghost by Cindy Lynn Speer
GENRE: Fantasy Mystery
The Chocolatier’s Wife: ROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY…. AND CHOCOLATE
A truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.
When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.
The Chocolatier’s Ghost: Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.
The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife. Continue reading
The Reluctant Debutante
by Wendy May Andrews
GENRE: Historical Romance (Regency)
The Duke of Wychwood seeks retribution from the Earl of Pickering. When he finds out the earl has a beautiful young niece, the duke thinks to involve her in his feud, but is shocked to discover he is attracted to her.
The orphaned niece of the earl, Lady Victoria, serves as governess to four of his children and is made to feel like an interloper in her own home. A chance encounter with the duke affords her the opportunity to enter Society, but to take it means risking what little security she has.
Revenge and love don’t sit well together, to have a future can they learn to give up the past? Continue reading
I just read Apoca[hot]lips by Paula Houseman, and I finished the book, wrote a glowing review (I loved it) and begged her to do a spot as a guest blogger. She agreed! But first, before I introduce my next guest blogger, let me tell you about her book. It was Absolutely hilarious! Apoca[hot]lips is an odd title, I agree. I wasn’t sure what I was in for – except I loved M.A.S.H. and thought maybe Hot Lips was like the character. But not exactly. The book was zany and hilarious – but what kept it together was the narrator, Ruth. If you like Stephanie Plum, you’ll adore Ruth Roth – she is one of the funniest characters I’ve met in fiction.
Ruth is a divorcee with an attitude. She’s sassy and smart – and has the hots for her cousin, Ralph. Only he’s not really her cousin, and he is madly in love with her. It takes Ralph a while to convince Ruth that they belong together; at first, Ruth is worried about what her family will think. The chemistry between Ruth and Ralph is so hot it sizzles, and Ms. Houseman does an excellent job keeping the reader on edge and rooting for Ralph. But their love story, delightful as it is, isn’t the whole book. Oh no! There’s Ruth’s parents, her brother, her children, and her neighbor-from-Hell! The book takes the reader on a wild ride. I laughed aloud, I couldn’t stop reading – and I absolutely loved the writing. The dialogue was snappy and the situations comic. Ruth takes us through weddings, births, and funerals, while never losing her wry humor. The characters were both whacky and believable. In short, don’t miss this book. It’s one of the funniest, sexiest romantic comedies I’ve ever read. Highly recommended!
And now, without further ado – Here’s Paula Houseman to tell us a little about herself. Continue reading
Today I was fortunate to corner Karen King, and have her write a post for my blog. I’m thankful for two reasons – I learned something, and I found another book to read this summer – Perfect Summer sounds wonderful!
Karen King – Writing for a Living
People often ask me how they can make a living as a writer. To me, there are only two ways you can succeed: 1) write a bestseller (and that’s a bit like winning the lottery, it could happen but the odds are against you) or 2) be adaptable and write what the market wants. Never having written a bestseller, I’ve always taken the second option. Continue reading
I’m pleased to have Tony on board today to talk about trilogies – as authors, we often consider writing series, but trilogies have a special place in literature.
Why You Should Consider Writing a Trilogy, by Tony Riches
I love Argentina – it’s a wonderful country. My husband and I spent our honeymoon there, and we went back several times – each time was magical. That’s why, when I saw this book was set in Argentina, I didn’t hesitate to buy it. It lived up to my expectations – it was fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, and I learned much about Argentina’s history. If you like spy stories (think James Bond!) and history, a dash of romance, and lots of adventure, then this book (based on a real person!) is for you.
Tom: The events in Spain all really happened, though Burke couldn’t have been in Madrid for the uprising. The timings are out by a few weeks, but I cheated. It’s too good a story and the details of the attack on the coach are true.
Wellington really was preparing an army to invade South America. The decision was made to divert it to the Peninsula, thus arguably changing the course of world history.
Kristen Lamb has some good advice for self editing!
Whether you are new to writing or an old pro, brushing up on the basics is always helpful. Because no matter how GOOD the story is? If the reader is busy stumbling over this stuff, it ruins the fic…