RACHEL’S DREAM by Lisa Jones Baker

GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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About the Book

Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman seem to have nothing in common.  She’s the outgoing youngest of a large, close-knit Amish clan, while Jarred is a young veterinarian who trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people.  However, when Rachel’s horse falls ill, Jarred’s struggles to save him show Rachel he’s a man who cares deeply.  And the respect he feels for her gentle warmhearted ways soon becomes an irresistible bond. When Rachel tries to help Jarred reunite with his parents, it’s an unexpected blessing..with one complication.  If he takes this chance to put his past to rest, it could separate him and Rachel for good.  Now, with prayer, love…and her hope chest’s small miracles, Jarred and Rachel must find the courage to reconcile their wishes into a joyous life together.

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He didn’t know Rachel well, but his instincts were usually right on target.  His keen sense of reading people had kicked in at an early age.  So had his lack of trust.  By contrast, the Kauffman girl was unusually open and honest.  Without a doubt, Rachel represented everything he’d yearned for growing up.  When he was with her, an unprecedented sense of comfort and security filled his heart and soul.

But he had reciprocated her sentiment.  And to his surprise, he’d confessed to her that his parents hadn’t raised him.  It was the first time he’d ever told anyone, but she was a good listener, and the sad story of growing up without his own mom and dad was something he’d carried on his shoulders a long time.

He stood and paced to the living room to glance at the picture of his brother.  At that moment, he knew to stay realistic about this sudden adoration for the beautiful Amish girl.  Although she was of the Christian faith, the Amish way of life differed greatly from his own, so his feelings he had for Rachel could only lead to a dead-end street.

About the Author

Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books.  Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review.  A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover.  She enjoys positive thinkers, volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.

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

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1: The Avid Reader
2: Writers and Authors
3: BOOK LOVER PROMO
4: Booklove 
5: Books,Dreams,Life
6: BooksChatter
7: Buried Under Romance
8: charline’s blog and more…
9: Christine Young
10: Deal Sharing Aunt
11: Edgar’s Books
12: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
13: Fabulous and Brunette
14: Harlie’s Books
15: Hearts and Scribbles
16: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
17: Independent Authors
18: It’s Raining Books
19: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
20: Laura’s Interests
21: Long and Short Reviews
22: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
23: Reviews by Crystal
24: Sharing Links and Wisdom
25: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
26: Straight From the Library
27: T’s Stuff
28: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
29: Two Ends of the Pen
30: Two Heartbeats
31: Welcome to My World of Dreams

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Lisa today. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

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CLAIMING THE MAVERICK’S HEART by Debra Holt

GENRE: Romance/Western

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About the Book

“He’s back.”

Words Macy Donovan hoped to never hear.

Trace Cartwright was the maverick rodeo cowboy who broke her heart, leaving her on the steps of the church on the eve of their wedding. Now he’s returned to build his home and to lay claim to her heart … again. Macy barely survived the broken heart the first time. Does he think he can walk back into her life and take up where he left off?

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All that from just a glance? It was only a swift glimpse, but Macy didn’t need more. The broad shoulders and lean hips hadn’t changed…and neither had the cocky set of the black Stetson. The man was more than a head taller than anyone around him; his straight-backed stature was a distinctive Cartwright trait, as were the green eyes inherited from his Irish mother. Macy couldn’t see his eyes from that distance, but she didn’t need to. They were forever etched in her memory. Wiping first one sweaty palm and then the other on the legs of her jeans, she increased her grip on the steering wheel while her insides continued their gymnastics.

 

About the Author

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs…to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

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Nancy

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A MOTHER’S LOVE by Charlotte Hubbard

GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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About the Book

It’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions for widow Rose Raber. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspire her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. It isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

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“How was your morning with Jerusalem and Vernon?” Rose asked as she managed a smile for the bishop’s wife. “I hope you were a gut little guest?”

“The best company we could’ve asked for,” Jerusalem replied. “We gathered the eggs, and Gracie counted the new chicks in the barn—”

“Thirty-eight!” Gracie exclaimed.

“—and then we made French toast—”

“And I ate two whole pieces!” Gracie crowed. “With maple surple and fried apples.”

