Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: "A Grand Design," by Amber Stockton

About the book:
A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs -- if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa's grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt's story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother's life ... and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa's fractured heart -- and bring healing to her entire family?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

My thoughts:
I have read several books now in the Quilts of Love series, and they are all very different and yet interesting. I was especially excited to read A Grand Design, by Amber Stockton, because it takes place on Mackinac Island, which I have visited several times since I grew up in Michigan. Alyssa and her friend stay in the beautiful Grand Hotel, which was featured prominently in the movie, Somewhere in Time, with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. When Alyssa returns to Mackinac Island after 15 years, we know that something tragic must have happened on her previous visit to prevent her from visiting her grandmother for so long. In addition, her reluctance to let any man get close to her heart all these years also hints at a deep hurt. It’s only when Alyssa finds herself attracted to Scott at Mackinac Island that she finally risks facing the ghosts of her past so she can find happiness in the present. I enjoyed getting to know Alyssa, as well as the humorous camaraderie between her and her man-magnet friend, Libby. It was fun to get to “revisit” Mackinac Island, especially to get to know more about the residents rather than the typical tourist areas. A Grand Design is a sweet romance in a beautiful setting.

About the author:
Amber Stockton is an award-winning author, a national speaker, and a direct-sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards.

Connect with Amber: website, Facebook, Twitter

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love and RSVPing for the "Fall into Fall" Facebook author chat party.

Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced at the "Fall into Fall" Facebook party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

RSVP today and spread the word -- tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 16th!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Typewriter Girl Audiobook Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Author Alison Atlee's The Typewriter Girl is now an audio­book, nar­rated by Audie win­ner Ros­alyn Lan­dor, and in celebration she'll be touring the blogosphere from August 4-29 with HF Virtual Book Tours!

02_The Typewriter Girl

Audible Audiobook Edition
Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2014
Listening Length: 12 hours and 39 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English
ASIN: B00JH0L9HW
Genre: Historical Fiction

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A Pub­lish­ers Weekly Best Books of the Year pick: The Type­writer Girl is a “spec­tac­u­lar debut, set in a per­fectly real­ized Vic­to­rian England.”

When Bet­sey Dob­son dis­em­barks from the Lon­don train in the sea­side resort of Idensea, all she owns is a small valise and a canary in a cage. After an attempt to forge a let­ter of ref­er­ence she knew would be denied her, Bet­sey has been fired from the typ­ing pool of her pre­vi­ous employer. Her vig­or­ous protest left one man wounded, another jilted, and her char­ac­ter per­ma­nently besmirched.

Now, with­out money or a ref­er­ence for a new job, the future looks even bleaker than the deba­cle she left behind her.

But her life is about to change … because a young Welsh­man on the rail­road quay, wait­ing for another woman, is the one finally will­ing to believe in her.

Mr. Jones is inept in mat­ters of love, but a genius at things mechan­i­cal. In Idensea, he has con­structed a glitter­ing pier that astounds the wealthy tourists. And in Bet­sey, he rec­og­nizes the ideal tour man­ager for the Idensea Pier & Plea­sure Build­ing Company.

After a life­time of guard­ing her secrets and break­ing the rules, Bet­sey becomes a force to be reck­oned with. Together, she and Mr. Jones must find a way for her to suc­ceed in a soci­ety that would reject her, and fig­ure the price of sur­ren­der­ing to the tides of love.

Praise for The Typewriter Girl


“Atlee’s outstanding debut unflinchingly explores … the unforgiving man’s world of Victorian England.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“Easily one of the most romantic books I’ll read all year … John and Betsey are compelling and worth rooting for.” –DEAR AUTHOR (a Recommended Read)

“Sweeps readers to a satisfying conclusion.” –LIBRARY JOURNAL

Buy the Audiobook

Amazon UK
Amazon US
Audible.com

About the Author

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Alison Atlee spent her childhood re-enacting Little Women and trying to fashion nineteenth-century wardrobes for her Barbie dolls. Happily, these activities turned out to be good preparation for writing historical novels. She now lives in Kentucky.

