Monday, October 24, 2016

Come Next Spring

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Come Next Spring
by Alana White

Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Open Road Media
eBook & Paperback; 178 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-504034234

Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult

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It’s 1949 in Tennessee Smoky Mountain country, and everything in pre-teen Salina’s life seems suddenly different. Her sister is engaged, her brother is absorbed in caring for his sickly foal, and salina feels she has nothing in common anymore with her best friend. This novel for young people captures the insular spirit of the mountain people, the breathtaking country itself, and a girl’s struggle to accept the inevitability of change.
"An evocative first novel....the message is rounded out with lively characters, period details, and the sustained use of Salina's childlike point of view." - Kirkus
“. . . .A story as intricately patterned and multicolored as a practical, quilted coat—one that will warm readers, too.” -ALA Booklist Starred Review
“This finely crafted first novel engagingly depicts early adolescent feelings. All the events in the story occur between the first day of school and Christmas, in a year when Salina Harris moves beyond her concerns for popularity to an unfolding friendship with Scooter Russell, an unwelcome new-comer. . . .It is well paced, building to a dramatic climax; it creates a strong sense of time and place; and the novel includes a likable cast of characters and even a romance.” -Horn Book Magazine
“Salina is a wonderfully drawn character (who), with the help of loving parents and a teacher who challenges her to see a larger picture, realizes that change is inevitable, and that she will be able to accept it.” -School Library Journal

I received this book free of charge from the author/publisher via Historiclal Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Three Stars
"Come Next Spring" by Alana White was a sweet and very refreshing innocent read.  Because of the setting and the "coming of age" theme there were elements of this story that reminded me of "The Yearling."  Salina is a sweet and young girl and through her experience we get to view  how here world changes and how she is frightened about these changes.  I probably would not have picked up this book if I had not been invited to review it and I would have missed out.  The innocence and the purity of Salina's life was so sweet and refreshing.  It has been a very long time since I have read a story that is young adult which I want to pass on to my daughter.  

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About the Author03_Alana White

Alana White is the author of fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. Her most recent publications are the adult historical mystery novel, The Sign of the Weeping Virgin, set at the height of the Italian Renaissance in Florence, Italy, and Come Next Spring, a coming of age novel set in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in the 1940s. She is also the author of a biography of Sacagawea, Sacagawea: Westward With Lewis and Clark. She is a longtime member of the Historical Novel Society and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Nashville, TN.

Alana welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Please visit her at for more information. As well as HNS and SCBWI, she is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the Author's Guild, and the Women's National Book Association.

For more information, please visit Alana White's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 10
Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, October 11
Spotlight at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, October 12
Review at Back Porchervations
Interview at Nothing But Books

Thursday, October 13
Spotlight at A Bookaholic Swede

Friday, October 14
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower

Saturday, October 15
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Sunday, October 16
Interview at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Tuesday, October 18
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, October 20
Review at Impressions In Ink
Review at Books, Dreams, Life
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, October 21
Spotlight at The Book Tree

Saturday, October 22
Review at Queen of All She Reads

Sunday, October 23
Review at Quirky Lady Reviews
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Spotlight at Kinx's Book Nook

Monday, October 24
Review at Book Nerd
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Review at The Book Junkie Reads


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Friday, October 21, 2016

MARRY ME MAD The Blueberry Lane Series The Rousseaus #2 Kate Regnery

Two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

The Blueberry Lane Series
The Rousseaus #2
Kate Regnery
Releasing Oct 21st, 2016

Did you
fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows?
 Katy Regnery's Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau

For as long as
Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her
sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides
she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she
begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure and
experience. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister,
Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is
born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two
broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her
writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year
later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in
September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York
Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow,
Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling
~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for
a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed
set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller
list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the
list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow
Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a
result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and
mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut,
where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young
children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful
chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Title: Guarded by the Warrior

Author: Eliza Knight
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Knight Media LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

A lady in need of protection...

Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears for her own family being labeled traitors and for her life. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man, when she had previously sworn off love all together. His passion, charisma, loyalty and strength shake the very foundation she's built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving...

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father's dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he's certain they'll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection, and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that's laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people, and Emilia, too.

Meet the Author:

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a princess…

Growing up, I was a proficient story teller, with most of my plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of my stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates me and I try to bring history back to life in each of my stories.

My favorite time periods are medieval, renaissance and Regency eras of Europe. Growing up, I was lucky to have grandparents who lived in Paris, so many a summer was spent exploring medieval ruins and historical sites.

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and I am of course Jane Austen fan, my two favorites being Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I love the in-depth, emotionally riveting and intriguing works of historical author, Ken Follett. I am also a fan of Shakespeare, and you will find in a lot of my writing reference to the literary God and his work. Not only Shakespeare, but other period poets and literary notables of history are on my keeper shelf. My love affair with the romance genre started young. I picked up my first romance novel, The Bride, by Julie Garwood when I was in high school, and I haven’t been able to stop reading or writing romance since.

