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. Continue reading

Perfectly You


Just finished this fun YA contemporary romance, and thought I’d give you a heads up about it. This author (Robin Daniels) is Kelly Oram’s sister, and this is her second book. I’m a fan of Kelly Oram, so thought I’d give her sibling a try. Here’s the blurb for Perfectly You:

Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming.

Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction. Continue reading

Romancing Daphne

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This newest book by Sarah Eden was completely delightful. Regency romance at its best. Last month I attended a writer’s conference where Sarah was the Emcee along with James Dashner (Maze Runner). She’s this short, cute redhead with a bubbly personality. I loved listening to her banter about with Dashner and learn from her wisdom during one of her classes. I’ve read lots of her books, and she is an expert at writing emotionally gripping characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Continue reading

Defiance

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Wow! This one really took my breath away. Defiance by A.L.Sowards is not a romance like I normally read. This is a story set during the latter part of World War II, and it is a gripping journey. Our young hero is Lukas. He’s just barely graduated from high school and is anxious to be drafted and go serve his country. His older brother, Bastian, who is home after losing his leg, tries to warn him about what he will see and experience. But Lukas, like most normal 18-year-olds, wishes his brother would leave him alone. He already knows everything, right? Continue reading

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

Tour de Highway – Kansas

Well, Dorothy. We’re in Kansas today. We’ve zipped all over the U.S. on this biking book tour as you can see from the map below. From Utah to Texas and on to Nebraska. If you’ve missed any of the action, here’s a quick summary of the stops we’ve made so far:

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Now we’re pulling into Kansas where my good friend, Michelle Terry, is spotlighting Between Hope & the Highway. Whoohoo!

I hope you’ll join my book and I over at Michelle’s for some more prairie-fied goodness. Michelle is the most genuine, authentic woman I know. Once I stumbled onto her blog, I couldn’t leave. She is one of the kindest people I know…and funny. I know you’ll love her too. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my book  yet, it just went down in price this week…so lucky you.

Happy reading…and biking.

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Love at First Note

41uwifnb2ll-_sx332_bo1204203200_I have another sweet read to shout out about. This one has a delicious musical twist to it. Here’s the blurb:

Emma Hill was practically born with a violin in her hands. She lives for the life of the piece, for each song’s story, for the perfect stillness after the endnotes when the vibrations of sound are still humming through her body. If only her love life were that harmonic. But she knew her chances at love would take a hit when she decided to leave her prestigious concertmaster position in the Cleveland Orchestra and move back home to Asheville, North Carolina. She justifies her actions with the fact that being concertmaster for the Asheville Symphony is better than no dates and no job.

But when Emma’s world collides with piano-playing YouTube sensation Elliott Hart, she finds herself falling for the way he plucks at her heartstrings. Despite a—ahem—not-so-good first impression, the two soon develop the beginnings of a rhythmic relationship. But when Elliott insists they can’t be together, it’s up to Emma to strike up a little romance . Will she be able to bring their two worlds into harmony, or will she only manage to get herself in trouble?

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Painting Rain

Painting RainHow do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?

If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint.

A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn’t know how she’s supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty.

Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself. Continue reading

One Last Spring

I know it’s not spring right now, but this book doesn’t just cover spring. There is a blizzard, spring blossoms, and summer fun all wrapped up in its pages. This historical romance is set in the quiet village of Llanwddyn in Wales in the late 1880’s. I don’t have a clue how to say Llanwddyn. It could be pronounced Lan-widden or Yanidin or Lawden or Land Down Under depending on your mood. But I digress.

The characters in this tale are Gwen–a 16 year old girl who lives with her strict aunt; Lewis–the blacksmith’s son who is supposed to watch over Gwen for her brother, his best friend; and Thomas–an English engineer sent to the village to supervise the dam construction.

When Gwen’s brother leaves for sea and changes come to her community due to the new dam being built (which in the years to come will force the villagers to relocate), she must dig deep within herself to find happiness. Continue reading