{Jessa} Review: Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: Maybelle Kazinzki can t sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother s house she gets the crazy idea to finish it somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II. Her recently departed mother s quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother s childhood, her grandmother s childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden s stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life.After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle’s faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful- no matter what. And it’ll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

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Review: I was looking forward to reading this book and had high hopes for it. The cover is gorgeous, the story has a great deal of potential, and the plot sounds interesting. Unfortunately the execution left a lot to be desired and ultimately the book was predictable and boring. I wanted to know more about some of the minor characters, while the main character of Maybelle seemed stiff and hard for me to feel for. It wasn’t all bad though – the author had obviously taken a lot of time to research the period, incorporating popular music, radio shows, and slang that was used during the era. I enjoyed learning tidbits about rationing and how shipyards operated (and wouldn’t have minded learning more!). This is an easy-to-read, short book, but it fell a little short for me.
Jessa’s Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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{Lisa} Review: The Raider by Monica McCarty

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: After consolidating his gains against the enemy English, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland sends his best soldiers to fortify the lawless borders. These legendary warriors of the Highland Guard let nothing come before king and country—except the calling of their heart.

Of all Bruce’s elite warriors, Robert “Raider” Boyd is the most formidable. A true patriot whose bare hands are a deadly weapon, Robbie is the fierce enforcer of the Guard, and his hatred of the English has been honed to a razor-sharp edge. But vengeance proves bittersweet when his enemy’s beautiful sister falls into his hands and he finds himself fighting temptation—a battle he badly wants to lose.

Lady Rosalin Clifford barely recognizes the rebel prisoner she saved from execution six years ago. Though her girlish ideals for fairness have matured into a passion for justice, Rosalin believes she betrayed her brother when she helped this dangerous man escape. Now her traitorous act has come back to haunt her. But she can’t deny the longing this tormented warrior ignites in her, or deny the passion that turns sworn enemies into lovers. Is the gentle love of a true English Rose enough to free Scotland’s most brutal warrior from a path of vengeance—before it’s too late?

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Review: Robert “Robbie” Boyd is King Robert the Bruce’s authority in the borders and is warrior name is Raider. His job is to bring the English barons under control no matter what. He is strong, smart, and loyal and hates the English and their treachery and cruelty. While fighting with William Wallace for freedom for Scotland he sees the treachery and he is bent on revenge.

Rosalin Clifford is English. She is kind, compassionate, and loyal and has spunk. She is also courageous and honorable. Her tender heart has gotten her in trouble and made people admire her. She is the sister of Sir Robert Clifford, the man that lied to, and imprisoned Robbie.

They met in the pit prison where Robbie had been placed by Clifford and Rosalin is infatuated and helps Robbie escape. Fast forward 6 years and they are thrown together again during a raid not far from her brother’s strong hole on the border. Rosalin becomes his hostage and they struggle to come to terms with their mutual attraction and deeply divided loyalties. He is awed by Rosalin and the feelings she loosens in him. Robbie’s grand gesture of faith and love had me reaching for tissues- everyone should have a grand gesture in their life! They each learn lessons in trust, jealousy and love. Together they learn that freedom, like love is worth fighting for. The historic tidbits that are peppered throughout the story are brilliantly woven in. When I read this I was not aware that there were other books in this series, but I will be catching up! 4/5 stars

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{Lisa} Review: To All the Rakes I’ve Loved Before (Honeycote #1.5) – Anne Barton

17724807 After being jilted by her former beau, Miss Amelia Wimple retreated to her Mayfair town house and her ever-growing collection of gossips rags. Now, almost two years later, not even her beloved cousins, Rose and Olivia Sherbourne, can persuade her to give love another chance. But an unexpected midnight caller may open her heart once more.

Lord Stephen Brookes is the prince of pleasure, the duke of decadence-and it seems his exploits have finally caught up with him. When Stephen comes to Amelia seeking refuge, she can’t deny him . . . or the intense desire he sparks. As he attempts to heal her broken heart, they indulge in a private passion unlike anything either has experienced. Stephen knows sweet, sensual Amelia is meant to be his one and only. Now, he will do whatever it takes to convince her that a rake really can change his ways.

Disclosure: Lisa received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.
Lisa’s Rating: 4/5 stars

Lisa’s Review: Amelia Wimple is an heiress, from trade, that has had her heart broken and been humiliated in front of the ton. She has remade herself and has given up on marriage. Lord Stephen Brooks, son of a marquess, is a Rake of the first order; gambler, drinker and seducer of women.

