Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz 2018 Day 2: Mrs. Murray's Ghost by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. 

Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. 

Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

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Q&A with the Author

1.       When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
My parents and my grandmother were my greatest influences. They inspired me to look at the world around me and find stories there, as well as deep within my imagination. After all, life is a story just waiting to be told (or written), all the story needs in an author to write it, to tell it. My grandmother, Gran as we called her, said I had a vivid imagination. It served me well as the youngest child with the least chance of being heard at the dinner table when stories were being shared, on long car journeys that were cramped, uncomfortable and often hot, in school when the teacher was busy teaching something I already knew, when I was at home, sick (and I was sick a lot as a child). My imagination allowed me to venture to worlds beyond our scope of perception, to create stories to entertain me, to keep me from dwelling on being uncomfortable in that hot car, bored in the classroom or miserable when sick. And I dreamed a lot. “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” is a story that digs deep into my childhood memories and the dreams and fantasies I had to keep myself entertained.

2.       Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
I always have several writing projects in the works. While I await the edits for book 2 (“Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure”) and book 3 (“Mrs. Murray’s Home”) of “The Piccadilly Street” series (“Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” is book 1), I’m working on book 4, “Mr. Murray’s Gun”. I also write a lot of short stories and articles for various print and online publications. And I’m a regular book reviewer for several sites, includinghttps://readersfavorite.com/
But those are just my writing projects. I have other creative passions as well: gardening, painting, needlework, playing and composing music. And, of course, reading. A day without reading a good book would be like a day without air to breathe or light to see.

3.       What is your favorite writing snack?
Chocolate. Anything chocolate. As long as it’s soy and dairy free.

4.       If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
Mary and Granny. Mary is, sort of, me as a child. And Granny is/was my very special grandmother, my mentor, my inspiration, and my best friend (BFF). I would serve Mary’s and Granny’s favorite foods: Scotch meat pies, cabbage salad made with apples, marshmallows and Granny’s secret dressing. And, for dessert, chocolate cake.

5.       Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’m forever learning something new. Since “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” is sort of a walk down memory lane for me, I was able to recount so many childhood experiences, dreams and nightmares and, of course, that very elusive ghost that prowled the halls of my childhood home. I guess you could say that I learned a little bit more about myself by delving into my past.

6.       How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Visiting with my adult children, reading, working on my art and needleart, composing or playing music on the piano – everything creative is relaxing. Oh yes, and walking my dog, my muse.

7.       What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfulfilled dream is to write a blockbuster, best selling novel. Isn’t that every writer’s dream? I have won awards for my writing, but I’m still aiming for that big prize – the label of ‘best selling author’. And how do I plan to get there? By writing lots, reading lots, and, believe it or not, encouraging others with their writing. I do believe that by helping someone else achieve their dreams, you are also helping yourself.

8.       What do you fear most?
Actually? Ghosts. I was terrified of the ghost that haunted my childhood home. As a child, I often slept with the blankets over my head. I didn’t want to see what I didn’t understand. But she was there. Especially when I was sick. She used to watch over me. And, when my now adult children visited their grandparents as children, if they misbehaved, something weird would happen, like a clock flying off the wall or a picture on the wall suddenly going very crooked. No one was ever hurt, but our ghost wanted her opinion known. I’ve had other ghosts visit me over the years. Whenever someone close to me passes away, they visit me at least once before they move on. And it always terrifies me, even though I understand their presence now better than I did as a child.

9.       What was your favorite Halloween Costume?
I had a few favorites – all creations using whatever we had in the house. No store-bought costumes in the 1960s. It didn’t fit into the family budget. I think my favorite was the one I chose just about every Halloween. I admired Dale Evans and her horse, Buttermilk. (I was a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fan. It was the 1960s, after all.) So, I would dress up like a cowgirl. I had a cheap straw hat that looked like a cowboy hat (at least to me it did) and I wore pants and a plaid shirt. I tied a kerchief around my neck like a bandana and my rain boots. Dad configured a rope for me to swing over my shoulder as if I were carrying my lasso. It really didn’t matter what my wardrobe was. It was always cold on Halloween and I had to wear a heavy coat over my costume. (So much for dressing up.) The only thing missing was my horse. I didn’t have one. But I could always dream that my Buttermilk was walking along beside me. Or, better yet, giving me a ride to the next house for trick-or-treats.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

It's You: A Romantic Ghost Story by Annette Lyon {Review}


It's You (A Historical/Paranormal Romance Novella)
by Annette Lyon

Kindle Edition, 49 pages
Published September 28th 2018 by Blue Ginger Books 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given
 https://amzn.to/2CIyeUt   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42119778-it-s-you?from_search=true
When Charlie and Anna both see the ghost of Nanny Mae, they think they’re losing their minds. Anna tries to find out more about the ghost and uncovers a decades’ old family secret. One that separated two people in love.

Now, the ghost of Nanny Mae must set her wrongs to right. As Charlie and Anna explore the past, and the truth of what happened, they discover that the mistakes of the past might lead to love of the future.
My Review: 4 Stars
This sweet little story kind of gave me the chills and I would have loved to have seen it developed into a longer story. 
Charlie and Anna both see a ghost and the result is very tender. I loved the nostalgic feeling that emerged from Nanny Mae coming to fix a past wrong. This story is very short, yet delivers a great little gem to ponder on, with feelings of hope, love, and forgiveness.
Content: clean

Monster Mash Countdown Blitz 2018 Day 1: Emma's Dilemma by Donna Hatch

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 years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Horrors! Emma's favorite Gothic novel seems to have come true...but reality is not as fun as fiction. The only man she's ever loved is home from war, but he has changed in a terrifying way. Unless Emma's wild imagination is wrong, the love of her life is a vampire! Now she must decide if she can love a creature of darkness, or reveal his secret and lose him forever.
This tongue-in-check novella plays with themes of paranormal fiction, but stays in the realm of clean and wholesome historical romance while exploring the power of trust and love.
Dance with a duke, outwit pirates, save a kingdom, and fall in love. Believe in happily ever after.

Praise for Donna Hatch:
“Donna Hatch is one of the masters of clean romance with electric tension and smokin’ hot kisses.” ~ Reading is My Super Power Reviews

“Written with heart and depth, Donna Hatch’s books are absolute must-reads for any fan of swoon-worthy historical romance.”  ~ Sarah M. Eden, USA Today best-selling historical romance author

Q & A With the Author:


  When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author? 

a.     I have always loved making up stories and I started actually writing them down when I was about 8 years old. I continued with my largely secret hobby/obsession until seventh grade, when I confided in my teacher that I liked to write. She encouraged me to set a goal of being published which I had never considered prior to that. Later, other teachers, plus the advice and support of writers groups and many writer friends and coaches, helped me to realize my dream.

2.     Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
a.     I'm always working on more than one project. At the moment, I'm working on the rough draft of book 5 of my rogue Hearts Series. My heroine is accused of murdering her estranged husband, and my hero is the Bow Street Runner was sent to bring her to justice. I'm also plotting two others--a pirate romance and a spy romance series. I'm also brainstorming book 3 of my Courting Series, and book 2 of my Music of the Heat series.

3.     What is your favorite writing snack?
a.     Honestly, I don't snack when I write--I just plow through in my writing coma until I realize I'm starving. Then I get up to stretch my legs while I eat. However, sometimes when I'm having an especially hard time writing or editing, I line up a bunch of dove chocolates along the top of my desk so when I get to stuck or frustrated, I can unwrap one and pop in my mouth. It helps me keep at it. 

4.     If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
a.     I'd love to have dinner with any of them! I think I'd most like to have dinner with Jocelyn, my heroine from The Suspect's Daughter. I think we could have been good friends if she were real. She is so kind and has such a sunny disposition but she also is a good listener and will mourn with those that mourn. We'd have lobster bisque, goose, pheasant, strawberries, several different kinds of vegetables and sauces, and for dessert, we'd have apples a la Parisienne and blancmange a la Vanille. Because, you know, it would only be a small, informal affaire ;-)

5.     Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
a.     From writing "Emma's Dilemma," I learned that I am seriously immature. Really. Originally, my heroine was 21, but my Beta readers all said she came across as more like a 16- or 17-year-old. So I changed her age to 17. But I seriously loved her and felt like she is a lot like me. So clearly that means I'm immature, too.

6.     How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
a.     I love to walk, hike, swim, ski (water and snow), wake surf, ride horseback, and I especially love to ballroom dance. I also love music--I sing and I play the harp. In fact, I feature a harpist or make mention of a harp in many of my stories. 

7.     What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
a.     Well, I'd love to have tea with the Queen of England, but so far, she and I have not crossed paths, and no one I know is personally acquainted with her. Other than that, my biggest as-yet unfulfilled dream/goal is to be a USA Today Best Seller. I'd love to be NYT Best Seller, too but I'd have to do it writing something other than romance since they changed their criteria. So yeah, USA Today, here I come. Someday. As far as personal, non-career-related goals, I want to serve a mission for my church with my husband when we retire. We are building up our retirement and trying to get our house paid off so we can do that.

8.     What do you fear most?
a.     Closed spaces. Seriously, I have panic attacks when I get in too-small spaces. I thought I was going to die of a heart attack when my two-year-old got lost and frightened inside a play place tube area. Nothing but the frantic cries of my child would have coaxed me in there to rescue her. Just thinking about it gives me the shudders. I do not like to explore caves!

9.     What was your favorite Halloween Costume?

a.     I usually like to dress up pretty such as princess, a fairy, etc. but one of my favorites was when my husband and I had our first Halloween together as newlyweds. We both dressed up as vampires. It was so fun. No one at my work party recognized us at first. A close second was when we dressed up as Robin Hood and Maid Marion. My husband was a very manly Robin Hood :-)

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Author's Corner #22

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...

Julie Wright


Julie Wright (1972-still breathing) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She's lived in LA, Boston, and the literal middle of nowhere (don't ask). She wrote her first book when she was fifteen. Since then, she's written twenty three novels and coauthored three. Julie is a two-time winner of the Whitney award for best romance with her books "Cross My Heart" and "Lies Jane Austen Told Me" and has also won the Crown Heart award. Her book "Death Thieves" was a Whitney finalist for 2016. She is agented by Sara Crowe.

She has one husband, three kids, two salamanders, one dog, and a varying amount of fish (depending on attrition).

She loves writing, reading, traveling, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

She used to speak fluent Swedish, but now speaks only well enough to cuss out her children in public.

She hates mayonnaise.

I've loved Julie Wright's books for a very long time.
One of my recent favorites is
Lies Jane Austen Told Me
and I'm really looking forward to her upcoming release,
Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.



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Friday, October 12, 2018

One Little Kiss by Kaylee Baldwin {Review}

One Little Kiss by Kaylee Baldwin
Kindle Edition
Published August 13th 2018 by Sweetly Us Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given. 

https://amzn.to/2A78xui    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41146563-one-little-kiss?from_search=true

Tessa has her future planned to perfection. First get into medical school and become a doctor like everyone else in her family—despite her queasiness around blood. Second meet and marry someone who is just as successful as her brother—the new, handsome doctor in her ward will be just right. And last, prove to her brother that, despite what he thinks, she has it all together. Easy, right? Except that she’s just been called to be the ward road show director for the upcoming stake singles activity, a distraction she doesn’t need. And when a mix-up means that she’s partnered with her bug-eating, seventies dressing home teacher? It’s a disaster with a capital D, and she knows that no one in her family can ever find out about this.

As a PhD student studying insects, Henry White has had his fair share of girls try to change him into someone more socially acceptable—including his ex- fiancé. When his sister convinces him to join the singles ward for his last year of school, he decides to play up his oddness in order to keep the singles at a distance. When he begins to work with Tessa on the road show, he finds that she’s managed to get past his defenses. One little stage kiss is all it takes to make him question everything. But then his ex-fiancé comes home from her mission with one goal in mind: win Henry back, no matter what it takes.

Tessa is soon faced with a choice. Go for the perfect life she’s always pushed herself to have, or find the courage to look past appearances and figure out what she really wants.

My Review: 5 Stars

I think everyone can understand Tessa to some degree. She lives to make her family proud and about kills herself in the process. Everything she does is to please them, especially her snotty brother, Jenkins. I could have smacked that dude--a few times. But do you know who is disappointed when you don't live up to high expectations? Only the one setting them, as Tessa learned.

Backing up a bit, Tessa is on track to becoming a doctor and her new home teacher, Logan, is the perfect guy for her--because he'll win her family's approval. That first meeting with Logan and Henry was absolutely hilarious and unexpected, and right away, I was endeared to dear old Henry.

Their roadshow, a modern spin on the Princess and the frog, was so perfect and fun and really brought out a whole display of feelings and true colors. 

In a class case of opposites-attract, this story completely captivated me, especially the characters. I loved the message of following your dreams...and your heart.

Content: mild romance; mild religion (not preachy)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

99 Cent Sale for The Diehard Warrior by Jennifer Youngblood

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The Diehard Warrior by Jennifer Youngblood

A love gone wrong, a chance for redemption, and the web of deceit that could destroy everything.

When feisty and headstrong Addie Spencer, the manager of an upscale resort in Colorado, finds herself in danger, she must put aside old grudges and rely on ex-Navy SEAL Maddox Easton—the guy she dumped—to keep her safe.

Addie doesn’t want to think about the armies of butterflies Maddox unleashes in her stomach or his sharp wit and Southern charm. She certainly doesn’t want to think about his ripped muscles or penetrating blue eyes. She broke up with him for a good reason—a reason that is still staring her in the face.

Despite her attempt to keep Maddox at bay, sparks rekindle as Addie and Maddox race to find the answer to a puzzling mystery before Addie becomes the next victim.

Praise for The Diehard Warrior:

This is an amazing and breathtaking love story with plenty of twists and turns and characters you fall in love with from the very beginning til the end definitely must read.


Just a Name by Becky Monson {Review}

Just a Name by Becky Monson
ebook, 251 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2018 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
 https://amzn.to/2QKAM7J   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42267769-just-a-name?ac=1&from_search=true
If there’s one thing Holly Murphy loves, it’s a solid plan. She has her entire life figured out—or so she thinks. But when life pulls the rug out from under her, she’s left to deal with a canceled wedding—hers, to be precise. And the promotion she’s worked toward for years is now in jeopardy because the team she supervises doesn’t like her management style.

Thinking that Holly is too tightly wound and needs a break from everything, her boss demands she take a vacation. But how can she take a vacation when her promotion is on the line? Trying to help out, her best friend, Quinn, suggests she still go on her honeymoon and conduct a nationwide search to find a man with the same name as her ex-fiancé to use his plane ticket. Leaving Holly to wonder if she’s the only sane person left on the planet.

Yet when her boss gets wind of the idea and loves it, Holly finds herself in a corner she can’t get out of. And when handsome Nate Jones from Newport Beach gets picked to go with her, she wonders if this whole thing won’t be so bad after all.

Can Holly learn to let go? Or will this crazy adventure send her running right back to her safety net?

My Review: 5 Stars

What a fun story! And what about that darling cover?! I'd pick it up jut because of that.

When Holly's fiance breaks up with her and her boss forces her to take a vacation, she does a nationwide search to find a man with the same name to take the ticket of her ex-fiance for a fake honeymoon trip. Can you imagine?!

There is a delightful cast of supporting characters, with a lot of interconnections, making it a tad bit complicated. I wish I had a diverse and loyal support system like Holly had--seriously. I think this zany team puts the icing on the cake of this sweet and quirky story.

I loved Holly's voice. Told in first person, I was immediately transported into Holly's head and felt a connection with her. I think everyone can find a piece of her characteristics inside themselves and it's especially poignant when the reasons behind her madness are discovered.

The romance is slightly surprising, which made it a lot of fun. I loved the search and watching Holly narrow her choices down, but the actual trip was the best! So full of fun, swoon, and humor, all topped with unexpected twists. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in these pages!

Content: mild language (a handful of mild words and the first letter of a few others); mild+ romance (sweet, swoony kissing and innuendo)