Saturday, August 19, 2017

Grand Finale: The Alaskan Catch by Beth Carpenter + Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Alaskan Catch
By Beth Carpenter

We hope you enjoyed the tour and getting a taste of Alaska! If you missed any
of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Author Interview

What inspired you to write THE ALASKAN CATCH?

One thing I hear over and over in Alaska is, “I came for the summer and never left.” I wanted my heroine, Dana, to feel that connection, to recognize that Alaska is a place where she can become the person she wants to be.

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

As Sam tells Dana, “You can paddle your own boat or you can throw up your hands and let the current carry you wherever it will.” Find your river and keep on paddling.

Brooke Blogs - Excerpt

“I don’t feel sorry for you.” Dana gave a wry smile. Maybe she did feel bad for that boy whose mother deserted him, but not for the man he’d grown into. “In fact, if I’m honest, this weekend when I saw you and Ursula hug, I was a little jealous. I’d love to have someone in my life who was that glad to see me show up.”

Nicole's Book Musings - Ten Reasons to Fall in Love with Alaska

1. The Views Need I say more?

2. Summer Daylight In Anchorage on June 20th, the sun rises at 4:19am and sets at 11:40pm. In between it never gets completely dark.

Becky on Books - Review

"The Alaskan Catch is a sweet story about family, finding your own path (“paddling your own boat” as it’s put one more than once here–both figuratively and literally), and learning to put your trust in unexpected love even when it seems contrary to the plans you thought you had. Besides finding each other, Dana and Sam also find out some hard truths about their families’ histories during the course of the story, which each has to deal with in their own way. Neither is exactly on the path they thought they’d be by the end of the book, but since they’re on that new path together, it makes all the difference."

“Hold it right there.”

Sam blinked. He knew he was tired, but was he hallucinating? A woman wearing flowery shorts and a pink tank top stood in his living room, near the hallway. She couldn’t have been more than five-two or three, but the red gun in her hands more than made up for her petite size. Especially since the hands seemed to be shaking.

Heidi Reads... - Review

"What an adventure! I loved all the details of Dana's adventure in Alaska. There was a mystery of old family secrets, a friendship-to-romance relationship, exciting excursions, and descriptions of amazing landscapes and wildlife."

Hearts & Scribbles - Character Interview

Today, we’re talking with Dana Raynott, the heroine from THE ALASKAN CATCH.

Dana, what brought you to Alaska?

I came looking for my brother. When I was sixteen, he and my father argued and Chris left home. My father would never tell me what they fought about. Recently my father died, and left Chris some money in his will. I thought it was the perfect time to track him down, get a few answers, and hopefully reunite our family.

"I really enjoyed this new Harlequin Heartwarming book by Beth Carpenter! It had a bit of everything in it- adventure, mystery and romance. I loved the Alaskan setting with so much of the story taking place outdoors with the beauties of nature on full display."

underneath the covers - Even Shopping is Different

My first ever Harlequin, THE ALASKAN CATCH, takes place in my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is a typical American city in a lot of ways, but with its own personal style. For example, we have an international airport, a small plane airport, and a float plane airport. A wayward moose can throw a real wrench into rush-hour traffic. Many of the pedestrian overpasses are specifically designed to accommodate sled dog teams.

And then there’s shopping...

"This book has a great story-line of friendship, mystery, forgiveness and love. I would recommend this to anyone. The kissing scenes are very modestly done. You cannot help but to fall in love with Alaska and the characters."

"I’ve been a Harlequin fan since high school and I think this is a great addition to my collection. By the time you finish, you will understand why Harlequin has added to their Heartwarming series. . . . Toward the very end, Dana says something to Sam that sums things up nicely – this book was a great adventure. It also left me looking forward to reading more of this series. "

Books to Read Next - Excerpt

He frowned. Dana wasn’t helpless. In fact, two days ago, she’d threatened to shoot him. It was highly unlikely she’d come to any harm on a nice day downtown, surrounded by people. And yet here he was, worrying about her. Maybe Chris was right—Sam hadn’t been out with a woman for too long. He needed to get a grip.

"The Alaskan Catch kept me grinning throughout each chapter. Sam and Dana are so sweet together, and you’ll find yourself rooting for them all along the way. Their backstories are poignant and compelling, and the more they (and we) discover the more compelling it becomes. An awesome dog, vivid supporting characters, and breathtaking kisses scenery (ok… that first kiss is pretty breathtaking too) round out the mix and may have you booking your next vacation in Alaska!"

So, you want to date an Alaskan. Who wouldn’t? You’ve seen the pictures of hunky wilderness firefighters and fishermen. In Alaska, there are around a hundred and seven men for every hundred women. But women in Alaska have a saying. The odds are good, but the goods are odd.

"The book has some suspense and mystery to it and also adventure. Once you start the book it is hard to put down. . . . I really loved all the characters but I think Sam and Dana were my favorite. I definitely recommend this book. I have found another great author."

"Beth Carpenter has earned herself a solid spot in the heart of the Harlequin Heartwarming author line-up with her debut novel in the line! It brings us secrets and despair, gorgeous countryside and the hearts of good, solid people to overcome the turmoil brought forth when lives are turned upside down with shocking revelations. The characters are down to earth, real and well developed and the plot takes us along for the ride of a sweet love story that stands the test of time and tribulation. Looking forward to seeing more from her!"

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

Sam had purposely chosen not to reveal Dana’s last name yet. He wanted Ursula’s unbiased evaluation of her character first. And while he hadn’t talked to Ursula alone, it was obvious the two women clicked. It may have been when Dana offered to make the cornbread, or possibly when she complimented one of Tommy’s whirligigs, but at some point today, Dana had won Ursula over. He wondered if it would stay that way once Ursula knew her last name.

"I loved how Chris, Dana and Sam’s past were intertwined. I’m not going to say anything else because it’s the crust of the book. Hats off to Ms. Carpenter for her originality. Brilliant, actually. And also, that not everything was done in Alaska. Dana still had some things to take care off back home with her new found strength. Oh yes, Dana had some growing to do in the book. It was subtle but in the end, it was well worth it."

Paulette's Papers - Six Ways to Test Your Courage in Alaska

Dana Raynott, the heroine in THE ALASKA CATCH, plays it safe. She’s always done exactly what her father asked her to do, even if it wasn’t what she wanted. But after her father’s death, she travels to Alaska to find her long-lost brother and spends time with his best friend, Sam. In this new place, with Sam by her side, she discovers reserves of courage she never knew she had.

Want a challenge? Here are six ways to test your courage in Alaska...

"A heartwarming novel about creating your own future and not living in the crux your family has left for you. This novel has a lot to learn about appearances not always being what they seem and just possibly our parents have learnt from something in their own past to guide them in the directions they try and push us into following. Everything in life is not as you expect it to be."

"This is my first story by Beth Carpenter, but it won’t be my last. I loved the way the author wove an enticing story of romance and suspense, set in the beautiful backdrop of breathtaking Alaska. The characters were realistic and engaging. They had me cheering for them all the way to the end.
I would highly recommend, The Alaskan Catch to anyone looking for a great romance."

And don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

The Alaskan Catch
(Northern Lights #1)

by Beth Carpenter
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
August 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Where life's currents take you…

Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It's impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana's no closer to finding the answers she came here for.

Her brother's best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He's strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He's also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana's past…

About the Author

Once upon a time ...

when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She's still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.

She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.

Tour Giveaway

Taste of Alaska Prize Pack (US only), which includes:
  • Alaska cross-body bag
  • Wild Smoked Alaska Salmon for Dip
  • Alaska Wild Berry Company Bering Sea Salt Caramels
  • Gold Nugget Chocolate Chunks
  • Raspberry Herbal Tea
  • Salmon Jerky – Teriyaki and Original
  • Three Bears Postcard
  • Alaska Sourdough Starter
  • Moose Notecards by Alaskan Artist Vonnie Gaither

$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)

Ends August 22nd

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones {Review}

Wild Heart Summer by Jenny B. Jones
Kindle Edition, 125 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Sweet Pea Productions

Twenty-one year old Avery Crawford has had to fight for everything in her life, and this summer is no exception. When her culinary internship in a chic restaurant falls through at the last minute, she gets an unexpected offer to work on a dude ranch in the quaint town of Sugar Creek. The problem? The ranch is owned by the grandfather she's been kept from all her life.

Avery is completely out of her element with the cattle drives, trail rides, and most of all—cute ranch manager Owen Jackson. Not in the market for romance, Avery still finds herself tempted by the cowboy’s Southern charm and sweet kisses. But as secrets unravel on the ranch, Avery will have to let go of the old wounds if she wants to hold onto the love Owen offers her. When the summer’s over, Avery must risk it all—or lose much more than her heart.

Previously published in the novella collection Just One Summer.

My Review: 4 Stars

I don't think I've ever read a book by this author before, but that's going to change for sure! I love the images crafted up in my mind through the words in this book and I found myself smiling and laughing over and over again because of the comparisons, banter, and character thoughts. 

Sure, Avery's had a tough time, but that girl is resilient and independent. A summer internship turns into her working on a ranch and facing everything she doesn't want to face. As much as I adored Avery, I was frustrated beyond belief at times with her stubbornness and refusal to even just listen. She's definitely a two steps forward, one step back kind of person and through my aggravation, I found myself enjoying the progress and finding joy in her journey. My heart was seriously smiling.

I don't know of anyone who could resist the charm and patience of Owen--not even Avery, try as she might. He's definitely not perfect, but he's in her life for a reason. Reader beware: there are many swoony sparkles drifting off these pages and they'll set your heart a smoldering.

There's a lot of meat to this story, especially for a novella. I loved the changes that gradually happened as a result of circumstances, facing the past, and discovering oneself.

Content: mild, swoony romance (kissing, mild innuendo); mild language.

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About the Author:
Jenny B. JonesFour-time Carol Award winner Jenny B. Jones writes contemporary romance with wit, sass, and Southern charm. Since writing for both women and teens leaves her with very little free time, she believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching E!, going to the movies and inhaling large buckets of popcorn, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray {Review}

Waves of Summer by Tammy L. Gray
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published November 2nd 2015

A sweet, opposites attract, coming-of-age romance full of laughter, secrets and two very cute brothers.

Sydney Andrews wants nothing more than to get away from a controlling ex-boyfriend, find some clarity and enjoy a drama-free vacation. But nothing in Sydney's life is ever that easy. Especially when the sexy bartender she meets at her mother's wedding wants more than just her friendship.

Jacob Massey thought pinch-hitting a bartending gig for his irresponsible older brother would land him some decent tips and much needed space. But the minute Sydney walks up to his bar, Jacob realizes he's getting far more than just a customer. With her biting tongue and pointed accusations, Sydney pinpoints his greatest failure--the relationship with his brother.

Can one summer be enough to right past wrongs, learn buried secrets and find the people they used to be?



My Review: 4 Stars

I absolutely adore the beach and would love for nothing more than to spend an entire summer living in a beach house, so you can probably image that I'm a little jealous of Sydney for doing just that. When her mother remarries for the fourth time, her new stepdad offers her the beach house. A sparky interaction with Jacob isn't what she had in mind, but these opposites can't seem to stay away from each other.

I really enjoyed the way Sydney and Jacob banter with each other. They each have secrets and pasts to work through and the natural progression of these dealings tugged on my heart and thoroughly engaged me. I anticipated the zips of attraction and the ribbing that ensued whenever these two were anywhere near each other. I loved the supporting cast as well.

This was my first story by Ms. Gray and it definitely won't be my last--she's really got a way with words. :)

Content: mild romance


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Courting the Country Miss by Donna Hatch {Blog Tour Spotlight + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Courting the Country Miss
(Courting #2)
by Donna Hatch
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
August 4th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. Inc.

Cynical and broken-hearted, Leticia banishes dreams of marriage. When her childhood friend, Tristan, wagers he can find her the perfect husband, she hopes the challenge will coax him to forgo his devil-may-care lifestyle. Meanwhile, Leticia throws herself into forming her charity school but meets opposition—even from the people she’s helping.

Guilt-ridden that his past mistakes robbed Leticia of true love, Tristan vows to set it right, but match-making has its pitfalls for a repentant scoundrel. When he finds two ‘perfect’ gentlemen to court her, he discovers his own deep feelings for the lady.

Though Tristan seems to reform, Leticia doesn’t dare risk heartbreak with a notorious rake. When opposition for the school takes a deadly turn, can Tristan protect her from a madman bent on destroying their dreams and their lives?


Chapter One, Part Two
England, 1817
“I’m happy for them. They have what marriage should be.” Softer, she added, “It’s what
I’ve always wanted.” She stiffened, cursed herself for her confession, and looked away
before her long-time friend saw too much. They used to confide in one another; it had been
so easy, so comfortable. But everything had changed.
He fingered his signet ring. “Sorry, Tish. You must hate me for making a muddle of your
She sifted through possible replies. “He’s happier…with Elizabeth than he would have
been with me.”
“You don’t truly believe that.” He paused. “Do you?”
“Of course I do. He never loved me the way he loves her.”
“Then he’s a fool.”
She wound her fingers together in her lap.
He laid a gentle hand over hers. “You’ll have that with someone else.”
She let out a sharp exhale that doubled as a mirthless laugh. “I think not. I have no
“That’s what the London Season is all about, isn’t it? You’ll meet a duke or some other
stuffed shirt and there you go.” He snapped his fingers. “The problem of spinsterhood
She shook her head. “I’m no longer in the first bloom of youth, and my dowry is
unremarkable; I have little to offer. Besides, I’ll never love anyone else. And my sister
Isabella is out now, and will have her first Season this year. We can’t afford a Season for us
“Never love anyone else?”
Leave it to Tristan to pick up on what she least wanted to discuss. She pretended not to
hear him. “Besides, the money I might have spent on clothes for a London Season would be
better used helping educate the poor. Have I told you about Elizabeth’s and my newest
“Never love anyone else?” he persisted.
Tristan could be annoyingly relentless at times. She adjusted her glove. “I don’t wish to
discuss it.”

Other Books in the Series

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
Courting the Countess
(Courting #1)
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

About the Author

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Open internationally
Ends August 29th

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg {Review}

Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by 47North 
Seventeen-year-old Smitha's wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?
My Review: 4 Stars
I'm always curious as to how authors come up with different ways to spin such a beloved classic and in this case, it's Beauty and the Beast, but opposite. This story is definitely different and every enjoyable and I love that it has those few familiar components. 
Smitha is the one who is cursed and her curse of being as cold as her heart is placed on her by a spurned magician. Can you imagine? Of course, it takes some time to humble Smitha and her journey is both heartbreaking and enlightening. I had so many questions while reading this and the outcome left me with even more (hence, the 4 stars). Death is an interesting aspect and her desire to live, even in a miserable and cursed state, is heartening.  

This is my first book by Holmberg and I have to say that I was entranced by the imagery that popped into my mind through her vividly descriptive words. She can really tell a tale and paint mental pictures that explode off the pages. 
Content: mild romance (passionate kissing, some light innuendo); mild language (2-3 words); mild violence.


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I love to relax with a good book,
especially after a busy day of playing with the kids,
working out in the yard, exercising,
running errands, cleaning the house, etc.

This giveaway is for US residents only!
To celebrate, I'm joining with the Proper Romance Series Line
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A regency twist on My Fair Lady!
Jack Eliot dreams of being the captain of his own ship. But then his grandfather, the Earl of Stansworth, names Jack as his heir — with a caveat. Jack must impress the aristocracy, or else his mother and sister will remain in poverty. Can a rough-and-tumble captain be transformed into a gentleman of society?
Ivy Carlisle is willing to try. Employed as his tutor, she begins teaching Jack the ways of high society, but she quickly discovers that this dashing sailor is brash and bold, opinionated and passionate. If she's not careful, Jack might end up teaching her a thing or two about romance.
Sparks fly when the sailor meets society, and Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving the ton, but surviving the conspiracies against him — as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine by Frank L. Cole {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

The World's Greatest Adventure Machine
by Frank L. Cole
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published 2017 by Delacorte

An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!

CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.
There's Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There's Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika's wealthy grandfather isn't too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he'll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.
The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.

Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!


My Review: 4 Stars

This is definitely a roller coaster ride that is sure to entertain any middle grade reader! It does have a slight feel of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as four kids are chosen through a contest to be the first to ride this ride. We have the trouble maker, the one eager to please, the annoying know-it-all, and the richie rich girl. As these kids come together, work together, and really get to know one another, they find that there's more to each of them than meets the eye and they have more in common than they realize. I love that they learn that first impressions and appearances can be wrong and that working together is key in most situations.

The adventure and danger elements are very intriguing, especially when I really couldn't tell what was up and what was down, what was real and what wasn't. Those things alone kept my interest and kept me flipping the pages until the book was finished. Since it is a middle grade book though, there are some things that didn't get too deep or fully develop like I wish they would have.

All in all, these are great, unique characters embarking on an entertaining adventure that isn't like any other. I'm passing this one on to my kids because I think they'll really enjoy it.

Content: mild violence/danger/moments of peril.

*I received a copy to review, which didn't influence my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.*

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