9/30/16

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (SPOTLIGHT post)



ABOUT THE BOOK -
If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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EXCERPT -

“You want to come upstairs, Willa?”
What she wanted was to put her hands back on his chest now that she knew it was as hard as it looked. Instead she gripped either side of her seat with white knuckles. “Of course not.”
“I think you do. I think you want something else too.”
“What I want,” she said as coolly as she could, “is dinner as promised.”
“Liar,” he chided softly.
“Well that’s just rude, calling your date a liar.”
“So it is a date.” His tone was very male and very smug. It should’ve pissed her off but instead it did something hot and erotic to her insides.
Clearly knowing it, he smiled at her and then dragged his teeth over his lower lip as he contemplated her.
Gah. She wanted to do that. And she wanted to do more too. She wanted him shockingly badly and suddenly she couldn’t remember why she shouldn’t. She tried to access her thought processes on the subject but her brain hiccupped and froze. Which surely was the only reason she let go of the death grip on her seat, slid her fingers into his hair, and . . . brushed her mouth over his.
He didn’t move, not a single muscle, but when she pulled back, his eyes had gone dark as night, piercing her with their intensity.
“Don’t read that the wrong way,” she whispered.
“Is there a wrong way to take it when a beautiful woman kisses you?”

 

Come back Dec. 5th to read my review!

9/27/16

The Bookshop on the Corner - Jenny Colgan


5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.
*** This is also out under a different name - The Little Shop of Happily Ever After, so don't be confused.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

Find out more about Jenny at her Website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.



MY THOUGHTS -
Favorite book of the year so far!!! Oh I just loved this book. It was absolutely adorable. I have been wanting to read something by this author and now I am so sorry I waited so long.

I wanted to take a day off work and just sit and read all day! This story warmed my heart, right to the core - then broke it, and then warmed it again. There were so many awww moments and plenty of chances for tears, but then I would be in a fit of giggles. At one point in the story my heart was pounding, I had tears in my eyes and had goosebumps!
"Nina, I have tried to be patient. I have tried to help when things go wrong and you buy a book and things go well and you buy a book and it rains so you bring home some books and it's sunny so you get some books. But..."
Excellent character development! I just adored Nina! Loved everything about her. She reminded me of Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada before the make-over. My problem was that I loved both "leading men" equally as much. I loved Marek and Lennox and didn't really care which one she ended up with as long as she did end up with one of them! I am happy that she made the choice she did, it was perfect. I loved the ending.
"The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things. It would be lovely, wouldn't it, whenever you're going through something difficult, if someone could just tap you on the shoulder and say "Don't worry, it's completely worth it. It seems like horrible crap now, but I promise it will all come good in the end."
The whole idea of having a mobile bookstore was fantastic! I really truly wish I had one, it makes me want to go out and start one. I also loved that this took place in Scotland. I don't think I have read too many books that took place in Scotland.
 "Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can't fix anything. And your life might turn out to be full of regrets."
This book was a true a happily-ever-after fairy-tale! It was sweet, fun, romantic to the point of goosebumps, and kind of sexy! But not graphic - thank you!
I loved Jenny's writing style and I will add all her other books to my wish list!

Thank you  HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours for this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review!


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9/21/16

The Coniston Case by Rebecca Tope (GIVEAWAY!)



4 Stars!
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and business at Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown's flower shop is booming. But when Simmy fulfills a string of anonymous delivery orders, she is startled to realize that each contains a secretly menacing message for the recipients. When one of the people who receives a bouquet disappears, it seems that her worst fears have been confirmed.
As if that isn't enough, Simmy's friend Kathy turns up, on the trail of her wayward daughter Joanna, who she fears has grown too close to one of her university tutors. When Kathy attempts to reason with her daughter she finds that Joanna's older lover may be even more dangerous than she had imagined. With both Kathy and Joanna in peril, Simmy and her friends find themselves caught up in a web of deception, blackmail and murder…
Book Details:
Genre: Cozy Mystery & Detective
Published by: Harper Collins/Witness Impulse
Publication Date: August 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062567420
Series: Lake District Mysteries #2

Read an excerpt:

‘It’s not the same,’ Melanie argued. ‘She can do some shopping when she comes here. Nobody wants to shop in Coniston, do they? Making a delivery over there really is a waste of time and petrol. And you’re not supposed to do too much driving, remember.’ Melanie’s protectiveness had become a habit since Simmy had suffered an injury, shortly before Christmas, and been forbidden to drive until early in February. She had used crutches throughout most of January. Damage to her head had necessitated a shaven area, which prompted her to have a very short all-over haircut that still felt strange.
‘Well it’s too late now. I just hope it doesn’t go mad tomorrow or I’ll be turning orders away. You know you’ll be doing all the local ones, don’t you?’ ‘Yeah, yeah. My feet’ll be worn away to nothing by the time I’ve done them all.’ There had been a degree of discord about how Melanie might best make the deliveries of flowers in the streets of Windermere and Bowness. Her battered car was deemed by Simmy to be bad for the image of the business, but she had compromised slightly, and agreed that it could be left full of flowers in the Bowness car park, and again at the northern end of Windermere, for increased efficiency. She had also, as a major concession, permitted Melanie to use the van while she herself had been unable to drive. As a resident of an area renowned for walking, the girl was almost a freak in her reluctance to use her own legs as a means of transport.
 

Rebecca TopeABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Rebecca Tope is the author of four murder mystery series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon police detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker; Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and now Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. She is also a “ghost writer” of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.

 

Catch Up with Rebecca Tope on her Website or on Twitter.



MY THOUGHTS -
I really enjoyed this one! This book was a true "cozy mystery" through and through. There was a very good, involved mystery that kept me guessing all the way with a few spider webby sub-plots, but it never got confusing to me (and I get easily confused). It just added more to the story. There were also a lot of characters which amazingly I managed to keep straight through the whole book! I attribute this to the author's great writing and excellent character development.

Excellent detailed descriptions make you feel like you are right there - I had no trouble picturing everything. And... another added bonus - A map in the beginning of the book! I love when books have maps! I kept referring to this map all through the book. I like to know where my characters are going.

A fun, quaint, a little quirky, easy reading cozy mystery that that just kept getting better as the story went on!
This was my first book by this author and I would certainly read more. This is book 2 in a series but could definitely be read as a stand alone (I have not read book 1, and I was fine with it) but you still might want to read the whole series anyway just because they are so good. They are all going on my TRB list!

Thank you Partners in Crime Book Tours for sending me this book for my honest review!
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Night Ringing - Laura Foley


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Sensual language and alliterative verses make this poetic celebration of traumas and triumphs a meaningful read. Poet Laura Foley’s strong fifth collection, Night Ringing, ruminates on romance and family via autobiographical free verse.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Laura Foley is the author of five poetry collections. The Glass Tree won the Foreword Book of the Year Award, Silver, and was a Finalist for the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry. Joy Street won the Bi-Writer’s Award. Her poems have appeared in journals and magazines including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Inquiring Mind, Pulse Magazine, Poetry Nook, Lavender Review, The Mom Egg Review and in the British Aesthetica Magazine. She won Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Poetry Award and the Grand Prize for the Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Contest.

Visit  her Website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
I love poetry and I love poetry books that tell a story. I loved this book! I loved the story in the poems. I meant only to read a few but I couldn't put it down and found myself reading the whole book!

This is a collection of very heartfelt - sometimes sad, sometimes joyous, always raw and truthful and gutsy! This take you on a journey through a woman's life, good times and bad. Through only these short poems I really felt like I got to know her. I felt for her. Is that possible with something so short? Well I guess it is if the author is good enough.

These poems are beautifully written each has so much depth but easy enough to understand. It really does read like an autobiography. I am sure this is one poem book that I will be reading again... maybe even tonight!

Not Drowning
On my back like a corpse, enjoying buoyancy,
I drift downstream as Amtrak, hooting, passes over.

I'm waving at passengers from the city,
who peer out their little windows, down at me.

I wave so they'll know I'm not dead,
but floating.

All my life I've been waving
to passengers passing,

all my life I've been swimming,
not drowning.

Thank you Worldwind Virtual Book Tours for sending me this book for my honest review.

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9/20/16

Life After Coffee - Virginia Franken (GIVEAWAY!)


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
When globe-trotting coffee buyer, Amy O’Hara, assures her husband—who stays at home to watch the kids—that it is He Who Has it Harder… she doesn’t really believe it. That is, until the day she gets laid off, her husband decides to devote all his waking hours to writing a screenplay, and she discovers she’s actually the world’s most incompetent mother.

Amy’s only possible salvation is to find another high-flying job as quickly as possible, but with the coffee industry imploding around her—and the competing buyers in her field being much hipper prospects—things look pretty dire. Even if Amy does manage to find full-time employment ever again, as her life slowly becomes more and more entwined with her children’s, how will she be able to bear leaving them to travel for weeks on end?

When salvation appears in the form of a movie-mogul ex-boyfriend who wants to employ her husband and rekindle their relationship, Amy starts to find she’s sorely tempted…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Virginia Franken was born and raised in the United Kingdom. She graduated from the University of Roehampton, in London, with a degree in dance and worked on cruise liners as a professional dancer before changing tracks to pursue a career in publishing. Franken currently lives in suburban Los Angeles with two kids, a dog, an overweight goldfish, and one bearded dude, in a house that’s just a little too small to fit everyone in comfortably. She gets most of her writing done when she should be sleeping. This is her first novel.


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MY THOUGHTS -
OOOOHHHH, I loved this one!!! To say this is my type of book is a huge understatement! Boy I miss these kinds of books - Thank you Virginia! And to think this is her first novel - I'm a fan.
A fun, crazy, intense book that will keep you eagerly reading from cover to cover!

I am a coffee freak, I am a coffee book freak. I will literally read any book with coffee on the cover or coffee in the title. I know, I'm sorry, it's a little crazy/over-the-top but it is what it is.
"Everyone in Bean à la Bean is dressed in a cutting-edge Silver Lake uniform of porkpie hat and skinny jeans, with big old holes in the earlobes. None of them have any real heartfelt knowledge of what actually had to happen in order for them to have their trendsetting beverage experience. When did all this hoopla come about? Can’t it just be about the coffee anymore?"
I loved all the talk about coffee and the traveling to buy just the perfect coffee beans - I get it! My husband and I will go out and spend $10.00 on two cups of coffee and then complain about the price of gas or bottled water! Priorities.

Excellent character development! I loved Amy. She may be one of my most favorite characters ever! My favorite characters to read about are the ones with all the sarcasm and snark and she had that covered. But she was also smart, independent, strong, gritty and just so real. I hate to say it but she reminds me of me. I am a very sarcastic/snarky/ gritty person by nature - I guess its the NY in me. If she lived in my now PA city I am sure we would be friends.
I also liked her husband, as odd as he was.
 How could Peter just walk out the door like that? Is that the new ruling? Whoever gets their shoes on last is lumbered with the childcare crisis? Is that a male thing or a Peter thing? I would never pull a stunt like that. And is that an Amy thing or am I just hardwired to please? Gender equality, my b-hole. It’s all good and fine until some dude pulls the a~hole move. It’s times like this when I wish, dream, that we had family living closer. Even some e-smoking, alcoholic great-aunt who force-fed the children Cheetos—any viable humanoid to help us out in situations like these.

And there it is. Sitter number four. And she can’t make it either. I feel my face go ice-cold with panic. What am I going to do? Am I really going to miss this job interview? Is that really going to happen? I am about to Google “Is it okay to leave five-year-old looking after three-year-old?” when I remember a fragment of a news story I recently heard about the government logging everyone’s web searches. They’ll have social services round before I’m halfway down the street.
And I loved the kids! Violet and Billy - they were probably two of the most real kids in an adult book I have read. I don't know why authors always get the kids wrong, but Virginia got it so right! As I was reading about the kids' antics I was thinking to myself  "yep, been there, done that".
“Mommy, what’s an address book?” Billy asks. “It’s a book that people used to write phone numbers and addresses in. Before we had iPhones,” I tell him. “You mean like in the olden days?” asks Violet.
“And then yesterday she made me eat cabbage sandwiches for dinner.” “Cabbage sandwiches?” Peter looks alarmed. “They were kale-and-lemon panini.” See, I’m trying to make healthful meals for my family. Plus, I’d never tried out the panini maker I got from Peter’s mother two years ago. Granted, they turned out kind of awful. “You can’t feed a five-year-old a kale sandwich, Amy.” I’m about to tell him that I’m sure somewhere in this vast world, there is at least one five-year-old child who has, at some point in history, consumed a kale-and-lemon panini...
Which now brings me to the ending... can the ending stand up to the rest of the book? YES! It does - score! Loved the ending. So there you have it - the perfect book.

Thank you TLC book tours for sending me this GREAT book for my honest review!

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9/18/16

The Flip - Michael Phillip Cash (Showcase post)



ABOUT THE BOOK -
Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants' junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it's past, will the couple's marriage survive The Flip?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novels are best-sellers on Amazon under their genres – Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Ghost, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror.
Michael writes full-time and lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wonderful wife and screaming children. 





Author Links:  WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Excerpt – 
Chapter Twenty

     I said I'm not going back there. That house is haunted. There, I've said it. It's a haunted house." "Julie!" Heather protested. "Stop that. You are so much better than this."

