Archives for March 31, 2016

** Book Review ** THE GROWING SEASON, PART 1: A TIME TO UPROOT by Leigh Duncan

The Growing Season Part 1


A heart-wrenching story of great loss and how each family member copes and moves forward.  Can’t wait to read the next two parts!

Ann, Joy and Chuck Maywood have just lost their mother after a hard fight with breast cancer.  They each dealt with the diagnosis and treatment differently, and now that they are coming together for the funeral, times are stressful.

Ann put her entire life on hold to move home and take care of her mother, and now when she should be able to move forward, she has nothing left but drama from both her sister and brother.  Her promising career fell apart when she couldn’t be there for assignments, her boyfriend moved on because she was no longer there, and she spent her savings to keep everything afloat while caring for her Mom.

Will these siblings be able to pick up the pieces and maintain any type of loving relationship with each other now that Maggie is gone?


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** Book Review ** TEASING DESTINY by Melanie Shawn



A sweet story proving you can go home again, and that having faith in “the one” can pay off!

A series taking place in Wishing Well, Texas kicks off with JJ Briggs returning home from his big major league baseball career for a holiday visit.

Destiny Porter is best friends with his little sister, and has been crushing on him for years. He secretly returned her feelings all those years ago, and one night four years ago, started to act on it … but in the end humiliated and infuriated her instead.

Now that they are in the same town again, will the attraction still be there between them and will he finally decide she’s old enough to act on it?


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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** THE TOTAL PACKAGE by Stephanie Evanovich


3 1/2 STARS!

I wasn’t overly fond of the skip in time towards the beginning of this book, I would have preferred to “live” the hard road with him, but none-the-less, I felt intrigued to see what was going to happen in the long run.

Tyson is sitting at the bottom of a wasted career when we first meet him, but after a lot of hard work , he’s back at the top of his game as the quarterback of the Austin Mavericks. When a blast from his past crosses his path again, will it throw him off course or will it make him stronger to relive it all again?

Dani Carr is there to handle the PR for another player, but try as she might, she doesn’t seem to be able to avoid run ins with Tyson.  She has a secret that she isn’t ready to tell him yet, but she can’t resist being near him time and time again.

Will there be a happily ever after in their future or will they part ways again?

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The Total Package
By: Stephanie Evanovich

Releasing March 15, 2016
William Morrow


Smart and sexy Dani Carr knows as much about football as any man–maybe more. It’s always been her dream to make a living talking about the game she loves. But Dani’s not interested in being just the usual eye-candy sideline reporter; she wants to be the first woman analyst on a pre-game show, the ultimate in exclusive boys-club jobs. And it turns out, that despite the odds, she has the talent to get her there.

Star quarterback-and heartthrob–Tyson Palmer always did things in spectacular fashion, including ruining his career after debuting as a first-round draft pick. When the head coach of the Austin Mavericks refuses to let him waste his million dollar arm, Tyson makes a Hail Mary pass at redemption and succeeds with everyone…except Dani, who appears to be using her high-profile commentator job to make a name for herself at his expense.

Dani refuses to let anyone forget about Tyson’s transgressions….and for good reason. There’s history between these two, sizzling history that dates back to their college days, and it ended in another spectacular flame-out of Tyson’s. He’s conveniently forgotten all about that episode because Dani is no longer the cute girl next door he barely remembers–she’s a bombshell with huge ratings and a long memory.

But can a woman trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other in the process? And what will happen when Tyson-riding high on his career comeback-realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani?


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 Tyson scowled defensively, before leaning his forearms down on the table between them. “Then I guess there really isn’t any story left to tell. Sounds like you know it all.” He was sorry he had offered her a seat, much less his drink.

“I told you, Tyson, I want to try to help you,” she reiterated.


“Because I believe in you,” Ella stated with conviction, as if that was enough to earn his trust. But Tyson Palmer was long past trusting anyone, including himself.

“Why?” he repeated, now angry.

Ella looked down at the table for a moment, then said quietly, “Because I remember the guy I tutored. Who was serious about his game and never had a problem taking no for an answer.”

He wanted to laugh in her naïve face. To mockingly tell her at the time she hadn’t been worth the pursuit, if for no other reason than to get her to leave him alone. He wanted her to stop looking at him in the way she was, like he was not a total disaster. But most of all, he no longer wanted to be reminded of when he was in control and held the world in the palm of his football-throwing hand.

“That kid doesn’t exist anymore. When you graduate and join the real world, you’ll realize that people change, usually not for the better,” he spat out cynically.

“I refuse to believe that.”

Tyson sighed and ran his hand through the shaggy brown hair that had outgrown his clean cut months ago. She was being way too persistent, but her sincerity was admirable, and part of him wanted to believe her.

“Okay. We’re friends, now what?”

She brightened with his acquiescence. And she really did have a pretty smile. “Now you let me be a good friend and help take care of you. You look so tired. ”

This time he didn’t hold back the laugh, and while it wasn’t exactly harsh, it still was hollow. She wasn’t able to help him any more than he could help himself. And she made it sound so easy, like she could perform some sort of exorcism and all his demons would flee. The more likely story was she was trying to get close to him under the misguided impression that he had something left to offer.

“You’re good, Mother Teresa. Why don’t we go someplace quiet where I can confess my sins and you can absolve me? Make sure you turn your phone on to record, so you don’t miss the good stuff.”

“You’re wrong, but I understand you being leery,” she patiently explained. “I . . . I always liked you, Tyson, and you were always so nice to me. You deserve to have someone on your side. I know this is all just your circumstances talking.”

“Sorry, not interested.” Tyson took back his now-empty glass and went back to sucking the last remnants of Gentleman Jack off the ice. Damn his mouth was dry, always so dry. As far as he was concerned, the conversation was closed. He wanted her to get out before he settled back into the dark side.

“What would it take for me to get you interested? For you to consider coming home with me, at least for a decent night’s sleep?”

Maybe it was the way she asked it, completely oblivious to the fact that the question itself made her sound like a hooker. Maybe it was the pity or her dogged insistence that he see himself for something other than he was, which was a lost cause. And then, like a lighthouse shining through the fog in his brain, it dawned on him. His cute little virtuous tutor had joined the ranks of pleasure seekers and was trying to get him into bed. At least that explanation turned the exchange from ludicrous to one that made sense.

“You still a virgin, Ella Bella?” He answered her question with one of his own, accompanied by a smile of complete impropriety.

Finally she blinked. Her grip tightened around the handle of the purse in her lap, and she stared at it before looking back up at him and meeting his gaze head-on.

“Yes.” She spoke her one-word answer unemotionally, even as the flush crept up to her cheeks.

Tyson sat back in his chair, the recesses of his drug-addled mind jarred. Wrong answer. She was supposed to have forsaken her outdated notion of chastity. She was supposed to have been tainted by now, like everyone he knew. As corrupted as he was.

“Hey Ella Bella, what do you say to you and me going someplace to get freaky?” Part of it was said in jest, trying to recover from just how badly she managed to throw him. Another part of him longed to engage in just a little bit of the same harmless banter from the days when she was a sweetheart and he was a hero.

“Your place or mine?” Her answer was so unexpected and sounded just as foreign to his ears.


Stephanie E.


New York Times Bestselling Author, Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York’s School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** CLAIMED BY LOVE by Melissa Foster



Filled with instant attraction, battling from two different sides of a coin, fun loving families, and HOT sex!  I felt this one was slightly slower to get started than some of Melissa’s others books, but once they decided to act on their attraction and become the center of the story line, it really got interesting!

Duke Ryder is a successful real estate investor, and visits Elpitha Island to look the property over in anticipation of making the head of the Liakos family an offer to develop a resort there.

Gabriella Liakos is an attorney in New York City, but her heart is on Elpitha Island where her family is and where she grew up.  She returns to the island at her grandfather’s request to give Duke a tour and answer his questions about the property.  She hopes she can dissuade him from buying it, because she doesn’t want her quiet island ruined by development.

When she and Duke have an instant attraction to each other that they decide not to try to fight, will there be able to be a happy ending for either of them?

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Claimed by Love
Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2
By: Melissa Foster

Releasing March 23, 2016
World Literary Press


Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he’s not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor…until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke’s powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who’s used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?


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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.


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