What’s in A Name by Sally Cronin #Anthology #BookReview @sgc58


There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow. 

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

I am one of those people who has led an eclectic life. My father was in the Royal Navy so we lived abroad several times and I only really settled down in the UK at age 14. My education suffered a little from switching between seven schools in different countries but I now have a repertoire of swear words second to none!

I trained as a secretary as my parents felt that my dream to be an actress and music diva was probably a little unrealistic!  I started well in my first job but a pregnant chair side assistant who developed a phobia to blood meant that I had to step into the shoes of dental nurse, a career I enjoyed before moving to the hospitality industry.

This resulted in me meeting my husband (known as room 40) nine years later and we had a whirlwind courtship over five weeks and married 36 years ago. We still have the whirlwind courtship moving over several continents to reach the final outpost here in on the East Coast of Ireland in a small harbour called Courtown. Luckily with the Worldwide Web it is still possible from this terrific place to keep in touch with all the amazing people we have met off and online.

I have spent a number of years in each of the following industries – Hospitality, Retail, Advertising and Telecommunications, radio and television and had a blast. I love learning new skills and eventually I might even master WordPress!

I have written short stories and poetry since a very young age and when I went ‘Indie’ in 1998 I combined my retraining as a Nutritional Therapist with this love of writing with my first book. I also began contributing columns in the media in the UK and Spain and my own monthly newsletter.

My first health book  was Size Matters which told the story of my journey from a very overweight 24 stone – 330lbs to a slimmish and healthier individual.

Over the last 18 years this love of writing has developed into another eleven titles, my blog and also into Indie Publishing in 2004.

Some of my printed books are available from me directly but here are the books that you can buy from Amazon in E-book.

Over the last 13 years I have managed to fit radio and Internet television both in front of the microphone and camera and behind in a producing and directing role.  So whilst I never became the UK Esther Williams I did get to perform without getting too waterlogged.

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My Review

I’ve long been a fan of Sally Cronin’s wonderful blog, Smorgasbord, and was excited to read her books. What’s in A Name, much like the author, is filled with stories to inspire, make us think, and for me, shows the fundamental strength and support of family.

Each story in this anthology stands on its own merits. Some are sweet, others sad, and some, like Clive, deeply touched my heart.

Life can take many twists and turns, no matter where you live, but we all share a common thread- Love.

I give What’s in A Name 5 lovely kisses- It’s like a cozy blanket for your heart!

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, NEW #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense​ share lines with the theme NEW as the last post of 2018. Stop by for a visit, we’d love to hear from you 🙂

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, NEW

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Jill practically skipped up the steps to the Inn. Sparklers flicked along inside her veins. She wouldn’t be satisfied if her Texas folks didn’t like Woodstock, her store, her new friends.

Marsha West


Zack wasn’t proud of his temper, but there was a lot he wasn’t proud of at the moment. Including his shiny, new dishonorable discharge which matched his new uniform of worn jeans and whatever T-shirt he could scrounge up for the day.

Sharon Wray


“If I’m participating, I’ll need a brand-new fruitcake. I wouldn’t want to be like Crazy Wanda who enters the same freakin’ lump of dough every freakin’ year.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


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Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb #Mystery #BookReview


Lieutenant Eve Dallas hunts for the killer of a seemingly ordinary history teacher—and uncovers some extraordinary surprises—in this thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series.

Eve Dallas doesn’t like to see innocent people murdered. And the death of history teacher Craig Foster is clearly a murder case. The lunch that his wife lovingly packed was tainted with deadly ricin. And Mr. Foster’s colleagues, shocked as they may be, have some shocking secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to get a feel for all the potential suspects—and find out why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant…so innocent.

Someone Eve could easily picture dead is an old flame of her billionaire husband Roarke, who has turned up in New York and manipulated herself back into his life. Consumed by her jealousy—and Roarke’s indifference to it—Eve finds it hard to focus on the Foster case. But when another man turns up dead, she’ll have to keep in mind that both innocence and guilt can be facades…

Biography

J.D. Robb is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series and the pseudonym for #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts. The futuristic suspense series stars Eve Dallas, a New York City police lieutenant with a dark past. Initially conceived as a trilogy, readers clamored for more of Eve and the mysterious Roarke. Leverage in Death, on sale September 2018, is the 47th entry in the series.

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My Review

A twist you won’t see coming!

When elementary school teacher, Craig Foster is murdered in his own classroom, Lieutenant Eve Dallas has her work cut out for her. Why would anyone want to kill a seemingly well-liked man in such a horrendous way?

The suspects line up, but none with a clear motive. As Dallas uncovers a web of secrets in the expensive, private facility her focus is split by an old flame who has returned to Roarke’s life.

