Thursday, May 19, 2016

Always Room for Cupcakes by Bethany Lopez




















I have to start by saying any book that references food will automatically draw my attention. LOL. This book was part of a review tour that I participated in and it did not disappoint.  I loved this book! I laughed so hard at some parts that I actually sorted out loud.

Lila is a single mom trying to make ends meet by working as a photographer for a somewhat questionable PI ( not that anyone outside her 2 best friends actually know this).  The rest of the world just sees the minivan driving soccer mom who works part-time at a bakery.  She has 10 year old twins and she is trying to maintain some sort of normalcy after divorcing their cheating father.  FYI: her way of getting revenge on the cheater is pretty classic.  Out of nowhere one day, a hottie on a motorcycle comes through to save the day and maybe offer her a chance to let her hair down and have fun.  This is when the story really starts picking up pace. I love the interaction between Lila and her friends. She is an easy to relate to character who speaks her mind.  

This was a very entertaining read. It was fast paced and well written.  It also had the perfect combination of steamy, humor, and romance. It is a must read.

The Ravaging In Between by A.J. Locke


I was a little behind my fellow blog tours buddies in reading the first 2 books in this series.  The Reanimation Files is awesome.  It is just like it sounds.  The main character , Selene Vanream, is a necromancer with the gift of reanimation.  I read the first 2 books (links below) so I could review the third and fully recommend the series.

You could read each one of these as a stand alone book but it is much better to read all them consecutively. This newest book is true to the author's style.  It has sex, ghosts, and tons of sarcasm and humor.  Selene is back from the dead and a month long coma to everyone's surprise.  This is when the fun really begins.  She has discovered the " In Between" which is not quite Hell but it is also not the Afterlife.  It is filled wih danger around every corner but it also comes with a very interesting man named Kyo.  The story is faced paced and well written. I just couldn't put it down.  I love the dynamic between Selene and her boyfriend Micah and her "nerdy ghost friend Ethan".

I would recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy or the paranormal.  I am so happy I got to review this book and I can't wait to read more from the author.

You can find the books on Amazon (link under picture)




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Saturday, May 14, 2016

In the Line of Fire by Jett Munroe


 In the Line of Fire
by Jett Munroe
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

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Their passion burns white hot.  But danger is heartless and cold.
Delaney Murphy has had a stomach-fluttering, mouth-watering crush on Beck since the first time she saw him over the rim of her regular morning latte.  But she's never been long on self-confidence, especially around exceptionally handsome men.
After a year of avoiding him, she's shocked when he slides into the next chair and wears down her resistance to a first date.
When Laney is laid off from her job, Marines special ops veteran Beck "Gravedigger" Townsend wastes no time hiring the quiet, auburn-haired beauty into Red Eagle Group, his security firm.  Keeping her within touching distance--and under his protection.
Laney's smile and sharp intelligence light up Beck's life and heat up his bed, yet he hesitates to give her what she really wants:  full access to the darkest corners of his wounded spirit.  But when danger is delivered right to Red Eagle's door, the only way to save her--
and their love--will be to bleed.  Body and soul...


Jett Munroe lives in the desert Southwest because she got tired of the cold and snow of Northeast Ohio.  By day, she's a mostly mild-mannered human resources manager for a nonprofit organization, and by night ( and weekends), she writes hot and spicy contemporary romance.

She focused on her writing career starting in 2005, and over the next ten years had several paranormal romances published under the pen names Cynthia Garner and Sherrill Quinn.  She loves action movies and chick flicks, reading romance ( just about every subgenre!), watching The Walking Dead, Face Off, and  just about everything on HGTV and the DIY Network, and hates shopping.

In the Line of Fire,  the first book in her contemporary series Hot Desert Heroes with Samhain Publishing, will be released in June.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chasing Power by Constance Phillips

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by Constance Phillips



For Keiran Saysin, protecting the fairy population from humans is more than a job.  It is passion and his duty to the realm.  Since Eero's revolution failed--and the discovery of fairy power lying dormant in some of the human population, that job hasn't been easy.  Now that his sister and her husband are welcoming a set of twins, old enemies have come out of hiding, hoping the children will serve as a key to reclaiming what has been stripped from them.

Enter Annie Valentine, the genetic researcher Daniel's mother has employed.  Keiran knows the smart thing to do is cast a spell and push the human away, but something about the way she stands toe to toe and eye to eye has him forgetting that getting involved with a human could cost him everything he values, including his power.


Monique can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell.  Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.

After her parents' death and an unwanted proposal, fairy Monique seeks refuge in the human world.  Her brother has warned her of the dangers, but she believes hiding will be a breeze.  She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell.  Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who's immune to both.

Can Monique's brother find her and bring her home before she falls victim to whoever is killing fairies on the human world?

Will the reason Daniel's fairyproof be too much for them to overcome?



When Tristan Ipsly becomes eligible to fill a vacated Council seat, he thinks his chances are non-existent.  Especially since he is the sole member to a house that fell to the revolution and his contender Edwin Vettore is an elder from a house that adheres to Canon teachings.

If fairykind has a chance at survival, it will come on Tristan's wings of change.  Or so Quinn Vettore believes.  But voicing her support for Tristan will anger her grandfather, and he's the one man who can stand in the way of a courtship between Quinn and Tristan.

Will Edwin successfully keep both Quinn and the position out Tristan's grasp, or will the Council yield to change?

Please Note this is a Novella




Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Wife for Humphrey by Christina Lorenzen

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by Christina Lorenzen
Genre: Sweet Romance/Clean Romance 

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Runaway bride Danna and her handsome new husband Eric Harmon are happily setting up a new home and business in the small town of Harmony, where only months before they’d been stranded strangers together. While unpacking boxes, Danna finds the gift from Minnie she’d never remembered to open. After finding the delicate silver locket with a young soldier’s picture in it, hopeless romantic Danna has to find out who he is. Once she finds out that the soldier was the only man boutique owner Minnie ever loved, and lost, she’s determined to find out if Humphrey Lewis still loves Minnie. Is there a chance for Minnie to have her happily ever after? It couldn’t hurt to check, could it? Though she should be working side by sweet with her new husband in their soon to be opening antique shop, Danna becomes more and more invested in this decades old love story. And when she finally tracks down Humphrey, nothing, not even his disapproving grandson or a minor fall, will stop her from reuniting these two sweet people who never stopped loving one another.


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Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her, Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials. 
The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman. He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together. 
Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband? 

25 Fun Facts about My Book or Myself:

1. I wrote the rough draft of this book in 1 week. I went through 6 bags of M&M's doing so.
2. This book was written for a contest being held by author Debbie Macomber and her publisher. The winning novella was going to be published in the back of a reissue of her book, Family Affair. Needless to say, I didn't win.
3. I was inspired to write this story after watching a bride and her father arguing out in front of a church in town. She was upset about something and I, being a writer, was playing the 'what if' game. What if the wedding wasn't even her idea? What if the groom wasn't her choice? 
4. The whole time I was writing the book I could picture it as a movie. I would run the scenes through my head and could see Danna and Eric.
5. I'm a HUGE Hallmark Channel fan and my ultimate goal would be to see A Husband for Danna turned into a Hallmark Channel movie.
6. After Hallmark movies, I am a big cat lover. My family calls me the crazy cat lady. At one time I was feeding 15 stray cats in my backyard. I own 3 indoor cats. You would have thought I might have worked a cat into this book. Nope. Not a one. 
7. My favorite color is purple and I did manage to work that into the book. The giant sized stuffed bear that Eric wins for Danna at the fair is a bright purple. I was thrilled that the cover artist included the bear on the cover.
8. I haven't told anyone this yet but I'll share it here - If I had to pick an actress to play Danna my first choice would be Mindy Kaling. I think she would be perfect.
9. As long as I'm going there, I think Antonio Cupo (he's made a few Hallmark movies) would be an ideal Eric. A girl can dream, can't she?
10. I am a bookaholic and recently found the perfect sweatshirt for me. On the front of the sweatshirt it reads "I'm a Bookaholic on the road to recovery.....Just kidding. I'm on the road to the bookstore". And it's purple too! 
11. If I have money to play with I'd much rather buy books than shoes, clothes or bags.
12. If I'm not writing or reading I'm playing with beads, designing jewelry for my shop on Etsy, Addie Frank Designs. I started jewelry making when I'd hit a bad spell of writer's block. I thought a creative pursuit completely different from writing would 'fill the well'. I was right. Now I find myself going between Barnes & Noble and the local craft store. 
13. I have a dog that grew up around my 3 cats so he's more of a cat than a dog. We like to call him 'cat-dog', a character from an old Nickelodeon cartoon. When the cat treat bag comes out he's the first 'cat' to stand in line to get one.
14. Prior to submitting my book to Astraea Press, I had sent it out to a number of other publishers. Several thought the story was fun but not quite what they were looking for, but one publisher told me "put it away and call it practice". I'm tempted to send her a copy of my book for her e-reader lol.
15. I based the character of Minnie, the boutique owner, on a woman who owns an antique shop in my town. I'm not sure who's older - the woman who owns the shop or the antiques she sells. Either way, as soon as I talked to this antique shop owner I knew she would find a way into one of my books.
16. I carry a very large, very heavy handbag. It doesn't matter how far from home I'm going; my bag weighs a ton. Besides the usual stuff I carry my Kindle, planner and at least one notebook. My daughter jokes that I've got a 'small child' in there.
17. As a member of the RWA, Romance Writers of America, I've always dreamed of attending Nationals, their annual conference. In 2011, I started a blog called Countdown to Contract. My goal was to blog every day about my progress in selling a book. My reward would be to attend the conference in 2011. Well the blog fizzled but my drive didn't and 3 years to the date of starting that blog I received my first book contract.
18. I keep a large running list of life goals and one goal was to have a book published by the time I turned 50. I turned 50 on January the 19, 2013. On February 19, 2014, one year and one month to the day of that 50th birthday, I signed my first book contract. As they say, better late than never.
19. I'm fairly new to the world of fiction, but I have been writing for publication since I'm 18 and have more than 300 articles published to my name. In my other life I was an award winning journalist.
20. I grew up afraid of fire - candles, matches, anything to do with fire. One of my first jobs as a waitress required waitresses to light the candles on all the tables in the dining-room. I always had to find one of the kitchen workers to light them for me. Ironically, I'm married to a firefighter. Oh, and I can finally light my own candles.
21. I live on Long Island, New York but I don't like the beach. I much prefer the pool and would prefer to live in a small town out west. As long as I have access to books and beads, I'd be happy.
22. I have a nice sized office in my house painted in my favorite color, purple, but I rarely write there. I much prefer to write in the den, living-room or out at a coffee shop. But when it comes to editing you will find me glued to my office chair.
23. I love having plants all around me in my house but don't particularly like flowers. The overwhelming scent of flowers somehow brings to mind a scene from a funeral home and that's one scene you will not find in any of my books.
24. I have one movie that I have seen at least 25 times. I turn to it when I'm stressed and need an escape. The main character, Andy Farmer, and his wife move to the country so he can pursue his dream of becoming a novelist. Call it living out a dream from my armchair, but I can watch Funny Farm over and over again. 
25. After books and beads, I love to collect teas and have an entire cabinet dedicated to my tea collection. I mainly drink green tea and Oolong but I have a diverse assortment of tea flavors - cinnamon, vanilla, hibiscus, chocolate mint, Earl Grey, ginger peach, rooibos, you name it. When people come to my house they always ask to go through my cabinet to see 'what's new'.


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Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-to-door Avon lady.
Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. A Wife for Humphrey is Christina’s second novel, the sequel to A Husband for Danna. She is busy working on a Christmas novella. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Our Trip to the Corning Museum of Glass

A few weeks ago we were looking for something different to do on a weekend that wouldn't break the bank.We live in Western New York where you have to drive at least an hour and a half to find anything mildly entertaining.Corning, New York is a nice little day tripwith very cool shops, gourmet restaurants, and it happens to be home to the Corning Museum of Glass. I went to visit this the first time when I was in 6th grade and remember thinking how much fun I had there.It was just as cool as I thought it would be.  These are just a few pictures from our trip and keep in mind these are all made of glass.  My daughter was obsessed with the feather style vases and I hate snakes but still thought the cobra lamps were interesting.  The museum itself was not expensive at all. Adults are $18 but this gives you 2 day access ( for those of you wanting to stay locally for a weekend) and children 17 and under are free. There are also special tickets that allow you to visit the nearby Rockwell Museum. They are open all year long with the exception of 4 major holidays.  They have a youtube channel and a pretty cool website that I recommend checking out.  We watched a live demo of the making of a 2 handled vase.  They even gave away some free pieces to the crowd.

If you are not sure why Corning Glass sounds familiar it is because in addition to the amazing dishes, bakeware, and drinking glasses they make.....many of us have a smart phone that has Corning Gorilla Glass as the screen.  Yep, same company!




Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review of Parrish by Shannen Crane Camp







I never thought I would be hooked into a book simply by a character's physical description.  I was  a few pages in when one of the main characters, Jeffrey Parrish, is described as a "Tim Burton character come to life".  I love Tim Burton and to be honest this book had a cool, creepy kind of vibe all the way through.  I laughed out loud quite a bit and of course there is also just the right amount of romance involved.

Sadie and her 3 friends are ghost hunters and while they may not be the best, they are the most interesting.  Sadie is always stuck as "ghost bait" while her other friends stay behind the scenes.  Each one of her friends has their own unique skill set that helps them work as a team even when they may just want to kill each other.  I think the most interesting thing about the book is that you are never really sure what is gonna happen next.  The team is young, all in their early 20's, and fresh out of college trying to figure out what they want to do with themselves and how to make ends meet.  Enter the mysterious letter promising to end all their financial struggles if they can just solve a mystery that is over a century old.  Easy, right?  They end up all over the US trying to follow the clues.  The end of the book was a surprise I didn't see coming and even better the set up for future books involving this group is done nicely.#futurehousepub #parrish

The publishing company is currently running a Goodreads giveaway that started April 30 to win a physical copy of the book (https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/184886-parrish). It was originally on sale for $.99 from April 28-30 but I bought my copy this morning and it was still on sale so snap it up while you can before it goes to the regular price of $3.99.  Now I actually received an advanced reader copy of this book from Future House Publishing for free in exchange for my honest review but I loved it so much I actually purchased a copy from Amazon (http://amzn.to/1XR1usQ ).