FALL BESIDE YOU by Riley Parks

GENRE: M/M Romance

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About the Book

Gideon Valsecchi had done the impossible when he busted out of the grueling poverty and pre-ordained existence his life had been on the South Side of Chicago. His free ride at college is the stepping stone to a career with a professional soccer team. And when his dream comes true it’s not what he expects—sacrifice shouldn’t taste this bitter, especially when the love of his life is what he’s missing and can’t seem to hold on to.

Elijah Tucker wants to give Gideon Valsecchi the world on a silver platter. And he has the means to do it. But Eli is learning the truth of the maxim that the way you hold onto the thing you want most is to let it go. And while his heart breaks into a thousand pieces, he doesn’t come apart even when the worst happens. Because, even as cliché as it sounds…true love does find a way.

Read an Excerpt

“Are you feeling a’right?” Gideon asked finally, unable to hold out any longer. He sighed when the only response he received was the quiet, even breaths of a sleeping Elijah. He stared up at the ceiling fan, noticing a reflection in the chrome accents of the city lights that lay just beyond the window.

Gideon knew he needed to sleep. His day had been long and he anticipated that the next one would be even longer. Regardless of how much he attempted to halt its activity, it was difficult to calm his brain down as it tried to wrap itself around Elijah’s out-of-the-ordinary demeanor.

“Are you asleep?” he whispered, though he already knew that he was. Biting his lip, Gideon decided to be brave, although he wasn’t sure how courageous it actually was to speak to a sleeping man. “Elijah,” he began, attempting to wrap his lips around words that seemed too big for his mouth. “I love you.”

It felt strange to admit, even though he knew it was true. Elijah gave him things that he’d never had before, and none of them had anything to do with money. He anchored him with stability, security, and love. “I love you,” Gideon repeated, thinking that it wasn’t that difficult after all. He’d said it and he felt better, lighter, like he passed a threshold of demons who had sought to keep him from moving forward.

The room was still, but he was floating, high above the internal struggles he’d unnecessarily doomed himself to. He repeated it a few more times, feeling better every time he said it, like he’d found a release he never knew he’d needed. “I really fucking love you,” he said with a yawn, letting his heavy eyelids fall.

“I love you too,” Elijah whispered sleepily, grinning up at Gideon, whose eyes shot open in response.

“Asshole,” Gideon muttered, feeling his cheeks flush warm. “I asked you if you were a’right and you didn’t answer.”

“I was sleeping. You woke me up when you said you love me.” He shrugged. “I don’t know if you realize, but I’m hyper tuned in to anytime you say ‘love.’ I’m obsessed with hearing it, even when you’re just talking about chicken nuggets.”

“That’s weird,” Gideon chided without malice. “You’re so weird.”

“Yeah, well, you love me.”

“I do.”

“Maybe you’re weird, too.”

“Or maybe I’m not weird at all,” Gideon reasoned. After all, loving Elijah made all the sense in the world.

“Okay, Captain Confession. Go to sleep or you’re going to tell me you can’t sleep over when you’re too tired tomorrow.”

Groaning at the stupid nickname, Gideon tilted his head down to kiss his boyfriend’s forehead.

“Tell me one more time though,” Elijah requested, drawing a laugh from Gideon.

“I love you.”

And damn did it feel good.

About the Author

Riley has always loved to write, believing that life has the possibility to be its most beautiful when it’s portrayed on the pages of a book. Feeling the need to create and liberate in the midst of the political landscape, Riley writes novels that focus on LGBTQ protagonists, wanting to honor a community that deserves better representation depicting lives, loves and triumphs in all facets of fiction.

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A Giveaway

The author will be awarding $15 in Boroughs Bucks to a randomly drawn commenter.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, multi-stop tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win!

1: Author C.A.Milson
2: Author Deborah A Bailey
3: B-Gina Review
4: BooksChatter
5: Christine Young
6: Dawn’s Reading Nook
7: Deal Sharing Aunt
8: Fabulous and Brunette
9: It’s Raining Books
10: Jazzy Book Reviews
11: Let Me tell You a Story
12: Lock That Door
13: Long and Short Reviews
14: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
15: Natural Bri
16: Readeropolis
17: Reviews by Crystal
18: Romance Novel Giveaways
19: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
20: Straight From the Library
21: T’s Stuff
22: The Avid Reader
23: The Tired Buyer
24: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
25: Welcome to My World of Dreams
26: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
27: Wake Up Your Wild Side
28: Bayou Book Junkie REVIEW
29: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
30: Mythical Books
31: Iron Canuck
32: Emily Carrington
33: books are love

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It’s been my pleasuring hosting this stop on Riley’s tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book and giveaway.


