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QUICK NOTE...Update: 2/19/19

Still working through things. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and while the family is safe (pups, and parents), the house didn't fair as well. Baby steps back into the blogging world and started to grow, so you know, a post here, a post there, and away we go! Hope you stay along for the ride!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... FOREVER WILD by Allyson Charles - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!


Forever Wild
Forever Friends Book 3
by Allyson Charles

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Dax Cannon never says no to a challenge. But when he discovers a sexy stowaway in the back of his truck, he realizes Annelise Ansel might be more than he bargained for.
An artist, Lissa claims she’s leaving New Orleans for a fresh start in Michigan--which just happens to be where he’s headed with the pack of rescue dogs he’s delivering to the sanctuary he works for. But when three thugs threaten to take lovely Lissa off his hands, he realizes she’s in need of a sanctuary, too.
Once Lissa is riding shotgun with her long, lean protector, she’s wondering if fate might have something better in store for her than a life in hiding. But when her hijinks threaten to take down the best man she’s ever had the pleasure to run away with, Lissa realizes it’s time to face her demons. Now it’s up to the two of them to fight through the danger to discover the life—and love—waiting on the other side.


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Dax Cannon never thought trouble would appear in such an unassuming package. But with his vast experience in stirring it up or sniffing it out, he really should have known better.


She wore a paisley kerchief tank top, the triangle hem fluttering around her waist. Dax didn’t see her face as she hurried past, but the cascade of curls tumbling down her back was enough to capture his attention. They looked so soft, Dax’s palms itched to reach out and touch them. Her hair was a rich mahogany near the roots, growing lighter until the blond tips disappeared into the sunlight. Her bare, tawny arms were long and slender, and the tips of the fingers on her right hand were stained blue. She had a black backpack tossed over one shoulder, and it bounced off her pert behind with each step she took as she jaywalked across the street.


Reaching the other side, the woman stopped by two young boys tapdancing on the sidewalk, dug into her pocket, and tossed some bills into an upturned hat. One of the kids gave her a thumbs-up as he spun at


lightning speed.


Unbidden, Dax’s feet turned to follow. He stepped onto Decatur Street, and a mule brayed a foot from his left ear. Heart thumping, he leaped back onto the sidewalk.


He shook his head and patted the animal’s rump as it trotted past. “What a dumb ass,” he muttered, and he wasn’t talking about the mule. When the tourist carriage passed, the woman with the long curls was gone.


He sighed. Well, no matter. He wasn’t in New Orleans for a vacation. He’d left Crook County only two days ago. Two days, one thousand miles, four tanks of gas, and more fast-food restaurants than he could count. And now to make the return trip at the same exhausting pace. But the eight at-risk dogs he’d picked up from the local pound were heading to Forever Friends, the no-kill shelter he volunteered for in Michigan. They were safe, and that made the trip worth every headache.


A gust of wind rippled the green awning of Café du Monde. An elderly woman in front of the café grabbed for her scarf, but it blew off her shoulders. Caught in the breeze, it drifted up and up and wrapped itself around a light post.


Dax jogged over to her. “I’ll get that for you, ma’am. If you’ll just hold my bags …” He waited until she cupped the two bags of baked goods with wrinkled fingers.


She drew her eyebrows together. “It’s fifteen feet up, young man. You’ll never reach it.”


I love when someone says I can’t do something.” He shook out his arms and shot her a grin. “It makes it that much more satisfying when I succeed.” He winked and turned toward his target. The light post had a boxy base that rose two feet from the ground. The lip was an inch wider than the pole, plenty of space for a toehold. He ran for the light, jumped onto the base, and pushed off. He stretched his lanky six-foot-three frame and grabbed the pole close to the horizontal arm the scarf was wrapped around.


Hand over hand, he pulled himself up the last couple of feet and tugged the silk square free. He slid down the pole, hopped off, and presented the scarf to the woman with a flourish. “Madam.”


Several patrons from the café’s patio clapped, and Dax swept a low bow.


The woman handed him his bags and knotted the scarf around her neck. “Thank you for the dramatic rescue,” she said wryly.


Dax opened his mouth to respond, but a group of three beefy men knocked into him as they hurried down the sidewalk.


Dax staggered into the woman and threw out a hand to steady her. “Hey, watch it,” he shouted after the jerks. The men ignored him and quickened their pace.


The older woman sniffed. “People today. What are you going to do?”


He shrugged and waved goodbye. His irritation melted away before he’d crossed the street. It was hard to stay annoyed in the Big Easy. With its decadent food, sultry music, and beguiling women—Dax looked up and down Decatur but didn’t see any long curls—New Orleans didn’t allow a person to stay in a bad mood for long. Maybe he should take a real vacation down here sometime.







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Forever Found
Forever Friends #2


Head vet at the Forever Friends animal rescue shelter, Gabriel Moretti is known as the Dog Whisperer because of his gift for soothing rambunctious patients. But it’s the two-legged species that has him, and his libido, working overtime. Marla Popov single-handedly saved the shelter from financial ruin. But the bossy trust funder is even more irritating than her snooty Standard Poodle. You’d think keeping his attraction on a short leash would be a no-brainer for Gabe. Unfortunately, Marla is also smart, beautiful, and intriguing . . .

Most of her life, people have been eager to tell Marla just what she wants to hear. So now that she’s nearing forty, she doesn’t expect to be refused—especially by a sexy younger man like Gabe. She also doesn’t expect it to sting so much. But when she discovers a scheme involving illegal dog fights, she gets a chance to show what she’s truly made of. And as she and Gabe team up to fight it, they discover a surprising respect for each other—and passion that might just grow into love. . .

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Forever Home

Forever Friends #1

LOVE UNLEASHED
 
Isabelle Lopez has never been a dog person. Raising her daughter alone and building a real estate career leaves no time for four-legged furballs. When she finds an abandoned mutt and litter of pups in a foreclosed apartment, Izzy intends to drop them off at a shelter and walk briskly away. Instead, her “heroic” deed makes her a local celebrity. Her boss is thrilled. Commissions are up. And thanks to gorgeous shelter owner Bradley Cohen, Izzy’s disciplined life is suddenly much, much more complicated.
 
He’s got a sexy smile, a wicked sense of humor, and a big, noble heart. Even as Izzy tries to get her libido to heel, boy, Bradley sets out to convince her there’s more to life than padding her bank account. But Izzy knows a trade secret that puts Brad’s beloved shelter at risk, and she can’t warn him.
 
Their relationship was barely getting started; suddenly it’s in the dog house. Now Izzy and Brad need to figure out what matters most, and whether this could be much more than animal attraction…



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Allyson Charles lives in Northern California. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?). One of Allyson’s greatest disappointments is living in a state that doesn’t have any Cracker Barrels in it. To find out what she’s up to next, visit her website at allysoncharles.com.




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Saturday, June 15, 2019

RRR presents... THE BAOBAB BEACH RETREAT by Kate Frost - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources for a stop along their current tour featuring a Contemporary Romance that just SCREAMS summer reading must!  It's from author Kate Frost and is the first, though only at the moment, in the (hoped for!) Romantic Escape series, placing you in foreign lands for a heart stoking reading interlude.  So, if you're ready, let's see what this first story has to offer!  Ready...set....READ all about it...


The Baobab Beach Retreat
by
Kate Frost

About the book...
An ex-husband, two potential lovers, one reckless decision. Will Connie ever be happy in love?

When Connie Stone leaves behind a cheating husband and heartache in the UK for her aunt's beach retreat, the last thing she wants is for her life to once again be complicated by men.

Yet when her past follows her to Tanzania, her time to heal is short-lived and a selfish act shatters her hopes for a fresh start. An unexpected return to the UK reveals a long-hidden family secret that Connie has to deal with before she can decide the direction her life should take.

Getting over a broken heart was never going to be easy. Can Connie put the past to rest and find peace and love in a country far from home?







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About the author...


Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught life writing to creative writing undergraduates. She has eight books published, including her Greek and north Norfolk set series, The Butterfly Storm. The Baobab Beach Retreat is the first in what will be a series of foreign-set romances. Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, their five-year-old son (who still loves waking up before 5am), and their cute and chilled out Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.




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Friday, June 14, 2019

RRR presents... TO THE STARS AND BACK By Camilla Isley - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining Rachel's Random Resources to bring you a stop along their current tour featuring a Romantic Comedy that could have come straight from the tabloids...if you follow those or anything.  No, seriously!  It's like a fairy tale come true...for better or worse, with both the better and the worse, and it's all right here celebrating its BOOK BIRTHDAY with you today!  So, get ready to be starstruck...or not, depending on your level of enthusiasm when it comes to celebrities...but rest assured, you'll be entertained, and tempted to swoon, as we welcome today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...


First Comes Love, Book 4
by
Camilla Isley

About the book...
When Hollywood’s sexiest bachelor meets the girl next door their relationship doesn’t follow the script…

On-screen, Christian Slade is America’s favorite heartthrob. Off-screen, letting romance into his life isn’t as easy. The women he dates all seem to want a piece of his glamorous life rather than his heart, and trust doesn’t come easy for him.

Then along comes Lana. A beautiful rocket scientist who’s also sweet, smart, sexy, and has absolutely no idea who he is. But what will happen when she finds out?

Will their worlds prove too far apart or could love really be like in the movies?





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Imagine a world where celebrity news doesn't infiltrate your personal bubble.  A world where you're aware of your surroundings, but only on a larger scale...as in environmental causes, space phenomena, and friendships.  A world where you leave the smallest footprint possible, your cater to your curiously named cats, and love feels comfortable, if not always comforting.  Sounds somewhat perfect, right?  Well it was...until it wasn't...and that's how Lana finds herself in the closet of a hotel with a supposedly random hot guy, who actually cares why she's crying in a closet to begin with, who then whisks her away from the "scene of the crime" (boyfriend and best friend, now both FORMER, bulls***) in his environmentally friendly vehicle wearing a green peace hat (of course!)...and doesn't even know he's been voted "the sexiest man alive" several times over...oh, and he's a top ranking movie star.  Yep...some girls have all the luck.


Okay, so I don't envy Lana the HOW it all came to be, but come on...talk about all the luck!  Could you imagine?  I mean really, just try.  Grant it, I don't know as much as I use to about the wide ranging entertainment industry, but I'd like to think I'd recognize one in the flesh...or at least be suspicious enough about them to google them in passing.  Anywho, Lana's take on life is refreshing, if not somewhat hermit-like when it comes to social media outlets, but it makes her who she is...environmentally friendly ideals and all!  I love the fact that she has strong beliefs on how she affects the planet and strove to follow them while teaching not preaching to others.  I adored the fact that she was a strong woman with a good head on her shoulders and a brain she wasn't afraid to use (quite literally a ROCKET SCIENTIST!).  I enjoyed her innocence to the whole celebrity scene, as well as how well she took the paparazzi influx when it eventually made headlines.  I love that I knew what a Tesla was, have actually seen one in person, and could have probably taught Christian how to use it (even just in a truly basic sense!) because someone I work with actually has one themselves!  All these things and more endear her to us, and make her more human, a person of the here and now, not just a two dimensional figure.  As for Christian...

Honestly, he tries SO HARD... and that fact alone would make him a darling because it showed he truly cared about her.  The only thing I really blame him for was his reaction to THE BIG EVENT...definitely a bad choice there bro...but otherwise, he's a gem!  I mean, I'm not certain an actual celebrity of his stature in  real life would really be that kindhearted, generous, understanding, and an assortment of other terms one doesn't generally associate to THE STARS, but one can dream, right?  He reminds us that celebrities are human too, and prone to mistakes.  He also showed us though that dreams can come true...even if you never knew it was your dream in the first place.  Trust me, he'll be your next book boyfriend for a spell...and you won't even mind.  😉


In the end, it was a fun read filled with humor, heart, and love big enough to reach...to the stars and back.  Come for the title/cover (because really, they're so cute!), stay for the story, and come back for more because it's book four in the First Comes Love series, so there's three other ones to sink your bookish self into for a quick summer binge read.  Recommended read for Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit, and Romantic Comedy fans, in the older teen through adult age range.




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About the author...


Camilla [Isley] is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.





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Thursday, June 13, 2019

RABT presents... KNIGHTMARE ARCANIST by Shami Stovall - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're playing host to a stop along the RABT Book Tours & PR promotion featuring a NEW title COMING SOON to a bookstore/virtual shelf near you!  It's a work of Young Adult Fantasy and from the sound of things...should be rather interesting.  So, if you're ready, let's get to today's title in the spotlight...


by
Shami Stovall
YA Fantasy
Capital Station Books
RELEASE DATE:  June 18th 2019



About the book...
Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more. 

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

A fast-paced flintlock fantasy for those who enjoy How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, Unsouled (Cradle Series) by Will Wight, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.





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I threw down my sack of clothes. “Illia?” I trudged through the mud until I reached her side.
“Look!” She pointed.
I glanced up. A bright white creature sat perched on a crimson branch, sticking out like snow in the dead of summer. It wasn’t a squirrel—it appeared more like a ferret—with brilliant blue eyes and silver stripes down its back.
Illia got to her feet, her dress half-covered in brown grime. 
“Is that a mystical creature?” Lyell asked as he walked over. Well, he wasn’t really walking. He lifted his leg high with each step, making sure his foot came out of the thick water before moving forward. At one point his boot got sucked off his foot, and he struggled to find it with a sneer on his face. “I can’t believe it. A mystical creature here, of all places?”
“Hello,” Illia called up to the white ferret. “My name is Illia. What’s yours?”
The tiny creature, no bigger than my forearm, tilted its head from side to side. At first, I didn’t think it would respond. Then it rubbed at its face like only rodents could and replied, “Are human parents trying to kill off their children through negligence nowadays? You three really shouldn’t be here unsupervised.”
Although he spoke with an air of sophistication, his squeaky little voice made it hard to take anything he had to say seriously. I stifled a laugh. 
“Volke and I are adults,” Illia said. “But not Lyell. He was just going home. Right, Lyell?”
“What?” Lyell said once he reached us. “Why would I go home now? Do you see that? It’s a mystical creature! In the flesh!”
“Yeah. Maybe you should hurry home and report it to your father.”
“What? N-no!” He straightened himself and then glanced up at the ferret. “Bond with me, creature. I’m a member of the Ren family. I’m educated, talented, and my brother is already an arcanist.”
“I won’t bond with a child,” the ferret said.
“What? But—”
The ferret shook his head. “No exceptions.”
It didn’t surprise me. Mystical creatures became more like the person they bonded to, and children often haven’t grown into their true selves yet. Plus, no one wanted to become immature or childish, so most mystical creatures waited to bond with individuals only after their coming of age. Lyell still had a couple years to go.
Knowing the ferret wouldn’t bond with him also sent a flood of relief through my body. The last thing I wanted was to lose another arcanist opportunity to the Ren family. 
“I want to bond with you,” Illia said, completely ignoring Lyell’s incredulous look. “I think we would be perfect together.”
The ivory ferret rubbed at his nose. “Bond with you, huh?”
“That’s right.”
“Hm. I see.” He bounded to the edge of the branch and hopped up and down. “While I want nothing more than to leave this wretched mire, I can’t just bond with any ol’ random person.”
Illia glanced around and then cocked her good eyebrow. “Well, I’m not just anyone. I’m the talented individual who discovered your whereabouts. I’m your rescuer.”
The ferret chirped as he hopped. But then he stopped and stroked his tiny chin with one of his paws. “I suppose you did find me. Though, to be fair, I was heading out of the mire myself. Finding me doesn’t prove much. Oh, I know! We’ll have a ceremony of worth. It’s only proper, after all. You have to prove yourself to me.”
“Anything,” Illia replied.
The ferret bounded across the branch again, his run a mix of jumping and scurrying. Then he stopped at the far end of the limb—the closest he could get to Illia, though he was still three feet above her head—and he stared down with a rodent smile.
“But how shall I determine your worth?” he asked. “I don’t want to watch you parade around in the mud. Physical feats aren’t as impressive to me as wits and cunning. Oh! I have an idea. We should have a contest of character. You should impress me with tales of your past.”



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About the author...


Shami Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and history professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrillers to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Silver Dagger Book Tours presents... THE POSSESSION CHRONICLES by Carrie Dalby - EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!


Perilous Confessions
The Possession Chronicles Book 1
by Carrie Dalby

Genre: Supernatural Southern Gothic Family Saga 

Their love brought scandal and demons.



Lucy Easton, an aspiring novelist, will do anything to help boost her chances at publication—including betraying her family. But when she crosses paths with the charismatic Alexander Melling, her aspiration for success pales in comparison to the attraction she feels towards him.


Alexander is a young lawyer from a powerful family, striving to free himself from his father’s shadow. The more time he spends with Lucy, the more desperate he becomes to shed the secrets of his past—a past which can destroy the both himself and the woman he’s falling in love with.

While Alexander struggles with his past sins, Lucy must decide whether loving him is worth risking her own safety…and her heart.

From gossip magazines to gleaming Mardi Gras balls, Lucy and Alex navigate the Edwardian era in the Deep South with both passion and guilt.





Lucy knelt and stood throughout Mass, but her heart and mind were set on one person and it wasn’t the Lord. Toward the end of the service, she removed her notepad and pen from her reticule, quickly fingering Alexander’s handkerchief tucked inside. As reverent as possible, she made her way to the portico.

Taking notes on my church attending habits?” Alexander, dressed in a smart grey suit with a coordinating derby, stepped out from between two of the monstrous Doric columns that flanked the front of the cathedral.

More like the lack thereof.” Lucy returned her items into her pouch and accepted Alexander’s arm.

I was there, Lucy.” As they descended the steps, the smell of his sandalwood soap wafted over her like the first smell of peppermint at Christmas—delicious and invigorating. “I sat a few rows back, making sure you prayed when prompted, but I left twice as early to avoid any suspicion of us leaving together.”

They exited the wrought iron gate that enclosed the church yard and paused on the sidewalk.

And just how discreet is strolling through town?”

It’ll take the congregation a little while to catch up with our activities.” Alexander winked. “Would you like me to walk you all the way home or bring you to my house where we can pick up an automobile?”

I’m fine with the two mile walk. It’ll give us more time together, though I’m sorry we live so far out of the way. My parents wanted a bigger lot than those in the city for all of us to run around freely when we were young. But don’t worry about me, I planned ahead.” She stuck the toe of one of her sensible black boots out from the hem of her dress.

I’m pleased to know you aren’t a slave to fashion.” They went around The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and headed west on the paved sidewalk on Dauphin Street.

When dealing with clothes passed down from three sisters from the previous century, it’s difficult to be picky.”

You always manage to look beautiful, though I’ve often wondered why you don’t wear gloves like other ladies. Did your sisters wear them all out?”

Lucy’s laughter rang like a silver bell. “I have several new pairs, but my mother gave up trying to force me to wear them when I turned eighteen. I need my fingers free to hold my pen.”

Alexander smiled. “There’s nothing less personal than the touch of a gloved hand. I liked being able to feel you last night.” He placed his right hand on top of hers on his arm, allowing his fingers to briefly intertwine with hers. “I love how you shirk societal regulations, going to church gloveless and wearing old boots under a fine dress. Things like that shouldn’t matter, though they are often all that are discussed by women in your social circle.”

My circle is smaller than most.”

And that’s just the thing! It’s refreshing to see that you don’t fill your life with hollow relationships and cram your calendar with worthless events. Lucy, I’m honored you allowed my foot in the door of your cozy life.”

If they weren’t walking down the sidewalk midday, she would’ve kissed him. As it was, she waited until they passed another couple walking toward them, Alexander tipping his hat and nodding to them.

Your whole self is invited into my world, Alexander,” she whispered.

A mischievous smile lit his face as Lucy gave him a look that communicated she wanted more of the passion he’d spoken to her about. He brushed his thumb over her cheek. “Soon.”



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Murmurs of Evil
The Possession Chronicles Book 2
by Carrie Dalby

Genre: Supernatural Southern Gothic Family Saga 

During the spring of 1906, Magdalene Jones is hired to be a companion to Ruth Melling at Seacliff Cottage, the Mellings' second home on Mobile Bay. Magdalene's simple country upbringing is no match for high society banter and a manor hour infested with demonic activity. Alexander, the Mellings' bachelor son, and Magdalene find themselves oppressed by demons playing upon their lusts. Claudio De Fiore--a young Italian deacon training to become a priest--and newly arrived from Scotland, Douglas Campbell, seek to protect Magdalene from the evil within the walls but they themselves might be part of the trouble.




Carrie Dalby, a California native, has lived in Mobile, Alabama, since 1996. She’s published several non-fiction articles in national and international magazines, served two terms as president of Mobile Writers Guild, worked as the Mobile area Local Liaison for SCBWI from 2012-2017, and volunteers with Metro Mobile Literacy Council’s annual Young Author events whenever possible. When Carrie’s not reading, writing, browsing bookstores/libraries, or homeschooling, she can often be found knitting or attending concerts.
Carrie’s two young adult novels are Fortitude(historical) and Corroded (contemporary). Fortitude is listed as a “Best History Book for kids” with Grateful American Foundation for its historical accuracy and being an engaging read for fifth through tenth graders.
Her current project is a historical Gothic family saga for adults, The Possession Chronicles. The first book in the series, Perilous Confessions, released in January 2019 from Bienvenue Press and the second book, Murmurs of Evil releases June 11, 2019.





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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

TLC Book Tours presents... THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT by Susan Mallery - REVIEW!

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We're back as promised with PART TWO of the TLC Book Tours TWO PART TOUR featuring today's BOOK BIRTHDAY celebrant author Susan Mallery and her latest release via HQN!  I gotta say, I'm actually JUST coming off my reading high of this very book (it was a late arrival in my mailbox, eh...it happens!), and I'm SO EXCITED to be sharing my adventure through the pages with you.  If it's not already on your radar, you might want to make room on your summer reading list STAT because really, you don't want to miss this!  So please join me as we welcome today's blog tour guest and book of choice...


by
Susan Mallery
9781335008244
HQN

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41452250-the-summer-of-sunshine-and-margot?from_search=true

About the book...
The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny…

As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she’s never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame—and notoriety—through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec’s stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in?

Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be “that girl” again. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

Master storyteller Susan Mallery weaves threads of family drama, humor, romance and a wish-you-were-there setting into one of the most satisfying books of the year!





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Honestly, from the moment I turned to page one and began reading, I was totally on board with this one, from story to character.  The sisters are so different, yet intensely connected. Though they share their family history, each of their stories is unique to them and just as enthralling.  They are alike in some fashions, but not in all...and that's okay! Fraternal twins or not, they are individuals! Seeing life from both their perspectives was entertaining, and so emotional.

Sunshine has always been able to attract the boys, and while that was fine in the moment, it led to some disastrous decisions, and quite frankly, she finally wants more than that. I couldn't have applauded her efforts any louder, nor laughed any harder at how she spurned some of the unwanted attention.  (You go girl!) I was really rooting for her to get all she wanted...and though it hurt to witness the fallout of her past making itself known in her present, it was a growth moment and she did well accepting it without letting it completely tear her down.  The moment things finally clicked for her, I was so happy I could burst because really, it could have went a completely different way and although we would have been happy, it wouldn't have been the same happy.  *ahem*  Sorry, not doing spoilers here...moving on...


Margot has always been ambitious and beautiful, just not in the way her grandmother would have wanted (beauty queen trainer...and Margot had a penchant for projectile vomiting in public speaking situations), but even she needs a break from her past...DESPERATELY...with it, time to perhaps fall for someone new.  That's right, the beautiful yet somehow unapproachable sister has a stalker of sorts, or in this case a boyfriend that isn't good for her, to her, or does anything complimentary to her sense of being...yet still keeps showing up like a bad penny...and love being blind, Margot made her own bad decisions when it came to him.  Seeing her let her hair down , figuratively and literally, was refreshing, and again, despite the pitfalls of her current job, I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome of things on a professional and personal level.  She deserved a shot at true happiness, and well....you'll see how that comes to pass.


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In the end, it was such a good story! I adored the sisters, the potential love interests (LOVE!), Bianca (what a hoot!), Connor (such a sweetie), and the rest of the bit players too! While a great summer read to pass the sunny days, it has so much more depth to it as well.  It's about growing up, or rather into the person we want to be, accepting our past, and looking forward to tomorrow. It's about letting love in, and giving second chances when deserved.    It's about not settling for less than we deserve, striving for our dreams, and not being afraid to ask for help in achieving them.  Really and truly, it's cemented its way into being one of my favorites of this author's lengthy published title list...and I couldn't be happier for it.





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About the author...


#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.  Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.





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Special thanks to TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as Harlequin Books for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  REMEMBER, this is part two of the two part tour so get to clicking to catch all the excerpts from part one AND follow along the rest of this leg for more bookish fun!




Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!



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