27 February 2015

Book Tour & Giveaway: Langston's Daughters (The Lockwood Legacy, #1) by Juliette Harper

Welcome to my tour stop for Langston's Daughters by Juliette Harper. This is an adult contemporary mystery that is also very focused on family, small town and ranch life as well as some clean romance. This is the first in the series. It is appropriate for ages 16+.
The tour runs Feb. 23- March 6 with reviews, author interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for more information.

Langston's Daughters (The Lockwood Legacy, #1) by Juliette Harper.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: December 3rd 2014 by Skye House Publishing .
Kate, Jenny, and Mandy. Langston Lockwood’s daughters. His tyranny drove them away. His suicide draws them home. They inherit his land, his millions, and his mysteries. Meet the women of the Rocking L and the men who come into their lives. Together, they begin the journey to discover the truth about The Lockwood Legacy. From the pain of the past they find the strength to build a dynasty.

Reviewed by Kelly.

We have 3 strong independent daughters of a man who killed himself. The girls are coming back to figure things out. Because their dad killed himself with his best Stetson on his head and his daughters know he would never ruin a good hat, so they investigate what happened.

Jenny and Mandy left home without thoughts of coming back. Kate owns the ranch next door to her late father’s. None of them had plans of returning to their birthplace as their dad was so mean to them, his late wife and everyone he knew. He was a money pincher, but he apparently invested well, because when they went for the reading of the will, he was very rich! Now, his girls would be rich if they live on the land for the rest of their lives. Jenny and Mandy don’t want to. Mandy has a city girl’s life now. Jenny has bad memories. Kate wants them to try and so they do. They made it work for them.

Meanwhile, there is some little sparks of romance here and there but the primary focus is on the girls and trying to figure out why their dad killed himself because nothing was making sense and the more they looked the more questions they had.

When you get to the end, the story is really going and the suspense was killing me and then bam, the end. Say what? It did not just do that to me!

The beginning of the book was slow for me. Towards the end I was devouring it. I will be reading the next one because those girls are spunky and I want to see what happens next.

Kate held her tongue until the fifth suitcase hit the ground. "Mandy, for God's sake, how many clothes can one woman need?"

When her baby sister flashed her that award-winning smile, the one that had taken her all the way to the stage of the Miss Texas Pageant, Kate softened in spite of herself. Mandy was a clothes horse, but she was a thoroughbred clothes horse and far too sweet for her own good.

"I wasn't sure what to wear to the . . . service," Mandy said, her voice cracking a little.

"Baby Sister, since when do you not know how to dress for the Methodist Church?"

Mandy's eyes brightened a little when Kate came down the walk and picked up three of the bags. "Think you can handle the other two, or are you afraid you'll break a nail?"

"Oh, these are acrylic."

"Of course they are," Kate said wryly.

Just as they turned to go up the walk, the sound of tires on the rough road made them look up. Jenny maneuvered the rented SUV behind Mandy's car and cut the engine. The instant she got out Kate said, "You shut the gate?"

Jenny's nerves were already strained. "When have I ever forgotten to shut the gate?" she snapped.

"You live in New York City," Kate countered.

"I grew up in Texas," Jenny shot back.

Mandy angled herself between the two of them and held up her hands. "Now you all stop. Just stop it. Daddy's not even in his grave yet and you're bickering like we were all teenagers again. You didn't ask me if I shut the gate, Katie, and I'm the one who left it open my freshman year and let all the kid goats loose in the road."

Jenny and Kate exchanged a knowing glance and then all three burst out laughing. "And Daddy made you round them up," Jenny said.

"Try to round them up," Kate corrected.

"I can still see her out there in that short skirt," Jenny snickered.

"Oh, come on y’all," Kate whined, in a perfect imitation of her baby sister's voice. "Please go back through the gate."

"Well, Daddy never made me work the stock the way you all did," Mandy said defensively, but with a grin. "I thought if i asked them nice like."

"You got a car full of suitcases, too?" Kate asked, shifting the weight of Mandy's bags in her arms.

"No, just carry on."

Jenny retrieved her bag from the backseat of the SUV and the three of them crossed the yard and stepped up on the porch. The interior of the house was dimly lit, the shades drawn against the afternoon sun, stirring faintly from time to time when a breath of breeze came along.

Without a word they each walked to their old rooms. When Mandy turned the knob and took a step into the room, she gasped, "Nothing's changed!"

"What, you expected Daddy to clean out a room?" Kate asked, moving past her and putting the suitcases down at the foot of the white canopy bed.

Mandy moved over to the dressing table and tentatively touched a desiccated homecoming mum corsage. "I didn't think he'd just shut the door."

"That's all he was ever good at," Jenny said from the hall, "shutting doors."

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Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.

“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”

“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”

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  1. Thank you so much for your review! I love hearing how other people are experiencing the lives of these women and the world they're living in. Book 2, Baxter's Draw, is available and I'm hard at work on book 3. The gals have a lot ahead of them!

    1. Ohhh, goody! I am going to read them soon!!! I can't wait to read the other girl's stories!!

  2. thank you so much for the great post! I cant wait to read it!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

    1. Thanks.I am looking forward to reading the other sister's reviews.

  4. Great review. It was detailed and gave me feel for the book.

  5. Thank for the honest review! I will def keep an eye for this one!
    Mary G Loki

  6. Maria Theresa SantosMarch 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    thanks for thechance

  7. I thought I would stop by and check out the review. Thank you.