Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour - For Elise



About the book: In the sprawling gardens of their neighboring estates, childhood friends Miles and Elise spent countless pleasant days together in the spirited adventures of youth. They were inseparable—until Elise vanished without a trace. Miles searched, but Elise could not—or would not—be found . . .

After years spent laboring on the family plantation in the West Indies, Miles Linwood is shocked by the unexpected news: he has inherited his uncle’s estate and the title of Marquess of Grenton. Miles’s return to England is tarnished by only one thing—he is still haunted by Elise’s mysterious disappearance. So when he glimpses a woman with a startling resemblance to his lost friend, he’s shaken to the core. This is no mere shadow of the past: it is truly Elise. But his dear friend has changed—to the point that he questions whether it is really her, though he knows it is. Accustomed to rescuing Elise from childhood escapades, Miles takes her and those in her care back to his estate, even as he struggles to understand her fear and mistrust. As their friendship and feelings slowly blossom again, the shocking truth of their separated years is revealed, and Miles realizes more than ever that he must protect Elise. She slipped away once, and he cannot lose her again.

My review: I LOVED this book. I love Miles, I think he's my favorite of Sarah Eden's male heroes yet. I love how Miles is looking for the young woman who was his best friend growing up, Elise, even though she's been missing for several years with no word to anyone. When he finds her, and she seems to have changed everything about her, Miles is so loving and tries to do everything that he can for Elise, even though she keeps pushing him away for reasons that he can't fathom. I really like Elise too, I like how you really don't know just why Elise disappeared and why she keeps pushing Miles away, even though you see the story through her eyes. I love the setting too, Sarah Eden is a master of the regency romance category. This story kept me guessing from the very beginning. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved it. I didn't want to put it down!

I was able to go to one of Sarah Eden's launch and signing parties for this book, and I have to tell you just how amazing she is. The line to meet with her was so long. The event was supposed to have gone from 6-7:30 pm. At about 8:30 pm I was finally able to get to her table to visit with her and I know there was at least one more person behind me. The last I heard, the event actually got over closer to 9:00 and she was kind, personable and amazing to every last person there. I love meeting my favorite authors, and I love it even more when they are as amazing as Sarah Eden.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book, also in stores

About the author: SARAH M. EDEN read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.

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Blog Tour Schedule: 

*September 15th: http://www.charissastastny.com/, http://www.minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/
*September 16th:  http://www.iamareader.com/, http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com
*September 17th: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/, http://bookgeekreviews.com/
*September 18th: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://www.fireandicereads.com/
*September 19th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://brooklynberrydesigns.com

*September 20th: http://rockinbookreviews.com/, http://www.wishfulendings.com/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour - The Secret Bliss of Caliope Ipswich

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The Secret Bliss of Calliope Ipswich by Marcia Lynn McClure 


“Oh! Do link arms with me, Calliope,” Blanche whispered, her brown eyes widening with apprehension. She took Calliope’s arm, tightly linking it with her own. “The old Mulholland house still gives me the willies every time I walk past it. I hate to think on what might have gone on inside. It’s truly terrifyin’!” “Oh, don’t be silly, Blanche,” Calliope said, feigning calm. “Poor Prudence’s lunacy…it’s sad. And besides, her fiendish acts were not committed inside the house. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just…it’s just a sad, empty building.” Calliope Ipswich felt the hypocrite, however, as an uncomfortable shiver of residual dread and unease shuttered down her spine, More than six months had passed since the All Hollow’s Eve when the dangerous state of Prudence Mulholland’s fracturing mind had been revealed to the townsfolk of Meadowlark Lake. And now, each time Calliope thought of poor Prudence and her family, not only did her heart ache for their family’s unhappy lot but a chill of lingering horror rippled through her being. In truth, at times Calliope wondered if it had all been simply a bad dream—a nightmare. But it hadn’t. It really had happened—all of it.