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Frustrated with the case and jealous of the beauty making a play for her husband’s attention, anger boils over and drives Eve to the edge.

Roarke is momentarily caught up in the past when an old lover comes to town, but damn if he’ll apologise to Eve. After all, he’s done nothing to be ashamed of and she should trust him enough to know he would never betray their love.

Will this be the end of one of my favorite couples? Can Dallas overcome her feelings in time to stop a ruthless killer before they strike again?

There are so many layers to this story! I’ve gotten used to Roarke being Eve’s rock, her sanctuary against the nightmares and the technical, lock-picking wizard behind the successful investigations of her cases. But this time, Eve is left off-balance thanks to a real or perceived slight and she flounders.

The author does a superb job of taking us into a complicated, toxic combination of insinuation and jealousy and what that can do to two strong people who seem to have it all. Eve’s vulnerability grabbed my heart in this book and the juxtaposition of the murderer makes this a re-read for my bookshelf!

I give Innocent in Death 5+ lovely kisses- this is a must read!

The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride by Leslie North #Romance #NewRelease @XpressoReads


The Cowboy’s Forgetful Bride
Leslie North
(Brothers of the Cooper Ranch, #1)
Publication date: December 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Bella Whitmore is the heir to the Whitmore Shipping fortune. Refusing to be pigeon-holed into the socialite box, Bella has worked her entire life to show her father that she can be the son he never had and take over the Whitmore Shipping Empire. So when she wakes up, on a ranch in Montana, missing the memories of the last month of her life, you’d think that would be the worst case scenario. And it is…until she realizes the devil she’d worked so hard to avoid for the last year is now her husband.

Sawyer Cooper knows he’s a devil. Handsome, charismatic, and with an eye for feeding people’s vices, Sawyer’s reinvented himself as a shark in the business world, but very few realize that he’s actually a Cooper of the Country Coop fortune. But rather than resting on the laurels (and red-neck reputation) of Country Coop, Sawyer wants to show the world exactly how important farming can be. To do this, he needs Bella Whitmore’s help. Every bit as beautiful as her name suggests, and smarter than everyone else in the room, Sawyer knows that she could make his dreams come true, both inside and outside of the bedroom. And after a year of pursuing her, she’s finally said yes — to everything.

But after a horseback riding accident, Bella’s brain has reset back to the beginning, and Sawyer was never good at starting a game over. Especially not after he’d already won. Now, Sawyer needs to figure out how to woo her for a second time. Because this time around it’s not just his professional pride on the line: it’s his heart.

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EXCERPT:

She had a lot of nerve to show up looking so goddamned gorgeous and not deign to give him the time of day.

Sawyer Cooper liked nerve.

Their game had been going on for the better part of a year now. Function after function, they would circle each other—or more accurately, he would circle, like a wolf closing in on an unsuspecting pronghorn—and when he had all but backed her into a corner, she would finally turn to acknowledge him with a show of polite surprise.

God, their game of cat and mouse turned him on more than he had ever imagined it would. He’d been crossing paths with her since he settled in Boston, and she was one of the reasons he’d stayed so long, even enduring stuffy events like this one. He liked to keep his distance from Montana anyway—and the family business he wanted no part of. The Country Coop chain of farm stores was his family’s legacy; it was an empire, all right, but in a family of three brothers, could you ever really be the undisputed king of it? No, Sawyer wanted to make his own waves in the world, and that meant divorcing himself completely from Country Coop and its redneck reputation.

Sawyer wanted a lot of things, but he had never wanted to bed a woman as thoroughly—and hopefully repeatedly—as he wanted to bed Bella. Problem was, the vixen knew it. How could she be oblivious, when Sawyer himself made it so obvious? He had done everything except outright ask her for a romp between the sheets. He still had some shred of pride, despite Bella’s persistent ability to test it.

Looking like that, tonight just might be the night she brought him to his knees.


Author Bio:

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

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Happy Holidays


Whatever your tradition, December is a time of joy and peace. Happy holidays from the Sisterhood of Suspense​!

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We are in the middle of major holidays at this time of year.

The first day of Hanukkah happened on December 3. Our Jewish friends celebrated “the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah.” Thanks to Wickipedia

Kwansaa

Kwansaa developed in the mid-sixties with the rise of Black Power and is celebrated in January. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles:

Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. Seven candles are lit on each day. Thanks to Wickipedia

Ramadan for our Muslim friends is “a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.” Thanks to Wickipedia. This year this…

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Just in time for the #Holiday #Reading Crowd! Wounded Hearts is #Free


Join the men and women of Tidal Falls as they learn love can conquer any odds

Adventure Romance Super Bundle.
Four action-adventure romance stories set in the quaint little town of Tidal Falls, Washington, where all is not what it seems.