They met two years ago at a house party given by Stephen’s mother, Lady Greystone, and he came to her aid. She never forgot his kindness and is finally given a chance to return the favor. Being thrown together they had a chance to explore their attraction to each other and get to know each other in a way propriety would not allow. It is a charming story of chivalry and mended hearts, with a rake discovering he wants to be the man she thinks he is. The humor that runs through their dialogue is refreshing, she prefers honest plain speaking, not the usual fluff that is exchanged at a party. It is a wonderful read, perfect for a chilly afternoon and a cuppa tea.

{Lisa} Review: Jagged by Kristen Ashley

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

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Review: 3.5-4 Stars Interesting writing style.

Zara and Graham “Ham” both have things in their past that have made them very cautious in relationships. This is their journey to loving each other. The characters are wonderfully written and in depth. Zara has been through a lot emotionally with her family and is just hoping to have someone love her for her, cherish her and have her back. Graham is running and worried he has lost what he really wants. Zara knows what she wants, but makes other choices. Zara’s courage, determination and positive humor are endearing. Graham’s rough exterior is a cover for the loving, protective and loyal inner gooey! There was no real drama or predicament, just really day-to-day stuff everyone has going on. This is the first book by Ms Ashley that I have read.

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{Lisa} Review: A Kiss of Lies (The Disgraced Lords #1) – Bronwen Evans

cover39569-medium Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Disclosure: Lisa received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.
Lisa’s Rating: 5/5 stars

Lisa’s Review: Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, has been through so much. He lost his mother in a horrible fashion at a very young age, saw his father’s temper cause terrible hurt and pain, lived through Waterloo- only just and has been falsely accused of a horrible crime. He has scars from Waterloo, his childhood and life in general, but he has battled to see himself get what he promised himself on the battlefields of Waterloo; a loving wife, children and happiness. Christian does not suffer fools is loyal almost to a fault. He champions the underdog, fights for what is right and is very protective of those that are weaker or smaller.

Sarah Cooper has secrets. She needs to get away from Canada and the colonies. She is beautiful, intelligent, caring, determined, and courageous. She has known Christian most of her life, but only from a far. She is drawn to him and feels protected. She feels guilty for not telling him her secrets, but fears what that would mean for them both.

This story has twists and turns on top of twists and turns. It is a powerful example of the low place women had in the time- possessions, like cattle, land, servants. They were also the pawns which fathers, brothers, uncles and guardians (if they were not true gentlemen) used to cover up for their selfishness and lack of honor and other weaknesses. That is how Sarah ended up in the predicament she was in. They both have scars, both external and emotional. They start to heal each other and the relationship is tender and awesome. The twists and turns involve death, rape, murder, and unknown enemies. Through it all they come to realize they are best together and fight to keep each other and whole. Their interactions are delightful and heartwarming. The conclusion had me gasping and cheering. We meet most of the other Libertine Scholars, in which Christian is included. This band of friends are remarkable and would lay down their lives for the others. I am looking forward to where Ms Bronwen leads us with these characters.

{Angie} Review: Cupcake Diaries: Sprinkled with Kisses – Darlene Panzera

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SprinkledWithKissesCover Stacey McIntyre thinks she’ll pay off her debt in no time when Andi, Rachel, and Kim ask her to manage Creative Cupcakes’ stand on the beach. But selling cupcakes isn’t as easy as it seems. Especially when Dave Wright, the handsome owner of an ice cream truck, proves he’s as determined as the dive-bombing seagulls to take away her sales.

Dave’s done with dating and done with beautiful, headstrong women like Stacey. Then the refrigeration system in his truck breaks, and instead of gloating, Stacey helps him out of a tight spot … and is rewarded with a kiss.

Now Stacey isn’t sure where they stand. Will Dave push her back into the role of rival? Or can she convince Mr. Wright that working together will lead to sweeter rewards?

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

I was so excited to see that Ms. Panzera had written another Cupcake Diaries book. This one is all about Stacey, Rachel’s somewhat awkward cousin.

And by awkward I mean the girl is pretty much afraid of her own shadow.

Stacey can’t help the way she is; when she was little she watched her teddy bear get swept up in a tornado. Ever since then she and her family have moved around from place to place, state to state.

And always, always with her is her precious emergency backpack that would make any apocalypse//doomsday theorist happy.

I have a fondness for Stacey and really wanted her to gain some self confidence as each page passed. I also found myself getting annoyed because the trio – Andi, Kim, and Rachel – seemed to just ignore her and not really help her.

Then we meet David Wright, who turned out to be quite the ass at first. I eventually warmed up to him, but that’s mostly because he began to really coax Stacey into stepping out of her comfort zone and to gain more confidence.

Overall I really liked this book as it’s a fast read and full of great character development. So far in this series each woman has really stepped into who she is meant to be.

I can’t wait to see if there’ll be another book.

Spotlight: The Cupcake Diaries: Sprinkled With Kisses – Darlene Panzera

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The Cupcake Diaries:
Sprinkled With Kisses
By: Darlene Panzera
Releasing March 18th, 2014

SprinkledWithKissesCoverBlurb: Stacey McIntyre thinks she’ll pay off her debt in no time when Andi, Rachel, and Kim ask her to manage Creative Cupcakes’ stand on the beach. But selling cupcakes isn’t as easy as it seems. Especially when Dave Wright, the handsome owner of an ice cream truck proves he’s as determined as the dive-bombing seagulls to take away her sales.

Dave’s done with dating and done with beautiful, headstrong women like Stacey. Then the refrigeration on his truck breaks and instead of gloating, Stacey helps him out of a tight spot…and is rewarded with a kiss.

Now Stacey isn’t sure where they stand. Will Dave push her back into the role of rival? Or can she convince Mr. Wright that working together will lead to sweeter rewards?

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Darlene PanzeraAbout the Author: Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.

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{Lisa} Review: I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Jessica Scott

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: There’s nothing in the world Army Sergeant Vic Carponti loves more than his wife and his country. Smart-mouthed and easy tempered, he takes everything as a joke . . . except his promise to come home to his wife, Nicole, for Christmas. As he prepares to leave for his latest deployment into Iraq, Vic will do everything he can to shield his beautiful, supportive wife from the realities of war . . . and from his own darkest fears.

As a career army wife, Nicole Carponti knows just what to expect from her husband’s tour of duty: loneliness, relentless worry, and a seemingly endless countdown until the moment Vic walks through the door again. But when the unthinkable happens, Nicole and Vic’s bond is tested like never before and changes everything they believe to be true about the power of love and the simple beauty of being home for the holidays.

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Review: What a wonderful story. The grace and charm that Ms Scott used to handle a difficult situation is brilliant. Vic and Nicole are both trying to keep their personal thoughts and fears from the other to show support for the deployment that Vic has coming up. During the deployment Vic continues to be his usual jokester to help defuse the tension, but in the back of his mind he has a bad feeling. Nicole, like any other military wife, is nervous and worried and that intensifies when she does not hear from Vic as often as in prior deployments. A co-worker of Nicole’s is a returned vet and tells her often the lack of communication is from not really knowing how to talk about what is happening and/or not wanting to cause more worry- that helps a bit. The day-to-day life of the families and the service men and women is hard and comes through in this story. When Vic’s bad feeling comes to life, Ms Scott continues to show compassion, grace and skill. Vic and Nicole’s love is a thing of legend and inspiring. When you read this have tissues near. 4/5 stars

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{Lisa} Review: Moonlight on My Mind – Jennifer McQuiston

17665214 To ruin a man’s life once takes a regrettable mistake.

To do so twice takes a woman like Julianne Baxter.

Eleven months ago, Julianne’s statement to the authorities wrongly implicated Patrick, the new Earl of Haversham, in his older brother’s death. The chit is as much trouble as her red hair suggests, and just as captivating. Now she has impetuously tracked him to the wilds of Scotland, insisting that he return home to face a murder charge and save his family from ruin. A clandestine wedding may be the only way to save her reputation—and his neck from the hangman’s noose.

Julianne has no objection to the match. More and more she’s convinced of Patrick’s innocence, though when it comes to igniting her passions, the man is all too guilty. And if they can only clear his name, a marriage made in haste could bring about the most extraordinary pleasure…

Disclosure: Lisa received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.
Lisa’s Rating: 5/5 stars

Lisa’s Review: Julianne Baxter is beautiful, intelligent, funny, very loyal and cannot see much past the tip of her nose. She had set her cap on Patrick’s brother, Eric, the heir, until she shares her first kiss with Patrick. Because of her poor eyesight and her vanity she mistakenly plunges Patrick into trouble claiming she saw him shoot and kill his brother.

Patrick Channing is a second son, a trained veterinarian, charming and does not like being in society. He does not like to play the games that are part of being a member of the ton. His father sees his training as a lark, so he is trying to improve the horseflesh for the estate. Because of an accident he is living in Scotland in a self-imposed exile while his father helps to clear things up.
When Julianne goes in search of Patrick to bring him home to take his place as Earl she wants to also let him know she no longer thinks he is guilty of killing his brother. She wants to help him clear his name.