     Brad sighed. "Look, I'll call Sal. His girlfriend works or that medium you talked about. If she comes with us to the house, will you come home?"

     "It isn't home, Brad. I thought you hated the house."

     "I did. I do. Well, it's been kind to us," he said.

     "Are you nuts? What are you talking about?"

     "The crap we've pulled out of there. We stand to make a considerable amount of money. I feel like the house is sort of saving us. Come home with me, Julie."

     Julie looked at his face, the lines of worry around his eyes. She put her hand in his, asking, "You'll call the lady, Georgia?"

     Brad pulled out his phone and dialed Sal. "Hi. Yeah, fine. Listen, Sal, you think you can ask Molly if she can get the psychic out to Bedlam House? Just because. For Julie. OK, call me back." He turned to his wife. "He's calling. He said he's sure he can get her out there. She was interested in the house when he had coffee with her last week."

     "He had coffee with her?" Heather asked. "Small world."

     "What should I do?" Julie asked her sister.

     "You know what you should do. You belong with Brad. Go home, Julie. Go confront your ghosts."

     "You don't believe me?"

     "I think you believe you've had a ghostly encounter. But, honestly, I think you're just overtired."

     "Come with us, Heather. Maybe if you're there, you'll see it, too."

     "Just go with Brad. Call me." Heather kissed her sister. "It will be fun—the psychic—go on."

     Brad's phone rang loudly. It was Sal. Georgia Oaken had agreed to visit them tomorrow morning. Everybody was looking forward to it. Sort of.


MY THOUGHTS -
I really really wanted to read and review this book! I am so mad that my schedule has gotten so busy that I do not have time for it till after the new year. Well it will at least go on my wish list. And my only hope is that I will be able to get to read it someday!


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9/16/16

The Coniston Case by Rebecca Tope (Guest Post)

Providence Book Promotions Presents:
The Coniston Case
by Rebecca Tope

September 1-30, 2016

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and business at Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown's flower shop is booming. But when Simmy fulfills a string of anonymous delivery orders, she is startled to realize that each contains a secretly menacing message for the recipients. When one of the people who receives a bouquet disappears, it seems that her worst fears have been confirmed.

As if that isn't enough, Simmy's friend Kathy turns up, on the trail of her wayward daughter Joanna, who she fears has grown too close to one of her university tutors. When Kathy attempts to reason with her daughter she finds that Joanna's older lover may be even more dangerous than she had imagined. With both Kathy and Joanna in peril, Simmy and her friends find themselves caught up in a web of deception, blackmail and murder…


Book Details:
Genre:  Cozy Mystery & Detective
Published by:  Harper Collins/Witness Impulse
Publication Date:  August 12, 2016
Number of Pages:  384
ISBN:  9780062567420
Series:  Lake District Mysteries #2
Purchase Links:
The Coniston Case by Rebecca Tope on Amazon http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-coniston-case-rebecca-tope/1123954059?ean=9780062567420 The Coniston Case by Rebecca Tope on GR 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Rebecca Tope is the author of four murder mystery series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon police detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker; Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds and now Persimmon Brown, Lake District florist. She is also a “ghost writer” of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.

Visit her website - HERE


Your journey to becoming an author -
I always wanted to write, from earliest childhood. I entered story competitions in magazines and at school, and actually won a prize in a competition associated with Enid Blyton. I sold small pieces to national magazines through my teens, and joined writing groups from the age of 21. My best subject at school was English, and I did a degree in English and Philosopy. Since my twenties many of my closest friends have been writers. I went to conferences, and became part of correspondence clubs in which we critiqued each other’s work. I wrote at least a dozen novels during my thirties and forties and had a literary agent for a short time.

   As I approached the end of my forties, I resolved that my fiftieth birthday would be ‘make or break’. So I became very persistent, sending stacks of work out to magazines and book publishers, entering countless competitions, with some short stories sold, but not much else. Finally, I heard of a London publisher starting a new crime list, and sent them a novel I had just completed. After sixteen months of indecision and delay, they finally bought it. That was 1998. In the meantime I had written two more, which they also took, and I was launched at last. The first book appeared in 1999 and since then I have had twenty-six original crime novels published, as well as a few ‘ghost-written’ titles and self-published work. Everything is still in print.

   I had an agent for a few years, but came to the conclusion that I preferred to conduct the business directly with the publisher. Now I do it all myself.



Thank you Rebecca for being a guest on my blog today!


I am in the process of reading this book right now. I will be posting my review on Sept 22. So be sure to come back and check it out! 


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