Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

The Matchmaker's Match by Brittany Larsen
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc. 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Eliza Woodhouse has everything a girl could want: a delightful little beachside flower shop, a loving family, and the best friend a girl could ask for. And while she suffers a chronic lack of romance in her own life, the bohemian beauty is a self-proclaimed matchmaker extraordinaire, as evidenced by her recent successes. Having found a fiancé for her sister and a boyfriend for her best friend, she is now taking her lovelorn new employee under her wing. Yes, life is working out quite nicely for Eliza. Until Parker Knightley walks back into her life.

After three years in Hong Kong, Parker is in town for his brother's upcoming wedding to Eliza's sister. They've all known each other their whole lives, and Eliza will never be anything but Little Liza Belle to her handsome childhood tormenter. So the fact that their siblings are getting married simply puts Parker one step closer to becoming the big brother he and Eliza have always joked about him being. But the more time they spend together, the more confused Eliza's feelings become. Because she has come to the shocking realization that the role of brother is the last role she wants Parker to play in her life.
My Review: 4 Stars

I love a fun and modern Jane Austen retelling! I loved trying to figure out who the different people were in Austen's story--so creative. This one takes place in a beach town and has a cast of great characters.

Eliza has such good intentions, but really just socially bumbles along, using her money as a crutch for friendship. She is so clueless in the love department and makes many situations worse by trying to get in the middle of them, but she really does have a good heart and is a likable character. Parker is years older and really shows his maturity, as he tries to help Eliza develop into a compassionate person. I wish there would have been more subtle chemistry and connecting simmering.

I really enjoyed the setting--the floral descriptions, the surfing, and the sunsets over the ocean. Larsen does a great job of transporting a reader into the pages of her book and in bringing her characters to life, but I especially loved the growth that Eliza goes through. True feelings were muddled and the reader gets to discover them right alongside the characters, which was a lot of fun. The relationship that Eliza shares with her sister, Caroline, and her Daddy was so sweet. The ending was the icing on the cake and I'm excited to see what Larsen will come up with next.

Content: mild romance
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Irresistible Groom by Cami Checketts is on sale TODAY ONLY

A vivacious sports agent loses her memory and her safe, perfectly-planned life. The only hope is a tough security specialist who for some reason she’s never allowed herself to fall for.
Claire Tucker is a feisty and successful sports agent. When she wakes up with amnesia she has to rely on a handsome security specialist, which doesn't seem too bad ... until she learns she's known him for years and has repeatedly rejected his date offers. When Brig proves irresistible to her, she realizes she needs to guard her heart until she gets some answers or her past will catch up to her.
Brig Hunsaker has everything he needs, except the sassy lady he’s had a crush on for years. When Claire is injured, and the hospital staff believe he’s her fiancĂ©, he finally gets the chance to protect her and prove he’s worth taking a chance on.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Publication: July 17th 2018 by Mirror Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.
My Review: 5 Stars
This story is not what I was expecting at all. With a slightly depressing beginning, Gentry and her siblings, Rooster and Pearl, are trying to survive after their father leaves for the gold rush. In a wonderful and shocking mix of rich Western history, romance, and magic, the book really comes alive and captivated me from then on out.
The desperation rolls off of the pages through Gentry's character, as her family's struggles were realistic. I loved the characters--their relationships and emotions were gripping, and I especially enjoyed the friendship and bond they share with Hannah, a Mormon second wife, who has an interesting tie to their family.
The way the magic is tied to the story really invested me and had me curious. It really adds a unique element to a typical historical that sets it above and apart from the rest. 
Content: mild romance

Charlie N. Holmberg 
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Her stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction. She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currently lives with her family in Utah.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray {Blog Tour Spotlight and Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Truth Between Us

(Bentwood #2)

By Tammy L. Gray

Inspirational Contemporary Romance

ebook, 252 Pages

July 12th 2018

Nine years to win her. Three years to love her. And one decision that destroyed it all.

April Duncan was raised with three clear truths: the family name is absolute, ambition and success rule over every emotion, and love always comes with strings attached. Image was everything in her carefully crafted world... until the mirror cracked.

Sean Taylor was April's best friend, the one man who taught her it was okay to let her guard down and to rely on someone. She trusted him. She loved him. Which made his deception the darkest kind of cruelty.

Now, nearly a year later, she’s ready to leave her failed engagement in the past and get back her life and her estranged family, even if it means dating a man solely for his connections. She’ll never again choose love over loyalty.

Sean has spent his entire life breaking barriers, facing challenges, and never giving up. Until one impossible choice destroyed his future and left him no option but to flee from the woman who annihilated his heart.

Now he’s back in Bentwood and determined to make her hear the truth and rebuild the trust he shattered. But April has become a mere shell of the woman who claimed his heart long ago.

Winning her back is more than just seizing a victory, because if he fails… the girl he’s loved for a lifetime will disappear forever.

The Truth Between Us is the second book in the Bentwood series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended that you begin with book one to get the full experience among this tight group of family and friends.


Chapter 1 – Sean

Nine months, twenty-seven days, and four hours.

The last time he’d had contact with the woman he was supposed to marry.
The woman who’d chosen misguided loyalty and lineage over his
unconditional love.

Sean drummed his left fingers against the steering wheel, his right
hand occupied with the ring April had so easily returned. He slid the
smooth gold onto his pinky, the same way he had in the jewelry store
to measure its size. It stopped at his knuckle, the light bouncing off
the diamond in an array of beautiful colors.

A woman emerged through the etched double glass doors of Riverside
condos and he held his breath. Not her. This girl was tall with short
blond hair flipping out at the ends. April was the exact opposite. A petite,
dark headed gladiator who could set his heart on fire with a glance.

The urge to slam on the gas and flee from Bentwood pulsed in his veins.
That had been his choice before. To run away. To guard his shattered
heart. To try and forget her. 

Other Books in the Series

Until I Knew Myself

(Bentwood #1)

By Tammy L. Gray

Inspirational Contemporary Romance

ebook, 264 Pages

March 8th 2018

RITA Award-winning author Tammy L. Gray delivers an unforgettable new series following five struggling friends in search of the true meaning of family through secrets, betrayal and the unexpected influence of an outsider…

Tyler Mitchell grew up an orphan, taken in by his best friend’s family when he was only sixteen. Even though ten years have passed, and he’s been given everything he should ever want—a loving home, an adoring girlfriend, a successful career, and lifelong friendships—Tyler has always felt a foreigner in his own life.

When a surprising phone call reveals the death of his biological grandfather, Tyler’s seemingly perfect life starts to unravel. The people he loves most in world have kept from him the greatest secret of all—knowledge of his father’s family.

Now hunting for more information about his past, Tyler discovers nothing is quite as it seems. And the definition of family is far more complicated than choosing between blood and loyalty.

About the Author

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. She writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. She believes hope and healing can be found through high quality fiction that inspires and provokes change.

Her characters are real, relatable and deep, earning her a 2017 RITA award in the Romance with Religious and Spiritual Elements category.

When not chasing after her three amazing kids, Tammy can be spotted with her head in a book. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry.

Tour Schedule

July 16th:



Katie's Clean Book Collection

All-of-a-kind Mom

Christian Chick's Thoughts

July 17th:

The Power of Words

Uplifting Reads

My Scribbler's Heart

Locks, Hooks and Books

July 18th:

C Jane Read

Reading Is My SuperPower

Book by Book

Author Austin Ryan

July 19th:

Faithfully Bookish

Wishful Endings

Tell Tale Book Reviews

Rockin' Book Reviews

July 20th:

Redeemed Hope Dweller

Among the Reads

Christen Krumm

Heidi Reads...

July 21st:

Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a Kindle ebook of UNTIL I NEW MYSELF, book one in The Brentwood Series, and a $10 Amazon eGift Card

- Open internationally

- Ends July 25th

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The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere {Book Blast with Giveaway}

Happy Release Day to The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere! To celebrate the release of this great book we're giving away $50!!

The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere

Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways.

This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago.

Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?

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What Readers are saying:

A tender debut novel that will leave you remembering the sweet angst of first love. The Songs of You and Me is a charmer. - Taylor Dean, author of I’m With You and Chasing Fireflies.

In this romantic debut about first love, second chances, Ms. DeMeyere weaves the past and present together in a way that brings the characters' hearts to life as they heal from tragedies and struggle to move on in life. Sweet and heartwarming. – Charissa Stastny, author of Between Hope and the Highway and the Rules out Romances Series.

A fun and enticing love story that combines the bitter with the sweet and keeps you laughing amidst the tears. You won't want to miss this touching story that explores true love in all its depth and beauty. – Aubrey, Amazon Reviewer

The Songs of You and Me pulled me in from page one. The characters came to life and I felt as if I was part of their story. I stayed up night after night fascinated with their personal and individual challenges. Their obstacles were relatable and tugged at my heart. I couldn’t wait to finish and yet I didn’t want it to end. As I read the last page, I was ecstatic to see what would come next from Mylissa Demeyere. – Jamie, Amazon Reviewer


Here, have a cupcake.” She almost shoved one in my mouth, putting an end to my complaining. She took the other one and bit a big chunk out of it. A small moan escaped her lips, causing me to inhale the cupcake instead of swallowing it. I sputtered and coughed the crumbs that went down the wrong pipe. Her closed eyelids and that sweet little sound of enjoyment made me lose my train of thought.
“You okay?” Jane tapped my back, unaware of the effect she had on me.
“Fine,” I gasped.
“Take it easy on the treasure there. That stuff isn’t for the faint-hearted.” Her eyes twinkled, but her words sunk deeper. I better be careful with her.
“Apart from almost killing you, did you like it?” she asked.
“It was good.”
“Just good? Mine was divine. Here, have a taste.” She held out her cupcake, and my hand folded around hers. My gaze dipped down to the sweet in her hand and moved up to her face. She urged me on by moving it closer to my mouth.
“Mhmm, that is good.” Her fingers brushed my lips as I tasted her offered treat.
“Now it’s only fair you let me taste your caramel one.” She leaned in and indicated for me to offer a taste of mine. Her teeth bit into it, and her lips closed around her bite as her eyelids shut in pleasure.
“Mhmm.” She pulled away slightly, and I noticed a small trace of frosting on her upper lip.
“Here.” I held her face with my free hand and rubbed the smudge away. Her eyes widened, but she didn’t pull back.
“All gone,” I whispered.
“We better get back,” she replied, her voice thick.
“Sure, let’s go.”

Author Mylissa Demeyere

Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.
The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel, with a sequel already in the works.

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Ends 7/29/18

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Author's Corner #19

Welcome to Author's Corner hosted by Bookworm NationKatie's Clean Book Collection and KJ's Book Nook! Once a month we will feature either a favorite author or new to us author. We will share the author's bio, one of our favorite books of theirs and a review. Each of us will be featuring a different author each month so there will also be links to each of our posts.

For this month's Author's Corner I am going to choose... 

Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a master's degree from the University of Minho in Braga in Portuguese/English teaching. 

She lives in northern Utah. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles in winter, or tending her herb garden in the summer. She also works part-time as a substitute teacher.

Visit her website at


I love the way Lucinda Whitney tells a tale. The books I've read
have been set in Portugal and are so romantic and sweet.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Secret of Haversham House by Julie Matern {Review}

The Secret of Haversham House by Julie Matern
Publication: June 12th 2018 by Sweetwater Books 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
Francesca Haversham is eighteen years old and about to step into a glittering future--all she has to do is secure her wealth with an advantageous marriage. Then she learns the truth: her entire identity is a lie. Now Francesca faces a horrible choice. Will she give up all she knows or continue to lie about her past and risk everything, including her heart?
My Review: 5 Stars

Secrets abound at Haversham House and Matern does a fantastic job of creating vivid characters. The prim British society is richly described and the settings have such an authentic feel. Although there are the normal balls and flirtations that will hopefully result in a proposal, there is an integral thread that isn't found in your every day Regency story and it really planted something deep within me. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll end here.

Francesca is a mature eighteen year old and is very delightful. Although this is ultimately her story, there are several other characters who come to life and the tapestry that Matern weaves is charming, sweet, and enlightening. And the settings are realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Content: mild romance; very vague talk of premarital relations; mild religious elements.