Jerusalem stopped at the edge of the tilled garden spot, and when she held out her hand, Gracie raced over to grab it. “And we played hide-and-seek with Vernon, too, didn’t we, dear?”

“Jah, but I found him every time!” Gracie replied. “He thought I wouldn’t see him under that tarp, but his big butt was stickin’ out!”

“Gracie,” Rose chided. “This is our bishop you’re talking about. Be polite.”

Jerusalem chuckled. “She speaks the truth. Hiding isn’t Vernon’s best talent, I’m afraid. But he was a gut sport about it when Gracie found him right off.”

“See, ‘Rusalem?” the little girl said, pointing to the mounded rows in the garden. “We put the lettuce on this end, and the peas down this way. Mamma said we could plant an extra long row of those, coz they’re my favorite.”

About the Author

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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April 3: The Avid Reader
April 4: Southern Gal Loves to Read
April 5: Rogue’s Angels
April 5: Maureen’s Musings
April 6: Fabulous and Brunette
April 6: Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden
April 7: The Reading Addict
April 10: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

April 11: Books Chatter

April 12: PunyaReviews

April 13: Lorana Hoopes
April 14: Hearts and Scribbles
April 17: Queen of All She Reads – review
April 18: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
April 18: LibriAmoriMiei 
April 19: Mixed Book Bag
April 20: T’s Stuff
April 21: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
April 24: Book Lover Promo
April 25: Cafinated Reads – review
April 26: Romance Author Hear Me Roar
April 27: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 28The Book Connection – review
April 28Miss Tina’s Snitz Pie Book Review – review

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Charlotte today. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book and giveaway.

Nancy

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NOWHERE TO HIDE by Louise Lyndon *Review*

GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

SERIES:  Justice Served (Book 1)

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About the Book

Forty years ago the Australian rural town of Burrawang Bend was the scene of a brutal murder, and the townspeople are still calling for justice. Marlee Moore, the suspect’s and victim’s granddaughter, is fighting to clear her grandfather’s name. And no one is going to stand in her way. But when things take a dangerous and deadly turn, Marlee must turn to the one man she was determined to run out of town.

Devon Reilly, investigative journalist for his hit TV show, Justice Served, is in Burrawang Bend to solve the forty-year-old cold case murder. But, he didn’t bargain on Marlee keeping him from investigating the case and he soon questions where her loyalties lie. With the living? Or with the dead? But when Marlee and her son’s life are put in danger, Devon knows he is the only man who can keep them alive. But what happens when he soon realizes he is the bigger threat to the woman and kid he loves?

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Marlee shifted on her seat. She tapped her fingers against the table, but she would not look at him. Was Marlee finally beginning to see the holes in Saul’s story?

“I have a copy of the signed statement in which Saul goes into great detail about Marion having terminal cancer. I can show it to you if you like.”

“I need to get Max home.” But she made no move to leave. Instead, she rubbed her hands along her thighs and sank her teeth into her lower lip. Her foot started to tap beneath the table. “There’s been a lot to take in. I need to process what I’ve learned tonight.”

She dragged herself to her feet. As she crossed to his bed, her steps were short and jerky. She turned to face him. He wanted to tell her not to go. Instead, he pressed his lips together.

“If I have questions, can I call you?”

Devon nodded. He retrieved his wallet and withdrew his card. She took it immediately.

Saul Moore had seemingly kept his head down and had stayed out of trouble for forty years. There’d been no reported unexplained deaths in or around Burrawang Bend. But Devon was in town to poke the bear. And an angry bear was a dangerous one.

“Marlee, I can’t tell you what to do, but I can ask you to be careful. Think twice if you’re going to confront him with what you’ve learnedtonight.”

Devon stood at the door and watched Marlee and Max drive into the darkness. What was she heading to? Was she going to confront Saul with what she had learned?

He reached for his mobile and dialed Annie. She answered on the second ring. “Get a pair of eyeballs on Marlee Moore.”

“Why? What’s going on?”

“I think she may have just realized her grandfather is a murderer.”

My Review

Set to the luscious backdrop of Australia, this first book in a new series is sure to grab your interest. A decades old mystery sets up the conflict between the hero and heroine and provides a well-devised trail of suspense.

