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October 28, 2014
There are worse crimes than using frozen pie crust…
Festive pastries are flying off the shelves at Pie in the Sky, where Maggie Grady and her Aunt Clara sell the best desserts in Durham, North Carolina. Yet it’s not just the tantalizing scents of cinnamon and nutmeg in the air, for murder is on the menu too…
As Christmas approaches, Aunt Clara’s love life is heating up. Maggie likes seeing her beloved partner-in-pie happy with her new beau, Donald Wickerson—until Maggie’s own boyfriend, local reporter Ryan Summerour, discovers that several of Donald’s wealthy exes met with unfortunate “accidents.”
Is Clara’s boyfriend just looking to fatten his bank account? Before Maggie can discover, a dying Donald stumbles in Pie in the Sky. The way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach, but someone found a handgun more effective. Even worse, Clara – who was out back feeding a stray cat at the time—had motive, means, and no human witnesses.
To clear Clara’s name, Maggie and Ryan start sifting through suspects. Could the murderer be one of Donald’s numerous former in-laws, or an embittered flame? And can Maggie find the culprit before the killer serves up a second helping?
We’re giving away a copy of Treacherous Tart, courtesy of Pocket Books. Since we are talking pies in Pie in the Sky Coffee Shop, tell us what’s your favorite pie that you are looking forward to this Thanksgiving?
Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 2nd. Giveaway open to U.S. residents, 18 years and older please.
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ORDER A COPY: Nothing Personal
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publishing Date: October 22, 2014
Audiobook: 6 hrs.
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart
I simply could not continue with this story. It wasn’t the predictable tropes that made it unreadable. It wasn’t the nonsensical set up that made it unreadable. It was simply the unbelievable heroine that I couldn’t get past to finish this story.
The story begins with Ryan McKay, owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar casino, needing to get married by the end of the day because his grandfather was determined on his deathbed that Ryan needed to know about love. The grandfather, as well as the parents, ignored Ryan growing up and never showed him any kind of love. CONTINUE READING
ORDER A COPY: A Cursed Bloodline: A Weird Girls Novel
Publishing Date: November 18, 2014
eBook: 370 pages
Rating: 4 stars
The excitement never ends for Celia Wird, and by excitement I mean attempts to kill her. In this story, even friends become enemies. With no one at her back, she will still risk everything to get back the one friend she still has in the world and to protect the man she loves but can’t have.
I originally made the mistake of classifying this series in my brain as paranormal romance. The first book was lighthearted and funny. But make no mistake, this is an Urban Fantasy series. The difference (I feel) between the Urban Fantasy and the paranormal romance is how dark the story gets and how deadly it gets to the characters. In an Urban Fantasy it is not unusual for major characters to be killed and the main characters to get mauled. Although Celia transforms into a tiger, she is not a were and does not have a were’s healing ability. If it was not for her sister’s ability to heal, Celia would have been long dead.
ORDER A COPY: Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops Series Book 2)
Publisher: Whiskey Girls Publishing
Publishing Date: October 31, 2014
Paperback: 200 pages
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Even the greatest love can be torn apart, but it can also be mended if the love is strong enough. This latest novel by Jessie Lane deals with depression, mental health, loss, and reconnection.
Kara and Riley Sullivan were high school sweethearts. After they married, Riley went into the Navy and Kara attended college and worked hard to become the perfect Navy wife. Yet it was Kara’s need to be “perfect” that ultimately destroyed the foundation of their marriage. CONTINUE READING
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ORDER A COPY: In Pursuit of Miriam
Publisher: Arrow Publications
Publishing Date: August 2014
eBook: 222 pages
Rating: 3 stars
This was a first published novel for Helen Grant. It had a good outline but what this story lack was embellishment. I would have enjoyed reading more conversations and interactions between Miriam and Vincent instead the very short conversations or the general references to “we talked.” Even though Vincent wanted to marry Miriam as a business arrangement, it was hard to acknowledge that she had any appeal to him when they had so little interaction. CONTINUE READING
Dragged by her aunt for a season in Bath, the Honourable Miss Miriam Knightly promises to make herself agreeable to any unmarried man she meets. All in the hope that one of them will overlook her lameness and offer marriage.
