Thursday, January 23, 2020

"OUT OF THE EMBERS"--author AMANDA CABOT begins her "MESQUITE SPRING SERIES" with a suspenseful and sweetly romantic inspirational historical romance

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Out of the Embers

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.


MY REVIEW: Noted historical romance author Amanda Cabot begins her "Mesquite Springs Series" with "Out of the Embers"--an involving and inspiring love story set in 1850's Texas Hill Country. With added elements of mystery and suspense, this intriguing tale features well-drawn characters and the timeless appeal of the rustic Old West era. For over a decade, Evelyn Radcliffe had been haunted by the murders of her parents when she was just thirteen years old. She had found refuge in an orphanage, and all these years later, it was still her home, and it was also her workplace. Whenever Evelyn would travel to obtain provisions and to sell the lace made by the children at the orphanage, she often felt an ominous, unseen presence whom she called "The Watcher". After one such trip, she returns to find an unspeakable tragedy: The orphanage had burned to the ground and the children and the staff had all perished in the fire. Only Evelyn and the young girl, Polly, who had traveled with her, were still alive. Evelyn knows she must find a safe haven for herself and Polly, and they head westward--away from sorrow, and hopefully toward a brighter future. Along the way, they are rescued from a raging storm by Wyatt Clark, who offers them shelter at the family ranch he shares with his mother and sister. Wyatt and his sister both have hopes of travel and life beyond the ranch. Evelyn and Polly are seeking a new start in the security of a settled home. The hand of Fate has brought them all together, and their lives--and dreams--will be forever changed. Has "The Watcher" given up on his prey, or will he follow Evelyn and Polly to Mesquite Springs? Will the attraction between Wyatt and Evelyn convince Wyatt that there is no place better than home on the ranch? I very much enjoyed "Out of the Embers", and I look forward to the upcoming books in the series.

Book Copy Gratis Revell Books via Library Thing


REVIEWS


Out of the Embers is part prairie romance, part romantic suspense. I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a book more. Amanda Cabot has written an intriguing, chilling mystery and she winds it through the pages of a sweet romance in a way that made me keep turning the pages fast to see what was going to happen next. An absolutely excellent read. And now I’m hungry for oatmeal pecan pie!”--Mary Connealy, author of Aiming for Love

"Cabot expertly combines suspense with a pleasant romance to create a moving and uplifting tale."--Booklist

"The series is off to a strong start."--Publishers Weekly

"Cabot is an engaging writer whose story lines are fresh and unfailingly satisfying. A sure bet author." --Christian Fiction Advisor

"Welcome to Mesquite Springs, Texas - a hotbed of drama, danger, and romance ... and heroine Evelyn Radcliffe lands right in the middle of it thanks to a series of mishaps. Good thing hero Wyatt Clark looks out for her. With characters that will steal your heart (especially little orphan Polly), Out of the Embers is sure to earn a spot on your keeper shelf. A must read for historical romance fans."-- Michelle Griep, Christy award-winning author of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series  
   

Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot 

With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty-five novels. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids: 50 Steam Projects You Can Eat!"--"STEAM" is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math--discover the science in your everyday life

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50 educational (and edible!) science experiments you can do at home

In laboratories, at school, and even in your house--science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!

From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s'mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science--plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you'll need. You'll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids includes:

Chew on science--Discover the science in your everyday life with 50 experiments you can try (and taste) yourself.

Fun and educational--Eat your way through five chapters worth of kitchen science experiments for kids, each one based on a specific part of STEAM learning.

All skill levels--Whether it's your first time experimenting in the kitchen or you've already got lots of cooking experience, this book of tasty experiments is for you.
Hungry for scientific exploration? Dig in with Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids!


MY REVIEW: Scientists-in-the-Making, Kitchen Newbies, and Seasoned Cooks (of all ages) will enjoy "Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids: 50 Steam Projects You Can Eat!". ("STEAM" is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). Author Megan Olivia Hall, a National Board Certified Teacher who works with learners of many ages and levels, has put together a collection of entertaining, educational, edible experiments allows children to interact with parents, grandparents, and other care providers for a fun--and tasty--way to discover the science in our everyday lives. Fascinating facts are found all through the book, instructions are easy to follow, and there are indicators for levels of difficulty. A helpful glossary is included to explain technical words and terms found throughout the pages. Safety do's & don'ts, advice on tools, equipment, and supplies, and spaces for notes and observations are also provided. Here are some of the recipes you will find: "Yeast Bread"; "Nature's Candy"; "Homegrown Yogurt"; "Flaming Cheese Puffs"; "Protecting Your Proteins"; "Cinnamon Apple Pancakes"; "Solar-Powered S'Mores"; "Build a Gingerbread House"; "Potato People"; "Popcorn on the Fly"; "Outrageous Osmosis"; "Overnight Hors D'Oeuvres";  and "The pH of Lemonade". Be sure to also check out the interesting "Extra Feature" pages.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers


Megan Olivia Hall

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Megan Olivia Hall is an advocate for social and emotional learning, experiential science education, teacher leadership, and college-level high school instruction for all learners. In her 15 years of teaching science, Megan has worked with students of many ages and levels, from kindergarten to Advanced Placement. She serves as a lead teacher in the social and emotional learning and service learning programs at OWL, developing curriculum and training colleagues in effective Crew pedagogies. She currently teaches secondary life sciences at OWL and is the proud leader of the Narwhal Crew.

As the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Megan has presented at many of Minnesota’s teacher education colleges and universities and regularly testifies at special sessions for the Minnesota State Senate. Megan has led SEL master classes and delivered SEL keynotes at the local, state, and national levels, including the EL Education National Conference, Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teaching Education Congress, and Minnesota School Board Association. Her writing on deeper learning and project-based science has been featured in Education Week and The Science Teacher. Megan is a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. She is currently pursing a Ph.D. in education as well as National Board certification.

Megan believes that students, like most human beings, do their best work when engaged in meaningful challenges. When crafting curriculum, she looks to bring society’s big questions into school for kids to answer. Her classroom is a place of active, joyful investigation. See more at www.joyfulbiology.com.

In her leisure time, Megan spends time with her husband, two children, mother, and two cats; reading; and working in her garden.

"Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook: 50 Delicious (and Secretly Healthy) Recipes Kids Will Love to Make"--teaches kids how to read a recipe, talk like a chef, and safely use the tools needed to sizzle, chop, and simmer favorite foods

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Calling all super kids--dinner needs your help!

Pizza for breakfast? Nachos made from apples? There's something delicious going on in the kitchen, and your mission is to find out exactly what it is--and learn how to make it yourself. Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook is your sidekick on this cooking adventure.

This kids' cookbook has cool kitchen tutorials that teach you how to read a recipe, talk like a chef, and safely use the tools needed to sizzle, chop, and simmer your favorite foods. With easy-to-read instructions and 50 recipes for yummy treats, snacks, and meals, you can whip up fun dishes like Out-Of-This-World Oatmeal Pancakes or Banana Sushi.

In Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook, you'll find:

Charge your super power--Tap into your secret energy reserves with a guide to some of the best super foods you can eat, plus how you can easily add them to your favorite dishes.

Sidekick ready--Each recipe will let you know when it's time to call in your adult assistant for a little extra help making a tasty treat.

Be a super food hero--Learn to identify healthy everyday foods and all the nutritional power they bring to the plate. Put on your cape and get ready to make a super delicious meal with this kids' cookbook!


MY REVIEW:  With a shout-out to all "Super Kids", "Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook: 50 Delicious (and Secretly Healthy) Recipes Kids Will Love to Make" offers a challenge to young chefs to charge their super powers and become a "Super Food Hero". Author Noelle Martin, a registered dietician, instructor, and blogger, teaches such essentials as how to read a recipe, how to properly use kitchen utensils, kitchen safety, and how to choose foods with bonus benefits which classify them as "super foods", this cookbook is a fun learning tool filled with delicious lessons. The recipes were developed with ages 8 to 12 in mind, but there are indicators when an adult should give assistance with preparation. Helpful hints and tasty tidbits are shared throughout the book, and guidelines are included for shopping, ingredients, measuring, safe knife handling, how to use the stove safely, and much more. There's also a guideline for the extra benefits of specific super foods and a glossary of cooking terms. Here's a recipe sampler: "Caped Crusader Overnight Oats"; "Best Breakfast Pizza"; "On-the-Go Trail Mix";  "Protein-Packed Brownies"; "Turbo Turkey Wrap"; "Sweet Potato Pancakes"; "Burrito Salad Bowl"; "Meatloaf Muffins with Mashed Potato Icing"; "Gingerbread Bites"; and "Peanut Butter Pumpkin Loaf". Teach a child at a young age how to cook and make good food choices, and they will eat well for life.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers



Noelle Martin

 

Noelle Martin, co-founder of Nourished Beginnings, and mom of three young boys has a passion for health and nutrition. Noelle completed a comprehensive dietetic internship at London Health Sciences Center and has her Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Brescia University College in London, Ontario. During her university career, Noelle was recognized nationally as a leader within the dietetic community through receiving the National Nestle Gold Plate Award and the Canadian Home Economics Association Sally Henry Leadership Award in 2003. In 2010 Noelle was honored to receive the Young Alumnae Award of Merit from Brescia University College. Noelle has enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities within the dietetic field in clinical and community settings, as well as research and administrative roles. Noelle is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, is an active member of Dietitians of Canada, and regularly attends at workshops and seminars relating to her practice. In addition to counselling at RD Services, Noelle also thoroughly enjoys teaching courses at Brescia University College and has an active Instagram feed and blog dedicated to educating and inspiring moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their family in addition to sharing moments of motherhood and products she loves.
You can also find her at @motherhoodandmeals and www.motherhoodandmeals.com.
 

"The Easy Superfoods Cookbook: 75 Fuss-Free, Nutrition-Packed Recipes"--from quick snacks to delicious entrees--each recipe created to make it easier than ever to eat healthy, delicious, and inventive superfood dishes

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Supercharge your diet with 75 easy superfoods recipes

Welcome to the world of superfoods! Filled with antioxidants, essential vitamins, probiotics, and heart-healthy fats and fiber, these foods boast an unusually high concentration of nutrients. And contrary to popular belief, you won't have to empty your wallet on specialty ingredients to incorporate them into your diet. The Easy Superfoods Cookbook is filled with 75 recipes, from quick snacks to delicious entrees--all of which take advantage of the everyday superfoods available at your average grocery store.

Each and every recipe in this book was conceived to make it easier than ever to eat healthy, delicious, and inventive superfood dishes like Orange and Sriracha Pork Tacos and Citrus-Strawberry Smoothies.

The Easy Superfoods Cookbook includes:

Super-accessible-- Every recipe with a hard-to-find or expensive ingredient--like Goji berries or spirulina--features a more approachable substitution.

Super-comprehensive--From super fruits, to super nut and seeds, to super seafood, you'll have an encyclopedic list of superfoods at your disposal.

Super-prepared--You'll be prepped with a full list of pantry, fridge, and equipment essentials, so you'll always be ready to make an easy, nutrition-packed meal.
See how easy it is to bring these nutrient-filled superfoods into your everyday menu.


MY REVIEW:  If you have ever wondered what makes a food "super" and how to make the most of the bonus benefits, you will find the answers in "The Easy Superfoods Cookbook: 75 Fuss-Free, Nutrition-Packed Recipes". Author Emily Cooper, a nationally recognized dietitian and food and nutrition expert, explains that "superfoods" are foods with a higher than average concentration of beneficial nutrients--they give you better value for your nutrition bucks. Along with deliciously inventive recipes, she includes helpful information on commonly found superfoods, specialty superfoods, optimal pantry and refrigerator/freezer essentials, shopping tips, and advice on the best kitchen tools. Here are some of the recipes you'll find: "Citrus-Strawberry Smoothie"; "Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie"; "Quinoa Breakfast Power Bowls"; "Spicy Sesame Chicken Noodle Soup"; "One-Pot Three-Bean Chili"; "Crunchy Bok Choy Slaw"; "Grilled Chicken with Pineapple-Salsa"; "Orange and Sriracha Pork Tacos"; "Trail Mix Cookies"; and "Raspberry-Coconut Bars". Nutritional breakdowns are included for each recipe.

Book Copy Gratis Callisto Publishers


 Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper RD 

Emily Cooper, RD, is a nationally recognized dietitian and food and nutrition expert, born and raised in New Hampshire. She has created award-winning recipes, written for multiple food and nutrition publications, and blogs at Sinful Nutrition. There she shares quick and easy recipes to show that eating and living healthy doesn't have to be boring, expensive, or difficult.

Emily's first cookbook, The Easy Superfoods Cookbook: 75 Fuss-Free, Nutrition-Packed Recipes was launched in February 2020. She currently resides in New Jersey.


https://sinfulnutrition.com/ 

"Country Hearts: A cowboy romance from Hallmark Publishing"--by Cindi Madsen--a single dad and his young daughter help the new teacher in town discover the good things about country life, from starry skies to s’mores cooked over a fire, rewatching favorite old movies together, cupcake food fights, and much more

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She shouldn't get involved with the cowboy next door...

Laid off from her teaching job in the city, Jemma Monroe takes a job teaching in a tiny town and rents a house on the outskirts. A visitor soon shows up at her door—a horse. His owner, a handsome neighbor in boots and a cowboy hat, comes by to collect him.

When single dad Wyatt Langford meets Jemma, it’s the first time he feels interest in a woman since his wife died. But she’s his daughter’s new teacher, so they both know they should keep their distance.

Nonetheless, Wyatt keeps finding excuses to spend time with Jemma, and Wyatt’s daughter becomes more and more attached to her. With them, Jemma discovers the good things about country life, from starry skies to S’mores cooked over a fire. But she still misses her past life in the city. Is there any reason for them to dream of a future together?

INCLUDES A HALLMARK ORIGINAL RECIPE FOR "CLASSIC ITALIAN LASAGNA"



MY REVIEW:  "Country Hearts", from author Cindi Madsen and Hallmark Publishing, is a delightful example of how enjoyable contemporary romantic fiction can be when it's well-written. While I wanted to see the story line reach a "happily-ever-after" ending, I still wanted to visit with the characters a while longer because I liked them so much. At the same time Jemma Monroe lost her teaching job, her boyfriend let her know that he only wanted them to be friends--no romance. Convinced by a friend and coworker to accept a temporary teaching job in the small Colorado town of Haven Lake, Jemma packed up her belongings and her pet rabbit and headed West. Always a "big city girl" and lover of shoes and fashion and decadent coffee drinks, Jemma wondered how she was going to survive the culture shock, much less the snow. She did find a little cafe which made delicious, inventive coffee drinks and addictive chocolate muffins, and she also found that the simple pleasures of small-town life and the genuine friendliness of the local residents made her not miss so much of what she had left behind in the city. Jemma found her students to be a joy, and one student in particular captured her heart. Bailey Rae Langford and her handsome cowboy father, Wyatt, were Jemma's next-door neighbors. As soon as Jemma landed in Haven Lakes, Wyatt had begun helping her out of one sticky situation and then another. Gorgeous, gruff, and a dedicated father, Wyatt had a sharp, teasing sense of humor. Jemma gave back as good as she got, and she and Wyatt both enjoyed their verbal banter. Wyatt also noticed how pretty and kind Jemma was, and how much Bailey Rae adored her. but he found it hard to trust a "city woman"--Bailey Rae's mother had left him and their daughter behind in the dust for a better and bigger life far from the country. The more time that Jemma and Wyatt spend together, the more the attraction between them begins to grow, but each has their own personal reasons for hesitating to act upon the sparks flying between them. A friendship--almost like family-has formed between Jemma and Wyatt, and at the heart is precocious Bailey Rae, who desperately wants for the three of them to become a real family. However, as the end of Jemma's substitute teaching position draws near, many doubts linger and questions remain unanswered. Can Wyatt and Jemma both take a big leap of faith and reach out for a future filled with love, laughter, and a happy family life? I greatly enjoyed "Country Hearts", and I look forward to reading more works by talented author Cindi Madsen.

Book Copy Gratis Hallmark Publishing


Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen 



Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

If you're interested in ARCs, interviews, and/or blog tour information please contact the publicity department at publicity@entangledpublishing.com


Monday, January 20, 2020

Author Beth Ciotta's "Impossible Dream Series"--enchanting contemporary romance--reimagined fairy tales--happiest-ever-afters


Beauty & the Biker (Impossible Dream, #1)

BEAUTY & THE BIKER, the launch book in a contemporary romance series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

PRINCE CHARMING IS OUT THERE. SOMEWHERE.


Miracles happen every day. Even in Nowhere, Nebraska. That’s Bella Mooney’s philosophy and she’s sticking to it! A children’s librarian who writes fairy tales on the side, Bella has earned the reputation of fanciful Pollyanna. No surprise that she applied for her “ideal man” via ImpossibleDream.com, an Internet company designed to make dreams come true. However, even whimsical Bella has real-life issues, forcing her to take drastic actions in order to spin her dad’s life (and in turn her own) for the better. As fate draws her into the troubling world of her new neighbor—a cynical biker with a scarred soul and checkered past—Bella finds herself falling for the most unlikely man, twisting her perceptions of true love and testing her faith in dreams.

FATE LANDED HIM IN NOWHERE.
 


Expect nothing. Anticipate the worst. As a detective with the Chicago Police Department, Joe Savage witnessed heinous crimes and acts of cruelty on a daily basis, obliterating his faith in humanity. When a personal vendetta cost him his job and a quirky inheritance offered escape, Joe packed it in and steered his Harley toward a small town bordering Tornado Alley and the Twilight Zone. Where better to lose himself than Nowhere? Resigned to a dark and lonely existence, Joe’s life is suddenly shoved into the sunshine when his eccentric neighbor offers him a chance he can't refuse, especially after her kiss of hope rekindles his dead heart. Inspired and challenged by Bella’s infectious optimism, Joe dares to make the impossible come true.



Enchanting Christmas (Impossible Dream #2) 

 
‘Tis the season for miracles, second chances, and love in a holiday novella that will charm and inspire! The second tale in Beth Ciotta’s modern day fairy tale series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

JADED JOY…


Once upon a time, Christmas (Chrissy) Mooney believed she’d set the world on fire as a concert violinist. Then she indulged in a whirlwind affair with a charismatic stranger—a gifted guitarist who declared them soul mates when they parted. She never imagined he’d turn his back on her when she contacted him to tell him she was pregnant. His betrayal scorched her faith in romantic love. And when her daughter was born deaf, Chrissy’s passion for music died. Obsessed with creating a happy life for her girl, she ultimately lost her own sense of bliss—never realizing her growing cynicism until she reads her daughter’s letter to Santa.

SEASONAL SPARKLE…


Now, desperate to rediscover joy, Chrissy applies for help from an internet company—Impossible Dream.com (Making magic since 1956). When Mason Rivers blows back into Chrissy’s life, rocking her with a revelation and a mission of his own, she’s so busy shielding her heart that she’s oblivious to the stirring magic. Until Mason points out the most basic ingredient for happiness… Believing is everything.
 



Marry Poppins (Impossible Dream #3)


When fate bobbles your dream, sometimes you have to make your own magic…. 

Award-winning author Beth Ciotta presents 'Marry Poppins', the third book in the contemporary fairy tale series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

She wants a family. He needs a wife. A marriage-of-convenience solves a myriad of problems for unlucky Georgie Poppins and down-on-his-luck Bryce Morgan. Falling in love wasn’t part of the bargain so no one is more surprised than Georgie and Bryce when sexual sparks ignite a full-blown romance. Unfortunately, as love swells, trouble mounts, including a glitch at Impossible Dream.com—an Internet company designed to match people with their most avid desire. Maybe Georgie and Bryce weren’t meant to be after all.
 



No Place Like Nowhere  (Impossible Dream, #4)
 


Award-winning author Beth Ciotta presents "No Place Like Nowhere", the fourth book in the contemporary fairy tale series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

Sometimes what you were looking for was there all along…


After surviving an up close encounter with a devastating tornado, nature photographer Emma Sloan grapples with fuzzy memories, suppressed emotions, and the fear that her life could end before she's even really lived it. Desperate to escape Nowhere (her speck on the map hometown) and her shifting relations with friends and family, Emma applies to the matchmaking site—Impossible Dream—in search of her heart’s desire. Stunned by an immediate offer, she jumps at the chance to join a team of global storm chasers—a job that requires her immediate presence in Australia. Blessedly, the hasty retreat allows Emma to leave town on the sly, avoiding awkward goodbyes with her closest friends. Her relief is short-lived when those same friends send a chaperone to escort her safely to Oz and her new billionaire boss. The last thing Emma wants is to endure twenty-four non-stop hours with Zeke Mooney, the storm chasing counterpart who unwittingly stoked her now blazing issues with mortality. Certain their friendship was irreparably damaged during that fated tornado chase, Emma’s shocked when amorous affections flare on both sides. In racing toward her wildest dream, is Emma sabotaging what could be her greatest joy?



Beth Ciotta

 

Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Limiting herself to one sub-genre does not. Dubbed “fun and sexy” by Publisher’s Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, and paranormal romantic fiction. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!”

Beth lives in New Jersey with her husband, two zany dogs, and one crazy cat. Although writing takes up most of her time, she still performs occasionally as a singer, character actress, emcee, and storyteller. To support literacy, Beth also works at her local library.

To learn more about her chaotic life you can visit her Web site at www.bethciotta.com

Sunday, January 19, 2020

"FALLEN ANGELS SERIES"--Regency Britain historical romance from author MARY JO PUTNEY--friendships formed as school boys will carry through the lifetimes of the adult men as they survive war, scandal, and tragedy before each finds their love to last a lifetime and beyond






A Welsh Methodist minister’s daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl…

They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a Gypsy, Nicholas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside.

Desperation drives quiet schoolteacher Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid–only if Clare agrees to live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

Furiously Clare accepts his outrageous challenge, and the two are swept into an intoxicating Regency world of danger and desire. As allies, Clare and Nicholas fight to save her community. As adversaries, they explore the hazardous terrain of power and sensuality. And as lovers, they surrender to a passion that threatens the very foundations of their lives.


 



Like his nickname, Lucifer, Lord Strathmore is know for unearthly beauty and diabolical cleverness. A tragic past has driven Lucien to use his formidable talents to protect his country from hidden enemies. It’s a job he does superbly well—until he meets a mysterious woman whose skill at deception is the equal of his own. By turns glamorous and subdued, his enchanting adversary baffles his mind even as she dazzles his senses.

A perilous mission has forced Kit Travers into a deadly game of shifting identities and needful lies, where a single misstep might cost Kit her life. But her disguises are easily penetrated by the Earl of Strathmore, who may be a vital ally—or a lethal enemy.

Unwilling to trust, yet unable to part, Kit and Lucien join forces to search the dangerous underside of London society. Yet even two master deceivers cannot escape passion’s sensual web—or from an impossible love more precious than life itself.
 



 



A cool master of sensuality, Rafe Whitbourne, Duke of Candover, earned his rakish reputation in the silken boudoirs of England's aristocracy, never giving away his hand or his heart.

Then a vital mission for a friend takes him to Paris to work with Countess Magda Janos, "the most beautiful spy in Europe." To his shock, the smoky-eyed temptress is no countess, but the deceitful tart who betrayed him a dozen years before—the only woman he had ever loved, and the only woman he had ever despised.

Margot Ashton wants nothing more than to forget her turbulent past and the mesmerizing man who had cruelly wronged her. But patriotism binds the two together in a shadowland of intrigue, where a dangerous plot may plunge a continent into war...and a whirlwind of passion sweeps them into a shattering love that cannot be denied.
 



 



THE ROGUE...

A master spy with the face of a fallen angel and a darkly heroic past, Lord Robert Andreville, returns to his ancestral home in Yorkshire after a dozen harrowing years spying against Napoleon. But nothing soothes his ravaged spirit until a determined young beauty sweeps into his life.

THE RUNAWAY...


Half Mohawk and all-American, Maxima Collins is a wary stranger in a strange land, but she will let nothing halt her journey to London to learn the truth about her father's sudden death--not even a self-appointed guardian who is all lazy charm and dangerous skill.

Together they travel across England, evading pursuers and circling each other in a dance of desire, where truth is elusive and only passion is sure. Then dark secrets shatter their idyll and only love has the power to heal the past....
 



 



Broken Dreams and Second Chances…

Honed by danger and haunted by the past, Lord Michael Kenyon finds it easy to risk his life for his country’s sake. But in the shadow of Waterloo, he faces a far more dangerous threat—the loss of his heart to the beautiful battlefield nurse who saves his life, yet can never be his.

Called a saint for her virtue and selfless courage, only Catherine Melbourne knows the tragic flaw at the core of her spirit. In Michael Kenyon, she sees the strength and kindness she craves, yet for honor’s sake she must conceal her love and send him away. Even when freed from her empty marriage, she conceals the truth because of the bleak knowledge that she can never again be any man’s wife.

Then fate offers Catherine a fortune, a title, a heritage for her daughter—if Michael will impersonate her husband on a visit to a wild Cornish island. Reluctantly he agrees to the masquerade. But what begins as a simple journey leads them into a shattering vortex of danger and betrayal—and a fiercely passionate love that can no longer be denied.






A Desperate Lord…

As rebel, soldier, hero, and spy, Kenneth Wilding had never known defeat. But nothing can save his heritage when he returns from the wars to an empty title and a ravaged estate. Nothing—until a stranger offers a devil’s bargain: financial salvation in return for Kenneth’s special subversive skills. Reluctantly Kenneth enters the household of the greatest artist in England to unmask a terrible crime. Instead, he discovers something infinitely more dangerous: a tantalizing new way of life and an irresistible woman. Everything he has always wanted—and can never have.

A Scandalous Lady…

Her reputation ruined by a disastrous elopement, tempestuous Rebecca Seaton withdraws to her attic studio and buries herself in her painting. Then Kenneth Wilding sweeps into her life with his pirate’s face and poet’s soul. Warily they slide into a duel of desire that brings both searing risks and shattering fulfillment. But Kenneth’s secret mission comes between them, unleashing a danger that threatens Rebecca’s life even as passion sweeps them into a river of fire that transforms their very souls…






Few romance novels have touched readers as deeply or as lastingly as this classic by New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney.

Poignant, passionate, and tender, One Perfect Rose is the story of two mismatched lovers drawn into a fragile, unforgettable union…

Stephen Kenyon, the new Duke of Ashburton, has always known exactly what society expected of him. But a doctor’s grim diagnosis leaves him longing to experience life as never before. Traveling incognito, he becomes entangled with a wandering theater family and their spirited adopted daughter, Rosalind Jordan. With no time to waste in courtship, Stephen convinces Rosalind to marry him–an arrangement that has advantages for both.

The warm companionship and profound passion they share is more than Stephen expected, and far more than his family and his own guarded nature ever allowed. But each passing, perfect day together is a bittersweet reminder that love is the one thing he is not at liberty to offer, and the one thing she can never admit…


Mary Jo Putney

 

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure.  After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since.

While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy, it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acquired a computer for other purposes.  When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool, she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold quickly, thereby changing her life forever, in most ways for the better.  (“But why didn’t anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads?”)  Like a lemming over a cliff, she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full-time writer as soon as possible.

Since 1987, Mary Jo has published over forty books and counting.  Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism, death and dying, and domestic abuse.  She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly.  Seven of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by Library Journal, while three were listed in the Top Ten Romances of the year by Booklist, published by the American Library Association. 

A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors.  She has also been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards, four NJRW Golden Leaf awards, plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance.  In 2013 she was awarded the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Though most of her books have been historical romances, she has also published three contemporary romances, several paranormal historicals with strong fantasy elements, a young adult historical fantasy trilogy, and numerous novellas and short stories.  She is currently writing the Rogues Redeemed spin-off series of the New York Times bestselling Lost Lords historical romance series.
Mary Jo is a hybrid author these days, meaning she writes new romances for her New York publisher, Kensington, but she also is an indie publisher of many of her backlist books, including the Fallen Angels series, the Silk Trilogy, and her contemporary Starting Over trilogy, as well as several stand alone novels and many shorter works.

Mary Jo lives near Baltimore, Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.

https://maryjoputney.com/