Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Review! Love, Snow and Mistletoe Anthology 4.5 Cranky Stars

Love, Snow, & MistletoeLove, Snow, & Mistletoe by Hilaria Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars


Who doesn’t love a sweet Christmas story? What about an anthology of sweet Christmas stories? I know I do and this one didn’t disappoint. Such fun stories from authors such as D.B. James, Alexandria Bishop and Megan Green to name a few. Even though these stories are about established characters, some I’ve never read before, I didn’t feel like I was missing vital parts to a story in order to enjoy the story they wrote.


I laughed and I swooned and I even fanned myself. I discovered some new authors along the way. I think that’s what is fun about anthologies or as I call them story nuggets you find someone new. You get to see old characters finally get their happy ever after. Best of all the proceeds from this anthology support a good cause.


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Release Blitz! Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls

Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: November 20, 2017
 

Synopsis

It had to be a joke. Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch. But nothing happened. The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept. Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA). I barely remembered Chelsea Airy. That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years. My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.  

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About the Author

Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has ten novels out, four short stories, and has collaborated in several anthologies/collections with other authors; all tales of real love and romance.  

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Blog Tour! Chasing Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Title: Chasing Christmas
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Holiday Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: He certainly didn't ask Santa for a bride. . .
   Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world by a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin’s nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married.
   Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that’s exactly where she’s at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she’d let him.
   A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only?
   Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.
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“Jessie and I aren’t really married.”
Huck and the other cowboy exchanged glances. “Oh, yes you are.”
“What?” Chase tipped his chair over as he lunged to his feet. “What do you mean we’re really married?”
Ashley looked as panicked as Chase felt and Jessie’s face had lost all color. Stacey handed her a glass of water and ordered her to take a sip.
“Here.” Mara Powell handed him her phone. “There’s a clip of the pastor who married you talking on the news earlier. He clearly states it was a real wedding.”
Chase watched as Pastor Randall talked to the reporter about marrying them, what a nice ceremony it was, and how he wished them many years of happiness. When the reporter asked about it being a publicity stunt, the pastor smiled and said he couldn’t recall the last time he’d seen a couple so much in love. Clearly, Pastor Randall needed to be committed to the loony bin.
“How did this happen?” he growled, glaring at his cousin. “What did you do?”
 “I… I… this isn’t… I didn’t know…” Ashley stammered. “Pastor Randall must have misunderstood what we needed him to do. He must have…”
“Why did you hire a real pastor?” Chase clenched his jaw to keep from shouting in frustration. “I thought you hired an actor.”
“I wanted it to seem as realistic as possible and Pastor Randall came highly recommended. I didn’t realize… I thought he…” Ashley sniffed and burst into tears, burying her face in the napkin Stacey handed her.
Jessie remained wide-eyed and silent, as though she couldn’t process what had transpired. In his fury, Chase glared at her. “Did you know? Did you plan it that way? You wanted to catch a rodeo star, is that it? Did you corner the pastor before the ceremony and talk him into making it real?” He jerked off his hat and ran a hand through his hair. “Was this sweet and innocent thing all an act until you could get your hands on my assets and worm your way into my life? What’s wrong with you?”
Hurt flashed through her eyes but she didn’t lose her composure. Her face paled to a startling shade of white as she slowly rose to her feet although her voice remained politely calm. “Mr. Jarrett, I had nothing to do with this misunderstanding, nor do I have any desire to be married to such an egotistical, obnoxious, vainglorious man. I’m sure there is a way to be granted an annulment since the only way this marriage would be considered real is over my dead, cold body. Good night.”
With that, she grabbed Stacey’s arm in her hand, hauled her friend to her feet, and marched out the door with more starch in her spine than Chase would have deemed her capable of possessing.
The people around them remained stone-faced and quiet until Huck couldn’t contain a grin. “Like I said earlier, Chase, I think you’ve found just the right girl for you.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Review! Chasing Christmas by Shanna Hatfield 5 Cranky Stars

Chasing Christmas (Rodeo Romance #5)Chasing Christmas by Shanna Hatfield


5 Cranky Stars


Rodeo star Chase Jarrett gets roped into holding a contest to have a bride for a day in order to get more sponsors. Jessie Pierce, a shy graphic design artist, has her world turned upside down when she is chosen as the winner, thanks to her best friend who entered her without her knowledge. But what was supposed to be a one day publicity stunt turns out to be a legal marriage.


They make an agreement to stay married in name only to keep his new sponsors, and she moves out to his ranch. Talking things through and living them prove to be totally different things, though. Can they make their sham marriage real? Or will they go their separate ways?



I enjoyed this book so much, it flew by, and I was disappointed to find I had finished it in one day. The characters are well developed, and the story simply flowed along. I cried and I laughed hysterically. I highly recommend this book.