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The Author Answers

Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I’d be Collette. Olivia’s maternal aunt is fabulous, fashionable and has really lived life. I’d love to spend my days amongst the royals, attend their parties, go to the best restaurants, have that wardrobe and have lived all of her fabulous, funny, romantic stories.

Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

The Secret Lives or Royals is a contemporary fairytale about a royal secret society. It’s The Princess Diaries meets The Adjustment Bureau. We go on this journey with Olivia Grace Thorpland, a millennial graduate who’s trying to find her way in the New York publishing world and she’s struggling. Then, almost out of the blue, she gets a big break in her career. Together we learn why this secret society has taken her under their wing and how the love of her life is involved.

Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I actually didn’t want to be a writer. I was more interested in visual mediums as I come from a long line of artists. My Dad is great at sketching and painting so, naturally, I thought I’d inherited the talent, but when I tried my hand at painting, it turned out that particular skill had skipped a generation. I’ve always written so I started to develop that muscle as a creative outlet and once I started I couldn’t stop pouring out the ideas rattling around in my head.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
a. Coffee, tea, or other?   Coffee all day!
b. Music preference?   Pop and indie punk light
c. Favorite movie?  Two Weeks Notice and La La Land
d. Dog, cat, or other?   Puppies!!!!
e. Favorite author?   Sophie Kinsella, Alice Hoffman, Emily Brontë, Lewis Carroll, J. K. Rowling – I’m a sucker for a rom-com, tumultuous romance or anything magical

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GENRE: New Adult, YA, Fantasy
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About the Book

Olivia can’t take it anymore. She’s had enough of the big city and it’s lack of fulfilling her dreams. Then, just when she’s about to give up and move home, out of the blue, she is offered her dream job. Olivia is suspicious but that could just be the New York in her. She decides not to pull at threads. Despite her best efforts to remain blissfully oblivious, the secret to her life upgrade is soon uncovered when she finds herself invited to be part of a secret society.

Olivia learns that there is a thin curtain separating our world from theirs. Just beneath the surface, an entirely different one exists. One that is controlled by those of Royal lineage. The chosen ones, the Royals, hold the fate of the world in their hands. Will Olivia be able to bear the weight of the crown?

Confessions of a Shopaholic meets The Adjustment Bureau, this contemporary fairytale is both relatable and aspirational. Taking a look at the current balance of media and power with a healthy dose of humor, fashion, food and wanderlust.

Read an Excerpt

Connor cleans up nicely in dark jeans, a black blazer paired with a white shirt and, shockingly for him, no tie. He’s shaved for the occasion to reveal perfect skin that appears baby smooth. I want to reach out and touch it to see if it’s as soft as it seems, but I resist. Actually, Connor is hot. If you like that smolderingly handsome type. It’s so annoying because he is such a difficult person. I try to ignore the attractiveness because I find his personality extremely abrasive, but I’m being nice because I need to follow his lead and learn as much as I can about what it is exactly that we do.

“Shall we?” asks Connor, offering me his arm in an annoyingly chivalrous move, one he will soon live to regret. I begrudgingly take it, discomfited by the fact that he can be equally charming and exasperating and that I never quite know which to expect.

A host shows us to our seats and we meet our dining companions. One I recognize as Gloria, the daytime TV talk show host with the ability to change anyone’s life with a wave of her hand, and an army of assistants; and the other is some sort of political big-wig whom I don’t recognize at all. Gloria air kisses all of us and promptly decides Connor and I are a couple.

“Young love is soooooo sweet. I just love it! Don’t you just love it? I could eat you both up,” she exclaims until Connor can’t take it anymore and cuts her off.”

“We’re not together,” he informs her brusquely. There’s a beat of silence as Connor’s tone kills the conversation.

“We’re colleagues,” I helpfully add to try to soften the atmosphere, “at Le Salon.” Gloria seems shocked, and not just a little offended, momentarily silenced in what I’m sure is a very rare occurrence for her. Although, whether it’s because no one has ever cut her off before or by the way Connor seems so hostile about the fact that we are not together is not clear. I, too, do not care for Connor’s tone. To ease the tension and to bug Connor, I give her a women-in-cahoots smile and tell her, “We’re on a break,” and add in hushed tones, “Connor isn’t taking it well but since we work together, we both got roped into attending this event.” That explanation seems to satisfactorily explain Connor’s behavior and Gloria moves on to more pressing matters.

“Oh men! Who makes your dress, darling? It’s to die for!” Sophia has not briefed me on my outfit. I must remind her about that next time. I’m not clear if she works for me or vice versa and what, if any, authority I have over her, so I decide I’ll just be super nice about it but firm. My new strategy is fake it till you make it because, well, I’m not exactly sure what else to do.

“I was styled by Sophia Garcia,” I respond and leave it at that.