Tidal Falls:
Nick Kelley spent years working as a dog handler in the U.S. Marine Corps. His sole focus, to keep his team alive in the midst of chaos. When he fails to notice an IED in time and loses most of his teammates, Nick shuts down. It takes meeting and falling in love with a woman in danger to make him realize life’s worth living.

The Rebel’s Redemption:
Jared Martin left Tidal Falls a hotheaded youth. Eight years in the military has turned him into a cynical, disillusioned man. 
Then he returns home to find out he’s a father. 

When an old enemy follows and causes mayhem in the small town, can Jared overcome the odds to protect the woman he’s always loved and the child he never knew? 

Or will it be too late for them to have a second chance?

Twilight’s Encore:
 Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they’d met. When her father’s betrayal yanks the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter.
 After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family’s theatre. But she hadn’t expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never forgotten. 
 When a series of sabotages wreak havoc on the theatre and danger threatens
Katy’s life, can Ty save her and win back her love, or is it too late for
these star-crossed lovers?

The Sheriff Meets His Match:
Jack Garrett has been stung by love in the past, but he can’t deny his attraction to the new receptionist, Laurel Thomas.
When trouble comes to Tidal Falls, Jack worries that Laurel Thomas is in over her head.
Laurel loves her dysfunctional family, but dreams of a place to call home. Just as she settles into a new life, her old one catches up to her and delivers chaos to the town.
Can these two strong personalities find a way to trust in each other enough to give love a second chance?

Fall in love with your next book boyfriend! 

A truly enjoyable box set. With each novel, more is learned about the citizens of Tidal Falls and they become more and more like friends.

Enjoy the first four books in the “Wounded Hearts” series…then go reach for book 5.
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Excerpt from The Rebel’s Redemption

Jared’s world narrowed down to the little black barrel of the gun pointed at his chest. Funny, in all the years of being in the SEAL teams he’d never been in this situation. Not to say he hadn’t dodged his share of bullets. It’s just they’d always erupted like a hailstorm, out of nowhere. This was somewhere. The back alley of his mother’s freaking café in freaking America to be exact. What the hell?

If he wasn’t so pissed off at himself for getting into this situation, he might have laughed. Eight years overseas off and on, and he was going to get shot in his own backyard. How’s that for ironic?

“Look man, why don’t we talk about this?” Jared forced his gaze to focus on Sergei’s steely gaze instead of the muzzle of the semi-automatic.

“The time for talk is past,” the Russian said. “You ignored my advice and instead made a fool out of me with that stupid trick you performed.”

“Advice? You call beating the livin’ shit out of me, advice?” Jared ground his teeth together, and fought to keep a level tone. “You can’t blame a guy for wanting to retaliate.” A crash by the garbage caused both men to crouch into a fight stance. A tabby cat raced away. Jared straightened, his heart knocking against his ribcage, as desperate to escape this mess as the animal. He needed to defuse the situation before someone came upon them; please God not his mom.

“Okay, you’re right. I shouldn’t have set off alarms or caused those slots to pay out. But seriously dude, you can’t go around acting all KGB, we’re in the good old USA now.” Jared kept a careful eye on the guy’s trigger finger and cursed his loose tongue. What part of defuse couldn’t he figure out?

Sergei tipped his felt hat back on his bald head like an old time gunslinger. His hand holding the gun never wavered. “You have big mouth.”

Yeah, I’ve heard that a time or ten.

“Why don’t we handle this like two adults? I’ll call your boss, tell him I screwed up and it’ll never happen again…” There was no doubt on that, if he ever went near a casino again he’d kick his own ass. “And then you can go back to ruling your little kingdom far, far, away.”

Click.

The sound of the hammer cocking reverberated with frightening clarity in the small alley. There wasn’t even anywhere for him to take cover. The garbage can was at least ten feet away. Jared’s jaw cramped from the tension. His skin crawled as if overrun with fire ants. Where was his team when he needed them?

He’d just decided the only alternative was to rush the son-of-a-bitch when the alley erupted with the screams and laughter of children. Two kids rounded the corner at full speed on pedal bikes, racing each other to an imaginary finish line.

Fuck.

Sergei seized the opportunity, stepped between the bicycles and scooped the kids off their seats. The bikes, wheels still turning, fell to the ground in front of him creating a barrier. The kids—God, it was Chris and little Jessica—shrieked until Sergei shook them, then they froze, eyes wide and frightened, hanging under his arms like rag dolls.

