Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Forever Write PR Excerpt Tour: Unbreak Me

Release Tour for UNBREAK ME by Michelle Hazen
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Find out what a big city musician and a lonely cowgirl have in common in Michelle Hazen’s
UNBREAK ME from Berkley Publishing. Andra Lawler must decide if she’s brave enough to
leave the shelter of her family’s ranch for an uncertain future with Haitian-Creole cowboy,
LJ Delisle. Fans of Emily Giffin and Colleen Hoover will devour this sweet, heartwrenching yet
hopeful diverse romance. 

UNBREAK ME was named one of Amazon's Best Books of the month of August and was the winner of
RWA’s Lonestar Award. 

“A seductive, slow-burn romance brimming with tenderness, hope, and transformation.”
—Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author

“Hazen writes with grace and compassion about life after trauma, smoothly addressing racism,
sexual assault, and large-scale disasters without pat answers or platitudes. This is a sure tear-jerker
for any romance fan.” —STARRED Publisher’s Weekly review

What could two troubled souls from different walks of life have in common? Maybe everything.

Andra Lawler lives isolated at her family’s horse ranch, imprisoned by the memories of an assault in
college. When she needs help training her foals, she hires a Haitian-Creole cowboy from New Orleans
with a laugh as big as the Montana sky.

LJ Delisle can’t stand the idea that Andra might be lonely—or eating frozen TV dinners. He bakes his
way into her kitchen with a lemon velvet cake, and offers her cooking lessons that set them on the road
to romance. But even their love can’t escape the shadow of what they've been through. Despite their
growing friendship and his gentle rapport with the horses, LJ is still an outsider facing small-town

Before they can work through their issues, LJ is called home by a family emergency. In the centuries-old,
raggedly rebuilt streets of New Orleans, he must confront memories of Hurricane Katrina and familiar
discrimination. And Andra must decide if she’s brave enough to leave the shelter of the ranch for an
uncertain future with LJ.

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Excerpt from Unbreak Me
Copyright @ Michelle Hazen 2019

Andra opened her front door, and the frown froze on her face as LJ’s shoulders filled the doorframe.

He was holding . . . a cake?
“Um, hi,” she managed.

Oh crap, she’d promised to talk to him about the horses.

“Look, I’m sorry. I know I said I’d come talk to you a couple days ago, but then Socks kicked one of the
grooms, and Mary Kay lost a shoe, and I completely forgot.” She hadn’t forgotten, so much as she was . . . working up to it. Giving him a few days of seeing her around the ranch when she was in control of herself, before she got close enough she’d have to see his opinion of her in his eyes.

He shrugged, careful not to tip the tall cake off its platter. “I think we got off on the wrong foot the day we
met, and our do-over didn’t really stick.”

Oh God. Apparently, he wasn’t tiptoeing around anything today.

LJ grinned—a playful, twinkly-eyed one that made him look like he was just having more fun than
everyone else. “Besides, nobody’s afraid of a guy with a cake.”

A smile tugged at the edges of her mouth. “I’ve never heard that.”

“No? It’s completely true. Not to mention, bringing a cake is the best excuse to eat some. I mean, it’s
yours. You don’t have to share. Of course, if you don’t, you may want to pass a tissue or two my way, is
all I’m saying.” He widened his eyes mournfully.

She glanced at the cake, the white icing whipped into gorgeous swirls. “Did Stacia make that? She used
to be terrible at baking.” She gripped the edge of the door a little tighter. Maybe her friend had been
practicing. It wasn’t like she knew what Stacia was up to these days.

“I’m a little offended. A man doesn’t bring a borrowed cake for an apology.” He lifted the platter and gave
it a waggle. “We’ve got lemon velvet with French buttercream here. You oughta get it out of the heat soon, though. The sun melted the frosting some on the way over. It’s a hike to get up over here, you know it?”

Oops, he was feeling around for an invitation. Duh, and she was still standing in her door like some kind
of freak. “Um, come in.” The least she could do was feed him some cake and try to act like a normal
person. She stepped aside and racked her brain for small talk that didn’t involve anything on four hooves. “You know, I can’t quite place your accent. You said you were from Louisiana, but I’ve met lots of people from there at rodeos, and they didn’t sound quite like you.”

“Well, you can tell I’m from the South because I interrupted your workout with dessert.” He tipped his
head toward the yoga mat she’d left by the couch. She smiled, and his grin brightened a couple more
watts. “Seriously, though, I think I’ve got a little bayou country from my days on my uncle’s horse ranch,
cut with the rhythm of the Lower Ninth, maybe some southern drawl creeping in from the Mississippi
border. And New Orleans has a sound all its own, always has.” Between one word and the next, his
words straightened to all square corners instead of luscious curves. “Then again, if my mother is listening
, I sound strictly like the Yankee university she helped pay for.”

“Your mom doesn’t like your accent?” Andra frowned. “Doesn’t she have one?”

“Mama thought I wouldn’t get a decent job unless I talked like a white banker from Wisconsin.” He

Her eyes widened. “That’s not fair. Why should you have to fake an accent to get a job?”

“That’s the way the world works. People have ideas about what intelligence should sound like, and I don’t
expect I’m going to change all of them on my own.” He winked. “I tutored English composition for work
study all through college, so I can play the game. I have to admit, though, sometimes it’s nice to sound
like home.”

Andra laughed, a little self-consciously. “I don’t think I even realized we had an accent up north until you
imitated it.”

“Oh, it’s an accent all right, sweetheart. And you’ve got it thick as anything.”

Heat crept into her skin at the endearment, though she didn’t get the feeling he was really flirting with her.
She glanced away, the afterimage of him seared on her lids. His deep-brown eyes were a couple of
shades darker than his skin, and they always seemed to be laughing. He was handsome, with high
cheekbones and sensual lips. The kind of man she would have looked twice at, once.

ABOUT Michelle Hazen

Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband swapped office jobs
for seasonal gigs and moved out on the road. As a result, she wrote most of her books with solar power
in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras.
Currently, she’s addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Review: The Perfect Spinster

Author: Annabelle Anders
Title: The Perfect Spinster
Publish Date: Aug 1, 2019
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: He’s more rake than gentleman and she’s more minx than spinster.

Miss Olivia Redfield’s prospects for marriage are nonexistent, bleak at best. Removed from society for an ill-fated physical defect, she’s resigned herself to caring for others in a somewhat dreary existence. She’s determined to be the Perfect Spinster, that is, until she finds herself falling for the charming but unattainable, Lord Kingsley.

Gabriel Fellowes, Earl of Kingsley is doing a favor for a friend by overseeing the dangerous–– but promising––mine on the border of Viscount Hallowell’s property. With extra time on his hands, he finds himself irresistibly provoked by the viscount’s nymph–like daughter and delights in needling her as well. In no position to promise more than a dalliance, Gabriel takes the unprecedented step of becoming her friend. Their flirtatious attachment threatens to erupt in passion, but duty and honor forbid anything more. Will love be defeated when tragedy strikes, or can these two overcome Society’s dictates and conquer a century old curse?

Review: I read this book in between all sorts of bad things happening to me. I feel guilty because it took me nearly 2 weeks to finish it.


My cat died and I ended up with an abscessed tooth that needed a root canal. So sadness and pain. They don't make it easy to read, but let me talk about The Perfect Spinster.

If bad things weren't constantly happening to me in the last few weeks, I really would have blown through this book.

Annabelle writes a story that touches your heart, with characters that you will absolutely adore. Olivia is such a great character. Imperfect, with a lazy eye that has her believing she has to settle for less in life. When you get to know her family you want to choke them. There's a brief moment when you feel maybe they aren't that bad and then boom.

There's a brief enemies to lovers trope here with Gabriel, as he was a little bit of a bully to Olivia in her younger years regarding her eye. I mean to be picked on and have your family feel that because you are less than perfect you are a cursed or cause a curse is pretty awful. I think it was refreshing that Annabelle wrote Olivia as such a well adjusted woman was amazing. (I think if Olivia had been a real person, she wouldn't have been so lucky)

The relationship between her and her former tormentor grows so beautifully. It was perfect. There's some heat but not a lot, which I like when it comes to novels set in the regency era.

I would have enjoyed more conflict towards the end, but that's really minor, because these two are characters that really belonged together.

If you are a fan of Regency romance. This book is not to be missed.

Rating: 5 flowers

Book Review: The Wallflower Wager

Author: Tessa Dare
ISBN: 9780062672162
Price: $7.99
On-Sale Date: 8/13/19

Cover Copy:
They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.
Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.
Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.
When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.
Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?
And a two-legged dog.
And a foul-mouthed parrot.
And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .
Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.
Not if he ruins her first.
Author Bio:
Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty historical romances. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.
A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.
She circled back, standing before him. “There now. Better?”
He gave a reluctant nod.
“Can you move your arm in all directions?”
He rolled his shoulder to prove it. “Yes.”
“What about your grip?
“My grip is strong.”
“Perhaps I should wrap the arm in a sling.”
“I do not need a sling.”
“Wait here. I’ll dash upstairs to fetch some linen and—”
“For the love of God, woman. My shoulder is fine.” He took her by the waist and lifted her straight off the floor, until they were eye to eye. “There. Believe me now?”
She nodded, wide-eyed.
In his hands, she was delicate, breakable. Her hair was a golden treasure he should never, ever touch. And oh, how he hungered for those soft, pink lips.
The familiar voice echoed in his ears.
Don’t touch, boy. She’s not for the likes of you.
Put. Her. Down.
But before Gabe could lower those beribboned pink slippers to the floor, she captured his sooty, sweaty face in her hands—
And kissed him on the lips.

Review: Tessa Dare's The Wallflower Wager is the kind of book you read when you need a pick me up and maybe a little dose of "the feels"

You will laugh with Penny and Gabe and you will probably shed a tear or two with them. Such an unlikely pair but a very fun pair.

Gabe is a rags to riches sort who made his fortune ruining the aristocracy buying up their land and debts.

Penny is a spinster with a love for animals that is getting her in trouble, from the very beginning of the book. In fact, her "meet cute" with Gabe is the result of one of her wayward animals.

Penny and Gabe had a wonderful relationship. You will love them. It is absolutely hard not to. There's so much hilarity with the animals Penny has rescued.

However, I spent the whole book wondering what time period it was set in. I also wondered at the language, because well...I read a lot of historical fiction and I pay a lot of attention to detail. The hot water heater was invented in 1889 and that so didn't feel like the time period that this book was set in.

Then there was Penny's secret which you didn't learn about until the book was nearly over. Penny couldn't just be an adorably cute eccentric spinster. No, there had to be this big dark secret hanging over her, that explains why she is the way she is.


Gabe could be damaged. It was kind of expected as you learn about him, but I also wished we could have learned more about him and some of the people in his life. In fact, most of the men in the book felt a bit like shadows.

This was a real "Girl power" historical romance.

The book definitely had some great moments and I loved the main characters, but the setting and some of the aspects of the story didn't sit well with me at all.

This is more a book for a person just wants a fun story without the detail. If you can get past that, its a pretty enjoyable read.

Rating: 3 flowers

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Lost Vintage

About The Lost Vintage

• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 6, 2019)

“If you enjoyed Sarah’s Key and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, then this wonderful book by Ann Mah is for you.”   -- Tatiana de Rosnay

Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II.

