Blogging Notes

star-trek-10Two things.  One, my wonderful husband bought me a new laptop I’m getting used to and, two, I’m rethinking how and which books I review for.  Due to real life issues, I have to be very efficient with my computer time.

By the way, did you catch last night’s episode of Star Trek Discovery?  Awesome.

 

 

 

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Book Blitz: A MOMENT AT CHRISTMAS by Jennifer Faye

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A Moment at Christmas

A Whistle Stop Romance #5

by Jennifer Faye

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: October 19, 2017

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Blurb:

Needed: A nanny in time for Christmas!

Christian Danser keeps his home at the Broken Arrow Ranch just as his late wife left it: cozy and orderly.  With an early winter settling in and the ranch shorthanded, he needs a nanny ASAP.

When Noelle Forrester finds herself unexpectedly unemployed, she and her young son are facing eviction. An ad for a live-in nanny appears to be the answer to her prayers. Until she comes face-to-face with Christian—the sexy yet irritating cowboy who cost Noelle her previous job!

Christian resists hiring the beautiful but failed waitress. She’s too young, too busy, and far too tempting. Nonetheless, when his daughter takes a shine to Noelle, he reconsiders. But when Noelle’s holiday cheer conflicts with Christian’s avoidance of the holiday, sparks fly. Somehow, Noelle has to open Christian’s heart to the spirit of Christmas…or she and her son will be homeless by the New Year.

You can find A Moment at Christmas on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31119818-a-moment-at-christmas

You can buy A Moment at Christmas here:

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Moment-Christmas-Whistle-Stop-Romance-ebook/dp/B075VV6T6N/

– Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-moment-at-christmas-jennifer-faye/1127142146?ean=2940154945940

– Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-moment-at-christmas

– iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1288856981

A Moment to Love

For a limited time A Moment to Love is free on all vendor sites! Start this series for free and pick up book 1 today:

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RPLREWE/

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And buy  book 2 A Moment to Dance (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W4EBD1A/) for only $0.99!

A Moment on the Lips

Also available:

– A Moment on the Lips (A Whistle Stop Romance #3): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015ERT2JS/

– A Moment to Cherish (A Whistle Stop Romance #4): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G0UEVWQ/

Excerpt:

Christian held out his hand. Noelle hesitated before accepting. Hand in hand, they headed for the dance floor. Suddenly, Denise and Chuck stopped. They turned back to Christian and Noelle.

“Kiss,” they said in unison, as though they’d planned it ahead of time.

She and Christian turned puzzled looks on each other and then back to the newly married couple. Both Chuck and Denise pointed at the mistletoe hanging from the ceiling. Now who had put that there?

“You two are the ones that should be kissing,” Christian said. “After all, you just got married.”

“Ah, but we’ve got the rest of our lives to kiss,” Denise said. “But tonight, you two are standing beneath the mistletoe.”

“Kiss. Kiss. Kiss.” Their chant grew in strength as more and more wedding guests started clapping their hands and chanting along. “Kiss. Kiss. Kiss.”

Christian sent Noelle a questioning look. She didn’t say a word, feeling as though their fate was sealed. Heat rushed up her neck and swirled in her checks. The chanting wasn’t letting up.

Her gaze met Christian’s, and she nodded her consent. He tentatively pulled her close. Her arms automatically wrapped around his back. Her chest pressed to his, and a pounding ensued, but she couldn’t tell if it was his heart or her own. His head lowered to hers, and her eyes fluttered shut.

Though it went against her better judgment, she wanted this. With Christian holding her like this, the noise of the other wedding guests faded into the background. The only things registering in Noelle’s mind were the feel of Christian’s hands pulling her snugly to him and the pressure of his mouth on her own. His lips parted, and his tongue teased hers.

It wasn’t until an ear-splitting whistle broke through the mounting desire that they reluctantly stepped apart. Noelle pressed a hand to her lips, shocked and embarrassed by their public displayA Moment to Cherish

Author Info:

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

Now living her dream, she resides with her very patient husband, amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter is off chasing her own dreams) and two spoiled cats. When she’s not plotting out her next romance, you can find her curled up with a mug of tea and a book.