“Let them go, you motherfu…” Jared’s voice came out low and lethal. Every muscle in his body prepared itself for the moment of attack. His breathing slowed until he could count each heartbeat as the blood coursed through his veins. Waiting. Watching.

Barnikov laughed. Laughed. The prick.

“Now it my turn to play game.” Jared made a slight move and Sergei’s smile flat-lined. He dropped Jessica to the ground in front of him but kept his forearm wrapped around her neck. The gun nestled the side of her head pointed straight at Chris dangling from his other arm. “Move and I shoot.” He shuffled the trio back towards the mouth of the alley. “We’ll talk again, my friend.”

And then he disappeared around the corner, leaving nothing but the slowly turning tire on a bike, and Jared’s heart as it shattered.

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, HEART #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense share lines with the theme, HEART. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, HEART

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


I’d give anything to feel that kind of carefree love and receive the look of adoration like the man gave his girlfriend. Although my heart ached, I had to capture the moment with my camera.

S.A. Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


What lay ahead if she didn’t buy the store? The idea of leaving Woodstock, Crystal Rainbows, Karen, and her new friends squeezed Jill’s heart right out of her chest.

Marsha West


Nate’s heart hurt at the loss of the friendship, at the loss of his brothers. His parents were long dead, and his buddies had been his only family.

Sharon Wray


Something there clutched in an excited grab, the kind that makes one’s heart go all springy, like receiving an unexpected bouquet…

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Baking up Memories- Pumpkin Bread Pudding #Recipe #Desserts


Christmas is right around the corner and with it, the joy and love of family. In our house, it’s going to be quiet this year with my daughter and grandson on the other end of the country. It’s been a struggle to retain the holiday spirit, so last night we took my mom on a drive to see the lights.

And my daughter and grandson did the same!

Near or far, love knows no boundaries. Though we can’t be together in body, we are in spirit.

Today’s recipe is great warmed up with caramel sauce and can be made a day or two ahead of time.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce


Fill Dutch oven with mixed bread cubes. I save my crusts of white, brown and cinnamon raison and then rip them into bite size pieces.

Add a couple handfuls of raisins for flavor.

In a separate large bowl, mix 6-8 large eggs and approx. 2 cups of sugar, cinnamon and shake of salt. Add can of pumpkin puree (not pie fill), mix. Slowly add milk until mixture is loose, approx. 1 litre.

Pour mix over bread and stir, should be soupy (not too loose though) Just so you see the liquid through the bread. If not, add a couple more eggs and milk blended together to the mix.

When you have a nice consistency: sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon and small dollops of margarine over the top.

Cook in pre-heated 350 oven for 1- 1.5 hours. Top will gain a nice crunchy golden look. Take a knife and spread the center apart to tell if done.

Drizzle some of your favorite caramel sundae sauce over the top and enjoy.

Christmas Traditions, Treats and Trivia


Carol Taylor shares Christmas traditions around the world on her lovely #blog, Carol Cooks 2. Stop by for a visit, she’d love to hear from you 🙂

Retired? No one told me!

Welcome …The big day is nearly here so I guess this will be the last Christmas Traditions and Treats for this year…I would like to thank everyone who has commented and contributed to these posts it has mad the time spent writing them very worthwhile and I have also got to know some of you that little bit better.

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Christmas Jumper Corner

This week is a bumper week I have two photos of my great nieces in their jumpers and are they, not the cutest little people just gorgeous and of course my nearly resident guest ( he featured) most weeks the lovely Hugh… 

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My two Christmas menus have been a great hit over at Sally’s and Sally herself in her 12 days of Christmas has pulled out a…

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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott #YA #Romance #BookReview @EmmaS_Writes


Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else. 
Never again would I let a man (or men) come between me and my goals. 
Never again would I love without feeling the fullness of that love in return. 
Not until I knew it was real. And if that took me a lifetime to find, so be it. 

Those were my vows, and after all that had happened with Connor and Weston, I was determined to keep them. To protect my heart. 
And then he came home, and my vows became his promises.

He held my heart in his hands with reverence and care. 
He helped me find my soul’s greatest purpose in life. 
He loved me with a love so pure and vibrant, I knew I’d never feel anything like it in a hundred lifetimes. 
It was real.

Until it wasn’t. 
Until it all came crashing down when I discovered the deep love I thought I’d found was nestled in a web of lies—so soft and silken I hadn’t noticed it was there.
Until it was too late. 

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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the emotional, heart-wrenching conclusion to the Beautiful Hearts Duet by bestselling author, Emma Scott, and is inspired by the classic tale, Cyrano de Bergerac. (Roxanne) THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LOVE TRIANGLE #confusedhearts #notamenage 
THIS BOOK IS NOT A STANDALONE. It should not be read without first reading Bring Down the Stars

From Amazon

Biography

Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. 

