BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/EXCERPT/GIVEAWAY – Montana Hearts: Her Weekend Wrangler – Darlene Panzera

Her Weekend Wrangler

4 STARS!

A heartwarming romance showcasing family love and loyalty.

Briana Collins has returned to her family ranch in Fox Creek, Montana along with her siblings because her father has been injured.  They all are led to believe he’s not doing well by their Mom, but arrive to find out that the scare is over and their Mom didn’t inform them because she wanted them to come home.  They all agree to stay for awhile to help their parents and grandma get the cabin rental business that they run on the ranch back on solid ground after some problems with the former managers.

Bree is forced to go asking for help from the one guy she doesn’t want to see.  She needs Ryan Tanner to help take guests out on horseback rides on the weekend.  Ryan and Bree have history from when they were in high school, so she’s not happy to have to ask him for help.  Ryan isn’t interested in the least in helping … until he comes up with the idea to have her help him with a problem as well.  He’s needing to train a horse for his aunt, but it hates men and won’t let him near it. Bree worked with horses in her youth and he knows she could help him if she wanted to.  Begrudgingly, they agree to trade services.

Lots of intrigue as things start to happen around both of their properties and they try to figure out who’s responsible and why.  Will Bree and Ryan decide to stop fighting their feelings and admit they want to be together, or will she decide to go back to NY to her old job?

** Received free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **

 

 
 
 
MONTANA HEARTS: HER WEEKEND WRANGLER by Darlene Panzera
(on-sale 10/6, Avon Impulse)
 
Darlene
Panzera returns with a sweet new Western series perfect for fans of Debbie
Macomber’s heartwarming romances
 
Bree Collins has finally come home to Fox Creek,
Montana, to manage her family’s guest ranch. She knows she can handle any
challenges that come her way, but when the infuriating Ryan Tanner reappears in
her life, Bree suddenly has doubts about her ability to stay professional—and
away from the handsome cowboy.
 
Ryan Tanner is in a bind. He needs to train a
young foal for the upcoming show but its mother would rather bite his hand off.
Just his luck the cute cowgirl from his past arrives back in town. Bree just so
happens to have a reputation for taming animals of this nature. Ryan is willing
to make a deal with her, but he has no intention of being swayed by her sweet
smile or the tenderness she shows his young son.
 
Yet when fate brings them together, falling for
one another becomes the easiest thing in the world. Ryan might just want to
wrangle this cowgirl’s heart…but will Bree give him the chance?



 



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Excerpt:
 She walked over and tugged on Puzzles and Games, a newer book wedged tightly between the thick,
dusty jackets of
The Secret History of
Yellowstone Country
, and Ranching
Ain’t What It Used To Be.
And the entire book case leaned toward her.
     Catching the frame of the shelves with her
hands, she spun around, and used her body weight to shove the burdensome book
beast back into position. But every time she stepped away, the case threatened
to fall. Somehow the bottom had become unbalanced. She glanced at the clerk
behind the counter and opened her mouth to call for help. Then Ryan Tanner
walked toward her and she involuntarily jumped in place.
     They’d grown up together, riding the same
school bus and sharing the same classes day after day right up through the
twelfth grade. But after high school she’d relocated to New York to attend
college. Then she put her business degree and love of fashion together to
snatch the assistant managerial position at the Manhattan branch of Silvain’s,
a national fashion retail conglomerate which specialized in hip clothing and
accessories. Over the years she’d run into Ryan only briefly during her
occasional visits home.
     And she had no desire to see him now.
     Ryan was the kind of guy a girl dreamed
about but could never have. At least not exclusively. He was a charmer who took
the opportunity to flirt with every female he met. And he’d tried to charm her the night of their high school
senior prom, the night her horse died, in an attempt to delay her from getting
home too soon…and saying goodbye.
     Of course, they were adults now, both
almost twenty-seven, she with her glowing resume and he with a seven-year-old
son. She thought she’d forgiven him and let bygones be bygones.
     She was wrong.
 

About Darlene:

DARLENE PANZERA writes sweet, fun-loving romance and is a member
of the Romance Writers of America’s Greater Seattle and Peninsula chapters. Her
career launched when her novella “The Bet” was picked by Avon Books and New
York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber to be published within Debbie’s
own novel, 
Family Affair. Darlene says, “I love writing stories
that help inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their
dreams.”

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 and her two horses, and loves
camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
Join her on Facebook or at www.darlenepanzera.com


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BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – Hot Shade – Tamara Lush

Hot Shade

4 STARS!

Luca Rossi is sitting on his balcony minding his own business, when he witnesses a small plane crash right on the beach in front of his house.  He is hesitant to call 911 because he doesn’t want to have to give his personal information, but he runs down there to see if he can help the guy that was mowed over.  The pilot is getting out of the plane as Luca approaches and he has him call 911 while he helps the guy.

Luca hurries back to his house as soon as he can because he doesn’t like being out in the open.  Unfortunately, people tell a reporter that the “Good Samaritan” might live around that area and Skylar Shaw comes nosing around.  Luca wants to get rid of her as quickly as possible because he wants to remain anonymous, but he finds himself being extremely attracted to her and can’t help but flirt.  He tries to resist her, but finds himself attempting to seduce her as the day goes on and he runs into her again.  Skylar likes him, but she doesn’t understand his secretive behavior and isn’t sure that she can trust him.

Will Luca decide to trust her with the secrets that have him on the run from the Italian Mafia, or will he decide to end things with her in order to keep her at arms length?  And will Sky decide that she trusts Luca enough to give herself to him even though she knows he’s keeping his life a secret from her?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

 


KEYNOTE:
 
Journalist Skylar Shaw covers a plane crash on a Florida beach that leads her to a handsome yet mysterious Italian man…and the conspiracy that threatens all he holds dear.
 
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Romance is the last thing on reporter Skylar Shaw’s mind when she covers a plane crash on a Florida beach. Her best source could be a mysterious Italian man, but he’s strictly off the record—unless it involves indulging their electrifying attraction to each other. Little does Skylar know, but that crash is only the beginning.
 
Luca Rossi is hiding a big secret: He’s a journalist, too, and his anonymous exposé on the Mafia destroyed his world. Now, after two lonely years on the run, he will do anything to possess this vulnerable American beauty. But Skylar is as relentless as the Florida glare, and the situation ignites when she reports on a gruesome murder in a swamp. Soon erotic nights will bleed into dangerous days, and nowhere will be safe from the heat.
 
 
 
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The author is a nationally known journalist and will be a featured author at the Times Festival of Reading in St. Petersburg, FL at the end of October. 
 
 
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 AUTHOR:
Tamara Lush is an award-winning journalist who first started writing in grade school, penning elaborate stories inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark. After completing her undergraduate degree at Emerson College in Boston, she began her reporting career at a small, weekly newspaper in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, People Magazine, The St. Petersburg Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today and the Associated Press.
 
When Tamara isn’t writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.
 
 
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BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – If Not for a Bee – Carol Ross

If Not for a Bee

5 STARS!

If you enjoy heartwarming stories about family, overcoming loss and learning to live again, this one is not to be missed!

Janie Everett lives in Rankin, Alaska with her 4 sons … 13 year old Gareth, 11 year old Reagan and 2 year old twins Gabe and Finn.  She and the boys are still healing from losing her husband Cal 3 years ago when she was still pregnant with the twins.  They’ve come a long way, but the loss is deep … especially for Gareth who as the oldest, had the most memories of his father and the responsibility of being the man of the house now.

Aidan Hollings comes to town and wreaks havoc immediately for Janie and her little family.  They get off on the wrong foot on more than one occasion, and he has to back pedal and do a lot of finagling to get her to give him a chance to make things up to her.

Aidan sees alot of himself in her older two sons and takes them under his wing as helpers as he works on studying the bees in the area for his research.  Being with him helps the boys … and Janie over time.  There are several twists and turns as time passes, but together they support each other and make it through each one.

** Received free in exchange for an honest review **

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If Not for a BeeIf Not for a Bee
(Seasons of Alaska #3)
by Carol Ross
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 206 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

You can’t always play it safe

With four sons dependent on her, Janie Everett needs to keep her life uncomplicated. Now famous scientist Aidan Hollings is disrupting her orderly world, starting with the rescue of a…bumblebee.

Aidan is only passing through her Alaska wilderness town, and wasn’t planning to bond with her two older boys. Or become so attracted to the widowed journalist. His globe-trotting days may be be over if he’s able to show Janie that they can share the adventure of a lifetime–together.

Also in the Series

Mountains Apart
(Seasons of Alaska #1)
Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Harlequin – Kobo – Google Play

A Case for Forgiveness
(Seasons of Alaska #2)

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Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after. For a complete list of her books, social media links, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.

Website – Goodreads – Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest

Tour Schedule

10/11: Launch
10/12: Katie’s Clean Book CollectionZerina Blossom’s Books
10/13: Thoughts of a BlondeThe Power of Words
10/14: Christy’s Cozy Corners, underneath the covers, & Teatime and Books
10/15: Letters from Annie (Douglass) Limadeal sharing aunt
10/16: Singing Librarian BooksChill Reviews
10/18: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card & copy of If Not for a Bee (open internationally, print book to US winner, ebook to international winner)
– US Prize Pack: bee coffee mug, bee charm necklace, 17.6 ounce jar of honey, honey dipper, box of organic tea, and signed copy of If Not for a Bee (US only)
– Ends October 23rd

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BLOG TOUR FINALE – When the Right One Comes Along – Kate James

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

Grand Finale for
When the Right One Comes Along
By Kate James

Did you get to know a little more about K-9 Officer Calen Palmer and his dog, Scout, as well as Trauma Surgeon Jessica Hansen? If you missed any of the posts on this tour, you can go check them out now…

Launch – Intro to the Series

My October 1st release, When the Right One Comes Along, is the first book in my K-9 trilogy. It is the story of trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen and San Diego Police Department search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

” A sweet story that will warm your heart. A nice change in pace.. “

The Written Adventure – Interview

3) Who/What inspired your characters?

I take inspiration from a variety of sources. For the K-9 trilogy, the inspiration for the K-9 unit members came from real-life police officers who work tirelessly and often at great peril to themselves to protect us and keep our communities safe. Jessica Hansen was partially inspired by a good friend who is a medical doctor. She has an important and unique job.

Anndawson’s Blog – Review

“I enjoyed the open way Kate wrote this story. She easily explained things and made the book easy to follow and intriguing. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I look forward to the rest of the book series and hopefully she will intermix these characters with new characters.”

Cal’s blood ran cold as he watched a ceiling beam tear loose to his right. Still anchored to a column by some rebars, it hurtled toward him like a battering ram.

Writing Pearls – Review

“A cozy romantic read with exuberating characters. Definitely worth the time to read.”

Amanda Writes – Review

“Ms. James’ novel draws you in from page one, and leaves you feeling happy and then tormented as the crisis point breaks but eventually she brings her characters together in the most beautiful and deserving way. This is one Harlequin Heartwarming story you should not miss!”

Slice of Life – Review

“This well-written novel depicts the problems and dangers which can occur after an earthquake, as well as rescue operations, and the author also shows much knowledge concerning K-9 dogs. I would recommend When the Right One Comes Along to anyone who is interested in action and romance.”

Mythical Books – Excerpt

This time Cal did lose his balance. Landing on his backside, he was catapulted down the inclined rooftop headfirst. The harness he hadn’t fully secured snapped free. He tried to twist around as the edge of the rooftop rushed toward him. He managed to turn enough so that he wasn’t leading with his head when he hit the parapet wall. He lay still for a few moments to catch his breath. His left shoulder screamed but he didn’t think it was broken. He hoped it wasn’t dislocated, either. Nothing else seemed to hurt enough to worry about.

“The characters in the book go through some rough struggles, but they are made stronger by the struggles. The romance is sweet and clean…you know I love that! I really like the theme of the story and I’m looking forward to the other two K-9 books to follow. You will be enchanted by this sweet book! I definitely recommend this to you sweet romance lovers!”

Beck Valley Books – It’s All About You Guest Post

I am frequently asked what made me decide to write. There is a multitude of talented authors out there and an ever-growing plethora of wonderful choices for readers in all genres. So why did I decide to leave a successful and enjoyable business career to write? The answer is simple. It’s because of you, the reader!

underneath the covers – Excerpt

Jessica narrowed her eyes as she glared at the man standing before her, shirtless and leaning heavily on the shoulder of a firefighter. His simple question sounded both gruff and belligerent. Her gaze dropped to the well-muscled chest and arms, before sliding lower and seeing the makeshift tourniquet, understanding why he wasn’t wearing a shirt. “Marcia,” she called, keeping her eyes on the man but a steadying hand on the girl. “Can you please get Mr….?” She looked at the man inquiringly.

“Great characters! I really enjoyed meeting Cal & Scout and can’t wait for the future stories about their K-9 teammates!”

Dixie n Dottie – Review & Excerpt

“I loved Scout and the relationship he and Cal had.”

Jessica Hansen looked much as he remembered her from the quake site. But a cleaned-up version. Seeing her in jeans, low-heeled sandals and a tank top made her seem more…approachable. The thing that struck him most was her hair—long, loose and cascading down her back. It seemed so incongruous with the prim and proper doctor he assumed her to be. Gorgeous hair, clearly intelligent and a fondness for dogs and cars. How could a guy not be captivated?

Wishful Endings – Review

“When the Right One Comes Along was a story of redemption as these characters learn to forgive themselves, in grasping the love that is in front of them, and finding family in each other. I’d recommend this one to those readers who enjoy heartfelt romance.”

I Am A Reader – Excerpt

But then she looked at Cal, saw the despondency in his eyes. She wanted to help them. She really did. And yet she couldn’t deny that one contributing factor was the fact that she’d be able to see Cal…

“It’s no trouble.” Cal couldn’t remember the last time he’d seen a grown woman blush. Anna certainly never had. He found it unreasonably touching. There was something vulnerable and shy about her right then that appealed to him. “I’d like you to stay,” he added to his own amazement. He wondered if he’d hoped for it all along, since the steak he was marinating was large enough for two healthy appetites.

“This was a great book to settle in with. I loved the characters and I loved the struggle. The chemistry was there between Jessica and Cal- they knew it and I knew it too. The forward progression of this book was good and the characters were solid. I read through this book quickly because I just didn’t want to put it down. Yay for a good, clean romance!”

Mel’s Shelves – Excerpt

Cal couldn’t explain it, but as he watched the woman and child walking toward him, hand in hand, emotion clogged his throat. He coughed brusquely, blinked a few times and rose from the bench.

This heart-warming Harlequin K-9 Trilogy book 1, When the Right One comes Along, will touch your heart. This story is filled with characters and scenarios that readers will easily relate, comprehending the tragedy and heartache, as well as the joy and love.

Kindle and Me – Review

The story was cute and very believable. I adored the love the father had for his daughter and how Cal also wanted Kayla in his life too! Jessica was nice and encouraging as well.

Read all the book and author info and enter the tour giveaway below…

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

Kate James 2.jpgKate James spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.

Website – Goodreads – Facebook – Twitter

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize: Spa Gift Basket and a print copy of When the Right One Comes Along (US/CAN only)

2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of When the Right One Comes Along (print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

3 – 3rd Prizes: copy of When the Right One Comes Along(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

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BLOG TOUR – BOOK REVIEW/GIVEAWAY – When the Right One Comes Along – Kate James

When the Right One Comes Along

5 STARS!

Great characters!  I really enjoyed meeting Cal & Scout and can’t wait for the future stories about their K-9 teammates!

Calen Palmer is new to the San Diego K-9 Search and Rescue team when the city is surprisingly hit by a strong earthquake.  It’s Cal & his partner K-9 Scout’s job to get out there and search for trapped victims.  They are searching a partially collapsed office building when Scout alerts on a pile of rubble.  After some dangerous maneuvering, they rescue 5 year old Kayla from a hallway, where unfortunately her Mom died instantly.

Jessica Hansen is the trauma surgeon doing triage at the command center set up for the rescues.  She sends Kayla to be admitted for observation, and Cal has a fairly severe leg injury that requires him to be in the hospital for several days as well.  Cal and Jessica bond over his dog Scout because she ends up helping him out with him while he’s being transported in the ambulance, then again later when he can’t handle taking care of him the first couple of weeks out of the hospital.  Even thought they are both a bit gun-shy because of personal things that have happened to them in recent years, they decide to date casually.

Past drama leaves them both leary of this relationship they are stepping into, and they hit several roadblocks along the way.  Will they be able to overcome their issues and find happiness or will they go their separate ways?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review **

On tour with Prism Book Tours.

When the Right One Comes Along (K-9 Trilogy, #1)When the Right One Comes Along
(K-9 Trilogy #1)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 293 Pages
October 1st 2015 by Harlequin

Brought together by disaster. Kept together by love.

In the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, it’s chaos for trauma surgeon Jessica Hansen. Among the many victims, one patient stands out—San Diego Police K-9 search and rescue officer Cal Palmer.

Cal vows to help Kayla, a child orphaned by the disaster. But he needs Jessica’s help. Will their shared concern for Kayla and for Cal’s canine partner, Scout, allow them to put aside their personal torments and discover the difference love can make?

Kate James 2.jpgKate James spent eight years of her childhood living in foreign countries as her professional parents travelled on business. She lived in four countries and spoke five languages before settling down in Canada again to attend university. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, she held a variety of positions in the field of real estate development and operations, and ran three substantial organizations. While her writing during this period was mostly business related, including presentations and speeches she delivered both nationally and internationally, her passion is and always has been fiction.

Kate’s business and personal experiences enable her to write fiction with a deep, often first-hand knowledge of what she is writing about. This approach makes Kate’s stories richer and more vivid.

Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in intriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. “I hope my stories bring you pleasure and entertain you. Nothing pleases me more than receiving feedback from people who have chosen to spend their valuable leisure time with one of my books,” notes Kate.

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada.

Website – Goodreads – Facebook – Twitter

Tour Schedule

9/29: undercover book reviewsThe Written Adventure
9/30: Anndawson’s BlogLetters from Annie (Douglass) Lima
10/1: Writing PearlsAmanda Writes
10/2: Slice of LifeMythical Books
10/4: Christy’s Cozy CornersBeck Valley Books, & underneath the covers
10/5: teatime and BooksThoughts of a Blonde
10/6: Dixie n DottieWishful Endings
10/7: I Am A ReaderZerina Blossom’s Books, & Getting Your Read On
10/8: Mel’s ShelvesSinging Librarian Books
10/9: Kindle and Me
10/11: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize: Spa Gift Basket and a print copy of When the Right One Comes Along (US/CAN only)

2nd Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of When the Right One Comes Along (print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

3 – 3rd Prizes: copy of When the Right One Comes Along(print if US/CAN, ebook if international)

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RELEASE BLAST – REVIEW/PROMO/GIVEAWAY – Dances Under the Harvest Moon – Joanne Rock

Dances_Cover

5 STARS!

Heather Finley has spent her life taking care of others.  Her sick mother, her siblings, residents of Heartache, TN, etc.  Now at age 28, she has a big audition opportunity and just wants to go after her dream of being a country music singer for once, but circumstances keep getting in her way.

First she is struck with a sudden illness, then she hangs around town longer so her sister Erin’s wedding is perfect, then something from her Dad’s past pops up, and last but not least, she’s falling in love with current Mayor Zach Chance.

Zach was a year ahead of Heather in school and had a crush on her even back then, but his own family circumstances led him to keep his distance and eventually leave town.  His dad now in prison for securities fraud, and his sister recovered and living a new life after surviving being attacked by a stalker and attempting suicide years ago, he’s finally able to come back to town.

Zach and Heather start to see each other and grow close, but she’s still keeping her health crisis a secret.  He knows from past experience with his sister how much secrets can endanger a person, so he won’t stand for being kept in the dark about things.  When it comes to light that another teenage girl, Megan,  is being stalked in town and certain things are similar to his sister’s case, Zach calls in help to try to figure out who is doing it.  Will he be able to save Megan and Heather when they fall into a trap set by the stalker?

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DANCES UNDER THE HARVEST MOON
Heartache, TN #3
Joanne Rock
Releasing Oct 1st, 2015
Harlequin Superromance
Heartache—the
best place to heal
Chance
of a lifetime
It’s finally Heather Finley’s
moment. After spending years looking after her mother in the tiny town of
Heartache, Tennessee, Heather’s about to follow her dream of singing country
music. She can nearly hear the audiences hollering…until the town’s handsome
mayor, Zach Chance, comes to her with troubling questions about her late father’s
past. Once again, Heather has to choose: protect her family or chase her
heart’s desire? Zach is determined to help, and to convince Heather that she
belongs in Heartache—with him. But is he just another distraction? Or could he
be the one to show Heather how a small-town love can make her big-time dreams
come true?
 
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Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met
a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy novels enjoys
writing contemporary romance and medieval historicals alike, recently exploring
Young Adult romance under a pseudonym. An optimist by nature and perpetual
seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance–in all its forms– fits her life
outlook perfectly. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to
see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and
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BLOG TOUR – REVIEW / EXCERPT – The Drowning Game – LS Hawker

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4 STARS!

Filled with bizarre twists and intrigue!  By the end of the book, your take on the characters has taken a roller coaster ride back and forth.

Charlie Moshen has died in his bed at age 51.  His daughter Petty, was trained to call his friend Randy King if anything ever happened to him.  Randy shows up at the house with the police and coroner, and Petty stresses over letting them in the house.  No one’s allowed in the house, and Petty isn’t used to being around strangers.  She works up the courage to open the door and call off the dogs so they can come in.  Sheriff Bloch questions Petty about what happened with her Dad and she answers like a soldier giving report.  While upstairs, they can’t help but notice 6 deadbolts on the outside of Petty’s door and ask her about it.

Her father has been locking Petty up at night for most of her 21 years.  She hasn’t been allowed to go to school, she doesn’t interact with people, she’s never been inside another building other than her house.  She’s been taught to be suspicious of everything, trained to protect herself, trained to kill.

**  Received free from Edelweiss to review  **

 
 
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Release Date: September 22, 2015
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They said she was armed.
They said she was dangerous.
They were right.
Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her
own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything.
She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is
free.
Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a
thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final
will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must
escape—by whatever means necessary.
But when Petty learns the truth behind her father’s madness—and
her own family—the reality is worse than anything she could have imagined. On
the road and in over her head, Petty’s fight for her life has just begun.
Fans of female-powered thrillers will love debut author LS Hawker
and her suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future…and from
the nightmares of her past.
 
 
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AUTHOR BIO:

LS HAWKER grew up in suburban Denver, indulging her worrisome obsession with true-crime books, and writing stories about anthropomorphic fruit and juvenile delinquents. She wrote her first novel at 14.
Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer, but never lost her passion for fiction writing.

She’s got a hilarious, supportive husband, two brilliant daughters and a massive music collection. She lives in Colorado but considers Kansas her spiritual homeland. Visit her website at LSHawker.com. 
 
 
 
 
 
EXCERPT:
Since he’d died on his stomach, the EMTs had turned Dad onto his back. He was in full rigor mortis, so his upper lip was mashed into his gums and curled into a sneer, exposing his khaki-colored teeth. His hands were spread in front of his face, palms out. Dad’s eyes stared up and to the left and his entire face was grape-pop purple.
What struck me when I first saw him—after I inhaled my gum—was that he appeared to be warding off a demon. I should have waited until the mortician was done with him, because I knew I’d never get that image out of my mind.
I walked out of Dad’s room on unsteady feet, determined not to cry in front of these strangers. The deputy and the sheriff stood outside my bedroom, examining the door to it. Both of them looked confused.
“Petty,” Sheriff Bloch said.                             
I stopped in the hall, feeling even more violated with them so close to my personal items and underwear.
“Yes?”
“Is this your bedroom?”
I nodded.
Sheriff and deputy made eye contact. The coroner paused at the top of the stairs to listen in. This was what my dad had always talked about—the judgment of busybody outsiders, their belief that somehow they needed to have a say in the lives of people they’d never even met and knew nothing about.
The three men seemed to expect me to say something, but I was tired of talking. Since I’d never done much of it, I’d had no idea how exhausting it was.
The deputy said, “Why are there six deadbolts on the outside of your door?”
It was none of his business, but I had nothing to be ashamed of.
“So Dad could lock me in, of course.”