Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"The Noble Guardian" blog tour


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About the Book



Book: The Noble Guardian  
Author: Michelle Griep  
Genre: Christian Historical  
Release date: June, 2019  

A Cross-Country Trip through Regency England Brings Intrigue, Rogues, and High Adventure  
The must-read conclusion to Michelle Griep’s Bow Street Runners Trilogy: Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life. Horse patrol captain Samuel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire. Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal. . .money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property. So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.


My Review:
"The Noble Guardian" is such a good book!  It is the third in the series and personally I have not read the first two and I completely enjoyed this, and I will probably go now and read the first two, but I didn't feel as if I was missing out on anything by reading this one first.  However, I may realize I did after reading the previous two books!  Anyways, the characters are great, I really liked them and thought that the author did an incredible job with really bringing them to life.  Samuel is made out to be a hardened man just doing this job, but there is just so much more underneath his exterior.  Abby, sweet, trusting Abby, is looking for love and believes she has; luckily she uses her backbone to stand up for herself when she needs to!  This is a story that you will be swept up in! 



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About the Author

Michelle Griep

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  

More from Michelle

Highwaymen Aren’t All Glamorous

Highwaymen are often romanticized in historical romances, but the truth is these fella’s were generally not compassionate thieves at all. They were cutthroat robbers who sometimes killed. Here’s a brief history so that you’re in the know. The term “highwayman” simply means a thief who steals—usually at gunpoint—from travelers on the road. Not all, but some of those attacks turned deadly, the robbers not wishing to leave anyone behind who could identify them. Others wore masks for the same purpose. Long, deserted stretches of roads that were main thoroughfares were the particular favorite haunts of these men. Criminals would choose remote highways that supplied regular traffic going to and from major destinations, such as Hounslow Heath, about fifteen miles outside of London. To combat these villains, in 1805 the Bow Street Horse Patrol was created. There were about sixty men hired to protect travelers on the principal roads within sixty miles of London. Most of the men had served previously in a cavalry regiment. Their most successful achievement was to rid Hounslow Heath of highwaymen. And that’s where I got the idea for my hero, Samuel Thatcher, in The Noble Guardian. He’s a rough and tumble man who’s tired of life and the wickedness of man. Mostly he’s just biding his time until he retires—that is until he rescues Miss Abigail Gilbert from the clutches of one of the worst offenders of all…Shankhart Robbins. Sound like an adventure? It is. Settle back with your own copy and see what it’s like to ride the rugged heath in a carriage, bounding along—until you hear the crack of a pistol. Enjoy!

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, June 10
Genesis 5020, June 11
Carpe Diem, June 13
Wishful Endings, June 14
Stories By Gina, June 14
Hallie Reads, June 17
Moments, June 18
Bigreadersite, June 19
Remembrancy, June 20
Pause for Tales, June 21

Giveaway

 
To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Noble Guardian!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e31b/the-noble-guardian-celebration-tour-giveaway


Monday, June 17, 2019

"Living Lies"




"Living Lies" is book #1 in Natalie Walter's Harbored Secrets series and this is an excellent book!  Seriously, if you enjoy reading romantic suspense, this is not one to miss!
Lane is tired and is hiding behind lies and struggling with depression, anxiety and just trying to care for her son on her own and live life day to day.  She is not prepared to find herself working with the new deputy in town, who also is her neighbor.  However, she was not planning to find a dead body.  Charlie is intrigued by Lane and her boy and he finds himself drawn to them, but also finds himself working in a professional capacity when a crime has happened.  Lane must decide how much she can share and at what cost.
This book is so well-written and I was surprised to see that it is Natalie's debut novel, but I have to add pleasantly surprised and I am eager to read what comes next!  The characters were so likable and I found myself empathizing with them and rooting for them.  The suspense and romance is woven together so nicely, and I found myself wanting to know what would happen next both with the investigation and with the characters' relationship.  This is a great novel to sit down with, and be prepared to not want to stop reading once you start!