For more information, please visit Alison Atlee's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads and Pinterest.

The Typewriter Girl Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule


Monday, August 4
Review at Peeking Between the Pages (Audiobook)
Book Blast at Mina's Bookshelf
Book Blast at Princess of Eboli
Book Blast at Literary Chanteuse
Book Blast at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, August 5
Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews (Print)
Book Blast at So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, August 6
Book Blast at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, August 7
Book Blast at Mari Reads
Book Blast at Book Lovers Paradise

Friday, August 8
Book Blast at Book Blast Central

Saturday, August 9
Book Blast at Caroline Wilson Writes

Sunday, August 10
Book Blast at Book Nerd

Monday, August 11
Review at Just One More Chapter (Audiobook)
Book Blast at Gobs and Gobs of Books

Tuesday, August 12
Book Blast at Queen of All She Reads

Wednesday, August 13
Review at Historical Tapestry (Audiobook)
Book Blast at The Lit Bitch
Book Blast at CelticLady's Reviews

Thursday, August 14
Review at A Bookish Affair (Print)
Guest Post at Historical Tapestry

Friday, August 15
Review at Brooke Blogs (Audiobook)
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Saturday, August 16
Book Blast at Broken Teepee

Sunday, August 17
Interview at Closed the Cover

Monday, August 18
Review at The Maiden's Court (Audiobook)

Tuesday, August 19
Book Blast at Layered Pages
Book Blast at Always with a Book

Wednesday, August 20
Book Blast at Literary, Etc.

Thursday, August 21
Review at Books in the Burbs (Print)
Book Blast at Bibliotica

Friday, August 22
Review at Bibliophilia, Please (Audiobook)

Saturday, August 23
Book Blast at Reading Lark
Book Blast at Ageless Pages Reviews

Sunday, August 24
Book Blast at Passages to the Past

Monday, August 25
Review at Flashlight Commentary (Audiobook)
Book Blast at Historical Fiction Connection

Tuesday, August 26
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 27
Book Blast at Susan Heim on Writing

Thursday, August 28
Review at Luxury Reading (Print)
Review at The True Book Addict (Audiobook)
Review at Jorie Loves a Story (Print)

Friday, August 29
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

The Typewriter Girl Swag Giveaway

One copy of The Typewriter Girl (Audiobook or Print)
Set of earbuds in a cute typewriter print pouch
A Typewriter Girl Happily-Ever-After T-shirt (features last lines from famous novels)
A vintage-style postcard "from" Idensea, the setting of The Typewriter Girl
A "dream wildly" ribbon bookmark with typewriter key charms

To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to residents in the US, Canada, and the UK.


Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on August 30th and notified via email.
Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spotlight on … "Ghosting," by Edith Pattou

About the book:

On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims -- with tragic outcomes that alter lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario that’s all too familiar. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

Told through multiple points of view in free verse and stream of consciousness, Ghosting is an unforgettable, haunting tale.

Praise for the book:

“Eight teens’ fates intertwine and recombine in the aftermath of a prank gone very wrong… [Ghosting is] a novel in verse… engaging.” ~Kirkus Reviews

Buy the book:

• Amazon Hardcover: http://amzn.to/1rNzM3c
• Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1jQzVkb

About the author:

Edith Pattou has found acclaim as a writer in middle-grade fantasy with such award-winning books as East, which received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal; was selected as a Top Ten Book for YA, an American Library Association Notable Book, a School Library Journal Top Ten YA Book, one of the 100 Best of the Best YA Books for the 21st Century by the Young Adult Library Services Association; and was nominated for numerous state awards. It’s a nominee for NPR’s all-time Best YA Novels list.

Connect with the author:

• Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1qg9bMx
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/epattou
• Website: http://edithpattou.com/
• Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1rhAA0n

Sweet Contradiction Book Blitz: Giveaway for a Clean Teen Pub eBook and Swag Pack

~ About the Book ~



TitleSweet Contradiction
Series: The Sweet Contradiction Series #1
Author: Peggy Martinez
Published: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count: approx. 55,000
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning: Minor Violence, sexual references
Age Recommendation: 17+

~ Synopsis ~


When Beth Michaels hightailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parents’ home again. But when she receives a heartbreaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral.
There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating.

#1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type.

#2. Tie-wearin’ and church-frequentin’ are an automatic dismissal.

#3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small-minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem.
Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.
Matt might be from a small town and have small-town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior.
His own … Sweet Contradiction.
EXCERPT:

I took a bite of my poke cake. Strawberry. Yummy.

“Beau is a small-town bully, and he’s always been used to getting what he wants. He’s used to girls falling at his feet and giving him a whole lot more than I was willing to give him back in high school.”

Matt’s jaw clenched, and a muscle ticked in his cheek. I was a little surprised by his reaction.

“And Beau… he didn’t take no for an answer?” he asked.

I blinked once and then twice before I realized what he was asking. My eyes widened, and I nearly choked. I put out a hand and laid it on his hand, which was clenched into a tight fist.

“No. I mean, yes, he took no for an answer. Especially since I kneed him, er, in a place that hurt him real bad. He spread around a bunch of nasty rumors about me after that, but he didn’t try anything else.”

He relaxed his hand and then took mine, giving it a little squeeze. My heart fluttered… just a bit. Matt relaxed. I removed my hand from his.

As he took a bite of his own cake, I watched him. Matthew Wright was a good man, and I found myself wanting to spend more time with him. Aw, crap.

Matt had to go a few minutes later, even though I could tell he really would’ve rather stayed and talked with me some more. I felt the same way. I was actually bummed to see him go.

The afternoon dwindled down and before I knew it, we were packing up and heading home. I’d spent the entire day at a church function, and I hadn’t even turned into a toad. Miracle of miracles.

~ About the Author ~




Peggy Martinez is the author of The Sweet Contradiction Series, which was picked up by Crimson Tree Publishing in early 2014 and is scheduled to release under this new imprint in the Summer of 2014. Martinez’s New Adult Contemporary Romance series will include Sweet Contradiction, Perfect Contradiction and Beautiful Contradiction.
When not writing, Peggy can be found spending time at home with her husband, her teen son and four little girls. She loves reading, writing, soap making, aromatherapy, gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse and downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles.
As if being a wife and homeschooling mom of five doesn’t keep her busy enough, Peggy Martinez is a full-time author who has six published books, including The Time Warper Series and State of Decay. Peggy’s dream is to own a small homestead where she can raise some chickens along with her five kids, tend to a large garden and one day take her dream vacations to Ireland, Greece and Scotland.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Twisted Veil Book Blitz: Giveaway for $10 Amazon Gift Cards and a Print Book!

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Title: The Twisted Veil
Series: A Twisted Sister Anthology, Book 1
Authors: Dovey Mayali Cralk, Riley Ross, Kaydence Rayne, and Sally Slayer
Published: August 25th, 2014
Word Count: 40,000
Genre:  Paranormal
Content Warning:  Mild Violence
Recommended Age:  16+




Synopsis:
Join the Sisters as they twist the veil of reality as we know it.
Good and evil collide in The Memory Remains, a short story by Riley Ross.  Samantha has to protect her loved ones from an evil witch, who also happens to be her mother.
Not all is what it seems in An Almost Ghost Story by Dovey Mayali Cralk. Pippa Harrington moves into her dream house only to discover she isn’t the only occupant. What will she do about this “Griffin” who haunts her new home?
BONUS: Get a sneak peek into the full-length novel The Summer of Alyssa by Kaydence Rayne! Alyssa has been trying to get Seth’s attention for what had felt like forever, but his family secret demands that he stays away from her. What will happen if she discovers the truth?
BONUS: Get a sneak peek into Deviate 2 (A Cleo Perry Novel) by Sally Slayer! Cleo’s struggles continue as she tries to determine her identity and keep her sanity intact.
If you would like to read book one, just send proof of purchase of this book to SallySlayerAuthor@gmail.com and she will send you a free e-copy.
Excerpts:
The Memory Remains
Riley Ross

“Hush baby girl, I am gonna keep you safe from her.” My grandma said softly as she touched my face. “She will never harm you. Delia and I will take care of you. My sweet baby girl, you are bonded to us.”

An Almost Ghost Story
Dovey Mayali Cralk

"Ha!" she laughed. "I'm not gonna be bossed about by some ghost! Sod off; I'm trying to unpack here." With that, she bent down and retrieved the cloth, then turned her back on him to spread it out on the table, picking up her tune again.

The Summer of Alyssa
Kaydence Rayne

"I suppose I should just come out and say it because I can't stop thinking it. I would like to clear the air between us. Because, well, I haven't really seen you in years. And don't try to say some crap like, 'I see you every day,' because it really isn't the same..."

"I know," he cut her off, "and I have an explanation for it."

She froze. This wasn't going as planned at all. She expected him to protest or something. She had a whole speech planned!

Deviate book 2
Sally Slayer

"Hey, Cleo! What's got your panties in a twist?" Jack grinned playfully.

I yelped and jumped, and cursed the blush that crept up my neck at his use of the word "panties."

"Not a thing, all right? Not a damn thing," I grumbled uncomfortably. 

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About the Authors:
The Twisted Sisters are a group of friends who happen to be writers. They had a cockamamie idea to write short stories together in a series of anthologies, and now they have! The Sisters included in The Twisted Veil include Kaydence Rayne, Dovey Mayali Cralk, Sally Slayer, and Riley Ross.
Riley’s Links: Goodreads | Amazon Author Page
Sally’s Links: Goodreads | Amazon Author Page
Kaydence’s Links: Goodreads | Amazon Author Page
Dovey’s Links: GoodReads | Amazon Author Page
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • Two $10 Amazon Gift Cards & a print copy of The Twisted Veil
Giveaway is international. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Friday, August 22, 2014

VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell: Cover Reveal and Giveaway for an eBook and $10 Amazon Gift Card! #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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The sun exploded on April 18, 2112, in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen. 
They had exactly nineteen minutes to decide what to do next. 
They had nineteen minutes until a geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, and every satellite in their sky. 
Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a new Sun.

Generations after solar storms destroyed nearly all human technology on Earth, humans reverted to a middle ages-like existence, books are burned as heresy, and all knowledge of the remaining technology is kept hidden by a privileged few called the Reticents. 
Alana, a disfigured slave girl, and Recks, a traveling minstrel and sometimes-thief, join forces to bring knowledge and books back to the human race. But when Alana is chosen against her will to be the Vessel, the living repository for all human knowledge, she must find the strength to be what the world needs even if it's the last thing she wants.
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Title: Vessel
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa T. Cresswell
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Lisa T. Cresswell
Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play, The Queen of the Nile, at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that's why she went on to become a real-life archaeologist? 
Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle-grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press. 
Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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(Winners will receive their book on release day)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: "Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses," by Gianna Thomas


About the Book:
Fitzwilliam Darcy has evaded the clutches of matchmaking mamas for several years, but now he is visiting his best friend, Charles Bingley, at Netherfield Park near the small village of Meryton. Attending an assembly is the last thing in the world he desires to do. But his whole world is turned upside down when a young woman, whom he met earlier due to a coach accident -- and whom he has dreamed about nearly every night since -- also attends. Thus begins the wonderful love story between Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

My Thoughts
Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses, by Gianna Thomas, is essentially a re-telling of the original story but with certain elements changed. For example, Darcy and Elizabeth first meet in a coach accident in this edition, and Elizabeth’s parents have a much more loving relationship this time around. Darcy Chooses reads more like a romance novel than Jane Austen’s version and will appeal to those who want a less wordy, more romantic version of Darcy and Elizabeth’s courtship, as well as that of Jane and Bingley. The author has obviously done her research in terms of expressions used during Austen’s time, as she often writes about characters developing a tendre for each other or breaking their fast, but the characters’ feelings are thoroughly relatable to modern readers. If you can’t get enough of Austen’s most well-known and popular story, you’ll enjoy Darcy Chooses.



Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.