Patrick is now the Earl and not only does he not want to be Earl; he has no idea how to do it. They undertake a marriage, each with their own agenda, but with the same goal- keep Patrick from hanging for a crime he did not commit. Their journey to love, trust and understanding is crowded. They have his extended family to contend with, the rumors and beliefs of the ton and evidence that they cannot reconcile with what they know. The tension that Ms. McQuiston threads into the story is wonderful; it keeps you wondering right up to the end. Patrick’s friend James brings a perfect hint of humor that helps to diffuse some of the tension. The conversations were lively and Julianne’s spirit and sharp sense of right and wrong kept Patrick on his toes, well done! I thoroughly enjoyed this story from Ms. McQuiston. She continues to create characters you want to know and find yourself wishing to know them longer!

{Aubrey} Review: It Had To Be You – Susan May Warren

18232501 Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits–and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen. Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior–on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

Disclosure: Aubrey received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.

Aubrey’s Review: I was surprised how fast I read this book. The story is based around Eden being the babysitter and life coach for her baby brother who just started in the NHL. No one realizes her potential. Even her own family does not seem know a thing about her. She relishes to be noticed but is on the sidelines of life. The moral of the story

I loved reading about Eden and Jace. I would totally marry Jace. He had a beard! Not often that you read of main male characters that have beards. I really love how he was more than he seems to everyone. Eden had to readjust her preconceived notion of him. I loved the way that Eden and Jace interacted with each other. Eden seemed like her true self when she was fighting with Jace. He brought out her feisty side and made her come alive.

Honestly for a non-Christian there was a fair amount of God talk. It did not bother me because the author was not preaching to the reader. The reader clearly gets that the author has a strong faith in God. When God and faith were mentioned it was interwoven into the story and made sense. It was clean romance in that we get make-out sessions but nothing alluding to them having sex together. Jace being a hockey star gets the typical skirt chaser.

Eden really grows as a character but really every single character has gone through a change. They grow as humans and the way they interact with those they love. Jace’s best friend Sam learns how to truly have faith in God as an example.

I would totally read more books by this author and will be going to read about Darek and Ivy in the first book in the Christiansen family saga. I love reading about big families and how they each find love in a different way. The fact that this book was a sports romance is what got me super interested. Lately I have become more attracted to this genre.

{Krystal} Review: A Bride for All Seasons – Robin Lee Hatcher, Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton , Mary Connealy

16122790 This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances…and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they’ll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.

“And Then Came Spring” by Margaret Brownley

Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the world to meet her match, arriving just in time for his funeral. Returning home seems like her only option until her would-be brother-in-law proposes a more daring idea.

“An Ever-After Summer” by Debra Clopton

Ellie had no idea she’s not what Matthew ordered. And what’s wrong with being a “Bible thumper” anyway? She’s determined to show him she’s tougher than she looks–and just the girl he needs.

“Autumn’s Angel” by Robin Lee Hatcher

Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn’t come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. The trouble is, there’s no money to send them back…

“Winter Wedding Bells” by Mary Connealy

David’s convinced he’s not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he’s gone–nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?

Disclosure: Krystal received a review copy in exchange for her honest opinion.

Krystal’s Review: A Bride for All Seasons was a delightful collection of four different novellas by four different authors, all set in the 1870s. Each story features a different set of characters and locations, but all of them have one thing in common, they each, for their own separate reasons, have decided to turn to the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue in the hopes of finding their perfect match. The road to true love may not run smooth, but with a little faith, anything is possible.

The collection starts off with “And Then Came Spring” by Margaret Brownley and introduces you to Mary-Jo, an unlucky woman who makes it the church in time for her husband’s funeral. Faced with the daunting reality that she must now make her way back to where she came from, while leaving her intended’s young son to fend for himself, Mary-Jo is at a loss.. that is until her intended’s brother makes her an interesting proposition.

In the next novella, “An Ever-After Summer” by Debra Clopton, you meet the lovely Ellie, who has turned to God during her difficult childhood. When she first meets Matthew, he determines that she is not the woman for him. He cannot possibly give her the love she needs after the devastating loss of his first wife. Holding Ellie there however is Matthew’s baby daughter Sophie, who she feels will more than fill the void in her life. Despite their circumstances, these two find their way to each other, with the help of an unlikely ally.

“Autumn’s Angel” by Robin Lee Hatcher is the third book, which features Luvena, the lonely guardian of her deceased sister’s three children. When she meets Clay, she hopes that her prayers for providing for her charges have been answered, but Clay is trying to make his way in a town that is unfit for raising children, and he has his own demons chasing him that make children a definite deal breaker. Forced together by circumstance, the pair become unlikely friends, with Luvena helping Clay book an act for his Opera house, into which he has sunk everything he owns. If he fails, they all fail.