Gloria and Senator Broughton, as I learn, know each other from various events. They exchange pleasantries about their families, lives and pets before Gloria gets bored and turns her attention back to Connor and me.

“Tell me about your story, honey.” She seems really fascinated by ‘our story,’ which I suppose makes sense as that is what she does for a living and it’s probably hard to turn off. And I, encouraged by my first glass of wine on a relatively empty stomach, get a bit carried away and keep fabricating details.

“Well, we met in a Starbucks when we both ordered the same obscure secret menu drink.” I look fondly over at Connor. “When our fingers touched and our eyes met for the first time, I just knew.” I put my hand on his arm. Connor squirms uncomfortably and goes a bit red. I can’t tell if it’s from anger or embarrassment.

“Oh My God. What happened? You sound perfect for each other!” I wonder if Gloria always thinks she’s being filmed, presenting to a live audience. I sigh.

“We’re on a break. I got hired at Le Salon and Connor couldn’t put his professional life aside for our love.” I dab at my eyes with my napkin for effect. This is fun. Maybe I should try acting, but it’s getting to be a little too much for Connor.

He finally interjects and sort of quietly yells, “We are not together.” At this point, and I’m not sure what prompted this, I burst into full-fledged tears and then, get this, he grows redder still and tries to comfort me, probably because I’m making a scene.

Gloria eats this up, and by the time the first course, a delightful butternut squash and lobster soup spiced just right with hints of cinnamon and red pepper, is served she has become my best girlfriend and protector for the evening, giving me lots of helpful, if generic, relationship advice, like,

“You don’t need a man, darling.” Though, it’s unclear why not. And “You’ll find yourself a better man.” Although, I am pretty convinced I don’t need one at this point, and now I’m confused.”

About the Author

An international upbringing and a love of stories laid the foundation for wanderlust. Shalini aspires to spend her time country-hopping and consuming pop-culture, comedy and good food but the reality is often frantically downing coffee, meeting deadlines at exactly the last second and working her unglamorous corporate job to fund all of the other pursuits.

The Secret Lives of Royals is Shalini’s debut novel. Her other work includes published poetry and scripts only she has read.

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A Giveaway

Shalini will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a 4-week, virtual book tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stop to learn more about the author and the book.

July 9: Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
July 9: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
July 9: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
July 10: Edgar’s Books
July 10: The Avid Reader
July 11: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
July 11: Two Ends of the Pen
July 12: Long and Short Reviews
July 13: Let me tell you a story
July 16: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
July 16: Readeropolis
July 16: Hearts and Scribbles – promo
July 17: BooksChatter
July 18: Fabulous and Brunette
July 19: Linda Nightingale…Author
July 19: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
July 20: Elley the Book Otter – review
July 23: Mixed Book Bag
July 24: Where Landsquid Fear to Tread
July 25: Jazzy Book Reviews
July 25: Kit ‘N Kabookle – review
July 26: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
July 27: Lauren is Reading – review only
July 30: Mythical Books
July 31: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 1: Dawn’s Reading Nook
August 2: T’s Stuff
August 3: Independent Authors

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Shalini for this stop on her tour. Please come back again on Friday for another author, book, and giveaway.



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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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About the Book

Two brothers. Two best friends. One robbery gone wrong.

With a court date looming, a near-fatal car accident, and a house invasion, the four surviving witnesses to an armed robbery know they are targets. In a desperate attempt to stay safe, they take matters into their own hands and go off the grid a week before the trial.

Danny St. John was stuck in a dark place of guilt and regret after a personal tragedy. On the run from violent criminals, he is forced to spend time with the one woman who makes him feel too much. Victoria Lopez needs to protect her heart, but she also misses the guy Danny used to be and thinks she might be able to bring him back. Now, evading gunmen together in Sequoia National Forest, Vic will risk everything to keep Danny safe.

Eric St. John isn’t a big fan of his sister-in-law-to-be, Zoe Turner. Sure, she’s beautiful, but also bossy and brash. When Eric and Zoe are forced to rely on each other for survival, he sees a side to Zoe he never anticipated, a side he definitely likes. But as the two grow closer, so do the men hunting them down.

Time nearly runs out as each couple must not only brave the perils of the wilderness and their growing feelings for each other, but also outwit their pursuers in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Read an Excerpt

“What if I kissed you right now?” Her voice—back to normal—was an aphrodisiac all by itself. Soft, inviting and enough to knock him on his ass if he hadn’t been in the water.

But dammit he didn’t want to cave to her. He could see himself moving too fast just like he used to and he didn’t want to be that guy. “What if you didn’t?”

She stroked a soft finger along his bristled jaw and the gentle touch only made him harder, which he didn’t think was even remotely possible. He purposely hadn’t touched her. Knew if he did that he’d crumble like a cheap building in a big earthquake because he was a weak son of a bitch.

That soft finger worked its way across his lips and he closed his lids. If he didn’t look into her eyes, he wouldn’t see everything she wanted. But closing his eyes was a mistake, because a second later, her lips replaced her finger and she smoothed that soft mouth across his in a feather-light touch that nearly stopped his heart.

He stayed stone still. Didn’t move, didn’t breathe. Nothing deterred her. She kept nibbling at his mouth, soft strokes, long glides with plush lips. The moment she brushed her tongue across his lower lip was when he lost the battle. He folded like he knew he would and he despised himself for it. Even as he took her kiss and gave back, he hated the mistake.

My Review

If I were to classify this book it would be suspense with some romantic elements rather than a romantic suspense.

Author Dee J. Adams does a wonderful job with the page-turning suspense, easily drawing the reader into the characters’ run for their lives. The premise of a double romance/two couple HEA left me a little disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love suspense, but also want a healthy dose of feelings, intimacy and a good development to the relationship. I felt trying to balance two couples left something lacking in the romance department.

If you’re a lover of the suspense aspect as much or more than the romance, then you’ll enjoy this book. Written to stand alone, the book succeeds. However, you might want to start with the first book in the series to get to know all the players on a more complete level.

I’ve given the book a 4 on the suspense, but only a 2 ½ on the romance, leveling it out at a solid 3 ½ 

About the Author

After graduating high school in Texas, Dee J. moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television and worked behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms.  Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “Just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel.

Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) Her experience in show business led to her narrating many of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way, with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls. She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.

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A Giveaway

Dee J. Adams will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week, review tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win!

June 25: Long and Short Reviews
June 25: Fabulous and Brunette
July 9: Harlie’s Books
July 9: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
July 16: Sharing Links and Wisdom
July 16: The Reading Addict
July 23: The Avid Reader
July 23: Iron Canuck
July 23: The Book Connection

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Dee J. for this stop on her tour. Please come back again on Wednesday and Friday for more authors, books, and giveaways.


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Summer Hiatus !!

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is on summer vacation!

In the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with some book trailers to keep you entertained!


I will be back on Monday, July 9th!


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GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
SERIES: The Moccasin Hollow Mysteries (Book 3)

About the Book

As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—SpecOps SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat.

The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mihály Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.

Read an Excerpt

The smell got worse as Craige made his way up the stairs. Like the smell of burning human flesh, a fermenting corpse gave off one of those distinctive odors one never forgot. Craige thought of the adage about it taking a strong stomach to work with a body that had been dead for a while. One never got used to it. Some memories weren’t pleasant—time on storm-swept beaches, digging for supplies buried in the sand, hidden under piles of rubbish, in dark alleys or trashed rat-ridden warehouses; huddled in black dark caves or stinking tunnels. Their Special Mission CTU team cocked and loaded for anything; prepared to deal out any necessary parcel of maimed, butchered and dismembered—or running for their lives the few times their cover was blown.

As Craige climbed to the second-floor landing, the smell went from bad to a sour-worse. He spotted familiar faces from the department’s forensic team; intent and focused around the pulpy lump with swollen pumpkin dimples where eyes should have been in one very bloated dead body. The corpse was well beyond the initial stages of being recycled. It no longer looked human after cooking several days in the sweltering oven of a Dixie mid-August scorching summer in this dreary one-flight walkup of apartments with no AC and painted-shut windows. The dreary apartment was busier than it’d been in years with lab and forensic techs bustling and sorting the pitiful pieces of the when and how of abandoned death. Near the peeling paint archway into a worse kitchenette he spotted Gray huddled with just over five feet plus, roly-poly Coroner-Medical Examiner Fred Dinkins.

About the Author

With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie.

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A Giveaway

Hawk will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-week tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like to learn more about the book and to earn more entries into the drawing.

June 18:
1: Andi’s Book Reviews
2: Rogue’s Angels
3: Jazzy Book Reviews
4: Let me tell you a story
5: Linda Nightingale … Author
6: Mythical Books
7: Nickie’s Views and Interviews

June 19:
1: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
3: So Many Books
4: T’s Stuff
5: Sonni Perry
6: Danita Minnis
7: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
8: It’s Raining Books

June 20:
1: A Writer’s Life
2: Dawn’s Reading Nook
3: Edgar’s Books
4: Fabulous and Brunette
5: Liz’s Reading Life
6: Two Ends of the Pen
7: Straight From the Library
8: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

June 21:
1: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
2: Kimmi Love REVIEW
3: Queen of All She Reads
4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
5: The Avid Reader
6: Welcome to My World of Dreams

June 22:
1: Regan Black
2: B-Gina Review
3: Deal Sharing Aunt
4: Long and Short Reviews
5: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
6: Independent Authors
7: Mixed Book Bag
8: Readeropolis

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Hawk for this stop on his tour.


