Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are You Ready for Another Jamie and Claire Adventure?

How many of you are enjoying Outlander on Starz?  I am currently waiting on pins and needles to get the third season when it is released to Amazon.  I wonder if the series on television might all the way to the seventh book in the series An Echo In The Bone by Diana Gabaldon?  Are you ready to join me on this journey on another Claire and Jamie adventure?

Synopsis: 

There are three parts to this story which include Jamie and Claire, Roger and Brianna, and then Lord John and his ward William Ransom.   The first part is the safe passage of Brianna and Roger’s family back to the present.  Their struggle to get medical help for Amanda (their daughter), and establish themselves in the present.   A gift was left for Brianna and Roger by Jamie and Claire.  They gave them a box that includes letter and books. How could this possibly go awry in the present?

The second part of the story is that of William Ransom and Lord John Grey.  William is now a British soldier fighting in the British army during the American Revolution.  Lord John Grey wants him assigned to General Howl’s staff which would move him away from his biological father Jamie Fraser.  William is excited about this proposal and to become a spy during the war.   What happens when he unknowingly meets up with his cousin Ian Murray?  What path will William take once he knows the truth about his past?

The third part of this story is Jamie and Claire’s adventures in the American Revolution.  Jamie, Claire, and their nephew Ian’s plan are to head to Scotland to pick up his printing press and visit with Ian’s parents.  Plans go awry when the smuggling ship that they take gets boarded by the British navy.  Their new course puts them back in the military where Jamie serves as a Colonel in the North Carolina militia at Fort Ticonderoga.  Claire works as a physician when allowed by her colleagues.  Will they survive the battle ahead?  Will they make it to Scotland to get Jamie’s printing press?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book!  I was not a fan of the last book A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  I had high hopes because Jamie and Claire would be involved with the American Revolution in the next book in the series.   I felt that plot line was getting old because of how many different ways could Claire be kidnapped. The story was better but suffered from pacing issue, in the middle.  It made me glad that I listened to it as opposed to trying to sit down, and read the book.  The plot of this book while slow in some spots finished on a high note.  I am very much looking forward to reading Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.  I don’t want to give too much away.  I will continue to consult the audiobook versions and listen to Davina Porter’s narration.  She is the best British narrator that I have ever heard perform.

Rating: 

4/5

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ready For Some Holiday Fun with Maggie McConnon?


Today we welcome Maggie McConnon to Writer's Corner. She is sharing her latest book Bel, BOOK AND SCANDAL, an excerpt. Fans of the Belfast McGrath series will love this latest novel. Just in time for the holidays!

Excerpt:

I was wet, cold, and tired, but

despite the fact that she was ready to kill me with her bare hands for staying out all night, my mother addressed all three of my immediate needs before saying anything else.

A towel to dry my hair.

Clean clothes in the form of a pair of jeans, a T- shirt, and

a pair of socks. An Irish sweater, the most uncomfortable item of clothing ever made—a hair shirt, really— but welcomed, and probably deserved, at that moment.

A bologna sandwich. It would be the last time I would eat bologna, for many reasons, the most significant being that the smell would forever after remind me of Amy. And how she had disappeared the night before and would always be gone.

Mom was worrying a rosary in one hand, the other securely placed in one of my father’s meaty ones. She turned and looked at me, asking me a question she had already asked and would continue to ask, along with everyone else even vaguely connected to Foster’s Landing. “Where is she?”

I didn’t know. I didn’t think I would never know.

My brother Cargan, the closest to me in age and the one who had found me beside the Foster’s Landing River, was across the room, looking out the window, his violin strapped to his back; he had a lesson later that morning and wouldn’t miss it for anything, even if Amy Mitchell was missing and never to be seen again. No, he was gearing up for a big competition in Ireland and nothing stopped him from his lessons or his practicing. Although the mood was somber in the police station, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had whipped the instrument out right then and there and started playing a tune, a sad one, the type I had grown up listening to.

My other brothers were out and about in town now. They, too, had come running when Cargan first discovered me but were less concerned about me now but had joined the hunt for Amy. It was another night for Bel, one said. She was going to be in a lot of trouble, said another. They were both right: It had been another typical night and now I was in a lot of trouble, the last to have seen Amy alive with nothing to tell that might lead to her whereabouts. They were a self-protective bunch, caring little as to why I would be hauled into the police station, happy that, for once, they were not the ones in trouble. Feeney, especially. He was always in trouble. Derry and Arney, not as much, but both had a way of finding their way into situations that were beyond their control. Feeney was a much more calculated and deliberate hooligan.

Next to Mom, Dad let out a barely audible sob, the kind that told me that he was, first and foremost, a father and one who felt the pain of a missing child. He looked over at me, almost as if he wanted to confirm that I was still there, and reached out the hand that didn’t hold Mom’s, patting me awkwardly on the thigh.

“Ah, Belfast,” he said. “Ah, girl.”

“It’s okay, Dad,” I said. “They’ll find her. They’ll bring her back.” I thought about those words a lot over the years, wondering where that confidence came from. Youth, I eventually decided. When you’re young and nothing bad has ever happened, you think everything will always be better, every wrong will be righted. It’s only with age that I realized that that wouldn’t always be the case and that disappointments would stack up, like the layers of my famous mille-feuille cake, the one with seemingly a thousand layers of goodness that cracked upon the first dip of the fork. But even then, in my heart, I had a feeling it wasn’t going to turn out the way we all wanted, something I couldn’t give voice to at that moment.

Lieutenant D’Amato came out of the conference room at the Foster’s Landing police station and looked at me, frowning. Behind me the door opened, and his expression suddenly lightened, the sight of his only child, his daughter, coming through the doors with a cup of coffee in one hand and a bag of something delicious in the other, the greasy stain at the bottom indicating that it was probably a Danish from the local bagel store. It smelled better than my bologna sandwich, which I wrapped up in the wax paper that Mom had put it in and stuffed under my thigh.

Mary Ann handed her father the food and then turned to me, tears in her eyes. “Oh, Bel,” she said, and ran toward me, enveloping me in a hug. She smelled good, not like river water and stale beer like I did, but more like the soft grass that I felt beneath my feet when I ran from my house down the steep hill toward the river. Beside me, my mother’s silent reproach hung over me like a fetid cloud.

Why can’t you be more like Mary Ann D’Amato?

I had heard it more than once in my seventeen years and hoped eventually it would die a natural death as I got older and more accomplished, setting off to take the culinary world by storm, another thing that left a distinct distaste in my mother’s mouth. I was supposed to be a nurse. A teacher. A wife, mother. Not a chef.

It was your idea to open a catering hall, I wanted to say. Your idea to have me in the kitchen every moment I wasn’t studying or swimming on the varsity team. Your idea to ask me how the potatoes tasted, if the carrots needed another minute. Your idea to let my brothers learn the traditional Irish tunes and put me in an invisible, yet highly important, role— that of sous chef to you and a myriad of other cooks who had come through the doors of Shamrock Manor, only to discover that yes, our family was crazy, and no, they didn’t really care all that much about haute cuisine.

Mary Ann was going to nursing school; of course she was. She was the daughter that my parents never had and she would make everyone in this town proud.

Years later, in what could only be from the “you can’t make this stuff up” files, Mary Ann would marry Kevin Hanson—my Kevin Hanson— and I would cook the food for their wedding. We would all be friends and we would laugh together and eat together and have a generally good time in one another’s company. Before, I felt the lesser, but in the future, the now, I would be equal, the one who had gone away and come back, realizing that my heart was in this little village, at least for a time. But back then, Amy was still missing and everyone thought I had the key.

“Where is she?” Mary Ann whispered into my curly hair.

“I don’t know,” I said. And I didn’t. Amy Mitchell was my best friend, my confidante, my sister from another mother, and she hadn’t said a word about where she would go after a night on Eden Island. My last words to her, an angry sentence (You’ll be sorry. . . . ), burned in my gray matter. I don’t know where she is, I wanted to scream. It had been just fun and games until I had seen her kissing my boyfriend, Kevin Hanson. We had been celebrating our waning days at FLHS, and it was the best night we had ever had up until that point.