My review: This is the middle book of Marcia Lynn McClure's 3 Little Girls in Blue trilogy, you might want to read the first one, The Bewitching of Amoretta Ipswich first so that you're not lost. I like the characters, I like the setting, I do have to say that I like her more contemporary romances better than this style set in the old west. These ones seem just a bit cheesy to me. But it is filled with clean romance, sweet kisses and handsome men. I did like Calliope, her world is always sunny and happy. I liked her cute family, I really liked the whole Tom Thumb wedding idea that they use to bring the whole town together, it wasn't something I'd ever heard of before. If you're looking for a quick, easy, fun, light-hearted read, this is the book for you!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt: Blanche’s pretty forehead puckered with a slight frown. “You don’t like Fox as much as he likes you, do you, Calliope? You’re not in love with him.” Calliope silently scolded herself for having let her countenance and words reveal her secret to Blanche. The truth was that she was not as sweet on Fox Montrose as he was on her. Yet there were secrets in her heart that could never be revealed to anyone—not even to Blanche, not even to Calliope’s own sisters. Therefore, she chose a counter maneuver with which to distract Blanche and said, “Oh, I adore Fox! I just think these things may take time, you know, for me to…to…” “To really fall in love with him, you mean,” Blanche finished. “Yes. Perhaps that is what I mean,” Calliope responded. Yet as they neared the Montrose house, trepidation welled up in Calliope’s bosom, for she knew that if she hadn’t fallen in love with Fox Montrose by now, she never would. Furthermore, she didn’t want to. A secret bliss was nestled deep inside Calliope Ipswich. It had been nestled there from nearly the moment the Ipswich family had arrived in Meadowlark Lake all those months past. And though it was a bliss she owned in knowing something about herself that even her own sisters did not know, it likewise brought her pain at times—for it was the very reason she knew she would never fall in love with Fox Montrose. Calliope’s love was already spoken for—and no one in all the wide world, save Calliope Ipswich herself, would ever know it.

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Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.” Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.  
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Tour - Feeding Baby

Feeding Baby Cookbook Release Party & Giveaway over $2000 in Prizes

Feeding Baby Release Party & National Giveaway

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2 Giveaways, $2000 in Prizes & 30 Winners

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About Feeding Baby:

"Your baby deserves the best in life- food is no exception! Feeding Baby is the ultimate guide to preparing and feeding wholesome foods for your infant, with helpful nutritional tips, picky eating solutions, and with over 80 recipes. Once you discover how easy and affordable it is to make baby food at home, you'll take comfort in knowing your child is receiving the best nutrition possible."


My Review:

Having just had a baby in January and needing to know just what I can and should feed him, I was super excited to get to read and review this book. I thought that there was an awful lot of great information in this book, information that I would have liked to have had with our first two kids. I really liked that there is a whole section of recipes at the back for you to make your own baby food, when you make your own you know exactly what is in it and for sensitive little people that's always a good thing. I also really liked the way that it seemed as though the author was empowering people, moms really do know what's best for their own little ones, almost like a sixth sense. This book is helpful and informative, check it out!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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1 Winner: Vitamix 5200 Blender $450.00

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I will Breastfeed Anywhere by Jennifer Saleem
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Blog Tour - Star of Deliverance



About the book: Born a slave and outcast, the young healer Emi discovers an ancient disease spreading among her people. Desperate, she races to the Capital for a cure and unwittingly finds herself in a competition to win over the Crown Prince’s heart. Staying in the game provides time to search for a cure, but it may cost Emi her life—or her heart.

My review: This book started out really slow to me with Emi's life as a healer. But when she goes to the city and unwittingly ends up in the group of young women competing for the heart of the Crown Prince, the plot really grabbed me. I loved how it seemed a little like the reality show, The Bachelor, in that the young women were all kind of out for their own interests. There was back stabbing, lying, rumors being spread. And just what would happen if the Prince or the Queen found out the Emi, or Larken as she's called in the competition, is really a slave? I love how she was able to grow and able to be selfless when she needed to be. This is a great book that you won't want to miss!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

About the author: Mandy Voisin is a wife, marketer, and author. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. Her parents told her she’d never make a living with an English degree, so she’s dedicated the rest of her life to proving them wrong. She loves poetry and babies and her sisters. Mandy currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz., with her husband Kevin who is a sleep deprived medical student with a heart of gold and the world’s best smile. Together they chip away at their dreams.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York Collection

About the book: In USA Today bestselling author Janette Rallison’s delightful novella, JOB HAZARDS, Lydia Robinson is posing as a prostitute. Undercover of course. Lydia’s job as a police officer hasn’t reeled in her prince charming yet. That is, until Harrison Aldridge, old high school flame, pulls up to the corner to rescue the fallen damsel. Lydia can’t exactly give Harrison the truth without blowing her cover, and it takes a series of mishaps and another whole set of misunderstandings before Lydia will even consider letting Harrison back into her life. 