You can learn more about Jennifer at:

– Website: http://jenniferfaye.com/

– Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/baAOmP

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferFayeAuthor/

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferFaye34

– Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/JenniferFaye34/

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Faye/e/B00BOVCDLS/

– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Jennifer_Faye

– Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jennifer-faye

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This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 19 till 25 October. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-a-moment-at-christmas-by-jennifer-faye/

Grand Finale: KEEPER OF HER HEART by Stacy Henrie

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The Keeper of her Heart

by Stacy Henrie
Inspirational Historical Romance
ebook, 271 pages

September 26th 2017 by Beyond the Page Publishing

If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie’s inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One!

Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.

Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.

Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .
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Advanced Praise for the Book

“Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for.” —Fresh Fiction

 
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.
 
Click on this link to enter the drawing for a $40 Amazon Gift Card and eBook-   http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b9a55db3232/?
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Book Blitz: MERMAIDS & THE VAMPIRES WHO LOVE THEM by Debra Goelz

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Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them
by Debra Goelz
Published by: Hachette Audiobooks
Publication date: October 17th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Waverly Fishwater believes that people who act suspicious are asking for her to spy on them. When she eavesdrops on one of her dad’s clandestine meetings, she learns that mermaids are being abducted. Fearing no one else will save them, Waverly swaps her tail for legs and heads to the site of the disappearances, but it doesn’t go as planned. After exposing mermaidkind to humanity, Waverly has to come to terms with leaving the home, friends, and school she loves. For her safety, she must go to a remote boarding school on the California coast.

Waverly discovers her new classmates are from a multitude of supernatural species, including werewolves, fairies, and minor Greek gods. But the bigger problem might be all the mermaid-blood loving vampires, and the fact that the most infuriating one has taken an interest in her already.

She must navigate this weird new world where her class schedule includes time-traveling history, fairy dance, interspecies biology, and sand-sculpting vain gods with rock-hard abs. The biggest letdown is that she still has to take algebra, even though polynomials are not her friends.

Just when she’s starting to fit in, she begins to unravel a dark plot that could destroy the bayside school and the oceans beyond. As she gets close to solving the mystery, the mernapper takes hold of her mind and hides the clues that will piece it together. Waverly is left with the knowledge of one thing: she’s next.

If Waverly is to expose the scheme and take out the mastermind, she’s going to have to rely on the most dubious kind of help-reckless gods, single-minded werewolves, and virtuous fairies. To avoid a supernatural catastrophe, Waverly must rally this eccentric band of heroes, learning to rely on the help of others in order to stay afloat.

 
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AUTHOR BIO:

Debra Goelz is a refugee from Hollywood where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. Her performing career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in “Muppet Treasure Island.” After garnering over 9 million on-line reads, her award-winning YA fantasy, “Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them,” will be published by Hachette audio on October 17, 2017. She lives in a redwood forest in rural Marin County with her husband. Her two children have abandoned her to seek a college education in New York.

Author links:

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There is an audio sample posted of Chapter 1 on Bandcamp: https://wattpad.bandcamp.com/album/mermaids-and-the-vampires-who-love-them and a snippet of Chapter 4 on Audiobooks.com: https://audiobookstore.com/audiobooks/mermaids-and-the-vampires-who-love-them.aspx
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The Pioneer Woman Magazine

2940149152063_p0_v1_s550x406Ree Drummond has a new magazine out.  It’s bright, brilliant, and not too expensive to throw in my grocery cart on a budget.

If you want to live Happily Ever After in real life, you need to work at it.  Magazines like this can help.  http://thepioneerwoman.com/   I wasn’t surprised to learn The Pioneer Woman  grew up on Laura Ingalls Wilder and, yes, I’m going to try the cast iron cornbread recipe.  http://littlehouseontheprairie.com/

Avoid the drama and those who generate it as best you can.  Keep your face to the light.

Happy Sunday!

