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Monday, October 24, 2016

Love—the Second Time Around with Lynnette Austin of Picture Perfect Wedding + #Giveaway

Love—the Second Time Around!

I love second-chance romances—both to read and to write! Our couple’s first chance has generally happened before the book begins, and, then, they meet again—with all the ensuing angst. This is no slow-build relationship but rather a raging inferno from the get-go with the chemistry and connection full-blown on page one.

The once-lovers often face-off as enemies; the conflict is built in. Something caused their relationship to implode the first time around. When they meet again, that problem remains unresolved. If they couldn’t solve it before, how can they hope to now?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Why You’ll Fall In Love With Rendezvous With Yesterday with Dianne Duvall + #Giveaway

Thank you for joining me!  I’m very happy to be here at Reading Between the Wines Book Club, celebrating the release of my time travel romance RENDEZVOUS WITH YESTERDAY, the second book in my new series The Gifted Ones.  Today I thought I would give you a glimpse of what you’ll find between the pages of Robert and Bethany’s story by offering you the . . .

Top 5 Reason’s You’ll Fall In Love With Rendezvous With Yesterday

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Confessions from Harmony Williams of How to Play the Game of Love

Confession Time: What I’d Do if I Travelled Back in Time to Regency England
By Harmony Williams

Less than an hour away from where I live resides a tourist attraction called Upper Canada Village. In this little “town”, you can stroll the streets, ask the period-garb-clad employees questions, witness the way settlers of Upper Canada might have performed their daily chores, and view exhibits of the other aspects of their lives. I love it but, let’s face it, visiting a museum or exhibit is not the same as travelling into the past.

Friday, October 21, 2016

3.5 Wine Glass #Review for The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons

31433740Title: THE BEAR WHO LOVED ME
Series: Grizzlies Gone Wild #1
Author: Kathy Lyons
Format: Kindle, 304 Pages
Published: Forever Yours (September 6, 2016)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses


Between singlehandedly running her bakery and raising her teenaged nephew, Becca Weitz thought she had a decent grip on "normal." Then her nephew vanishes, and life as she's known it changes forever. Local legends are true: bear shifters exist . . . and her nephew is part of their clan. As is Carl Carman, the sexy, larger-than-life man who has sworn to find her nephew-and the other young shifters who've gone missing.

As the leader of his clan, Carl is surrounded by enemies. He's learned the hard way that keeping a firm leash on his inner beast is key to survival, though his feelings for Becca test his legendary control. Then danger stalks too close, and Carl realizes he must unleash the raging, primal force within to protect everything he holds dear. But can Becca trust his grizzly side with her life-and her heart?

Linda's Thoughts:
"Stay strong," said the detective. "They respect strength."
What the hell was she supposed to do? Break a chair? Bench-press a Volvo?

Fall Dessert #Recipe with Cate Beauman of Deceiving Bella + #Giveaway

One Of Cate’s Favorite Fall Desserts:

I don’t know about you but I love the fall. The air turns crisp and the scenery beautiful, but I think what I love most is the new variety of foods we often eat. We put away the grill for the year (or use it less frequently) and utilize our stoves and ovens more. Typically, I try to share healthier recipes but this is one of my favorite sinful treats. Chocolate raspberry bars are pretty easy to make and they’re great to bring to a potluck or tailgating. Whenever we share these, I go home with an empty plate.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

2.5 Wine Glass #Review for A Raven's Heart by K.C. Bateman

28109659Title:  A Raven’s Heart
Series:  Secrets and Spies   #2
Author:  K.C. Bateman
Format:  eBook, 266pgs
Published:  Oct. 18, 2016 by LoveSwept
ASIN: B0190HP7G0
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer:  Kimberly
Rating:  2.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

August 1815. The war with France is officially over, Napoleon’s an exile on St Helena, but Europe is still a very dangerous place to be.

Kidnapped and held for ransom at nineteen, ducal heir William Ravenwood knows the only person he can rely on is himself. Now part of a spy ring that includes his friends Nicolas and Richard Hampden, he’s the smuggler known as The Raven, a ruthless agent who specializes in rescuing hostages and prisoners of war from captivity.

Raven longs to discover the fate of his colleague, Christopher ‘Kit’ Carlisle, who’s been missing, presumed dead, for over two years. He’s also equally determined to stay away from the one thing he knows is dangerous to his health – the bane of his life, his best friends’ infuriating and provocative little sister, Heloise.

Heloise is a brilliant code breaker, one of the English government’s most valuable assets. She’s also loved Raven for years, but considering that he rejected her at sixteen, before her face was scarred rescuing her brother from an icy river, she’s certain he doesn’t want her now, despite his outrageous flirting.

But when Heloise decodes a message that proves Kit is alive and a prisoner in Spain, Raven realizes she’s in grave danger. With French agents determined to silence her, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe – even if that means taking her to Spain with him as an unwilling hostage.

As they face French deserters and Spanish freedom fighters, Raven and Heloise try to ignore the simmering attraction that’s been building between them for eight long years. The differences between them are striking but they’ve always had a strange underlying bond. Heloise might be scarred outwardly, but Raven’s wounds are all on the inside. He knows he’s not worthy of her love—a shadowed Hades pining for sun-kissed Persephone—but he’s not above showing her passion for the short time they’re together.

A master at decoding complex messages, Heloise finds Raven frustratingly hard to read, but as their lives hang in the balance she’s determined to unravel his secrets and unlock his dark, elusive heart… 

Kimberly’s Thoughts:
Heloise and William have danced around each other for a long time. As his bestfriend's little sister, William has tried to distance himself from Heloise while she has decided after once being rejected by him to protect her heart. They both have their share of scars, both internally and physically, but staying apart might be hurting them more than helping.
With Heloise in danger, William can't let her out of his sight. As they are forced together and their walls start coming down, it starts to become clear that the only way they can truly heal is with the love of the other.