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4/23/14

Theresa Marguerite Hewitt




Two Weeks With a SEAL
Book 1
Wakefield Romance Series

Her life isn't glamorous, but Rhea Griggs does her best.
In her small town of Wakefield, Virginia she lives the life she has been given, but loving your older brother's best friend is always a gamble. For Rhea, it's an unspoken truth.
Chad Payne is a sailor, a SEAL, and he loves his job, but the danger and unknowing is starting to weigh on his heart and soul. He's ready to settle down, but confessing his love for his best friend's little sister is easier said than done.
When heartbreak and loss find Rhea, Chad knows it's now or never.
Is two weeks enough for them to share the love of a lifetime? To mend two hearts into one? Can Rhea handle what comes with loving a SEAL?

Contains rowdy country fun, heart warming love and one heart wrenching farewell that will leave you speechless.









Coming Home
Book 2
Wakefield Romance Series

In the sequel to "Two Weeks With a SEAL" we find Rhea left behind by Chad's deployment. When she's faced with a surprising obstacle, she misses him more as every day passes. Her friendship with fellow SEAL wife, Rosa, grows and they lean on one another for support. Chad wants to protect his brothers and loves his job, but he's ready to be a civilian again and to be home with the love of his life. Can he keep himself and his brothers safe long enough to get home to Rhea? Will trusting someone who hurt her and believing that they can turn over a new leaf cost Rhea everything? Book 2 is filled with happy surprises, devious rednecks, tearful conversations and one heart pounding event that will cause you to scream.










All the digital profits from the Amazon sales of the Wakefield Series is donated to Military based Charities



4/22/14

Cover reveal for book 2 in the White Alpha Series: Retraining an Alpha by Julie Ramsey

Book one!!


Here is the cover reveal for book 2

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Looking forward to everyone reading it!
I am hoping to have it out with in the next month!

Julie Ramsey

4/21/14

Julie Ramsey talks about The Wild Bone The White Alpha of Monroe


 


               The Wild Bone brings us to the town of Monroe, Michigan. Yes, it is a real place but all the characters are fiction. In this reality, werewolves, witches, vampires and paranormal creatures not only exist but are known by humans. The paranormal beings here are full citizens and have rights just as any human. But just as there is discrimination between races, religions, colors, creeds, rich and poor, there is discrimination against the paranormal's as well.  In the start of book one, The Wild Bone: The White Alpha of Monroe, Sally has lost her mother to cancer. After a month of morning, her two best friends Cathy and Hector take her for a night on the town. They have made the decision to take her to a bar for dancing at The Wild Bone. Soon after arriving they notice some strange things. They find out it is a werewolf bar and they get out of the bar just as the others in the bar start to shift. As they run for there lives they become separated.  Sally gets home only to be confronted by a man. He is tall, dark and she knows he is a werewolf. The encounter between the two is something she never forgets.
          After six years Sally meets the man again. And this is where the truly story begins. Sally, Hector and Cathy get thrown into the Monroe werewolf pack. Chaos is never far behind and the trouble is just beginning for this group and the pack.

Come check out this novella and join us in the Monroe pack.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Bone-White-Monroe-ebook/dp/B00IFD8O3E/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/411877

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wild-bone-julie-ramsey/1118904025?ean=2940045755672

The book is only .99 cents. Great deal for a fun fast read. Book two is almost done and I am hoping to have it out in the next month or so. I am looking forward to seeing more great reviews.  If you would like to talk to me and get the latest updates for book 2 you can find me at:

 https://www.facebook.com/julieramseyauthor
or @djjramsey on twitter
I also run the blog Julies Book Review
juliesbookreview.blogspot.com

Looking forward to hearing form you,
Julie Ramsey



Review of Only For You by Tista Ray

Only For You
by
Tista Ray
 
It is said that people’s lives are tales of two great journeys - the pursuit of happiness and the search for true love.

Edward seems to have achieved one of these ultimate goals by falling in love with Daisy.

But in his quest for true love, will he be willing to let go of his one special friend, and perhaps, sacrifice his chance for happiness?

If there’s a choice between love and friendship, will Edward sacrifice one for the other? Will he be able to live with his choice and never ask himself what if he chose the other?

Enjoyable read..A little slow in the middle but the closer I got to the end, the more I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the characters & the story line.. The ending was different but very surprising. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'd love to read more.

I rate this book 4 stars
Jennifer

Review of Spellbound by Jennifer Adele

Spellbound
Jennifer Adele

Vera is a 16 year old that is lonely. . . . she befriends Lillian, an elderly neighbor of Vera's grandmother.  Lillian and Vera create a close relationship.  Vera loves everything about Lillian, her house, her garden and more than anything a large oak tree that grows in the middle of the garden. Life is grand till Lillian dies, then Vera's world is turned upside down.

Things changed the day Lillian died, a darkness fell over Vera. She was lost and lonely once again. Then things once again changed. . . .  Elizabeth, Lillian's sister moves in. Elizabeth is not a friendly person and shows no interest in knowing Vera. Elizabeth is totally opposite of Lillian. She becomes a mystery to Vera. Wanting to know more about her, she starts spying on her, on a dark rainy, stormy night Vera witnesses her tree being chopped down. The old oak tree, Vera's favorite and most loved part of Lillian. WHY ?? After this night dreams haunted Lillian. Nightmares that haunt her for years till she has an encounter with Elizabeth then they stop.

Vera goes on to college then moves back to home town. Her and friend Misty open a coffee shop. She moves in with her brother, who now owns their grandmothers house. Vera waste no time and is again obsessed with the house next door. Elizabeth has since died, but something is still calling to Vera. Vera is soon caught up in a whirlwind of love, magic and ghostly encounters.

WOW ! What a great powerful read ! Jennifer did not waste or miss a beat with this novel. I found the characters colorful and so easy to fall in love with. The story has so much mystery that I found myself guessing till the last page. . . .

5 spell bounding stars !
Wende

review of After Midnight Black Phoenix #1 by Sarah Grimm

After Midnight
Black Phoenix #1
by
Sarah Grimm
 
Thirteen years — that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal — one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?
 
Great book.  I loved the characters & the story line.. I was so wrapped up in the story I found myself crying and cheering with the characters like I knew them personally. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'd love to read more.
 
I rate this book 4 stars
Jennifer

4/20/14

Monique McDonell

A Fair Exchange

Who hasn’t wondered about their first love? What happened? What went wrong? Where are they now?
What if you got a second chance?
Amelia Armstrong is about to find out. What a shame her long-lost love, Matt,  has returned  (looking way too good and acting way too sweet) when her life is a shambles and she has finally decided once and for all to put herself and not whichever man is currently in her life, first.
How do you balance that desire to recapture that loving feeling with the need to finally be the best version of yourself? What if this really is the one, how do you choose when to stand your ground and when to cut your losses?  Amelia takes a journey from Sydney to New York and back again trying to find the answers while negotiating with pop-divas, ex-lovers, crazy teenagers, a well-meaning cousin and the tabloids.
A Fair Exchange is a story about being a grown up when, maybe, you’d much rather be sixteen again.

 Excerpt

It was not as if he was the first one to mention it. In the past week everyone who had entered my apartment had commented on the shiny new Vespa parked in the middle of the otherwise empty living room. In fact, each and every one of them had imaginatively said “Amelia you have a red Vespa parked in your living room!”  And they all said it in a tone that implied I might not have noticed, as if it may have magically appeared there.
How could I not notice a vehicle parked in what was otherwise an empty room?
What amazed me was that the Vespa was what they chose to comment on.

Not that Nick had dumped me, after ten years, for a twenty-one year-old. Nor that he had moved out, taking basically all the furniture and leaving me with a great view over the beach and an enormous mortgage.

No one even commented about the fact that I, in turn, had quit the fabulous job that had always meant way too much to me.

No, they commented on the Vespa.

What I could not understand though was why it hadn’t bothered me until right then, when Matthew Blue commented. And when he did comment, why had I collapsed into this embarrassing sea of tears?

How had this happened? How had I become this sobbing pathetic figure of womanhood?  And more importantly how had I ended up thirty-six and alone?

Didn’t I used to have so much potential? Everyone had said so, hadn’t they?

“Amelia Armstrong is something special.”

I was one of those shiny young girls who took risks and dreamed big. I was one of the smart ones who knew what she wanted and went after it. I was one to watch.

If I hadn’t been that kind of a girl I would never have met Matthew all those years ago. A different girl would not have found herself, on the other side of the world, at sixteen, staring into his dark and dreamy eyes.

So where was that girl right now, I wanted to know? And how had a girl with so much potential gotten it so horribly wrong?


About the author – Monique McDonell


I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romance. I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter, and despite my dog phobia, with a dog called Skip.

I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations I didn't write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)

When I began to write again I noticed a trend - writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.
I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for eight years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.
A Fair Exchange is the fifth novel I have released in the last two years.
To learn more about Monique McDonell and her upcoming books please visit her at www.moniquemcdonell.com.au

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4/19/14

Monique McDonell

Good morning and welcome to JBR.  Today we have Monique McDonell with us.                                                                                                                                                                                         

First why don't you tell us a little about yourself?


I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romance. I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter, and despite my dog phobia, with a dog called Skip.

I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations I didn't write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)

When I began to write again I noticed a trend - writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since.
I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for eight years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.

Newest release?

My newest release is A Fair Exchange.
Who hasn’t wondered about their first love? What happened? What went wrong? Where are they now?
What if you got a second chance?
Amelia Armstrong is about to find out. What a shame her long-lost love, Matt,  has returned  (looking way too good and acting way too sweet) when her life is a shambles and she has finally decided once and for all to put herself and not whichever man is currently in her life, first.
How do you balance that desire to recapture that loving feeling with the need to finally be the best version of yourself? What if this really is the one, how do you choose when to stand your ground and when to cut your losses?  Amelia takes a journey from Sydney to New York and back again trying to find the answers while negotiating with pop-divas, ex-lovers, crazy teenagers, a well-meaning cousin and the tabloids.
A Fair Exchange is a story about being a grown up when, maybe, you’d much rather be sixteen again.

 
What can we expect from your stories, action, drama, romance, sex, blood and guts?

My novels are a mix of chicklit and romantic comedy. There is definitely romance but there’s also laughter and friendship and usually some whacky relatives along for the ride as well.

Do you have a favorite character in your stories? Who? and Why?

In A Fair Exchange, Matt, the main male character is my favourite. He’s a nice hardworking guy who really tries to do the right thing but he’s been burned by love and women. He’s an optimist at heart and I really like that about him. Also he’s pretty cute.
 
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

Amelia the main character in A Fair Exchange was an exchange student from Australia to Massachusetts in her teens and that experience is one we share. I was lucky enough to spend a year living in America, going to a US High School and experiencing a very different way of life from mine in Sydney.

Has there been any other authors who have inspired your work or helped you out with your stories?

I have been really lucky to have lots of wonderful people support my writing efforts. I‘ve been in a writing group for eight years and some of the members are now published. Pamela Cook, who writes rural women’s fiction is one of my closest friends and reads all my work. Early on author Ber Carroll also gave me a lot of help and advice.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

The best thing readers can do is leave positive reviews for authors. That’s an immediate thing they can do to help. I still don’t think there’s anything better than word of mouth and personal recommendation so tell a friend or tweet about the book, if that’s your thing.
 
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

I think my advice for readers is to make the most of the whole digital age to try new authors and new genres and see if there are things out there you might not have known about that you’ll love. I think this is an exciting time for books because there are so many stories being published and so many fascinating genres and sub-genres available.
 
Do you have a favorite author? If yes, what draws you to that person’s work?

I really don’t have one favourite. I read lots of romance, chicklit and literary fiction. I do like books with a sense of humour so I like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and books along those lines.  Life can be very serious so a touch of whimsy is nice. I will say covers are a big factor in book decisions for me, even if that makes me shallow, the eye is drawn to what it likes.

Can you remember one of the first things you wrote? What makes it memorable?

I wrote a poem about a kookaburra that got published in the children’s section of the Sunday paper when I was 10. It was my first published work so that makes it pretty special. They paid me $10.
 
Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your work?

It’s a funny thing but I always see the main character in my novel in the instance that becomes the opening of the book. It’s as if I have a vision of a new friend and then I write her story to learn all about her. It sounds a bit loopy but it works for me.

Do you have any other interesting hobbies, pets or stories you would like to share?

I love to cook and I have a cooking blog but it’s a bit neglected at the moment as I’ve been so busy with writing but I have promised myself April is the month I’ll get on that again. (http://mysydneykitchen.blogspot.com.au/) Travel is my hobby. I have an uncanny gift for getting great deals and finding great places. I actually help friends now, booking their trips and planning their itineraries. Apart from that I’m lucky that I live in a part of Sydney where I have many beaches within a few minutes from home so lots of my life focusses on beach activity. I love to write at beachside cafes with a nice cup of coffee.

Favorite places to travel or visit?

Travel, I love to travel. I have just come back from the Whitsundays (Great Barrier Reef) where I was cruising around on a boat with my husband. Very fun. Last year I was lucky enough to go to LA for a week where I visited friends and did some research for an upcoming novel, and then I met my family in Hawaii on the way home. A perfect vacation!


Thank you for visiting.  We look forward to hearing more tomorrow. 


Julie Ramsey & Theresa Needham Fehse 


And the Review team

4/18/14

Victoria Barbour

Yesterday I featured a guest post from contemporary romance author Victoria Barbour. Today, I’d like to share some information on the fourth book in her series, 21st Century Rake

This is Victoria’s take on a modern-day regency romance. She’s taken a character that’s appeared in all of her Heart’s Ease novels, and given readers a glimpse into his soul. Asher Corbin is a rock superstar. He’s known the world over for his wild antics and tumultuous love life. Yet when he meets sweet and smart Grace Nolan, his world is knocked upside down.

What makes this novel different is that Barbour has taken a popular romance trope and given it a twist with her regency-inspired take. For readers who normally read only historicals, perhaps this novel will tempt you to give contemporary romance a try. 

Here’s the official blurb for 21st Century Rake by Victoria Barbour.

Rock superstar Asher Corbin is back in Heart's Ease. And he's not alone. This time he's brought the entire cast and crew for his upcoming film debut to the small town for a retreat back in time to the Regency period. 
Grace Nolan is thrilled to go to an honest-to-goodness Regency ball. But there she finds herself at the mercy of her deepest fantasy: a scandalous rake fresh out of the pages of her favourite historical romances.
When Grace claims not to recognize the dashing celebrity, Asher seizes the opportunity to step out of his persona and explore life out of the spotlight. But when she finds out his secret, her response plunges them into a game of seduction neither had expected to find. 

You can find all of Victoria’s Heart’s Ease series on Amazon, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. Plus, the first book in the series, Against Her Rules is ON SALE for .99 until April 18




4/17/14

Victoria Barbour



Today I’m happy to feature a guest blog by contemporary romance author, Victoria Barbour. Victoria writes a charmingly witty series of novels set in the fictional community of Heart’s Ease, nestled along the windswept coast of Newfoundland (an island on Canada’s East Coast.) In this post, Victoria shares with us why she chose this location for her setting. 

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Romancing the Rock

First, a big thanks to Julie for inviting me to be on this fantastic blog. I really appreciate it. 

When I was in my twenties and living in other parts of Canada, there was nothing I enjoyed more than bringing my friends home to Newfoundland. I couldn't wait to show the place off with visits to George Street (hot Nfld guys), Cape Spear (the most easterly point in North America) and Signal Hill (great for parking with the boys you meet on George St.) What I loved more than anything was that those friends fell in love with Newfoundland too. 
When I started writing romance, I couldn't imagine a better setting for my stories. There's such a mix of urban and rural cultures, and I love the juxtaposition between the two. Over the years I've submitted to traditional publishers and received the subsequent rejection letters. I often wondered if it was the location. I even thought about changing it, but in the end, I know who I am as a writer. I'm a Newfoundlander, and for me, the greatest compliment I think a reader could ever give me is to feel compelled to learn more about this awesome rock in the sea. That's why I decided to self-publish Against Her Rules, and the following three novels in my Heart’s Ease series. This series simply wouldn't be the story it is if it were set anywhere else. 
I believe without great characters, especially the supporting cast, and a setting ripe for romance, a novel just can't flow. One of the most interesting things that's happened since publishing my series is the feedback from my fellow Newfoundlanders. They're surprised they are enjoying romance novels set here. I guess if you live in a place you can't always see the beauty. I sometimes wonder if I hadn't lived away for so much of my adult years if I would see it myself? But I'm so glad I do. 
I’d like to share with you one of my favourite passages in Against Her Rules. It has nothing to do with the romance—it's the reaction my hero, Cam, has when he first spots the Heart's Ease Inn. Here's an excerpt: 
At first glance you’d think this was a desolate place. Its isolation and the sparse landscape made you think of loneliness. But then subtle things stood out. The blue jays fighting over seeds in a feeder shaped like the sun. Crisp white sheets flapping in the air, despite the mist, the clothesline dancing in the wind. Even the way all the tips of the small juniper trees pointed in the same direction.

Looking toward the water, the view was breathtaking. White caps formed on the waves, and still he could see gulls riding them out with ease, as if this was their own personal surfer's nirvana.
Shutting off the engine, he stepped out and took a deep breath. The wet, cool air filled his lungs. He smiled. This might be a good project after all.

If you’d like to read more, this is the perfect time to take a chance on Against Her Rules. It’s currently on sale for .99 on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Nook. 

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Twitter: @vickibarabour






















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