Tuesday, September 29, 2020

"BURN YOU TWICE"--from New York Times bestselling author MARY BURTON--a must-read for lovers of thrilling romantic suspense--extensive research in police procedure and crime scene investigation and captivating characterizations make for a page-turning, all-in-one-sitting read (see my review)

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Burn You Twice

Fire can destroy the past. It can also uncover secrets in this novel of searing suspense by New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton.

Ten years ago as an undergrad, Joan Mason escaped an arsonist’s fire. Shaken, she fled the small collegiate Montana town, leaving behind friends and not looking back. Now a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan’s trying to put her traumas to rest. It’s not easy. Elijah Weston, the classmate who torched her house, is out of prison and returning to Missoula. Gut instinct tells Joan he’ll strike again. To stop him, she must return to the past as well. To face not only the man she fears but Detective Gideon Bailey, too. The man she loved and left behind.

When a local woman dies tragically in another fire, it can’t be a coincidence. Can it be Elijah? He has a solid alibi for the night of the blaze. Reunited by the tragedy, Joan and Gideon have their doubts. So does Gideon’s sister, Ann—Joan’s old college roommate.

The investigation draws Joan and Gideon together, but it also sends them down a dangerous path—into a troubling history that Joan, Elijah, and Ann all share. As more lives go up in flames in Missoula, this town’s secrets are just beginning to rise from the ashes.

“Burton does a good job balancing gentle romance with high-tension suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

MY REVIEW:  "Burn You Twice" is a compelling read from a master of suspense--author Mary Burton. Readers are taken on an involving thrill ride as this well-paced story grabs hold and doesn't let go--even after the last page is turned. After surviving an arson fire which nearly took her life and the life of her college roommate, Ann, Joan Mason had left Missoula, Montana behind. Ten years later, while working as a Philadelphia homicide detective, Joan receives word that Elijah Weston, the man convicted of setting the fire that she and Ann so narrowly escaped, is being released from prison. Temporarily on suspension due to her intense involvement with a current controversial arson-murder case, Joan follows her instincts and heads back to Montana. She is reunited with her friend, Ann, and with Ann's brother, Detective Gideon Bailey, who had been Joan;s sweetheart. When the arsonist strikes again, Joan and Gideon are drawn together by old feelings and new dangers. Are the fires the work of the obvious suspect, or is there a new evil to be feared? Author Mary Burton is a must-read for lovers of thrilling romantic suspense. Her extensive research in police procedure and crime scene investigation and her captivating characterizations make for page-turning, all-in-one-sitting reads. Highly recommended.

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Mary Burton

Mary Burton 

Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching law enforcement and forensic procedures, morning walks, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels of suspense and romance. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and Fresh Fiction likened her writing to that of James Patterson.

Mary is routinely featured among the top twenty writers in Amazon's Author Rankings for romantic suspense, and her recent novel The Last Move claimed the number ten fiction slot in the Kindle eBooks Store.

Research is a favorite part of Mary's day. She never tires of learning more about police work, evidence collection and analysis. She's known for taking a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with professionals in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.

A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia's Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and she's now the author of thirty-four published novels, five novellas and four works of contemporary women's fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

A member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and Romance Writers of America, Mary is known for creating multiple suspense stories connected by characters, such as her recent The Forgotten Files novels. Her new book, Her Last Word, and The Last Move, break that mold.

When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary remains very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their empty nest and spoiling their four-legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

Monday, September 28, 2020

From author TANYA AGLER--heartwarming small-town contemporary romance set in the fictional community of Hollydale, North Carolina--every heart deserves a second chance for lasting love and happiness

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The Sheriff's Second Chance

Broken things can’t be fixed…

Or can they?

Officer and single dad Mike Harrison doesn’t believe in second chances. Ever. That is, until he learns that his former best friend—gorgeous green-eyed car mechanic Georgie Bennett—is back in town. Unfortunately, she’s also a suspect in a recent break-in! But it’ll take an old classic car to show Mike and Georgie that almost anything can be restored with a little patience…and a whole lot of love.


A Ranger for the Twins

She fell from grace…

Before falling for him

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love…  

Tanya Agler

Tanya Agler 

Tanya Agler attended twelve different schools before her family settled in Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, Tanya moved to metro Atlanta where she now lives with her husband, four children, and a Basset Hound.

Her debut Harlequin Heartwarming novel, The Sheriff's Second Chance, will be released in January of 2020 and was the recipient of the 2018 TARA Award in the unpublished category series category. 

When she's not writing, she loves watching classic movies (preferably those with Cary Grant) or enjoying a cup of tea alongside a good book.
Visit Tanya at her website www.tanyaagler.com.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

"GENTLEMAN JIM"--from USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a swashbuckling tale of Regency era romance and revenge--a truly romantic story of love, longing, and loyalty (see my review)


Gentleman Jim

She couldn’t forget…

Wealthy squire’s daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it’s bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father’s estate, Nicholas is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nicholas escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nicholas never returns. A decade later, he’s long been presumed dead.

He wouldn’t forgive…

After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he’s on a mission to restore his family’s honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn’t reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She’s bold and beautiful—and entirely convinced he’s someone else.

As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain the other? Or with a little luck—and a lot of daring—will he find a way to have them both?

"Full to the brim of a passionate spirit that almost bursts from the pages...This is Mimi Matthews on Caffeine...This will charge your brain and light your heart...I freaking LOVE this book." -Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

"Equally passionate and powerful...Mimi Matthews proves once again that she is a master of historical fiction in Gentleman Jim." -Readers' Favorite
"One of the most highly anticipated books of the Fall historical romance lineup." -Austenprose
MY REVIEW:  "Gentleman Jim", from author Mimi Matthews, is a truly romantic story of love, longing, and loyalty. Set in Regency-Era England, this is the emotional tale of young sweethearts separated by the class system, long-simmering revenge, and a decade of heartbreak. Margaret "Maggie" Honeywell is the spirited daughter of a wealthy land owner. Expected to marry the son of landed gentry, Maggie's heart instead belongs to Nicholas Seaton, whose mother is a servant and whose father may be the infamous highway bandit, "Gentleman Jim". When Nicholas is unjustly accused of theft, Maggie helps him to escape, and he promises to come back for her one day. After ten years, with no word from Nicholas, Maggie has had much sadness to deal with, including her own serious illness. Her hopes and her heart are stirred with the arrival of John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare, a man of mystery with an agenda all his own. Maggie knows his eyes, and even though he would deny it, her very soul knows who he really is--but where has he been, and why did he not contact her? Will the power of a deep and true love be greater than a long-held need for retribution? Can secrets be uncovered and truths revealed to offer the chance for a future filled with happiness? Author Mimi Matthews has written a wonderful historical romance which brought me full circle back to the kind of love stories which enchanted me as a young reader moving forward into a new level of reading. Highly recommended.

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Mimi Matthews

Mimi Matthews 
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances. Her novels have received starred reviews from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"Almost Home for the Holidays: A sweet, funny, inspirational romance"--from author Carla Rossi--the perfect road trip: 2 strangers, 1 truck, and 1400 miles to fall in love (see my review)

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Almost Home for the Holidays

Yes, you can go home again...especially at Christmastime.

Detective Justin Hatcher and Cameron McAlister are in a hurry to leave North Carolina—for totally different reasons. He wants to confront his family in Cardinal Point, Texas about a five-year-old betrayal. She wants to escape the remnants of a failed marriage. Thrown together as unlikely and unexpected travel partners, their trip is filled with both dramatic and humorous situations along the road. But, with God's constant hand in their journey, Justin and Cameron may just discover that you can go home again--especially at Christmastime.

MY REVIEW: I really enjoyed "Almost Home for the Holidays"--it's a contemporary holiday romance that definitely has its heart-tugging moments, but it made me laugh out loud and lifted my spirits. Author Carla Rossi set a page-turning pace for this story, and I read it all in one sitting. Detective Justin Hatcher is about to tackle his toughest case yet--traveling from North Carolina back to his Cardinal Point, Texas homeplace to resolve old hurts and come face-to-face with the family he hasn't seen in five years. He hadn't expected to have a passenger along for the ride, but when a tearful young lady misses her bus and pleads with him for a ride, he can't say "no". Cameron McAlister feels the need to leave North Carolina behind when she learns her unstable ex-husband is being released from jail, and she hopes for a new start in Texas. A person of faith, Cameron senses that Justin is a good man--even if he acts like a grinch. Cameron is talkative--and quite inquisitive--and little by little, she and Justin get to know more about each other as Justin's truck eats up miles and miles of road. Their trip is filled with numerous unexpected twists and turns, including a growing sparks-fly attraction. The differences between them only make them more appealing to each other, but they both have many personal issues to overcome. As Cameron gains self-confidence, Justin's heart begins to thaw, and they each experience spiritual growth. Can love find a way to bring them together with hopes for a bright and shining future? If you are looking for a "feel good" inspirational holiday romance. then I highly recommend "Almost Home for the Holidays".

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Carla Rossi

Carla Rossi

Carla Rossi is a multi-published, award-winning author as well as an editor, cancer survivor, life-long musician, speaker, and writing teacher.
She has been writing romance for White Rose Publishing/Pelican Book Group and independently since 2007. Carla lives north of Houston with her husband. She has three grown children, two grandchildren, and two extremely helpful Maine Coon Muse Cats.


Friday, September 18, 2020

"Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure" and "Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China"--author Sherry Ellis' adventurous tales for young readers are fun and educational!

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Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure

An ancient Mayan civilization!

That's what Bubba and Squirt find when they travel through the mysterious vortex for another wild adventure. There they meet archeologists who are unearthing priceless artifacts.

But someone is stealing them. And an encounter with the Tate Duende awakens magic within Bubba. Throw in the mysterious Alux and a new discovery and things get sticky.

Will Bubba and Squirt solve the mystery, or will they be stuck forever in the jungles of Belize?

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Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China

You can’t dig a hole to China!

Squirt doesn’t believe Bubba can dig a hole to China. But when the hole swallows them, the kids find themselves in Xi’an, China, surrounded by Terracotta Warriors.

It gets worse when the ghost of the first emperor of China appears. He tells them they can’t go home until they find his missing pi. The kids don’t know where to begin until they meet a girl and her grandmother who promise to help find the pendant.

Soon they realize they are being followed. And they are no closer to finding the missing pi. Will Bubba and Squirt ever make it back home?


"...young readers may not even realize that they are learning while being entertained!" -TDC Book Reviews

"Fun, educational, captivating! This is a wonderful middle-grade story with plenty to captivate young readers." -Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, author
"This is a book that will entertain all ages...Children reading this book will be thoroughly entertained, but also tricked into becoming partially educated about other cultures!" -Kitty Cat at the Library

"...a fun-filled, fastpaced, and entertaining read." -Virginia Wright, author

"...introduces early readers to ancient China's Terracotta Warriors and more in theis well-researched tale." -Kerrie Hollihan, author 

"...A pulsating adventure with great appeal to young readers, cinematic and littered with humor." –Ruffina Oserio for Readers Favorite

Sherry Ellis
Sherry  Ellis 

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning children's author and freelance writer. Her published books include Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China, That Baby Woke Me Up AGAIN, That Mama is a Grouch, Ten Zany Birds, and Don't Feed the Elephant. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to being a writer, Sherry is also a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. She also enjoys hiking, bike riding, and SCUBA diving.



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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

"The Key to Love"--novelist Betsy St. Amant invites you to experience this sweet story of how love doesn't always look the way we expect--and maybe that's a good thing (see my review)


The Key to Love

The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she's created her own version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral--or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He's definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like the one her parents had, and that certainly will not include the love-scorned-and-therefore-love-scorning Gerard.

Just when it seems Bri's bakery is poised for unprecedented success, a series of events threaten not just her business but the pedestal she's kept her parents on all these years. Maybe Gerard is right about romance. Or maybe Bri's recipe just needs to be tweaked.

MY REVIEW: Sometimes, the best relationships start out in the worst way--the characters don't meet "cute"--they meet "snarly". Such is the case with "The Key to Love", from author Betsy St. Amant. In the little town of Story, Kansas, there exists a charmingly quaint French-inspired pastry shop called "The Pastry Puff". The shop is owned by Agnes and Mabel--two ladies of a certain age and attitude who are unrepentant matchmakers. Their baker--the creator of divine delicacies--is Abrielle "Bri" Duval. While Bri has recreated the famous Parisian "Love Lock Wall" (lovers declare their undying love by attaching a lock to the wall and throwing away the key) outside the sweet shop, she is decidedly somewhat sour on romance. Also disillusioned with lasting love is reporter Gerard Fortier, sent by his employer to do a story on the bake shop and the wall after they become a hit on social media. Bri and Gerald, each with their own personal issues, take an immediate dislike to each other, and their initial conversations consist of verbal sparring. However, they both have a lot at stake--Bri wants to eventually buy the bake shop, and Gerard wants to move ahead to more significant reporting assignments. They will have to work together, and learn to like each other, in order to reach both of their goals. Along the way, the sparks between them just might turn in a different direction--antagonism may turn to attraction. Are their differences too great and their life plans too different for love to have its way? Is there a chance for a sweet and happy future together? It will take a great leap of faith--and some heavenly guidance--but if Bri and Gerard put their hearts and heads together, they may just find "the key to love".

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"An absolutely delightful (and delicious!) romance by up-and-coming author Betsy St. Amant. (Warning: it'll make you hungry!)"--Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling author

"Wonderfully romantic and oozing with small-town charm, Betsy St. Amant's latest left me smiling from ear to ear. What a heart-warmer!"--Katie Ganshert, award-winning author of No One Ever Asked

"The Key to Love instantly had me chuckling. For you fans of charming bakeries, mischievous matchmakers, and wholesome love, you're going to love this! Best read with a plate of macarons by your side!"--Melissa Ferguson, author of The Dating Charade


Betsy St. Amant 

Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of fifteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her hubby, two total opposite young daughters, a collection of coffee mugs, and an impressive stash of Pickle Chips. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she's not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha (nonfat, no whip!). She blogs frequently at www.ibelieve.com, a devotional site for women. Visit her athttp://www.betsystamant.com  (also published under Betsy Ann St. Amant)  

"The Cookbook Club: A Novel of Food and Friendship"--New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison whips together a witty and charming--and delicious--story about the secrets we keep, the friends we make, and the food we cook--with recipes!


The Cookbook Club: A Novel of Food and Friendship

MUST LOVE BUTTER: The Cookbook Club is now open to members. Foodies come join us! No diets! No skipping dessert!

Margo Everson sees the call out for the cookbook club and knows she’s found her people. Recently dumped by her self-absorbed husband, who frankly isn’t much of a loss, she has little to show for her marriage but his ‘parting gift’—a dilapidated old farm house—and a collection of well-loved cookbooks

Aja Alexander just hopes her new-found friends won’t notice that that every time she looks at food, she gets queasy. It’s hard hiding a pregnancy, especially one she can’t bring herself to share with her wealthy boyfriend and his snooty mother.

Trista Walker left the cutthroat world of the law behind and decided her fate was to open a restaurant…not the most secure choice ever. But there she could she indulge her passion for creating delectable meals and make money at the same time.

The women bond immediately, but it’s not all popovers with melted brie and blackberry jam.  Margo’s farm house is about to fall down around her ears; Trista’s restaurant needs a makeover and rat-removal fast; and as for Aja, just how long can you hide a baby bump anyway?

In this delightful novel, these women form bonds that go beyond a love grilled garlic and soy sauce shrimp. Because what is more important in life than friendship…and food?



"Heartwarming and fun, The Cookbook Club celebrates food and female friendship with a side of sweet romance that affirms the simple joy of being with people you care about. This is the book I didn’t know I needed.” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go and The Coincidence of Coconut Cake)

"A delectable novel..." (Publishers Weekly)

“Harbison dazzles in her latest…Absolutely first-rate.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) for When in Doubt, Add Butter )

…Sure to appeal to fans of Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, and Emily Giffin. It’s a tasty dish of light, escapist reading.” (The Examiner.com for When in Doubt, Add Butter)

“As slick and enjoyable as a brand-new tube of lip gloss.” (People for Hope in a Jar)

“Enough heart…for beach readers and foot fetishists alike!” (Entertainment Weekly for Shoe Addicts Anonymous )

“I would happily recommend Shoe Addicts Anonymous to anyone who loves shoes…or smart, funny, realistic women enjoying each other’s friendship and the happiest of happy endings.”  (Jennifer Weiner for Shoe Addicts Anonymous)
Beth Harbison
Beth Harbison 
New York Times bestselling author Beth Harbison started cooking when she was eight years old, thanks to Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls. After graduating college, she worked full-time as a private chef in the DC area, and within three years she sold her first cookbook, The Bread Machine Baker. She published four cookbooks before moving on to writing women’s fiction, including the runaway bestseller Shoe Addicts Anonymous and When in Doubt, Add Butter. She lives in Palms Springs, California.