*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

"Wooing Cadie McCaffrey"



When Cadie McCaffrey breaks up with her adorably oblivious boyfriend, he determines to win her back by pulling out every "foolproof" romantic comedy tactic he's ever seen. What could go wrong?


My Review:
First of all, the cover is cute, sweet and I love the blurb on the back cover as romantic comedies are my favorite kind-of movies!  However, I did not love this book as much as I thought and hoped I would.  Cadie and Will are fine individuals; however I did not feel a connection with them and I felt like I did not really get to know them on their own and as a couple.  They have been dating for years and yet, several things have been overlooked, not talked about and their interactions just seemed awkward at times.  I felt as if the story jumped around a bit as well and that made it hard for me to follow and really get into as well.  The characters have strong convictions, which I like, and they were tempted and did not stay as strong as they hoped to.  This is real-life which is refreshing to read struggles that are faced in real-life.  Overall, it is cute, but just not one of my favorites, but we all have our own personal styles and this just may be the book for you!


*Thanks to Revell Reads for the complimentary copy of this book.*







"The Number of Love" blog tour


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About the Book

The Number of Love

The Toughest Puzzle She’ll Have to Solve Might be the Wishes of Her Own Heart Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, she discovers for the first time in her life that numbers aren’t enough. Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy who just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the intelligent Margot, but soon the dangers of the war draw ever closer. Margot and Drake will have to work together to save themselves from the very secrets that brought them together.

My Review:
 "The Number of Love" is the latest novel from Roseanna M. White and it is a great historical romance read!  Margot is a genius in all things numbers, and she thrives in her role as a codebreaker, deciphering the codes that are sent by the Germans during the war.  Drake is intrigued by Margot when he meets her and sets out to get to know her more and also partners with her to solve the codes and save themselves and others in their perilous time.  I loved the relationship between Drake and Margot and how Drake is determined to win her heart, in nontraditional means, as Margot thinks in numbers.  The historical detail really brings this novel to life and the time period is so well portrayed.  I really enjoyed these characters and am looking forward to the second book in this series! 

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About the Author

Roseanna 2018
 
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.
 

More from Roseanna

When I told my best friend and critique partner what book I was pitching next to my publisher, her response was something along the lines of, “That sounds awesome. Also, you’re crazy, and I do not envy you writing that one.” I laughed…and knew exactly what she meant. Because I was setting out to write a heroine who was a mathematician—which I am definitely not. A heroine who was utterly indifferent to love and marriage—which makes for a difficult story when one writes romance. A character who had an unshakeable faith—which has to be shaken at least a bit in order to make for growth throughout the story. And more, a character who has “issues,” let’s call it, that those familiar with such things will recognize…and which those who aren’t will probably think are quirks. I was setting out to write a story that would be challenging for me, every step of the way. And the result is a book I’m incredibly in love with and so happy to share with the world. The Number of Love is all about Margot, who thinks and even prays in numbers. Born and raised in Belgium, she and her family fled to England in 1914 when the Germans invaded her homeland. Thanks to her remarkable abilities with numbers and patterns, she’s now employed at Room 40, the Admiralty’s secret codebreaking branch. But as I was contemplating what sort of man could ever win Margot’s heart, I knew he had to be very different… someone active where she’s still. Someone outgoing where she turns inward. Someone who sees in her what she never can, and who believes she can grasp the dreams that society tells her are unbefitting a woman. This is how Drake was born—a field agent employed by Room 40. I can honestly say this is the only book I’ve ever written that required me to borrow my daughter’s algebra book while I was writing it, LOL. And though every single scene was a challenge, it was one I thoroughly enjoyed. I hope you’ll join me on the journey that Margot and Drake are on, which answer the question my husband cheekily asked more than once as I was writing it: what is the number of love?
 