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GUMSHOE GIRL by Andi Ramos

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

About the Book

Sheagan O’Hare got more than she bargained for when her newly inherited detective agency lands its first case; a missing person, embezzlement, and murder. Sheagan’s out to prove she can hang with the pro’s, despite the constant reminder of her amateur status from an annoyingly attractive FBI agent, Colin ‘Mac’ MacEvine, who’s forced himself into her life.

How does she feel when an old high school friend hopes to ignite a new romance?

Will she be able to discover if detective work and love can mingle before someone gets hurt?

Read an Excerpt

“What are you doing here?” he hissed. “Why are you here? Go, now!” His voice was forceful, not the meek squeaky tone he’d used that morning.

Just then a tall, slim, middle-aged man flung open a door across the room. He looked angry, and seemed more irritated when he spotted the two of them.

“Lewis, what are you still doing here?” He approached the pair. “Weren’t you off the clock a half hour ago?” There was a lot of tension in his voice.

“I was just leaving, sir,” Lewis squeaked.

“Who the hell is this?” He gestured to Sheagan. The man was wearing an expensive suit, but his tie knot hung out of place to the side. He was red-faced and perspiring.

Before she could reply, Lewis piped up, “She’s my ride, Mr. Wellstood.”

Sheagan saw him clench his teeth as he put his arm around her and pulled her close.     “She was running late picking me up,” he added.

Lewis turned to Sheagan and grabbed her arm. As they reached the elevator, she said quietly, “I was just looking —”

He held his hand up for her to stop talking, which was just as well since she didn’t know how to finish the sentence.

He guided Sheagan into the elevator, and stood on the opposite side. He kept his head down and didn’t say a word.

Sheagan couldn’t stand the silence. She tried again. “Why did you…”

He looked up and glared at her through his wide-rimmed glasses. She saw the muscles in his jaw tighten. “Don’t!” was his only reply.

As soon as the door opened, she scrambled out of the elevator. Sheagan flew through the outer doors and to her car as quickly as possible. She didn’t notice which way Lewis went, and didn’t care.

About the Author

Andi Ramos grew up in central Massachusetts where she still lives today with her family, goat, and Boston Terriers. Her love for reading grew into a passion for writing. She dabbled with pen and paper for a long time and eventually stopped pushing her amusements aside and started developing those stories into novels. One of her favorite things to do is to hop into her motorhome with her family and write while traveling down the road as they journey to various destinations.

Gumshoe Girl is Andi’s debut novel.

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A Giveaway

Andi will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a five-day, multi-stop tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the host sites as you’d like.

May 30:
1: Rogue’s Angels
2: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
3: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
4: Mythical Books
5: Edgar’s Books
6: Romance Novel Giveaways
7: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
8: Long and Short Reviews
9: fundinmental
10: The Avid Reader

May 31:
1: T’s Stuff
3: Nana Prah’s Blog
4: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
5: Writing is my Oxygen
6: Jazzy Book Reviews
7: Hearts and Scribbles
8: Straight From the Library
9: Sharing Links and Wisdom

June 1:
1: Bookaholic REVIEW
2: Andi’s Book Reviews REVIEW
3: It’s Raining Books
4: Mixed Book Bag
5: Readeropolis
6: Rainy Day Reviews REVIEW
7: Fabulous and Brunette

June 4:
1: Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
2: Welcome to My World of Dreams
3: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
4: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
5: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
6: Deal Sharing Aunt
7: B-Gina Review

June 5:
1: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
2: Locks, Hooks and Books
3: Kimmi Love
4: A Writer’s Life
5: BooksChatter
6: Liz’s Reading Life
7: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
8: Let me tell you a Story

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Andi on this tour for her debut novel. Please come back again soon for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Romantic Suspense | 4 Comments


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: A Well Paired Novel (Book 2)

About the Book

Hope Windward’s life in Crystal Cove, Maine is comfortable, if not predictable. The small town has always been her safe haven, until Cameron Smithfield—the man who killed her daughter’s father—shows up. Now the stranger she’s hated from afar is working to become the town’s favorite citizen.

Cameron Smithfield’s life went horribly wrong the night he killed his brother in a car accident. After a decade in prison, he’s ready to make amends and do everything he can for his niece. There’s only one problem with his plan, he can’t seem to get past her mother’s protective instincts. While he’s not surprised by Hope’s guard dog instincts, he is surprised at the connection he feels with his brother’s old flame.

Hope doesn’t want to feel anything for Cameron, but his heart-melting smile and genuine affection for her daughter have a way of breaking through her carefully guarded emotions. That is, until her worst fear comes true, and all fingers point to Cameron. Now, Hope has to decide if she’s going to believe the evidence, or trust the newfound love within her heart.

