Friday, July 25, 2014

Tess In Boots by Courtney Rice Gager ~ Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal - Tess in Boots Banner

Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Anaiah Romance

Tess in Boots Cover RevealTess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Release Date: December 2, 2014


Author Bio:

Courtney Rice GagerCourtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.








Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Hitwoman and the Family Jewels by JB Lynn ~ Book Spotlight

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 

 April 26, 2013

How do you say “no” to a mob boss?

When bumbling hitwoman Maggie Lee is asked by her mob boss employer to kill a cop, she wants to say no.

When her sexy murder mentor, Patrick Mulligan tells her the cop in question is a guy she once dated, she REALLY wants to refuse.

But when her former date, Paul Kowalski tries to kill her, she changes her tune to “Hell, yes!”

Maggie and Patrick grow closer as they scramble to figure out what it is that Kowalski is looking for and what it has to do with her prison escapee father.

Maggie’s search is hampered by the presence of US Marshals hunting her father and her crazier-than-usual family.

Along with her snarky talking lizard, grammatically-challenged Doberman, and a pissy cat, she races to solve the mystery and protect her family. But nothing in Maggie’s life ever goes as planned….

Genre: Mystery, Cozy, Humor, Animals



Image of JB LynnAbout the author:

When a fan told her that she's a "fabulous author", a "great sport", and a "very cool chick", JB Lynn immediately thought, "that's what I want my obituary to say!".

A Jersey Girl transplanted to the Sunshine State, JB (you can call her Jen) writes laugh-out-loud suspense and mysteries, along with goosebump-raising thrillers.

She also guzzles coffee, spoils her dog, wastes endless hours daydreaming, and does her best to be a "cool chick" (but if you ever see her running, swimming, or biking, you'll know how dismally she fails).
Find out more about JB and her books at

Death Takes A Ride

  • Series: The Cate Kinkaid Files (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721602

Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Classic Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Cate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. Owner Matt Halliday wants to hire her, but not for this case. Instead, Cate is charged with finding a man who owns a particular motorcycle Matt would like to buy. As her search progresses, she begins to suspect that the shooting in Matt's office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes readers on another wild ride of mystery in this clever cozy mystery, part of her popular series The Cate Kinkaid Files.

My take on this book:
Cate Kinkaid has a knack for finding a mystery, and with Death Takes a Ride it's no different. She has no idea that she was going to be a witness to a robbery and shooting and the victim just might not make it. To complicate matters Cate is hired to investigate, but here's the deal, she isn't hired to investigate the shooting, instead she is looking for the owner of a particular motorcycle. Of course things rarely are what they seem, and Cate always finds herself up to her eyeballs in a who-dun-it!

I always enjoy a good mystery and this series has certainly provided that. My only complaint was that I figured out the ending early, which was sort of a bummer. That said, I always enjoy the humor that is woven into the Cate Kinkaid Files, and I think Cate's character continues to get stronger with each installment. I love whenever animals are woven into a story and with this one we have a cat and dog! Overall this book is a good clean mystery that isn't so hard to solve, but still is well worth reading for anyone who loves a cozy mystery. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Haunting of Maddie Branson by Amanda Stephan


Maddie Branson knew there was something different about her house. It had reached out and touched her in the dark recesses of the night.
Published January 2013

My take on this book:
Maddie Branson's greatest fear is that she will lose her mind just like her mother did! When little things start happening in her house, such as hairbrushes missing, or losing track of time, or hearing the occasional voice she isn't sure whether it is real or not. As if that isn't enough she is often late to work because she continues to lose time,and even though her great aunt owns the company her tardiness is putting her job in jeopardy, something that her supervisor Chris Perse won't let her forget. The one bright spot is the relationship that is developing with her co-worker Jace Bennett. Things go from bad to worse in her house when she starts getting touched, by something she can't see.  Is her house really haunted like some of the locals say, or is something else going on, read the Haunting of Maddie Branson by Amanda Stephan to find out! 

Amanda Stephan provides a page turning, suspense filled read that really sent cold chills down my spine. The things that were going on in Maddie's house were scary, Ms. Stephan's descriptions created the perfect element of spooky fear for me, while blending a sense of realism into the story. The slow revealing of the past, whether it involved the house or Maddie's past kept me on the edge of my seat anticipating what might be revealed next. A page turning plot that kept me guessing, not only with the strange occurrences with the house but with relationships as well. The character development is top notch, one more than one occasion I thought I was certain who was behind what might be going on and then bam the author would plant a bombshell that had me rethinking what I thought I knew. While the author wraps up the ending quite nicely, I became so involved in the story that I would love to see a sequel just to find out what really happened with the house!

I love haunted house stories, and The Haunting of Maddie Branson delivered that in spades,a story that sent chills down my spine, creepy for certain, but there are also spiritual threads running thru it as well, which add another layer to the plot. Anyone who enjoys a scary, suspense filled read will love The Haunting of Maddie Branson, I know I did!

Reviewed for

The Colony Cat Caper ~ A Klepto Cat Mystery by Patricia Fry

  • File Size: 1745 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Matilija Press (June 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KR10GYW

 June 3, 2014

Savannah Ivey, a veterinarian out on maternity leave; her aunt Margaret, the founder of the Hammond Cat Alliance; and Colbi Stanton, a reporter for the local newspaper take on a cat colony at an old, abandoned building. Odd activity around the place makes them wonder if it actually is vacant; some believe it’s occupied by something other-worldly. When a stranger comes to town and suggests the Alliance open the old building to a fund-raiser, everyone gets involved, including Rags, Savannah’s kleptomaniac cat. He finds something that day that stirs a lot of people—both law-abiding and crooks—into action. Are the feral cats and their caretakers in serious danger? What (or who) lurks inside the old building? What secrets does it hide? And who has the key that unlocks the mystery?

My take on this book:
Another great mystery awaits readers in the latest installment of the Klepto Cat Mystery series by Patricia Fry. The Hammond Cat Alliance wants to do something about the feral cat colonies in the area and decide to set up teams to "adopt' the colonies so that the cats can be fed and vetted. Margaret, Colbi and Savannah decide to volunteer to take care of a feral colony out at the old Fischer building an abandoned warehouse that has been rumored to be haunted. Right off the bat Colbi sees something in one of the windows that she can't explain, but that doesn't stop the gang from trying to take care of the cats by catching neutering and releasing them. Thing is someone is sabotaging their work, by turning the cats loose as soon as they are caught. When they get a call from a woman who offers to help the Cat Alliance with a fundraising idea by having a flea market in the old building it sounds like a good idea, that is until Rags finds something in the building that ties to an old crime. Soon Savannah and the gang find themselves in the middle of a crime investigation, one that just might turn deadly! 

Each time I pick up a new book in the Klepto Cat Mystery series I feel like I am catching up with old friends, while meeting a few new ones! I have watched as the characters have grown and changed as each story progressed. The romance that was developing between Colbi and Damon in a previous book continues to grow, and I am anxious to see where the author takes it with the next book in the series. Savannah is just weeks from giving birth and of course Rags the Klepto Cat is the star of the story. A pawsativly page turning mystery that was filled with plenty of twists and turns kept me guessing right up till the end, and I must say the twist at the end was surprising, and very well done!  While I enjoyed the mystery Ms. Fry provides with each story I think the characters, family, friendships, and love of animals makes this one of my favorite series to read. Cat lovers are sure to love this entire series, but honestly anyone who enjoys a clean, well written cozy mystery that blends suspense, mystery,romance together with a page turning plot will find The Colony Cat Caper a purfect read. I have read each book in the series and highly recommend each one! My only complaint is that I have to wait for book six!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

God's Word For Gardeners Bible

  • Hardcover: 1568 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310441137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310441137

God will meet you personally in your garden . . . and in his. Throughout the Scriptures God has revealed spiritual truth in the language of growing things. This Bible will take you into a deeper relationship with God through the contemplation of soil and soul. The NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible will inspire you to seek God in a personal way through informative essays, devotional readings and prayers that explore the nature of the gardener’s work, the rewards of gardening, the influence of seasons and weather, and the joy of the harvest. In this Bible you will also find botanical-themed pages containing horticultural information for the prominent plants noted in Scripture and landscape-themed pages highlighting the main gardens and regions in which the events in the Bible took place. Draw near to the One whose garden is planted with delight—in you!
  • 260 daily devotions and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes and placed near relevant passages in the text to explore the biblical metaphors of gardens and gardening
  • Beautiful, durable hardcover
  • Topical Index (for 52 weeks)
  • Special sections on the Garden of Eden, the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus the Vine.
My take on this book:
This Bible is certainly lovely to look at, but it's whats inside that makes it a real winner in my book! First I love the cover it is so appealing and the colors used inside are soothing. One of the first things I always look for is a presentation page and this Bible has one. The NIV is one of my favorite translations, but what really stood out for me was that I felt like I was getting a devotional and Bible in one. There are 260 daily and 52 weekend readings arranged in weekly themes which are placed near relevant passages in the Bible. There are special sections on the Garden of Eden, Jesus' Last Supper teaching on the vine, and the Book of Revelations's urban gardens, which are topics I hadn't read about before. Along with this there is a topical index with is focused on garden -interest topics. The font is an easy to read size, but the Bible overall isn't to big or bulky. Overall, I think this Bible would make a great gift, especially for someone who enjoys gardening, but really for anyone looking for a pretty Bible for that special someone.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Faith ~ Westward Brides Book One by Millie St. Cyr

  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Krabapple Mountain Press (July 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LT3TAG2

Faith Walker is a dreamer. She believes in marrying for true love and longs for adventure. But that wasn't in the cards for this young woman in the East. 

When her family decides she's getting too old, they give her an ultimatum. Marry who we choose or never come back home. Faith decides to answer an advertisement for a mail order bride and start her own adventure out West. 

Roy Heatley is the man who placed the advertisement. He's everything Faith could have asked for: hardworking, dependable, and kind. But there's something keeping him from falling in love with his true bride. What is it? 

Will Roy's secret tear their new family apart? Or will Faith be able to uncover it and warm his heart? 

Faith: Westward Brides Book 1 is a sweet, full-length romance. This historical mail order bride western has a happy ending.

My take on this book:
At the age of nineteen Faith Walker dreams of love and adventure, not just a marriage for the sake of security.Thing is her parents feel that security is just what she needs, and finds an available suitor for her, someone they want her to marry. Unbeknownst to her parents she answers an ad for a mail order bride in Oklahoma. When the letter from Oklahoma arrives with a train ticket inside she shares the news with her parents and her father disowns her. She heads west to start her life with Roy Heatley the man who placed the ad, but when she arrives things aren't as she hoped. Will Faith find the love she longs for with Roy?

My favorite genre to read is historical mail order bride sagas and Faith certainly fit the bill! Ms. Cyr pens a wonderful story that was rich with detail, but more than that provided a cast of characters that I really cared about. I thought Faith's decision was the right one, and while I feared that the story might be a bit predictable once she made the decision to head west, instead what I found was far from predictable. Faith didn't just get her happily ever after, she had to work for it because Roy didn't seem ready to embrace the future instead he was mourning the past. The secondary characters kept the plot moving along, I fell in love with Minnie immediately, and the ladies who greeted Faith at the train station were quite interesting! I really enjoyed the way the author incorporated a christian theme into the story, making for a clean read. If you enjoy reading mail order bride adventures Faith is a must read! Even though there are only 124 pages the author provides a full length story that was rich in detail that allowed me to follow along with Faith as she takes her journey west looking for love and adventure.I am anxious to read the next book in the Westward Brides series! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Runaway by Renee Donne Anaiah Press Blog Tour

Runaway by Renee Donne

Imprint: Romance

Release Date: July 29, 2014


After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life.

Unfortunately for her danger follows.  First, a stage coach accident leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere – with an injured driver. And henchmen, hired by her spurned would-be husband, are hot on her trail, threatening to return her to Philadelphia and the man who is determined to own her.

Just when things seem hopeless, Marianne is rescued by a handsome, cowboy who offers temporary refuge.  Knowing she can’t refuse, yet wary of his intentions, Marianne finds herself drawn to this quiet, enigmatic hero. But is he someone she can trust?

Author Bio:

Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she's a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she's a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.

Author Links:


Excerpt Link:

Buy Links:



Barnes and Noble:




My take on this book:
If I could only say one thing about this book I would have to say that I loved it! I read it in one sitting because I became so absorbed in the story and characters that I had to know how the ending would be, and boy I must say I wasn't disappointed at all. I easily found myself immediately drawn into the plight of Marianne, and because of the blurb I knew what she planned to do, but there were a few unexpected twists that made the story a very satisfying read. Every story needs a villain, and I am not sure who I disliked the most Marianne's stepfather or Maxwell Halsted the lecherous sixty year old man who thought he could "buy"her. Maxwell was tenacious pursuing Marianne west in order to make good on the deal he had struck with her step-father. I loved the Christian themes woven into the story, I found that they complimented the historical flavor.The western setting,and the way that God seemed to put Marianne where she needed to be, with someone who would look after her was well written and very believable. Anyone who enjoys historical romance that is cleanly written and provides easy to care for characters and a bit of suspense will find Runaway a must read! Renee Donnes writing style captured my attention and leaves me anxious to read more of her work.

Why not follow along on the tour to read what others are saying about Runaway.

Tour Schedule
7/15/2014Melinda Dozier
Misty Iputi Book
7/17/2014Paula Rose
7/18/2014Confessions of an
7/19/2014WV Stitcher
7/21/2014Iola's Christian
7/22/2014Princess of the
7/23/2014Southern Mess Moms
7/25/2014Christian eBooks Today.comChristian eBooks
Babs Book Bistro
7/28/2014A Creative MindhttpL//
Confessions of an
The Old Stone
Wonderous Reviews
Inspired Kathy
Misty Iputi Book
Angela Schroeder
Babs Book Bistro
7/31/2014Wonderous Reviews
8/1/2014A Book Lover's Retreat
8/4/2014Free Book Dude
8/5/2014On the Write
8/6/2014Flirting With Romance
8/7/2014Bookworm Lisa
8/8/2014Silver Petticoat
8/11/2014Angela Schroeder
Faith Blum