Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Bartered Bride by Lena Goldfinch

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

At the end of the year it's always fun to look back on what you've accomplished as well as look ahead to fun new things to come! The new things I always look forward to in each new year are books! I'm so happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Lena Goldfinch's next novel, The Bartered Bride, which will surely be a must-read next year. While you're waiting for The Bartered Bride, you can read her new holiday themed short story, Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe.

Check out the beautiful cover below and don't forget to enter to win a lovely pair of earrings (I wish I had pierced ears!) and a copy of book one, The Unexpected Bride or one of three copies of Sleigh Bells and Mistletoe (e-book).

What books are you adding to your wishlists next year? I know my list is already a mile long. :-)


The Story:
What's a wife to do when her Christmas plans fall apart?

 Join Becky and Isaac from The Unexpected Bride in a romantic short story complete with sleigh bells, mistletoe, and sweet holiday surprises.

It's Christmas Eve, and smoke isn't just rising from the chimney—it's pouring from the stove due to yet another batch of burnt biscuits. Becky wants everything to be perfect for her family, but a ruined meal spells disaster for all her high hopes. Will the night end in despair...or with a happy Christmas dream?

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz ~ TLC Book Tour (My Review)

Monday, December 22, 2014

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The Story:
The game is once again afoot in this thrilling mystery from the bestselling author of The House of Silk, sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate, which explores what really happened when Sherlock Holmes and his arch nemesis Professor Moriarty tumbled to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls.

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty—dubbed the Napoleon of crime” by Holmes—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. Moriarty’s death has left an immediate, poisonous vacuum in the criminal underworld, and there is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Hope Rising by Stacy Henrie ~ My Review + Giveaway!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hope Rising(Of Love and War, Book 2)
by Stacy Henrie
Copyright 2014
Forever Romance
ISBN: 9781455598816
The Story: 
In France at the height of World War I, American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.

Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn. Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably. Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.

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My Thoughts:
The Of Love and War series flew in under the radar so to speak. I haven't read much in the way of promotion from the publisher or about the author until recently, but these short little romances have trotted their way to the top of my book list for 2014 beating out some big names! With the first book, we met the Campbell sister, Livy, on the homefront during The Great War. Hope Rising follows Joel through battlefield and field hospital where he meets his best friend's girl, nurse Evelyn Gray. Each of their stories is poignant and heartbreaking as war time sagas usually are. However, where book one focused on life in the States for those fighting at home, book two offers a glimpse at the battles faced on and off the fields of combat.

The Paradise, Season Two (2014) on DVD and Blu-Ray

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blu-Ray/DVD Overview:
Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain’s first department store, The Paradise is the enchanting rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. The second season begins a year after the dramatic events that saw Moray (Emun Elliot, Prometheus) declare his love for Denise (Joanna Vanderham, Dancing on the Edge) and lose The Paradise after breaking off his engagement to Katherine Glendenning (Elaine Cassidy, The Others). But the spurned Katherine has since married Tom Weston (Ben Daniels, Law & Order: UK) – a mysterious, brooding ex-military man with a troubled history. Although she seems to be starting her life anew, her passion for Moray threatens to draw her back into a love triangle, competing with Denise. Meanwhile, Moray and Denise, still at the forefront of fashion and innovation, are plotting to regain The Paradise from Katherine and her husband – whatever it takes.


Photo Credit: Jules Heath, © BBC

My Thoughts:
As you may know, The Paradise was one of my favorite new costume dramas from BBC/Masterpiece Theatre in 2013 (Read my review of The Paradise, Season One). With that cliffhanger involving Moray and Denise at the first season's conclusion, I was a bit devastated. It wasn't a melancholy scene by any stretch, but this impatient girl wanted to know what happened next without waiting an entire year! Sadly season two, while being just as sumptuous and melodramatic as the the series premiere, did not keep my attention as it's predecessor. A few of the familiar faces from last season including Pauline (Ruby Bentall) and Lord Glendenning (Patrick Malahide) were very noticeably absent from the screen. Seeing as Pauline was sort of the comedic relief and such a sweet, fun character and Lord Glendenning was the voice of reason, their absence took away from the story. That said, this season is still worth watching and The Paradise series as a whole is a must-watch for costume drama fanatics.

Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements, Book 2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ~ My Review

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stone Cold Touch
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Copyright 2014
Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373211340
The Story:
Every touch has its price 

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who's pretty sure things can't get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla's powers begin to evolve, and she's offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She's finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay….

My Thoughts:
Going into this book I'll admit to being a little underwhelmed by the first book. I did however feel that I was firmly Team Zayne. Stone Cold Touch just cemented that feeling. As with many stories that revolve around love triangles there's usually a clear "winner" who the author steers you towards. I gotta say with this series, I still don't have a clue as to which guy Layla will choose. Personally, I loved that this book focused on the Layla /Zayne bit of the triangle, but of course, we're left hanging at its conclusion.