24 November 2017

Blitz & Giveaway: Right Gift. Wrong Day (Offsides #1.5) by Natalie Decker

Right Gift. Wrong Day
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #1.5)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Tyler Richardson is freaking out! Not only did he invite his new girlfriend to meet his entire family, this is also the day they will exchange gifts. But what do you get a girl after dating for only two weeks? Should he listen to his friends and just give her a card, or should he ask for a second opinion?

Layla can’t believe she agreed to have dinner with Tyler and his family. What if they don’t like her? To make matter’s worse, they agreed to exchange Christmas gifts. The boy already has everything. And what if she gets him something that’s nicer than what he gets her? That would be really awkward. Asking him what he would like is completely out of the question. Maybe she should ask his friends for help.

After a rocky start, Tyler and Layla’s relationship is everybody’s relationship goals. But can Tyler and Layla survive the holidays without losing their cool?

RIGHT GIFT WRONG DAY is a hilarious companion novella to RIGHT TEXT WRONG NUMBER from Natalie Decker.

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“Juliet would love this!” I grab a cooling rack for cookies.
“She bakes?” Jared asks.
“My sister makes the most amazing cookies ever.”
Jared smiles. “I can see that.”
Could he? She doesn’t really give off the Suzie-homemaker vibe. Lately, she’s been giving off the “everyone can go to hell” vibe. Thinking about her makes me worry all over again.
“I should probably call her.” At least tell her I’m sorry about the texting accident.
Jared’s fist tightens. “She’s really bad off, isn’t she?”
I don’t want to go into all the details with him. So, I’m not going to mention her lack of hygiene as of late because that’s embarrassing. Or, the fact that her room makes me cringe in fear because this is just a phase. She’ll snap out of it. Eventually. Until then, I also won’t mention that she’s mastered “total resting bitch face” like a pro. Because the heartache Mark caused my sister made her like this. That person who looks like my sister and stays in her room, is not the same sister I grew up with. Instead, I say the only thing I can, “He was her first boyfriend. I can’t be sure about this, but I also think he was her first kiss.” I wince as I realize Juliet would not want him to know that. “Promise you won’t repeat that.”
Jared’s jaw tightens again. “I’m not a gossip.”
He turns his intense gaze from mine, and I swear if Mark was in front of us, I think Jared might hurt him. Does Jared still have feelings for my sister? I didn’t think he did because he seemed cold toward Juliet at the dance. At least that’s what she told me.

Maybe she was wrong. Maybe I should stop talking about Juliet altogether with Jared.

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Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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23 November 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Love and Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield

Love and Loss at Whitmore Manor by Anita Stansfield.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance.
Publication: November 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications.
For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is to be no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor—instead, Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife’s deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.

Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel’s husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel’s husband returns, and Olivia’s own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship—followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways.

Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?

Reviewed by Kelly.

What I love about Anita Stansbury’s books is that there is always a moral to the story and there is also faith to be considered in her characters. It always makes me think about those things after I am done.

The very beginning of the book grabs you and makes you wonder what Tristan’s life has been like and why he would feel as low as he does. Then the story gives you Tristan’s character and that he is an honorable man but something is amiss in his life. Then we learn all about his life and his past decisions and the mistakes he has made. But it kind of makes you see him as human and not some romantic superstar with all the faults most of us make.

The romance between Tristan and Olivia is different than most. They had a past and are trying to reconcile that past and mistakes that were made and some of the new pieces of their lives and beliefs.

I love the connections they all have to Tristan’s father and the way they love and care for his ailing father.

There was some suspense and it kept the pace of the book moving. The characters are all believable and I enjoyed the friendships and the way the servants all interacted with one another.

Overall, it is a very enjoyable story!

You and I need to be together; we need to share our lives in every respect. I need you. More importantly, I love you. And I want to devote my life to caring for you and making you happy.

If you like honor and duty, treason, faith, making up for past mistakes, apologies, some people who are without honor, medical skills, friendships of a lifetime then this might be for you

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Anita Stansfield has been the reigning queen of LDS romantic fiction for nearly two decades, although her general market releases have been among her readers favorites. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget.

Anita is now also writing under the pseudonym Elizabeth D. Michaels. You can find her work on amazon.com

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22 November 2017

Tour & GIveaway: Enchant (Enchanted #1) by Micalea Smeltzer

Enchant (Enchanted #1) by Micalea Smeltzer.
Audience/Genre: Mature Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance.
Publication: November 17th 2017.
Mara Pryce never imagined that her life was anything but normal and then a strange gray-eyed young man appears at her graduation. When he vanishes without a trace, she’s convinced he’s a figment of her imagination. Then he appears again and shatters her whole world.