Last, but certainly not least, “Winter Wedding Bells” by Mary Connealy finishes off the set with her endearing characters, David, who has a death sentence hanging over his head, his two sons, and Megan, a spunky Irish lass who will not take David’s impending death without a fight.

My Review: 4 Stars out of 5

I finished this book in under a day. Not because it was short, but because I couldn’t put it down. Even when finishing one book, and learning the fates of those characters, I found myself continuing on, eager to meet the next set and discover if they would find their happily-ever-after even when the odds were stacked against them.

The characters were each unique in their own ways, their journeys set in different locations, and their struggles widely different. However, when they put their faith in God, they learned that they were able to overcome even the most daunting of struggles, and they managed to come out all the better for it.

Keep in mind that these are novellas, so in some instances the romances may seem rushed, or (if you’re like me) you will find yourself wishing they were longer just so you could spend more time with these characters. However, I felt that at the end of all of them, I was satisfied with the outcome, and I felt that their story had been told.

My favorite out of the four, would have to be “An Ever-After Summer” largely due to the character of Prudy, who without giving anything away, I will say definitely stole the show more than once. She was a force to be reckoned with, and I thoroughly enjoyed the part she played in the tale.

The only fault I found in this book came in the third novella, Autumn’s Angel, and this was in the form of a formatting error. On two separate occasions, the main characters send correspondence to the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue, and in both instances, there are no spaces or punctuation between the words which makes it difficult to read. However, this is the only instance of this happening, and I found that with a lot of patience I was able to decipher the words before me.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical novels, mail-order bride novels, Christian novels, or just a good, clean romance. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

{Cover Reveal} School Nightz – Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

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TITLE – SCHOOL NIGHTZ
SERIES – NIGHTSCHOOL VAMPIRE HUNTER TRILOGY Novella Series
AUTHOR – Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
GENRE – YA/Teen (15-18years old)
PUBLICATION DATE – March 18th
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 212
PUBLISHER – 3CM Media/Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
GRAPHICS ~ Amy Rooney
PHOTOGRAPHER ~ Tiffany McDonald
MUSICIAN ~ Cecile Monique
OFFICIAL SONG – KINDRED ©CecileMonique
(Inspired by the second novella in the series Kindred)
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Synopsis
Night School Vampire Hunter (Novella#1)

Fifteen year old Dasheen Bellamy’s world is turned upside down, when she is accused of killing her father and godmother. Dasheen cannot remember the events of the night her world is destroyed, but she feels inside that she is innocent; due to lack of evidence against her and with no other family; Dasheen and her younger brother Jordan, are sent to the elusive and mysterious Ame’ Academy ; a residential school where all is not what it appears. There all goes well, until Jordan, begins to become distant and behave strangely as if he is afraid of something or someone. Jordan is transferred to Ame’ Academy’s Night School track, which is usually only open to special cases. In order to discover what is happening with her brother, Dasheen is finally allowed to also transfer, attending classes in the evening while the rest of the world sleeps. Soon Dasheen’s world changes again as she discovers that things out of fairytales and horror stories exist, that she has ancient powers and is the major player in a mystical prophecy; and then she falls in love with a boy, whose mission is to see that she is destroyed before her destiny is fulfilled…

Kindred (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#2

The Kindred is the second novella in The Night School Vampire Hunter trilogy.

Angel and her friends at Ame Academy, a boarding school for preternatural and humans are back, and they are preparing for battle against the dark forces that kidnapped Angel’s younger brother Jordan. Angel had recently discovered that she was a Hunter and that she alone has a special weapon against her enemies, her blood, which is discovered to be toxic to her enemies. Angel is prepared to use her training and all that is at her disposal in order to save Jordan, even if that means joining forces with the strange and mysterious Rafael, who at their first meeting, she recognized him as the boy she had dreamed about for weeks prior to his arrival at the school. Angel cannot shake the feeling that she knew Rafael before, and is hopelessly drawn to her extremely handsome fellow hunter.

Rafael frightens her, he hints of a secret; another time and another life lived.

Can love survive two lifetimes?

Events unfold that provides the answers to who Rafael really is and what they mean to one another; and along with these strange and blossoming emotions for Rafael, along with guilt and fear for her brothers safety; Angel discovers that she is more than just a Vampire Hunter, and that she plays a major role in a ancient prophecy, which she must fulfill by facing a force so evil that survival is not promised.

But she will face the Dark One, Angel will sacrifice all, if it means saving all whom she loves.

Many questions are answered, but the drama is just beginning…

Redemption (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#3

Darkness fell over Ame’ Academy when Angel plummeted into the gaping twilight of the abyss. Ismet, Bella Donna, Elin and Rafael were now left to pick up the pieces.