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, June 17
Moments, June 17
The Avid Reader, June 18
Stories By Gina, June 18
Worthy2Read, June 19
Multifarious, June 21
Emily Yager, June 21
Bigreadersite, June 22
Simple Harvest Reads, June 22 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Genesis 5020, June 24
The Becca Files, June 26
Splashes of Joy, June 26

Giveaway

 
To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of winner’s choice of TWO signed books, Fruit and Floral Flavors Sugar Shapes, and some Roseanna M. White swag!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/de86/the-number-of-love-celebration-tour-giveaway

*Thanks to Celebrate Lit for including me on this blog tour.*

Saturday, June 15, 2019

"Murder in the City of Liberty" blog tour

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About the Book

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Book: Murder in the City of Liberty  
Author: Rachel McMillan  
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical  
Release Date: May 21, 2019

Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have a new case—and this one brings the war in Europe dangerously close to home. Determined to make a life for herself, Regina “Reggie” Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston. What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing would develop into a business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca. Their latest case arrives when Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks. Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe, and he’s afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes that seem to link Boston to Hamish’s hometown of Toronto. When an act of violence hits too close to home, Hamish is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this second installment in the Van Buren and DeLuca mystery series!  The author does a fantastic job with bringing the story to life with the historical details of the time period and the descriptive way that she writes.  I love the setting of Boston and how the tension from war is evident as well as how society is changing, but also the baseball part of the story as well.  All of this tied together really creates a solid story that is engaging and full of intrigue.  Reggie is such a great character as she is independent and feisty, and I love both the working and personal relationship she has with Hamish and their interactions throughout the day and in the midst of sleuthing.  I highly recommend reading the first book as well as it is just as good, and of course you get to spend more time with these characters and get to know them even better!

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About the Author

McMillan Rachel

Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.  

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Boston April 19 40 There really never was a good time to drown. But this particular April had been unseasonably cold and promised spring long in coming. The slosh of the Charles River warmed by ribbons of June sun would have been preferable to the crusted sludge of leftover ice rimming the harbor, or so thought Reggie Van Buren as she bobbed up and down like a buoy. A New Haven Van Buren ought to have perished an old, wealthy woman, tendrils of snow-white hair falling around a satin pillow, comforted in the knowledge that she would be interred in the family plot, her soul destined for paradise—not with water up to her nose, choking as it lapped in and out like a tide over her chattering teeth. But a New Haven Van Buren also might have had the propriety to insist upon the use of her given name and not the “Reggie” she so preferred. The Reggie she was just hearing now in a rather frantic yet familiar voice. “Reggie!” Hamish DeLuca’s panicked voice reached into the hollow dome of her cement cave. “Reggie!” “I was st-stupid. I s-slipped.” She treaded poorly, her arms feeling like gelatin, her form rather lacking the swimming skills she had learned informally alongside her family’s schooner on Regatta Day. Reggie strained to rise above the lapping water. She took turns treading and raising herself as high up on her toes as she could. Rotating and wondering why she failed to complete the ballet classes her parents enrolled her in as a child. Standing on tiptoe might have added inches to her height and allowed her to clear her mouth of the water. As it was, her calf muscles strained. She said something that came out in a series of bubbles before glugging, rising upward, and noticing for the first time how the fog from her icy breath rippled over the water. If she couldn’t understand herself, how would he? “S-slipped,” she said again, trying to make him out in shadow. “H-Hamish.” She tried again. Funny, usually he was the one with the stutter. Hamish DeLuca with the stutter and the bit of a handshake and that one pesky dimple and those big blue eyes. Her own eyes fluttered. Maybe she would never see him again. She would just slip under the water and rest her heavy eyelids. She blinked until a stream of torchlight buttered the dark walls, crystallizing the percolating water drips around her, and then the figure of her rescuer, whose blue eyes looked even more brilliant than usual in the eerie glow of the flashlight. Hamish dropped to his knees. “Take my hand.” “This didn’t turn out as I expected,” she chattered. “Reggie, we don’t have much time.” His voice rippled as he looked frantically at her and then over to the grille she had stared at since she got into the mess, watching the water level rise and fall and rise and fall until it made her dizzy. She clung to his hand a moment. “We should have gone with plan B.” Hamish growled. “We didn’t even have a plan A.” “You’re my hero, Hamish.” She patted his hand with her icy one. “It was so nice of you to come.” “Reggie, just take my hand.” “I’m stuck!” “What?” “M-my shoe.” Hamish said something she was altogether certain she had imagined in her half-frozen and very soggy state. And then, of course, he recklessly jumped in to get her.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of both book in the series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e513/murder-in-the-city-of-liberty-celebration-tour-giveaway