The heroine, Marlee, is horribly conflicted as her grandparents are both the victim and the suspect in an unsolved murder. The hero, Devon, is determined to solve the cold case surrounding the crime. His best-laid plans are quickly thwarted by the victim’s beautiful granddaughter and an adorable toddler.

I struggled a bit with Devon’s character as his emotions and reactions seemed to be all over the map. However, he won me over with his both gentle and comical handling of the adorable Max.

I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

About the Author

Louise grew up in rural Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.

In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance. Her second novel, Of Love & Betrayal is available now.

When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls! She is also a self-confessed nail polish addict and you can check out her nail art designs on her Instagram account.

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Louise will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This is a four-week review tour. Feel free to visit the previous posts for even more chances to win.

April 19: The Reading Addict
April 19: Booklove
April 26: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
May 3Fabulous and Brunette
May 3EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 10Romance Novel Giveaways
May 10Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

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It was my sincere pleasure having Louise stop by for a second visit. Please come back again tomorrow and Friday for more authors, books and chances to win great prizes.

Nancy

 

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense | 6 Comments

LYRICAL PRESS: AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR by Laura Heffernan

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Seeking The Smart One

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

DO YOU WANT TO WIN $250,000? ARE YOU OUTGOING, VIVACIOUS, AND ENGAGING? DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE RIGHT? DO YOU LOVE PUZZLES AND TRIVIA? DO YOU USUALLY FIND YOURSELF SURROUNDED BY LESS INTELLIGENT PEOPLE? WE’RE LOOKING FOR SMART, SPUNKY 21 TO 25-YEAR-OLDS, FOR AN EXCITING NEW REALITY COMPETITION FILMING THIS SUMMER! E-MAIL STEPHANIE WITH YOUR NAME, AGE, 2-4 PICS, AND A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Excerpt from Jennifer Reid’s Audition Video:

Hi, my name’s Jen. I’m twenty-three years old, and I work in marketing for a large multi-national corporation. Check out my fabulous studio apartment in Seattle. It’s only steps from all the excitement and restaurants of downtown, so I’m in a great location. Look at my view of the Space Needle! I love to entertain here. My friends and I do a rotating monthly dinner club. Everyone brings food that fits a theme. My last one was “Food Starting with the Letter Q.” We ate quiche, quinoa, quince pie. . .I know it sounds weird, but everything tasted delicious.

Anyway, I built this cupboard myself. It’s full of games and puzzles. One thing I love to do, at least once a month, is have friends over for Games Night. We play board games, video games, charades—everything!

This is the best part of my apartment: the closet. I added the shelves and these cubbies, which tripled the space. That was a fun project.

Hmm. Is my landlord going to see this? Don’t worry, Mrs. Perez! I’ll put it back when I move.

Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the Northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

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April 3: Christine Young
April 4: Welcome to My World of Dreams
April 5: The Avid Reader
April 6: T’s Stuff
April 7: Sharing Links and Wisdom
April 10: BooksChatter
April 11: Lorana Hoopes
April 12: Cutting Muse Blog Review
April 13: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
April 14: Readeropolis
April 17: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
April 18: Harps Romance Book Review
April 19: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
April 20: Reviews by Crystal
April 21: Lampshade Reader
April 24Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 25Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
April 26Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
April 27Musings From An Addicted Reader
April 28Romance Author Hear Me Roar
April 28Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Laura today. Please come back all week for more authors, books and giveaways. And, don’t forget to check out the Spring Blog Tour tab at the top of the page for even more free books and fun!

Nancy

 

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In the Final Stages of a New Book!

There are many exciting steps involved in the process of publishing a book, whether it be romance, mystery, time-travel, or even non-fiction. I am currently in the final stages of my next release … a futuristic romance with a new twist for me … an alien heroine!

A very far departure from my usual vintage and contemporary romances. Also, somewhat of a stretch from my time travel/paranormal romances. The closest comparison, I suppose, are my erotic romances but only to the extent that there is language included (in a most comical way).