RECENT RELEASES

February 2018
In Harmony

April 2018
One Good Man, a novella

Summer, 2018
Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1)

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts #2)

COMING SOON
Una Bella Anima: a Beautiful Soul (Beautiful Hearts 2.5)

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My Review

Heart-wrenchingly beautiful!

Emma Scott is definitely my favorite author of 2018 and she sets the bar high with the story of two best friends and the woman they love.

Long Live the Beautiful Hearts is the second in a two-part series (though she does have a novella releasing in December that carries on the story) that is best read in order.

In book #2 Weston and Connor return from war with serious injuries and a lot of pent-up emotions. Anger and guilt boil over and shove a wedge between the two best friends, driving Connor to disappear.

This leaves a now wheelchair bound Weston the chance to rebuild his friendship with the woman he’s loved from afar- Connor’s girlfriend.

Autumn is hurt when Connor comes home from war a different, distant version of himself. And she can’t understand how he could disappear and leave Wes to cope on his own.

She misses the friendship she’d given up with Weston because of one night’s indiscretion and aches to help him transition into his new life.

But, under it all, is a passion that won’t be denied.

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Favorite lines:

For you, I’d bring down the stars Wreath their fire around your neck like diamonds And watch them burn you with my lies…

Scott, Emma. Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 2) (p. 76). Kindle Edition.

“But you know what vow I forgot to make? To love and trust myself. I might fail, but I’m not a failure. When we stumble and fall, we pour so much energy and attention into the fact that we fell, and less on how we get back up again. Don’t you think?”

Scott, Emma. Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 2) (p. 139). Kindle Edition.

And from Weston’s poem, Dirty Hands-

If only I could see you with these eyes

And speak the truth with this breath

And touch you with something more

real and good than these

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Scott, Emma. Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet Book 2) (p. 165). Kindle Edition.

This is a story that will stay with me for a long while.

I give Long Live the Beautiful Hearts 5+ lovely Kisses

Dive into this wickedly sexy boxed set… Immortal Desires #PNR #NewRelease @DJBryce_Author @InkSlingerPR


Today we are sharing the pre-order links for IMMORTAL DESIRES, a boxed set featuring 19 paranormal romance titles. You can pre-order it for .99 cents and get a free gift! All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Immortal Desires

A Paranormal Boxed Set – Coming February 26

19 Books for 99 cents and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society!

Synopsis:

Immortals last all night…
So do their desires…
Dive into this wickedly sexy boxed set, packed with thrilling and steamy romances from some of your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestsellers.
We’ve brought the heat with paranormal bad boys who will leave you begging for more. If you love vampires, dragons, shifters, ghosts, and other hotties that go bump in the night, this is a limited time charity boxed set you don’t want to miss out on!

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Author DJ Bryce loves her men tall, dark, and Alpha. She can often be found relaxing with a cup of coffee, a handful of RedVines, and a dirty book, with her three dogs snoozing happily at her feet.
She’s a lover of The Walking Dead, Romantic Comedies, and writing sexy shifters.
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De-Stress With Humor


Something to tickle your funny bone by Joanne Guidoccio on The Sisterhood of Suspense blog 🙂

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By Joanne Guidoccio

According to one study, adults laugh—on average—seventeen times a day. Pre-school children, on the other hand, can laugh up to 300 times a day.

That discrepancy becomes even more pronounced at this time of the year. With only one week to go before Christmas, many of us are scrambling to buy gifts, finish decorating, plan and prepare that special meal, and a host of other activities on a never-ending To-Do list.

I find small doses of humor effective during these busy times. Here are seven of my favorite jokes. Feel free to share them at the dinner table or water cooler.

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in…

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Celebrate your love of Sweet & Mild Christmas Romances with @BookSweeps and enter to win more than 25+ – PLUS receive a collection of FREE reads! bit.ly/Sweetmildxmasrom-dec2018 📚 #books #amreading


I have a fun surprise I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 25+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Sweet & Mild Christmas Romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you’ll receive a collection of FREE reads just for entering? 😁

You can win my novel Mistletoe Inn, plus books from authors like Bree Wolf, Erica Ridley, and more.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here 👉 bit.ly/Sweetmildxmasrom-dec2018

Good luck and enjoy!

