What’s on the burner?

Three gas ring burners on a home cooker.Thought I’d give you a preview of what I’m working on this year–book wise. Once this idea popped into my head, I have been busy creating sample covers and blurbs and outlines for stories, and have had a blast doing it. I’m so excited!!!

My next set of books will be stand-alone novels, but part of a themed set called the Ruled Out Romances. The first draft of Book 1 is finished, and outlines for the next two are mapped out. If I can keep to the schedule I made, I plan to release the first three books in September, November and December of this year. Yippeeee!!!

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Petticoat Spy

bookTime for another blog tour adventure. Pull on your petticoats and grab your spy glasses for this next book.

Wait! Did I hear you say you don’t own a petticoat?

Well, boo. 😦 I guess you’ll have to make due with a bathrobe then and hope you don’t stand out too much.

Petticoat Spy is set in Revolutionary War times in Massachusetts 1775. It was quite a delicious read, and I’m excited to tell you about it. Here’s the blurb: Continue reading

Color of Love

bookHere’s another great book. It is actually on my 2016 reading list because I read an early copy, but it just released this month. Color of Love by Anita Stansfield is a Regency romance with a unique twist. The heroine is a colored girl of Indian descent and, therefore, doesn’t fit into English society…and never will.

Synopsis:

The British aristocracy is an inflexible judge. And for Amala, a lovely young Indian woman, that judgment is most keenly felt. Raised from a child by the wealthy Hepworth family following the murder of her parents, Amala grew up alongside the Hepworth’s own daughter, Katarina, and was loved as both sister and daughter. The family is part of the charmed circle of the upper class, but Amala’s place in society is tenuous. As an Indian woman, her life is marked by a sense of otherness and voices of prejudice. So when she embarks upon a sweet acquaintance with Henry Breckenridge, a white Englishman, Amala is both elated and terrified. She knows first-hand the opposition that an interracial couple would face, and courtship with Henry could destroy his standing in society.

Determined to spare the reputations of both Henry and her sister Katarina, Amala flees England with the hope that an extended trip will allow her time to heal her broken heart. But she never imagined the repercussions of that decision, and the heartbreak awaiting her. For when she returns to England, she finds those she holds dear facing unparalleled devastation. And now it is her love that holds the key to healing a broken family .

My Review

Amala’s position in English society broke my heart. She was such a beautiful, talented, cultured girl–raised to act English–but because of the color of her skin, she could not break through crusty barriers of those around her. When she meets Henry Breckenridge, they are mutually attracted to each other, but she cannot bear to burden him with all the horrible consequences that marrying her and bringing half-breed children into the world would bring him. Running away brings another kind of heart-break to both of them, but they must move on for society will never allow a mixed marriage.

3 YummyThis story took place over several heart-breaking years and it really tugged at the old heartstrings, let me tell you. I liked the twists and surprises as I turned the pages, and felt it was a gratifying read. My only hangup was that Amala’s adopted family seemed a little too tolerant and casual for that time period and their ranking in English society, but I could overlook that because it’s how I wish more of them would have behaved back then.

Overall, I ranked this a solid 4 to 4.5 on Amazon and Goodreads, and a 3 on my critical Sweet Scale. It was an enjoyable story that showed the different faces (or colors) of love people can feel for one another, and how these feelings can change, grow, or wilt depending on how we act on them.

About the Author

Anita Stansfield is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers. Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that women deal with on a daily basis. (I’ve read tons of her books, yet haven’t made a dent in the pile she has written. This writer really is prolific).

color-of-love-bannerGiveaway

The publisher is hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway for a copy of this book and cash during the Color of Love Blog Tour. Check it out. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you to win. Happy Reading!

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Reading Year in Review (2016)

dsc04045It’s a new year. Whew! 2016 was rough for me and my family, but reading-wise, it was wonderful. Thank goodness for books! They save my sanity. I read 108 books last year. That’s down from 2015, but still nothing to spit at. My favorite genre is romance, so the majority of my books fell somewhere in that category. But I did branch out and read a few different genres, and some of those turned out to be my favorites. Here is a breakdown of how many books I read in each genre. At the end, I’ve listed my top picks and links to find them. There are a few FREEBIES, so grab them if you’re interested. 

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