Read an Excerpt

The front door opened before his foot touched the front step. Hope’s welcoming smile lit up the front stoop, and he did all he could to keep from picking her up in his arms and covering her mouth with his.

Those lips, though. Julia Roberts had nothing on Hope Windward.

“Hey,” she said coyly, her voice wrapped around his heart, giving it a gentle squeeze he hadn’t felt since he was a young boy.

“You’re beautiful.”

Hope looked down at her feet then back up at him, scrunching her nose in that adorable manner she did when she was confused. “I’m wearing jeans and a sweater.”

“I didn’t notice.” And he hadn’t. It was her rich hazel eyes and her sunshiny sparkle that brightened his dark world. She wore her hair down tonight, soft ribbons of dark blonde hair flowing just past her shoulders. Hair he longed to run his fingers through.

Cameron walked up the steps, stopping in the open doorway.

“Well, I’m noticing you. And you look very handsome. I don’t know what I like better, though. Sexy whiskers or the soft skin.”

Cameron rubbed his cheeks with his fingers. He’d shaven tonight for her family, thinking the clean look was more presentable to her parents and her daughter than the usual scruff on his face.

“You name it, beautiful, and I’ll do it.”

Hope raised an eyebrow and her gaze dropped to his lips. “You should probably come in and meet my parents first, don’t you think?”

About the Author

Marianne Rice writes contemporary romantic fiction set in small New England towns. She loves high heels, reading romance, scarfing down dark chocolate, gulping wine, and Chris Hemsworth. Oh, and her husband and three children. You can follow her all over social media, and keep up to tabs with her latest releases on her website.

Marianne’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Marianne and her latest release, Where There’s Hope.

Please come back later in the week for more authors, books, and giveaways.



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RUBY by Emily Mims

GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SERIES: The Smokey Blues (Book 8)
Amazon | B & N

About the Book

Forty years ago Lexi Barstow and Collins Wentworth thought they had made the biggest mistakes of their lives. Heartbreaking choices and bitter tears cemented a pact that would shape who they were and what they would be. But now so much has changed…except the passion they share and the differences between them. But some things are fixable, and with forever staring them hard in the face, they learn all their decisions brought them to this place…an ever after filled with love.

Read an Excerpt

The club was even more crowded than it had been earlier and the audience was lively for a Sunday evening, clapping and stomping and answering Lonnie’s quips with boos and catcalls. There was electricity in the air. They were a fun crowd tonight.

Lexi’s eyes danced as they sang their first song. She was in her element.

They were about halfway through their second set when the front door opened and a familiar figure stepped into the club. The hostess’s eyes widened and the bartender did a double take. It wasn’t all that often a United States Senator darkened their doors.

Lexi’s curiosity burned as the flustered hostess showed Collins to the last vacant table by the front window. There was a bit of a stir as a good percentage of the audience recognized the man who had joined them, and then realized Lexi was performing for her old lover.

Whatever was he doing here tonight? This wasn’t his kind of club. It wasn’t even his kind of music anymore. She’d overheard him tell Danny he loved listening to him and his mother on their dulcimers, but that given the choice he was fonder of the classical music Chessie and Isabel played.

Had he come to hear Lexi sing? Had he come to repeat his invitation to join him on an evening out?

The thought sent chills up her spine.

She tore her eyes away from him. No way could she concentrate on her singing if all her attention was on Collins. Ever the professional, she didn’t miss a beat in the song they were singing, or the next, or the one after that. If anything, her voice became sultrier and her smile wider. Collins had come to hear her sing. She wanted him to know that she still had it, and she wanted to rub in what he’d missed all these years.

About the Author

The author of over thirty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons, she and her husband split their time between central Texas, eastern Tennessee, and Georgia visiting their kids and grandchildren. For relaxation Emily plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele for two different performing groups, and even sings a little. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman—if she’ll just let it.”

Emily’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instragram

A Giveaway

Emily will be awarding digital copies of books one and two in the Smoky Blues series, Mist and Smoke to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

This is a one-week, book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the other sites as you’d like for even more information on the book and additional entries into the drawing.

May 28:
1: T’s Stuff
2: Queen of All She Reads
3: Romance Novel Giveaways
4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
5: Books to Light Your Fire
6: The Avid Reader
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Mixed Book Bag

May 29:
1: Liz’s Reading Life
2: Long and Short Reviews
3: Deal Sharing Aunt
4: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
5: This and That Book Blog

May 30:
1: Hearts and Scribbles
2: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
3: Natural Bri
4: underneath the covers
5: Let me tell you a story

May 31:
1: Christine Young
2: My Reading Journeys REVIEW
3: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
4: Jazzy Book Reviews
5: Iron Canuck
6: BooksChatter
7: Readeropolis

June 1:
1: Kimmi Love
2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
3: Two Ends of the Pen
4: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
5: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Emily for this last day of her tour.
Please come back again soon for more authors, books, and giveaways.