To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will be her last chance. Suddenly finding herself without a job and with the test a few months away, she travels to Burgundy to spend the fall at the vineyard estate that has belonged to her family for generations. There she can bolster her shaky knowledge of Burgundian vintages and reconnect with her cousin Nico and his wife, Heather, who now oversee day-to-day management of the grapes. The one person Kate hopes to avoid is Jean-Luc, a talented young winemaker and her first love.

At the vineyard house, Kate is eager to help her cousin clean out the enormous basement that is filled with generations of discarded and forgotten belongings. Deep inside the cellar, behind a large armoire, she discovers a hidden room containing a cot, some Resistance pamphlets, and an enormous cache of valuable wine. Piqued by the secret space, Kate begins to dig into her family’s history—a search that takes her back to the dark days of World War II and introduces her to a relative she never knew existed, a great–half aunt who was a teenager during the Nazi occupation.

As she learns more about her family, the line between resistance and collaboration blurs, driving Kate to find the answers to two crucial questions: Who, exactly, did her family aid during the difficult years of the war? And what happened to six valuable bottles of wine that seem to be missing from the cellar’s collection?

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Review: I have to admit any book that deals with winemaking interests me. Toss in more than a bit of a WWII mystery and you definitely have a great book.

Kate is taking her Master Wine Examination for the third time and she discovers a diary of a family member that much isn't known about.

Its a story told in a dual timeline. Both Kate and Helene's stories were interesting and this book really just drew me in from the start.

This was a stunning novel that shouldn't be missed.

Rating: 5 flowers

About Ann Mah 

Ann Mah is a food and travel writer based in Paris and Washington DC. She is the author of the food memoir Mastering the Art of French Eating, and a novel, Kitchen Chinese. She regularly contributes to the New York Times’ Travel section and she has written for Condé Nast Traveler,,, Washingtonian magazine, and other media outlets.

Find out more about Ann at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Blast: The Angel And The Seal

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Petie McCarty will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour as well as 3 ebook copies of No Cowboys No Angels, Book 2 in the series. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Angel and the SEAL . . . a cozy mystery with romantic suspense from the Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure out who . . .

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay's teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay's teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory's whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother's death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay -- the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

Read an Excerpt

Cory hesitated so long, Mac wondered if she would tell the truth or fabricate some tale. He knew the Bel Tesoro legend like the back of his hand, having heard the tale numerous times during the years of his friendship with Blue. Usually when Blue got good and drunk—and homesick for his little sister.

Blue thought the sun rose and set just for Cory and had always claimed the worst part of the Black Ops work they did wasn’t the danger but leaving his sister behind. He had felt forced to cast her out of his life for her own safety and settled for a half-dozen covert trips back to town to check on her. Mac had always come along and regretted the trip afterward, for he could never get the little spitfire out of his mind.

She stared at him briefly as she slowed for an approaching curve. His heart thudded out a couple fast beats. Had she recognized him? She returned her gaze to the road, and he blew out a silent sigh of relief.

He decided to prod. “So what about the beautiful treasure? If it wasn’t the lake . . .”

He watched her shoulders go back, and she took a deep breath.

Here we go.

“Great-Grandpa Brock expanded to ten cabins with the extra business from his friends, Benny and Salvatore, but they didn’t come back for a while due to run-ins with the law back in New York.”

“What sort of run-ins?” he dutifully asked.

Cory smiled then, and Mac felt a wave a relief, knowing she trusted him with the truth. She knew he could have dug up the legend from anyone in town, but it meant more coming from her.

“By that time, Salvatore had changed his name to Charles Luciano—Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano—and Benjamin went by the nickname of Bugsy. Meyer was always Meyer.”

He hoped the appropriate amount of shock showed in his expression. “You can’t be serious. You mean Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, and Meyer Lansky?”

“Exactly the same.”

He gave a low whistle.

“Guests wanted to rent Lucky Luciano’s cabin even back then.”

“But that doesn’t explain the treasure.”

