Friday, April 20, 2018

Showcase: Fast Burn by Lori Foster

Today I'm showcasing a fave's newest release, Fast Burn by Lori Foster.

ISBN-13: 9781459294912
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 3-20-2018
Length: 384pp
Body Armor #4
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible
For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrend

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig

Today while I enjoy a little r&r Sophia Rose is handling things fine with a good old southern mystery and #1 in Caroline Fardig's new Southern B&B mystery series.
Sophia Rose take it away!

Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig
#1 Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Alibi
Published:  3.6.18
Pages:  231
Format:  eARC
Source:  Net Galley
Sellers: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo
GoodReads Blurb:

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Macmillan Audio Review: The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

I had the pleasure of reviewing the print edition of this spine tingler for Library Journal (review below) so when i saw it on the March Macmillan Audio list I snapped it up. Wow I forgot just how many twists, turns and OMGs this novel gave me.

ISBN: 9781427293527
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date:  3-13-2018
Length: 13hrs- 3mins
Source: Macmillan Audio
Buy It: Audible
When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new audiobook The Echo Killing.
A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less.
Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect.
Harper has seen all of this before in her own life. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence—even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Showcase - Chaser by Kylie Scott

I fell in love with Kylie Scott's gritty and real deal rock stars in her Stage Dive romance series. Chaser is #3 in her spin off Dive Bar series staring the bad boys of a dive bar. I know once you read the teaser excerpt you'll want to be bellying up to their bar too!

ISBN-13: 9781250083234
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 4-17-2018
Length: 288pp
Dive Bar #3
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible
Love isn’t always NEAT…

Bartender and all round bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It’s time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn’t turn out to be pregnant.
Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.
There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

Monday, April 16, 2018

#Giveaway - Review - Hidden Tapestry: Interview with author Debra Dean

One of my favorite historical novels is The Madonna's of Leningrad a poignant unforgettable WWII tale about Hitler's march into Leningrad in 1941 and author Debra Dean's debut. So when she reached out to me about her upcoming biography, Hidden Tapestry about the life of Tapestry Artist/Photographer Jan Yoors I couldn't wait to see what this incredible storyteller could do with non-fiction. It blew me away!
Debra and her publisher are also sponsoring a giveaway of the print book details below.

ISBN-13: 9780810136830
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Release Date: 4-15-2018
Length: 312pp
Source: Author/Publisher
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound
Hidden Tapestry reveals the unforgettable story of Flemish American artist Jan Yoors—childhood vagabond, wartime Resistance fighter, and polyamorous New York bohemian. At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, Yoors’s photographs and vast tapestries inspired a dedicated following in his adopted Manhattan and earned him international acclaim. Though his intimate friends guessed the rough outline of his colorful life, Hidden Tapestry is first to detail his astonishing secrets.
At twelve, Jan’s life took an extraordinary and unexpected turn when, lured by stories of Gypsies, he wandered off with a group of Roma and continued to live on-and-off with them and with his own family for several years. As an adult in German-occupied France, Yoors joined the Resistance and persuaded his adoptive Roma family to fight alongside him. Defying repeated arrests and torture by the Gestapo, he worked first as a saboteur and later escorted Allied soldiers trapped behind German lines across the Pyrenees to freedom.
After the war, he married childhood friend Annabert van Wettum and embarked on his career as an artist. When a friend of Annabert’s, Marianne Citroen, modeled for Yoors, the two began an affair, which led the three to form a polyamorous family that would last for the rest of their lives. Moving to New York, the trio became part of the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in the 1950s.
Told in arresting detail by Debra Dean, best-selling author of The Madonnas of Leningrad, Yoors’s story is a luminous and inspiring account of resilience, resourcefulness, and love.

Giveaway is for one print copy of
Hidden Tapestry US ONLY

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

April #LibraryLoveChallenge - The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The 2018 Library Love Challenge is hosted by Angel's Guilty Pleasures

For April's #LibraryLoveChallenge and my in-person book club read we selected The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth. It's about love and early-onset Alzheimer's disease. If you haven't read it and love poignant stories with a cast of characters that you'll remember for a long time after you get to "The End", this book is for you too.
And it's a great way to celebrate #NationalLibraryWeek 
HERE is my chat with Sally when the novel first published

ISBN-13: 9781250051905
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 1-19-2016
Length: 352pp
Source: Library

Anna Forster is only thirty-eight years old, but her mind is slowly slipping away from her. Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, she knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. But Anna has a secret: she does not plan on staying. She also knows there’s just one another resident who is her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.
Eve Bennett, suddenly thrust into the role of single mother to her bright and vivacious seven-year-old daughter, finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke, she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them. Eve has her own secrets, and her own desperate circumstances that raise the stakes even higher.
With huge heart, humor, and a compassionate understanding of human nature, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the power of love to grow and endure even when faced with the most devastating of obstacles. You won’t forget The Things We Keep.