When I’m not reading or writing I am usually doing research for fun. If you love history, come visit me at History Undressed, where we discuss all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history! Recently I’ve started to post reviews of historical fiction and romance novels as well.

You can visit her website at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

BARON The Knickerbocker Club #2 Joanna Shupe

One pragmatic industrialist is about to learn 
that a man may make his own destiny, 
but love is a matter of fortune . . .

The Knickerbocker Club #2
Joanna Shupe
Releasing Oct 25th, 2016
Kensington Zebra

New York
City’s Gilded Age shines as bright as the power-wielding men of the
Knickerbocker Club. And one pragmatic industrialist is about to learn that a
man may make his own destiny, but love is a matter of fortune . . .

Born into one of New York’s most
respected families, William Sloane is a railroad baron who has all the right
friends in all the right places. But no matter how much success he achieves, he
always wants more. Having secured his place atop the city’s highest echelons of
society, he’s now setting his sights on a political run. Nothing can distract
him from his next pursuit—except, perhaps, the enchanting con artist he never
saw coming . . .

Ava Jones has eked out a living the
only way she knows how. As “Madame Zolikoff,” she hoodwinks gullible audiences
into believing she can communicate with the spirit world. But her carefully
crafted persona is nearly destroyed when Will Sloane walks into her life—and
lays bare her latest scheme. The charlatan is certain she can seduce the
handsome millionaire into keeping her secret and using her skills for his
campaign—unless he’s the one who’s already put a spell on her . . .

Five Stars
“Baron” the second book in the “Knickerbocker Club” series is what romance novel dreams are made of! I’ve just recently started to read Joanna Shupe and have really enjoyed her novels. The first book in the series “Magnate” was so good I have been counting down to Baron. I can honestly say I had so many expectations for this book and Shupe surpassed them all.  Set in the Gilded Age in New York City, Shupe really brings the historical time period to life.

William Sloane is such an arrogant snob that it was delicious to see him brought to his knees by Ava. William is the stodgy older brother we meet in “ Magnate.” He was born into a rich family, manages a very profitable railroad, all of New York City societies doors are lined with gold for him.  His next step is the political life. He is ready to become a politician and has decided to stop at nothing and definitely doesn’t plan to let a little nobody like Madame  Zolikoff get in his way.  The opening scene was so good! I loved the tension between William and Ava / Madame Zolikoff even before they met!  When they did finally meet, sparks flew.  Ava was just the right character to ruffle William’s feathers!

Ava is the exact opposite of Will. She is struggling to keep a roof over her family’s head.  She adopted the Madame Zolikoff persona so that she could move her siblings out of the city. When Will’s running mate starts to consult her for fortune telling Will is concerned that if word gets out their campaign will be ruined.  Will tries to buy her off, intimidate her and convincer her to leave John Bennett alone.  Ava refuses to be managed or bullied by Will and even when he tries to pay her off, she refuses to budge.  Ava has encountered a lot of obstacles in her life and she is not about to let “railroad man” William Sloan get the best of her!  She refuses to back down and meets his threats head on!  The scenes with William and Ava are always filled with passion and humor.  I really loved Ava! She is determined to help her siblings make a better life. Although mere children, they are forced to work in factories and under very bad conditions. Ava is a fraud. She is presenting herself as a fortune teller and is very successful. She is also very exposed because her name is very popular and this leads to many difficult predicaments for her.  Shupe really brings the time period to life.  It was interesting to read about the notorious corruption at Tammy Hall.  There were so many scenes I loved in this book. One of my all-time favorites was when William reads Ava’s fortune. This scene was a perfect mixture of their tension and tenderness. There were so many witty lines and sweet moments, I could re-read this book over and over! Definitely one of my favorite reads for this year.  Now the countdown continues to “Mogul.” Calvin’s story sounds intriguing and I can’t wait to see how the author brings together him and Lillian.  

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Award-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since
she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every
romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy
historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters
and dashing husband.

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Annie Rains
Released August 2nd, 2016

From the
bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori
Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside,
North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re
always well-behaved.

As a preacher’s daughter, Valerie
Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s
strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance
writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has
always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she
nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.

Even though Valerie almost killed
him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted
driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the
military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he
soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring,
down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the
ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash
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It's Val and Griffin's first Christmas together and it's off to a rocky start, 
but there's definitely a HEA for one of my favorite Seaside couples.