Concept ~ the story came about because of a submission call from Harlequin. They were looking for anthology material and one of the proposed anthologies was “alien romance“. I wrote, The Vessel, with this call in mind. Unfortunately, they cancelled the proposed anthology before it even got off the ground.

Shopping the story ~ Okay, so I had a finished 25K novella, written entirely from the military hero’s pov, and it needed a home. Because of the adult content my first thought was Decadent Publishing. I loved working with them on three previous erotic romances: The Muse, my award-winning The Mysterious Mrs. Pennybaker, and my Beyond Fairy Tales Do You Want Me. All three are available digitally, in print and in audible format!

I sent off the manuscript. Within a week, they came back with a contract offer!

Editing my work ~ I began working with a new-to-me editor. Changing editors is sometimes a worrisome process, but this has been a delight! We just finished a second round of edits and the book is off to the line editor and then on to formatting. Soon will come the galley read-through. We’re getting close.

The cover ~ The next step (hopefully) will be the creation of the cover. This is always one of my favorite parts of the process. I love getting a look at the first thing my readers will see! I don’t have that coveted artwork as yet, but I do have a meme I created to celebrate the sale and pre-advertise the book.

A bit about the book ~ While it’s not the “official” blurb, here’s a preview:

It’s 2162 and following numerous nuclear and chemical wars, what little is left of life on earth is dwindling quickly. The only hope appears to be the government’s ability to utilize alien fempods for reproduction.

When Major Liam McGregor is assigned to escort a sequestered alien from the government’s safe house, through open territory, and back to the government’s facilities, he soldiers up and plans his extraction and transport to the letter, anticipating a smooth process.

What he gets is a beautiful, wise-cracking alien princess, a series of attacks by lawless raiders, and a handful of doomsday preppers who’ve managed to evade the chemical sterilization that caught the majority of the U.S. by surprise.

Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, isn’t convinced this man they’ve sent to see to her safety is up to the task. After all, her predecessors have all met with untimely deaths in their attempts to assist with re-population, including her own sister who committed suicide rather than comply.

The solider and the princess must learn to co-exist on a journey fraught with danger. Will their quickly escalating desires provide them with even more trouble than those threatening their lives? Or, will untapped passions keep them safe?

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I look forward to sharing more about The Vessel, including a multi-site cover reveal, and hope you’ll come back for the celebration. In the meantime, there are six copies left of this month’s free Gift-Away book, Home is Where the Hunk is. You can access the order form by clicking on the cover on the right side bar of this site.

Nancy

 

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TRUSTING JUSTICE by J.J. Lore

GENRE:   Futuristic/Dystopian

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About the Book

It’s been twenty years since the Sion arrived on Earth, changing everything, and Sasha Morency has spent her life avoiding their notice as best she can. She’s grown up with a collapsed population, unstable climate, and the bare minimum of survival necessities, all while the conquerors thrive. When she’s caught up in an investigation of the theft of rare jewels at the Reliquary where she works, she becomes the focus of a cynical Sion who is charged with solving the crime.

Banished from his Sion clan and his squad in the police department for not following orders, Dram Opano is not surprised to be assigned a basic theft case at an obscure Earther museum. A young woman working there knows more than she’s telling, so Dram decides to stay close. Sasha has a talent for climbing walls, confronting authority, and digging for information, much to his surprise-and-delight.

Sasha and Dram expect to distrust each other, but as they pool their resources to discover exactly what happened, a bond of respect and passion develops between them.  When Dram is kidnapped by the people behind the theft, Sasha has to call on all her skills to save him. It’s a question of survival, for both their lives and their love.

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“In either case, I’ll be in custody. Then it’s over.” She blinked rapidly and set her glass back down so suddenly it spilled. She cried out in surprise, then apologized as she attempted to mop up the liquid.

“Stop. It’s fine.” Dram grabbed her hand and held on, not surprised to find she was trembling.

Sasha huffed out a shallow breath, and her cheeks flushed bright pink. “I’m not sure what’s wrong with me. I’m upset about Omer and scared of what might happen, and it’s just making me stupid. Clumsy stupid, and I can’t be that. If I’m stupid, they’ll get me, and if I’m clumsy…I’ll fall.”

