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Friday, April 28, 2017

New Book Alert: Hard Hearted Highlander by Julia London

For the record, there was totally supposed to be a review of this book going up today, but life has a funny way of getting in the way of my reading, so for the moment, this is a spotlight with giveaway.  Review will be forthcoming!

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Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London
Book 3 in The Highland Grooms Series
e-book & mass-market paperback (and audio!); 384 pages
HQN Books
ISBN: 0373789998
April 25, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
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Book Blurb:

An indomitable governess...a brooding Highlander...a forbidden affair...

An ill-fated elopement cost English-born governess Bernadette Holly her reputation, her unsuitable lover and any chance of a future match. She has nothing left to fear--not even the bitter, dangerously handsome Scot due to marry her young charge. Naive wallflower Avaline is terrified to wed Rabbie Mackenzie, but if he sends her home, she will be ruined. Bernadette's solution: convince Rabbie to get Avaline to cry off...while ignoring her own traitorous attraction to him.

A forced engagement to an Englishwoman is a hard pill for any Scot to swallow. It's even worse when the fiancee in question is a delicate, foolish young miss--unlike her spirited, quick-witted governess. Sparring with Bernadette brings passion and light back to Rabbie's life after the failed Jacobite uprising. His clan's future depends upon his match to another, but how can any Highlander forsake a love that stirs his heart and soul?

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About the Author

julia london

Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular  Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch and The Perfect Homecoming.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.

She lives in Austin, Texas.

Find Julia London: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tour Wide Giveaway!

There is a tour wide giveaway available as part of this tour stop.  There is a $50 gift card up for grabs.  Entries can be made via the Rafflecopter below.  Please note that I am not in any way in charge of this giveaway and all questions should be sent to the tour coordinator.  Thanks and good luck!!

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Monday, April 17th: Luxury Reading

Tuesday, April 18th: A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, April 19th: A Night’s Dream of Books

Thursday, April 20th: Booked on a Feeling

Friday, April 21st: A Holland Reads

Monday, April 24th: The Romance Dish

Tuesday, April 25th: BookNAround

Friday, April 28th: The Maiden’s Court

Monday, May 1st: Books that Hook

Wednesday, May 3rd: From the TBR Pile

Friday, May 5th: Back Porchervations

Monday, May 8th: Stranded in Chaos

Wednesday, May 10th: Buried Under Romance – review & excerpt

Monday, May 15th: Becca the Bibliophile – excerpt

Wednesday, May 17th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt

Friday, May 19th: The Reading Wench


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cover Crush: In the Shadow of Lakecrest

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We can all say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I guarantee that we all have done so at least once! Cover Crush is designed to feature some of those covers that have caught the eye as a standout on the bookshelf.

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The first thing that catches my attention is the color palette.  The black, white, and golds are very different than the majority of historical fiction covers that we see lately, which as I have pointed out in several posts are frequently in jewel tones.  I also love how we see half her face – hey, at least it’s not a headless woman and she is looking straight out at the viewer!  Lovely.


What are your thoughts on this cover?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Book Alert: Marrying the Wrong Earl by Callie Hutton–Excerpt and Giveaway


Marrying the Wrong Earl by Callie Hutton
Book 2 in the Lords and Ladies in Love Series
e-Book & Paperback; 224 pages
Entangled Scandalous
ISBN: 1544759002
April 17, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
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Book Blurb:

Lady Arabella Danvers is happy with her life just the way it is. She is free to be herself and take care of broken and abandoned animals. Her mother is desperate for her to marry, and has decided to take things into her own hands. There is just one little problem with her plan.

Nash, the Earl of Clarendon has determined it is time to take a wife. He has selected a woman to whom he intends to propose. However, the annoying Lady Arabella has stumbled into his life at the wrong time, and in the wrong place.

But he of all people should know if Lady Arabella is involved, plans will go awry.

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Check out this wonderful EXCERPT I have for you today!

Clarendon’s dark blond curly hair hung a bit more over the back of his cravat than was fashionable, but it suited him well. It appeared his valet had attempted to tame the curls but a few stubborn locks had sprung free and brushed his broad forehead. An aristocratic nose and full lips left no doubt he was descended from generations of nobility. His crystal blue eyes bore into her as he released her hand when they joined the line. They stood across from each other as the music began. He bowed, she curtsied, and they came together. She would be the bigger of them, and clear the air. “I do wish to apologize for the trouble I caused you today, my lord.”

They switched places. “’Tis nothing, I assure you.” He extended his hand, and they moved together with the other dancers for a few steps.

“I disagree, my lord. You ended up muddy, with your clothes torn.”

His jaw flexed as they moved around each other and joined the line of dancers again. “Of course, you disagree, but I assure you, my lady, ’twas nothing.”

As they weaved in and out of the other dancers, she mumbled, “What do you mean ‘of course I disagree,’ and why cannot you accept an apology freely given? Are you always so disagreeable, then?”

They joined hands once more. “Perhaps because I do not wish to be reminded of the incident.”

Separating, they moved around each other, dipping with the music. “I believe you are merely being stubborn.”

Nash closed his eyes. “And I believe you are being stubborn.”

“I am not being stubborn. I simply want to extend my apologies for the mishap this afternoon.”

They joined hands again and moved in a circle. “Fine. Your apology is accepted.”

Another couple switched places with them, eyeing them with curiosity. “There, now. Was that so very hard?”

“My dear lady, do you wish to dance, or converse?”

They stepped forward, hand-in-hand to the head of the line. “Can we not do both?”

“Perhaps I lose count if I talk and dance.”

Her eyebrows rose and she offered a tight grin. “Cannot do two things at once, my lord? Is that why you had such a difficult time rescuing a poor cat?”

Nash came to an abrupt halt, causing the couple behind them to stumble. “I did not have a difficult time of it.” He bent close to her ear and murmured. “Furthermore, I am finished with this conversation.”

About the Author:

Callie Hutton

Callie Hutton, the USA Today bestselling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Regency and western historical romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs and her top cheerleader husband of many years. Her family also includes her daughter, son, and daughter-in-law, and twin grandsons “The Twinadoes.”  

Callie loves to hear from readers. Contact her directly at calliehutton11@gmail.com or find her online at her Website. Sign up for her newsletter to receive information on new releases, appearances, contests and exclusive subscriber content. 


Tour Wide Giveaway!

As part of this tour, there is a tour-wide giveaway for a a signed, print copy of Seducing the Marquess, book 1 in the series.  Entries are made through the Rafflecopter below.  Please direct any questions to the tour coordinator, as I have no role in it.  Good luck.

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The Silver Dagger Scriptorium -P
Eskimo Princess Book Reviews -P

April 18th

Cara's Book Boudoir -Rev
All Things Bookaholic -Rev
Cat's Guilty Pleasure -P

April 19th

Buried Under Romance -Rev
OMG Reads -Rev
Books & Spoons -P
I'm A Book Shark -P

April 20th

Warrior Woman Winmill -Rev
Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog -P
Hearts & Scribbles -P

April 21st

Booklove -Rev
Angel Guilty Pleasure -P
Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love -P


April 24th

Celtic Dragon Book Reviews -Rev
Born to Read Books -P
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April 25th

Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews -Rev/Exc
The Maiden's Court -P
Those Crazy Book Chicks -P

April 26th

Teatime and Books -Rev
Ellesea Loves Reading -Exc

April 27th

Becky on Books -Rev
E-Romance News -P
What Is That Book About -P

April 28th

Sofia Loves Books -Rev
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cover Crush: The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

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We can all say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I guarantee that we all have done so at least once! Cover Crush is designed to feature some of those covers that have caught the eye as a standout on the bookshelf.

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I feel like this cover adequately captures the books description.  First, the font of the title gives the distinct impression that it has been handwritten, as a journal might be.  The scene in the background distinctly looks like the west, which would fit with the setting of Texas.  While it might not be a favorite cover, I think it captures the mood well.


What are your thoughts on this cover?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Audiobook Discussions: Book Extras

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I have been doing a lot of audiobook listening lately and I attended a recent blogger webinar about audiobook reviewing which got me thinking more and more about audiobooks.  So I wanted to know more of what you think about them!  From there, Audiobook Discussions has been born!

Today I want to find out how you feel about book extras and their inclusion or exclusion from audiobooks.

Historical novels in particular tend to have some supplementary material included in a print copy of the book, be in a cast of characters, glossary of terms, maps, etc.  I have always enjoyed perusing them as I read and this is even more so with non-fiction.  Obviously they can’t include images in an audio medium.  Some books have these extra materials available on the author or publisher website, but many do not (or if they do they don’t make it clear as to where the listener can go to find these materials.)  That is one thing that I miss when listening to some audiobooks.  I do appreciate that much of the time Reader’s Guides are available online.  It is also hit or miss with whether they include the Author’s Notes in the narration, which is one of those things that I always read.

So, what are your thoughts on book extras and their inclusion or exclusion in audiobooks?  Have you found any that have done an especially excellent job handling these? 


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cover Crush: The Mark of the King

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We can all say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I guarantee that we all have done so at least once! Cover Crush is designed to feature some of those covers that have caught the eye as a standout on the bookshelf.

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I always love covers that show the details of clothing.  I don’t even see this as a clich├ęd “headless woman” cover because you can’t even really see ANY of the woman’s skin.  I love the colors and how if morphs right into the nature and almost looks like the sky is a yellow hue.  I don’t think the title font is the easiest to read, but it’s ok.  It definitely made me go look the book up and add it to my wishlist.


What are your thoughts on this cover?

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Book Alert: The Half Wives

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The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier
e-Book & Hardcover; 336 pages
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
April 4, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Book Blurb:

Over the course of one momentous day, two women who have built their lives around the same man find themselves moving toward an inevitable reckoning.

Former Lutheran minister Henry Plageman is a master secret keeper and a man wracked by grief. He and his wife, Marilyn, tragically lost their young son, Jack, many years ago. But he now has another child—a daughter, eight-year-old Blue—with Lucy, the woman he fell in love with after his marriage collapsed. 

The Half Wives follows these interconnected characters on May 22, 1897, the anniversary of Jack’s birth. Marilyn distracts herself with charity work at an orphanage. Henry needs to wrangle his way out of the police station, where he has spent the night for disorderly conduct. Lucy must rescue and rein in the intrepid Blue, who has fallen in a saltwater well. But before long, these four  will all be drawn on this day to the same destination: to the city cemetery on the outskirts of San Francisco, to the grave that means so much to all of them. The collision of lives and secrets that follows will leave no one unaltered.

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Read an EXCERPT of The Half Wives at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

About the Author:


STACIA PELLETIER is the author of Accidents of Providence, which was short-listed for the Townsend Prize in Fiction, and the forthcoming The Half Wives. She earned graduate degrees in religion and historical theology from Emory University in Atlanta.  A two-time fellow of the Hambidge Center, located in the mountains of North Georgia, she currently lives in Decatur, Georgia, and works at Emory University's School of Medicine. 

Find Stacia Pelletier: Website | Facebook


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