Posted in Contemporary Romance | 2 Comments


GENRE: Historical (Regency)

SERIES: The Worthingtons (Book 5)

Amazon | B&N | Chapters | Kensington Books

About the Book

With her three good friends all recently married, Elizabeth Turley is ready for some husband-hunting of her own. One gentleman in particular sparks her interest. Geoffrey, Earl of Harrington is tall, handsome, and dashing. He’s also just a bit too sure of himself. But Elizabeth has observed enough about the rules of attraction to pique the earl’s attention. Yet once she has it, the discovery of a troubling secret taints her future happiness . . .

Lord Harrington must marry or lose a prestigious position in Brussels, and pretty, well-connected Elizabeth fits his needs admirably. But could it be that he has underestimated his bride? She doesn’t bat an eye in the face of the danger they encounter overseas. She’s strong-willed, intelligent, and more enticing each day—yet also more indifferent to him. Now Geoffrey faces his greatest challenge: to woo and win his own wife, or risk losing her for good . . .

Read an Excerpt

Once Gavin had accompanied Lord Harrington into the house, her aunt looked at Elizabeth. “Well, what did you think?”

“After his initial stiffness, he was quite charming.” Even if he didn’t kiss her fingers.

“He’s a handsome man,” her aunt mused.

She had studied him as he’d strolled off with Gavin. She had been right. It was clear his tall frame and broad shoulders had no need of padding anywhere. “Yes. His eyes in particular are a beautiful color blue. They almost match the sapphire he wore.” His hair was blond but slightly darker than hers. “I like the way his hair curls.”

“But he is not pretty,” Aunt said. “Not like Byron.”

“No. He is very manly looking. His jaw is firm.” Not able to get the vision of his shoulders and shapely legs out of her mind, Elizabeth fought the urge to sigh. She might be a little too interested in his physical attributes.

“And he was attentive to you,” her aunt prodded.

“Yes, he was very attentive.” Especially when he talked about going abroad. In fact, that was almost the only thing he discussed. He had not asked anything about her likes and dislikes.

“Very well.” Her aunt’s tone was a bit impatient. “He is tall, blond, and handsome. He appears, from his conversation, to be intelligent and well read. He comes from a good family. He will be a marquis someday, and he wishes to be wed.” Aunt Bristow arched a brow. “Tell me. What is it about him that you do not like?”

Her aunt was right. Something about Lord Harrington had struck Elizabeth as . . . off. She pushed is physical looks aside and focused on what was bothering her. Lord knows it wasn’t his appearance. It was not his demeanor as such. It was . . . was he really interested in her? “He wants this position so badly that I believe he will marry any suitable lady just to have it.” She scrunched up her face. “Do you know what I mean?” Her aunt stared at her, clearly not understanding. She’d have to find a different way to put it. “It strikes me that in a way he is like a fortune hunter. He does not care who he weds, so long as he can have what he wants. In the case of a fortune hunter it is the money. In Lord Harrington’s case, it is the position with Sir Charles.” She rubbed the space between her eyes, trying to ease the tension she felt. “I do not wish to be the means to an end.”

Aunt rang the bell on the table next to her. “You do not think he cares if his affections are engaged.”

A footman appeared carrying two glasses and a decanter of claret. After setting it down, he returned to the house.

“I am not even sure if he cares about compatibility.”

My Review

What can I say … I’m a sucker for Ella Quinn’s Regency romances and totally geeked to have yet another Worthington series book to enjoy.

As with all of Ella’s Regencies, the attention to authenticity and detail are wonderful, as is the story telling. I especially liked the interaction between the hero and heroine as they’re finding their way around what is best described as a marriage of convenience.

Ordinarily I would have balked a bit at the heroine’s naïveté but realize it is definitely a sign of the historical times when matches were made for security, for show, but not that often for love.

As always, I enjoyed seeing familiar faces from the previous Worthington books. This fifth book in the series is a very welcome addition.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a Portuguese Water Dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.

Ella’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Ella will be awarding a signed copy of the book (International Giveaway) to 5 randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, mega-site tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win in the drawing.

