Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: One Perfect Year by Melinda Curtis with Giveaway

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

One Perfect Year (A Harmony Valley Novel)One Perfect Year
(Harmony Valley #4)
Melinda Curtis
Adult Contemporary Romance
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming


He's coming up on her blind side

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester's world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like.

Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over—together—could be the best dream he's ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.

My Review
Shelby has a lot of baggage. Not only did her husband die, but her best friend all but abandoned her in her greatest time of need. Now Gage is back and things aren't the same as they were before.

Shelby is a very compassionate and passionate woman. She loves deeply and holds onto the past. She's afraid of the unknown and often thinks of the "what ifs" in life. Yet, from dogs to elderly ladies, she has just the knack to make those around her feel loved and accepted. I wanted to see her get over her issues because she really has a lot to offer, but I can understand how she wants to protect herself and her heart.

Gage let emotion and fear drive him away, but now he's ready to man up. I like Gage, but had a hard time understanding why he struggled making a big decision--love or career? Those choices aren't easy for anyone to make, but the answer was clear for me.

I loved returning to Harmony Valley. The characters are quirky and endearing and the setting is heavenly. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story and felt a lot of emotion in relationship to the events that happened. Mae, an older woman, is selling her old wedding dress store and I could feel her regret at having to do so. There were quite a few humorous moments, especially involving Lucky, the stray St. Bernard. I enjoyed the romantic connections, but wish the tension would have been throughout the story, instead of so close to the end. I look forward to more!

Content: Squeaky clean romance (kissing); mild language (one or two mild words); mild violence (relating to injuries sustained from animals); no religious elements.


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Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the indie pubbed Bridesmaid series. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter.”

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: An Autographed Set of the first 3 Harmony Valley Books
(Dandelion Wishes, Summer Kisses, and Season of Change) (US only or ebooks to an international)

Additional Prizes:
- Happy Bee Day Mug with candy and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US
only - if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author's back list)
- Bee Salt and Pepper Shaker and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US
only - if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author's back list)

Ends March 15th

TOUR LAUNCH: The Cloak by Sarah Jennings with Giveaway


A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're Launching THE CELTIC TOUR for
The Cloak
By Sarah Jennings

A Celtic princess learns to accept her destiny as the leader of her people.



More About The Cloak and Author Sarah Jennings

1. What is your motivation behind this book? Why did you want to write it?

My motivation for writing The Cloak was really a combination of things. I'm a huge fan of smart and determined heroines, and I'd like to see more faith-based ones represented in the genres I've chosen, especially for young adults. It seemed time to share some of the adventures for Kellan, the lead character, that I've had running through my head for a number of years. Also, I specifically wanted to write the book in a way that would allow a reader to finish it in over a few hours' time, just enough for a quick getaway read or for those on the run with a busy schedule.

2. What do you hope readers take with them when they read your book?

Of course, I hope they want to hear more stories, but as for a takeaway it's my desire that readers are able to connect with Kellan and close the book feeling encouraged. Kellan's trials, while not always her fault, often are due to self-doubt, stubbornness, and a quick temper. God uses it all for His greater purpose, and Kellan is happier in the end for it. I wholeheartedly believe He is able to do that with us as well.

3. Do you have a favorite scene?

If I have to pick one scene, I will say the moment when Kellan comes home for the last time. To me, it signals that she has finally come full circle. She rids herself of a false identity and has decided that she won't be chased away from what she loves because of her own insecurities.

4. Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write... or favorite snack foods?

Some of my ideas for stories come while listening to music in the car. I think all of us should have background music following us around all the time.

The CloakThe Cloak
Sarah Jennings
Inspirational YA Romantic Suspense
Paperback and ebook, 194 pages
November 2014


Kellan McKensie, Princess of Errigal, is set on leaving for another world before being thrust into a plan of God's choosing that includes learning of her past, embracing her future, and finding her forever love.