Annie Rains is a contemporary
romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the
coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military
communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while
also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie
isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading
a book by one of her favorite authors.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Avelynn: The Edge of Faith by Marissa Campbell

02_The Edge of FaithAvelynn: The Edge of Faith
by Marissa Campbell

Publication Date: September 26, 2016
eBook; 302 Pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Medieval
Series: Avelynn (Book Two)

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Avelynn: The Edge of Faith, a stand-alone Viking Romance from author Marissa Campbell.

It's the year 871. Charges of treason, murder, and witchcraft follow Avelynn into exile as she flees England with Alrik. Arriving in Wales, they find refuge among Alrik's friends in the Welsh nobility. Cast out by his half-brothers, Alrik seeks to regain his honor and earn favor with the gods. When war threatens, Alrik embraces gold and the opportunity for his crew to become mercenaries, aiding the Southern Welsh kings in their fight against Rhodri the Great.

Desperate to return home, Avelynn seeks to find a way to prove her innocence, but she is pitted against Alrik as their desires for the future clash. With battle looming, Avelynn's faith in their relationship is further tested through a bitter struggle with Marared, a jealous lover from Alrik's past. Marared's threats turn deadly, and Avelynn runs afoul of magic and sorcery, causing her to question her beliefs and role as priestess.

When Avelynn and Alrik are betrayed, Avelynn is captured and Alrik is charged with regicide. The two become separated, a chasm of greed, deceit, and ambition driving them apart. In an act of harrowing faith, Avelynn will stop at nothing to find her way back to Alrik and break them both free from Wales's bloodthirsty grasp.

AVELYNN: THE EDGE OF FAITH is a stand-alone novel and #2 in the Avelynn series.

Four Stars
I received this book free of charge from the author/publisher via Historiclal Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Avelynn: The Edge of Faith is the second book in the Avelynn series.  Although I did not read the first book, not only did I hear wonder reviews about the first book but I can see why it was so well received. Avelynn is not only a very good book but the character is very complex and a pioneer in many areas. When Avelynn is accused of  witchcraft, with the help of her partner, Alrik, they arrive in Wales. Through all the obstacles that Avelynn and Alrik many things of the medieval time period come to light as do many different forms of ambition-at-all costs scenerios. Avelynn was an informative and exciting read.

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About the Author

Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Her debut historical fiction AVELYNN, was published through St. Martin’s Press, September 2015. Look for the second book in the AVELYNN series, releasing Fall 2016. She is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writer’s Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7. When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!

For more information visit You can also follow Marissa Campbell on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 26
Review & Excerpt at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!

Tuesday, September 27
Review at Just One More Chapter
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, September 28
Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, September 29
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Review & Excerpt at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

Friday, September 30
Excerpt at Diana's Book Reviews

Monday, October 3
Review at Curling up by the Fire

Tuesday, October 4
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Wednesday, October 5
Review at History From a Woman's Perspective

Thursday, October 6
Excerpt at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 7
Spotlight at The Reading Queen

Sunday, October 9
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, October 11
Spotlight at Books, Dreams, Life

Wednesday, October 12
Review at Kristin Un-Ravelle'd

Thursday, October 13
Review at Broken Teepee

Friday, October 14
Spotlight at The Book Tree

Tuesday, October 18
Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, October 19
Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing

Friday, October 21
Review at CelticLady's Reviews
Excerpt at Jorie Loves a Story


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Monday, October 17, 2016

THE RIGHT KIND OF GUY A What Happens in Vegas Romance Kerri-Leigh Grady

Love is a Gamble...

A What Happens in Vegas Romance
Kerri-Leigh Grady
Releasing Oct 17th, 2016
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novelist Kelsey Spencer doesn’t believe in love, and she's tired of faking her
way through happily ever afters. Determined to change things up, she heads to
the Las Vegas Romance Lovers Convention. But somewhere between half-naked cover
models and hot Navy SEALs, Kelsey’s plans derail...

Especially once she meets über-fan Jasmine Grant...and Jasmine’s über-hot
alphahole brother, Aaron.

Buttoned-up Aaron Grant never thought he’d find himself at a romance
convention, but here he is, trying to convince his impulsive sister not to
marry a beefcake cover model. His only hope is to enlist the aid of the cynical
(and sexy) romance writer his sister worships.

After a sweltering jaunt around Vegas, some strange conference hijinks, and one
outrageous proposal, Kelsey and Aaron are left questioning everything they know
about romance and love...and if falling in love might just be worth the gamble.

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Grady firmly believes every solid relationship is built on laughter. And sometimes vodka. She holds an MFA from Seton Hill University and a BS in
computer science, so she’s a kind of half-artsy, half-nerdy ball of nervous
twitching. She has an unnatural love of dark humor, gadgets, chickpeas, BJJ,
terrible acrylic landscape painting, half-assed jewelry design, Perl
programming (get off her lawn, haters), Red Sonja (done Gail
Simone-style), and planners. This week, she lives in Hawaii. Go ahead–cry tears
of pity for her. She’ll wait.

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