Lancaster House

Taylor Dean
Paranormal Romance

“Today, she would know for sure.  The problem was – what exactly she would know for sure – she wasn’t sure of at all.”

Zoe Grayson insists that she isn’t crazy, much to the opposition of her looney-bin psychiatrist.  She has to get out of here, she has to get back to where it all began, to him.  Zoe’s problem started when she fell in love with Lancaster House.  She bought it immediately, determined to return it to it’s former Victorian glory – then flip it and triple her money.  The house is fascinating, but like the architecture, not everything is as it seems.  A terrible crime was committed here and there have been reports of a haunting ever since.  Not that Zoe believes in that sort of thing.  But when a man appears in her house, claiming it is his, well, there aren’t too many reasonable explanations.  Zoe is perplexed, sent down a road to discover the mysteries of the house and the mysterious man who appears at will within it.  Though perhaps the answers will be crazier than she thought.

My Opinion: An enthralling tale that was skillfully crafted to keep you on the edge of your seat.  Wonderfully created in a re-telling format, the author draws you into the world of Zoe Grayson, leaving you gripped in her story while leaving a niggling of doubt as to her actual sanity.  The romance is sweet and tender and curl-your-toes kind of wonderful.  Good characters created a chemistry all of their own, creating their own world and giving credibility to the psychiatrist’s doubts.  A few good twists help keep the plot going.  I got completely caught up in this one, my heart silently pleading for a way for their love to work – and to be real.  Definitely a great read and one I would highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

CLOSED Holiday Hop: Rock and a Hard Place

I am so happy to be involved in the Holiday Hop this year.  What a wonderful way to enter to win some great books and such, just in time for the holidays! 

Today I am happy to host a giveaway for Bonnie Blythe, a talented author, who is offering TWO lucky winner’s a chance to win an e-copy of Rock and a Hard Place, book one in her Cascasde Brides series.  (Either Amazon or Smashwords coupon).  Don’t miss out!

 How do you enter to win?  It’s easy!  Just use the Rafflecopter form below – no mandatory entries!

Official Rules:  All entrants must be 18 years old or older.  This giveaway is open internationally.  This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on Dec 10, 2012.  All entries must be submitted before then.  The winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.


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Book Tour: If We Were a Movie

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If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram (Power of the Matchmaker #3)  Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella. NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get. Enter his new roommate Jordan–a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.

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What readers just like you are saying about If We Were a Movie:“WOW! This book is great! The concept is so inventive, and the writing is brilliant.””I thought Cinder & Ella jerked with my emotions too much but this one might have it beat.””I finished reading If We Were a Movie yesterday. I loved it! I fell hard for Nate. Jordan was amazing! And Pearl’s timing was perfect! “”Amazing concept with movies as chapters, and fantastic storyline.” “I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be.” “If We Were a Movie made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists and re-read it all at once.”

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TEASER: “So this is what a Pearl-approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”I was a little taken aback by the compliment, if that’s even what it was. She may have just been stating what she considered to be fact. She laughed at my surprise and held out her hand to me. “Nice to meet you. I’m Jordan Kramer.”I’d been afraid of that. “You’re a girl.”Jordan laughed. “That’s what it says on my birth certificate, but I’m really glad you were able to figure it out without needing to read it.”Nope. I definitely didn’t need that.

TEASER: I handed Jordan the electric guitar that I’ve had since I was twelve, and laughed when her eyes got really big. “You play the electric guitar, too?” “Music major,” I teased, picking up my keyboard. “I play this, too. A little. And the bass guitar.” “Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe. “Why do you seem so surprised?” She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”  

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Author Kelly OramKelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.  

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Hooked: A True Faerie Tale

Michealbrent Collings
Paranormal Romance
Young Adult

“Even the street’s asphalt seemed  to be a less vivid shade of black – as though the creator of this borough had made a deal with the devil to wash all purity out of the place, even the purity of the darkness itself.”