Among a lost line of beautiful, wise queens and a conquered country still clinging to medieval traditions in today's world, can Kellan be convinced that now is her time to act? Why should she? To the entire country, she doesn't even exist. Ever the reluctant leader, Kellan is pressured to use her incredible God-given abilities to bring back the glory of her homeland. To do so, she must fight her own will, overcome fears, and control her temper. It's a lot to ask of a girl hidden under a cloak her whole life.


Sarah Jennings is an American storyteller living in the hills of North Carolina with her husband, four children, and escape artist hound dog. Her stories often revolve around strong willed heroines who find their way with God's help during their adventures and in the process find their soulmate too. The Cloak is one such story now available in print and ebook format.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card - Open Internationally
Celtic Prize Pack: Paperback of The Cloak and Celtic Music CDs - US Only
2 Paperbacks of The Cloak - US Only
2 ebooks of The Cloak - Open Internationally
Ends March 22nd

Swoon Fest 2015--Take a Chance on Love

 Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 27th

I'm excited to announce that the Swoon Fest, TAKE A CHANCE ON LOVE, for Shannon Guymon (aka Katie O'Guinn) is FINALLY here!! We have been dying to do one for her since the last one in October. We hope that she's as excited as we are because we have so many exciting things planned for the month of March.

Here are the details:


Anyone and everyone who loves this author and is excited to spend a month reading, discussing, and learning more about Shannon and her books can participate. We're going to try something new and each of our blogs will be posting each day. We're hoping to really spread the word around to allow for a lot of participation and support.


The schedule is as follows:

Monday Munchies - We'll be sharing some fun, easy, yummy recipes that have been tested and loved by all who have devoured them! My good friend, KJ from KJ's Book Nook will be hosting this segment.

Tuesday Trivia - We'll have some some questions for you to answer from each of her series. Hopefully, they will make you want to read all of Shannon's books. I'll be in charge of this one.

Wednesday's Gabbing with Guymon - Yes... Shannon will be answering questions from her fans! We're trying to find an easy way for everyone who has a question to send them but we're also trying not to overwhelm Shannon with too many of them. Stay tuned for how to submit your very own questions. Kathy from Bookworm Nation will host.

Thursday Casting and Character Bios - KJ is seriously talented in casting and has most of Shannon's books cast, but there are still some that need to be done. We thought we'd post some and then get ideas from everyone else on who they see as each character. Shannon is a huge fan of casting and I'm sure she'd love to see some of your casting picks for her books. Keep a close eye on Thursdays and make sure you join in on the fun! Our good friend, Heidi, will be helping KJ with this one and it will be posted on Bookworm Nation.

Friday Fun in Fircrest - What's more fun than prizes? Each and every week, we will have winners! Be sure to go to Bookworm Nation to enter on the rafflecopter. The prizes:

1st place - $20 Amazon Gift Card
2nd place - $15 Amazon Gift Card
3rd place - $10 Amazon Gift Card

All winners will be chosen using Rafflecopter. There will be different ways for you to earn points throughout the week, so make sure you check it out and enter. Sit back and enjoy a great time and TAKE A CHANCE ON LOVE!

Follow along on:
Bookworm Nation
KJ's Book Nook
Katie's Clean Book Collection

Sunday, March 1, 2015

TOUR LAUNCH: One Perfect Year by Melinda Curtis with Giveaway


A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

We're Launching the BOOK TOUR for
One Perfect Year
By Melinda Curtis

A sweet romance from Harlequin Heartwarming 
about two old friends with past mistakes between them.


Intro to One Perfect Year

Harmony Valley sits at the northernmost edge of Sonoma County wine country and is in trouble. All the big employers have moved on, and without jobs, everyone under the age of 65 has left town. The 70 or so residents remaining are set in their ways, to say the least. And now a group of twenty-somethings (whippersnappers!) have come to town to start a winery. Old clashes against new with fun and heartwarming results. Although each book is a step closer to bringing the town back to life, each book also stands alone (because I hate it when you need to read from book 1 to enjoy the series).

