Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Book Release Boost for My Dearest Duke by Kristen Vayden….

 Fans of historical romances rejoice with the release of this second installment in the Cambridge Brotherhood series.  Two people desperate to keep their secrets find a connection that could end before it's barely begun because of those secrets.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of My Dearest Duke by Kristen Vayden, then add it to your bookshelf!

The bright society of Regency England will sweep you away...if you let it...
Lord Rowles Haywind has always shied away from the spotlight of the dukedom, worried it would bring too much attention to the family secret. Now that he is the new Duke, he needs help navigating glittering society, but he's not sure he can trust anyone. Until he reconnects with Lady Joan Morgan...
Lady Joan has a secret of her own that would stir up a terrible scandal. She longs to tell Rowles the truth about her work, but she's afraid his disapproval would ruin the connection that's blossoming between them. But the longer she waits to tell him, the worse the outcome could be for them both once the truth is out...



Kristin Vayden’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! Life is full—of blessings and adventure! Needless to say she’s a big fan of coffee and wine...and living in Washington she’s within walking distance of both!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Book Tour for The Marriage List by Ella Quinn (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)……

Two people who think they know what they want in a spouse find their hearts tested in this sensual Regency romance that reintroduces readers to a beloved family with characters we're rooting for.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Marriage List by Ella Quinn, along with hearing from the author as to why readers are drawn to historical romances, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this eighth installment in The Worthington Brides series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

Hello everyone.
Thank you for having me on your blog! Why are readers drawn to historical romances?
I’ve asked this question during release parties and the answers I get are varied. Some readers want to escape modern life. They think that the men were more polite and heroic. Some love the clothing, especially from the Regency era. Others like the overall simplicity of an earlier time. And then there are the balls and other entertainments. But when asked if they’d like to actually live during that time, most of them say they wouldn’t. They just like being able to be there for a while.

By popular demand, USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn returns to Regency England’s beloved extended family, The Worthingtons, for the first in a sparkling new spin-off series! Determined to tame the marriage market on their own terms and make advantageous love matches, three confident sisters draw up a list of qualities they expect their new beaus to meet. But as they are about to discover, people are hardly ever perfect and the road to love is far more thrilling and interesting than they could ever have imagined...
As part of a large, rambunctious family, Lady Eleanor Carpenter has gained some knowledge of what makes a successful marriage. She’s even compiled a list of essential qualifications in a potential husband. John, the Marquis of Montagu, seems of good character (check), with money enough to support a family (check). But what of the many other requirements on her list?
Montagu, meanwhile, believes the key to a comfortable life lies in marrying someone quiet and docile. Yet the one lady who captivates him could hardly be more different to what he envisioned. Lady Eleanor is as opinionated as she is lovely, determined to improve working conditions for coal miners, even at risk to her own safety.
From evenings at Almack’s to carriage rides in Hyde Park, this Season will contain many pleasures—and a few surprises that compel both John and Eleanor to rethink their expectations. For one thing is certain: love will not be defined by any list...


“Good morning,” he called, hoping Lady Eleanor would be happy to see him. “Good morning,” the three ladies said at the same time.
They were in the same order as they had been before, allowing him to ride to Lady Eleanor’s side. “As you see, I am able to rise earlier.”
She smiled politely. “When you are not working too late.”
He thought she was teasing him, but the expression on her face told him nothing. “Yes.” He glanced up at the sky, as if he’d not noticed it before. “It promises to be a lovely day.”
“It does.” They walked the horses through the gate. “The later spring flowers and shrubs are beginning to make an appearance.”
John hadn’t particularly noticed. He should have if he was going to talk about flowers and the weather. “Are they?”
“Yes.” She nodded. “The lilac in our garden is starting to bloom. It is almost the end of April.” “Eleanor,” Lady Madeline said. “I am for a good run. What about you?”
Lady Eleanor glanced at him. “We come early so that we can gallop. You may join us if you wish.”

As she spoke, the mares were already increasing their speed. He had not even answered when the horses began to canter. Damn, she had an excellent seat. He urged Aramus faster. “Come on, boy. You don’t want to be beaten by a mare.”
“Blast it, they’re fast,” St. Albans said.
John’s gelding broke into a gallop. He’d almost caught up to them when the ladies reined in next to a giant chestnut tree, all of them smiling broadly. He wanted to be the one to make Lady Eleanor smile that way. He thought about telling her she rode well, but that might sound even more stupid than he wanted her to think he was. She had to know she was an excellent rider. “That was exhilarating.”
St. Albans had gone to Lady Alice and said something that made her laugh. John needed to think of something witty to say. Once again, he wished he’d spent time on the Town. But he hadn’t wanted to leave his father as Papa’s health declined. “Are you up to another gallop?”
“Yes.” Finally she gave him a real smile. “I’d like that. To the willow.” She took off again, fluidly moving as one with her horse.
“Drat the woman,” he muttered to himself as he rushed to catch up with her again. This was going to be a lot more work than he thought it would be.



USA Today bestselling author Ella Quinn's studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side (political science professor and lawyer). Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them.
She is married to her wonderful husband of over forty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, a Great Dane named Lilibet, and a cat named Winnie. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and lived on a sailboat for three years. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She's currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement. She expects to be back on the boat in 2022.
Ella loves when readers connect with her.


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Book Release Blast for Good Trouble by Lani Lynn Vale (REVIEW)…….

Two people form a connection on the night of her prom when they were young, a connection that's only grown stronger and become more conflicted over the years.  With her marriage to his brother, his return from Afghanistan, and a horrific night that shows her who she's truly meant to be with, readers will find themselves on the edge of their seats in an angsty tale set within the MC world.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Good Trouble by Lani Lynn Vale, along with getting my impressions of this exhilarating and emotionally intense tale, then add this second installment in the Gator Bait series to your bookshelf!

Bain met Diana, a.k.a. Luce, the night before he was set to deploy to Afghanistan.
It’s not every day that you take your brother’s girlfriend to prom because he refuses to put out the effort.
That night was one of the best nights of his life and the next day, he leaves and doesn’t see her again.
But there are letters. Not many, but enough for them to form a connection.
Over the two-year deployment, they became great friends.
The best of friends—at least, as good of friends as you can be when it’s your brother’s wife. Fast-forward six years and she still counts him as one of her greatest friends. Even going as far as to stick by him when he’s sent to prison because his own brother turned on him.
Luce had a crush on her then-boyfriend’s brother since way before she and Bain’s brother were married. From the moment he volunteered to take her to prom, she’d fallen.
Over the years, she’d tried to hide it. Tried to go on with her life and act like she loved her husband and only her husband. But as time went on and Braxton started to treat her more and more like crap, she realized the truth. Her husband wasn’t Bain. Her husband would never be him.
Hell, that’d been proven time and time again.
The smoking gun, though? The thing that made her realize it was time to leave?
When her husband stood by while she was assaulted, while the man she tried to act like was just a friend protected her. Then was sentenced to eight years in jail for it.
It was time to admit the truth.
Bain McDempsey was it for her. She just had to help him see it. Oh, and get him out of prison first.




When it comes to emotionally intense tales full of heart and soul, tales that pull you in courtesy of characters you can see yourself in, I know I can always count on Lani Lynn Vale to put me through the a really good way.  With this new series Ms. Vale has crafted another winner, another tale of a romance meant to be, and the incredible journey it took to get there!  With each turn of the page my heart was warmed, my anger was fueled, and a smile was put on my face, all while I was falling in love with this unforgettable main couple.

Bain McDempsey has been a part of Luce's life since she was a teen, brother to her boyfriend and her knight in shining armor on the night of her prom.  From that moment on he's always been there for her, no matter the thousands of miles separating them. He's a great friend, saying exactly what she needs to hear as she deals with her own demons.  He's a strong support to her, uber protective, both mentally and physically...especially when she's assaulted and he's the one who comes to her rescue (instead of her husband-his brother).  His actions that day had him making the ultimate sacrifice for Luce and his words and deeds throughout the story made me love him all the more as he proved himself the quintessential hero.  He's a sweet and sexy man, one who subtly and boldly showed his feelings to the world regarding Luce and who easily earned his place on my list of book boyfriends.

Luce too is an unforgettable part of this pairing with a chemistry that crackled from the very start.  She was drawn to Bain from the very beginning, won over by his kind heart and caring words.  She never felt worthy of him though, battling the demons in her head, which had her settling for Bain's brother.  Years of unhappiness, battles with her depression, finally had her coming out the other side though in an emotionally satisfying revelation that had her finally going after what her heart knew all along...that she and Bain were meant to be.  It's a difficult life journey for Luce, one that Ms. Vale realistically and respectfully depicted and that had me aching for her when the thoughts in her head became particularly weighty.  On a whole she's an immensely likable heroine, brave and loyal, and I was cheering her on every step of the way as she bravely battled every high and low thrown her way.

By the turn of the final page I was exhausted, but satisfied, by all that came before in this angst-fueled journey of friends to lovers.  The main couple captivated me from the very start, invested me in their unwavering connection to one another, showing them to be there for each other when they needed support most.  Their love was meant to be and I was so happy to see them both fighting for their HEA as the story took even more dangerous turns.  Theirs was a hard-fought journey to HEA, a journey that played with every one of my emotions, and left me in awe once again at the knots the talented Ms. Vale twists us readers into.  Along with this unforgettable main couple was a character you definitely booed...Bain's brother, Braxton.  He was despicable and cruel, fueled the negativity in Luce's mind, and I hated him for everything he did to her and his own brother.  Later in the story danger once again comes for Luce and Bain in scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat along with keeping me guessing.  From exhilaration to steamy encounters to laugh out loud moments...this book has it all and it has me excited for what comes next.  The interactions between the members of the Gator Bait MC were brotherly, supportive, with witty and playful banter that made them feel like a family.  Though this branch of the family was a bit dysfunctional at first they quickly showed themselves to be decadently delightful in a romance that still makes me smile for how perfectly imperfect Bain and Luce are!

My rating for this is an A.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Book Cover Reveal for Misfire by Rachel Robinson…….

 A woman with a painful past finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of danger, attracted to two brothers, in this gritty and emotionally raw tale set in the mafia world.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Misfire by Rachel Robinson, then count down the days until this book hits shelves on January 6th

I never wanted to rule an empire. I was a housekeeper. A hooker. A wrecked woman with a past full of scars and secrets. A chance encounter with an Astor swept me into the hurricane of their glamorous, organized crime world. Then, I met the other Astor brother and nothing will ever be normal again.
One brother saved me, but under false pretenses.
One brother is madly in love with me, but it’s complicated.
I've fallen for both men for different reasons, but there’s only one way this can end—in messy, tragic destruction.
Everyone tells you playing with fire is dangerous, but they never said it would be this intoxicating.



Rachel Robinson grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. CRAZY GOOD and SET IN STONE, and TIME AND SPACE, three of her Navy SEAL novels are INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERS. After living in San Diego, Virginia Beach, and then Fairfax, VA, she now resides in colorful Colorado with her badass husband, two children, her Sphynx cat, & her dog, Polly.

Book Release Blitz for A Mountain Leads Home by Shelley Kassian…….

An injury sustained while on vacation leads to unexpected romance between an Australian and the nurse assigned to care for him in this emotionally intense holiday story.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of A Mountain Leads Home by Shelley Kassian, then add this second installment in the Places In the Heart series to your bookshelf!

When Australian Taylor Quinn travels to the Canadian Rockies, he least expects his holiday to be challenged by a snowboarding accident. The injury prevents further winter sports, but the hospital stay nurtures an optimistic connection: A nurse, with a finger on his pulse, supports his recovery and takes a chance on what could become a promising friendship.
Working on a trauma unit, Sarah Evans desires more than another critical care patient. When she meets Taylor, there’s something about him that appeals to her relationship goals. Maybe it’s the kindness in his eyes or his jovial warmhearted personality, but an ethical dilemma ensues when her care extends beyond the hospital setting. This heartfelt risk could lead to happiness, to the love she’s been searching for, maybe even a home far away from family, friends, and her native country.
What will a snowboarder and a nurse do when circumstances beyond their control end the holiday, potentially injuring their newfound romance? Will Taylor return to Australia? Will Sarah risk everything for the love she’s found?



Bestselling author Shelley Kassian has been writing timeless love stories filled with romance or dark fantasy (romantasy) for more than twenty years, novels that include her recent true love story, A Mountain Leads Home. A history enthusiast, she’s traveled far and wide to explore secret gardens and medieval castles, having an avid interest in the Tudor period. Her prose has been described as “near rhapsodic,” “pitch perfect,” and “stylishly straightforward, rarely relying on complex turns of phrase.” Reviewers have said her narrative conveys “imaginative fantasy,” “fascinating characters,” and “refreshing romance.”
Shelley’s taken creative writing courses, holds board positions within professional associations, and retains a Professional Editing Certificate. Drawing on her expertise, she has mentored novice writers, but her passion comes alive while scribing her stories into novel-length fiction. Shelley shares her life with her husband, adores her adult children and two grand pups, and when not relaxing at her seaside cottage, lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.