She slid him a sultry sideways glance and maneuvered more switchbacks. “Patience, Mac. I’m telling this story.”

He put his head back and hooted with laughter. The smart remark was pure Cory. The sexy glance was not.

“So tell it already.”

“Lucky and Bugsy had become too powerful for their mob boss Joe Masseria, and they rigged his assassination, so they could steal his rackets. Lucky stole everything in Masseria’s safe and hid the stash from their rival boss Maranzano. Legend has it that Lucky put the stash in a trunk and brought it here on vacation shortly after the assassination to keep it safe.”

“And people think the trunk is buried at Bel Tesoro?” Mac scoffed.

About the Author:
Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—"The Most Magical Place on Earth"—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Goddess Fish Promotions Book Review: Playing House

by Ruby Lang


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Playing House is relatable, heartwarming, and oh so sexy. I zoomed through this thoughtful and joyful story about two people finding themselves and each other.” —Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal

Romance blossoms between two city planners posing as newlyweds in this first in a bright new series by acclaimed author Ruby Lang

The last thing Oliver Huang expects to see on the historic Mount Morris home tour is longtime acquaintance Fay Liu bustling up and kissing him hello. He’s happy to playact being a couple to save her from a pushy admirer. Fay’s beautiful, successful and smart, and if he’s being honest, Oliver has always had a bit of a thing for her.

Maybe more than a bit.

Geeking out over architectural details is Oliver and Fay’s shared love language, and soon they’re touring pricey real estate across Upper Manhattan as the terribly faux but terribly charming couple Darling and Olly.

For the first time since being laid off from the job he loved, Oliver has something to look forward to. And for the first time since her divorce, Fay’s having fun.

Somewhere between the light-filled living rooms and spacious closets they’ve explored, this faux relationship just may have sparked some very real feelings. For Oliver and Fay, home truly is where their hearts are.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!



In all their years as wary mutual acquaintances, Oliver Huang never expected Fay Liu to be so happy to see him. But here she was, in this showcase home on the Mount Morris Park historic house tour, flashing Oliver a huge, almost desperate smile. She stepped right up to kiss him heartily on the lips, and in the process knocked his glasses askew, smudging them.

Then as he reached up to adjust them, she commandeered his arm and linked hers through his.
Fay was a fellow urban planner and, most importantly, she was a partner at Milieu. They had mutual friends. He’d even sent her firm a CV, and had finally received a follow-up from one of her partners expressing interest just that morning. For a fuzzy moment, he wondered if she was here, had sought him out directly, to arrange the interview. Still, he hadn’t expected Fay to be quite so warm and, well, handsy? lipsy?—was that a word?—about greeting a potential employee.

And wasn’t she married?

But she gripped him more tightly and snuggled into his side. She felt good tucked into him. So, he allowed himself to relax, to enjoy touching another human body again, to almost hug someone, to feel needed, and wanted, and seen.

It was such a fleeting, wonderful connection. Fleeting, because in less than a minute, he understood what this was.

A man clomped up to them and scowled at the picture Oliver and Fay presented, standing in the upper hallway of the brownstone, looking for all the world like a pair of proud new homeowners.

Such a lovely illusion.

Review: Got an afternoon to kill? This is your book...or well novella. Its a short, but fun read that you file under the fake relationship trope.

The characters are quirky and real and just super fun.

Its a pretty tame romance on the heat scale, but it is still enjoyable for those that like a little sumthin sumthin in their books.

I found it cute and breezy. A great quick summer read

Rating: 4 flowers


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ruby Lang is the author of the acclaimed Practice Perfect series. She is pint-sized, prim, and bespectacled. Her alter ego, Mindy Hung, wrote about romance novels (among other things) for The Toast. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, Bitch, and other fine venues. She enjoys running (slowly), reading (quickly), and ice cream (at any speed). She lives in New York with a small child and a medium-sized husband.

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