In One Perfect Year, a young widowed wine cellar manager, Shelby Hawkley, finds her life shaken up when her former best friend shows up in town. How can Shelby forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? Gage has secretly loved Shelby since high school. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago, then maybe they could put the past aside and start over, together.

One Perfect Year (A Harmony Valley Novel)One Perfect Year
(Harmony Valley #4)
Melinda Curtis
Adult Contemporary Romance
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming


He's coming up on her blind side

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester's world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like.

Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over, together, could be the best dream he's ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.

Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iTunes - Kobo - Google PlayHarlequin

Award winning, USA Today bestseller Melinda Curtis writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet and emotional romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, and the indie pubbed Bridesmaid series. Brenda Novak says: "Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf." Melinda also writes independently published, hotter romances as Mel Curtis. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: "Sharp, sassy, modern version of a screwball comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age except a lot hotter."

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: An Autographed Set of the first 3 Harmony Valley Books
(Dandelion Wishes, Summer Kisses, and Season of Change) (US only or ebooks to an international)

Additional Prizes:
- Happy Bee Day Mug with candy and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US
only - if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author's back list)
- Bee Salt and Pepper Shaker and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet (US
only - if international winner pulled then a single ebook from author's back list)

Ends March 15th

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Between the Lines (Main Street Merchants Book 5) by Paige Timothy


Between the Lines (Main Street Merchants #5) 

Between the Lines (Main Street Merchants Book 5) by Paige Timothy
Kindle Edition, 83 pages
Published February 8th 2015 by Trifecta Books 
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Description: Regan spends her days working in a bookstore and her nights reading. She goes on grand romantic adventures in her head . . . but not in real life. That all changes when someone sweeps her off her feet and carries her up a mountain.
My Review: "Me, my books, and chocolate--we're a match made in heaven." Right away, I knew I was going to connect with and like Regan. She is content to let her roommates find love and to just lose herself in her books, since that's where she feels romance belongs. She has the perfect job (working in a bookstore) and she's perfectly content with life. Until she lets herself get talked into a blind date with one of her roommate's boyfriend's good friends. 
Jesse is a great guy--really down-to-earth. He owns an outdoors store and loves nothing more than to be one with nature, which is apparent since he goes camping almost every weekend. He's very kind, caring, and passionate about what he loves.
A camping trip gone wrong really brings out what's important in life, and not just Dutch oven potatoes. I enjoyed the realizations the characters come to, as well as the romance that blossoms, as fast as it was. This series is a lot of fun--full of clean romance, interesting characters, and unique story lines.
Content: Clean romance (kissing, brief mention of an assault); no language, violence, or religion; a few tense moments of peril.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Between-Lines-Main-Street-Merchants-ebook/dp/B00TE3G1M0/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1425064665&sr=8-10&keywords=between+the+lines https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24903528-between-the-lines?from_search=true 

About the Author:
Paige Timothy 
Paige Timothy is the author of the new sweet romance series, Main Street Merchants, which are fun, light romances set in the fictional town of Aspen Ridge, Colorado. Under her various pen names, she has now written over thirty books in a wide range of genres and looks forward to writing many, many more. You can learn more about her at www.paigetimothy.com 
 

Grand Finale: Dearest by Alethea Kontis with Giveaway

Dearest GRAND FINALE BLOGGER.txt
A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the BOOK TOUR for
Dearest
By Alethea Kontis

Did you miss any of the magical posts and reviews for this tour?
Go check them out now! You can also grab the 20th Chapter of Dearest, 
not previously released, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Lilac Reviews - Tips for Writing a Series
The Arilland Easter Egg Page: I've always been a big fan of DVD extras, so I created a page on my website where I list handy links to essays, videos, stories, articles and the like that are some how connected to the series. You can find it here: http://aletheakontis.com/about/arilland
Wishful Endings - The Wild Swans Rant
"The Wild Swans", along with "The Little Mermaid" and "The Little Match Girl" has always been one of my favorite stories by Hans Christian Andersen. (It's also, notably, one of the only HCA stories in which the main characters DON'T DIE.)

