Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Marriage Pass by Briana Cole

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THE MARRIAGE PASS

About The Marriage Pass

Paperback: 320 Pages

Publisher: Dafina (February 23, 2021)

He’s rich, successful—and has been faithfully married to his longtime girlfriend for nearly one grueling year. Because for Dr. Dorian Graham, too many women is never too much—no matter how loyal his wife, Shantae, has been since their college days. So when she proposes they celebrate their first anniversary by each spending a no-questions-asked, no-consequences night with their greatest temptation, Dorian is shocked, but can’t resist. Especially since Shantae’s wild-card younger sister, Reagan, is gorgeous, uninhibited—and the one who got away . . .

It turns out one sizzling night with Reagan isn’t enough. Yet the more Dorian takes, the more she demands—and the more he suddenly has to lose. Soon, with his mind games being used against him and his every move checkmated, Dorian will be forced to go all-in on one last desperate play to win. But winning might just be another way to crash and burn . . .

 

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About Briana Cole

Briana Cole is known as The Literary Drama Queen because of her passion for both writing and acting. She began writing short stories and poetry at a young age, then went on to use her poems to start a greeting card business in high school. After graduating Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University, she signed with Kensington/Dafina Books and published the critically-acclaimed Unconditional series.

Her acting career is just as notable with numerous theater accolades and staring roles on TV shows, such as Fatal Attraction and The Paradox. Briana is also a mother of three and proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Briana Cole’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 6th: Audio Killed the Bookmark

Tuesday, July 7th: @readingfortheweekend

Wednesday, July 8th: The Reading Chemist and @thereadingchemist

Thursday, July 9th: The Romance Dish

Friday, July 10th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Saturday, July 11th: @aisleofbooks

Sunday, July 12th: @jessicamap

Monday, July 13th: From the TBR Pile

Tuesday, July 14th: @goodvibesgoodbooks

Wednesday, July 15th: Book Nerd

Thursday, July 16th: Living My Best Book Life and @livingmybestbooklife

Friday, July 17th: @biblio.jojo

Saturday, July 18th: @shejustlovesbooks

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by Stephanie Dray





Q&A WITH STEPHANIE DRAY

 

What made you fall in love with Adrienne Lafayette and why do you think readers will fall for her as you did?

 

Thanks to a popular musical, the Marquis de Lafayette is known to a new generation as "America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman"--and there's good reason for that. He's easily the most lovable of our Founding Fathers, and his wife, whom he called his dear heart, is just as lovable if not more so. Adrienne was our French Founding Mother, so right up my alley as a heroine, but at first I worried she was too sweet, devoted, and forgiving. In short, too gentle for a novel. Little did I realize that more than any other historical heroine I've ever written, Adrienne fought and sacrificed for her principles, courageously threw herself into danger, confronted tyrants, and endured trials that would have broken lesser mortals. She truly humbles me, and when I talk about the Lafayette legacy, I think of it as every bit as much hers as it is his.

 

How long did it take you to write this book? Did the story evolve as you researched, or did you always know you wanted to take on the lives of these particular women?

 

I was always interested in Lafayette--an interest that grew as Laura Kamoie and I co-authored America's First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton. I think I had the germ of the idea for a Lafayette novel at least seven years ago, but I had other projects in the way. And I was always in search of an angle that would be fresh and unique. That came to me when I discovered that Lafayette's castle in Auvergne, which had been purchased and renovated by Americans, served to shelter Jewish children from the Nazis. Knowing how deeply the Lafayettes both felt about religious freedom, I knew this would have pleased them, and it touched me. I was then determined to know which Americans had purchased the chateau, and when I found out, yet another glorious chapter in the Lafayette legacy was born. That's when the story took shape for me about one special place on this earth where, generation after generation, faith has been kept with principles of liberty and humanity. I find that very inspirational, now more than ever.

 

The book is centered around Lafayette’s castle, the Ch√Ęteau de Chavaniac, and the pivotal role it played during three of history’s darkest hours—the French Revolution and both World Wars. If you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive) at Chavaniac, who would you choose and why?

 

Believe it or not, this is actually a difficult choice because so many incredible men and women passed through those doors. I'd have to start with the Lafayettes--though I hope they would not serve me pigeons, which were a favorite at their wedding banquet. To join us for dinner, I'd choose the colorful stage-star of the Belle Epoque, Beatrice Chanler, because she was a force of nature without whom Chavaniac might not still be standing. Actress, artist, philanthropist, decorated war-relief worker and so-called Queen of the Social Register, she was as mysterious as she was wonderful, and even after all the startling discoveries I made researching her larger-than-life existence, I have a million questions about the early life she tried so hard to hide. I can't wait for readers to meet her!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in three of humanity's darkest hours.

 

Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women...

 

A founding mother...

1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

 

A daring visionary...

1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.

 

A reluctant resistor...

1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.

 

Intricately woven and beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together in honor of those who came before us.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3) by Joanna Shupe

I love the conclusion to the UPTOWN GIRLS! I am a HUGE Shupe fan, so I am more apt to like her books than criticize them. I love her female characters. One of my petpeeves lately-is that authors seems so careful when they develop male characters-Shupe delivers tough but still sensitive and charismatic men! 
What's new Shupe?? Can't wait!
The Devil of Downtown (Uptown Girls, #3)

The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman

I love Bowman- so I am an easy sell but I think anyone who is looking for a sweet, fun series-this is a great kick off!
I cant wait to read the next book. This was just the type of book we need: fun and full of little comedic moments that lead to heartfelt moments.
The Footman and I by Valerie Bowman

Thursday, June 25, 2020