lunedì 30 novembre 2015

COVER REVEAL: Divine Conspiracy by Rose Hudson


 


Title: Divine Conspiracy

Author: Rose Hudson

Series: The Divine Series #1 

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: March 1, 2016

 Cover Design: CT Cover Creations

Photographer: Eric David Battershell

Model: Chase Bergner  



Before moving to southern Alabama, and before realizing my daughter was getting older and my life, devoted solely to her and my career, was in desperate need of change...I would've said that fate was a myth. Opening up to the possibility of needing more and admitting that loving someone could be worth risking my heart for capture, the chance I was taking only became clear after one look into his eyes...

I left that life behind and became a different man. One vigilant to keep others at arms length. One incapable of love. Letting someone in could prove dangerous, and could resurrect a past capable of killing us both. So why, after years of indifference to women or the possibility of more than a one night stand, would one look from her make me want to change it all..

Two souls lost to their pasts
Brought together by chance...
Torn apart by destiny...






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Rose is a born and bred southern girl. She lives on her husband's family farm with their 3 children, in-laws (in separate houses of course ;), lots of cows, 10 barn cats, 4 yard dogs, Starbaby the horse and Honky Tonk the donkey.

When she isn't chasing wild kids or at the dirt track watching Stock Cars and Go Karts race, she is probably reading, writing, or recording.

Divine Conspiracy is the first release of three in her The Divine Series. Follow her on any of her social media pages to stay up to date with future release dates! She welcomes emails or messages, and looks forward to hearing from you!


NEW RELEASE: A Different Christmas by CM Doporto


TITLE: A Different Christmas

AUTHOR: CM Doporto

SERIES: University Park #5

PUBLICATION:November 30th 2015 by CM Doporto Books







The final chapters in Raven and Lexi’s epic love story that began with Opposing Sides.
Having been through hell and back, Raven and Lexi beat the odds stacked against them and came out on the winning side together. For the past several months, Raven’s been working hard to show Lexi he can be the husband she deserves and the father their soon-to-be born twins need. But playing pro-football is proving to be more challenging than they thought.
As the weeks pass and her due date nears, old demons resurface, threatening to destroy what they’ve worked hard to rebuild. The birth of their twins reminds them despite long practice sessions, football games, and the holidays, what’s most important is the greatest gift of all: love.
STANDALONE but it's recommended you read the series.

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venerdì 27 novembre 2015

REVIEW: Loving Liam by Gloria Herrmann




TITLE: Loving Liam

AUTHOR: Gloria Herrmann

SERIES: The Cloverleaf #1

PUBLICATION: October 1st 2015 by Limitless Publishing

MY RATING: 4 STARS ****




Rachel Montgomery's family doesn't think she can change-but she's going to prove them wrong...
What could be more out of character for overly-cautious Rachel than moving sight unseen to the small town of Birch Valley to become the principal of the town's only elementary school? When she arrives late on her first day, she realizes no one was expecting her, leading to conflict with the staff-and particularly with one handsome, emerald-eyed fourth grade teacher.
Liam O'Brien's life is simple and easygoing, just the way he likes it-until he shows up for school following the holiday break...
Not only is his new boss the rude woman who stole his parking spot, she's highly motivated to switch things up in his very traditional school, and Liam is not a fan of change. His inexplicable attraction to the petite blonde complicates matters, as Rachel is adamant that she didn't move all the way to Birch Valley to get involved in any kind of romance.
But as conflicts are resolved, family ties might draw Liam and Rachel together...





A sweet romance to read under a blanket, with a hot tea or chocolate.
I loved how the author brings to life characters apparently perfect, but far from being that.
Rachel has a very rich family, money are not her problem. But when it comes to family relationships, her life is a complete mess. A father, a plastic surgeon, that judges people only on face-value, a mother busy to maintain high-society friendships and a brother far away building his own career. Her family does not understand why she wants to work in school and why she accepted a job opportunity as principal in the little school of Birch Valley, in a place so much different from California.
Rachel is a strong and determined woman, she knows what is valuable in her life: a good job she loves, her  best  friend Chelsea, find her true love. Money are not in the equation.
Liam is a teacher in the little school of Birch Valley. He is hot, sexy, sweet and he loves teaching to his little students and they adore him. Liam is a stubborn guy, with a big heart. Also his family seems to be perfect, the typical American happy family. His mother is always smiling, she’s sweet and caring. His father and grandpa are funny and wise. All that glitters ain't gold. His brother Patrick is a widower, left alone to grow up his twin boys only three years old. His sister Meggie lives in Seattle and is facing a very rough moment in her marriage.
When Rachel and Liam met, the chemistry is undeniable. What you expected to explode in a relationship is complicated by conflicts and fears. Rachel thinks too much, and sometimes it seems that there is more action and dialogue between her and her best friend Chelsea than with Liam, and that her connection with Liam’s family seems deeper than with him.
At some point I hoped to turn the page and find something more physical between Rachel and Liam. I’ve turned the pages, I’ve waited… nothing, except one brief and not much detailed encounter. And this has not disappointed me because their love affair was following the natural  flow of the story. At the end I think that a romantic love story can be narrated even without sex scenes.
The author is great to describe the town, the surrounding and people, with a lot of details, without being boring or redundant. I could figure Birch Valley, like looking at a photo or a painting. I love this kind of book, it reminds me to Susan Mallery “Fools Gold” or Debbie Macomber “Cedar Cove”, where the stories are set and unfold in small, brilliant, places full of life and people.
The Epilogue has left me with the curiosity to discover what will happen in the next book.
A relaxing and sweet reading, a good debut novel.



I was born and raised in southern California and relocated to beautiful eastern Washington state. The rural small towns that speckle this vast area have inspired my ideal setting for most of the stories I write. The pine and tamarack trees covering the towering mountains, the shimmering lakes and rivers, the abundant wildlife and a feeling of a time forgotten, stirs so many of my creative juices. I can’t thank my parents enough for dragging this city kid on long roadtrips up to this rugged foreign area, because now it is my home and I truly love my life here.

Reading was something that spurred me to begin writing at a young age. I enjoyed creating characters, different settings, and describing anything and everything. Storytelling, I have found is something I have inherited from both of my parents. I love attention to detail, using words to fully bring the picture alive, that is something I got from my dad. Creating characters and figuring out their story and how to achieve their happy ending comes from my mom. Then there is the smell of a book, new or old, the weight of it in your hands as you balance it open, seeing all those beautifully typed words spun and woven into sentences, this was created by a writer. I knew that was what I wanted to be when I grew up.

Over the years I fiddled with a story here and there, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I realized it was time. Time to get those dreams down on paper (or my laptop) and so The Cloverleaf Series was born. Coming from a family that is focused on being involved in each other’s lives as much as possible created a great deal of inspiration and ideas for The Cloverleaf Series. My family is one that has weathered several terrible storms and still somehow keeps propelling forward. During those sunny times we can be seen gathered around, eating good food, sharing memories, and laughing until we can’t catch our breath. We fight hard and love hard.

Romance, I simply love it, that’s why I write it. I remember my mom giving me my very first paperback romance novel. It was a pretty exciting one filled with suspense and an overall excellent storyline, she had just read it and she felt it was suitable for my teenage eyes. That was it, I was hooked. I began to devour these romance stories that varied over the years from sweet to sultry, I consumed thousands of books and stories over the years. Each time I finished reading a novel, the desire to write my own grew stronger. As ideas for books swirled in my mind, it always had a romantic element to it, and I suppose it always will. What is there not to love about falling in love and finding that special person to share your life with? Who doesn’t wish for passion, butterflies in your stomach, and that happily ever after?

As a reader, I can’t even begin to thank all of the writers that have created so many emotions for me, falling in love with characters, mourning their loss, sighing as I close the final chapter or smiling when everyone lives happily ever after. As a writer, I just want to do the same.

I love connecting with other writers and readers. You can catch me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorgloriaherrmann where I share my journey to publication. Follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/@gloriaiswriting for some of my silly retweets and random thoughts.





domenica 15 novembre 2015

REVIEW: Getting Back by Cindy Rizzo

TITLE: Getting Back

AUTHOR: Cindy Rizzo

PUBLICATION: October 15th 2015 by Ylva Publishing (first published October 10th 2015)

GENRE: F/F contemporary romance


MY RATE: 4 STARS ****




Elizabeth Morrison has ascended the ranks of her industry and now runs one of the most successful publishing companies in the US. But even after three decades, she has never been able to get past the devastating end of her relationship with the beautiful and brilliant Ruth Abramson. As Elizabeth approaches her 30th college reunion, she must face the woman who long ago acceded to the demands of her father, a famous Russian dissident, and married the young man who’d been chosen for her. It doesn’t make it any easier that Ruth, now divorced and living openly as a lesbian, is the class luncheon speaker.

As the two women face one another and attempt to reconcile their past, Elizabeth finds she must wrestle with a number of issues she has avoided confronting. And she must carefully decide whether she is more distrustful of Ruth or of herself. Is she headed for another fall with this woman? Or does she want to get close again, so she can be the one to walk away?

When it comes to reuniting with the love of your life, it’s not always easy to know the difference between getting back together and just getting back.
 

 ARC received by Netgalley and Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.


A book can involve me on two levels: emotionally and mentally. This book captivated me more mentally then emotionally. It left me with a lot of thoughts, questions and curiosity.
Thoughts about how our society has evolved since the '70. 
Questions about life and relationships.
Curiosity about LGBT community, its history and its organization.
In the last few years the book market has focused the characters on young or new adult, and I loved that this story was about two mature women, more close to my own age. 
Elizabeth and Ruth comes from a very different culture and religion. In the late '70 where lesbians and gays were not totally accepted and they lived hiding, didn't give to Elizabeth and Ruth the chance and the courage to live their relationship. Ruth gave up leaving Elizabeth heartbroken. After 30 years apart they meet again. To reconnect it's not easy as expected, but the love for each other is still intact, dispite their life experiences. 
The story is set in 2008, but there are a lot of flashbacks to the late '70 at the beginning of their relationship, and to Ruth's family story. The back and forth is very captivating, not confusing, but making the story more interesting. I think that the Russian and Jewish history is very well written and researched.
At the beginning the book seemed to me a little be slow, and I didn't really love Elizabeth's angst and insecurity, all her 'should I?'or 'shouldn't I?', and how she wanted to fit in a relationship as it was a math equation. I loved more Ruth character, her history was really interesting that I wished the book would have been more focused on her that on Elizabeth. 
This book was for me an enjoyable journey through our recent social history with the right dose of romance.
I'm new to F/F genre and I think Cindy Rizzo is a really interesting author. I will read some other books from her for sure. 

Cindy Rizzo lives in New York City with her partner, Jennifer, and the requisite two cats issued to every lesbian household (well, most). She has worked in philanthropy for many years and has a long history of involvement in the LGBT community, including membership on the founding board of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the organization that first brought marriage equality to the US. In the 1970s and 1980s she wrote for Boston’s Gay Community News and has published essays in the anthologies, Lesbians Raising Sons and Homefronts: Controversies in Non-Traditional Parenting. She was the co-editor of a fiction anthology, All the Ways Home, published in 1995 (New Victoria) in which her story “Herring Cove” was included. She serves on the boards of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York and Funders for LGBT Issues. She is the mother, and her partner is the step-mother, of two grown sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law.



  

martedì 10 novembre 2015

REVIEW: Winter's Harbor by Aurora Rey

TITLE: Winter's Harbor

AUTHOR: Aurora Rey

PUBLICATION:November 10th 2015 by Bold Strokes Books

GENRE: Contemporary F/F Romance


MY RATE:  4 STARS ****




Lia Brooks has a broken heart and a burning desire to escape New York City. She decides Provincetown is the perfect winter escape to find some peace and regroup. Alex McKinnon is the pastry chef and proprietor of The Flour Pot Café in the heart of Provincetown. She loves owning her own business and the easy, no-strings-attached relationships that come with living in a gay tourist mecca.

When Lia appears in the café, the attraction is immediate. The passion between them promises more than a casual affair, but it’s never that simple. Women from Alex’s past pop up at the most inopportune times. Then there’s Lia’s ex, who brokers deals for a living and is unaccustomed to losing. Will Alex and Lia be able to overcome the roadblocks and find a happily ever after?

 I received this book from NetGGalley in exchange of an honest review


This author and me have a "first" in common: she is at her debut novel, for me this was my fisrt F/F reading. And I really loved it!

The storyline is nothing special. Lia is escaping from New York after the end of a long relationship and Provincetown seems the right place where to lick her wounds, quiet after the summer rush. Alex is a great pastry chef, she owns a café in town, she loves her job and she's not looking for long-terms relationships. But when Lia enters for the first time Alex's café the attraction is istantaneous. Through indecisons and fears, they will have their happy ending. The storyline unfolds without dramatic turns of events, and sometimes some scenes seem just the same. The book is not boring neither too much captivating. The characters are likebale and the writing is fluid.

I was afraid to find the sex scenes odd or uncomfortable, instead I've found them sweet and a little bit suacy to make them engaging.

But what makes this books great is the surrounding: Provincetown. I visited this little town during my trip in the USA in 2011. An old woman at the turist office information in Plymouth told me I shouldn't miss to visit Cape Cod and Provincetown. I was travelling with my husband and my two sons and this little town facing the ocean was a surprise. A great experience, here we breathed freedom, equality and all the people were so friendly.

I would have given the book 3 stars but I gave 4 just for all the good memories it evoked.

I think this is a good debut novel.

I'd recommend it to all the readers who want to approach F/F books.

From my photo album:

 PROVINCETOWN




mercoledì 4 novembre 2015

REVIEW: Scattered Ashes by Annie Anderson



TITLE: Scattered Ashes

AUTHOR: Annie Anderson

PUBLICATION: October 27th 2015

GENRE: Paranormal Romance

MY RATE: 4 STARS***

 


Aurelia Constantine is having a rough century.
Plagued by visions of murder, death and destruction, she has resigned herself to the nightmare her life has become. When an enemy from her past comes to her rescue, she must let go of old wounds and heal the breach so she may survive the evil poisoning her mind.

Rhys Stevens is guilty.
Murder. Betrayal. Treason. Take your pick; he’s guilty of them all. On the path of redemption, he must beg for forgiveness from the one person he fought to save - the woman he has always loved.

Thrown together in the trenches of war, they must work as a team to stop a monstrous puppet master from pulling their strings.

Ashes, ashes. We all fall down.
Get ready to burn.


**ARC Copy received in exchange for an honest review**

Lately I’ve not read a lot of paranormal romances so I had no idea what to expect from this  book. But turning the first pages  I saw the word “phoenix” and I knew I’d be hooked. The phoenix has always been a creature that fascinated me, a creature that rises from its ashes. For me the symbol of how to live my life:  fight, accept the defeat, but always be able to rise over and over again. 
At the beginning the story was a little bit confusing to me. I had some issue following the characters and I often got back to the glossary. Phoenix, Wraiths, Guardians, Revenant, Oracle…
Aurelia is hiding from her enemy trying to escape her fate.
Rhys is her guardian and the one who killed Aurelia husband and her unborn child.She hated Rhys for ages, century. Rhys has been always in love with her.
When the war against Iva, their worst enemy, begins, Aurelia and Rhys find their way toward love, redemption and forgiveness.
Aurelia is a strong woman and  very stubborn, I loved her loyalty and that in her relationships, good or bad, she gives heart and soul.
Rhys at the beginning seems to the bad boy, the enemy, but when I’ve found out the reasons of his actions, I changed my mind. He’s loyal, sweet and hot, so so hot.



"Why what? Why save you? Because I've loved you since I was twelve years old, and you told your mother you'd rather eat a pinecone than wear a corset. I loved you when you didn't love me. I loved you when you were married to someone else. I loved you when you were pregnant with another man's child. And I loved you even when you hated me. I loved you before we were bound...and I love you still." - Rhys
The author gives voice to a secret world full of darkness, secrets, action, hate, betrayal. And love, friendship, courage, loyalty, redemption, forgiveness. 
Well written, the story flows very fast with actions and surprises.  At the last page I realized how much I’ve missed reading Paranormal Romance. Thanks Annie to have kicked me again in this wonderful world! 
An amazing ride till the end where I find out that this book will has a sequel…I’m ready!

My tattoo...because inside of me I feel like Aurelia

"I took those horrible scars and turned them into something better. My tattoos made something ugly and twisted pretty again. Just like my soul, every prick of the needle healed my flesh, took what was dirty and made it new again. I am better than I was before. I am stronger."