I don’t know why she wouldn’t tell me where she was going, but maybe I did.

Maybe of everyone here in the police station, she wanted me to be the last to know.

About the Author:

Maggie McConnon grew up in New York immersed in Irish culture and tradition. A former Irish stepdancer, she was surrounded by a family of Irish musicians who still play at family gatherings. She credits her Irish grandparents with providing the stories of their homeland and their extended families as the basis for the stories she tells in her Belfast McGrath novels, beginning with Wedding Bel Blues.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meet Maggie Christensen!

I write about mature love – sometimes called seasoned romance, or boomer lit - women in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. I set my books in places I’m familiar with and like my readers to feel they’re meeting old friends in them.

Growing up in Scotland in house full of adults, I often listened to my aunt tell her story of the man she’d loved and lost. When I began to write fiction, I knew her story was one I had to tell, but for a long time I couldn’t work out the best way to do it.

Finally, when writing Broken Threads, a book set in Australia, where I now live, I set upon the idea of introducing a minor character, Bel, who had an aging aunt in Scotland, who had a story to tell.

The Good Sister is the tale of what happens when Bel return to visit her terminally ill aunt and reads the memoir the old woman has written.

Isobel has always been the ‘good sister’ of the family, and the reader follows her story from the 1940s through to the present day, as she recalls a time when young women were expected so save themselves for marriage, how that pressure can dominate a relationship, and ultimately change lives.

It is a beautiful and touching story about love in the 1940's and in the decades after that, about finding love when you are in your twenties, forties, sixties or nineties. And about the blessing and curse family can be.

The Good Sister is my seventh novel and the first I have set in my native Scotland.

Synopsis: 

In 1938, as the world hurtled towards war, twenty-year-old Isobel MacDonald fell madly in love. But fate and her own actions conspired to deny her the happiness she yearned for.  Many years later, plagued with regrets and with a shrill voice from the past ringing in her ears, she documents the events that shaped her life.

In 2015, sixty-five-year-old Bel Davison returns from Australia to her native Scotland to visit her terminally ill aunt. Reading Isobel’s memoir, she is beset with memories of her own childhood and overcome with guilt. When she meets her aunt’s solicitor, events seem to spiral out of control and, almost against her will, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic Scotsman.

What is it that links these two women across the generations? Can the past influence the future?

You can purchase The Good Sister here.  

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Deanna Martinez-Bey Wants to be Your First Stocking Stuffer

Please welcome Deanna Martinez-Bey back to Writer's Corner.  She is here today to share her new novel Hot 
Cocoa, Green Tea And The Man Who Sweetened My 
Heart.  This novel will be released tomorrow, and so we also wish her a happy pub day! This novel will be 
perfect for curling up during the winter months. 


Synopsis: 

Stephanie had been held hostage in an abusive marriage for nearly twelve years. She was manipulated, controlled and abused by her mentally unstable husband. The last physical altercation drove Stephanie to begin a new life, alone, just her and her ten-year-old son, Ray.
Stephanie made an exit plan. She would find a new school for Ray, a full-time job and a place to live and just when she thought that life would be calm and peaceful, her monster of a husband, soon to be ex-husband would rear his ugly head.
Stephanie winds up meeting a new friend through work. As time passes, they find that they are developing feelings for one another. After the divorce is final her ex-husband stirs up trouble yet again.
Would Stephanie and her new friend become an item or would all the trouble from her ex-monster have him packing his bags and running? Would Stephanie finally be awarded full custody of her son or would her ex sabotage that from ever happening?

Hot Cocoa, Green Tea, And the Man Who Sweetened My Heart, is a compelling story of love, fear, hatred and self-transformation with a touch of humor, intimacy and a hint of the paranormal. 
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About the Author:  
 Deanna has always aspired to be a writer. She started writing poetry and short          stories and the young age of seven. Born  in New Jersey, Deanna currently lives in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. She    says. “I will always be a Jersey girl at      heart.” Which is why she came up with    her own recipe for, New Jersey coffee       cake, that she shares at the end of this     book. She has had several of her original recipes published over the years. They     have been featured in publications such  as: Taste of Home Magazine, Taste of Home “Best Of” cookbooks, Gooseberry Patch  cookbooks, local magazines and Women’s Day online, to name a few.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Welcome to Christmas 2017!