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CAT ABOUT TOWN by Cate Conte

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In an effort to find greater variety in contemporary, non-paranormal reading, I deliberately searched out the cozy mystery section at my local store.  I haven’t read out of that bunch of books in many years.  I came up with this book, which my grand-kitten, Tigey, wholeheartedly applauds.  In fact, she thinks Orange Guy is a total studmuffin.  Okay, I’m exaggerating.  She’s fixed, so she don’t care.

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Anyway…

Maddie travels from her studio apartment and successful juice bar on the West Coast to her little seaside hometown on the East Coast for her grandma’s funeral.  Grandma loved cats and Orange Guy shows up by the tombstones too.  No identification and he takes a liking to Maddie who reciprocates.  But, it’s busy and noisy and Orange Guy slips away.

Grandpa is now alone in a big, beautiful house that’s been passed down in the family for generations and Maddie is his favorite descendent.  They’ve been hanging out and reading books together since she was knee-high to a grasshopper.  So, she’s pretty annoyed when she finds out the local snake-like rich dude, Frank, is after Grandpa’s house, now Grandma’s gone.  While Maddie takes her walk down memory lane, remembering all the people she grew up around, the places, and streets, and her high school sweetheart and bff, she’s also trying to figure out how to help Grandpa.  Orange Guy finds her again and follows her everywhere, meeting friends, et cetera.

The prose is superbly written.  I totally envied Ms. Conte’s descriptive ability.  It’s so hard getting what I ‘see’ in my imagination down on paper so other humans can ‘see’ it the same way in theirs.  She totally nailed it.  Made me want to cry.  Also, her description of Grandpa made me miss my dad so much I had to call him.

Maddie insists Frank meet her at a café to talk about the situation and he’s a slippery dude to pin down to such a thing too.  He implies Grandpa’s losing his memory and one foot in the grave and all that, the same as he’s been implying to everyone else.  He goes on about his plans to turn the property into a major business for his own family.  She’s none to pleased with that and tells him so.

But…just when you think Frank’s the villain…

Orange Guy slips away from Maddie at an outdoor festival later that day.  She searches for him, almost frantically.  These two bonded that fast.  Then, she sees him and he leads her to…

…Frank…dead Frank.

Ut-oh.  The plot thickens.  Of course, the police show up and interview Maddie who had words with Frank earlier that day.  Did I mention Grandpa is the retired Chief of Police.  Well, the investigator is kinda cute, but he’s no Sherlock.  Maddie’s casually interviewing several useful people without realizing it for a while, before the police get a clue.  They’re not used to murders in their quiet community, just bullying business-dudes.

In fact, there are several adorable romantic possibilities for Maddie, though this is not a Romance genre novel.  So, don’t even go there.  Nevertheless, I liked Damian, the seafood stand guy, best.  Maddie favors the musician and I’m thinking it’s no wonder she’s still single.

More clues pop up that Maddie doesn’t seem to take conscious note of, like how not every business owner belongs to the Chamber of Commerce and maybe ’cause they don’t really want to.  Hmmm…  Kinda fishy.

There are several colorful secondary characters, like the Tai-Chi bookstore guy and the guy who wonders around dressed in a leopard-pattern outfit, quoting Shakespeare.  Makes you feel like you live there too, or want to.

The list of suspects piles up and Maddie starts to be more deliberate.  Meanwhile, Orange Guy (officially named JJ) has achieved hero status by virtue of having discovered the dead body and Grandpa is grumpy about all the attention on his family and his private life.  An unknown person hires a contractor to fix Grandpa’s roof while she’s butt-naked in the shower and an old friend offers to help her buy a house when she moves back.  When she moves back?  But, she has a life in California, right?

This book is on the shelves right now or you can order it.  Here’s a link to get you started on that-   https://us.macmillan.com/catabouttown/cateconte/9781250072061/

Here’s the author’s Facebook Page-  https://www.facebook.com/CateConteAuthor/

But, she also publishes under another name and you can find her on Twitter through that-   https://twitter.com/Lizmugavero

Tigey says buy this book and you’ll be happy.  Actually, she says nothing, because she is asleep and she is a cat.

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Happy Reading!