Thursday, April 26, 2018

Showcase: Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd

I've loved Christina Dodd for years, she writes in several genres and hits home runs in every one of them. Dead Girl Running is her latest, #1 in her new Cape Charade series which is a spin off of her Virtue Falls series. I know when you check out this spotlight you'll want to have a copy of your own especially when you check out Library Journal's Starred Review!!

ISBN-13: 9781488079030
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 4-24-2018
Length: 368pp
Cape Charade #1
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I have three confessions to make:

1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.

2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.

3. My name is Kellen Adams…and that’s half a lie.

Girl running…from a year she can’t remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman’s dead and mutilated body, she’s soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder…then another.

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen’s driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she’s come to call home. Yet she wonders—with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past—could the killer be staring her in the face?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Showcase: The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh

I'm excited to be spotlighting Stephanie Laurens latest historical novel, The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, the first in her new Cavanaugh's series. Read an excerpt and I'm sure you'll want to dig into this as much as I do.
ISBN-13: 9780778368816
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 4-24-2018
Length: 384pp
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns with a new series that captures the simmering desires and intrigues of early Victorians as only she can. Ryder Cavanaugh’s stepsiblings are determined to make their own marks in London society. Seeking fortune and passion, THE CAVANAUGHS will delight readers with their bold exploits.

An independent nobleman
Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted—but only to family. To the rest of the world, he’s aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. But Rand yearns for more in life, and when he travels to Buckinghamshire to review a recent investment, he discovers a passionate woman who will challenge his rigid self-control
A determined lady
Felicia Throgmorton intends to keep her family afloat. For decades, her father was consumed by his inventions and now, months after his death, with their finances in ruins, her brother insists on continuing their father’s tinkering. Felicia is desperate to hold together what’s left of the estate. Then she discovers she must help persuade their latest investor that her father’s follies are a risk worth taking… Together—the perfect team
Rand arrives at Throgmorton Hall to discover the invention on which he’s staked his reputation has exploded, the inventor is not who he expected and a fiercely intelligent woman now holds the key to his future success. But unflinching courage in the face of dismaying hurdles is a trait they share, and Rand and Felicia are forced to act together against ruthless foes to protect everything they hold dear.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Come From Away by Genevieve Graham

Once in a while a novel really speaks to you and the author becomes an instant favorite. That is exactly what happened when I read Tides of Honour, the WWI tale and pseudo prequel to Come From Away set during WWII and staring the same family. I was very fortunate to be able to review Come From Away for RT Book Reviews Magazine and it is included in this post.
I hope you're able to give this author a try and I know if you're a historical fiction buff you'll love her as much as I do.

ISBN-13: 978501142895
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 4-27-2018
Length: 352pp
Source: For Review from the Publisher
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From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.
Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.
Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Audible Review: The Thief by J.R. Ward

I've been in love with the Black Dagger Brotherhood and J.R. Ward since the very beginning and I'm still one rabid fan who not-only looks forward to the next book in her series but pre-orders them too and have gone from reading to listening because of Jim Frangione's rendition, this man OWNS this series.
It's hard to believe that The Thief is #16 in the series and just when I think maybe the end is near JR whops me upside the head.
Enjoy my audio review of The Thief by J.R. Ward.

ASIN: B075H14YK4
ISBN-13: 9780451475213
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: 4-10-2018
Length: 14 hrs - 25 mins.
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Black Dagger Brotherhood #
Source: Audible Purchase
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • New enemies rise and desire burns in the next thrilling novel of the paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?
As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Showcase: Fast Burn by Lori Foster

Today I'm showcasing a fave's newest release, Fast Burn by Lori Foster.

ISBN-13: 9781459294912
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 3-20-2018
Length: 384pp
Body Armor #4
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For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrend

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig

Today while I enjoy a little r&r Sophia Rose is handling things fine with a good old southern mystery and #1 in Caroline Fardig's new Southern B&B mystery series.
Sophia Rose take it away!

Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig
#1 Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Alibi
Published:  3.6.18
Pages:  231
Format:  eARC
Source:  Net Galley
Sellers: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo
GoodReads Blurb:

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Macmillan Audio Review: The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

I had the pleasure of reviewing the print edition of this spine tingler for Library Journal (review below) so when i saw it on the March Macmillan Audio list I snapped it up. Wow I forgot just how many twists, turns and OMGs this novel gave me.

ISBN: 9781427293527
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date:  3-13-2018
Length: 13hrs- 3mins
Source: Macmillan Audio
Buy It: Audible
When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new audiobook The Echo Killing.
A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less.
Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect.
Harper has seen all of this before in her own life. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence—even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs…