Monday, October 22, 2018

The Amendment, TLC Book Tours + Giveaway

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Synopsis:  When Lavinia Starkhurst's husband is killed in a freak accident, she takes to the open road and meets a number of strangers, all with struggles of their own. Through these unexpected and occasionally hilarious encounters, Lavinia reflects on her past deeds, both good and bad, explores her two marriages, her roles as caregiver and wife, hoping all the while for self-acceptance and something to give her new life meaning.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  I really wasn't sure where the story was going to go with The Amendment.  After reading the first chapter, I thought it was going to be focused on a women losing her husband suddenly and marrying his best friend.  Boy was I wrong and pleasantly so!  The Amendment is about Lavinia losing her husband suddenly (got that part right), but I somehow missed in the synopsis the unexpected and hilarious cast of characters she stumbles upon during a trip cross country. I honestly can see myself running into such people.  I am not sure I would have been as trusting as Lavinia!  As she encounters these "unusual" people during her trip, they allow her to reflect on her past life and the roles she played.  By the end, she finds the new meaning of her life without her second husband.  

I really did enjoy being on the journey cross country with Lavinia and all reflection of her past.  I do think she was a bit naive and too trusting in today's world, but that made me like her even more.  I didn't realize that there is another book with Lavinia as the main character.  It is Women Within, and I must read it.  Lavinia is hoot (with a history) and I would like to read more about her! 

TLC Book Tours:  Check out the stops on the TLC Book Tours 

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I have read Our Love Could Light the World a long time ago! I really enjoyed it!  I would like to read the first book about Lavinia, Women Within. OMG - I just realized the Lavinia married a Dugan, the family from Our Love Could Light the World....holy cow, I for sure need to read Women Within!  What else have I missed?

Parrrish is the author of five previously published books of fiction: Women Within, a novel (Black Rose Writing, 2017); By The Wayside, stories (Unsolicited Press, 2017); What Is Found, What Is Lost, a novel (She Writes Press, 2014); Our Love Could Light The World, stories (She Writes Press, 2013); and All The Roads That Lead From Home, stories, (Press 53, 2011). She is the author of over forty-five published short stories, and numerous essays on the art and craft of writing. Learn more by visiting her website at

Parrish's fourth novel, and seventh book of fiction, Maggie's Ruse, will be available in the fall of 2019. It is a prequel to The Amendment, focusing on Lavinia's twin daughters, Marta and Maggie Dugan. Adeptly probing the angst and uncertainly of artistically inclined millennials, Maggie's Ruse also explores the psychic connection between identical twins and shows both how deep and fragile that bond can be.

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Win a copy of The Amendment

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I will pick a random winner after midnight Monday 10/28.  Good Luck.

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Love So Sweet

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Synopsis: Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling.

Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.
A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.
A Love So Sweet is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a spicier romance, pick up the steamy edition, Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Wow!  I really, really liked Treat and Max.  Treat is oldest of five and buys resorts  all over the world.  Oh, he is also freakishly tall, handsome and sex as all get out.  Max is a hard working event planner, sexy - but doesn't know it, and is dealing with an incident from her past.  She is happy with her life until she meets Treat.  She realizes what she has been missing, but is still struggling with her past.

With the help of her friends and Treat, she faces her demons (I wasn't expecting the outcome - what a great twist) and slays her dragon.  Treat comforts the demons he has been running from as well and together they realize they can't live without each other.

Steamy, but clean, a sweet romance that isn't to sappy, girl power, hot men, great friends and family, all in a quick read that leaves you wanting more.  I could envision all the books in the series would make a great movie or a mini tv series.  

A Love So Sweet Blog Tour:  Make sure you check out other reviews on the tour!
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Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I can't wait to read the other books in this series (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens).  I know Rex is up next, but I can't wait to read about each one of the Bradens. Also, I have read Addison's Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat:Seaside Summers) and have the second one, Dreaming at Seaside on my kindle already!

Addison Cole is the sweet-romance pen name of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language.  
Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.
Visit Addison on her website or chat with her on social media. Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.