1: Kadee McDonald
2: A Chick Who Reads   REVIEW
3: Am Kinda Busy Reading   REVIEW
4: Andi’s Book Reviews
5: Bookaholic   REVIEW
6: BooksChatter
7: Buried Under Romance
8: Christine Young
9: Dawn’s Reading Nook
10: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
11: Elley the Book Otter   REVIEW
12: Fabulous and Brunette
13: Harlie’s Books   REVIEW
14: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
15: Iron Canuck
16: Jazzy Book Reviews
17: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
18: Let me tell you a story
19: It’s Raining Books
20: Liz’s Reading Life
21: Locks, Hooks and Books
22: Long and Short Reviews
23: Mixed Book Bag   REVIEW
24: Mythical Books   REVIEW
25: Nana Prah’s blog
26: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
27: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart   REVIEW
28: Queen of All She Reads
29: Readeropolis
30: Regan Black
31: Reviews by Crystal
32: Romance Novel Giveaways
33: Sapphyria’s Books
34: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
35: Straight From the Library
36: T’s Stuff
37: The Avid Reader
38: The Sassy Book Lover   REVIEW
39: The TBR Pile
40: Two Ends of the Pen
41: Wake Up Your Wild Side
42: Welcome to My World of Dreams
43: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
44: Writing is my oxygen
45: The Reading Addict
46: Sharing Links and Wisdom

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It’s been my pleasure, as always, to welcome Ella Quinn (and the Worthingtons) back to the blog.

Please come back again later this week and next for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Historical Romance, Regency Romance | 3 Comments


Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is especially pleased to welcome another special guest this week. Author Joanne Guidoccio is visiting to tell us about her latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion, from The Wild Rose Press.

We asked Joanne a few “getting to know you” questions and here are her answers:

Q1: If you could become any one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Protagonist Gilda Greco is already 70 percent of me. As to how I came up with that particular number, let’s just say my well-honed left brain did all the work. Our similarities…Italian Canadian, born and raised in Sudbury, relocated to Southern Ontario, mathematics teachers, career development practitioners, yoga enthusiasts, non-foodies.

One major difference –Gilda won a $19 million lottery. I’m still hoping! And that’s why I’d love to be Gilda Greco.

Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

The storyline revolves around a missed email, one that Gilda Greco overlooked for a personal reason (that is later revealed). Had she read that email, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive. A bit overly dramatic, but enough to persuade Gilda to participate in a séance and later launch an investigation.

Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

While sitting in Sister Maris Stella’s Grade 13 English class (circa 1973), I dreamed of writing the great Canadian novel. I followed the conventional advice of the times and pursued a career in teaching, but in my heart of hearts, I knew that someday I would resurrect that writing dream. In 2008, I took advantage of early retirement and devoted my second act to writing.

Speed Round:

Coffee, tea or other? Chatty Matty coffee – organic, fair trade coffee from Nicaragua
Music preference? Oldie Goldies from the 1960s and 1970s
Favorite movie? Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford
Dog, cat or other? Dogs – 4 dog nephews and 1 dog niece (in my brothers’ homes)
Favorite author? I admire late blooming authors who have launched successful second acts. Two favorites come to mind: Maeve Binchy and Louise Penny.

About the Book

While not usually a big deal, one overlooked email would haunt teacher Gilda Greco. Had she read it, former student Sarah McHenry might still be alive.

Suspecting foul play, Constable Leo Mulligan plays on Gilda’s guilt and persuades her to participate in a séance facilitated by one of Canada’s best-known psychics. Six former students also agree to participate. At first cooperative and willing, their camaraderie is short-lived as old grudges and rivalries emerge. The séance is a bust.

Determined to solve Sarah’s murder, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers shocking revelations that could put several lives—including her own—in danger. Can Gilda and the psychic solve this case before the killer strikes again?

Amazon (US) | Amazon (Canada) | The Wild Rose Press | Chapters/Indigo

A Fun Fact About the Book with an Excerpt

In each book of the Gilda Greco series, I have included a sub-plot involving Maria Rossi and Rosa Geraldi – her godmother and godmother’s sister. In addition to providing comedic relief, these ladies frustrate Gilda’s investigative efforts. In A Different Kind of Reunion, they show up at a Holistic Fair and share their impressions of psychics with Gilda. Here’s a short excerpt:

Maris chuckled as she glanced around the hall. “They’re fakes, all of them, even Cassandra.”

“Maria!” This was not an appropriate conversation to be having at a holistic fair where dozens of psychics had congregated.

“She’s right,” Rosa said, waving her hand around the hall. “We stopped to see three of them. All they talk about are their epiphanies and how they can help us. They want to charge eighty dollars for thirty minutes. Who would pay that kind of money?”

Maria nodded. “Those old witches in Italy, especially the ones in Sicily, have all the powers. None of these psychics comes close. Not even Cassandra. She’s too young and too pretty. You need to be old and ugly to have real powers.”

Watch the Trailer on You Tube

About the Author

In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

Joanne’s Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

A Giveaway

Joanne is graciously offering a Rafflecopter Giveaway for your chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card!

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It’s been my pleasuring hosting Joanne for this visit. What a wonderful way to finish out the week! Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.


Posted in Paranormal/Fantasy, Suspense | 12 Comments