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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Flower Court with Jeffe Kennedy of The Fiery Crown

The Flower Court

When I went to build out the world in my Forgotten Empires trilogy, I put my heroic and embattled Queen Euthalia at the center. I wanted her to be ruling over a small island of peace in a chaotic world. I made this true in a literal sense, in that her kingdom of Calanthe is an actual island, and a paradisal one at that. But I also created a metaphorical oasis of art, pleasure, and knowledge.

I called it the Flower Court of Calanthe.

Calanthe is a refuge, a place of asylum in a world where the finer things are either stolen or destroyed. I took some of this from tales of art being smuggled out of the Louvre and hidden in barns ahead of the German invasion in World War II. The Nazis had a reputation for taking the good stuff and burning the rest. Thus, art from the many scattered and forgotten kingdoms has found its way over the years to be hidden and preserved on Calanthe.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Flatline by Linda Bond

(The Investigators #3)
by Linda Bond 
ebook, 238 pages
Published May 25th 2020 by Entangled: Amara
People are dying in Dr. Joshua Salvador’s ER. His medical assistant, only weeks from delivering her baby, hangs on to life by a thread. The symptoms seem horrifyingly familiar, and he begins to suspect the deaths are targeted at him. But, before he can figure things out, top TV investigator Rachel Wright is standing in the middle of his ER, convinced an outbreak, an epidemic, or even a botched flu vaccine could be the cause, and she’s going to tell the world.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Read an #Excerpt from Dark Moon Falls: Ghost by D.J. Bryce

49438629. sy475 Dark Moon Falls: Ghost
by D.J. Bryce
Kindle Edition, 92 pages
Published May 14th 2020
Welcome to Dark Moon Falls … where everything is not as it seems. It has secrets, shifters, romance, villains and so much more.

Ghost has been living the life of a nomad. A Lone Wolf. Riding his Harley, picking up odd jobs, and stopping only long enough to lay his head somewhere for the night. But life on the road is no longer as appealing as it used to be and he’s ready to settle down, find a mate, and begin the next chapter of his life.

Dark Moon Falls seems like a great place to do just that.

Mackenzie was born and raised in Dark Moon Falls, but ever since her ex-husband landed in jail based off of her testimony, she’s become a pariah to the shifters in town. Which is fine with Mac, because after being left to raise her son alone, she doesn’t have much faith in them either.

Ghost and Mac are two lonely souls, until fate finally intervenes and puts them in each other’s paths... But will they accept the gift of each other, or are they both two stubborn to see what’s right in front of them?

Monday, May 18, 2020

🍷🍷.7 #Review of The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath

44557428Title:  The Earl Takes a Fancy
Series:  Sins For All Seasons #5
Author: Lorraine Heath
Format: Paperback/eBook, 400 pages
Publication: Mar. 31, 2020 by Avon
ASIN:    B07TV5YB3X 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2.7 out of 5 Wine Glasses

She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…

Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when an intriguing commoner begins visiting her bookshop—and she finds herself unable to stop thinking about him.

He’s looking to escape his title…

Widowed just a year ago, the reclusive Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont, has been besieged by women hoping to become his next wife. Desperate for anonymity, he sheds Society life to search for the peace that eludes him. Fancy’s shop is his one refuge, until the night their passion erupts into a kiss that nearly leads to her ruin—and leaves both longing for much more.

Together, they discover an unlikely love…

As Fancy finds herself torn between her family’s expectations and her growing feelings for Matthew, secrets are exposed—secrets that force Fancy to question if she can trust her heart’s desire...

Kimberly's Thoughts:
After widowed Matthew's, Earl of Rosemont, wife posthumously has a letter printed in the Times about what a great husband he was, ladies have been clamoring for his attention. He decides to rent rooms in a more middle class area of London to escape for awhile. There he walks into a bookshop and feels his world tilt when he meets the owner.
Fancy Trewlove loves her family but feels pressure to marry an aristocrat because of her mother's dreams for her and all that her brothers and sister have provided her. The more she gets to know Matthew, the more she wants to simply marry for love.
Fancy can't get Mr. Matthew Sommersby out of her mind but Matthew is going to have to see beyond his trust issues.

Friday, May 15, 2020

🍷🍷🍷 #Review of I'll Be Watching You by Leslie A. Kelly

52976084. sx318 sy475 Title:  I'll Be Watching You
Series:  Hollywood Heat #1
Author: Leslie A. Kelly
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publication: Mar. 31, 2020 by Forever
ISBN-10: 1538735148 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

She can trust him with her heart, but can she trust him with her life?

Growing up as a foster kid, Jessica Jensen found her escape in movies-especially those starring teen heartthrob Reece Winchester. When she meets him as an adult, he's just as charming, fascinating, and devastatingly handsome as she'd imagined. Before she knows it, Jessica is falling hard. But her real-life Cinderella story is about to take a deadly turn...

Jessica has completely upended everything about Reece's carefully ordered life. There's a reason he's never allowed anyone to get so close to him before. But now that she has, there's a target on her back. Because someone knows that the Winchesters have been hiding some dark family secrets. Someone who is out there waiting to strike. Waiting...and always watching.

Kimberly's Thoughts:
Reece Winchester is an award winning director and when he spies a woman on a security camera feed, he's immediately drawn to her.
Jessica Jensen loves her sister and when she pops into an art gallery to pitch her sister's work and they agree to set-up a meeting, she is ecstatic. When Jess finds out that her sister's art show might all have been an elaborate plan orchestrated by Reece, she is wary but still drawn to him.
As these two try to build a future, their pasts are creeping in more and more.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

🍷🍷🍷 .3 #Review of Total Bravery by Piper J. Drake


36038678. sy475 Title:  Total Bravery
Series:  True Heroes #4
Author: Piper J. Drake
Format: Paperback/eBook, 305 pages
Publication: Apr. 24, 2018 by Forever
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3.3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

True heroes will do anything to protect the women they love...

As the newest recruit at Search and Protect, Raul has a lot to prove. Luckily, he's got the best friend and partner a man could ask for: a highly trained, fiercely loyal German Shepherd Dog named Taz. Together, Raul and Taz make an unbeatable team. But their first mission in Hawaii really puts them to the test when an international kidnapping ring sets its sights on the bravest woman Raul's ever met . . .

Mali knows her latest job has put one hell of a target on her back. And on this small island paradise, there's nowhere to hide. With a service dog like Taz, Mali feels safe. Sharing close quarters with a smoldering muscle-for-hire like Raul, she feels something else - an unexpected wave of desire. Raul feels it too. But when the kidnappers make their move, he's got to turn that slow-burning passion into hard-hitting action - and save the life of the woman he loves.

Kimberly's Thoughts:
Mali is in Hawaii doing research for a human rights study focusing on sex trafficking, when her principal investigator blows his alert whistle when her and her colleagues are out doing street interviews, she knows she's in trouble. Her former military sister Arin works on the island, so she calls her for help.
Raul has just been hired by Search and Protect Corps, a job his former colleague and friend Arin helped him get. When he gets a call forwarded from Arin's phone because she is currently on a mission and hears her little sister asking for help, he knows he has to act.
Mali and Raul both have trust issues but as they work to find out what happened to Mali's colleagues, the spark between them is getting harder and harder to ignore.