Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Review: High-Caliber Holiday by Susan Sleeman

Posted December 2, 2015 / 3 Comments

Susan Sleeman takes a small amount of space and fills it up with high-caliber action, suspense and romance until you forget you are reading a shorter-length novel. Her First Response Squad reminds me in all the best ways of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley family (there’s a crossover idea for a publisher somewhere!). I just can’t say enough good things about these books – get them. read them. You’ll love them.


Review (Plus a Giveaway!): The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Posted December 2, 2015 / 1 Comment

The Wedding Chapel entranced me from the very beginning. The dual timeline added an element of intrigue that kept me turning the pages and inhaling the words as quickly as possible. I especially loved the fact that readers get to see the story from various perspectives as the focus alternates between the four main characters. To me, this kept the plot flowing and the emotional investment strong.


Book Blast (and a Giveaway!): Poppy Peters Mysteries by A. Gardner

Book Blast (and a Giveaway!): Poppy Peters Mysteries by A. Gardner

Posted December 2, 2015 / 0 Comments

After an injury derails Poppy Peters’ ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town in Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming ) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school’s famous peach pie. But Poppy’s pastry problems go from bad to worse when she’s suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry…resulting in her finding a dead body instead! If Poppy’s going to survive this culinary experience, she’ll need to find the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school’s dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she’s one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?


Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts I’m Excited to Read

Posted December 1, 2015 / 130 Comments

This week is all about those first novels by new authors, specifically the ones coming up in 2016 that we just can’t wait to read! I’ve picked some of the debut novels I’m most excited about – and then also some books by established authors who are starting either a new series or a new direction.


Review: Explosive Alliance by Susan Sleeman

Review: Explosive Alliance by Susan Sleeman

Posted November 30, 2015 / 6 Comments

If you’re a fan of Irene Hannon and Lynette Eason, then you need to be reading Susan Sleeman’s books as well. Top-notch suspense, well-developed characters, and breath-stealing romance all wrapped up in a quick read that maintains the quality of a longer-length novel.



Review: Rising Darkness (Finding Sanctuary #3) by Nancy Mehl

Review: Rising Darkness (Finding Sanctuary #3) by Nancy Mehl

Posted November 28, 2015 / 4 Comments

I had been meaning to read some of Nancy Mehl’s books for a while now. But… well… my TBR pile is so out of control I fear it will never be tamed. So when the opportunity came along to review Rising Darkness, the third in her Finding Sanctuary series, I took the time to read the first two books as well.

I’m so glad I did!


Harlequin Heartwarming Thanksgiving: The Sweetheart Tree & Guest Post by Rula Sinara

Posted November 25, 2015 / 7 Comments

Environmental activist Serena Myss has a reputation for not shying away from difficult situations, yet memories of her brother’s death and Austin—the man who’d failed to save him—have kept her from returning home for years. But when she hears that the tree she and Austin once carved their initials in and shared their first kiss under is getting cut down by Thanksgiving, she has a new fight on her hands. That oak and the fields around it are a centuries old wildlife habitat, but if she can’t bring herself to admit that the tree and land aren’t the only things worth fighting for…she stands to lose more than just memories.



Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Review: An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti (Plus Holiday Cheer Giveaway!)

Posted November 21, 2015 / 37 Comments

Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Such love and warmth and laughter and friendship emanated from this novella, courtesy of Cynthia Ruchti’s talented pen. Grandma Dodie and Grandpa Wilson are just the absolute sweetest and cutest couple ever! I want to be like them when I grow up.

For as much as I had tears in my eyes while reading An Endless Christmas, I also laughed out loud just as frequently.


Harlequin Heartwarming Thanksgiving: Autumn at Jasper Lake (excerpt) by Carol Ross

Posted November 20, 2015 / 10 Comments

On tour with Prism Book Tours. We’ll be highlighting 13 FREE short stories by beloved Harlequin Heartwarming authors that will be available from Harlequin during November. All Heartwarming titles are 30% OFF during November from Harlequin as well! Use code HEART1115. TODAY’S FREE SHORT STORY: Autumn at Jasper Lake by Carol Ross War […]



Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Posted November 19, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Golden Braid has it all – adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?


Review (Plus a Giveaway!) : The Mariposa Hotel

Review (Plus a Giveaway!) : The Mariposa Hotel

Posted November 18, 2015 / 0 Comments

This is a really nice novella set bracketed with clean but electric romances, strong characters, and sweet themes. The setting of Tangerine Street gives a small town feel to the stories, and the oceanside Hotel sweeps readers up in the magic of its fountain. Recommended for anyone looking for a light read who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality.


Top Ten Tuesday: Quotable Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotable Quotes

Posted November 17, 2015 / 99 Comments

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish* Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is supposed to be “Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So” but that just overwhelmed me lol.  So I’m cheating slightly (yes, […]


Review: The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

Review: The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

Posted November 16, 2015 / 6 Comments

What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say? Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage. So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The […]



Veterans Day Reads

Veterans Day Reads

Posted November 11, 2015 / 6 Comments

Today in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor those men and women who have protected our country by serving in any branch of the military. I know that so often we take for granted that our freedom was free to us, but we don’t consider how much it […]


Top Ten Tuesday:  When You CAN Judge A Book By Its Movie

Top Ten Tuesday: When You CAN Judge A Book By Its Movie

Posted November 10, 2015 / 57 Comments

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish* We’ve all heard the phrase “Never judge a book by its movie” and that is mostly true. But occasionally some book-to-movie adaptations come around that are as good as or (dare I say it) even […]


Review: Vendetta (Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

Review: Vendetta (Nikki Boyd Files #1) by Lisa Harris

Posted November 9, 2015 / 3 Comments

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki […]