Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Blitzen the CEO (Holliday Islands Resorts Book 8) by Lisa Prysock


Blitzen the CEO

Nicholas Blitzen Holliday’s jet-setting lifestyle is disrupted when his billionaire father cuts off his trust fund and calls him home—along with his brothers—to beautiful Prince William Sound in the Gulf Coast of Alaska. Once home, he and his eight brothers are expected to help run the family resort business on a set of gorgeous islands located in magnificent glacier country, find wives, and settle down so their father can retire after spending a lifetime building the resort empire.

Beautiful Magdalena Johnson is recruited away from her small, but successful event planning business in Lexington, Kentucky to help Nick manage the Department of Marketing and Event Planning from Blitzen Island. She has no idea she’ll be reporting directly to Nicholas, the love of her life she adamantly left behind after a brief, whirlwind Paris romance from her final days as an exchange student for Queen’s University. She didn’t even know his last name or that they nicknamed him Blitzen, and certainly didn’t appreciate his “trust-fund baby” set of friends.

Can these two find their way through their differences in order to arrive at their happily ever after? Don’t miss this fun novella about the eighth brother of Holliday Islands Resort, a romantic comedy filled with plenty of chuckles, romance, faith, and the wonder of Christmas miracles. Get your copy today!


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Each of the novellas in this romantic comedy may easily be read as a stand-alone, but we know you won't want to miss a single one. The press has dubbed these nine trust-fund babies as "The Reindeer Brothers." Blitzen's talent is a little different than his brothers who each possess competitive talents, including a champion Olympic Gold medalist, an equestrian, an artist, and a survival expert. This brother excels at making pancakes. People tend to love Blitz for it, and his pancakes are wildly popular, like the fact he happens to be one of the heirs to a vast fortune.

Behind the scenes, unbeknownst to the brothers, their billionaire father, Gordan Holliday, has hired a matchmaker to help his nine sons find wives. What ensues is a delightful, inspirational, romantic and comical romp as the brothers scramble to save their trust-funds, yet find true love.




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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Review of Christmas Wedding (Cliffside Bay) by Tess Thompson


Christmas Wedding (Cliffside Bay)

It's supposed to be the wedding of Lisa's dreams: the picturesque ski town of Emerson Pass, Colorado, her closest family and very best friends, and the love of her life waiting for her at the altar. But when the mother of the groom sets out to rid her son, Rafael, of a family marriage curse before the big day, it seems that all of her best efforts do nothing but keep the curse alive. And when the mother of the bride drops a bombshell on her daughter the night before the ceremony, it seems the wedding Lisa has always wanted may never become a reality.

Join the Wolves and their lovely ladies in snowy Colorado for this sweet, suspenseful installment of USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson's much beloved Cliffside Bay Series. But please note that unlike the other books in the series, Christmas Wedding is not a standalone and is intended to be enjoyed after reading Missed: Rafael & Lisa.


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**My thoughts**
This is the Christmas story that bridges the two phases of the Cliffside Bay series. It's time for Lisa and Rafael to get married. And you will want to read their story, Missed, before you read this one.

The perfect wedding is planned in Emerson Pass, with an idyllic wintery Christmas setting. It sounds magical and I feel like I want to visit this place, or something just like it.

I love reading about the weddings of these characters. And I love all of the other characters that are in this. You've especially gotta love Mama Soto, who with her BFF Ria are determined to scare away the marriage curse that they believe plagues Rafael. And the best part, to me, in this book is that Mama Soto finally gets something wonderful that she deserves.

And then there is Lisa's mom. She is, of course, a drama queen. But she does eventually come around and redeem herself somewhat.

This installment leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Thank you to the author and the publisher for sending me an advanced review copy of this book.


Read more from Tess Thompson here.

Review of Love and Ohana Drama by Melissa Baldwin

Love and Ohana Drama is a romantic comedy that explores the challenges of family dynamics and reminds readers that there is always hope for a second chance. Sometimes the most challenging situations bring the most happiness . . .

Twenty-something Cora Fletcher is a book-loving public relations executive who lives with her overly Zen best friend and attention-loving cat. Newly single and focusing on her exciting career, she feels like she’s in a good place. She's even been invited on an all-expenses-paid Hawaiian vacation! The only catch—it’s a family reunion . . . and her family can be a lot to handle.

Cora vows to not let that get in the way, but even before the family has boarded the plane, the ohana drama begins. As usual, there's the sister-in-law who is bent on causing friction, the self-centered cousins, and the aunt who loves to party a bit too much. Her mother has filled the itinerary with endless activities, and she's even invited Cora’s ex-boyfriend in an attempt to get them back together.

Although she feels overwhelmed, Cora gets a blast from her past that could impact her life forever. This is one welcome reunion she did not expect . . .

Will Cora make it through a week of family togetherness? And will she be able to say aloha to someone she thought was out of her life forever?


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**My thoughts**
I love Melissa's books that involve some travel and crazy family antics. And as snow has started to fly early around here, I am extra in love with the Hawaiian setting, helping me to pretend to feel warm.

I get Cora. While my parents are gone and I only have a younger sister, I know the obnoxious family drama all too well. And I would always much prefer to be by myself exploring or reading. 

I want to throttle them all for interfering in her love life. Now, that is something I remember well from my parents. (Although definitely NOT to that extent!) People mean well, but really they need to let it be.

Cora deserves some happiness in her life and finally may have that chance. Hawaii is supposed to be magical and a lot of magic sure seems to happen. I even got a little misty-eyed at a couple of points.

I'm looking forward to her best friend Fran's story coming out next!

Review of Murder on Saint Patrick's (Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries) by P. Creeden


Murder on St. Patrick's Day

It's St. Patrick's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright is working hard at training five-month-old Molly, her foster puppy, to become a therapy dog. But her training coach and neighbor gets an emergency call, cutting the lesson short, and Emma volunteers to pick up her daughter at a St. Patrick's Day concert in town.

When Emma arrives, the concert has just finished up, and the teenage girls are visiting with the band. Then the lead singer stumbles and falls to the ground, dead. Emma becomes the only level head in the crowd and calls for help. When the Sheriff and Colby arrive, they investigate it as a potential accident. But Emma finds subtle clues that something more sinister is going on. Did the leader of the band die in an accident, or was it murder?


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**My thoughts**
Emma is focused on getting her foster puppy, Molly, trained as a therapy dog. After class, her instructor gets a phone call saying that her sister had been in an accident. Emma has to go pick up her instructor's daughter, who is listening to a band at the cafe. When Emma arrives, an audience member starts screaming as the lead singer ends up collapsing, unable to breathe.

Emma's power of observation shine through yet again and she is able to solve yet another murder in just a matter of hours, well before the professionals.

It's another quick read where you are not necessarily going to figure it out before it is finally revealed. But it's another fun escape for less than an hour.

Review of Cliffside Bay Christmas: The Season of Cats and Babies by Tess Thompson


Cliffside Bay Christmas

The presents are wrapped. The stockings are hung. And two precious miracles are preparing to make their debuts.

The most wonderful time of the year becomes even more joyous for Zane and Honor when their surrogate, Sophie, gifts them with an extra special delivery. And Brody and Kara's dreams come true when their son arrives just in time for Christmas.

Return to your favorite small town and visit the whole gang, including Minnie the cat, in this heartwarming holiday novella from USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson!


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**My thoughts**
This book came out a little bit later in the series, but actually takes place after book 5. All of these books do work as standalones, but you will enjoy them even more if you read them in order.

This one is all about the babies. Kara is about to give birth after her miscarriage. Sophie is about to give birth as a surrogate for Zane and Honor. I truly cried hard reading this one.

This also alternates points of view between multiple characters. I think my new favorite point of view attempt is that of Jubie. She is the eldest of all the kids and has a unique point of view. Dare I hope for set of Cliffside Bay: The Next Generation series from the current kids about 20 years down the road? Or even a young adult series? I think it could be interesting.

Definitely a great read and important part of this small town romance series.

Thank you to the author and publisher for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.


Read more from Tess Thompson here.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Review of Murder on Valentine's Day (A Ridgeway Rescue Mystery) by P. Creeden


Murder on Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously?

When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?


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**My thoughts**
Emma is still crushing hard on Colby and is trying to figure out how to make him notice her. Her crush makes her seem every bit of her young 20 years.

She gets called by the local vet to do an emergency pickup of a cat at the wealthy VanHorn residence and ends up involved in another murder investigation. 

Naturally, Emma is the one who figures out first that there was a murder and is able to solve the case. The method was an intriguing one. And the culprit was a little more difficult for me to figure out than the previous book in this series. 

I liked this one better and think this series will continue to improve as it goes on.

Review of Missed: Rafael and Lisa (Cliffside Bay #6) by Tess Thompson


Missed (Cliffside Bay)

Return to the beloved beach town of Cliffside Bay, where USA Today bestseller Tess Thompson spins another emotional, intriguing tale about overcoming adversity and finding strength in love in this standalone story about Lisa and Rafael.

After years of struggling as a starving actor, Lisa Perry's dreams are finally coming true. Splitting her time between Los Angeles and Cliffside Bay, the young beauty has a successful television miniseries, her first movie role, and quality time with her best friends Maggie and Pepper. Everything is coming up roses until a single tragic moment changes Lisa forever.

Haunted by unshakable memories and near-crippling anxiety, Lisa must face a publicity tour full of crowds and interviews in order to move her budding career forward. And with the help of Rafael Soto, the head of security for Brody and Kara Mullen, she finally begins to relax. Though the pair are as different as night and day, something about her temporary bodyguard soothes the young actress, and soon their relationship turns from professional to passionate.

But what neither anticipates is that despite the obvious threats to a beautiful ingenue, it's actually her protector who stands in harm's way. Will Lisa and Rafael be able to face the danger awaiting him together, or are they destined to accept yet another tragedy they can't stop?

USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson welcomes you back to Cliffside Bay to explore the rich, heartwarming stories of the characters who brightened the original five novels in the series. Each book in the Cliffside Bay Series is intended to be read and enjoyed as a sweet standalone, but for maximum enjoyment read this binge-worthy series in order.


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**My thoughts**
This is the first installment of The Wolves, which is also known sort of as Cliffside Bay, Part 2. This part of the series features other characters who know the Dogs, all of whom were featured in the first half of the series. They are more friends and family who had all had more bit roles, perhaps, in earlier books, or are just being introduced to us now. You can still read this one as a standalone, but definitely will enjoy it more if you have read the first books in the series, to really know all of these characters.

Quick trigger warning: This story does contain a mass shooting. It's not prolonged and not full of a bunch of gory details. But if such scenes bother you, either skip this book or skip the beginning part and enjoy the rest of the beautiful love story. I did okay with this scene in this book.

This story skips ahead about a year. Lisa is one of Maggie's friends from New York, who is looking to start over. Lisa is understandably suffering from PTSD after being involved in a shooting at a concert. She is supposed to be going on a media tour to promote her new movie and is understandably extra nervous to do so. Rafael is Kara and Brody's bodyguard, but is asked to go on the tour with her for some moral support and protection, just in case. It's a little bit more awkward than it would be otherwise, because Lisa had already asked him out and his gut instincts made him turn her down, though he totally hast he hots for her.

He is the perfect person to accompany her because as a veteran soldier, he understands the PTSD. Plus with the undeniable attraction between the two of them, it is guaranteed to cause plenty of sparks.

Adding to the chaos, Lisa's twin brother David is dealing with finding out his wife has been dealing drugs behind his back for extra money. So there's a lot of drama going on in this little world!

Lisa may be becoming famous, but she still hasn't let go of her icky middle school awkward phase that is still prominent in her mind. Rafael's past comes back to haunt him at one point. But the two of them are able to lean on each other and help each other through all of their traumas. And you've gotta love a man who loves his mama.

If you've read the River Valley series, keep an eye out for a crossover. It made me smile.

So it's yet another great story in this series that I have come to love so much. Well worth curling up with in the evenings.


Find more of Tess Thompson's books here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Invisibles by Rachel Dacus


Welcome to the blurb blitz tour for The Invisibles by Rachel Dacus, an intriguing women's fiction novel with elements of the supernatural. Please enjoy an excerpt and then follow the tour for even more. Let the author know what you think in the comments sections. And of course, there's an awesome giveaway at the end.


The Invisibles

Sisters Saffron and Elinor inherit a cottage on the Italian coast from their father, along with its resident ghost and a secret manuscript. Their rivalry explodes through a struggle for control of the inheritance.

Saffron has a genius for creative living, but ever since her judgmental older sister interfered in her love life, Saffron and Elinor haven’t spoken. When death brings them together at their father’s funeral in Rome, the battle re-ignites. It continues as they travel up the Italian coast to take possession of their cottage. Both secretly wish to mend fences, but they have opposite views about the best way to live.

Saffron has always sensed the “Invisibles”, people lingering after their demise. When the spirit who lives in the house predicts one sister might die, she takes it seriously, but can’t convince her practical-minded sister.

As they prepare the house for sale, Italy infuses its magic in food, festivals, and local love interests -- until a shocking night changes everything for the sisters and their friends.

A tale of sisterhood and the supernatural, perfect for fans of Mary Ellen Taylor and Barbara O'Neal.

PRAISE FOR THE INVISIBLES

Author Dacus does a superb job bringing the village of Lerici to life, from the smells of the sea to the pungency of the local olive oil, and showing how the Italian way of life changes both women. An enjoyable, romantic read. -- Suanne Schafer, author of HUNTING THE DEVIL.


Read an excerpt:
Michael pulled her down the street. They turned right at the bottom of the hill and onto the beach promenade. Walking alongside the water, today full of white curlicues, Saffron looked up at the green hills. In the clear light, they looked fresh-minted.

The pressure of his hand intensified. “The hidden beach is wild and perfect, he said. “Like you.

Dazzled by this compliment, she walked along, more aware of Michael’s hand than of the wide swath of beach, dotted with beach chairs. The benches were nearly empty, the wind driving everyone indoors.

“Just a bit farther,” he said, tugging her along.

Their speed throbbed in Saffron’s pulse. The hidden cove, they both knew, was a pretext and a preamble—a pre-amble. Excitement tightened her throat, making her breath catch as she trotted beside him. He was so tall and his hand never loosened its grip.

She was going to have an adventure in Italy. His hand kept her locked into it, any doubt falling away.

They came to a sign: “Beach Behind Castle.” A few more signs directed them to a marble arch over a tunnel beneath the building. They darted into the darkness holding hands, the path level, though impossible to see under- foot. They came out at a small, brilliantly white beach. The surf seemed higher now, pounding the shore steadily with dark, frilled swells. “Do people swim here? I mean, when it’s not so windy?”

“They do. No one’s here yet, but by afternoon I bet the beach will be full. People who know the secret of this place love it.”

They took off their shoes and walked closer to the surf. Saffron scooped up a shell and put it in her pocket. “A souvenir.” Of more than the beach.

On the way back, Michael stopped at a corner and pointed up a steep cobblestone street. “My little castle’s up there. I bring home all the goddesses I meet. Would you care to visit?”

The rash compliment went to her head like a quickly quaffed glass of champagne. “Sure.” This was it. The real adventure, not the hidden beach.

“Come, my Artemis,” he said.

They climbed a short distance and turned down an even narrower alley. He stopped at a turquoise wooden door with a lintel low enough that he had to duck his head entering.

“The gate to my modest tower.”

Saffron paused long enough to wonder if she was stepping into another mess with someone she hardly knew. But if she stopped now, she’d never find out what it was like to be a goddess.

When they were inside the doorway, he hesitated, but didn’t kiss her. What would his lips feel like? Instead, he led her up narrow stairs that turned on a landing with a small window. She glimpsed the hills, and then they went up the last few steps.


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About Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus is the author of The Invisibles, a novel of sisterhood with a touch of the supernatural. “An enjoyable, romantic read.” The Renaissance Club is a time travel love story featuring the great 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, who meets and falls for his superfan from future time. “Enchanting, rich and romantic.” Dacus has written four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air (poetry, prose, and drama), Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. She lives in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing, she raises funds for good causes. More at racheldacus.net.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Comet's Blazing Love (Holliday Islands Resort #5) by Jenna Brandt


Comet's Blazing Love

He’s a Olympic gold medalist, she’s a wellness coach, and they have to learn to run a fitness island resort together.

Blake “The Blazing Comet” Holliday is an internationally famous gold medalist runner. Known around the world for being a playboy billionaire and sports icon, the last thing he wants to do is settle down and run the fitness island his father has put him in charge of at the family resort. What’s worse, his father has hired a wellness guru who thinks it’s her job to tell him how to incorporate a spa and wellness program into the island’s offerings.

Peyton Belmont is a renowned wellness coach who has spent the last decade building up her brand. In order to take her company to the next level, though, she needs a cash infusion. So, when Gordon Holliday offers to hire her for a hefty sum to help overhaul his fitness island at his family resort, she decides she can give up a couple of months to get the money she needs. What she doesn’t plan on is putting up with Blake Holliday.

Can Peyton and Blake learn to get along? Will they give into the attraction they are fighting to deny? And can they make Comet Island the best fitness destination in all the world without destroying it in the process?


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About Jenna Brandt

Jenna has been an avid reader since she could hold a book and started writing stories almost as early. Jenna has been published in several newspapers as well as edited for multiple papers and graduated with her BA in English from Bethany College where she was the Editor-in-Chief of her college newspaper. Her first blog was published on Yahoo Parenting and The Grief Toolbox as well as featured on the ABC News and Good Morning America websites.




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Monday, November 18, 2019

The Perils of Autumn by Rusty Blackwood


Welcome to the book blast for The Perils of Autumn by Rusty Blackwood! Please enjoy an excerpt from this historical romantic suspense and then follow the tour for even more. Let the author know your thoughts along the way. And of course, there's a great giveaway at the end!



The Perils of Autumn

From the author of the riveting romantic fiction drama, Passions in Paris: Revelations of a Lost Diary, and the celebrated, 5-star award-winning romantic fiction drama, Willow's Walk, comes the intense romantic drama, The Perils of Autumn.

This page-turner, set primarily in the early 1970s, centers on a young Kentucky woman, Autumn Leeves, born in 1946 to Abigail Leeves, an unwed mother who struggles to make ends meet. By 1970, Autumn graduated nursing school and is sent on assignment by the local hospital to care for the terminally-ill wife of middle-aged English equestrian master, Cyril Landon, owner of Landon Lawns Stables, a most successful thoroughbred racing stable located just outside Lexington, Kentucky in a posh community known as The Meadows.

Duff Taylor, a world-renown jockey who is tops in his field, lives full-time above the tack room at Landon Lawns and enjoys the many benefits it brings, but he also has a dark secret surrounding an unsolved racing incident from his past that he will go to any length to protect.

Autumn arrives at Landon Manor in time to be thrown into the drama and finds herself caught in the ongoing disruption that ensues.


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The doorbell of Landon Manor sounded its Call to the Post chime, alerting those inside of a new arrival to the front door as efficiently as if a racing venue’s trumpet was summoning horses to the post. It was the only residence throughout The Meadows known for such a doorbell which was most befitting to its surroundings, as well as one that was forever remembered by those departing a visit to the stately manor. Whenever it sounded, it caused Agnes Harris to shake her head in a disgruntled manner as she fought the urge to gallop toward the door as if she were a late arrival to the lineup. This morning was no different, but she paused long enough to catch her breath while massaging the small of her back before opening the huge ornate door.

“Good morning,” announced the slight young woman standing on the column-lined terrace, gripping a suitcase in her left hand, while straightening her white cap sporting her school’s insignia with her right, “I am Autumn Leeves from Saint Joseph Hospital. I’ve been dispatched to care for Mrs. Alice Landon.”

Extending her right hand, Agnes observed, “Yes, Nurse Leeves, we’ve been expecting you. I am Agnes Harris, do come in.”

Stepping into the impressive foyer, the young nurse couldn’t help but stare about in awe as she had never seen such grandeur. Lowering her suitcase to the marble floor, she took a moment to drink it all in, before she expressed, “My, this is lovely, and I must say the sound of that doorbell is most impressive. It certainly lets one know they are entering the home of an equestrian master.”

Nodding in agreement, Agnes said, “That it does. I’ve heard it multiple times, but it never ceases to elicit the need to lope for the door, ha-ha, and at my age, the loping seems to get slower every day. I’m sure you are most anxious to get settled in your room before meeting Mr. and Mrs. Landon. They are both looking forward to meeting you. You come highly recommended.”

“Well that’s nice to hear,” Autumn acknowledged, and with a smile, she continued, “I hope I can live up to the image that seems to have preceded me. After all, I’m not all that long out of nursing school and have only cared for a few patients in two separate hospitals thus far, but I am looking forward to this assignment.”

The two ascended the impressive, semi-circular staircase leading to the second floor, and proceeded in a westward direction toward the far end of the walnut paneled corridor, that of whose polished walls in between door frames were lined with striking photographs displaying numerous horses in imposing stances, a few with prominent looking jockeys sitting atop them, each proudly wearing the bluegrass green and cream silks of Landon Lawns Stables. Autumn continued along, but as she did her eyes were strangely drawn to a portrait hanging prominently on the wall opposite the door to her room. It was that of a huge black stallion and straddling him in a rather suggestive manner was a slight built, dark-haired jockey attired in Landon silks, and holding a riding crop high above his head in an arch of victory. His face held an expression as if to say he would not be trifled with, lest those doing so would feel his wrath. His brooding dark eyes secured the onlooker’s attention, boring into the camera lens as if they were smoldering embers threatening to erupt into a raging inferno upon the least amount of fanning.


The Perils of Autumn is a 2019 International Book Awards Finalist in Romance along with being a 5 star winning novel.

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About Rusty Blackwood


Top ranking romantic fiction author Rusty Blackwood, who chose her plume de nom by combining the colour of her russet hair with her husband's great, great, Scottish grandmother's maiden name, was born in St.Thomas, Ontario, Canada on October 5th, and grew up on her paternal grandfather's farm in the County of Elgin, located in the south-western portion of the province of Ontario.

She acquired her love of literature while still in elementary school where she entered her original compositions into county fairs, school contests, and whatever venue allowed participants in the writing field. She has carried that love ever since and has put it to use many times since becoming a professional writer in 2001.

From the time of youth she has loved the Arts in their many unique forms, she is a graduate with honors in Interior Decorating & Design. She spent many years on the south-western Ontario stage performing with her family's country music band: The Midnight Ramblers, followed by the country - rock - blues band: 'MIRAGE' as an accomplished vocalist, bassist, and rhythm guitarist. She now resides in the cultural city of St. Catharines, Ontario.

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A Silver Willow by the Shore by Kelli Stuart Book Tour Grand Finale

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We hope you enjoyed the tour! This book was definitely one of my favorites of 2019. If you missed any of the stops, you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Author Interview

What is your motivation behind A SILVER WILLOW BY THE SHORE? Why did you want to write it?

I have had a decades-long fascination with the former Soviet Union and their rich, layered history. As a Russian minor in college, I spent a semester in Ukraine studying and traveling, and I realized that there are a world of stories to be told from that region. Fast forward twenty years, and after the release of my award-winning debut novel, Like a River From Its Course, set in World War II Soviet Ukraine, I began combing through books for the next story that I felt needed to be told. . .

Remembrancy - Review

"Stuart’s prose pulled me right in, and I quickly became invested in the three women in this family who are hurting and longing for acceptance in their own ways. The Russian history and way of life were captivating, and the secondary characters (James and Viktor) enrich this story further."


I know when someone’s holding a secret. There’s a certain nuance that cannot be fully disguised when one is harboring hidden news.


"Oh, my, this book! This story of three generations of women gripped me right from the beginning. Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie are mother, daughter, and granddaughter all living under the same roof, but as the story begins, they couldn't be farther apart. Each woman carries a secret, and it's in the revealing of these secrets that they find healing. . . . Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie worked their way into my heart, and this is a story that will stick with me."


"Thought-provoking and heart-rending, A Silver Willow by the Shore is a book that will pull you in and leave you feeling better for it. I don’t give out five-star reviews lightly. . . . Kelli Stuart has impressed me with her masterful storytelling and gift of character. You will feel both happiness and heartache with these characters as they live and relive their journeys. Here is a book that dares to question what’s truly important, to push beyond our fears and hatred and not only forgive others but ourselves."


“It’s okay, Ninochka,” her mother would answer. “You simply have to think of warm things, and you will be warm. Quick, let’s think of warm things together.” And they’d take turns listing all the warm things they could think of: Fire, borsch, a summer night, a cup of hot chai. They’d make their list as the line crawled along, and somehow it had worked—Nina had felt warm.


"If you like a good historical fiction type read then this is the book for you! . . . A great read that I highly recommend."

By The Book - Review

"Wow! What an incredible story from a gifted author. An emotional read, the story takes you into the lives of three women who should have a strong connection through family ties, but find themselves isolated from each other, struggling to find an identity amidst the secrets kept by each generation. A thoughtful and poignant book, I had to force myself to slow down in its reading. It is a book to be savored, but I just could not put it down!"

Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

Toska. It was an untranslatable word—a word that could hardly be conveyed in the English language. Toska communicated anguish. It was a soul-crushing heartache that couldn’t be quelled. . .

Pause for Tales - Review

"You will be immersed in this story as you walk along with these women on their journey to freedom from shame and guilt. This is a heart tugging bittersweet novel."


"Wow! A Silver Willow by the Shore blew me away. . . . I would give A Silver Willow by the Shore one hundred stars if I could. It is being placed among my favorite reads of the year."


"To me, this is a very powerful book. . . . These histories and these stories intertwine to weave a tragically beautiful story that does involve love and loss, but also some redemption and second chances in life. I relished every single page."


"A Silver Willow by the Shore begs to be read slowly and savored, although I found it hard to put down as I watched everything unfold. This poignant, bittersweet story will be enjoyed by all who enjoy relational, character-driven stories. A “best of the best” read for me with the highest of recommendations."

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

Walking to the large window that overlooks the city, Nina takes in the lights. She focuses in on her reflection in the window. She’s older now than she was then. Her face is more drawn, eyelids a little heavier. Gone is the innocence of that young girl who came to America . . .


"As the year draws to a close, I can honestly say Silver Willow by the Shore is one of my favorite reads from 2019. . . . This book was quite unique, as it’s an engaging multi-generational tale told via three POVs: Annie, her mother Nina, and her grandmother Elizaveta. They’re equally well-developed, and easy to root for and invest in."


I wake with a start and immediately pull the covers up to my chin. I heard a cry. Who was it? There is a knocking sound above me. My eyes shift up and down, left and right, trying to discern what is causing the sound. I hear muffled voices, and I shut my eyes tight, then open them back up. The small night- light in my room casts shadows across the walls, and suddenly I am a child again hovering under the sheets of our small home in Ukraine. The fire in the hearth dances across the dark walls, as I lay warmed from underneath by the oven that mama keeps lit. Dima and Tanya lay beside me on our little bed, and I hear Dima’s breathing grow unsteady.


Another bump outside our door and my eyes shift across the wooden room, a knot growing in my stomach. I take in all the sights, stitched together in my memory like one of Mama’s blankets, and I begin picking at them, unraveling to this particular moment. I’m frightened, and I whimper softly.

“Shh, dochinka,” Mama whispers in my ear. Her voice sends a shiver down my spine. “Don’t move. Don’t make a sound.” She glances behind her, then pulls up the small icon of Saint Maria holding the Christ child and slips it under my pillow. “You will keep this safe for us,” she says. “Keep your head down no matter what happens.”


"I was blown away by this book! How amazing is it that three generations of women who have kept secrets forever changing future generations of women to come. . . . This book is so powerful and I think I will add it to my 2019 list of reads on my blog that is coming up.

I enjoyed this book so much! I strongly recommend it!"


"My first thought when reading the last few lines of A Silver Willow By The Shore was. “Wow. This is one touching story.” And I can’t think of any other way to say it. This book really left me thinking about my own family, about my wonderful mother and my many sisters, and how they are all just so special to me, and how important family is."


“Don’t be silly, Nina,” her mother would chide. “What would we do with a dog? I am working all day, and you are in school. And besides, then we would have to stand in another line just to get food for the dog. I will not stand in more lines.”


"What a wonderful cast of characters with a unique set of storylines! . . . Kelli Stuart is a brilliant storyteller. It is evident that she has researched Russian history and customs, breathing life and authenticity into her characters with confidence and elegance.

I love, LOVE, LOVE this story!"


Nina opens her eyes and stares a moment longer at the picture, crossing her arms tight over her chest. Her childhood memories are comprised of standing next to her mother in lines. She turns to look at Elizaveta who sleeps soundly in her chair in the corner, a book in her lap. Her chin rests on her chest and she breathes slowly.


"A Silver Willow by the Shore was so well-written, and it is obvious that the author researched Russian history in depth. Elizaveta, Nina, and Annie have so much depth to their characters that I could swear if I drove down to Tennessee, I could visit them.

A Silver Willow by the Shore is a book that will stick with you long after you’ve read the end. I loved it and think you will too."


I can’t speak of the memories, of course. Not to anyone. The key to keeping a secret is to replace the hidden news with something different, and then to make yourself believe the new story. Roll the facts through your head until they’ve muddled the reality of events. This is what I’ve done. What I’ve tried to do. This is what she’ll try to do.

Keep it hidden. Share as little as possible. She and I are not so different after all. We’re both rewriting our own history.

Hallie Reads - Review

"A beautiful story, perfect for fans of mother-daughter relationships and well-told history, A Silver Willow By the Shore is one book I am sure will stick with me for years to come. I highly recommend reading it."


Nina wraps her arms around her trembling daughter and pulls her in tight. Annie presses her face into Nina’s neck, and Nina closes her eyes remembering the way Annie would crawl into her lap as a child and fall asleep in this same position.

Putting her arm around Annie’s shoulders, Nina walks her to the couch and sits down with her. Annie lays her head in her mother’s lap and Nina strokes her hair. “Ssshhh,” she croons. Annie’s shoulders heave as she releases months of pent up emotion and heartache. Nina closes her eyes and rocks gently back and forth as another memory slides over her.


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A Silver Willow by the Shore


By Kelli Stuart
Adult Historical, Contemporary, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 380 Pages
October 15th 2019 by Fine Print Writing Press

How do you face the future if you don’t know your own past?

When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, seventeen-year-old Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and lies—a past that existed in another world under the heavy hand of Soviet oppression. This history has dictated the circumstances of the present, but hope, redemption, and forgiveness will grow in the rocky places of these generational differences.

A Silver Willow by the Shore is the story of the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters and of the impact that past decisions can have on present day circumstances. This novel weaves together the stories of generations of women, from the gulags of 1930’s Siberia, to the quiet oppression of 1980’s Soviet Moscow, to present day Tennessee. It is an unforgettable narrative of the treachery of secrets, and of the light that unites the heart of a family.

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Kelli is a wife, mother, novelist, and the driver of a smoking' hot minivan. When she isn't wrangling her five children, she can be found tapping away at the keyboard. Kelli is the award winning author of Like a River From Its Course, her debut novel which won the ACFW Carol Award for Best Historical and was nominated for two Christy Awards. Kelli is also the co-author of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom with Wendy Speake. You can find more information on her life and writings at www.kellistuart.com.


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Elizabeth (Angel Creek Christmas Brides) by Jo Grafford


Elizabeth

Can the hope and joy of Christmas light the way for two hearts devastated by war?

Elizabeth Byrd receives an invitation to join her friends in Angel Creek, Montana to become a mail-order bride. At first, the young battlefield nurse is scandalized by the idea of agreeing to marry a man she’s never met, but the war has taken everything from her — her brothers, too many friends to count, and her fianc├ę. There’s nothing left for her in Charleston but more heartache.

Captain David Pemberton retreats to his hunting lodge in Montana the moment the war is over. He’s looking forward to being alone with the memories of his wife who passed in the early days of the fighting. But the men of Angel Creek don’t see fit to leave a widowed soldier alone during Christmas. Insisting four years is long enough to grieve, they dare him to join them on a holiday venture to acquire wives for them all — a dare he accepts in a weak moment.

He receives the shock of his life at who steps off the train to claim his hand in marriage.


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About Jo Grafford

Jo Grafford writes sweet historical and contemporary romance stories — with humor, sass, and happily ever-afters.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review of The Beekeeper's Bullet by Lance Hawvermale


Welcome to the review tour for The Beekeeper's Bullet by Lance Hawvermale. Today I'm sharing an excerpt and my thoughts on this historical fiction novel. Please be sure to follow the tour for other people's thoughts and let Lance know what you're thinking along the way. And of course, there's a great giveaway at the end!


The Beekeeper's Bullet

American Ellenor Jantz lives in rural Germany in 1917, the Great War raging only a few miles from where she works as a beekeeper for a wealthy loyalist. When a British airman crashes behind enemy lines, Ellenor must choose between aiding him or handing him over to the German authorities, who have just moved a squadron of flying aces into the manor house where she is staying.

Injured pilot Alec Corbin-Dawes, Royal Flying Corps, finds himself at Ellenor's mercy. Yet he is determined to make his way farther into Germany to rescue his sister within the next four days. How can he travel all those miles in time, now that his plane is downed, and still avoid capture behind enemy lines?


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Something fell from the sky.

A shadow blasted across the truck, briefly barricading the sun. An instant later, a machine of wood and twanging wires flew across the truck’s hood, missing it by the breadth of a hand. Smoke coiled out behind it. The howling contraption flipped in the air, bits of it snapping free even as it dropped, and then it struck a patch of wild forget-me-nots on the side of the road, crushed them, and vanished in the tall grass beyond.

Ellenor torqued the steering wheel to the right and applied brake and clutch, her breath trapped behind her teeth. The truck came to a jarring halt, the two white brood boxes sliding in the back and dislodging a hundred dead bees. Exhaling, Ellenor looked from the window in the direction of whatever the hell it was. The war rarely reached this far from the Front; Ellenor never fell asleep with the sound of German artillery pounding French hillsides, as so many others did. Other than the occasional supply convoy from the factories in Berlin, Father’s estate and the villages nearby saw no evidence of the blood being hemorrhaged by millions a few dozen miles away. But Ellenor knew, staring from the truck’s dusty window, a part of the war had almost crushed her. Its smoke rose like a serpent from where it waited in the grass.

She opened the door. . . .


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**My thoughts**
I'm completely fascinated by the two World Wars, so usually only read historical fiction from those eras. I admit that I know much more about WWII and the only WWI novels I really remember reading (and still reread) are All Quiet on the Western Front and Johnny Got His Gun, much deeper and intense books. So this was an interesting change of pace.

I don't usually associate planes with WWI, probably because of the stories I have focused on in the past. So I enjoyed learning a bit about the planes in this one. For some reason, I kept thinking of The English Patient, even though that took place in WWII. I think it was the descriptions of the plane and just how it was a man and a woman flying through the countryside, plus it was a British pilot.

Bees play a huge role in this book, especially in the beginning. And I believe the author is a beekeeper himself. I learned a lot more about bees and beekeeping than I had ever expected. 

There are a lot of details in this book that show a tremendous amount of research had been done going into it. Some of those details surprised me and made me do a little research on my own as I was reading, just to clarify for myself and help me learn even more. I enjoyed the twist of an American living in Germany during the Great War.

Then there is the adventure aspect as Ellenor finds herself running away across the German countryside to help Alec track down his twin sister. It's a unique story twist that ended up much more entertaining and suspenseful than I had anticipated. And then there is a bit of romance thrown in, which you almost can't help but expect when two people are thrown together in such a stressful situation. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book and am giving my honest and voluntary review.


About Lance Hawvermale


Lance Hawvermale is an English professor and beekeeper who lives in Texas with three daughters, a cat, and the woman of his dreams.


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The Perpetual Penitent (An Adam Fraely Mystery) by Henry Hoffman


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An Adam Fraley Mystery
Crime Mystery
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Melange Books

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A grieving father goes missing following the gruesome death of his three-year-old daughter in an accident directly attributed to his own negligence. For reasons both personal and professional, private investigator Adam Fraley takes on the task of tracking down the father at the request of the dead child’s older sibling. In a case fraught with intrigue, danger, and the overhanging threat of family disintegration. Fraley’s search ultimately takes him to remote regions of Haiti where he discovers he is not the only one in search of the father. Soon, he finds himself entangled in the tentacles of a lucrative international insurance scam involving the falsification of death records. Fraley’s probing is viewed by the crime syndicate’s masterminds as a serious threat to their continued existence, leading its operatives to mark the private investigator for elimination before he exposes them.


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About the Author

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Henry Hoffman is a former newspaper editor and public library director whose works have appeared in a variety of literary and trade publications. He is the author of the Adam Fraley Mystery Series and a past recipient of the Florida Publishers Association's Gold Medal Award for Florida Fiction.


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