Dram shook his head and eased closer to her. She regarded him with wide eyes. The bruise on her cheek reminded him of all the other hurts she’d suffered in the short time he’d known her.

“I’m sorry.”

“You didn’t do anything,” Sasha said quietly. “This is the way the world is.”

“I wish I could do more.” He reached out and traced his fingertips below the bruise on her cheek, then ran them down to the abrasions on her chin. Her skin was so clear and soft the injuries stood out in stark relief. She breathed out and leaned his way. He went blank for a moment, as if balancing on a windy peak and waiting for a gust strong enough to make him fly. Quiet filled the room, giving him the opportunity to explore all thoughts and ideas about what might happen next.

My Review

I really enjoyed the fleshed out characters in the hero and heroine and the fact that they were author J.J. Lore’s main focus. Too often futuristic/dystopian stories filter in too many characters. I also enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery surrounding the jewel theft. It was done at a good pace, neither too slowly or too quickly. It gave time for not only romance but trust to build between the characters.

My only criticism (and it’s a small one) is that I didn’t get a futuristic feel. I would have liked to have seen something a bit fantastical … something that would have screamed “Futureworld”.

About the Author

J. J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third. When she isn’t inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she’s shaking sriracha on whatever she’s eating or reading about the Justinian plague.

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April 13: Books, Dreams,Life
April 20Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 27Harlie’s Books
April 27Booklove
May 4EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 4Lampshade Reader
May 4Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

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It’s been my pleasure hosting J.J. Lore and having the chance to review Trusting Justice. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and great giveaways. Also, beginning on Monday, April 24th, I’ll be taking part in the Spring Fling (tab at top of page).

Nancy

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RIK’S by dhtreichler

GENRE: Thriller (International)

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About the Book

The entire affair began with sheep brains and falafel — Saddam Hussein’s favorite dish.

It is 1990 and in Baghdad two lovers are separated by the impending First Gulf War. CIA operative Rik Bogart is desperately seeking television correspondent Ingrid Johannson — but is instead picked up by  Saddam’s Secret Police and thrown into Abu Graib — the Prison of the Dead. Ten years later, he must make a fateful decision after finally reuniting with her — one that may keep them apart forever. How far would YOU go for your true love?

This heart-pounding thriller is written by a former international defense contractor who brings incredible realism and thrilling insights into the days leading up to Saddam’s brutal regime downfall and provides a chilling account of life inside the infamous Prison of the Dead.

“It’s as much a love story as it is a runaway thriller.” Midwest Book Review

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A Conversation…or Not

It never occurred to me I’d form any kind of deep emotional bond with Ingrid. But when the opportunity did occur, I seized it. I didn’t look back. I thought only about a future together, for however long. I kept telling myself one day more would be enough. But then the next day came. I felt so happy to still find her with me. I became greedy. I wanted more of her. I wanted to be a part of her life. I wanted her to be a part of mine.

When we made love something seemed to flow between us. We were both more concerned for the other’s pleasure than our own. We’d do anything to make the experience better for the other, to make it more interesting and to express the feelings there. Neither of us could hide what we felt. And neither of us could deny a depth of passion we shared. Making love made all the other things we did fade into obscurity. The same feelings flowed the first time and every time we made love. And the feelings were always just below the surface when we talked on the phone or sat on the patio watching the shimmering summer night lights, drinking a glass of wine and sharing whatever happened to be on our minds.

She filled me with an expectation, happiness; a reason for being I’d never experienced. And here I sat next to her, fearful yet hopeful, dreading telling her that I, or hopefully, we, would soon be leaving Baghdad.

About the Author

As a defense contractor, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, dhtreichler has wandered the world, visiting garden spots and more.  Having lived and worked with our intelligence agents and soldiers, witnessing the conflicts and the turmoil of recent decades, he paints vivid backdrops for his stories. Like him, the men and women he portrays attempt to make sense of our fast-changing world. He has held a lifelong interest in the profound influence of rapidly changing technology on our lives and relationships. Exploring that power (what has changed and what might come) forms an insightful theme of his novels. His stories also reflect the universal desires and fears of real people everywhere.

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The author will be awarding a $30 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-day book blast tour. Visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win.

