Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Longing for Home By.Sarah M Eden A Proper Romance

Though she was only a child during the darkest days of Ireland’s Great Famine, Katie Macauley feels responsible for the loss of her family’s land and the death of her sister. Now a woman grown, Katie has left Ireland for America and the promise of earning money enough to return home again and plead for her family’s forgiveness. She arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory, a town sharply divided between the Americans who have settled there, with their deep hatred of the Irish, and the Irish immigrants who have come searching for a place to call home. Her arrival tips the precarious balance, and the feud erupts anew. Even in the midst of hatred and violence, however, Katie finds reason to hope. Two men, as different as they are intriguing, vie for her heart, turning her thoughts for the first time toward a future away from Ireland. Katie must now make the hardest decision of her life: stay and give her heart a chance at love, or return home and give her soul the possibility of peace.


When grief, pain and guilt have been the driving force in your life how do you learn to allow love in?  Katie was a different heroine then I am used to.  She was strong and fragile at the same time making for the inability to predict the outcomes of the situations.    In the beginning of the story I was worried that it would be a boring and predictable read but Ms. Eden has quite the word weaving power able to grab and capture your attention.   Follow Katie's journey and the adventure of learning to love.

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden is the author of several well-received historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone (2008) and Courting Miss Lancaster (2010). Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency

Sunday, August 4, 2013

5th Chamber Black Fire By. Elle Moon

Sometimes the dreams never stop, no matter what unimaginable hero waits by your side- no matter how beautiful your life has become. All Haley Webb ever wanted was a chance- a chance to live, a chance to die, a chance to love. Now her life has become so full of chances that she is blinded to anything else.With a heart made broken, Haley has learned that the web she weaves can not be unraveled no matter who it snares. As the voice of her Nana grows silent and the beat of her heart sings stronger, all will wait to see her heaven. Where do you run when the devil comes back? How do you hide from the demons in your choice? As the smell of crimson and cinders suffocate her mind, how does she choose to stand by a love that’s meant to blacken her soul? Sometimes death is the only beginning. For Haley Dawn Webb, hell has come back to her little town of Hanging Rock and it brings a new face with it. Not every heaven is a choice. Not all choices are what they seem. Some fires, burn black.

This series has caused mixed emotions for me.  The beginning did not draw me in. But I pushed through and kept reading.  When you start to fall though you will fall hard and fast.  Like Alice down the rabbit hole this book will grab you and turn everything you expect on its head.  Follow Haley through the maze of life around her as she tries to navigate the intricacies of the choices presented to her at every turn.  Enjoy a book with a touch of everything and an adventure for a lifetime.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D3LOX74?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

Author Bio:
Elle Moon is a country girl who calls West Virginia a second home because a blank novel always remains her first. Wife to a non-reading husband, mommy to an amazing son, and author of the Fifth Chamber Series- her debut novel "The Death Drum", is only the first bite into her imagination. An awkward dancer, a poetic arguer, and a lover of fireflies'- Elle knows everyone has the heart of a story.

King Hall By. Scarlett Dawn Blog Tour

A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall…

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing:  survival.  Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings.  Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution.


This book was wonderful!!  Take a long and perilous road through the world of paranormal where love takes on a whole new meaning with pain close behind.  Lily will go through more in such a short time then most go through in ten lifetimes.  It took approximately 5 seconds to get so enthralled with the story aching to know what came next that I ended up curling up missing dinner and staying that way till I finished.  There is pain in this book acute and brutal, love sharp and never ending, and of course the mysteries of magic in ALL its forms.  King Hall will give a whole new meaning to Paranormal.

5 out 5 stars

Purchase links:
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Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started from at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Xpresso Book Blitz DRUM ROLL please............ Violet Duke. The Complete Nice Girl Series

There will be a contest featured on the Booking and Cooking facebook page for one lucky readers very OWN copy!!!

Book & Author Details:

Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Collection by Violet Duke
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

The • Nice • Girl n. 1. female of the species who never does anything or anyone bad: Hands-off, she’s a nice girl. 2. the woman that men take home to meet mom: Find my son a ‘nice girl to love.’ SEE ALSO: a good girl; girl scout; Abby Bartlett

This is the complete Nice Girl to Love serial romance collection, which contains: Resisting the Bad Boy (Book One), Falling for the Good Guy (Book Two), and Choosing the Right Man (Book Three).


Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.  Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor has a firm ‘nothing over a month’ rule.  Who knew a nice girl would be the one to make him want to break all his rules?


Abby is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him.  Because she’s never once allowed herself that option.

It’s taken a while but Brian has finally come to terms with surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without. Until now. Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother.  Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.


And now it’s up to Abby to decide between the bad boy wanting to start a life with her and the good guy fighting for the life they’ve already built.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18209377-nice-girl-to-love

This has been a journey from start to finish.  I have learned to love as the characters grew along with them and as the hard times came I cried for their pain.  In this full series collection you will not need to wait as I have to see where the next turn will take you....I mean them.  I once compared this series to a free fall from a plane, a heart pounding drop from the sky with no understanding where you might land.  indeed this last book lived up to that feeling of amazed wonderment and when your feet do touch ground be prepared to start running, for in a story of loss, understanding and last but most importantly LOVE the story is never truly over!!!!
Now go journey with Abby, Conner, and Brian as they learn that Love is about the good and the bad.

Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels.  Besides writing and feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she can often be found tackling reno projects with her power tools and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, or cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes.  Violet lives in Hawaii with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.