But those that loved Angel refused to believe she was gone; so the search for her and the truth begins. Plus the clock is counting down; the Beast has escaped its pit and so the group of friends, with the help of unlikely allies must face an ancient evil, and once again face the heartache of losing someone they love, to save the world from destruction once and for all.

The highly anticipated and surprising finale to the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy!

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Editing

Line Editing: HJ’s Editing Services (Digital & Print Edition Versions)

Line Editing: Shamrock Editing (Erin Potter) (Digital Edition Version)

JamieB Proofreading (Fiverr Gig) Polishing of Angel: Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella#1: http://www.fiverr.com/jamiebwriter/proofread-your-short-story-or-novella–2

Authors Jamie White& C.P. Bialois editing Kindred: Night SchoolVampire Hunter novella#2

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BETA READERS

Beta Readers: (The Avid Reader’s) Nancy Storey Allen and Author Victoria Zigler

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GRAPHIC ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHY

School Nightz Print Edition
Cover was created by the amazing (Amy Rooney-CVWriterDesigns)
Website: http://www.courtneyvail.com/
Photography by the fantabulous (Tiffany McDonald- Anecdote Photography)
Website: http://www.anecdotephotography.com/home.html

Graphic Artist: Next Artist: Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) (Digital)

Photography: Venickwa Penigar: (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) (Digital)

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Models

Brianna Jordan (Digital & Print Edition Versions)
& Adam Becerra(Digital & Print Edition Versions)

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MEET THE AMAZING MUSICIAN – CECILE MONIQUE

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Much gratitude & Heartfelt thanks to artist
Cecile Monique!

Contact Cecile Monique

WEBSITE | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | MYSPACE | FACEBOOK

 

BIO
Cecile Monique is a Canadian vocalist/songwriter/composer of original Gothic Rock & Symphonic Metal music.

With her powerful, yet angelic voice and unmistakable charisma, Cecile Monique is a multi-talented musical artist ready to make her mark on the international music scene. Cecile Monique is not only an accomplished vocalist; she is also a skilled writer, composer, and arranger of her own original music. Her years of formal classical vocal training provided the foundation, but her singular creativity, diverse musical influences, and her fresh, youthful style have provided the fuel to create the distinctive fusion of rich, classically-influenced vocals with modern, innovative instrumentation that exist together in perfect harmony and have become Cecile Monique’s signature, genre-bending sound.

In addition to her impressive musical talent, Cecile’s cosmopolitan personality and multicultural roots (half European and half Hispanic) also broaden her appeal to an international audience; Cecile is fluent in several languages and has recorded and performed songs in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Czech, and Latin.

In 2010, Cecile Monique was awarded the prestigious FACTOR New Talent Award in support of her self-titled EP release featuring three of her original compositions, which was recorded at Metalworks Studios, Canada’s #1 recording studio. With the launch of her new EP now available on iTunes worldwide, and a myriad of new projects on the horizon, Cecile Monique is a rising star poised to become an international phenomenon.

Official SchoolNightz
SONG RELEASE
Teaser trailer of KINDRED ©2014 Cecile Monique
(March 2014)

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MEET THE AUTHOR MICHELLE CORNWELL-JORDAN

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Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a Young Adult/ New Adult author.

Her titles include the Teen Paranormal novella series Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy, (Print compilation School Nightz set to release March 18th). Full length novel, Teen Fantasy/Dystopian Chrysalis, (New Adult Novelette) Gothic Romance Tourmentin and a contribution to the HerStory Anthology (Pagans Writers Press)

She is also the producer/host of the online radio segment, IndieReview Behind the Scenes, where she and her co-host Author Jamie White interview Indie authors and musicians.

Michelle has been married for seventeen years and has a fifteen-year-old daughter.

A book lover, her favorite genre has always been paranormal adventures.

Author Links:

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK INDIE WRITERS REVIEWS | FACEBOOK HUNTERS ALLIANCE | PINTEREST BID’ABAN (HOME OF THE ALLIANCE)

Hunter Series Fan Club is a society of Teen and Adults (Hunters) brought together through the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy/Hunter Series novellas/books by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan.

Join and have first peek at news and updates, plus sneak peeks from the author on her books and projects! Also receive updates from the Alliance Youth Service Club (Inspired by Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy/Hunter Series Novellas)…check to see whether one of these awesome Community Service initiatives is in your area…or learn how to start one! Contact: hunterseriesfanclub@gmail.com to get you name on the Hunter roster for some great deals!