*Thanks to Celebrate Lit for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, June 13, 2019

"The Perfect Date" blog tour






Image result for the perfect date evelyn lozadaBook Synopsis from the publisher:            

When a single mom ends up playing an unwilling fake girlfriend to a charming playboy baseball player, love suddenly turns everything upside down in this fun, heartwarming multicultural romance.

 Angel Gomez has never lived by the book. A Bronx-based unwed mother by the time she was
sixteen, Angel’s personal mission has always been to show the world that a Puerto Rican girl is not to be messed with—especially by a man. The only thing that matters to Angel, now, is providing for her son and earning enough tips at the club to complete her nursing degree along the way. Love is nowhere on her agenda.
Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is a star pitcher for the Bronx Bolts whose romantic escapades make delicious fodder for gossip columns. But lately he’s been trying to keep a lower profile—so much so that when he meets Angel, first while she’s in her nurse uniform and the next time behind the bar, she has no idea who Duke is, fails to fall for his obvious charm, and ends up throwing a drink in his face! She is the perfect woman for Duke...to fool the tabloids into thinking he’s finally settling down. But what begins as a charade soon has Duke and Angel hurtling into a full-blown romance that rocks each of their worlds and begs the question: Is this the real deal—or are some love stories just too good to be true?
 My Review:
"The Perfect Date" is one of those books that draws the reader into the drama that is unfolding on the pages and with this book there is a lot.  The two main characters, Angel and Duke, have a lot to deal with in their own lives personally, and professionally, and neither is really looking for love.  Angel became a mom young while in her teens and then her support system, her mother, passed away when her son was two years old.  She has been trying to keep afloat and do what is best for her son.  Very quickly, she discovers that she needs to pretend with Duke, and carry on a charade as this is going to be beneficial for her. Duke is struggling from an injury and trying to work through some of his own issues and he needs a good thing happening for him in the tabloids right now.  As these two lives intersect the reader is taken on quite the ride as several issues are addressed and dealt with.  This is a quick read, not a light, "beach read," but a book that will draw you in have you thinking about struggles that other have to deal with. 
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About the authors:
 
 EVELYN LOZADA, is a high-profile American-Latina reality television personality,
entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. She is best known for her role on VH1’s hit
series Basketball Wives (2010-present), OWN’s hit series Livin’ Lozada (2015), author of the
first installment of the book series: The Wives Association: Inner Circle (2012) and creator
of Healthy Boricua (A Puerto Rican Lifestyle Guide to Healthy Living). Evelyn has become a
national trendsetter, a “go to” fitness export, jewelry designer, fashion and beauty maven, social
media royalty and a stimulating voice and proactive supporter of causes that effect women and
girls through the Evelyn Lozada Foundation. Evelyn is a Bronx native, mother of two (Shaniece
Hairston and Carl Leo Crawford) that currently resides in Los Angeles.
Holly Lörincz is a successful collaborative writer and owner of Lorincz Literary Services. She is
an award-winning novelist (Smart Mouth, The Everything Girl) and co-author (best-
selling Crown Heights, and How to Survive a Day in Prison) living in Oregon.
*Thanks to the publisher for including me on the blog tour and for a complimentary copy of the book.*