Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway for The Marquesa's Necklace by P.J. MacLayne

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for The Marquesa’s Necklace by P.J. MacLayne.  Please leave a comment or question for P.J. to let her know you stopped by.  P.J. will be awarding a digital copy of The Marquesa’s Necklace, along with a $10 Amazon GC, to a randomly drawn commenter using Rafflecopter.  You must comment in order to enter the giveaway.  You can follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

The Marquesa’s Necklace
By P.J. MacLayne
Oak Grove Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: P.J. Maclayne
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 203 Pages
ISBN:  123-0-00024-943-8

Buy Links:  Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iTunes | Inktera


About the book: 

Harmony Duprie enjoyed her well-ordered life in the quiet little town of Oak Grove—until her arrest for drug trafficking. Cleared of all charges, she wants nothing more than to return to the uneventful lifestyle of a historical researcher she once savored.

But when her beloved old car “George” is stolen and explodes into a ball of flames, it sets off a series of events that throws her plans into turmoil. Toss in a police detective that may or may not be interested in her, an attractive but mysterious stranger on her trail, and an ex-boyfriend doing time, and Harmony’s life freefalls into a downward spiral of chaos.

Now she has to use her research skills to figure out who is behind the sinister incidents plaguing her, and why. And she better take it seriously, like her life depends upon finding the right answers.

Because it might.

The bus ride home seemed longer than the morning’s trip as I studied each person getting on for a potential threat. Was the little gray-haired lady with the oversize purse and shopping bag packing a handgun?  Did the teenage boy wearing a long black coat keep ninja stars in his pockets? And the woman in her mid-twenties holding a little girl’s hand?  Was the child was just a prop, borrowed for the afternoon, solely to throw off suspicion? In reality, was the woman a super spy waiting for a chance to drug me and cart me off to her remote hideaway?
Or not. Buying a new car became a priority. I toyed with the idea of a Harley. I envisioned it—me, dressed out in a black cat suit, wearing black boots with five-inch heels, striding into the biker bar across town. But it’s awfully hard to haul a laptop and scanner around on one of those things, let alone bring home the groceries. Maybe I would settle for a screaming red Corvette or Ferrari. My funds manager would think I‘d gone off my rocker.

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

P.J. MacLayne is a computer geek by day and a writer by night. She grew up among the rolling hills of Pennsylvania and uses that as the setting for many of her stories. She currently makes her home in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

Facebook: https://facebook.com/pjmaclayne
Twitter:       https://twitter.com/pjmaclayne

Review Tour & Giveaway for The Lost Flower by Geraldine Solon

Welcome to my stop on the Review Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for The Lost Flower by Geraldine Solon.  Please leave a comment or question for Geraldine to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a print copy of The Lost Flower, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

The Lost Flower
By Geraldine Solon

Publisher:  Geraldine Solon
Release Date: April 26, 2014
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romantic Suspense
Length: 275 Pages
ISBN:  978-1492244264

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Buy Link:  Kindle |  Amazon Print 

About the book:    

After third grade teacher, Lacy Stone undergoes a kidney transplant she develops vivid dreams of a toddler running away from a blazing fire. Lacy soon embarks in a journey to Boracay island, Philippines to find answers. On the island, Lacy meets Sampaguita Navarro, one of the last few Aetas of her tribe. As a manghihilot, Sam hopes to open her own holistic spa on the island, but as she acquires tragic visions, she discovers that her gift of touch comes with a price.

Searching for clues, Lacy crosses paths and falls in love with investor, Adam Shaw not realizing that he's the prime target of waitress, Frankie Lloyd who has acquired a new identity to seek revenge and claim her redemption. When Lacy and Sam provide a threat to Frankie’s plans, trouble looms paradise which leaves Lacy with a choice between saving the man she loves or the child from her dream.


Chapter One

Smoke filled the air as Lacy Stone raced through the crowd of bystanders standing outside a burning resort surrounded by tall coconut trees. Flames bellowed all over the place as three men eradicated the fire. A short dark man carried a white man splattered with blood all over his face and clothes as the man laid him on a stretcher.

“My wife?” He called out with his raspy voice. “Where is she?”

“We’re still searching for her.”

The bystanders mumbled in their native tongue.

The man positioned the oxygen mask on his face. “We have to rush you to the clinic.”

A wailing sound echoed as people pushed their way to the resort. Lacy spotted a toddler with curly hair carrying a bouquet of white flowers scurrying towards the island. Without hesitation, Lacy scampered after her. “Wait.”

A strong wave splashed through the child and carried her deep into the ocean.

Lacy dove into the water hoping to save her. Air escaped her lungs, then everything went black.

Feeling a nudge on her shoulder, a familiar voice said, “Lacy, are you all right? Looks like you had a bad dream.”

Lacy pushed the comforter down, gasping for breath as she caught a glimpse of the ceiling fan in her bedroom.

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Geraldine Solon is the award-winning, best-selling author of three novels—Love Letters, Chocolicious and The Assignment and a marketing guidebook, Authorpreneur in Pajamas. Two of her books have been adapted into film. Geraldine is the Managing Editor of food/fashion/lifestyle magazine, Gastronomique en Vogue.  

Geraldine is also the Vice President of the Fremont Area Writers club and the Screenwriter/Executive producer of her upcoming movie, Love Letters. 

Geraldine has studied creative writing and screenwriting courses at Stanford University. She is currently working on two novels and a screenplay. You can learn more about Geraldine at www.geraldinesolon.com


Three women, three men, an exotic island in the South Pacific and the future of a tribal culture all play a key part in The Lost Flower by Geraldine Sloan. Blending women’s fiction and romantic suspense, Ms. Sloan’s characters are well developed, interesting and very colorful.  While the story’s pace is relaxed, like life on the island where the story is set, the romance and mystery kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next.

Ms. Sloan does a good job developing all of the characters in the story; I enjoyed getting to know Lacy Stone, the young teacher whose kidney transplant changed her outlook on life.  I liked how she developed the courage to follow her dream about a little girl and was determined to find her even though it meant she had to travel almost half-way around the world to do so.  I also enjoyed getting to know Sampaguita “Sam” Navarro, a native islander who’s still dealing with a tragic loss in her life and who has a hard time accepting her natural “gifts”.  Gifts which include visions of people’s lives. 

Ms. Sloan even did a good job developing Frankie Lloyd, a woman who is more than what she seems and who poses a real threat to pretty much everyone in the book.  Frankie is definitely a colorful character and she’s the one who really ties the other two women together.  Her actions, and her mental state, are very important to the story. 

While Ms. Sloan did a good job developing the women in the story, they are the main characters and their stories are what tie them together, she only did an okay job developing the men.  Unfortunately this made them harder to connect with.   I did like getting to know Alejandro, an island native and childhood friend of “Sam”, and I also enjoyed getting to know Adam, the man who captures Lacy’s heart, but their stories aren’t really flushed out and there are 2 additional male characters that really needed more development for the story. 

Will Lacy be able to discover exactly why she’s compelled to go to a faraway island?  Will Sam ever accept her “gifts” and what’s in her future?  And what will happen to Frankie Lloyd at the end?  You’ll have to read The Lost Flower to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Sloan’s work.

My Rating:  3.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

Cover Reveal & Giveaway for Snow the Vampire Slayer by Rebekah R. Ganiere

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Snow the Vampire Slayer
by Rebekah R. Ganiere
Farielle #2
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
Genres: FantasyRomance

About the book:   After deposed vampire prince Sage helps King Adrian and the werewolves drive the vampires out of Wolvenglen Forest, he comes face to face with his worst fear. A beautiful woman who makes him lust to break his vow, and crave her blood.

Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of staying at home to take care of her seven brothers, instead of being out with them at night, hunting for bloodsuckers. Ever since a mysterious witch bestowed the mantel of the Vampire Slayer upon her brother, Snow has wanted nothing more than to be out there fighting along side her brothers, but it isn't her place.

And when Snow meets Sage, she's torn between the need to kill him for what she believes him to be, and the desire to give in to the feeling that he stirs within her. But Sage is more afraid than ever that his uncle Philos, King of the vampires, will find out about Snow and once and for all, stomp out any chance Sage has at true happiness.

Sage must enlist the aid of Snow's brothers to help him regain his rightful place as King of the Vampires and finally exact revenge on his uncle. If only he can keep them from killing him first.

About the Author
Rebekah R. Ganiere
Rebekah is an award winning author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May and the second book Snow The Vampire Slayer will be releasing in September 2014. And her trilogy The Society will be released in 2015 by Kensington's Lyrical Press. Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. In her spare time when she isn't writing you can find her moderating on SavvyAuthors.com or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English Bulldog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, and three tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for From Indiana With Love by Sandra Sookoo

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Tasty Book Tours, for From Indiana With Love by Sandra SooKoo.  Please leave a comment or question for Sandra to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  My review is pending.  You can follow the rest of the tour here. 

From Indiana with Love
By Sandra Sookoo
Unlikely Partners, Book 1

Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 198 Pages
ISBN:  9781612524368

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Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | Desert Breeze | ARe

About the book:

Being embroiled in an FBI sting isn’t exactly conducive for book research or warm fuzzies—or is it?

Samantha Arnold, prep cook and struggling romance novelist, believes adventure is right around the corner. Trouble is, nothing exciting happens in the small town of Newburg, Indiana. When a routine trip to pick up chicken results in meeting a guy too well-dressed to be a farmer, she can’t help but hope things are about to turn.

Special Agent Patton Mitchell isn’t exactly enjoying his stint in the farming community. The property he’s using as a home base adjoins that of his mark, and it also connects him with meek and mild Samantha. Her questionable Internet search history has triggered a visit from the NSA, which means him, and he’s not above a little flirting to get his answers.

Suddenly, small town life explodes into a story right out of Sam’s imagination, with intrigue, guns and betrayal to boot. What she thinks of as a madcap caper is a fight for life or death in Mitchell’s book. Between dodging bullets, chasing a would-be terrorist and dealing with drop-in relatives, there might just be a shot at romance—if the bad guys don’t get them first.

Author Info
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi, and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and oftentimes will add humor to the mix.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and engaging characters, Sandra likes to read, bake, taste new teas, watch The Big Bang Theory, and Psych as well as Finding Bigfoot and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World: it’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. When she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men, sci-fi-related subjects, and the odd “what if”.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers. You can write to her at sandrasookoo@yahoo.com, visit her website at www.sandrasookoo.com, or look her up on Facebook and Twitter. All links are provided on the front page of her website.

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