Giveaway

RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY!
March 18th-March 31st
Winner announced April 01st
Enter Rafflecopter Giveway for a chance to win! Grand Prize winner: Signed Print Copy of SchoolNightz & the music single Kindred©CecileMonique!
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SPECIAL FEATURES

The Making of Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

“Before concentrating on my writing and publishing, I was the Director of an before and after-school program for grades fifth thru eighth grade. The idea to focus my writing and on-line publishing endeavors… combining music and reading… actually stemmed from the kids. I had been repeatedly told by my Center kids, that kids that read do not listen to “cool” music and vice versa, so I wanted to show my kids something different. I launched a blog in January 2011 which interviews and spotlights Musicians and Authors…and I also began an on-line internet radio program called IndieReview Behind The Scenes Internet Radio through Blogtalk in March 2012.

This past November of 2013 we celebrated over 100,000 listens! I have since then acquired a co-host, Author Jamie White and three guest hosts for various segments, and music plays a huge part in all I do. Our goal is to have a platform and bring the readers and music listeners together.

It has become a very successful venture, it which I am very grateful.

Cecile Monique, a very talented music artist #GothRock has been extremely gracious to also take a hold of this vision, has jumped in bringing the vision of Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy to a new level with her single #Kindred inspired by the second novella in the series.

I believe that a feature such as this, which deals the emerging and thriving on-line Indie community of Musicians and Authors, the local aspect and the Book plus the CD will make for a interesting feature for all ages.”

So for all my kid (readers) past and present…”Books & Cool Music really CAN go together!”

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SUPERHEROS

Night School Vampire Hunter #Superhero Feature

In the third novella #Redemption several new characters visited with the gang at Ame Academy!

In a Special Reader Appreciation Feature which I hosted there were two wonderful readers of the series Author Victoria Zigler and (The Avid Reader’s) Nancy Storey Allen who participated by submitting their characters to be featured in the chapters marked Alliance.

Both ladies retain full rights to the two characters Novite Felecia Grace Tyler submitted by Author Victoria Zigler and Novite Nanena Allen submitted by Nancy Storey Allen.

Both ladies have given permission for the use of the characters.

Although story content of Night school Vampire Hunter Trilogy and Alliance Chapters in Redemption (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#3 Copyright ©2014 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Illustrations completed by Illustrations created by Julia Antoinette Macaranas- Fiverr Gig: http://www.fiverr.com/iwillartforyou/art-paint-sketch-for-you

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Redemption: Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella #3

Novite Felecia Grace Tyler- creator Victoria Ziglar

A author book feature Felecia

1st year Alliance Student
Level: Novite/Warrior
Class: WereLioness/Were Shifter
Novite Nanena Allen- creator Nancy Storey Allen

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1st year Alliance Student
Level: Novite/Mystic
Class: Tlaciques Witch/Vampire (Originate Mexico)

Coming Soon! Hunter Series: Legends of the Eclipse (Illustrated Novel) Summer 2014
Origins (An Alliance Novella) Spring 2015!

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Series: Legends of the Eclipse (Illustrated Novel) Summer 2014

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Join the Hunters Alliance on Face Book

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunter-Alliance/288004677978367

Hunter Series Fan Club is a society of Teen and Adults (Hunters) brought together through the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy/Hunter Series novellas/books by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan.

Join and have first peek at news and updates, plus sneak peeks from the author on her books and projects! Also receive updates from the Alliance Youth Service Club (Inspired by Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy/Hunter Series Novellas)…check to see whether one of these awesome Community Service initiatives is in your area…or learn how to start one! Contact: hunterseriesfanclub@gmail.com to get you name on the Hunter roster for some great deals!

Check out the World of Bid’ABan (Home of the Alliance) on Pinterest!

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SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT HELPED WITH TODAY’S BLITZ!

All the authors and bloggers and special, special thanks to Tonya over at

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Review: The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Book Description: Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief … and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

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Review: This is a difficult book for me to describe. The most obvious genres are holiday, romance, and mystery, but there’s also a bit of an inspirational feel woven in for good measure. All of these pieces fit together well. The pace is a little slow in some parts but not at all in a negative way – it actually worked well in this story! The characters were colorful and easy to like. I hate when I start reading a romance and it’s so cliché and sugary-sweet that I feel like I might end up with a cavity if I read another word. I was so glad that this book wasn’t like that! Don’t get me wrong, it is sweet, but not overly so. It’s a believable love story! The Christmas Train kept me reading for a long time and the end was truly a surprise. Overall, an excellent Christmas must-read.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Want to read The Christmas Train by David Baldacci? Copies are available for purchase HERE. Happy reading!

