Friday, November 22, 2019

Goddess Fish Book Tours Book Blast: Extranormal

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Suzanne V. Reese will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

They told me it would be easy—just blend in, observe, and keep to myself. They didn't tell me that failure would cost me everything.

Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Which is why it's a shock when she's selected ahead of six hundred other candidates to be the first student ever to travel from the planet Nreim to Earth. Even though she’s only there to observe, she’s given what feels like a million rules that are mostly intended to keep her away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes they have a connection that transcends their two planets—and puts both their lives in danger. When a series of serious accidents makes it clear that someone wants to force her return, Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.

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The room circled around us, lights falling across our intertwined bodies. The rich musical notes surrounded us in full crescendo. The world and all the forces pulling against us fell away in that bright, singular moment.

I imagined him in his bedroom, tormented and desperate, composing and playing each of those harmonic parts separately, then blending them together. Even on my world, I would consider him brilliant. I never imagined my love for him could grow this much.

Jesse released me when the haunting strains of the music died away. I caught my breath—and wanted to ask him to start it again. But he would have to walk away to do that. Another—far lesser—song began. We moved again with our feet side-by-side, wrapped in each other’s arms, our bodies close. I’d often wondered why he was so different from other boys—so pure in his love for me. But with that kiss, I understood that he did long to be close to me. Not in the empty and greedy way of other boys from this world, but simply to express his love.

About the Author:
A decade ago, author Suzanne V. Reese had a string of land-mark events—published her first novel, outlined her second novel (while daydreaming in a university science class), graduated from that university, became a grandmother, and then topped it all with a late-stage breast cancer diagnosis.

That second novel, ExtraNormal, YA speculative fiction, became her therapy during a long and difficult treatment program. It was published a few years later with the encouragement of her incredibly supportive friends and family. Despite little marketing, the book quickly became an Amazon best-seller.

Suzanne then made the difficult decision to ensure her long-term existence by focusing on her health rather than continue with the series. Happily, to celebrate her ten-year survival and end-of-treatment mark, she is releasing an updated version of the best-selling novel ExtraNormal, this time to be soon followed by the remaining books in the ExtraNormal Chronicles.

Suzanne has a degree in communications from Utah State University, as well as certifications in nutrition and holistic health. She is the founder of Story Igniters, which offers courses that help readers find their real-life superpowers. She lives with her husband in Draper, Utah, where she enjoys doting on her seven grandchildren.

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Note: Because this is my ten-year cancerversary, I will be donating author proceeds during launch week to cancer research. (The Huntsman Cancer Research program, where 100% of donations go towards research. They are also the center that treated me.)

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Forever Write PR Book Blast: Cop Blocked

Review Tour for COP BLOCKED by Aubree Valentine
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“Author Aubree Valentine pieces together an intriguing story with compelling characters and a few
fabulous twists and turns!” —Amazon Reviewer 

Valentine does a solid job at a fun, flirty romance with a twist of action.” —Amazon Reviewer 


Rachel Beasley wants it all. Being stood up was just par for the
course. She knew the pitfalls of putting herself out there…again.
But why waste a sitter and good night out when there's a hot guy
licking his wounds at the bar just a few feet away?


Logan Walsh likes his life the way it is.

Relationships were a minefield he'd rather not cross. It's not until
kismet slides onto the barstool next to him that he begins to question
everything in his life that he's held onto with an unbreakable

Rachel is a lethal combination for a man like Logan…she's gorgeous, sassy, independent and as he so
on finds out…a single mother.

Minefield or not, he can't fight his feelings for Rachel or her adorable toddler and only one question is
left to be answered.

Can a man like Logan handle being cop blocked?

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Author Aubree Valentine: 
Aubree Valentine is a wife, mom and avid reader. Her love of books goes far behind weaving her own
stories to tell. She realized her dream of becoming a published author by the time she was in high
school and knew she'd stop at nothing to make that happen. 

When she's not writing, she can be found chasing after her twins or her dogs, curled up with a good
book or still working with some of her favorite authors.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Book Blast: Over The River and Through The Woods

A holiday pastiche from the authors of Mindful Writers Retreat, sure to light your festive candles!

From a Thanksgiving snow storm that mends old feuds… to the family misunderstandings that fuel new ones… a quirky elf and some romantic stardust will get you ready to go Over the River and Through the Woods on a journey through time!

Proceeds benefit Ligonier Camp & Conference Center
Home of the Mindful Writers Retreats, Ligonier, PA

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by Lori M. Jones


Friday, November 15, 2019

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Poppy Wife

About The Poppy Wife

• Paperback: 448 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 5, 2019)

In the tradition of Jennifer Robson and Hazel Gaynor, this unforgettable debut novel is a sweeping tale of forbidden love, profound loss, and the startling truth of the broken families left behind in the wake of World War I.

1921. Survivors of the Great War are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis has not come home. Francis is presumed to have been killed in action, but Edie believes he might still be alive.

Harry, Francis’s brother, was there the day Francis was wounded. He was certain it was a fatal wound—that he saw his brother die—but as time passes, Harry begins questioning his memory of what happened. Could Francis, like many soldiers, merely be lost and confused somewhere? Hired by grieving families, Harry returns to the Western Front to photograph gravesites. As he travels through battle-scarred France and Belgium gathering news for British wives and mothers, he searches for evidence of Francis.

When Edie receives a mysterious photograph of Francis, she is more convinced than ever he might still be alive. And so, she embarks on a journey in the hope of finding some trace of her husband. Is he truly gone? And if he isn’t, then why hasn’t he come home?

As Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to the truth about Francis and, as they do, are faced with the life-changing impact of the answers they discover.

Artful and incredibly moving, The Poppy Wife tells the unforgettable story of the soldiers lost amid the chaos and ruins, and those who were desperate to find them.

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Review: I have had a love affair with the time period this book was set in, from the time I was in high school. WWI and the years that followed have always fascinated me. It started with watching the movie version of All Quiet On The Western Front and more recently Downton Abbey.

This story is so beautiful and heartbreaking. Imagine your loved one going MIA during a war and then years later receiving a photograph of them.

It is the tale of one brother who is trying to learn what really happened to another brother and that brother's wife, trying to find out if she really is a widow.

To say that my emotions were jerked around while reading this would be an understatement as would saying that this was a good book.

This was a phenomenal book that took me back in time and made me not want to come back to reality

Rating: 5 flowers

About Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott is a freelance writer and historian specializing in WWI and women’s history, with a PhD from Durham University. Born in the UK, Caroline currently resides in France. The Poppy Wife is partially inspired by her family history.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours Book Review: This Son Of York

This Son of York by Anne Easter Smith

Publication Date: November 10, 2019

Bellastoria Press

eBook & Paperback; 504 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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"Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by This Son of York..." -- William Shakespeare, Richard III

Richard III was Anne's muse for her first five books, but, finally, in This Son of York he becomes her protagonist. The story of this English king is one of history's most compelling, made even more fascinating through the discovery in 2012 of his bones buried under a car park in Leicester.

This new portrait of England's most controversial king is meticulously researched and brings to vivid life the troubled, complex Richard of Gloucester, who ruled for two years over an England tired of war and civil strife. The loyal and dutiful youngest son of York, Richard lived most of his short life in the shadow of his brother, Edward IV, loyally supporting his sibling until the mantle of power was thrust unexpectedly on him.

Some of his actions and motives were misunderstood by his enemies to have been a deliberate usurpation of the throne, but throughout his life, Richard never demonstrated any loftier ambitions than to honorably discharge his duty to his family and his country.

In a gentler vein, despite the cruel onset of severe scoliosis in his teens, Richard did find love, first with a lover and then in his marriage to Anne Neville. Between these two devoted women in his life, he sired three and perhaps four children.

Bringing the Plantagenet dynasty to a violent end, Richard was the last king of England to die in battle. This Son of York is a faithful chronicle of this much maligned man.

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Review:  From the time I was a little girl, I was fascinated with all things to do with England. Maybe it had to do with my huge crush on Davy Jones, and then Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Whatever it was that made me so interested, that interest stuck. And authors like Anne Easter Smith fuel my hunger for more when it comes to learning about the kings and queens of England.

Richard III isn't one of the royals I've read much about, so I dove into this book straight away. It took me awhile to finish it, because I have a very short attention span these days, but oh was it worth it. Anne has a great flair for bringing these historical figures to life again, and making them seem much more human than any history book ever could.

If you are looking for a great read and have an interest in UK history, this is your book.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author
Anne is the award-winning author of The King's Grace and the best-selling A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, Queen By Right, and Royal Mistress. She is an expert on Richard III, having studied the king and his times for decades. Her sixth book, This Son of York, will be published soon. She grew up in England, Germany and Egypt, and has been a resident/citizen of the US since 1968. Anne was the Features Editor at a daily newspaper in northern New York State for ten years, and her writing has been published in several national magazines.

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Review at Broken Teepee
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Tuesday, November 12
Review at Passages to the Past
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Wednesday, November 13
Review at Macsbooks
Interview at The Writing Desk

Thursday, November 14
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Friday, November 15
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Saturday, November 16
Review at Curling up by the Fire
Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie
Review at Red Headed Book Lady
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Sunday, November 17
Review at Bookramblings
Review at Just One More Chapter
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Review at Carole Rae's Random Ramblings

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Tell Me No Lies

Tell Me No Lies: A Lady Dunbridge Novel

by Shelley Noble

About Tell Me No Lies

Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Forge Books (November 5, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0765398745
ISBN-13: 978-0765398741
Kindle ASIN: B07LF6FR2L

Miss Fisher meets Downton Abbey in Tell Me No Lies, part of the critically acclaimed Lady Dunbridge Mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble.
Rise and shine, Countess, you’re about to have a visitor.
Lady Dunbridge was not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s come to New York City, ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm. The social events of the summer have been amusing but Lady Phil is searching for more excitement---and she finds it, when an early morning visitor arrives, begging for her help. After all, Lady Phil has been known to be useful in a crisis. Especially when the crisis involves the untimely death of a handsome young business tycoon.
His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and beyond.
With the elegant Plaza Hotel, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the opulent mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast as the backdrop, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

Review: I've read most of Shelley's contemporary novels and I have to say that Tell Me No Lies ranks right up there. If you love Rhys Bowen's style mysteries, you'll love this series too. Its the perfect mix of historical fiction and cozy mystery. This is the second book in the series, but don't worry you can dive right in

Set in the early 1900s, we meet Lady Dunbridge a destitute widow that has fled to New York and now she finds herself investigating the death of a young businessman who was the suitor for a friend's daughter.

This was a delightful mystery that will keep the pages turning from start to finish with all the fun characters! I can't wait for me.

Rating: 5 flowers

About Shelley Noble

Shelley Noble is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction. (Beach Colors, Whisper Beach, Lighthouse Beach.) And the author of the Lady Dunbridge Gilded Age  Manhattan mysteries. Tell Me No Lies is the latest of the series.

She has written eighteen amateur sleuth and historical mystery novels and novellas as Shelley Freydont. (The Sudoku Murders,  Celebration Bay mysteries, The Gilded Age Newport mysteries.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore where she loves to discover new beaches and indulge her passion for lighthouses, vintage carousels, and the past.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Goddess Fish Book Tours Blurb Blitz: Whom Shall I Marry..An Earl or a Duke

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Laura A. Barnes will be awarding $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

An afternoon spent in disguise leads to a passion that …

She wanted to explore the promise of his kiss. He wanted to persuade her to become his mistress. Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a marriage of love?

While trying to prevent her friend from a scandal Sophia Turlington becomes entangled in her own. As she waits for her friend in a brothel, a duke mistakes her for a harlot. When he requests an arrangement, Sophia decides to explore the passion he awakens in her soul. Her only stipulations for the affair are a mask, one week, and he must never discover her true identity. Can Sophia give him her heart and walk away as if their time never affected her?

Alexander Langley’s life as a prominent duke will soon come to an end unless he can acquire a duchess whose family can support him through a scandal. When he meets a violet-eyed temptress that awakens his every desire his search comes to a halt. As they explore their passion, he loses his heart to a woman he can never marry. Will Alex put aside his status in the ton for a love to last a lifetime?

Throughout the season Lady Sophia Turlington and Alexander Langley, the Duke of Sheffield’s dislike for one another is known to all. A chance encounter throws them together as Alex and ‘Violet’. After their time ends, Sophia wants Alex to see her for herself. If not, then she might as well accept her friend’s marriage proposal. Can Alex overcome Sophia’s deceit? Or will his need for revenge destroy the love she holds for him?

Whom Shall I Marry… An Earl or A Duke? is the second novel in Laura A. Barnes’s steamy historical romance series. If you enjoy a story filled with passion and secrets set in Regency England, then you must read Sophia and Alex’s journey toward love.

Unlock Whom Shall I Marry… An Earl or A Duke? to read the next book in Laura’s Tricking the Scoundrels series today.

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A wave of her perfume drifted past Sheffield. She was near.


“Sophia, please answer me.”


“Please, my love, I want to hold you. Beg at your feet for forgiveness. I was an uncaring fool to embroil you in a scandal. Sophia, I love you, darling. I have been a bastard with my anger. This afternoon at Belle’s, I figured out and was furious you fooled me. I came tonight to destroy you. And I did, but when I succeeded, my heart broke right alongside yours. Your pain and agony invaded my soul and is gripping tight. I want to wrap you in my embrace while you cry your heartache. When you finish crying, I will take your punches in stride. Please Sophia, answer me.”

Silent tears streamed down Sophia’s cheeks. Her heart ached with an unbearable sadness. While his words tempted her, she couldn’t stop remembering the hatred in his eyes when he revealed her identity. He'd meant to destroy her, and she didn’t know if she could trust his words now. She loved him, but he hurt her more deeply than she could allow. Also, he spoke of love. Did he understand what love meant? When you loved somebody, you don’t set out to hurt them. You may hurt them unintentionally, but you never mean to destroy them.

He'd destroyed her with his hatred.

Her silence spoke her words. Sheffield had taken her beautiful affection and ruined it. He would leave her for now, but not forever. He had done enough damage for tonight. When tomorrow came, he would try to endure to win her love.

“Goodnight, my love.”

About the Author:
I am the author of The Romancing the Spies & The Tricking the Scoundrel Series. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons and late into the night. Anytime really. Married twenty-nine years to the love of my life, we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years, we have gotten our passports stamped in England, Scotland, and Ireland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescued By the Captain.


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