Moonlight in Winter Park!

Moonlight in Winter Park NewBook & Author Details:
Moonlight in Winter Park by Samantha Chase
Publication date: November 24th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

“Moonlight in Winter Park” – A modern-day Beauty and the Beast style Christmas.

All Hope Cooper needed this year was to have the kind of Christmas her family always cherished. But with her parents gone and her only brother having to work, it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out for her. There’s nothing she can do about her parents, but she most certainly can voice her annoyance at her brother’s boss for making him work out of town all through the holidays.

Beckett James hates the holidays and everything that goes with them. They were important at one time, but now the only thing that mattered was his company and it’s continued growth and anyone who worked for him better feel the same way. If not, then they could find employment elsewhere and good riddance. With a major expansion deal on the line, Beckett needs to focus. What he doesn’t need is Hope to come barging into his mountain retreat demanding that her brother come home immediately due to an emergency.

Suddenly it’s two alone in a snowstorm. Two alone for Christmas. And two alone to fight an attraction that had been there all along. Hope soon begins to realize she may have misjudged Beckett while he comes to see that there really is something special and magical about Christmas. But once they leave their private winter wonderland and return to their normal lives, will the magic still be there?


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SamanthaAUTHOR BIO:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.


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D'you believe in Dragons?

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By Marc Secchia
Publication Date: December 10, 2014
Series: Shapeshifter Dragons #2
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Chameleon Shapeshifters, uncontrollable storm powers, and the rise of Sylakia’s Dragon-elite. The battle against evil scales new heights, but the price of victory grows ever dearer.
Once, a Shadow Dragon ravaged the Island-World. Insatiable. Unstoppable. A Dragon-killer. Now the Shadow Dragon has reappeared, on a collision course with Aranya and King Beran’s campaign to liberate the Islands from the scourge of Sylakian tyranny. He is dark, beautiful and deadly, a predator of untold power.
Meantime, Thoralian weaves his web of guile and betrayal right in the hearts of Aranya’s friends and allies. He will bring them to an encounter only he can win.
Incredible aerial battles. An Ancient Dragon bent on enslaving Aranya. The treacherous secrets of Dragon magic. This is the fight for which destiny has shaped a heroine of rare courage–Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Criminal. Shapeshifter Dragon. A woman who will confront evil at any cost. Spite her at your peril.Share on Twitter!

 

     

 

 

 

 

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The Legend of…audiobooks?!

I am such a slacker lately and for that, you have my most heartfelt apologies. Ive been trying to think of some fun posts and I’ve failed at that. However, inspiration has found me somewhat and here I am, writing to you. I have given in and I have downloaded a free audiobook from Audible. I used to hold the idea that it wasn’t reading, but it was someone reading to you. I enjoyed that as a child…yet as a teenager and young adult, I preferred to delve into a book myself and immerse myself into it.

Yet, as a blogger, I think it is only right that I give everything a try. So, I went to audible–which offers one free download–and I perused their selections. I was quite delighted by the selection and here and there, I hit the button to hear an excerpt. In some cases, the narrator selected seemed entirely wrong for it. However, in some cases, the selected narrator was absolutely perfect. I selected as my freebie, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. I’ve read the story and my favourite TV show is Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Cast in the lead role is Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane. Lo and behold, Tom is narrating the audiobook! I was in. I had to try. What a delightful endeavor! I did a little bit of searching on YouTube and I found it there; you needn’t feel guilty, the book IS free and now it’s being shared on YouTube so that others who may not necessarily listen to audio books, can hear it. I think it’s a wonderful reading and has made me ever more curious to try out more!

 Of course, if you’re not inclined to go to YouTube; go download this for yourself!

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Spotlight: Voices Echo!

02_Voices EchoPublication Date: June 16, 2014

Repository Press, LLC

eBook; 570 pages

Series: Voices Series

Genre: Romantic Historical Suspense

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The third book in the VOICES series, VOICES ECHO stands alone as a riveting depiction of both the beauty of 18th-century Jamaica and the horrors of plantation life in the British West Indies.

When Albert Ross sailed to Jamaica months after their wedding, Rhiannon Ross believed he’d abandoned her for the sanctuary of his West Indies plantation and complacent mulatta mistress. Not one to live life in limbo, Rhiannon has followed in a bid to secure the funds necessary to ensure her financial independence and position as his lawful wife, and to quell her growing attraction to her unsuitable American advisor, Liam Brock.

Determined to put the enticing Mrs. Ross out of his mind, Liam Brock accepts an assignment to escort a young heiress to her father’s Jamaican estate. Convinced his and Rhiannon’s ships have crossed paths, he is stunned to learn Rhiannon is still with her husband, and shocked when he finds her isolated and frightened–a shell of the vibrant woman who still fills his dreams. He begins to suspect that beneath the exotic beauty of an island teeming with vitality, there beats a sinister pulse.

As evidence of smuggling and dark magic are uncovered, Rhiannon realizes that not only is her plantation in danger, but the lives of those she holds dearest are at stake. Though she struggles to hide her feelings for Liam, she cannot bear the thought of him coming to harm because of her. As greed on the island evolves into violence and violence into murder, Liam and Rhiannon find themselves in the midst of a deadly intrigue. Both must decide how far they will go in the name of protecting the other, and how much they will sacrifice to attain a future neither thought possible.

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About the Author03_Linda Lee Graham

History and real-life narratives had always blended in Graham’s imagination, particularly when she delved into the stories of her family’s ancestors. Eventually the engaging voices of characters who might have lived emerged. Tracing paper trails quickly gave way to creating her own stories, and she hasn’t looked back since.