Book Tour//Promo & Contest: A Code of Love – Jacki Delecki

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A Code of Love
The Code Breakers Series Book One
By: Jacki Delecki

Book Description:
First in The Code Breaker Series, Men and Women from the class of privilege risk their lives to defend England against the designs of Napoleon. They confront scandal, personal crisis, and love as they pursue their code of honor and love.

A Code Of Love:
Lord Cordelier Fortesque Rathbourne, scarred by the loss of his older brother, accepts an undercover assignment in France hoping to escape his past. Four years later, he returns to England as the Head of Intelligence. His charges include the brilliant Harcourt family – Uncle Charles, a premier Code Breaker; Michael, a linguist on assignment in France; and the indomitable Henrietta. Cord discovers that his previous attraction to Henrietta hasn’t diminished, but neither has Henrietta’s memory of his rakish past. All become entangled in a web of intrigue and danger when Michael surreptitiously sends Henrietta a Code Book, vital to the English War effort.

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Lisa’s Review: Cordelier Richard Beaumont, Earl of Rathbourne is reluctantly the earl and he carries a deep guilt over his brother’s death. He is intelligent, self-assured, and protective of his family and works for the Home Office. He has had a fascination with Henrietta for years. He liked the idea that she was not impressed with him 4 years ago and now wants to court her.

Lady Henrietta Ormand Harcourt is independent, smart, and fiercely protective of her own and longs for adventure. She has been taking care of her family since just after her come out when her mother became ill, then passed. Her family has been helping the government for a long time with code breaking and she is carrying on the tradition. She is hoping for a marriage where they are companions and helpmates, she refuses to be seen as only a broodmare.

Together Cord and Henrietta walk that fine line between attraction and propriety with grace and humor. Their strong personalities play off each other brilliantly. The fact that they, at first, unknowingly share a common goal/task makes the story fun and interesting. Cord finding himself wanting to protect Henrietta and the high-handed way he goes about it is charming. Henrietta’s Desire to be cherished and looked out for is handled so as not to make her a victim, but a true heroine. Both Cord and Henrietta are afraid to trust and depend on another; they are both used to being the one in charge. But I believe once they allow themselves the permission to trust and depend, it creates a stronger bond and a deeper love. The plot twists thrown in their way by the French characters add the perfect balance to their road to love. The secondary characters are fascinating. I loved the spunk of Cord’s aunt, Lady Euphemia Beaumont, she is a hoot! I look forward to more books by Ms Delecki.

Disclosure: I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Lisa’s Review: 4/5 stars

About the Author:
Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance. Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Jacki has set An Inner Fire in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery. Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire. Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write dogs as main characters alongside her strong heroines. A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies– a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.

Author Links:
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{Jessa} Review: There’s A Mouse Hiding In This Book! by Benjamin Bird

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NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

Book Description: This Tom and Jerry interactive picture book holds a surprise on each page! Where is Jerry hiding? On the title page, on the back cover, or somewhere in between? Little readers will howl with delight each time they open the covers and try helping Tom find the mischievous mouse. Perfect for storytime.

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Review:The artwork contained within this book is simple, cheerful, and colorful and include a few easy tasks that will aid children in learning how to follow directions and make reading time fun. The tasks themselves are entertaining; there are just enough of them to keep things interesting, but not too many that kids will get bored. Personally, I think it’s worth buying this book in print form rather than digital. In all, a cute interactive book starring the famous furry duo that will amuse children and parents alike.
Jessa’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Interested in reading There’s A Mouse Hiding In This Book! by Benjamin Bird? Copies are available for pre-order HERE. Happy reading!

{Jessa} Review: Wrongly Accused by Laura Scott

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NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

Book Description: A DESPERATE FATHER

Only one thing matters to Caleb O’Malley: his daughter. Framed for his wife’s murder, Caleb’s only wish is to see his little girl. But Noelle Whitman, his daughter’s foster mother, isn’t buying his plea of innocence until bullets start flying and they’re running for their lives. Staying one step ahead of the real killer proves nearly impossible, but former SWAT cop Caleb will risk everything to keep them safe. Because now there is nothing more important than Noelle and his daughter;not his freedom, not even his life.

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Review: Wrongly Accused by Laura Scott is a fast-paced romantic thriller that does an excellent job of meshing inspirational elements with action. The characters were three-dimensional and the plot was interesting, with lots of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The inspirational aspects of the story were just right; not once did any of the characters display a sanctimonious attitude, which is something that drives me batty! Overall, a delightful book that will leave readers wanting more.
Jessa’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Interested in reading Wrongly Accused by Laura Scott? Copies are available for pre-order HERE.

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