Special post @ Waterworld Mermaids - Learn some fun facts about Alethea!

The Book Lovers' Lounge - Review
I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves their fairy tales and romance books.

Wings trip [Alethea's] fiction trigger @ USA Today's Happy Ever After

Buried Under Books - Review
I love Friday!I think she's my favorite of the sisters so far mainly because she's so sweet and kind, and Tristan is also very likeable but it's the seven brothers as a group who make this tale so much fun.

Mommabears Book Blog - Holy "L" Trinity
But when it came to fantasy films, we had what we lovingly referred to as "The Holy L Trinity": Legend, Labyrinth, and Ladyhawke. It was rare that we watched one without immediately watching the other two. It didn't matter which order, just as long as they all got seen.

Rabid Reads - Review
Highly recommended. If you love fairy tales, you will love this series. Even if you are among the majority who only know Disney's version of events, you will love this series. Don't be scared off by the mutual affection Kontis and I have for Grimm, b/c while, YES, the details stay true to their European roots, the Woodcutter sisters always live happily ever after. 


Gidget Girls Reading - Spotlight
Wonderful addition to the Woodcutter Sisters series! Dearest is sure to capture the reader and keep them wanting more.

7 Minutes with... Alethea Kontis @ J.T. Ellison

Zerina Blossom - Review
Dearest was a sweet romance and a fantastic mix of some of my favorite fairytales. "The Seven Swans" and "The Goose Girl" were but two of them. I loved the way the stories were once again intermingled in new and intriguing ways. Friday's love story was one worth reading again.

Geo Librarian - Review
When it comes to fairy tale retellings it can be challenging to present the story in a new enough way to win over readers since the basic story is known beforehand.  But Kontis does a nice job here of adding enough new elements to make the story feel fresh and new.  And while the plot is thoroughly entertaining, it is the characters that really make the story worth reading.

Welcome to Book City - Interview

What is your favorite fairy tale?

My favorite fairy tale has always been "The Goose Girl." It's the reason Conrad is one of the main characters in Dearest! Conrad was the clever boy who reported to the king that there was something fishy about the girl he tended the geese with...like the fact that she knew how to call the wind. . . . My second-favorite fairy tales are "Snow White and Rose Red" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."
Angela's Library - Q&A
Dearest is based in part on "The Wild Swans" by Hans Christian Andersen and "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm. How are both of these tales referenced in Dearest?
I reread "The Wild Swans" again before I started writing Dearest.  It's amazing how much detail that story goes into. Elisa has 11 brothers who are cursed into swans by a wicked sorceress stepmother who quickly turns the king's heart against his children. She also tries to curse Elisa, but her heart is so pure that the sorceress is forced to make Elisa physically ugly to serve her purpose...

Kelly P's Blog - A Weave of Words Fairy Tale Rant Intro
The book, out of print now (but still fairly easy to acquire), is about a lazy prince and a weaver's daughter. In order to win her heart, the prince learns to read and write and weave. In return, the weaver's daughter learns to ride a horse and fight with a sword.

Mel's Shelves - Review
This book has plenty for everyone--humor, romance, secrets, danger, adventure and magic. I think I would enjoy it even more the second time through since there are references I most likely missed. There's more to come in this series so I'm sure I'll read through all of them again in the future. If you enjoy adventurous fairytale mash-ups, you'll want to start reading this series now!

Jan Edwards - Q&A
What are you up to next?
This year I will be publishing Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome(another illustrated collaboration with Janet K. Lee), Trixter (a Woodcutter novella), and a trilogy of short contemporary romance novels set in a small beach town in central Florida. I'm very excited about all of them!

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Review
I loved the way different fairy tales were twisted and mashed up. . . . It really was a lot of fun to see where the story would go. I need to go back and read the first two!

A Backwards Story - I Dedicate This Post To You (Review HERE)
One of my favorite parts of a book is the dedication. Before the interwebs, a dedication (because there wasn't always an acknowledgements section or author's note, especially in fiction) was the closest a reader came to knowing the author as a person.

Wishful Endings - Review
I loved all the nods to various folklore and fairy tales. The author is definitely a master at blending different tales while making them completely original and her own. . . . I would highly recommend Dearest as well as this entire series.

Library of a Book Witch - Review
I loved that this focused on the Fairy Tale of the seven swans and not only that but also another story that I am familiar with. . . . The story is so fast moving I flew through the book (like a swan, get it, ha!) but it was just so engaging. So many wonderful things come together to keep the plot moving. So many wonderful characters.

The Quotable - Fairy Tales Incorporated
I'm often asked which fairy tales I'm putting into the next installment of the Woodcutter Sisters series, or how many I've already included, or which ones are my favorites, or which ones inspire me the most. Rarely do I get the question of HOW I incorporate all these fairy tales into the bouillabaisse that is the Once Upon a Time of Arilland, which is probably a good thing, because it's not a short answer...


Biggest Literary Crushes post on Teen Reads

The Written Adventure - Interview
2) What gave you the idea for this book?
I always start each one of the Woodcutter Sisters books with a *base note* fairy tale (like a base note in perfume). The base note for Dearest was "The Wild Swans" (aka "The Six Swans"). But I can't think of fine-feathered fairy tales without thinking of my personal favorite, "The Goose Girl"...so I had to add that too. From there, the rest just sort of fell into place.

My Life Loves and Passion - Review
To start with I LOVED this cover. It was just so beautiful. . . . I just loved how this story started. It was so magical. I really loved just everything about this book!

Colorimetry - Swan Lake Fairy Tale Rant & Review
When I began writing Dearest, I knew I wanted to incorporate "The Goose Girl" and "The Wild Swans" and "The Six Swans" and every other fairy tale that involves a gaggle of men who are cursed into birds. . . . This was my favorite book in the series so far and not just because I rec'd an early review copy that Alethea signed and doodled, although... I 5-star love that, too.  Mostly 5 stars because this story makes me want to know and remember ALL the stories, which is crazy and not even possible because they haven't all been written, yet!

I Am A Reader - The Casting of the Swans
As many writers "and children in Deep-Doodoo Trouble" know, the best stories are often an amalgamation of more than one thing. One idea comes to mind that sparks a myriad of other ideas--some you might have had a very long time ago, and some you might have imagined only yesterday. . . . The seven Swan Brothers of Dearest were a story born of three such singular ideas.

The Library of the Seen - Interview
What are some of your favorite fairy tale retellings?
Beauty and Deerskin, both by Robin McKinley (she's the fairy tale retelling queen!) Also, A Curse Dark As Gold, a Rumplestiltskin retelling by Elizabeth C. Bunce. And the movie Ever After...which in many ways inspired Enchanted (because I loved the film so much and still wanted to do my own Cinderella.)

18 - Special post on Dear Teen Me - Letter to her teen BFF

Printcess & Living a Goddess Life - Review
You recall my earlier review of the first two in the series, Enchanted and Hero. Well, I actually liked this one the best. Kontis appears to be improving in style and scope with each book, which makes for a nice change!

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Interview
2 Do you read/comment on reviews of your books?
I do! I don't have a lot of time to do so anymore, and I often hear that reviewers are sometime freaked out when the author pops by unannounced, but I do have Google Alerts and Twitter searches saved with my name. (It's nice to be the only Alethea Kontis on the planet!) I appreciate every reader who takes the time to write a review. I used to be a book reviewer, both in print and online--I know how much extra energy it takes to put those thoughts into useful words.

100 Pages A Day - Review
Tristan is the serious brother that Friday falls for- and is mostly instant love since they only see each other at night, but the romance was painted as genuine and this is a fairy tale. For any lover of fairy tales and re-tellings this would be a good series to pick up.

mrsjennyreads - Review
An enchanting delight of a story, this is true fantasy fun. Kontis, I believe, may be wielding magic of her own.

Books and Ashes - Review
I really enjoyed this story though because it was everything I wanted to know and more about what was happening in Arilland while Saturday was adventuring as a pirate (which was my favorite part about Hero) and this book gave me that and more by the time I finished it. I can't wait to see which sister is next in the series!

Addicted Readers - Seamstress Extraordinaire
In the Woodcutter series, I had to coin the phrase "Seamstress Extraordinaire," because the publisher did not like that I called Yarlitza Mitella a Master Seamstress. They asked if I could change it to Mistress...but a Master at a craft is not a Mistress, no matter what their sex. There are female Jedi Masters, for heaven's sake. All the D&D Guild Masters--men or women--were Masters.

Miss Little Book Addict YA House of Books - Review
"World building and humor in DEAREST was nicely done. Alethea also gets major points for taking such well know fairy tales and making them her own..."

Katy's Krazy Books - Review
So I thought that the plot was really good.  Friday is an awesome chick that I just wish I could be.  I mean who doesn't want to be able to save a couple of hot twins from turning into swans each day.  Not to mention, the girl gets to do the saving in this story, NOT the guy.

The Daily Prophecy - Fairy Tale Rant on Tristan & Isolde
I have found that, during the process of writing a novel, I am drawn to certain entertainments in my off time. While writing Enchanted, I watched a lot of Jane Austen movies. While writing Hero, I was very drawn to the Summer Olympics...especially the women's swimming competitions. While writing Dearest, I re-watched most of Stargate: Atlantis...and all of Merlin.

Deal Sharing Aunt - Interview
Where do you get your information or ideas?
I get information from everywhere--people, when I can find them, books, when I have them close at hand, and the internet, when I need something simple to move the story forward, like the anatomy and habits of a swan.

Min Reads and Reviews - Review
I absolutely loved this book.  The story is told beautifully and quite magically, as well.  I have not read the previous books in the series, but I am putting them high on my TBR list.  I loved absolutely Friday, and I enjoyed getting to know some of her sisters.

Pieces of Whimsy - The Goose Girl
I first read "The Goose Girl" when I was eight years old, from the giant book of fairy tales my Memere bought me (no doubt in the hopes that it might keep me busy for a while). No matter how old I've become and what adventures I've undertaken, "The Goose Girl" has been my favorite fairy tale since that day.

Wonderous Reviews - Review
The journey that Dearest takes readers on is more than I can put into words without spoiling at least one discovery. I will say that this book is perfect for those that enjoy a story that will inspire and enchant! There is beautiful love, heart pounding action, fantasy and flying, magic and sorcery, destiny and fate, kindness and curses, and a little something for everyone!

The Scribbling Sprite - Interview
6. Any plans for future books you can share with us?
In the next six months, I will be publishing Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (another illustrated collaboration with Janet K. Lee), Trixter (a Woodcutter novella), and a trilogy of short contemporary romance novels set in a small beach town in central Florida. I'm very excited about all of them!

A Backwards Story - The Missing Last Chapter of Dearest
Alethea talks about Dearest being short one chapter and that you can now read the final chapter.

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3)Dearest
(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

"A fabulous fairy-tale mashup that deserves hordes of avid readers. Absolutely delectable." Kirkus Reviews, starred review of award-winning series debut Enchanted

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?

The Other Woodcutter Sisters Books
 Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)
Links for Enchanted
Links for Hero

Alethea Kontis courtesy of Lumos Studio 2012
New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a fairy godmother, and a geek. She's known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, and ranting about fairy tales on YouTube.

Her published works include: The Wonderland Alphabet (with Janet K. Lee), Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome (with Janet K. Lee), the AlphaOops series (with Bob Kolar), the Woodcutter Sisters fairy tale series, and The Dark-Hunter Companion (with Sherrilyn Kenyon). Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in a myriad of anthologies and magazines.

Her YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children?s Book Award in 2012 and the Garden State Teen Book Award in 2015. Enchanted was nominated for the Audie Award in 2013, and was selected for World Book Night in 2014. Both Enchanted and its sequel, Hero, were nominated for the Andre Norton Award.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea currently lives and writes in Florida, on the Space Coast. She makes the best baklava you've ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.


Tour-Wide Giveaway

3 Woodcutter Sisters Prize Packs (signed copies of Enchanted, Hero, & Dearest - US Only)
Ends March 8th


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Jeremy's Promise by A.R. Talley with Giveaway and Excerpt

Jeremy's Promise (1) 

Jeremy's PromiseJeremy's Promise by A.R. Talley
The trip that was meant to save Annie and Jeremy’s marriage brought it to near ruin. Now Annie has returned home, frightened and confused. Jeremy, too, is frightened—and angry. What will it take to save their marriage? It’s clear. Jeremy needs to forgive—Annie needs to forget. A promise is made. A tragedy occurs. A second honeymoon is disrupted. A chance encounter brings David Andrews back into Annie’s life. Annie is determined to remain faithful. She’s made a promise she intends to keep—Jeremy’s Promise. 

My Review
I was left feeling very emotional after David's Song and wasn't sure what was going to happen. If you haven't read that one, be sure to read it first!

Jeremy and Annie's marriage is very fragile after the events that happened in David's Song. I really enjoyed the flow of the story and the way they figured things out and resolved their issues. Jeremy is a great guy--one who really does think of Annie and her happiness. He seems a little insecure and the promise he extracts from Annie proves exactly that.

Annie made a big decision at the end of the first book and what I love about her is that once her mind is made up, she will be whatever it takes to push through and find happiness in her situation. Of course, it takes a lot of hard work, but I love that tenacity. She was very stubborn in some ways, which was frustrating.

I thought this book would wrap things up, but it left things open for more. I love the new characters that were introduced and getting to know the characters I knew before in a deeper way. I have to find out how it will all end! As before, I think this author has a fabulous way of weaving a story, while evoking strong emotions.

Content: Clean romance (implied relations between a married couple with no descriptions, kissing); no language or violence; Mild religious elements--brief talks of prayer, church, LDS missions--no descriptions)

*I received a copy from the tour host in exchange for an honest review*


Praise for Jeremy's Promise
A.R. Talley, gives you a believable look at the struggle of one couple to reconnect and heal their marriage, with dialog which sweeps you into the moment as if you were there with them, experiencing both their pain and recovery. Kudos to the author who has once again produced a book I couldn't put down, as well as one I felt compelled to read multiple times. ~Donna Dech

Jeremy's Promise second book in a trilogy by A.R. Talley is an awesome, emotional, romantic, highly recommended, well written story with captivating and engaging characters. ~Debbie Ballard

This is not a book I would have picked by myself! I loved it from start to finish! Eagerly waiting for the third book in the trilogy to come out!! I highly recommend this book! ~Goodreads

EXCERPT

He regarded me with a cool stare. Up close, he looked different, still the composed, attractive superstar, but his eyes were different. They were still the brilliant blue that I remembered, but they were hard, more like ice than sparkling water. His face was unshaven, dark stubble around his jaw. I had this irresistible urge to reach up and rub his cheek.
                “What’s the matter, Annie, afraid to take a risk?” he said coldly. I met his gaze head on, defenses in place.
                “You know me,” I replied, trying to be as sweet as possible, “I never was much of a risk taker.”
                “No, as I recall, you err on the side of safety every time.”
                “Better safe than sorry… it’s my motto.”
                “And how does that work for you?”
                “Quite well, Dr. Phil—I only get into trouble when I flirt with risk.”
                “Um… are we talking about rock climbing—or something else? I’m confused,” Carolyn interjected.

AprilAuthor A.R. Talley A. R. Talley lives in Ohio with her husband Doug and the last of her seven children (the rest have flown the coup.) She loves to cook, read, write, watch movies, play piano, and laugh. Her second favorite vacation involves the British Isles and a small café in Scotland.


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