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Chasing Lady Amelia book review

Published June 27, 2016 by francesothomas

Chasing Lady Amelia

 

I gave up wearing high heels years ago. The benefits of stylishness weren’t enough to make up for the agony. So I can certainly sympathize when Lady Amelia just cannot keep pointy shoes that pinch on her feet until she gets home from the colossally boring ball at which she finds herself. Of course, scandal ensues. She is so overset when she returns home that her family slips her a wee drop of laudanum. What few inclinations she has toward correct behavior are gone.

Maya Rodale’s  Chasing Lady Amelia is the second of her Keeping Up With the Cavendishes series. Amelia is one of three American sisters who have come to London with their brother who has inherited a dukedom. She is a rebellious square peg that the Dowager Duchess is trying desperately to fit into the round hole of propriety.

Alistair is wending his way home when Amelia stumbles into his path. He takes her home with him for safe keeping and soon discovers his uncle wants her dowry. And Amelia wants an adventure.

The delightful duo set off to visit all the sights Amelia has been denied. Rodale cleverly has them observed by random people along the way and ties up these plot strings neatly.

Even the Dowager turns out to have a heart of gold.

 

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Sweet Little Lies book review

Published June 25, 2016 by francesothomas

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Jill Shalvis has launched a new series called Heartbreaker Bay set in San Francisco. Book one takes place in an Irish pub reminiscent of the old Cheers TV series. The inhabitants of nearby businesses form a tight knit clique, and camaraderie abounds.

Although the plot centers around the results of a long ago drunk driving accident, the tone is actually  lighthearted.The dialogue is snappy and some of the scenes are comic genius.

Pru and Finn are as appealing a couple as you will ever find. In fact, I loved all of the major and minor characters. And the dog. And the descriptions of a beautiful city. This one’s a winner.

 

Happily Ever After in Christmas book review

Published June 22, 2016 by francesothomas

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A female sheriff and an ex-hockey player meet in a bar.No, that’s not the beginning of a stand-up comedy routine. It’s the plot and setting for Debbie Mason’s latest love story in the town of Christmas.

Jill has had a crush on Sawyer her whole life. but he still sees her as the younger sister of his best friend. That is, until she gets makeover help from the Hollywood hair stylist introduced in an earlier book who has taken up residence. Yep, a red dress and very high heels will do the trick every time.

Mason also lets us in on what various other characters from previous books are up to-who is getting married; who is having a baby. Even having read about them before, I sometimes had trouble keeping straight who was who. Of course, that’s pretty much what happens in real life, isn’t it? Sorting through gossip is a full time occupation.

Since I too live in a small town where everyone knows each other’s business and posts about it on Facebook, I completely identify with the citizens of Christmas. I hope there are lots more love stories for Mason to tell.

Happily Ever After in Christmas will release June 28. Preorders are available now.

 

Debbie will be awarding a prize via Rafflecopter.

 

THE FULL SERIES

The Trouble With Christmas, #1

Christmas in July, #2

It Happened at Christmas, #3

Wedding Bells at Christmas, #4

Snowbound at Christmas, #5

Kiss Me In Christmas, #6

Happy Ever After in Christmas, #7

 Series Page on Goodreads

 

 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

 

 

The Royal Nanny book tour

Published June 21, 2016 by francesothomas

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THE ROYAL NANNY

by Karen Harper

GENRE: historical fiction

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

 A randomly drawn commenter will receive a digital copy of the book.

Please follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/06/book-blast-royal-nanny-by-karen-harper.html

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1897, a young cockney nursemaid takes her first train ride, leaving London for the lush and sprawling Sandringham Estate, private home to Britain’s royal family. Hired by the Duke and Duchess of York to help rear their royal children, Charlotte Bill is about to become privy to all the secrets families hide, and caught between the upstairs and downstairs worlds.

 

EXCERPT:

Of course I’d been out on the for-hire steam launch on the Thames my father captained, but in the railway carriage, I felt I was flying.  It was noisy too, here in third class with the huge engine just ahead, huffing and blowing smoky steam which dashed past the windows.  Where I sat was quite plain with the leather seats a bit worn and cracked, but I felt I was in a magic cart to the moon anyway.  My father had said the tracks would be well-kept since this was the route the royals themselves used to get to their Norfolk estate where I was headed.  But when he’d put me on the train, he’d been disappointed that none of the royal carriages were on this run.

As I was sent for to become undernurse to the royals at York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate, it was the first time I’d been in a railway carriage and the first time so far from home.  I was going one-hundred-and-twenty miles from London, and didn’t have to pay for the passage ticket either!  Maybe that would be one of the grand things being in service to the royals, because Mama said they were all rich, rich, rich.  Honestly, I didn’t care a whit about that, just that I could better my station and send some money home in these tough times, but how I missed my former and now grown toddlekins from Dr. Lockwood’s family in London.  They didn’t need a nurse anymore, all grown up to only need their new stepmother.

 

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AUTHOR Bio:

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Harper is a former university (Ohio State) and high school English teacher. Published since 1982, she writes contemporary suspense and historical novels about real British women. Two of her recent Tudor era books were bestsellers in the UK and Russia. A rabid Anglophile, she likes nothing more than to research her novels on site in the British Isles. Harper won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for DARK ANGEL, and her novel SHATTERED SECRETS was judged one of the Best Books of 2014 by Suspense Magazine. The author and her husband divide their time between Ohio and Florida.  For more information please visit: http://www.karenharperauthor.com

 

A Gentleman Never Tells book review

Published June 19, 2016 by francesothomas

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As I have said before, I never met an Eloisa James book I didn’t like. This one is novella length, and since I just published a novella of my own, I was particularly interested to see how she handled this form.

As one would expect with a shorter story, the plot isn’t too complicated. But because it is James, it has a few quirks. The heroine, although a widow, is still a virgin. And the hero as a young man was somewhat of a bully.

The bullying led to a happy result for the victims. As we have seen all too often, that is rarely the case in real life. But this is a romance after all, not a sociological treatise. Somehow all’s well that ends well, as Shakespearean professor James might say.

Just like croquet, this is a perfect amusement for a summer afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

From Fake to Forever book blast

Published June 7, 2016 by francesothomas

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GENRE:  Contemporary  Romance

About the book:

Sandra Moyer’s preschool is struggling, so she reluctantly agrees to let super-famous actor Ben Capshaw research a role there. Ben’s always joking around, never serious, but there’s something about the buttoned-up, beautiful Sandra and her young daughter that makes him want to take life more seriously. But Sandra won’t trust him—what if it’s all an act, research for the role? As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, Ben will have to decide if love is worth casting aside the role of his life for a new role…that could last a lifetime.

 

Jennifer will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

Please follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/05/book-blast-from-fake-to-forever-by.html

 

My review:

Sandra-don’t call me Sandy–is the epitome of a caregiver. She mothers not only her own child but also her sister, employee, and all the other kids at her pre-school. Asking anyone for help is foreign to her. I can relate.

Enter movie star Ben. Like the rest of them, he needs her help too. Only with him, it isn’t a one way street. Can she trust him not to disappoint like her ex, coincidentally also an actor, always did?

You know the answer, don’t you?

Shirk’s book isn’t the most unpredictable you’ll ever read. But it more than makes up for that in charm. Ben is anyone’s idea of a heart throb and Sandra’s daughter Hannah is cuteness personified.

Good, clean fun.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she’s been on a serious exercise kick. But don’t hold that against her.

Author Website: http://www.jennifershirk.com

Author Blog: http://jennifershirk.blogspot.com/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferShirk

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjennifershirk

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jennifershirk

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https://www.amazon.com/Fake-Forever-Jennifer-Shirk-ebook/dp/B01F1YMJNK/

My first novella to be released soon

Published June 3, 2016 by francesothomas

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My first novella, The Lady Is a Mayor, will be released soon. It is a prequel to the full length book I am working on now. Since it deals with politics, I wanted to have it available before the national conventions occur next month.

The story is set in a fictionalized version of the town where I live. Since I once was the editor of the local newspaper, I have lots of material to draw from.

My heroine Geneva Price becomes the mayor of Calusa and soon finds herself embroiled in a dispute between townsfolk who want to preserve the ecology versus business people who want to save the town from economic ruin. Sort of a daily occurrence in Florida.

It’s available now in the CreateSpace e-store  at https://www.createspace.com/6305319 and will go live on Amazon shortly.

 

email me at Fran@RusticatingintheTropics.com.