Thank you to Little Brown for giving me a copy of Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand.  I was given this copy from a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. 

For fans of Elin Hilderbrand she has written the conclusion to the Quinn family journey.  Winter Solstice is not only the finale to the Winter Street series, but a sequel The Rumor.  I have not read either series or the Rumor.  I will be reviewing this book as a stand-alone. 

Synopsis: 

Once again the Quinn family will gather together for Christmas on Nantucket.  This Christmas will be different than the ones from the past.  It will be the last Christmas at the Inn.  Kelley the patriarch of the family is dying from brain cancer.  His wife Mitzi has all she can handle with caring for Kelley, and when their son Brett comes home from Afghanistan.  Will he find a way to reconnect with the world?  Ava has started a new chapter in New York, and closer to her mother Margaret the first wife of Kelley.  Ava may have different plans for the holidays coming up, but will they include being in Nantucket for Christmas?   Jennifer started her own business, and wants to get off on the right foot, in this new career.  Will one client ruin it all?  What happens when she receives an offer she can’t refuse from the ex-wife of her brother in-law Kevin?

My Thoughts: 

Elin Hilderbrand has another winner in Winter Solstice!  This finale to the Winter Street series is an easy page turner.  It is well written!  I felt that the author dealt with some more mature issues in this book.  The relationship that Brett had with his girlfriend relieved some of the tension for me.  I enjoyed meeting the Quinn family and watch them grow throughout the book.  


This book is a great read through the Christmas Holiday! 

To purchase a copy of Winter Solstice here.  You can also preorder Elin’s next summer book The Perfect Couple here

Rating:

5/5

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Love Can Often Surprise You with Jamie Ford

A friend of mine who also goes to a lot of events here in Atlanta said that I should really come and meet Jamie Ford.  I decided to go and see Jamie Ford at the Margaret Mitchell House.  The author is very kind and personable, and I highly recommend meeting him.  He was on tour for his book Love and Other Consolation Prizes.

Synopsis:

The story begins with Ernest standing by his car watching the events of the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.  His memories take him back to the 1909 World’s Fair in the very same location.  His life changed that day, because he was the boy who was auctioned during the fair.  The results were a permanent home for the first time since coming to this country.   His daughter Juju has plans for a story for her paper, where she is employed.  Juju wants to know her father’s story.  It is what she does not know about the story and her origins that might change the story.   Will she want to share it with the world, once Ernest shares his story? 

My Thoughts: 

I liked this book.  It is well written.  I was not a fan of the setting, which is a brothel.  I felt that the author handled the setting marvelously and it did not take away from the story.  The story is told from Ernest’s point of view.  Readers can easily follow Ernest’s experiences of his life.  Also how the people he came in contact with shaped his character and how he wanted to be remembered. 

I really enjoyed Jamie Ford’s talent for storytelling.

Rating:

4/5

To purchase a copy of Love and Other Consolation Prizes here.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

If I Run…

On Your marks! Get set! Go!  This is the only way to describe If I Run by Terri Blackstock.  She is a new author for me.  Terri Blackstock is the author of many Christian suspense novels.  This is the first that I have been able to share here.  Are you ready?

Synopsis:

Casey leaves the house where her best friend Chris has been murdered.  She is covered in his blood and has the murder weapon.  Would anyone believe that she didn’t do it?  Since they were looking into her father’s murder and Casey thinks she knows who murdered her father who was a police detective.  Dylan is a former army investigator who is hired by Chris’s family to find Casey who is wanted for questioning in their son’s murder.  As Dylan proceeds in the investigation he starts to doubt Casey’s guilt.  Then he comes across another death with Casey miles away. Will he be able to save her?  Who killed her father?

My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed this novel!  The pacing is excellent!  This author knows how to keep her audience engrossed in the novel.  This is the first novel in the If I Run series.  So much of this novel is world building so you understand the situation.  It is also the first novel in the series. It is not my favorite part but it has a purpose!  Great characters!  Awesome plot!  I can’t wait to tackle more of the series!

Rating:

5/5

To purchase a copy of If I Run and the rest of the series here.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Who Are The Lilac Girls?

How many of you are World War II buffs?  How many of you have read a great about the many events that took place during the war?  I myself am familiar with the concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, and Ravensbruck.  I was not familiar with the story of The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly; I am delighted to share it now.

Synopsis: 

Caroline Ferriday works for the French Consulate in New York who helps French, but more specifically she works with orphans.  She has never married but shares living quarters with her mother.  There is also an interesting gentleman on the side.  Caroline sends packages to orphans and continues to help as Europe is rapidly invaded by the Nazis.   Over in Poland, Kasia is excited about the changes and an opportunity to help with the underground.  Her boyfriend Pietrik tries to keep her from being involved.  One day the Gestapo catches Kasia her friends and family, and they are sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp.  Kasha arrives with her sister Zuzanna and their mother.  Herta Oberheuser comes onto to staff at Ravensbruck as a doctor.  What kind of services would she provide?   How would she treat Kasia and her family?  How does Caroline connect to the situation at Ravensbruck?

My Thoughts: 

I loved this novel!  I loved how the author Ms. Kelly brought a different kind of story about World War II to her audience.  There are many narrators in this story Caroline, Kasia, and Herta.  We learn about these characters and their family from the outset of the story.  I did not think Caroline Ferriday was a real person.  Herta is also a real person.  Kasia and her sister are based off of people who lived through the Ravensbruck experience.  The author vividly describes the camp, occupied France, and occupied Poland.  Ms. Kelly has great perspective on what the conflict in Europe was like, and her narrator’s illustrate it beautifully.   

I listened to the audiobook of this book!  I cannot say how much I love, love, love, Cassandra Campbell.  I know when I select an audiobook and she is a narrator the audience is in for a treat.   The Kathleen Gati brought Kasia and Herta to life, with great authenticity.

I will forewarn that this novel is long!  It has a very meaty story, I don’t know that I would have stayed with it if I had not done it has an audiobook.  I also struggled with Caroline’s connection to the events at Ravensbruck.    

Rating:

4.5/5

Order your copy of Lilac Girls here.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

In The Spotlight Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis

Are you ready for the holidays?  Jill Shalvis is stopping by Writer’s Corner to share her latest book  Holiday Wishes.   We are glad to have her and hope she will come again in the future. Jill Shalvis is sharing an excerpt from Holiday Wishes.   
“At the empathetic tone in Sean’s voice, Lotti’s heart and stomach and head all clenched in unison. “What do you mean you can’t give me what I want?” she asked. “All you have to do is walk away.”
“Tried that already,” he said. “And it was the biggest mistake of my life.” He brought her hand up to his mouth and met her gaze over their entwined hands.
He was looking at her like . . . well, she wasn’t sure what was going on in his head, but her thoughts were racing along with her pulse.
“You’re incredible, Lotti. I hope you know that.” Very slowly, clearly giving her time to object, he pulled her into him.
Her breath caught at the connection and his eyes heated in response as he slid a hand up her spine and then back down again, pressing her in tight to him from chest to thighs and everywhere in between. His nose was cold at the crook of her neck, but his breath was warm against her skin. She felt his lips press against the sensitive spot just behind her ear and she shivered. “You’re trembling,” he said, his voice low. “Are you cold?”
“No,” she whispered. Try the opposite of cold . . .
“Nervous?”
“No.” Not even close. The way his mouth moved across her skin was making her warm all over. Not that she could articulate that with his body pressed to hers and his fingers dancing over her skin. She was literally quivering as the memories of what it felt like to be touched by him washed over her, as if no time at all had gone by.
Yes, she’d let him think that their time together had sucked for her. But it hadn’t. Not even close. That long-ago night he’d evoked feelings and a hunger in her that she’d never forgotten. “I’ve just had a long day,” she said.
“I know. I’m going to make it better.” He pressed a kiss at the juncture of her jaw and ear before he made his way to her lips for a slow, hot kiss, his mouth both familiar and yet somehow brand-new. She was so far gone that when he pulled back she protested with a moan, but he held her tight, staring down at her with heated eyes. “Just checking,” he murmured.
“Checking what?”
“That you want this as badly as I do.”
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About the Author: 

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,  for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Are the Secrets of Adoption?

I am excited today to share Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. It is my first novel by Lisa, and I feel there will be many more.  The novel Before We Were Yours is set in the Memphis area during the late 1930s and current events.  There are two storylines that run through this novel.

Synopsis:

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancĂ©, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families… (Random House)

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel!  The setting of this scandal is the Tennessee Children’s Home.  It created a great mystery.  The characters of this story are fictional but incorporate all sides of the story.   There are many points of views (POV) in this story. Rill is a child at the beginning of the story but experiences being taken and living in the Tennessee Children’s Home. The other POV is Avery the senator’s daughter who stumbles across an older Rill, in the current timeline.  It is her investigation that will keep readers turning pages as they find out what happened to Rill in and her family.  I was interested to see what Avery’s character found as the story progressed.   I loved how Lisa Wingate contrasted the backgrounds of both Rill and Avery.  Parts of this mystery I was able to solve while reading the book but I wanted to know if the siblings from Rill’s family ever found each other.  I am not saying more because you have to read the novel.

Rating:

4.75/5

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

What Can New Experiences Bring?

Thank you to Kensington Books and Sally Kilpatrick for a copy of Bless Her Heart.  I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review.  I received no financial compensation. 

Posey has been married to Chad for ten years.  All she really wants is a child.   She has put up with some weird requests from Chad.  One day she wakes up to find that he is gone with another woman.  The house is gone and the car repossessed.  What is Posey to do? 

Posey moves back in with her family.  What to do about her life? Now what to do about a job?  She had worked for Chad in Love Ministries as a receptionist.  Her little sister Lark has the answers.  She thinks that Posey should explore the seven deadly sins.   Does Posey feel these experiences are fun or have consequences?   How will it impact the future?

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed Ms. Kilpatrick’s novel.  I found Posey to be an entertaining character.  She has lots of sass.   Lark added a lot of entertainment value to Posey’s adventures.  The author creates characters that are interesting.  The conflict in this story had me rooting for Posey.  When I first read the synopsis for the novel I thought the story had a different path.  Ms. Kilpatrick writes with great wit.  Her writing makes it a joy to turn the page.

Bless Her Heart is an easy read!  That readers will enjoy!

You can preorder your copy here.

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Rating:


4/5

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What is Going On In Cocoa Beach?

Thank you to Harper Collins for a copy of Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams in exchange for an honest review.   

Virginia Fitzwilliams receives a cryptic letter from her husband’s lawyer in Cocoa Beach saying that her husband is dead.  She decides to take their daughter on a journey, to find out what happened.  What will she encounter on this journey?  Can this possibly impact her future?  Is her husband really dead?

Synopsis:

The other story line in this novel is where Virginia and Simon meet during the Great War.  Virginia is an ambulance driver and Simon a doctor.  Will they become more than friends?

Virginia travels to Cocoa Beach she wants to know what her husband has been up to. Virginia knows that the house burned down that he had especially built for the family, and he owned a shipping business.  The business is currently in the hands of her brother in law her husband’s twin Samuel.  She meets back up with Simon’s sister Clara at the hotel.  Virginia and Clara start investigating what happened to Simon.  What was he really involved with during his time away from his family. Is Virginia in over her head?

My Thoughts: 

I liked the novel!  It is definitely a psychological thriller.  The story is told from Virginia’s point of view (POV).  Simon’s letters to his wife are interspersed throughout the novel.  I struggled with understanding their place in the novel.  Once the reader has finished the novel everything is explained so I don’t want to give anything away.   Beatriz did a great job of keeping the reader guessing on how the novel would turn out.
My heart broke for Virginia and I had a hard time experiencing her story in her POV, in the 1920s timeline.   I found the storyline that is set during the Great War very interesting! 

I have not read some of Beatriz’s other novels and I know they are connected, but I have not shared them yet.  I of course plan too!

Rating: 

4/5

To purchase a copy of Beatriz’s novel Cocoa Beach here.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

In the Spotlight: Is This It Then? by Victoria Pombeiro

Chick lit fans looking for a humorous, fast-paced romp may enjoy Is This It Then?, the debut novel from British American author Victoria Oliver. Set in present-day Los Angeles, the story is told from the very different but equally compelling perspectives of 30-something coworkers, Becky, Fay, and Brigitte.

Synopsis:

A humiliating experience at an office party prompts married mom-of-two, Becky, to ditch the junk food and start a healthy new lifestyle, with or without the help of her apathetic family. During one of her early morning workouts Becky meets an attractive new guy in town, whose attentiveness makes her question her 15-year marriage to sports-obsessed husband, Dave.

Seemingly unflappable businesswoman Fay is convinced that her husband, Pete, is having an affair with his leggy, blond personal assistant. Determined to find out the truth, Fay enlists the help of Becky and HR nightmare Brigitte. After several failed attempts at playing amateur detective, Fay discovers that what she thinks she knows about Pete doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of his deception.

Oblivious to her coworkers' marital woes, lovable but self-centered Brigitte is on a two-pronged mission: to beat out her arch-nemesis Tom for a departmental promotion, and to sleep with as many men as possible. Unfortunately her inability to separate business and pleasure means that Brigitte is more likely to get an appointment at the unemployment center than a desk in a corner office. Everyone can see Brigitte's impending career spiral…except for Brigitte.

Is This It Then? is available as a paperback and in Kindle format from Amazon.

About the Author: 

Victoria Oliver is a former reporter at a UK press agency and has placed articles in national newspapers including The Times and The Telegraph, and features in women’s magazines, including Closer, Bella, and Women’s Own. She has a BA in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham and an NCTJ qualification in Print Journalism. After living in the United States for 10 years, she recently returned to the UK with her husband and very badly behaved rescue dog, Wookie. Is This It Then? is her debut novel.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Show Must Go On by D.D.Marx

As I sit here writing this post, I’m reminded that a year ago today, I was participating in a walk for ALS for my childhood friend, Kevin. It was a glorious fall day, full of the color with the leaves changing. The backdrop was the picturesque, Chicago city skyline. Kevin’s team, of well over a hundred, including family, friends and colleagues, joined countless other teams to raise awareness and show support for this debilitating disease. Exactly one year later, he is no longer here with us. He passed away a month ago and now, I officially know more people that have died from ALS than any other disease. Any diagnosis of any illness is devastating to hear. I have several friends that have been fighting the battle of breast cancer. The impact and reach, to all loved ones, is enormous. I recognize with each passing year, the fear and discomfort of hearing this type of news, within my inner circle, is something I will be forced to deal with but how do you prepare?

All of us have experienced grief in some capacity, whether it be the physical loss of a loved one or the loss of something, like a marriage or relationship. I lost my best friend in a car accident at the ripe age of twenty-three and it shaped my life in ways I never imagined.  This year will mark the twenty-fifth year of his passing. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I know the exact moment the call came in, where I was, what I was wearing and the overwhelming sense of loss. Indescribable. I finally channeled my grief into a trilogy titled The BeyondSeries. I never dreamed my life would lead me to becoming a writer but it’s been the one and only remedy to dealing with this pain. It’s been cathartic, healing and refilled the void in my heart, by allowing me to share him with the rest of the world. Trust me, he was worth knowing.

There is no answer. Experiencing grief is unavoidable for all of us. We require emotional tools that enable us to support our loved ones when they are faced with gut-wrenching news. I choose to believe our deceased loved ones are always with us, guiding us. They send us signs and symbols letting us know they are here. You just need to be open to receiving them. That is what this book series is about – faith, hope and love and to provide an escape into a world that all of us can relate to. The ups and downs of life and that glimmer of light that keeps us going.   

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Pink Escape 2017

Welcome to Pink Escape 2017.  This month is dedicated to those who have fought the good fight or currently fighting breast cancer.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This month I officially end my fight.  I am finishing my reconstruction surgery.  

I am so thankful for all the support that I have had through my battle.  I thank the followers of Writer’s Corner for bearing with me over these past two years.   As I recover more I will go back to sharing some of the posts that I have been unable to do within the last two years.  

This Pink Escape will be abbreviated do to my recovery from my latest surgery.  I plan to start resurfacing around week three of my recovery which is October 23.  

 Please stay informed and help fight the good fight!

Let us not forget others who are still fighting such as Julia Louis Dreyfus.  I wish her all the best in her fight! 

Sincerely,


Jencey Gortney

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Will Ruby Get a Second Chance?

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel. I was given this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The One That Got Away is a modern retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. I am always interested in a fresh take on a classic.It is also the first Pink Escape book of 2017. The Jane Austen fan that I am I dove into this novel.

Synopsis:

Ruby is an account manager at her job. She stays very busy with work in New York. Her best friend has to persuade her to leave her sanctuary of work to see her, before she leaves to go Scotland. Her sister Piper is getting married to her man of from Ruby’s past. Ethan has changed a great deal, and will also be at the wedding as the best man. The wedding takes place in Scotland in a castle. Ruby seems to continue to run into Ethan regardless of the situation. Will they be able to overcome the past and reconnect? Or will she have to navigate a different path, which includes surviving Piper at the wedding.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this story. Ruby is a protagonist that I could identify with. Ethan’s character is part of the story but he does not play a major role to me. The story is told from Ruby's point of view. The character I found most annoying was Piper. I wanted to applaud Ruby for putting up with her behavior leading up to the wedding.

The plot takes place in two different story lines. The present storyline line is the “Now” which follows the current events leading up to the wedding. The other storyline is the “Then” section which tells the story of Ruby and Ethan’s relationship.

I enjoyed the story but felt that the Then story line should have ended sooner than it did. I would have changed the pacing a little to compensate for the length. I was ready for the story to resolve and the happy ending to begin. Yes, the story was true to Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I look forward to what Melissa Pimentel shares next with her audience!


Rating:


4/5

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

In The Spotlight Steven Arnett Takes Us Back to the 60s

Today would like to introduce you to Steven Arnett, whose new novel The Summer of Robert Byron a recently released novel.   He will take us back in time to the  sixties to share is story of  Robert and Jean.   This story is for the Historical Fiction fans out there!  The story is set in the 1960s. 

Synopsis: 

 Here’s the scoop on it: It’s fall 1966, and Robert Byron has returned to his home town of Blue Spring in Michigan after serving in Vietnam. Everyone there tries to welcome him home, but he’s unsocial and ends up alienating almost everyone. He pretty much keeps to himself through the winter, until the money he’d saved up in Vietnam runs outs, and he has to go back to work. He meets Jean Summers, a teacher at Blue Spring High School who’d just started her teaching career the previous fall herself, when Robert is hired by her landlord to do some work on the house she’s renting. They’re complete opposites in personality, but somehow, they’re attracted to each other anyway. The Summer of Robert Byron is their story: Of how Jean tries to redeem through love Robert’s alienation and the dark secret that he has brought home with him from the war. Can she succeed or is it too late to ever really bring him home again?

The Summer of Robert Byron is available as a paperback and in Kindle format from Amazon. 

About the Author:                                               

Steven Arnett was born in Detroit, Michigan, and enjoys writing fiction and poetry.  He has degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Maine.  He currently lives in Johns Creek, Georgia, with his wife, Delphine, and daughter, Vivienne. He has  published two other novels: Death of Lake Michigan and The Labyrinth chronicles. He learns the hard way that money can’t buy happiness but that it sure can lead to some very funny and bizarre experiences! 

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