In Heather B. Moore’s enchanting novella, A TASTE OF SUN, Winona Grant embarks on a summer-long visit to NYC to house-sit for her great-aunt after a nasty break-up with her boyfriend Paul. But when her aunt commissions neighbor Steve Monti to tour Winona around, they strike a deal. Winona has too many deadlines to play tourist, and Steve is looking for a distraction from his looming gallery opening. So Steve goes on the tours by himself, and Winona reports back to her aunt as if she’d gone too. The longer this happens, the more Winona wants to change her mind. Seeing the city with Steve might be the perfect solution to forgetting about Paul. 

In Luisa Perkins’s sweet romance novella, DULCE DE LECHE, Marisol is desperate for another nanny job after being unfairly fired from her previous position. She has only two more semesters of college, but she’s too proud to ask her wealthy parents for financial help. When her potential new employer, a single father working long hours as an anesthesiologist, decides she’s too young and pretty to hire, she practically begs him for the job. Darius finally agrees, and as he watches her work miracles with his Asperger’s son, he realizes there is much more to Marisol than he first believed. 

In TAKE A CHANCE, a captivating story by Sarah M. Eden, Miguel Santos has a stopover in New York. When the announcement of delayed flights comes over the PA system, Miguel is looking at spending several hours at the airport. Determined to get comfortable for the long wait, he’s surprised when he spies a familiar face amongst the stranded passengers: Jane Schoonenburg, the last person he expected to see. Three months have passed since he asked Jane to marry him—three months of misery. And now he knows that he must talk to her, if only to find out why she broke his heart. 

Annette Lyon’s entrancing novella, FIRSTS AND LASTS, begins with Dani’s last week in New York. She’s failed in her dreams to catch a break as an actress and is now ready to return home and dust herself off. As she visits the places on her final to-see list, she meets Mark, another New York City transplant with big dreams. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the “big time” she might be living her dream after all. Only problem: she has a one-way ticket back home. 

In Lisa Mangum’s whimsically titled story: &, Lucy is riding a wave of success at having found a bestselling novel in the slush pile at an exclusive New York publishing house. If only her personal life was storybook perfect as well. Her relationship with Devon is on the rocks, and even though she's been put in charge of the house while her boss is gone on business, Lucy isn't sure she's up to the task. It will take a chance encounter with a handsome wordsmith to help Lucy claim the courage that has always been a part of her heart.

My review: This is probably my favorite Timeless Romance Anthology yet! I loved every story, each one of them taking you to the sights and sounds of busy New York City. The plots were well written, the characters great. Each of the authors featured in this collection are amazing, I wish that the stories that they wrote could have been expanded into full length novels. I love how some of these authors are writing kind of out of their comfort zone and doing an amazing job of it. Can't wait for the next collection!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blog Tour - A Tale of Light and Shadow

About the book: Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it; where magic is feared by all but a few; where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. Unknown to either, a dark prophecy has set in motion events which will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas by eclipsing the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

My review: This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved how it began with a simple scribe coming to hear a story teller and write down what he says. When the story teller begins his tale I was entranced. It was as if I had been transported to the world of Atolas and personally knew Isabelle and Henry. I loved every minute of reading this book, it's full of action, adventure, love, friendship and betrayal. I loved the characters, they're very well written. I was truly sad when this amazing book ended. I can't wait to read the next story about Isabelle and Henry, I hope it comes soon!

I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Buy your own copy at Deseret Book, also in stores

About the author: JACOB GOWANS was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September Kindle Fire Giveaway

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It’s time for September’s $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader. We are giving away 2 great prizes both valued at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!   The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to those share this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.  
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Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Giveaway here: http://www.iamareader.com/category/kindle-giveaway-sign-ups   Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International). Ends 9/30/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway