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Lost and Found Sisters book review

Published August 3, 2017 by francesothomas

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What if everything you knew about yourself wasn’t true?

Ever since she lost her sister, Quinn Weller has been in a rut. She goes to the same coffee shop every day and buys the same beverage. She’s avoiding her parents and her long-time boyfriend.

Then one day in the coffee line, the man behind her breaks some news that turns her world upside down. Turns out she was adopted as an infant, and the mother she never knew has left her an inheritance. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but it is filled with Shalvis’ trademark humor and heart.

The story is set in a small town that is struggling economically, much like the town I write about in my books. The populace is plenty quirky. That’s a given with small towns, isn’t it? I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Quinn and her frenemy.

Quinn makes the journey away from numbness with the help of a man who is rescuing his mom and the town in spite of himself, a newly-discovered teenage sister, and a stray cat.

This book teeters between romance and women’s fiction. If you are into either of those genres, give it a try.

 

One Snowy Night book review

Published November 8, 2016 by francesothomas

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I had read and enjoyed the previous Heartbreaker Bay book by Jill Shalvis, so I was eager to read her novella One Snowy Night.

I’m working on book two of my own series and  trying to read more books set in small towns.  Even though the Heartbreaker Bay series is set in San Francisco, its close-knit cast of characters make it function like a little town. They all know each other’s secrets and have each other’s backs.

The couple in this one went to high school together, but their paths hadn’t crossed again until Rory came to work for a dog groomer near Max’s office. He’s heading home to Tahoe and. at her boss’ behest, insists she ride with him rather than take multiple buses and trains on Christmas Eve. She’s desperate to keep her promise to go home for the first time in years, but the weather isn’t cooperating.

Like the first book, this one includes a big, lovable dog, breezy writing, and good-at-heart people.

A nice Christmas present.

Mistletoe Cottage book review

Published October 25, 2016 by francesothomas

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In order to buy in to Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason, you have to suspend disbelief a little more than is usually required of the reader of a romantic novel.

First of all, Sophie, the heroine, doesn’t know who the real father of her child is. Huh?

The spirit of the great grandmother of Liam, the hero, is roaming around the premises and can be seen only by the cute daughter of the protagonists and the cat.

It may sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I like the way Mason writes, and after all, this is set at Christmas time when miracles are supposed to happen, right?

I found the supporting cast of characters more interesting than the leads.  Most of the characters involved in the book are keeping secrets that I assume will be dealt with in future Harmony Harbor books. I particularly liked the heroine’s very Italian grandmother who is a hoot and the stern butler with a soft heart. The bridezilla was fun too.

This is one of those books that make you say, “Awww” when it’s over.

 

 

Step back from the TV

Published September 26, 2016 by francesothomas

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Protesters, clashing viewpoints, economic crisis.

No, not the presidential campaign. It all happens in my romance novella. And yes, it’s a comedy.

If you need a break from the debates, here’s a lighter look at political goings on in a sort-of fictional small town.

When the mayor of Calusa flees town in the middle of the night, Geneva Price finds herself in charge, the first female to hold this position, and trying to hold it all together. Seth Connor, a swoon-worthy hotel developer (with good hair), might be the answer to her prayers, in more ways than one. But first she has to arrange a truce between the ecologists and the economists. Just a typical day in Florida.

I had such fun writing The Lady Is a Mayor. I hope you enjoy it. .

Small town politics in Florida

Published July 18, 2016 by francesothomas

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Protesters, clashing viewpoints, economic crisis.

No, not the presidential campaign. It all happens in my romance novella. And yes, it’s a comedy.

If you need a break from the Republican National Convention, here’s a lighter look at political goings on in a sort-of fictional small town.

When the mayor of Calusa flees town in the middle of the night, Geneva Price finds herself in charge and trying to hold it all together. Seth Connor, a swoon-worthy hotel developer (with good hair), might be the answer to her prayers, in more ways than one. But first she has to arrange a truce between the ecologists and the economists. Just a typical day in Florida.

I had such fun writing The Lady Is a Mayor. I hope you enjoy it.

 

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

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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.

 

 

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:

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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.

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