Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"Sunrise Crossing" Book Tour

Return to peaceful Crossroads, Texas, where community comes first and love thrives in the unlikeliest places…

Yancy Grey is slowly putting his life back together after serving time for petty theft. As he rebuilds an old house, he finally has a sense of stability, but he can't stop thinking of himself as just an ex-con. Until one night, he finds a mysterious dark-haired beauty hiding in his loft. But who is she, and what secret is she protecting? 

The art gallery Parker Lacey manages is her life—she has no time for friends, and certainly not lovers. But when her star artist begs Parker for help, she finds herself in a pickup truck, headed for the sleepy town of Crossroads. A truck driven by a strong, silent cowboy… 

Gabe Snow has been a drifter since he left Crossroads at seventeen after a violent incident. When he accepts a job in his hometown, he'll have to decide whether he can put the worst night of his life behind him and build a future in the community that raised him.

My Thoughts....

I always enjoy reading novels by Jodi Thomas, I love her writing style, and the way she handles a story. She is a real storyteller, from page one through to the end of the book she kept my attention. She writes stories that when you reach the end, you don't want the book to end...

I loved this story. I liked the way the characters had a bit of mystery about them, how the light romance intermingled with each character connecting the storyline right up until the end.  Each time I read one of Jodi's books, I say, "She hit another one out of the ballpark." Each one seems to be better then the one before it. That was the case with this book. Jodi Thomas just keeps getting better and better with each book I read. Needless to say, she is one of my favorite authors, I can't wait for her next book to be published.

I would like to thank the publishers of this book for providing it for me to read and review. Also, I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

JODI THOMAS has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes." In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

Sunrise Crossing
by Jodi Thomas
Harlequin; August 30, 2016
$7.99 U.S.; 384 Pages

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"The Widower's Wife" Book Tour

Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower's Wife.

I have to admit...when I agreed to read this book, I didn't know what to expect! But....once I started reading, I didn't want to put this book down. It is quite the page turner. For the last two days I had my nose in this book every chance I got. It was kind of a "Shhh! I'm Reading!" two days at my house this week.

This was a fast paced mystery, the action moves along at a crisp pace.

The author places her characters like playing cards, shuffles them with sleight-of-hand, and time after time I kept pointing to the wrong card. I changed my mind a few times about the twists and turns and didn't figure out where the story would lead me until the very end!

It was a comfortable read for mystery readers who want to spend an enjoyable time with interesting characters. Cate Holahan is a talented writer who knows how to keep the attention of her readers right to the end.

A thank you to the publishers who gifted this book to me to read and review. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

By Cate Holahan
Crooked Lane Books; August 9, 2016
304 pages

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"The Light of Paris" Book Tour

Madeleine is trapped—by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters.

In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in caf├ęs, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist.

Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine’s marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother’s bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer—reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart.

Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.

"Eleanor Brown is high priestess of that rich place where soulfulness and emotional insight meet laugh-out loud humor. Meet Margie and Madeleine two women separated by decades and continents, but taking the same essential journey toward self-exploration and self-knowledge. The Light of Paris will keep you thinking and smiling long after the last page is turned." PAULA McLAIN, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun.

"Paris is always a good idea. It's not just a line from an old movie, it's a credo, and it underlies Eleanor Brown's wise and charming new novel, The Light of Paris. A warm and illuminating novel of great hope and heart." MARY KAY ANDREWS, author of Beach Town and Ladies' Night.

Thank you to the publishers for providing this book. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book.  While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.