1: Book Lover Promo
2: Booklove REVIEW
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: BooksChatter
5: CBY Book Club
6: charline’s blog and more…
7: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
8: Edgar’s Books
9: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
10: Fabulous and Brunette
11: Independent Authors
12: It’s Raining Books
13: Long and Short Reviews
14: Mixed Book Bag
15: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
16: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
17: Queen of All She Reads
18: Readeropolis
19: Sharing Links and Wisdom
20: Sharing Stories
21: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
22: Straight From the Library
23: T’s Stuff
24: The Avid Reader
25: This and That Book Blog
26: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
27: Two Ends of the Pen
28: Two Heartbeats
29: Welcome to My World of Dreams

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It’s been my pleasure hosting dhtreichler for this stop on his one-day tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

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SHEIK’S RESCUE by Ryshia Kennie

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

Amazon US | Amazon CA | B&N | Kobo | Harlequin

About the Book

Zafir Al-Nassar knows everything about Jade Van Everett. He’s studied the cases she’s worked for his family’s company and for the FBI. And it’s hard not to notice that she’s absolutely gorgeous. Teaming up for a routine security detail, Jade is desperate to prove herself and Zafir can’t help but admire her determination. But when their assignment turns deadly, it becomes difficult to stay focused on the job. Because although they were hired to protect a Morrocan royal from a trained assassin, Zafir also has every intention of keeping Jade safe and by his side. Forever.

Read an Excerpt

She turned around and walked past him.  Zafir watched her and really wished he hadn’t for his gaze couldn’t help but go down to her perky butt that…  That was twice he’d been caught by that part of her anatomy.  He needed to pull his gaze away, to take his thoughts from the soft, rounded… It took everything he had.

Curves.

He wrapped his palm around the back of his neck as if a stranglehold massage would stop his thoughts.  But his hand was only hurting his neck and doing nothing to stop the overwhelming awareness of her as a very attractive female.  He wasn’t sure what would help, but physical pain wasn’t doing it.  He dropped his hand.

He was unable to drag his eyes from her.  Her figure curved in all the right places.   He wanted to run his hands over her.  He wanted to do so much more.

He couldn’t.

He pushed the thoughts from his mind.  They had a case to solve and a client to protect.  He turned around, heading for the bedroom.  He knew she’d gotten information from Stan, but after what he’d learned, he thought it was time they both sat down and had a long talk with him.

“Damn!”

Jade turned from the kitchen window and as she did, he met the question in her eyes.  He stood in the doorway of their client’s room, his fists clenched, all thoughts of passion or attraction forgotten.

“He’s gone.”

About the Author

The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born.

In 2011 I won my city’s writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live.

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.

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A Giveaway

Ryshia will be awarding a $15 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-day book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win.

1: Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
2: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
3: Author Deborah A Bailey
4: BooksChatter
5: charline’s blog and more…
6: Edgar’s Books
7: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
8: Mixed Book Bag
9: Romance Novel Giveaways
10: Sharing Links and Wisdom
11: T’s Stuff
12: The Avid Reader
13: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
14: Wake Up Your Wild Side
15: Fabulous and Brunette
16: Booklove REVIEW
17: Books,Dreams,Life
18: Dawn’s Reading Nook
19: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
20: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
21: Independent Authors
22: It’s Raining Books
23: Jen’s Reading Obsession
24: Liz’s Reading Life
25: Long and Short Reviews
26: Nana Prah’s Blog
27: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
28: Queen of All She Reads 
29: Readeropolis
30: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
31: Straight From the Library
32: Tina Donahue
33: Two Heartbeats
34: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
35: Welcome to My World of Dreams
36: Two Ends of the Pen

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It’s been a pleasure having Ryshia back for a second visit. Please come back again tomorrow for more authors, books and chances to win great prizes.

Nancy

 

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense | 3 Comments

Wild Card Under Cover by Kari Lemor

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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About the Book

All that glitters in Miami is not gold . . .

Lured in by a bad ex-boyfriend and the moonlight of Miami, Meg O’Hara is trapped in a nightmare situation, waiting tables for a crime boss and fearing for her life. When undercover FBI agent Christopher Shaunessy offers her a way out, she seizes it. Getting the goods on Salazar Moreno might not be easy, but she’ll do anything to be freed from her servitude and Moreno’s sexual advances, even if it means moving in with the charismatic agent.