Vincent, the Earl of Chantry, needs a wife in order to inherit the funds he needs to prolong his merry London lifestyle. What better candidate for a marriage of convenience than an unfortunate lady with little prospects of gaining a husband? Miss Knightly. He happily foresees planting her at his country estate while he returns to London.
However, Miriam, a lady of independent character and means, secretly refuses to fall at the feet of the gentlemen who do propose—including the handsome Earl of Chantry. His proposal couched in cold business terms, distresses her. For already, his very touch makes her pulse race. Can she accept his proposal and live in hope that one day he will come to care for her?
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I am having my own little celebration today. A few years ago I had to have surgery for a detached retina and I thought it was happening again in my other eye. I have been prepping my life for a repeat of last time where many things were off limits for several weeks including using a computer and reading!! But after several follow up appointments my eye surgeon has declared that if it hasn’t happened yet, chances are low that it will happen anytime soon (but no guaranties). That’s good enough for me!! Woo hoo!!
To celebrate my good fortune, I found a two-for on my bookshelf — the first two books in the Cavanaugh Brothers series.
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Giveaway ends Thursday, November 13th. Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older please. NOTE: These are Advance Review Copies!
In the small town of River Black, Texas, sits the Triple C—a working cattle ranch that sustains the town. But it also holds painful memories and shocking secrets for the Cavanaugh brothers…
When the Cavanaugh brothers return home for their father’s funeral, they discover unexpected evidence of the old man’s surprising double life—a son named Blue, who wants the Triple C Ranch as much as they do. The eldest son, Deacon, a wealthy businessman who couldn’t wait to leave the ranch and move on with his life, is looking to use his powerful connections to stop Blue at any cost. He never expected the ranch’s forewoman, Mackenzie Byrd, to get in his way.
Mac knows Deacon means to destroy the ranch and therefore destroy her livelihood. But as the two battle for control, their attraction builds. Now Deacon is faced with the choice of a lifetime: Take down the Triple C to feed his need for revenge, or embrace the love of the one person who has broken down every barrier to his heart.
The Cavanaugh brothers left behind River Black, Texas, long ago. But after their father dies, bequeathing them the Triple C, a cattle ranch that sustains their small town, they return—and confront the painful memories of their childhood home and the truth about their sister’s murder…
For years, James Cavanaugh has traveled the world as a horse whisperer, but even the millions he’s earned hasn’t healed the pain he hides behind his stoic exterior. Forced to tackle old demons at the ranch, James throws himself into work to avoid his true feelings. Until he meets a woman who shakes the foundations of his well-built walls…
Sheridan O’Neil’s quiet confidence has served her well, except when it comes to romance. Tired of rejection, she’s ready to swear off men. But after being rescued from a horse stampede by the most beautiful cowboy she’s ever met, her resolve wavers. Only, as Sheridan uncovers James’s belief that no woman is safe with him, she wonders if such a wounded man could ever give in to love, or if some hearts are too broken to be healed…
ORDER A COPY: Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter)
Publisher: Berkley Romance and Tantor Audio
Publishing Date: October 28, 2014
Paperback: 366 pages
Audiobook: 22 hrs
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Rating: 5 stars
Another fabulous story by Nalini Singh. The story of Ashwini and Janvier is a perfect addition to the archangel series and blends well with the recovery of the city and the evil that is still lurking in the shadows. I had a review copy of this story, but had an opportunity to receive an audiobook copy as well. Since I had listened to this entire series, I opted to wait until my audiobook was delivered. I was halfway through the story when the work week ended and I knew I couldn’t wait until Monday to see what happened next. I picked up where I left off and read the rest Friday night. I just couldn’t put it down.
The story starts out showing us that Guild Hunter Ashwini, and Raphael’s vampires, Janvier and Naasir are working together as a team in the shadows behind enemy lines causing as much confusion and damage to Lijuan’s forces to disrupt their fighting Raphael and his angel fighter. CONTINUE READING