Book Review of Solving Sophronia

My Review

“Perhaps the real mystery wasn’t the murders but the man solving them.”

Not all detectives wear pants. In fact, some even wear skirts. Detective Jonathan Graham’s new murder case has him stumped, that is before a pretty face and an inquisitive mind barges onto his murder scene.

From the very first page, I couldn’t put this down. I love that although Jonathan had been very against the idea of sucking up his pride and allowing a woman to help with his investigation, he started to trust Lady Sophie Bremerton’s judgement and her ideas. He even sat back a few times just to watch what she might do or say. I think he found her amusing and delighted in her company.

There was great chemistry between the hero and heroine, with hilarious interactions between the characters. I loved Sergeant Lester and his interesting quirk. It brought out a surprising comic relief I did not see coming.

It was so fun to go along on a journey to solve a murder mystery with three awesome characters along every step of the journey. I highly recommend this book, and I’m crossing my fingers that there is a second one in the works.

My rating: 5 Stars

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News! Just Submitted Book #3 in the Bloodborn Series!

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I just submitted book #3 to my editor in the Bloodborn Series! So nervous! I’m crossing my fingers it will get accepted. The story is about…drum roll please…Dracula! It’s his and Elisabeta’s love story, which takes place 1000 years prior to Bloodborn. Out of the 6 books (and yes they are all written, now I just need to get them through the publishing process!) Dracula’s story is one of my favorites.

Onto other news, #2 in the series, Bloodbond, is seriously “this” close to getting a release date! I’m so excited to release it into the wild, but nervous all the same. Stay tuned for a cover reveal! I am so in love with the cover. It’s a perfect rendition of what I have imagined for the story, down to the red nettle flowers in the background, which are the only flowers that can grow in Ichor Knell due to a lack of sunlight.

Things I Wish I Were Better At

Cooking Chicken

My chicken always comes out dry. Always. I am so awful at cooking it, it’s not even funny. I can even botch up “juicy, not dry” chicken recipes. Well, I guess I’ll just stick to baking. I’m better at it and it’s a lot more delicious.

Remembering Where I Put Things

Is it just me? Or does having kids erase about half your memory? I can’t remember things for the life of me after kids, and that includes where I put things. One of my biggest pet peeves is losing something, and I will tear the house apart until I find it. If only my toddler could remember where he last put things too!

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New Release From Julie Howard!

I’m so glad to have you on my blog today, Julie! Tell us more about your book in the One Scoop or Two Series!

Nearly every summer of my life, I’ve taken some type of beach vacation. Even if it’s been the shoreline of a lake or along a river. (And yes, any sandy stretch along any body of water counts as a beach!) There is something about peeling off my shoes and that first dip of a toe in the water that is wonderfully refreshing. For me, this means summer.

I do prefer the ocean, especially when it involves hunting for shells, sea glass, or tiny crabs in the rocky surf. I love the excitement that comes when we spot the black nose of a seal as it pokes up from the water, or on rare occasion, a whale’s spout in the distance. 

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New Release from Judith Sterling!

Who was your favorite character to write in The Sword Unsheathed?

It’s a tie between the two Donoghue sisters.  Ashling is the protagonist, and I love sharing the adventure through her eyes.  But Deirdre’s sassy, straight-talking personality is also fun to write.  Their dialogues just flow!

Where did your inspiration come from?

My inspiration for the Guardians of Erin series was a set of circumstances similar to what Ashling Donoghue experiences at the beginning of the story: (1) sudden and inexplicable homesickness for Ireland, a country I hadn’t visited or even considered before opening a simple Irish picture book; (2) speaking Irish, a language I’d never learned, in my sleep; and (3) total certainty that I would–and in fact HAD TO–travel there. I was 17 at the time, just like Ashling.

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Book Review of Will O’ the Wisp

will o the wisp book cover

My Review

A past filled with love and heartache. A secret that will change the future forever.

Will O’ the Wisp strikes at the very center of the heart of horse-lovers and brought back a sense of nostalgia for me. In this western romance, the author wove plenty of mystery and secrets that kept me guessing throughout the entire book.

I love the cover. I love the characters. I love the heartbreak and emotional ties between Allison and Shane, and I especially love the relationships formed throughout the book. The ending was so intense that I couldn’t put the book down, not even to sleep! If you haven’t read Will O’ the Wisp, do it! You definitely won’t regret it.

My rating: 5 Stars

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Celebrating Colleen L. Donnelly’s New Release!

I had the pleasure of reading Letters and Lies, and I must say I enjoyed it quite a bit! I loved all the descriptions, details, and themes throughout the book. Louise’s heartache bled onto the pages, an intense hurt that I could feel as a reader.

When our heroine boards a train headed west where her ex-fiancé lives, she plans to force open the door that had closed to her after being jilted by the man. Only, when she meets his friend, Everett, on the train, her life begins to spiral out of control as she digs herself deeper into a hole with each lie she tells. What had begun as an innocent alias turned into something far more dangerous such as fraud and possibly even an accomplice in murder.

I absolutely loved the comparison of words to bullets throughout the story. Although Louise doesn’t need to shoot a gun, she has plenty of ammo on the tip of her tongue.

One of my favorite relationships in the story was the platonic one between Louise and Cook. Cook’s bark was as bad as his bite, but Louise never backed down, and although it took time (a lot of it), they came to eventually respect one another. The interactions between Louise and Cook show just how fearless she is and how far she is willing to go to make a good change in someone else’s life, or in this case, lots of people’s lives. Although her motive behind helping Lizzy with her restaurant had been selfish at first, it quickly turned into a desire to do good.

This book held me on the edge of my seat as I wondered what would happen next, what the reactions would be when people learned of her lies, and especially the mystery between her, Everett, Jim, and six powerful, heart-wrenching words: Don’t come. I can’t marry you.

My rating: 5 Stars

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Book Review of An Agent for Dixie

My Review

Although short, I do think this story was very cute. I really enjoyed the romance between Alexei and Dixie. They balanced each other out pretty well. There was just enough romance to be satisfying, combined with an intriguing detective case.

My rating: 4 Stars

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Book Review of Captain of My Heart

My Review

When Robert Jamieson’s nemesis is released from prison, he sends his daughter to London to keep her safe from his clutches. Captain Jack escorts Vivian on his ship, but when feelings start to blossom between the two of them, it’s a boulder they can’t stop from rolling down a hill. She is sucked into Jack’s mission, into the very heart of danger. Full of secrets, danger, and love, Captain of My Heart is a book you won’t be able to put down once you pick it up.

This was one of those books that you feel sad at the end because it ended. I was pulled into the story and never wanted to come back out. The book was filled with intense scenes that had me holding my breath. I loved the interactions between Jack and Vivian. There was great chemistry between them. The slow burn romance was perfectly paced, with adorable scenes that had me laughing and smiling like an idiot.

I loved Vivian’s character. She’s feisty and can handle her own. She has the mouth of a sailor and an unyielding spirit always up for adventure. Only she would be brazen enough to punch a titled lord. Which, by the way, she did a few times. And not the same lord either.

What a great story! This is definitely one of my favorite books that I have read this year.

My rating: 5 Stars

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