Like Cats and Dogs...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oreo says, "Cats hating dogs is too mainstream. I share my personal space and my organic kibble with canines."

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Spring Has Sprung at Clash of the Titles!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Has Sprung!

And so have these brand new must-read Christian novels.
Clash of the Titles brings you five novels of every variety. There's something for everyone! Enjoy these blurbs, then scroll to vote and help send your favorite novel to COTT's annual Laurel Award.

But first, a shout-out to Diana Montgomery who is the WINNER of our March Book-bundle Giveaway. Woot! Diana, the authors of the following three novels will be contacting you shortly:

Heaven's Prey by Janet Sketchley
God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert
Ryan's Father by June Foster

When Annie Whitaker and her merchant father set out for CaƱon City and the Pikes-Peak-or-Bust gold rush, Annie finds much greater wealth in the heart of a runaway preacher. Will her love change that preacher's view of women—and God—and help him on his way back to faith and love?

A Book for Regency Fans: A Heart's Rebellion by Ruth Axtell (My Review)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Heart's Rebellion
by Ruth Axtell
Copyright 2014
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800720902
The Story:
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?

My Thoughts:
Coming off a rather lackluster book one I was reluctant to read A Heart's Rebellion, but since Ruth's older books are some of my favorite's I decided to dive in and give this series another chance. I'm so happy to report that this one was worth the day or so it took for me to read. While still not perfect, it's a marked improvement over Moonlight Masquerade and I look forward to seeing how this series concludes.

Let's Talk BBC's LUTHER!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This show. I love it. Why did I not start watching it sooner!?


Luther (Idris Elba) & partner, Justin Ripley (Warren Brown)
(Photo from BBC America)
If you're already suffering through the Sherlock hiatus like I am (it's only been a month *sobs*) you might be looking for something to ease the pain a little and this series definitely fits the bill. From what I've read online there are only 3 seasons of Luther, but from what I've seen (season/series 1), it's definitely addicting and really, realllllly suspenseful! I started watching Tuesday night with my bestie Melissa just because Netflix is boring and we've both seen every romantic comedy or drama available for streaming a million times and... wow... just wow. I should have known since it was a BBC production that I was going to fall in love. I really ought to stop denying to myself that I am a mystery TV fan and learn to start watching more in the genre, this way I'll never be bored again!

Special Kindle Freebie Alert!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

You all know that I adore Laura Frantz and her wonderful stories, and I'm so happy to let you know that my all-time favorite Laura book, Courting Morrow Little, is free today for Kindle! If you love frontier romances and adventure, I encourage you to take advantage of this freebie! As always, double check the price on Amazon before you make a purchase, you don't get any unwanted charges. The promotional pricing is good for a limited time only.

For more information on the book and all of her other wonderful stories, check out Laura's website to catch up on all the latest news.

About the book:
Caught between the wilderness and civilization, Morrow Little must find her way to true love. 

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop you as it takes you from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.

Happy Reading!

Tom Hiddleston -- Disney's The Pirate Fairy

Monday, March 17, 2014

This post is pretty much guaranteed to make your day a little brighter. I mean, really, how is Tom's happiness not contagious? :)

Six Incredible Love Stories in One Anthology: First Kisses, Inspy Kisses Collection #1

Sunday, March 16, 2014

For a limited time only - Six unforgettable love stories 

99 cents! 

Buy now at Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo - iBooks - Google Play

A brand new anthology from six of your favorite inspirational romance authors - no reprints here!

About the novellas:

From New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight, historical romance The Rambler's Bride: The kissing cowboy Jericho is bent on revenge, but discovers the truth and falls in love with widow Esther.

From USA Today bestselling author Janet Tronstad, retro romance Lovebirds at the Heartbreak Cafe: Truck driver Buddy wasn't looking for love, but waitress Penny and her quirky family take over the cafe and his heart.

From bestselling author Debra Clopton, contemporary cowboy romance Her Mule Hollow Cowboy: Independent cowgirl Maddie swears she doesn't need help from bull rider Cliff. But the Mule Hollow Matchmakers seem to have other plans...

From bestselling author Margaret Daley, romantic suspense Deadly Hunt: Bodyguard Tess rescues wounded businessman Shane from dying in the wilderness, but can she protect her heart when Shane gets too close?

From fan favorite Camy Tang, romantic suspense Necessary Proof: Reformed ex-con Alex is on the run from those who have set him up to take the blame for a cop-killing. Will tech-expert Jane be able to prove him innocent?

From fan favorite Lacy Williams, contemporary cowboy romance Kissed by a Cowboy: Maddox has given up all his big dreams to care for his niece. When Haley returns to her hometown, will Maddox find a new dream with her?

New Endeavour Trailer!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Endeavour has quickly made its way to the top of my favorite mysteries list. Hopefully this airs soon here in the States! I'll be waiting patiently. While we wait for that premiere date, here's the trailer for the new series from ITV. Enjoy!

Another Winner from Mesu Andrews: In the Shadow of Jezebel (My Review)

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the Shadow of Jezebel
by Mesu Andrews
Copyright 2014
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800721701
The Story:
In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love. 

Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments.

Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family--and the nation--she loves?

With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

My Thoughts:
Confession: I don't read biblical fiction -- unless it's penned by Mesu Andrews. She has a way of putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and crafting some of the most complex and yet altogether interesting and captivating stories you will read. Even if you don't normally enjoy biblical fiction, her stories are completely captivating and her latest book, In the Shadow of Jezebel, just proves why she's at the top of the genre. As per usual with this author's books, I basically requested this one to review without even reading the back cover blurb. When it comes to Mesu, you just know, you know? ;-)

The Paris Connection by Cerella Sechrist Blog Tour (Review, Author Interview, + TWO Great Giveaways!)

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Paris Connection
by Cerella Sechrist
Copyright 2014
Available in E-Book & Print
The Story:
Sparks are flying in the City of Light 

Emma Brooks, single mom and managing director at the leading recruiting firm in Paris, was against their merger with an American company from the start. Not only was her firm losing its autonomy, she was losing her well-deserved promotion to Cole Dorset—a handsome, arrogant interloper from New York!

How did Cole's ex-girlfriend's dream of moving to Paris become his nightmare? Now he's got to find his way in a new country, and the woman showing him the ropes wants to string him up by one. But as he gets to know Emma and her daughter, he realizes Paris may have more to offer than he thought….

My Thoughts:
After having leaving the United States for Paris to marry who she thought was the man of her dreams, Emma Brooks finds herself divorced and raising her 5-year-old daughter on her own. To make matters worse, the promotion she was hoping to snag was offered to a big shot American, Cole Dorset who would rather be any where but France. Despite clashing on the first day they met, Emma and Cole learn to work together. Cole must learn to like Paris and Emma must decide if a workplace romance is worth the risk. When it's discovered that a mole is selling out to a rival company Emma just might lose everything she holds dear, including her old friends and the new one she's found in Cole.

Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo (A Review)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Vow Unbroken
by Caryl McAdoo
Copyright 2014
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781476735511
The Story:
A spunky young widow hires a farmhand with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to Jefferson to meet the wagon train, and sparks fly—but can she love a man who doesn’t love the Lord?

Susannah Abbot Baylor reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help her along the Jefferson Trace, the hard stretch of land between her Texas farm and the cotton market, where she is determined to get a fair price for her crop. It’s been a rough year, and she’s in danger of losing the land her husband left to her and the children, but she’ll need help getting both of her wagons to Jefferson safely. She knows Henry’s reputation as a layabout and is prepared for his insolence, but she is not expecting his irresistible good looks or his gentle manner. Soon they are entwined in a romantic relationship that only gets more complicated when Susannah learns that Henry doesn’t know God the way she does. Dangers arise on the road—but none as difficult as the trial her heart is going through.

Will Susannah and Henry’s love overcome their differences? And will she get her crop safely to the cotton market with enough money to save the farm? In this heartening and adventurous tale, a young woman’s fortitude, faith, and heart are put to the ultimate test.

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My Thoughts:
As a reader of romance, I've come across a lot of unique and interesting stories through the years and western romances are some of my favorites. I'm always on the lookout for something new and fresh in the genre, so I jumped at the chance to read this story by Caryl McAdoo. Unfortunately, after struggling with it for a few weeks, I finally finished it to meet a review deadline. To be honest, if I didn't have to write this review, I would have set it aside permanently. It's not uninteresting, in fact it had quite a few exciting moments -- storms, ruffians, raging rivers, you name it, but the connection I felt with the heroine was absolutely nonexistent.