Jacquie Biggar

In Servitude by Heleen Kist #Thriller #BookLove @HKist


Inservitude

I thrilled to share this gorgeous book today! In Servitude by Heleen Kist, has been blowing readers away in Europe since it’s release and now is taking North America by storm! Today I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt, and inviting you to enter an international giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of this exciting thriller! In Servitude is also available for review through R&R Book Tours. Find out how you can get a copy below! InServitude_HeleenKist_Cover_.jpgIn Servitude Recently voted Top 50 Best Indie of 2018 on Read Free.ly Publication Date: August 23, 2018 Genre: Thriller/ Suspense/ Mystery Do you owe your family your life? Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence. She was wrong. Now she has to pay the price. When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings. Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear. Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. Why won’t anyone listen? Seeking justice, she finds betrayal… Add to Goodreads

Excerpt

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Blue pulled at the lead. I let him off once I’d scanned the area and noted no loose dogs. Only a lone figure loitering. His eye line crossed mine as he also examined the park, and paused on me long enough to raise a creepy sensation. I moved to a bench by the play park and pretended to tie my laces. When I straightened up, the man was striding straight towards me. I searched for Blue, hoping for a semblance of protection, but he was nowhere to be seen. Nor was anyone else. Before I could stop him, the man sat down next to me. He whistled and shouted, ‘Here boy!’ then faced me with a disturbing grin. As if he knew the dog wouldn’t come. I jumped to my feet and looked around. What had he done? On the second blow of silent air through my dry mouth, Blue appeared from behind a tree thirty yard away. Safe. He showed no interest in me or the man, instead sniffing out the ground’s many treasures. I turned back to the intruder. Standing over him gave me an edge—at least I thought it did—and I raised my chin and my voice when I asked, ‘Do I know you?’ He chuckled. ‘Nah, hen. I’m only the messenger.’ ‘What?’ His smile faded. ‘We’re not very happy about you closing the café for so long. You need to open up again. There’s a delivery coming on Thursday.’ ‘What do you mean? How do you—’ His eyes turned to ice as he grabbed my wrist in a flash. ‘We’ll be very disappointed if you’re not there to receive the goods. Ken what I’m saying?’ He rushed off, his dark coat billowing behind him like a cape, almost engulfing Blue who circled his legs, tail wagging, until he turned towards the road.
For a limited time, In Servitude will be on sale, so be sure to download your copy today! Amazon US only 2.99 Amazon CA only 3.99 Amazon UK only 1.99 Europe only 2.99 Paperback also available Barnes & Noble & other outlets! About the Author InServitude_HeleenKist_Author Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Then she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a Spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival. Her debut psychological suspense novel ‘In Servitude’ was inspired by Heleen’s expertise in small business finance mixed with her friend’s courageous idea to open a vegan cafe in a city renowned for its dubious diet. She is currently working on her next book, which will be dark women’s fiction.

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2 paperback copies of In Servitude by Heleen Kist are up for grabs!!! *International Giveaway Winners will be selected at random on 23 December and notified personally, only your initials will be used in the winner’s announcement.

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The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by @BarbaraWDaille #HarlequinBooks #Romance


The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal by Barbara White Daille

A HUSBAND FOR CHRISTMAS?

Mitch Weston’s back in Cowboy Creek, and self-proclaimed matchmaker Jed Garland has his single granddaughter Andi on his mind. Mitch is a lawman, good with the little ones and easy on the eyes. He and Andi were highschool sweethearts, for heaven’s sake! Why can’t they see they’re perfect for each other?

Because Andi already lost one husband to a dangerous job, and now she’s all about playing it safe, for her sake and her children’s. Being a cop is everything to Mitch. After discovering Jed’s plan, Mitch and Andi come up with their own: they’ll pretend to get engaged and then break up due to irreconcilable differences. Jed’s got his work cut out for him—because this match needs a Christmas miracle!

Excerpt:

He noticed she hadn’t mentioned her husband. In letters, his mom filled him in on all the happenings in Cowboy Creek. No one knew about his relationship with Andi, but as he had worked with Jed, Nancy put special emphasis on everything concerning Garland Ranch. She had told him about Andi’s becoming a widow, losing her husband when he was killed in a car accident while traveling for his job.

“I was sorry to hear what happened,” he said.

“Thanks.”

Andi crossed her arms as if the sun had gone behind a cloud and left her chilled. Or as if she needed a comforting hug.He swallowed hard, feeling a small part of his anger slip away. Somehow, he managed to keep from wrapping his arms around her.

He could see the effect the loss had on her. While she was still as beautiful as ever, her face now looked stretched taut. Grief left her with nothing to soften her cheekbones or to fill the hollows beneath them.

Her eyes held a deep sadness.  Tiny lines creased the skin in the outside corners. Those lines made him want to touch her. To stroke away her tension.