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New review! The Infinity Gene (The Butterfly Code/Girl on Fire, #2) by Sue Wyshynski, 3 Cranky Stars

The Infinity Gene (Girl on Fire, #2)The Infinity Gene by Sue Wyshynski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**** 3 Cranky Stars ****



I’m sitting here with a heavy heart as I write this review for book 2 of Girl on Fire series. I had high hopes for this sequel but unfortunately there were just a few things I didn’t agree with.



First off, science fiction is a hard genre to write. Or that’s how I think anyway. Why? Because everything in the book will be up for scrutiny as everything will be based on known facts. Paranormal or fantasy has an easier time as readers can just accept abnormal or strange situations as “magical”. The author has an easier time due to artistic license to embellish on the truth. Sci-fi, not so much. Everything will have to be compared to what is “normal” or fact or else things become implausible.



In this series, children are invincible as well as wiser beyond their years. I have 2 kids at home and I have asked friends with kids to be fair in my judgement and all of them agreed with me that the children in these books were doing things beyond their mental, psychological and physical capacity. Let me just clarify that none of the kids in the story had been genetically enhanced.



Another issue was timeline and events. Some of the immortals in the story were capable of turning into superhumans and became super intelligent. Well, actually, this might be acceptable since they had been enhanced after all. But say for instance, a nanny. Before being enhanced, a girl was a nanny, no mention of being a geneticist, computer whiz who can invent top of the line security system that scans credentials and even take a sample of your blood and analyse it within seconds, or any mention that she was also a scientist capable of manipulating cancer cells and finding ways to stop them from mutating. Yet somehow this nanny managed to become this other person after being enhanced and was able to reach that level within less than fifty years. Hmm, I don’t know. I could be wrong with this one but it just didn’t sit well with me.



The dad. If I was the bad guy and I want to force somebody to do something for me, I would go after the family, especially the well-loved dad of that person. Call me a cliché but hey I’m a simple girl. To me it makes sense. Yet the main girl’s dad was in plain sight walking freely, unharmed, untouched and literally ignored by the bad guys.



The genetically enhanced. They’re very intelligent, superior but not very smart and completely governed by their emotions. But I suppose that goes with the plot.



Having said that, the author’s way of writing is engaging. The action sequence rival that of Jason Bourne’s as mentioned in the book. The pacing is fast. The concept unique and the over-all flow of the story hooks you in. Again, as I’ve mentioned, sci-fi is a hard genre to write. Had this been fantasy/paranormal, I wouldn’t even blink an eye and would totally just accept everything the author wrote because it was magical.



Alas, that was not the case.


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New Review! Fire's Love by Alex E. Carey

Fire's LoveFire's Love by Alex E. Carey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Cranky Stars


Kira is basially an orphan. Her brother and her mother are both killed in a tragic accident leaving her virtually alone. Her dad bailed because the memories were too real. She in turns goes to live with her best friend and her mom. Her best friend suddenly without warning makes a big change. Feeling she has nothing left for her she heads out of state to college. Yes Kira is a 16 year old college student.


While off at college she is paired with a malicious roommate who started out with good intentions. She meets Lowell and finds a best friend in him yet he’s harboring a dark secret. She meets his friends and falls for the deadly and wildly anti social Pyre.


Ok so here comes the hard part for me. At times I felt this book was disjointed and the transition from topic to topic was off. One minute we are talking about birds and suddenly we are at the mall. It was hard to follow at times. It was drilled into my head numerous times that she was a fiery spirit and sucked at math.


I liked the book for its concept. It had good potential but I just felt all over. They acted like my small kids ninety percent of the time which we all know men are immature but jeez this was a bit much. I hope book two improves and we see some growth in these characters. Honest question though how does Kira and the gang afford college and their lifestyle and how does a 16 year old girl rent an apartment?


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New Review! Must Love Pogs by Xavier Neal 5 Cranky Stars

Must Love Pogs (Must Love Series Book 3)Must Love Pogs by Xavier Neal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky stars


This book hit home on so many levels. Being an outcast in my own family is something I share with the lead character Oliver. Dancing to the beat of my own drum just like the other lead character London.


When Oliver attends his high school reunion it was with the sole intent to finally be noticed for being himself and not one of his brothers. He never expected to be saved by the bright Ray of sunshine known to the world as little L. London takes saving to the extreme by saving herself at the same time. Only roadblock in their way is themselves and that could tear them apart.


This story is one I was waiting not so patiently for. I always imagined there was more to Oliver and he intrigued me to no end. As usual with Xavier's writing I feel totally vested in the characters. I laughed, to the point of spitting coffee out my nose, and cried because my heart broke with these two. Xavier continues to blow my mind with these stories and I'm so thankful that I chose to take a chance on this author. I can't wait to read the next book. Xavier, prepare for the stalking to commence.

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