Chris Shaunessy pretends to be Meg’s lover in order to keep her safe, but he steels his heart against further involvement. Passion has no place in the sordid world of organized crime. And yet, the closer they get to cracking the case, the stronger his feelings for the spirited waitress shine. It’s a dangerous game he’s playing, and taking Meg in his arms for real could prove a fatal misstep . . .

Read an Excerpt

“Sorry,” she mumbled again, looking up. Big mistake. The stranger’s curious eyes captivated her. They were soft and tender and filled with something she could…trust? If she still had any of that left in her. His hands were gentle as they held her. A tiny smile played about the full lips she’d brazenly kissed. She couldn’t believe she’d done it. Her mother would be appalled. But it had worked.

The chlorine scent from the pool faded into the background as sweat and suntan lotion wafted off the man’s damp skin. Her stomach did cartwheels followed by a few back flips. Dangerous.

“Let me go,” she hissed as reality returned. She gave a swift shove at his well-defined pectorals, rushing to get past, to escape from this distraction and the possibility of being caught. Her head whipped around at the sound of a splash and water droplets from behind. Gorgeous was just breaking the surface of the pool. Had she pushed him that hard?

“Oops.” No time for apologies. He looked like the forgiving type. She had to blow this joint before the Pool Nazi came back. Grabbing her fallen sarong, she ran across the deck to hustle inside the luxury hotel.

“Damn.”

The manager stood sentry near the front door. A crowd appeared at her back making that way impossible. The stairwell to the left would have to do. She’d go up a few floors then down to the side entrance. She wrapped her sarong around her as she carried out her plan to avoid being seen…and caught.

Meg should stop coming here to use the pool: this proved it. Sneaking in was adding to her already hellish life but swimming always helped work out the stress and the pool here was more accessible than any other on the strip. Pretending she had money to stay in a place like this, rubbing elbows with all the beautiful people, yeah, that got her through too. She’d learned the best times to come and not be seen. Well, for the most part. It was well worth the risk to get away from her dump of a room and its enchanting neighborhood. She’d leave this all behind her soon. She kept telling herself that. Had to believe it for her own sanity.

Footsteps behind her pushed those thoughts away. Her bare feet padded silently along the lushly carpeted hallway. Heart racing, she ducked into the ice machine alcove, her sigh echoing in the silence. She glanced down. Her bag? She must have dropped it as she rushed off. How had she not realized? It couldn’t have been the threat of being arrested. Or the crooked smile of the handsome stranger she’d kissed. The one with the kind eyes and gentle hands. No, she couldn’t allow herself to be led astray by a pretty face. Not again.

She continued down the hall, her trip cut short when someone grabbed her by the arm and spun her around.

About the Author

Kari Lemor was one of those children who read with a flashlight under the covers. Once she discovered her mom’s stash of romance novels, there was no other genre to even consider. For years, she had stories stewing in her mind, stories of love and happily ever after. But writing wasn’t something she ever liked in school. Of course, no one ever asked her to write a story about a couple falling in love. Now that her children are grown, she can concentrate on penning tales of dashing heroes who ride to the rescue and feisty heroines who have already saved themselves. Please visit her at karilemor.com and on Twitter and Facebook.

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A Giveaway

Kari will be awarding a digital copy of the book on tour to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

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

March 27: Lorana Hoopes
March 28: It’s Raining Books
March 29: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
March 30: The Avid Reader
March 31: T’s Stuff
April 3: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
April 4: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
April 5: Hearts and Scribbles
April 6: Mixed Book Bag
April 7: Queen of All She Reads
April 10: Reviews by Crystal
April 11: Cutting Muse Blog Review
April 12: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
April 13: Deep in the Crease
April 14: Harps Romance Book Review
April 17: A Writer’s Life
April 18Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 19Romance Author Hear Me Roar
April 20Harlie’s Books
April 21Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

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It has been a pleasure hosting Kari for today’s stop on her tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, more books, and more great giveaways.

Nancy

 

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense | 3 Comments