Life has never been fair for Eve.  Living on the outskirts of high school, with a mother who’s barely sober and in a neighborhood where most wouldn’t notice she was missing, life is as it’s always been.  At least, until he shows up.  Rocky is the new kid in school – sexy, exciting, compelling, and apparently interested in Eve.  Eve is thrilled and excited, at least she would be if it weren’t for the strange happenings all around her, not the least of which is the odd young man, Jacob, in her apartment building.  Love, fear, loyalty and betrayal wage war as Eve is thrown into a world she never knew existed.  As her world turns from the ordinary to the paranormal, what secrets of the past will be revealed, and what choice about her future will Eve make? 

My Opinion: This was an interesting and compelling read.  I loved the way the author weaved myth with classic literature, all while keeping a contemporary slant to it.  Very well created story and characters.  Collings has a way with words that pulls you into every moment of the story, absorbing every scene with all of your senses.  I love the interactions of the various characters and how it made me unsure of who to root for at first, much as the main character experiences.  The romance was sweet and almost timeless.  I must say though, that the story did have a bit of a dark element to it, giving it a much darker feeling that you often find in a young adult book.  Not a bad feeling, but a much baser and raw portrayal of the story and it’s elements than most clean paranormal novels can achieve.  All in all a very good read and an author I’ll keep my eye on.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

The Suspect’s Daughter

Donna Hatch
Regency Romance
Book 4 in The Rogue Hearts Series
The Stranger She Married, The Guise of a Gentleman, A Perfect Secret, The Suspect’s Daughter

“She might be innocent of her father’s schemes, but no woman was innocent of being a…woman.”

Jocelyn is not in London to catch a husband.  Not this year at least.  No, she intends to do everything she can to help her father’s political career.  But the entrance of the handsome Grant Amesbury threatens more than her heart.  He is convinced that her father is guilty of plotting murder.  Determined to find evidence of it.  Almost as determined as she is to prove him wrong.  Grant has no time for women; they were all the same anyway.  So why is he looking forward to seeing Jocelyn more than he is in doing his work to convict her father?  He’s attracted, yes, but he’s not fit for a lady.  Not that he’d trust one again.  Besides, her father is named in a conspiracy to murder the prime minister.  As secrets begin to be revealed, the danger rises, both to their lives and their future.

My Opinion: This was a wonderful adventure through love and intrigue.  Though part of a wonderful series, it can hold its own as a stand-alone.  A full cast, from past books and new to this story, fill in a rich storyline.  There is great action, with excellent twists and turns, and a lovely romance.  Well researched and well told.  The characters are rich, with good and bad characteristics that make them relatable and worthy of rooting for.  Hatch has done it again with another wonderful book I’d highly recommend.  It makes me want to sit and marathon read the whole series.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Book Tour: Losing the Ice

Courtney and Josh are in love and excited to finally compete as skating partners. When they take the ice for their first competition, they want to show everyone, especially Josh’s family, they are the perfect pair.

But ice is slippery, and one misstep puts all their dreams in jeopardy. Now they must show each other both their love and their partnership are strong enough to survive.

About the AuthorJennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a die-hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating.
One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers!

Book Tour: Working it Out & Giveaway

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Author Rachael Renee Anderson Rachael Anderson is the author of five novels (Working It Out, The Reluctant Bachelorette, Minor Adjustments, Luck of the Draw, and Divinely Designed) and two novellas (Twist of Fate, from the All I Want anthology and The Meltdown Match from The Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection). She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating. 
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Special Author InterviewSay your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?New Zealand, hands down. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go there. It would make a beautiful setting for any book.What is your favorite genre to write?Romance—the clean and romantic varietyWhat is one silly fact about you?My favorite snack is a spoonful of peanut butter dipped in chocolate chips. Yum. 
What got you started on your writing journey?I’ve always loved to read and one day decided I’d like to write a book as well. So I started one, got 30 pages into it, and gave up. Several years later I started another one. Several years after that I finally finished it and actually got it published.  Thankfully, I’ve now learned how to write them a little quicker. Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?I like to keep my books clean because those are the books I like to read. Those are also the type of books I want my kids to read. So no, no steam for me.  Chemistry, yes. Romance, definitely. But no steam.What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?Positive reviews that say my book has made a positive impact on someone. There’s no better feeling than that.How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?There’s a saying that you should write what you know. In that respect, a lot of my personality and experiences are in my writing. But I also like to write about what I don’t know and would like to know. That’s where research comes in.What are your hero and heroine of the story like?Grace would be predictable, intelligent, safe, loyal, and a tad snarky. Seth would be adventurous, funny, smart, flirtatious, and spontaneous.Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?Because it’s a fun, upbeat, and feel-good story that will hopefully make you see the world in a better light. Thanks for the great interview!!

