Giveaway: A Harlequin Valentine's Day (5 Books + Fringe Studio Soap + Heart Stud Pouch!)

Friday, February 10, 2017


What's up, dear readers? I hope you will be enjoying a fun Valentine's Day with your significant other or maybe a Galentine's Day with your besties! I'm, unfortunately, doing neither of those things, but luckily I have a TBR (to be read) stack of books 6 miles high to keep me company. Thanks to Harlequin, your TBR stack might also grow!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Harlequin has given me one amazing prize pack to spice up your reading life! It not only includes 5 Harlequin titles, but a Fringe Studio Water Studies Sunrise Square Soap and a pretty heart stud pouch! What more can a girl ask for to keep her company on a chilly winter day?


If you'd like to enter to win the prize pack, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to US and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), age 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. I'm not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes or non-working prize codes if applicable (ebook codes, promo codes, etc.). The prize ships directly from Harlequin. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me at steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com.

To learn more about Harlequin and all of the books they have to offer, visit them online!

TLC Book Tours: Lord of the Privateers by Stephanie Laurens

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lord of the Privateers
The Adventurer's Quartet, Volume 4
Stephanie Laurens
Copyright 2016
Mira
ISBN: 9780778319733
The Story:
Revel in the action, drama, intrigue and passion as the Frobishers— with help from Wolverstone, the Cynsters and many familiar others— steer the adventure to a glorious end.

Unstoppable determination 

Widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final stage of the rescue mission his brothers have begun. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking Isobel Carmichael—his childhood sweetheart, former handfasted bride and current business partner—with him. A force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own: to find and bring a young cousin safely home. And along the way, she hopes to rid herself of the dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her.

Unfinished business

Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail, much less the new horizons that open before them as they embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the compound deep in the jungle. Yet despite the support of his brothers and their ladies, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. To identify and convict the conspirators behind the illicit enterprise—and save England from political disaster—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton and hunt the villains on their home ground.

Unforgettable love 

But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could yet be theirs, how much are Royd and Isobel willing to risk in the name of duty?

Be sure to visit the rest of the tour stops!

Say "hi" to Stephanie on her website or Facebook page!


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TLC Book Tours: The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page (Review and $25 Giftcard Giveaway!)

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Worthington Wife
Sharon Page
Copyright 2016
HQN Books
ISBN: 9780373788545
The Story:
Sharon Page sparkles in this poignant and irresistibly entertaining follow-up to her breakout novel, An American Duchess.

Lady Julia Hazelton is the most dazzling among 1920s England’s bright young things. But rather than choosing the thrill of wanton adventure like so many of her contemporaries, Julia shocks society with her bold business aspirations. Determined to usher the cursed Worthington estate into a prosperous, modern new era, and thus preserve her beloved late fiancé’s legacy, the willful Julia tackles her wildest, most unexpected adventure in Cal Carstairs, the reluctant new Earl of Worthington.

he unconventional American artist threatens everything Julia seeks to protect while stirring desires she thought had died in the war. For reasons of his own, Cal has designed the ultimate revenge. Rather than see the estate prosper, he intends to destroy it. But their impulsive marriage—one that secures Julia’s plans as well as Cal’s secrets—proves that passion is ambition’s greatest rival. Unless Cal ends his quest to satisfy his darkest vendetta, he stands to ruin his Worthington wife and all her glittering dreams.

Check out all of the stops on this book tour!

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TLC Book Tours: Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas

Friday, February 3, 2017

Wild Horse Springs
Jodi Thomas
Copyright 2017
HQN Books
ISBN: 9780373799275
The Story:
In the heart of Ransom Canyon, sometimes the right match for a lonely soul is the one you least expect 

Dan Brigman may not lead the most exciting life, but he's proud of what he's achieved: he's a respected lawman, and he's raised a bright, talented daughter on his own. But finding a lone, sparkly blue boot in the middle of a deserted highway gets him thinking maybe the cowgirl who lost it is exactly the shake-up he needs.

After losing her baby girl, Brandi Malone felt like her soul died along with her daughter. Now singing in small-town bars to make ends meet, she's fine being a drifter—until a handsome sheriff makes her believe that parking her boots under his bed is a better option.

College grad Lauren Brigman has just struck out on her own in downtown Dallas when a troubling phone call leads her back home to Crossroads. Her hometown represents her family, friends and deepest hopes, but also her first love, Lucas Reyes. Will Lauren's homecoming be another heartbreak, or a second chance for her and Lucas?

Visit the TLC landing page to find the other tour stops for this book!

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Litfuse Blog Tour: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Mark of the King
Jocelyn Green
Copyright 2017
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764219061
The Story:
You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you take the journey to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana in Jocelyn Green’s new book, The Mark of the King.

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict. With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Read what others are saying about the book on the Litfuse website!

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj


My Thoughts:
So many times I've been pulled in by a gorgeous cover only to be let down by a complete disaster of a story house between it. Thankfully, I'm happy to report that is not the case with The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green. The cover has got to be one of the best of the new year, and the story is pretty good too. Having never read a book by Ms. Green, but having read a few rave reviews for some of her previous works, I decided to take the plunge.

Not only is the cover unique for the Christian fiction genre, but the setting is too! It's not everyday one comes across a tale that's set in a place and during a time that was such a pivotal period for the south. French, British, Spanish, and Native Americans were all at odds, trying to gain the upper hand and Jocelyn Green presents a story of what could have been in The Mark of the King, story of French born Julianne Chevalier.

TLC Book Tours: A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Certain Age
Beatriz Williams
Copyright 2016
William Morrow Paperbacks
Paperback ISBN: 9780062404961

The Story:
The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm.

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue—and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingénue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction and alternating between Sophie’s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.

Read what others on the tour are saying about the book here!

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A Fun Regency Romance: Lord Sebastian's Secret by Jane Ashford

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lord Sebastian's Secret 
(The Duke's Sons, Book 3)
Jane Ashford
Copyright 2017
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Paperback ISBN: 9781492621621

The Story:
A Passionate and Whimsical Regency Tale from Bestselling Author Jane Ashford 

Will the secrets that brought them together tear them apart?

Proud. Cunning. Battle-hardened. Lord Sebastian Gresham is the epitome of military might and excellence. He's wealthy. The son of a Duke. There's just one problem: he can't read. It's those damned words. He doesn't see them in the same way everyone else does. It's a secret he'll never tell, certainly not to his new bride-to-be.

Brilliant. Witty. Beautiful. Lady Georgina Stane has always known she'd make the perfect bride, that is, if her eccentric family didn't scare off every potential suitor from London to Bath. After carefully orchestrating a London season with her parents out of the picture, she secured an engagement to an impeccable gentleman. And when Lord Sebastian arrives at her family's estate to meet her parents, she's not about to let their antics ruin her perfect marriage.

But what happens when these two learn that some secrets aren't so easy to keep?

To learn more about the book and the author visit the publisher's website!

The Duke's Sons Series


Start the New Year with a New Series -- The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
(Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1)
Julie Klassen
Copyright 2016
Bethany House Publishers
Paperback ISBN: 9780764218132

The Story:
Welcome to the English village of Ivy Hill, where friendships thrive, romance blossoms, and mysteries await. . . . 

The lifeblood of the village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. When the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant landlady. Jane has no idea how to manage a business, but with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must quickly find a way to save the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to overcome her losses and find purpose for the future. As she works with Jane, two men from her past vie for her attention, but Thora has promised herself never to marry again. Will one of them convince her to embrace a second chance at love?

As pressure mounts from the bank, Jane employs new methods, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place, including a mysterious newcomer with secret plans of his own. With the help of friends old and new, can Jane restore life to the inn, and to her empty heart as well?

To learn more about Julie visit her website: http://www.julieklassen.com/
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Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano - A Thrilling, New Young Adult Novel!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lost Girls
Merrie Destefano
Copyright 2017
Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 9781633756052
The Story:
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. 

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

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Be sure to stop by Merrie's site to learn more about Lost Girls and her other books!

Don't forget to visit the Entangled Teen website to read about Lost Girls and other great YA fiction!

The Lost Girls e-book and paperback editions are available today on Amazon!

To celebrate today's release of Lost Girls, here are links to a few interviews with Merrie and reviews from other readers...
Lost Girls Blog TourDon't miss the blog tour organized by Chapter by Chapter to learn more about the author and Lost Girls!
The Swoony Boys of SuspenseMerrie Destefano shares some of her fave male characters from tv shows and movies that kept her on the edge of her seat...whether or not they are examples of the suspense genre.
Lost Girls Teaser TuesdayCheck out this teaser from Lost Girls and feel free to spread the word with your friends and followers. 
Swoon Sunday with Dylan McCarthy: Did you find Dylan as swoonworthy as we did? Read this exclusive interview with him here now!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea: Crazy Faith Coffee at Family Christian

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last week I received a delicious treat in the mail, a sample bag of Crazy Faith Coffee Awakening Blend courtesy of Family Christian. Unfortunately, the seal on the bag came open in transit, so I did't get to brew a cup, but mannnn, did it smell divine! I am positive that coffee beans with such a fresh, rich scent would make nothing short of a heavenly cuppa joe! While it's too late to get this coffee shipped to you before Christmas, you can visit your local Family Christian store to check out the Crazy Faith Coffee and gifts.

The Refuge: An Inspirational Novel of Scotland by Regan Walker

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Refuge: An Inspirational Novel of Scotland
Regan Walker
Copyright 2016
Regan Walker Publishing
E-book available on Amazon

The Story:
“Master storytelling transports you to medieval Scotland!” – Paula Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author 

For anyone whose faith has ever faltered…

Scotland 1072

The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to seek refuge in Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.

The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who have come to serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon!

Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The king has promised her to one of his favored warriors, but she has given her heart to a lowly scribe.

When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?

Meet Regan


My Thoughts:
I love a historical novel. I can't get enough of them, as you can probably tell from a glance at my blog feed. Since I've been a reader for most of my life, I've seen it all. It's rare to find a book with a unique setting that is well done. Scotland has never been presented quite like in The Refuge. I just read a romance set during a similar time, and it was just so uninteresting by comparison!

Festive Fiction: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Tuesday, December 13, 2016



Miracle on 5th Avenue
Sarah Morgan
Copyright 2016
Harlequin Books
ISBN: 9780373789344
Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Market, Mass Market Paperback

The Story:
It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York!

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous—and mysterious—owner. 

Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife's death looming, he's isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn't appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings…This Christmas, is Lucas finally ready to trust that happily-ever-afters do exist?


My Thoughts:
Cheesy, sappy, and corny are a few words that I use to describe most of the Christmas themed books and movies I've read or watched in my lifetime. It's not as bad as it sounds. Really, who wants to be sad or depressed during the holidays? It's hard to be sad when you're laughing at cornball antics or too peppy heroines.