Book ReviewsCora RecommendsCowboy Novels • Nov 20th, 2014

Cora Recommends: Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee

Looking for something to read while waiting for the next installment of the Chance Creek series? Than you have got to try the Not Quite series by Catherine Bybee. These contemporary romances are sweet, witty, and will suck you in from the first page to the last.

The series starts with Not Quite Dating, a rags-to-riches romance featuring practical single mom Jessie Mann and luxury hotel heir Jack Morrison. Jessie knows what she wants, and she knows Jack is not it. But as the two grow closer, will they realize what they need, or will a well-intentioned charade rob them of their greatest holiday wish?

This is definitely a series to check out!

Not Quite Series


Book ReviewsCora Recommends • Jun 2nd, 2014

Cora Recommends: Between Then and Now, by Zoe York

Do you like sexy, steamy small town romances? Take a vacation from Chance Creek and head over to Wardham for a visit! Zoe York's contemporary romances feature realistic story-lines, smart and sexy characters and hot, hot romance--what else could you want?

If you are new to Zoe's Wardham series, give her introductory novella a try--it's free! Between Then and Now features Carrie and Ian, a couple who needs to fall in love all over again--fast--or risk losing something really special.

Ready for more of Zoe York's Wardham series? Check it out!

The Wardham Series


GiveawayReviews • Jun 5th, 2013

I’m Hosting Kathy Fischer-Brown’s The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy Today – Giveaway!

Today I'm hosting Kathy Fischer-Brown and reviewing the first book in her The Serpent's Tooth Trilogy - Lord Esterleigh's Daughter. Kathy is hosting a giveaway during her blog tour, so follow the link below to enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card!
The blurbs:
As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.

Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.

Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.

Courting the Devil
Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne…


Book Reviews • May 23rd, 2013

Kidnapped Cowboy Blog Tour Stopping By Today

Lindsey Brooks has a new novel out called Kidnapped Cowboy, and I’m hosting her blog tour today! Read down to find out more about Lindsay, her characters and fun romantic cowboy story, and comment below to get a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Lindsey’s cowboy novels are set in Montana, just like mine, so I have to admit I jumped at the chance to host her tour. 

The story:

After countless attempts to speak with the owner of the retreat for troubled teens she runs on the outskirts of Lone Tree, Montana, Caitlin Myers resorts to kidnapping Brandon ‘The Ogre of Lone Tree’ Barnes in a desperate attempt to change his mind about turning Stoney Brook into a vacation resort for the wealthy.

Retired rodeo star, Dalton Barnes, gets the surprise of his life when he’s abducted by a soft-spoken female with a ‘gun’ and taken to the retreat his family owns. He soon learns she’s kidnapped the wrong cowboy by mistake. She wanted his brother. Things go from bad to worse when a late spring snowstorm strands them together at the cabin. But it’s during their snow-in that Dalton learns why Caitlin has gone to such lengths to save…


Book ReviewsCowboy Novels • May 22nd, 2013

Today I’m Visiting Long and Short Reviews

I'm "on tour" for The Cowboy's E-Mail Order Bride. I hope you'll join me.
I'll be at Long and Short Reviews, so come on over and comment for your chance to win the grand blog tour prize of a $50 Etsy gift card!
I'll be popping in and out all day to answer questions and chat! See you there!


Book Reviews • May 20th, 2013

I’m Reading – A Life Less Ordinary, by Victoria Bernardine

Today I’m hosting Victoria Bernardine’s blog tour for her novel, A Life Less Ordinary. Comment below for your chance at winning either a $25 gift card or one of two $15 gift cards to either Amazon or Smashwords!

First, here’s the blurb:

For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. Now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life.

When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house, cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.

After placing an ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-zine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time.

Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on…


Book Reviews • May 8th, 2013

What I’m Reading – Speak No Evil, by Tanya Anne Crosby – Prize Below

When Florence Willodean Aldridge dies, she leaves behind her 27 million dollars and a house filled with family secrets and tragic memories. Caroline wants nothing to do with the house and nor does her sisters, Savannah and Augusta, but if they want their share of the 27 million dollars, they’ll all have to spend a year within its walls. Savannah must write the book she’s always meant to, Augusta is tasked with renovating the house. Caroline is ordered to take over the Tribune, her mother’s newspaper. None of the women will get through the year unscathed.

When a killer strikes and a young girl disappears, Caroline must figure out how to use her new position to help solve these cases before anyone else gets hurt. Doing so will bring her into close contact with Jack, the man she was supposed to marry, but left instead….

I enjoyed Speak No Evil immensely, from its Old South setting to all of its mysteries to the relationships between the three sisters. The pacing is impeccable, and the story had me hooked right from the first page. I don’t want to give away any clues to the mysteries, so I’ll just say that Crosby has a…


Book ReviewsReviews • Apr 17th, 2013

Book Review – Pennsylvania Patchwork, by Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd’s Pennsylvania Patchwork is the second in a series about three generations of women in a traditionally Amish family. Anna Gingerich has always lived in Lancaster County as a member of the Amish church, but her daughter, Esther, left the fold as a young woman, and her granddaughter, Holly, never even knew about her Amish roots until just recently. Pennsylvania Patchwork picks up where Leaving Lancaster, the first in the Legacy of Lancaster series, leaves off, with Esther being courted by Nathaniel Fleming, and Holly still in love with her Mennonite fiancé, Zachary Fleming.

When the past begins to catch up with several characters, however, both couples’ futures are sure to be affected. Nathaniel’s wife – long presumed dead – is spotted in Ohio and the Lancaster Bishop sends Nathaniel to learn the truth. Meanwhile, a soldier friend of Esther’s husband (who was MIA in Vietnam and also presumed dead) delivers a strange package from him that has Esther and Holly in an uproar. Finally, Holly’s old friend, Larry, shows up when he decides that he wants more than friendship from Holly. Throw in Nathaniel’s younger brother, Armin, who takes a shine to Holly, and you’ve got a tangled web…


Cowboys of Chance CreekReviews • Apr 3rd, 2013

Great Review for The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride

Just got a terrific review from Single Title Reviews. You can read the whole thing here.

The best part? This line – “Delightful story, I thought this was inventive and refreshingly new”

Just what I’m aiming for folks!


Book Reviews • Mar 11th, 2013

I’m Reading: Practical Jean, by Trevor Cole

The Terrace Public Library’s book club picked Practical Jean for this month’s read and I was one of the people who helped choose it. Here’s the blurb:

Jean Vale Horemarsh is an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age. She’s content, mostly, with the life she’s built: a semi-successful career as a ceramics artist, a close collection of women friends (if you ignore the terrible falling out she had with Cheryl all those years ago), a comfortable marriage with a kind if otherwise unextraordinary man. And then Jean sees her mother go through the final devastating months of cancer, and realizes that her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. That’s when she decides to kill them . . .

I love to be surprised by books – to find something I haven’t read before – and Practical Jean certainly fits the bill. In fact, I’m finding it to be a pretty harrowing read. Not because of the killing aspect – so far no one’s died except Jean’s mother – but because of the truth behind the darkly funny storyline: that we witness casual cruelty all the time, both as children…


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