Two ebook copies of SWEET LOVE AT BAYSIDE

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Murder by Perfection: A Thorny Rose Mystery + Giveaway

~ I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Audiobook Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: Aug 28, 2018
Narrator: Mike Alger
Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes, unabridged
Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Synopsis: Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I love audiobooks.  I am always listening to one.  It is my guilty pleasure - I get my work done, errands run, and the house cleaned while keeping up on my "reading!"  I was so excited to participate in this iRead Book Tour of the audiobook Murder by Perfection.  This was my first book of the Thorny Rose Mystery.  It stands alone just perfectly! 

Murder by Perfection was a great thriller with sex, drugs, black market organ transplants, secret lives, kidnapping, crazy guys, an elite US Navy team, and family pulling together to solve the murder.  Toss all that together with a plot that twists and turns and you have a great mystery/thriller!

I really liked the main characters in the book too.  Jessica, Murphy's wife was down to earth and working on her doctorate.  She comes from a wealthy background.  Murphy is a twin, his father is in law enforcement and he has had to work hard all his life to be the top of his class and the best at his skill.  Murphy's twin brother and father help find Murphy who has been kidnapped.  Jessica's brother joins in the hunt too as well as helps to solve the murder.

Who knew that stopping by to pick up pizza for dinner, running into an old friend could turn into a murder, which leads to another murder, black market organ transplant op and sex scheme?  Great story and I can't wait to go back and read book 1 and 2, while waiting for next book (hopefully) to come out!  Really enjoyed Murder by Perfection!

To read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely...I want to go back and ready Book 1, Run and Kill and Book 2, A Fine Year for Murder.  I also read and reviewed Lauren's book Ice!

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter Facebook ~ Instagram

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Nanny for Christmas

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Willa O’Rourke knows the true story, the story that doesn’t sell magazines.

In less than 8 hours Willa went from being a behind-the-scenes nanny for one of the hottest A-list celebrity couples, to having her picture splashed all over every magazine in the country. 

Caught in the arms of her sexy employer, Johnny Blaze. 

No one cares that Johnny hit on her, and she repeatedly told him no. 

The world thinks Willa O’Rourke is more interesting as the slutty, home-wrecking, opportunistic nanny. She even has a hashtag trending on Twitter. #dirtynanny

Humiliated and desperate to get away from the harsh eyes of Hollywood, she decides to take a short break from her suddenly not so glamorous life and head home for the holidays. 

But a quiet Christmas to recoup before heading back to LA wasn’t in the cards. 

She immediately runs into Jack, her seriously hot, fireman ex-boyfriend.

Despite Willa’s attempts to keep a low profile, she and Jack are thrown together for a Christmas charity project -- making her wonder if she’s meant for a simpler life in Harper’s Corner after all.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: I was happy to read a story that takes place in New York during the winter (November - January).  It has been hot and humid where I live, so it was fun to emerge myself into winter and the holidays.

I immediately like Willa and didn't so much like Johnny Blaze!  Of course I couldn't help but like Jack.  He is perfect for Willa but she is trying to hide and figure out what to do with her life and she hurt in the past.  They end up working on a community project together and flame is re-ignited! 

A Nanny for Christmas was a great story, quick read, steam chapters, and fun characters.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I really enjoyed The Publicist series (Shelf Life and Climax) years ago and would love to read Christina's other books.  

I’ve worked in publishing for twenty years and I sincerely love books and authors. I started this journey with my own books planning to write just one, and then well – all I can say is the stories kept coming. My original series The Publicist, follows Kate, Mac, Nick, Vivienne and a host of other awesome characters as they make their lives in New York, amidst the chaos that publishing often brings with it.

I am now exploring a fictional small town called Harper’s Corner. This series is so fun, because there are so many characters in this town, from sexy firemen and hot Army guys, to an awesome group of women that I affectionally call “the coven.” These books will explore each of these characters, and their journey to finding the loves of their lives.

I love writing, and I love reading and if I’m not actively writing a book, I’m probably dreaming of what I’ll write next.

Please feel free to email me at with your thoughts on any of my books. 

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