Mara is an enchanter, part of an ancient line of Wiccan power, and a war is raging—one of good and evil—between the Enchanted and the Iniquitous.

The Iniquitous want her dead and it’s Theodore’s job as her protector to keep her safe.

When Mara and Theodore arrive at a safe house, where Mara will remain hidden while learning about her powers, they find that the real threat might be a little closer to home than they want to believe.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Enchant is a swirling mix of emotions with characters who are complex and a story that makes you wonder what is going to happen next. This book is more of a baseline, I think, to the real fight that will ensue in the coming books. I think we learn more about who these characters are in this book; what they feel, and who they team up with. But also, as the reader we try to figure out who we can trust and know that the time for safety will come to the end soon enough.

Where the book is labeled young adult, I would say it reads more as a new adult or a mature young adult. They did act a lot like teenagers though, slightly immature at times. Sometimes it just read slow for me and other times fast. I wouldn’t let my teenager read it though. That’s just me.

Mara and Theodore dance this dance wanting to be together but the rules say they can’t as Protector and Chosen One. They are stuck like glue they should be together anyway. You fight harder for the ones you love in my opinion. But it doesn't matter because neither one's heart can live without the other.

His eyes flicked down to my lips and he groaned. "You are my greatest fight and my longest battle." Before I could process what his words meant, his lips stole my breath.

"You make me blind," he breathed against my lips. "Blind to my fears and my duties and everything I've ever known."

The story is definitely good vs evil and the origin of the Enchanters and Iniquitous shows how the evil ones pretty much sold their soul to the devil to become what they are. They want power and will kill to have what they want. They want the Enchanters dead.

We learn more about Mara’s family as time goes on. And her family is at the heart of all that is going on. So Mara is basically hunted. Mara learns her magic pretty fast!

So Mara and Theodore with Theo’s sister and Winston (another Chosen One) with Ethan and Nigel the cat are running at the end because all hell breaks loose and it leaves on a cliffhanger! How I hate cliffhangers!

If you like good vs evil, stories with fighting, magic, jealousy, bantering, safe houses, family and cliffhangers then this might be for you!

Contents: language, and open door intimacy

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Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling twenty-something author. She started scribbling stories before she even knew her alphabet. She currently resides in Virginia with her doggie side-kick Ollie.

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21 November 2017

Cover Reveal & GIveaway: My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson


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My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.

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A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.



17 November 2017

Tour & GIveaway: For Castle and Crown by Sian Ann Bessey

For Castle and Crown by Sian Ann Bessey.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance.
Publication: November 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Refreshing and more telling of how times really were and how couples should be! This book shows a story in a time without a lot of technology and battle scars are worn more often then not.

Edmund comes home to find nothing as he left it. His brother and his new bride are gone from a fire. His childhood best friend Lady Pippa was also burned in the fire and has hidden herself in a convent trying to hide her scars and just serve others. There is troubles with rebuilding the tower where the fire was. Superstition exists. There is someone trying to take over Edmund's rightful place as Duke.

Edmund was also wounded while on the Crusades. Edmund is a righteous man. He is honorable. He only wants what is best for his home and those who need him! As Pippa and Edmund become reacquainted, they find themselves falling for each other. But they can not be together until they stop whatever force seems to be trying to stop Edmund and take everything he loves!

Perhaps what I like best about this book is that Pippa and Edmund are help meets to each other. Edmund and Pippa respect each other and they listen to the other! Edmund had taught Pippa as a young girl how to do many things that probably weren't appropriate for a Lady but it came in handy. She has a lot of faith! She is awesome with a knife! Pippa's scars make a lot of movement painful but she doesn't whine or dwell on it but moves forward and pushes through the pain! Edmund learns to let go of being the guy and allows Pippa, albeit hesitantly, to place herself into direct danger to help get rid of the evil that is messing with the lives of the people he is responsible for. They are equals!

If you like books from medieval times, good vs. evil, scars, the Crusades, fighting for what is right, family, honor, help meets, finding real love, impossible circumstances, then this might be for you!

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Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelors degree in communications.

Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love especially her Welsh homeland.

Sian is the author of several LDS novels and childrens books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.

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