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Review – Fox of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke

Review – Fox of Cordovia by Linda Weaver ClarkeThe Fox of Cordovia (Rebel Series #3) by Linda Weaver Clarke
Published by Amazon Digital Services on June 30, 2016
Pages: 195

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In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and its up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins.

In An Oyster Shell – I really fell in love with this series. I love the strong men and the fierce women that compliment them. Clarke is a genius at swoon-worthy, sweet, romances.

The Pearls – I love the mystery in this book. Each book in this series has it but this one was the best. I loved the secret identity of the fox and his close proximity to Caroline.

I like how all the characters came together from the previous books. Good series always has me looking forward to seeing the previous characters, this one was no exception.

The romance was one of the best I’ve read from this author. I don’t often get swoony over MC’s but this one does that for me. The romance between him and Caroline is sweet. I am looking forward to reading more from Clarke.

The Sand –  It was a good book.

 

4.5 Stars

About Linda Weaver Clarke

Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching a “Family Legacy Workshop,” encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of the historical romance series, “A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho,” which includes: Melinda and the Wild West – a semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007,” and a new mystery series, “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.”

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Review – The Road To Long Beach and The Witch’s House by Anne Norchi IglesiasThe Road To Long Beach and The Witch's House (Anne and Colleen Book 1) on August 26. 2017
Pages: 159

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Anne Santoro is finishing up her junior year in high school, in her new home town in Upstate New York. She is reminded of a tale she was told as a child of the witch’s house. The house was on the road she and her family took to get to the beach.
She and her best friend Colleen McFadden decide to visit Smithtown, NY, where Anne grew up, to see if the witch’s house is still there. Anne has kept parts of her life on Long Island to herself and faces painful moments when she returns. How will her best friend react?
As a child, Anne anticipated seeing this house with every trip to the beach. Is it still there? The quest becomes more than just finding the house. It becomes a search to find a young Native American Indian girl who disappeared over 100 years ago. Finding clues to solve this century’s old mystery is tough enough, but when deciphering a ghost’s way of communicating, tough takes on a whole new meaning.
What will Anne and Colleen discover? Follow them on their hunt to find the Witch’s House and see if they uncover the answers they’re looking for.
The Road to Long Beach and the Witch’s House is a story of mystery and suspense. The adventure brings to light the weight of being bullied and how passing judgment on others can last through centuries of time.

In An Oyster Shell – A simple paranormal mystery that was interesting.

The Pearls – I like the premise of the book. A couple of girls on a trip looking for the mystery of the witch’s house. It has a Nancy Drew paranormal feel to it. The time setting is uncertain but it has a historical feel to it.

I like the paranormal aspect and the mystery that was solved of the witch. The ending was most satisfying.

I appreciated the real relationship between Anne and her friend. She was quite moody at times and they got into it. It was refreshing.

The Sand – Some things like time setting was hard to understand.

 

 

3 Stars
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A Love So Sweet (Sweet with Heat: Weston Bradens Book 1) by [Cole, Addison]
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Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling.

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 Timesbestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name. 


In A Love So Sweet…

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.

Review – 

In an Oyster Shell –  This is my favorite sweet with heat romance by far. A hint of the cape yet grounded with a Colorado setting, it’s refreshing and leaves one turning the pages.

The Pearls – I am always eager to pick up a sweet with heat novel. This one blew me out of the water. I’ve followed Addison through her other books, and it was nice to have a new setting. Mostly set in Colorado, the new setting is refreshing with the hint of Cape I’ve grown to love in these books.

I really liked the touch of hard reality in this story. I liked that this book touched on some harder issues. I am learning that I like my sweet with a little bit of grit because that is real life. The hard issues were handled well and one still gets there HEA despite a touch of reality.

Treat and Max was the most adorable couple! I liked how head over heels in love with each other they were. Treat was the utmost gentleman which allowed Max to come out of her shell. It was the best romance in the sweet with heat line I have read.

The Sand – It really was that good.

5 Pearls!

 

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Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.



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Our Sweet Destiny 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 more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

In OUR SWEET DESTINY…
After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head.

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego 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.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

 
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October of Books Giveaway

I am excited to bring to your attention my debut novel that releases on Smashwords on October 4th. It is currently available on Amazon.

Synopsis:

He was ready to leave and never look back until she walked in.

Brendon Roth is ready to walk away from his family restaurant, Starlight. His unsettled heart is full of wanderlust, and he is prepared to appease it. The night Brendon is ready to tell his parents he’s leaving, it becomes more apparent that they need him now, more than ever. The walls are closing in on him: he looks to the stars for a way out.

Olivia Price wishes on the first star she sees, that she’ll live up to her mother’s expectations, in the face of a severe illness. Somehow, she has to find a way to get through law school, and deal with Lupus. Desperately wanting a distraction from all the pressure, she answers a want ad for Starlight restaurant. Surely, a restaurant job will be more comfortable, than the demands of her mother and law school.

Strange things start happening to Starlight, after Olivia arrives. Brendon and Olivia work together, to save the Roth’s legacy, from someone determined to take it away. It seems everything they have been looking for, might just be found in each other. It is becoming abundantly clear someone sabotaging Starlight to fail, and keep Olivia and Brendon apart. As they find themselves clinging to the stars– that might just fall– and lose all they have been looking for all along.

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New Release – Clinging To The Stars

New Release – Clinging To The StarsClinging To The Stars on September 28, 2018
Pages: 233
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He was ready to leave and never look back until she walked in.

Brendon Roth is ready to walk away from his family restaurant, Starlight. His unsettled heart is full of wanderlust, and he is prepared to appease it. The night Brendon is ready to tell his parents he's leaving, it becomes more apparent that they need him now, more than ever. The walls are closing in on him: he looks to the stars for a way out.

Olivia Price wishes on the first star she sees, that she'll live up to her mother's expectations, in the face of a severe illness. Somehow, she has to find a way to get through law school, and deal with Lupus. Desperately wanting a distraction from all the pressure, she answers a want ad for Starlight restaurant. Surely, a restaurant job will be more comfortable, than the demands of her mother and law school.

Strange things start happening to Starlight, after Olivia arrives. Brendon and Olivia work together, to save the Roth’s legacy, from someone determined to take it away. It seems everything they have been looking for, might just be found in each other. It is becoming abundantly clear someone sabotaging Starlight to fail, and keep Olivia and Brendon apart. As they find themselves clinging to the stars-- that might just fall-- and lose all they have been looking for all along.

It is finally here! My first novel!

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Blog Tour with Review – Bear With Me by Jessica RedlandBear With Me: When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again? by Jessica Redland
on April 25, 2017
Pages: 270

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Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.

Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?

Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?

Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancée, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?

Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?

In An Oyster Shell – Some aspects of the story had I known in the beginning, I would not have picked up this book, but by the end, it redeemed itself, in a more realistic than most romances, I found refreshing.

The Pearls –  I felt like this was a unique romance that in the end, I welcomed. It really got into the nitty-gritty of real-life situations with the realistic consequence you may not be ready to love again. This story with that plot was well thought of and well executed.

The power of visual descriptions and vivid emotions made this story come to life in a very prominent way. I may not remember the dialogue or why so and so did this. I do remember, the love of one of the main characters, surfboards and such.

Though I hate it if it ever happens, one time, I would like to see how an HEA happens without the main characters coming together. I like how realistic this relationship was painted raw with emotion. This was a huge selling point for me in this novel.

The Sand – I absolutely do not read stories about affairs. I was not happy that happened in this one. I was especially not pleased when the author justifies it through all the characters. There is no justification for adultery in my book. I absolutely commit in fiction to suspend belief. In this situation, the author was asking for too much. It just never works out that way.

3 Pearls

About Jessica Redland

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her
business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot
ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for
Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!
She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with
her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy
bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed
limbs!
Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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As always thank you to Mary at Bookhounds who is the lovely host of this giveaway hop.

Fall is here and the routine is making its way back after a lazy summer of anything goes. To get things in order it’s time to do some clearing out, let’s be honest we need to make room for all those holidays reads we are about to indulge in!

I’m going to give you if you fit it ships mystery box. Some wonderful books to fill your shelves and your winter evenings. If you take a peek at my review archive you’ll see some possibilities for your box. In case that doesn’t entice you, I’m throwing in a 10$ Amazon gift card.

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In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
by Dorothy St. James

 

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In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 350 Pages
ISBN-10: 1683317432
ISBN-13: 978-1683317432
Digital ASIN: B078M3N9TC

In Dorothy St. James’s third delectable Southern Chocolate Shop mystery, a new batch of chocolate and troubles of the heart cause a string of disasters for the Chocolate Box’s new owner, Charity Penn.

The vintage seaside town of Camellia Beach, South Carolina seems like the perfect place for romance with its quiet beach and its decadent chocolate shop that serves the world’s richest dark chocolates. The Chocolate Box’s owner, Charity Penn, falls even further under the island’s moonlit spell as she joins Althea Bays and the rest of the turtle watch team to witness a new generation of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the wide ocean.

Before the babies arrive, gunshots ring out in the night. Cassidy Jones, the local Casanova, is found dead in the sand with his lover Jody Dalton—the same woman who has vowed to destroy the Chocolate Box—holding the gun. It’s an obvious crime of passion, or so everyone believes. But when Jody’s young son pleads with Penn to bring his mother back to him, she can’t say no. She dives headfirst into a chocolate swirl of truth and lies, and must pick through an assortment of likely (and sometimes unsavory) suspects before it’s too late for Penn and for those she loves in Dorothy St. James’s third rich installment of the Southern Chocolate Shop mysteries, In Cold Chocolate.

Review – 

In an Oyster Shell –  It was mostly good as always, I was getting a little impatient at the overbearing underlying subplot that has been running through the series.

The Pearls – A sleepy beachside town with a cozy chocolate shop. What is not to love? I love Penn and all of her townsfolk that is coming to surround her. There is an interesting plot that keeps me coming back again and again. This series is a must read drop everything when the newest book comes out.

I loved that romance is not prominent in the series but it has a nice accent to it. It is partially what makes a cozy a cozy. I like that this part of the series has taken its time forming. There is a nice surprise in this particular book.

The conflict was tantalizing. I was on the edge of my seat while I was turning through the last quarter of the book. St James threw down and didn’t hold back and I loved every second of it.

The Sand –  I have to admit I really love this series but I was getting quite frustrated with some of the twists and turns. Sometimes some things can get twisted too much and I felt like that happen with Penn’s legitimacy to the Chocolate shop. Unfortunately for me it was quite overdone. It worked out to a satisfying end but it really could have been tamed down quite a bit.

3.5 Pearls

 

About the Author

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and a fluffy cat. Though writing has always been a passion for her, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning. She put her educational experience to use, having worked in all branches and all levels of government including local, regional, state, and federal. She even spent time during college working for a non-profit environmental watchdog organization.

Switching from government service and community planning to fiction writing wasn’t as big of a change as some might think. Her government work was all about the stories of the people and the places where they live. As an urban planner, Dorothy loved telling the stories of the people she met. And from that, her desire to tell the tales that were so alive in her heart grew until she could not ignore it any longer. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing fiction full-time.

* Dorothy St. James is the alter-ego of award-winning multi-published author, Dorothy McFalls. She enjoys writing in several different genres. Her works have been nominated for many awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Reviewers International Organization Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, and The Romance Reviews Today Perfect 10! Award. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing”, “perfect”, “filled with emotion”, and “lined with danger.”

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Website: www.dorothystjames.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dorothystjames

Twitter: www.twitter.com/dorothymcfalls

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Blog Tour with Review – Dickensen Academy by  Christine GrabowskiDickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski

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Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?

 

In an Oyster Shell – It would be a good middle school book but it lacked depth and enough action to propel it forward enough to capture my interest completely.

The Pearls – The concept of a mysterious academy is always a winner in my book. It’s a common story that can have so many outcomes so it never gets old for me. I liked the dream conveyance they talked about. It’s an interesting subject manner all itself.

There was a little bit of YA romance hinted at that was sweet.

The camaraderie among the classmates was adorable. I liked the interaction between the main character and her roommate along with some of her classmates. I adored the den mother. She was so sweet I wanted to go have tea with her as well.

The Sand –  The story often lagged there was nothing to tie me to the main character. I had high hopes for this book and it just did not pan out for me.

3 Pearls!

 

 

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About Christine Grabowski

Dickensen Academy is Christine’s debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.

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