For Castle and Crown

bookToday I have a super thrilling medieval romance to review. For Castle and Crown by Sian Ann Bessey. Here’s the blurb:

After years spent fighting alongside King Richard in the crusades, Lord Edmund of Hawksford is finally returning to his ancestral home. But far from a joyful reunion, what awaits him is devastation. His elder brother is dead, killed in a tragic fire at Hawksford Castle—and the title of duke now falls to Edmund.

When he strives to rebuild the fire-scarred castle, Edmund learns that his was not the only life the fire shattered: his childhood friend Lady Phillipa survived the flames that took Edmund’s brother, but badly burned, she has hidden herself away from those she loves. Yet as the pair renews their acquaintance, they find that their affection runs deep—perhaps even deeper than they’d ever realized.

As Edmund and Pippa begin to question whether the fire was truly an accident, they must discover the truth of the past before they can plan for their future. While coming perilously close to the answers they seek, Edmund and Pippa find themselves at the mercy of a dangerous foe who will stop at nothing to lay claim on Hawksford—and he will destroy any who stand in his way.

My Review

Decadent5This medieval romance was super intriguing. Lots of knights fighting, mysterious, dark happenings that bring about superstition and suspicion in the townspeople, exciting plot twists, a cool English/Wales setting, and great character development. I really liked everything about this story, and practically inhaled it in two days. It was hard to put down. Medieval settings can be gruesome and cruel, but this has those elements without being graphic about it. It’s still clean and not offensive. I really can’t say enough good about this book. It was a solid 5 all across the board.

Giveaway

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Author Meet & Greet

giveawayHey everyone. I have exciting news. For the month of November, you can visit the link below and meet new authors. You can also enter the gift basket giveaway for a chance to win the grand prize, which includes a: Kindle Fire, $25 Amazon cash, and a Reader Mug. Whoohoo! That’s awesome. So what are you waiting for. Click on the link and go visit The Kindle Book Review to enter this awesome giveaway and also check out a bunch of authors who have book deals going on right now (yours truly is one of them).

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Game Changer

This Sunday is my new book’s birthday. Game Changer will turn 1 month old. Ahhh, how cute. I thought I’d tell you 5 things you maybe didn’t know about this book:

  1. It’s based at an ice cream shop. Really. I was hungry and wanted to go to Dairy Queen for a Hawaiian blizzard. But I couldn’t, but I still wanted ice cream. So I started writing about it. That’s the next best thing. When I got more serious, I had to research college towns to find the best ice cream shop to base my story’s setting. Once I found the cute little ice cream shop on Washington State University’s campus, I fell in love and Meridee and Parker caught their spark. Because they had ice cream. Right? Everyone is happier when ice cream is involved. If you ever drive through Pullman, Washington, stop at Ferdinand’s and try their ice cream or Cougar Gold (cheese). In my dreams, I’ve tried every flavor and love them all.
  2. Football isn’t the main plot of the book. I know. I can hear most of you girls saying, “Thank goodness!” and the guys all groaning and saying, “Why is there a football on the front then?” Well, a character DOES play football in this story. There aren’t any major football play scenes in the book or the smell of turf, but I did have you smell the locker room a couple times. You’re welcome.
  3. The goofy work attire Meridee has to wear is based on my own McDonald days. Meridee’s silly paper hat and hairnet at work reminded me of my teenage days when I had to wear a brown polyester uniform and a hokey hat. My future husband, who was kind of crushing on me at the time (wink wink), would come in and purposely order a quarter pounder without cheese just so it’d take a long time and he’d have a reason to stick around and talk to me. (I found this out AFTER we married years later). I’d always curse him under my breath for ordering a special order and prolonging his time because I was horribly embarrassed to be seen in my awful uniform. Meridee feels the same when Parker comes into her ice cream shop and teases her about her head-gear.
  4. This book went through at least 12 revisions. That’s the ones I wrote down. I read it through way more than that and made changes each time. Even the day it was released, I read back through and realized one scene mentioned in one chapter had something the day before that wasn’t quite accurate from the last chapter. It was just a few words I needed to change, but I was hitting my head as I changed it wondering why I hadn’t caught that in all my other read-throughs. It takes lots of rewrites to make a book shine. So be nice in your reviews. We writers word HARD!
  5. The line about orange chicken came to me lots of years ago.  As I played around in a competition on another writer’s blog, she had us write down 5 one liners, and my one about blaming everything on orange chicken moved to the final rounds of the contest where I had to flesh it out into a paragraph, then a page, then a story outline. It stuck around in my mind every since, and seemed to fit this story well. And a story bloomed from that seed. The story isn’t anything like what I’d planned it to be in that contest. This goes to show you never know what little nuggets will turn out to be gold later on.

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Stone Silence (& Winners)

Don’t you just love the sound of that title? I do. And I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the book. Taylor Dean is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read every single one of her books, and reread them many times. Her stories always connect with my heart and stay with me long after I’m done reading them. Here is the blurb:

Great big beautiful love.

Does it really exist?

Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.”

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me.

I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly.

Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date. Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help.

That’s when I meet Stony by chance. Continue reading

Last Chance!!!

6-1019 giveawayMy Fall Giveaway to celebrate the release of Game Changer ends tomorrow at midnight. If you haven’t entered yet, it’s super easy.  And your odds of winning are GREAT because there are 20 PRIZES!!!

Here are the Goodies & Treats

  • 1 – $25 Amazon cash
  • 2 – $10 Amazon cash
  • 3 – $5 Amazon cash
  • 2 – Paperback books (by other authors; you must live in continental USA)
  • 2 – eBook sets – Bending Willow Trilogy
  • 5 – eBooks – Between Hope & the Highway
  • 5 – eBooks – Game Changer

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Christmas Grace

Christmas Grace Blog Tour

I know it’s still October, but this book I just read held a collection of Christmas novellas set in England during the Regency period, and now I’m ready to turn on Christmas music and maybe decorate early. Only my laziness will stop me.

Christmas Grace is a collection by four well-known authors: Jennifer Moore (I’ve read a ton of her books), Anita Stansfield (same), Krista Lynne Jensen, and Chalon Linton. Continue reading