Working It OutA chance encounter . . . Grace Warren’s life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon. 
A chance for love . . . Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace’s rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he’s every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there’s something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he’s everything she’s sure she doesn’t want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she’s willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

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Candid

Michelle Pennington
Book 1 in True Images SeriesContemporary RomanceYoung Adult


“I could have appreciated him just as much if I’d seen him in a magazine ad, but no, he had to be standing right in front of me – tempting and real and impossible.”
Sienna is not interested in high school boys, so following her mother’s strict no-dating rule has never been a problem.  Until now.  When Lee moves into school he proves to be the only one able to distract her from her obsession with photography.  But her talent for and love of photography sparks a new plan in Sienna’s mind. Can she change the tides of popularity at her school – helping those often overlooked while taking a certain cheerleader down a peg or two?  When meddling with aspiring homecoming queens, things can get messy.  Can Sienna deal with an angry cheerleader while trying to have a relationship that isn’t a real relationship with the hottest guy in school?  
My Opinion: This was a fun young adult romance with all the drama of high school.  Sienna, the main character, is fun and enjoyable.  Her motivations to follow her mother’s crazy rules and also to seek vengeance on the popular kids seemed a little strange, but I went with it.  Lee is sweet and kind and almost too good to be true.  Their romance is sweet and a great example of self-control and dedication.  The various other characters create a satisfying world of high school for the characters to interact within.  Overall a cute and fun read and I enjoyed.
I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Book Spotlight: Juliet’s Journey

Juliet’s JourneyKathy Gates

Juliet Carlsen, a thirty-year-old graphic designer from Hobart, Tasmania is grieving the loss of her mother. We meet her six weeks after the funeral as she is about to arrive in a tiny village in northern Italy. The village, Baiardo, is home to an art school where she is to spend a month as a volunteer. Her best friend had convinced her that a change of scene would do her good but, as she nears her destination, she is not so sure.

Baiardo turns out to be her haven. The warm welcome and serene beauty work their healing magic. The attentions of Luca, a handsome if hot tempered, architect don’t hurt either.

Juliet surrenders to the dolce vita lifestyle: sunshine, a view to die for and drinks in the piazza at sunset.

Then someone from her past shows up and turns everything on its head. That ‘someone’ has plans for both Juliet and Baiardo. Cracks appear in the smooth surface of village life and Luca turns his back on her.

Author Bio:
Kathy Gates missed out on her dream job as a test pilot in a magic carpet factory and consoles herself with reading, walking, travelling and writing. Sometimes all at once.

Born and bred in Sydney, she lives in Hobart, Tasmania where the air is clean, the winters are frosty and the food is delicious.

In 2007-2008 Kathy took a ‘mid-life gap year’ and headed to Europe. Six months were spent in Italy which included two weeks volunteering at a cultural association in the tiny Ligurian village of Baiardo. Kathy also spent five weeks volunteering at an art school in Tuscany. She thought that she’d have so much time to explore new places but the year flew. Needless to say, she’s desperate to return.

Other Links: Website: http://kathygates.websiteAmazon: amazon.com/author/kathygatesGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/kathygatesTwitter: @kmeg50Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kathygates12/

Book Tour: Love Overcomes

Single mother Arabella Mackenzie never imagined that going to California with her sister Clara would have such a huge impact on her life. Since the end of a disastrous relationship, Arabella has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets hunky actor, Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three year old son was born. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and learn to trust again.

Jeremy is not used to women who don’t want to date him, or at least show him off to their friends – he is an in-demand actor, after all.  He is tired of the shallow, avaricious attention that he gets from the public, but when he meets intelligent, cautious Arabella, she doesn’t even know his name.  Arabella’s grounded beauty captivates him instantly, but, he is wary of getting involved with a single mother with a complicated past.
Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts and fears in order to find love?
Release Date: November 4, 2014Book Links:Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22387163-love-overcomes Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com/LoveOvercomes.html
Buy Links:Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Overcomes-Angela-Schroeder-ebook/dp/B00OU6E50G/B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1120631335?ean=2940046364965Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487148
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Author Interview

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

There were five of us kids growing up, my sister is nine years older than me so I drove her nuts. I was lucky enough to have an amazing family. My cousins were my best friends, I have a lot of cousins. I seriously lost count. We were always there for each other when it mattered most. I want my kids to grow up with the kind of love and friendship that is always there because you are family.

Fill in the blank favorites – Type of hero. Type of heroine. 

I like a hero who is rough around the edges. I want him to be sweet and caring but maybe others see him as unapproachable. But he is the kind of guy who would come over at eleven at night because you let your child’s pet out of the cage and need to find it before the kid knows. That sort of hero, he can’t be perfect because nobody is but as long as he is perfect for the heroine then it all works out.

My favorite heroines are women who are not afraid to go out and get their happy ending for themselves. They do not need a man to rescue them, they will do it on their own. If a guy wants to help, to stand by their side, help fight whatever it is she is up against that is great but she does not NEED a guy to save her because she has family, friends, and God. She does not need to be completed by some guy. But with that being said, realizing that there is a right guy out there for her is important too. I just want her to be able to realize she may not be perfect but she can do what needs to be done because she has to do it.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your “must read” list? 

I have my classics. My Austen, Dickens, Lewis, Tolstein. And then I have Wendy Knight when I am in the mood for some urban fantasy with amazing battle scenes, Kelly Martin when I want a dark inspirational (she wrote a book about a “zombie” and it was still inspirational, that is incredible), Chanda Hahn’s An Unfortunate Fairy Tale series (it is something my daughter and I like to read together). There are so many books and authors that are on my “must read’ list. I could probably fill your blog with them, and with reasons why I love them.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Hmmm, anywhere in the world? I’d have to go to Scotland. I actually started a story where the main character moves to Scotland and I realized that I do not know the local slang. I think it would be fun to be able to go there to research.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

I want to write something that my kids can read, my momma, my aunts and uncles, the lady sitting next to me at church.

Plus I feel that you lose a lot of the story when you get into the heavier stuff. I do not write steamy romance, I blush writing a kissing scene.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so? 

I have my second book due out soon, I do not have an exact release date right this moment. I am done with content edits though. I have three other stories that I am working on, well four now. I wrote a Halloween short story for my street team and I really want to expand on it.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I think there is a lot of personality and experiences that go into writing. So far every main character I have written has been driven by family. That bond that comes from really loving your family. I think writing a character that is not family orientated would be a challenge.

Where do your ideas come from?

I have had ideas come from a conversation with my sister, a dream, a talk with my daughter, I had one after watching a television show then I got to wondering about something that happened in the show and what that would be like. A photo can do it too. Random things really.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I have two completed books. Love Overcomes is my first one published. My second one is contracted but no set release date. I have about four that are somewhere in the writing process. And ideas for so many more. Plus two children’s books that are not published. I have a cousin working on illustrations for them.

Please share about your book.

Love Overcomes is the story of Arabella struggling to leave behind the darkness of her past. She goes with her son and her sister to California and that is where she meets Jeremy. Jeremy is an actor but Arabella does not watch the kind of movies that he films so she has no clue who he is when she first meets him. They both have things that need to be dealt with. There is a strong sense of family in this book, if it were not for family Arabella never would have made her journey to California.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Family-orientated, loyal, loving, wary, considerate.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

They are both stubborn. Arabella has been hurt and has problems trusting others outside of her circle because of that. She is a fun person and easy going but extremely cautious. She loves her family and would do anything for them.

Jeremy is so used to women using him to climb the social ladder. He is that guy who is sweet, offering to help with things but at the same time he wouldn’t allow someone to hurt somebody he cares for.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Everyone has something in their lives that holds them back from something; they have something that they need to overcome to get to where they need to be so it is a book that many can relate to. Also it is a sweet love story.