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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A Love Restrained by Becky Flade
GENRE: Romantic suspense
BLURB: Old secrets, new threats…What are they willing to sacrifice?
Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.
Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.
Even when his secrets threaten them both. Continue reading
The King’s Own by W. Marshall
GENRE: Low Fantasy
NOTE: The book will be on sale for only $0.99.
BLURB: The King’s Own are as feared as they are ruthless, doing all of those hard, and sometimes terrible, things necessary to ensure the safety of the realm. Owing allegiance to the King alone, they are his spies, his assassins, and his advisors. They exist to walk in the shadows, to enforce the King’s will, to change the course of entire wars, and to root out dissenters. They live without family, in service to the crown, unknown and unsung.
A young man conscripted to fight in a war far away from home. Blood and loss tempered with hope and a vow. Recruited into the King’s Own, he must learn quickly to do whatever it takes to serve the kingdom so that others can live their lives in relative peace and safety. But just how far will he go to keep his oath, especially when the King is murdered? Continue reading
Hello! It’s been quite some time since I’ve had a release, and now I can say all that’s changed. A big thank you to Jennifer for allowing me to visit today and share my story Transcending Fire. This erotic, futuristic, dystopian story based around different motorcycle gangs has had quite a journey to get to this point. Perhaps one day I’ll share the two-plus-year jaunt this story went through to find a home. Luckily, it finally has. Even with all the trials it went through, I still love this story. It’s one of my favorites that I’ve written, and one that I didn’t get tired of during the editing process either. Yay!
A man dealing with an Earth in chaos. A woman from an alternate universe hoping to find her destiny. Two motorcycle gangs and a real bad ass who wants to ruin everything. What’s not to like? Continue reading
The Rose in the Wheel
by S.K. Rizzolo
GENRE: historical mystery
BLURB: This well imagined, carefully detailed, and cleverly plotted debut draws on actual historical events of 1811 London.
Regency London knows Constance Tyrone as the conspicuously celibate founder of the St. Catherine Society, dedicated to helping poor women. One wet November evening a carriage mows down Constance outside her office. Why was a gentlewoman abroad in the night? And if she died under the wheel, whose hands bruised her neck and stole her monogrammed crucifix?
Dismissing the idea of an accident, Bow Street Runner John Chase forms an unlikely alliance with Penelope Wolfe, wife of the chief suspect. A young mother paying the price for an imprudent marriage, Penelope is eager to clear her husband Jeremy, a feckless portrait painter whose salacious drawings of the victim suggest an erotic interest. Barrister Edward Buckler, drawn despite himself to Penelope, shakes off his habitual lethargy to join the investigation.
As horrifying murders on the Ratcliffe Highway claim all London’s attention, the trio discovers that it won’t be easy to unravel the enigma of Constance Tyrone, a woman who revives the legend of martyred St. Catherine. Continue reading
Seven Days with You by Hugo Driscoll
GENRE: YA Romance
Sean Johnson’s life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.
Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.
But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.
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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