Instead, he reached into the truck for the box Nancy had sent along with him for the Hitching Post. The action gave him something else to do with his hands. It gave him time to pull himself together. Maybe, if he tried hard enough, that beat of time would let him swallow his remaining anger. For now.

He balanced the box on the truck’s hood and turned back to her. “I’m glad Jed sent you out here. It keeps me from having to track you down.”

He could see her nerves take hold in the way she brushed her hair away from her temple. The movement distracted him,again making him want to reach out to her. Unfortunately, the urge wasn’t strong enough to derail his thoughts for long.

He had all the sympathy in the world for her…but that still couldn’t give him answers. “What happened that summer, Andi? You were here one day and gone the next, and that was it. No note, no letter, nothing.”

She didn’t respond.

“You owe me an explanation, at least,” he said harshly. “You walked away from me as if I’d never existed. I thought we had something good going.” Something good? Hell of an understatement. “I guess, no matter what you’d said then, ‘thought’ is the keyword here.”

Over near the corral, a horse neighed and one ranch hand called out to another. Andi’s silence went on long enough to make him wonder if she would ever answer. But he’d had plenty of practice at holding on, waiting for a witness to make a statement or a perp to make a confession.

Which would she do?

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About Barbara:

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!

Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed “The End” to her first novel many years later…in the eighth grade. Now she’s writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, VISION #RSsos #RomSuspense


The Sisterhood of Suspense share lines with the theme, VISION, this week. Stop by for a visit, we’d love to hear from you 🙂

Word by Word

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, VISION

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


The air began to sparkle, and her peripheral vision went black. All she could see were lighted circles of what was directly in front of her.

Kathryn Jane


Elise heard someone calling her name, but it was muffled. With her vision blurry, she worked hard to focus on what looked like someone standing next to her.

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


Excruciating pain began in her middle and trembling spread outward. Her breath dissolved in her chest. Darkness closed around her vision.

Marsha West


Sarah’s vision wavered from lightheadedness and dehydration. Her burst of righteous anger had exhausted her.

Sharon Wray


“The Aunt Nellie from television? The one with the cooking show? She’s your aunt?”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of…

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Cooking up Memories- EggNog French Toast #Recipe #Christmas #FamilyFirst


Happy Holidays!

Growing up, Christmas for our family often meant trips to Wilmore Park for a day of tobogganing with our cousins, hot cocoa and shortbread cookies with our grandparents, and… Christmas morning gift opening!

My tree in Alberta

Years later, after my dad passed away, DH (darling hubby) and I slowly took over the Christmas Day festivities. One of the things my brothers and daughter looked forward to was a big holiday breakfast.

I was lucky enough to have the use of an industrial kitchen (my restaurant) and would prepare platters of bacon, sausage, and ham the day before. Then, Christmas morning, while the meat was warming in the oven, I cooked up pancakes, eggs, toast, vats of coffee 🙂 and waited for the hordes to arrive.

Our house in Alberta

One of the family favorites was Eggnog French Toast. It’s easy and delicious!

Eggnog French Toast

Ingredients

1 dozen lrg. eggs

1 litre eggnog

2 loaves of bread (French loaf works well)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla

Heat skillet med/hot with a dash of olive oil.

Mix eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth. Dunk bread in mixture to evenly coat, then add to hot pan. Flip after a couple of minutes and remove when golden brown. Repeat process until you have enough for your family.

Hint

I average approx 1 egg for 2 slices of bread and cook 4 slices for the men. You can easily suit this to your needs.

Enjoy!

Here Comes the Groom/ The Soldier’s Wedding by Karina Bliss #Romance #BookReview #BookLove @BlissKarina


Award-winning author Karina Bliss launches her Special Forces series with a sweet, funny, growing-from-tragedy, kind of steamy friends-to-lovers romance.

Love heals all wounds…

Special Forces soldier Dan Jansen has come home from Afghanistan with one objective: to marry Josephine Swann. First he has to convince his childhood friend that their marriage ‘agreement,’ a tipsy scrawl on a beer coaster three years ago, is binding. And that platonic love is enough to build a passionate future on.

Protect those you love…

Jo has only thought of Dan ‘that way’ once; the night before a surgery that changed her life forever. Friendship is all she has to offer as she struggles to care for her grandmother and resurrect her business.

Both have wounds only the other can heal. But that requires surrendering their secrets. Can two best friends create a love story for the ages?

Previously titled: Here Comes The Groom

“Karina Bliss is an excellent writer whose plots are so complex and her characters so realistic that readers are given much more than cookie cutter rehashes of classic stories. Also, her solutions to the problems are unique…” Desert Isle Keeper. All About Romance.

“I’ve announced the next book club pick: Karina Bliss’ Here Comes the Groom, and it’s lovely fun reading. I would venture to say it causes one to be washed on the warm baking sands of love’s splendid shores of good reading bliss…” Smart Bitches Love Trashy Books.

“If I had to summarize what I think the skill of a good romance author is, then it is this ability. To use what everyone loves about the romance genre, without letting those conventions take over. And you do this really well.” Dear Author.

The Special Forces series

The Soldier’s Wedding

The Rescue Mission

Bring Him Home

A Prior Engagement

Biography

New Zealander Karina Bliss has written a biography for a rock star, swapped identities with her twin, raised three orphaned children with her ex husband, worn a cow costume to a Bachelor and Spinster ball, considered marriage for the sake of a baby, and been mayor of a small town. 

Oh wait, that’s her characters. 

Outside her imagination, she’s always been a professional writer, first as a travel journalist and then as a romance author. Her deeply held convictions include: love conquers all; yoga pants are daywear; and what a woman really wants is a man who cleans. Unfortunately, she does not live with one, (nor indeed has raised one). Please buy her books so she can pay for one.

She has also swum with sharks. They were very small. Babies, really. But still count.

Find out more at http://www.karinabliss.com where you can also sign up to my newsletter.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarinaBlissAuthor 
Twitter @BlissKarina
Email: karina@karinabliss.com

My Review

No wonder this is on my re-read shelf!

There are so many great things I could say about this book, I don’t know where to start.

SAS Special Forces soldier Dan Jansen returns home from Afghanistan carrying a ton of guilt and almost desperately focuses on the one good thing in his life- his best friend, Swannie. He decides now is the time to enforce the pledge they made to marry each other by the time they turn thirty-three.

Except, his bride-to-be is surprisingly reluctant.

Jo Swann is fighting demons of her own and doesn’t have time to put up with her best friend’s shenanigans. He’s booked the wedding, sent out invitations, and even ordered the flowers! It’s beginning not to feel much like a joke anymore…

While there are many laugh-out-loud moments in this story, it’s so much more than that. Jo’s grandmother has dementia, the newspaper she’s inherited is in danger of a hostile takeover, and oh yeah, she’s recovering from a mastectomy.

At the same time, Dan learns his parents are separating, and his cousin’s wife and son (the SAS soldier who died in battle) are having a hard time accepting the loss. Hell, so is he.

These two are going through the worst of times and deserve a chance at true happiness.

My favorite lines:

The weather had been moody all day, trying on all four seasons like a teenage girl who couldn’t decide what to wear.

Bliss, Karina. The Soldier’s Wedding: Special Forces #1 (Kindle Location 1558). Karina Bliss. Kindle Edition.

He kissed her. With so much yearning, so much need and persuasion that she had no choice but to kiss him back. With a groan, Jo wrenched her mouth away. “The fear’s always going to be there,” she warned.

In the SAS they teach you that it’s how you dance with it that makes the difference.”

She closed her eyes.

Sliding one hand behind her nape, Dan nuzzled her neck. “Dance with me,” he murmured against her skin, felt her responsive shiver.

Bliss, Karina. The Soldier’s Wedding: Special Forces #1 (Kindle Locations 1655-1659). Karina Bliss. Kindle Edition.

If you’re looking for a book that will tug at your heartstrings and make you believe in love- this is the one.

I give The Soldier’s Wedding 5 lovely kisses!

California Girls by @SusanMallery #WomensFic #BookReview


The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters

who get dumped in the same week…

Finola, a popular LA morning-show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by the news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

From Amazon

Biography

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!”

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at http://www.SusanMallery.com.

My Review

Just when the world seems against them, three sisters find an inner strength and a bond they never expected.

Television personality, Finola is finally ready to give her husband his greatest desire-children. She plans to tell him on a rare getaway that goes awry when she learns he’s been having an affair.

Zinnie is happy on her own. She’s focused on a nursing career and only dates because it’s ‘the thing to do.’ So, when her best friend (a cancer survivor) approaches her to be a surrogate, Zinnie jumps at the opportunity to help. Except, being pregnant and alone, is harder than she expected.

Ali is getting married in six short weeks and she’s going crazy between preparations and keeping up to her mother who needs help decluttering her home so she can sell it. Then, in a cowardly move, her fiancé sends his handsome brother to call off the wedding.

What follows is how these three so-different sisters overcome the crisis each of them face and find strength from unexpected places.

Some of my favorite scenes happened in the family home as the three girls and their mother come together amid thirty years of memories.

I give California Girls 4 lovely kisses- An enjoyable read!

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin-MIRA books for this opportunity.