For more information please visit Linda Lee Graham’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Goodreads.

Voices Echo Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 3

Review & Giveaway at Historical Romance Lover

Tuesday, November 4

Review & Interview at A Cup of Tea & A Big Book

Wednesday, November 5

Review at Book Nerd

Friday, November 7

Review & Giveaway at Curiouser and Curiouser

Monday, November 10

Spotlight & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf

Spotlight & Giveaway at Romance Junkies Blog

Wednesday, November 12

Review at Turning the Pages

Thursday, November 13

Guest Post at Bookish

Review at Romantic Historical Lovers

Monday, November 17

Interview at Book Babe

Tuesday, November 18

Review at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews

Thursday, November 20

Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews & More

Sunday, November 23

Review at With Her Nose Stuck In A Book

Monday, November 24

Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, November 26

Review, Interview, and Giveaway at A Way With Words

Friday, November 28

Interview at Triclinium

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Publication Date: January 22, 2014
Campanile Press
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audiobook
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery/Medieval

A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.

In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children’s deaths.

Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.

The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.

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Booknote Interview with Ned Hayes

About the Author03_Ned Hayes Credit Linda Marus 2012

Ned Hayes is the author of the Amazon best-selling historical novel SINFUL FOLK. He is also the author of Coeur d’Alene Waters, a noir mystery set in the Pacific Northwest. He is now at work on a new novel, Garden of Earthly Delights, also set in the Middle Ages.

Ned Hayes is a candidate for an MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop, and holds graduate degrees in English and Theology from Western Washington University and Seattle University.

Born in China, he grew up bi-lingually, speaking both Mandarin and English. He now lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and two children.

For more information please visit www.sinfulfolk.com and www.nednote.com. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Booklikes, YouTube, Google+, and Goodreads.


My Review: I read a lot of historical fiction, obviously. I have my favorite genres and time-periods, I have many favorite historical figures who I like seeing fictionalized. It adds a human element to them that one doesn’t always get from biographies or historical non-fiction. When I’m reading a ‘histfic’ book, I suppose you might be saying that I have a type. I wanted to branch away from that and when the opportunity pops up, I go for it. Insert ‘Sinful Folk’. It’s based in the 14th century (1377) and begins straight away with a fire that kills 5 of the town’s boys. (Why? How?) Angry, confused and generally unsure of what to do, the men (and Mear) decide to take the King’s road (which, they need a lord’s permission to do and don’t have). It’s a harsh road to travel down as it’s winter and none of them particularly trust one another. Their supplies are sparse as well. Each has a secret and bandits follow after them at each twist and turn.

The author has a tremendous gift in that his descriptions are very thought inspiring and his description of the mob-like mentality of the townspeople is actually quite terrifying. They are very quick to point their fingers at someone as being a witch or a Jew; most of who have converted to Christianity in order to stay alive. It seems a strange thing to be afraid of, but such a mentality is frightening when you think about it. If you offend one person…they could accuse you and you’d be killed.

Mear is a fantastic lead character and I love how we learned about her and her backstory. Seeing her agony at the loss of her son, my heart broke for her. I could imagine the wails she let out and truly, I was saddened. I enjoyed seeing the moments where she fluctuated between being masculine and feminine. I can’t imagine living amongst an unfamiliar town as a mute and posing as a man. I would like to see her again in another book. I would gladly read it as I will anything else this author puts out. Absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed the detail and the historical accuracy and use of language, which was fairly accurate for the time. It reminded me immensely of Chaucer.

 

I think you’ll greatly enjoy this!

My Rating: 4auqZQi

Tomorrow is the last day of the tour, please follow this link: Library Educated!

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Time to play catch up!

If you’re like me, you’ve got an e-reader (and bookshelf) with books you just haven’t gotten around to reading yet. It feels like your TBR pile is massive and unending, right? Well, as you can see…there’s an upcoming challenge to help you solve this problem. 


My Goals!


  • I’m going to aim to lessen my TBR list by 25. I have a lot of books there. 
  • I will visit other participants pages. 🙂 
  • I will write two replies a week.

This is my first COYER, I’m very excited to be taking part! There’s still time for you guys to sign up too and on December 20th, we begin the challenge. You want to join in? Click the pic! Everything you need to know is right there. 🙂 Let me know if you sign up! xxx

 

 

Spotlight: We'll Always Have Paris.

We'll always have Paris coverWe’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir

Release date: April 8, 2014
at Sourcebooks

400 pages

ISBN: 978-1402288630

Website | Goodreads

 

SYNOPSIS

How her daughter and her passport taught Jennifer to live like there’s no tomorrow.

Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. So she decides to save up and drop everything to travel with her daughter, Katie, on a whirlwind European adventure before it’s too late. Even though her husband can’t join them, even though she’s nervous about the journey, and even though she’s perfectly healthy, Jennifer is determined to jam her daughter’s mental photo album with memories—just in case.

From the cafés of Paris to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Jennifer and Katie take on Europe one city at a time, united by their desire to see the world and spend precious time together. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped vanquish her fear of dying…for the sake of living. [provided by the author]

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer CoburnJennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author of six novels and contributor to four literary anthologies. Over the past two decades,
Coburn has received numerous awards from the Press Club and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post. Coburn lives in San Diego with her husband, William, and their daughter, Katie. We’ll Always Have Paris is her first memoir.

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Please drop by December 1st for my review!!