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Covering Kendall cover reveal

Published August 27, 2014 by francesothomas

COVERING KENDALL by Julie Brannagh

On sale: 10/21/2014

Kendall Tracy, General Manager of the San Francisco Miners, is not one for rash decisions or one-night stands. But when she finds herself alone in a hotel room with a heart-stoppingly gorgeous man-who looks oddly familiar-Kendall throws her own rules out the window…and they blow right back into her face. Drew McCoy should look familiar, he’s a star player for her team’s archrival the Seattle Sharks. Which would basically make Drew and Kendall the Romeo and Juliet of professional football…well, without all the dying. Not that it’s an issue. They agree to pretend their encounter never happened. Nothing good can come from it anyway, right? Drew’s not so sure. Kendall may be all wrong, but he can’t stop thinking about her and he finds that some risks are worth taking. Because the stakes are always highest when you’re playing for keeps.

Kiss Me, Captain

Published August 26, 2014 by francesothomas

 

Kiss Me Captain in e-book form is on sale today. Here’s the scoop.

Readers had a brief glimpse of French billionaire Marcel Mercier in Wanted: Wife. The charming heartthrob is back in the new French Kiss Novel, Kiss Me, Captain (Avon Impulse | on-sale August 26th, 2014 | ISBN: 9780062356482). Gwen Jones displays the perfect combination of smart writing, sexy characters, and sassy dialogue that made the first French Kiss Novel a huge success.

Marcel loves women. And there’s a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he’s got more important things to worry about … like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd’s ship, she’s sure her job is at stake. But she won’t go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore. The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long … in fact, he’s counting on it.

But Marcel’s plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain, which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can’t afford to lose.

About the Author:

GWEN JONES, is an MFA, HEA addict, politics geek, and part-time native of the Jersey Shore. She lives with her husband, Frank, and the absolute cutest cats in the world, Gracie and Tommy, near Trenton, New Jersey.

Top Secret Twenty-One

Published August 22, 2014 by francesothomas

Janet Evanovich’s books never fail to make me laugh. Out loud. Her formula hasn’t changed much from One for the Money all the way to her latest, Top Secret Twenty-One. Stephanie Plum’s car will always get blown up at least once. Her pal Lula will always need to stop for a fast food fix. Her grandma will always have a funeral home viewing at which to see and be seen.

It’s all in the turn of a phrase. Evanovich’s inventive details convey every bit as much as Stephanie’s on-again, off-again love interest Ranger does with a single, “Babe.”

The plots do have a grounding in reality. This one has human trafficking at its base. And while Stephanie has grown more competent as a bail skip enforcer over the series, she is no Wonder Woman with super powers.

Still it isn’t the realism or mystery that attracts me over and over. It’s the quirkiness. And maybe Ranger. I’d put him on my bucket list too.

Suddenly Royal review

Published August 15, 2014 by francesothomas

 

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase is a cute take on The Princess Diaries. A grad student finds out she is descended from royalty of an imaginary European country. The paparazzi hound her; she hates to shop for the glamorous clothes that now replace her jeans and T-shirts; and she can’t stop thinking about Prince Yummy.

Samantha has more strength of character than I. You wouldn’t have to twist my arm to get me to accept a duchess-ship or a tiara.

This one is perfect for summer reading. There’s not much depth, but the characters are likeable and funny.

Whisper release

Published August 13, 2014 by francesothomas

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.


Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.


Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

About the Author:

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

Perception cover reveal

Published August 13, 2014 by francesothomas

Perception_Cover

The world will never look the same…

There comes a defining moment in every young person’s life that irrevocably shifts their point of view. For a new teacher who still compares herself to her students, it’s a missing girl and a false accusation that could cost her more than her career. For a young man who settles into a rut that not even his broken marriage can pull him out of, it’s a drifter’s gun to his head. For an idealistic college student, it’s her parents’ divorce pulling back the curtain on who they really are, shattering everything she thought she knew about love. And for a recovering addict who’s not ready to change, it might just be an unhappy ending to her illicit affair.

In Perception, discover five captivating stories that explore what it means to be a new adult.

Perception, a New Adult anthology is coming 9/10/14

Time Flies review

Published August 8, 2014 by francesothomas

 

 

Thank you, Claire Cook, for giving me my new mantra.
“There are only two choices: afraid and boring.”

This quote comes from Cook’s latest book, Time Flies. My own BFF from high school and I have had the same conversation as Melanie, the heroine of this book, and her BFF have. Do we go to our reunion or don’t we?

When we meet Melanie, she is wielding a chain saw to dismantle her marital bed for parts for a metal sculpture. I was already rooting for her. Unlike her high school classmates, I never met her husband, and even I know she was always too good for him.

Cook herself knows a little something about mid-life reinvention. She didn’t write her first novel until age 45. Presumably she had some fears to overcome, so the way she describes Melanie’s fears rings very true.

The supporting characters face issues that many women of a similar age must deal with: a mother-in-law with dementia, a child who is safer with granny than with her parents. The book never descends into pathos however. Melanie’s quest to find herself is also packed with details that made me laugh out loud.

What is the takeaway? If my high school ever has another reunion, I’ll be there.