Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Club Thursday:Catching Up With Author Sharon Sala

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by this week. My friends and fellow bloggers are "Catching Up With" another of our favorite authors with whom we have fallen behind. This month, our author is Sharon Sala.
     I am not too far behind on Ms Sala. The last few years, she has been writing romantic suspense trilogies. My pick is the first book of her 2015 Secrets and Lies trilogy-Wild Hearts.

Secrets and Lies Trilogy, Book #1
Sharon Sala

Past Sins Cast a Long Shadow 

Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. 

For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief—and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his "suicide"? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force—a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried.

     This book started off with a bang and kept on going. It is a fast paced suspense as well as a second chance love story. Dallas is called back home after the apparent suicide of her father. She knows that her father would never kill himself and she convinces her old lover Trey Jakes to look into it. Trey considered her father a friend and believes the same thing as Dallas, especially when the evidence begins to point to it as murder.
     The sparks fly again between Trey and Dallas even though she has been gone for years. Trey is an amazing hero, kind, caring and patient. Very patient. Ms Sala creates these amazing heroes with a lot of heart and they always stay in my mind.  Her heroines, like Dallas are strong and resilient. Dallas and Trey loved each other, but wanted different things in life which caused their break-up. Neither are bad people, and deep down, they never stopped loving each other. I thought both characters were well drawn and relatable. When explained, I can't fault Dallas for her desire to see more than their small little town. She was young and wanted to experience life before even thinking of settling down. 
     Without giving away too much, the prologue is an intense bit of information of a crime witnessed over thirty years ago. This crime was never solved. Years later, the extremely cruel villain is on another bout of murder and the murder is not solved in Wild Hearts.
     I enjoyed watching Trey and Dallas find their way back to each other, even under such terrible circumstances. There are some good secondary characters in the story like Trey's mom, Betsy, who is a sweetheart, but is now having odd dreams.
    The story had plenty of "oh no!" moments. If you want to remain surprised, do not read the blurbs for the next books. I wanted to see who the next couple was and had another "oh no" moment. Ms Sala has created a monstrous villain and plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing. It is probably one of my favorite romantic suspense stories that I have read this year and I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy, Cold Hearts. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed BCT this week and will join us again, October 27th, as we have our October Reading Challenge. Until then, Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Club Thursday: Free Day

Hi Readers! Thanks for visiting us bloggers at Book Club Thursday. This week, we are having our Free Day where each BCT blogger can write whatever is on their mind that week pertaining to our love of books.
     For myself, I am enjoying the start of fall and the coming holiday season. I've decorated for Halloween and started some craft projects. Since I'm in the spooky state of mind, I thought that I would read a cozy mystery for Halloween season. 

Alex Erickson
Available September 2016

Bookstore cafĂ© owner Krissy Hancock would rather spend Halloween serving pumpkin goodies than wearing costumes with Pine Hills’ wealthiest at Yarborough mansion, especially when the soiree shapes up to be more trick than treat . . .
As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren’t enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o’-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion—but when the hostess’s jewelry disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely . . .

With the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers—while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them . . .

I love to read cozy mysteries every so often. I love the covers and I love their catchy titles. Most are paranormal and I want a romance element to it. DEATH BY PUMPKIN SPICE isn't paranormal, but it does have some romance in it.
     It's a good little mystery filled with lots of quirky characters. Krissy accepts an invitation to a Halloween party at a manor from her possible love interest, Will. Being a dark and stormy night, one of the women dressed as Marilyn Monroe is found murdered and amateur sleuth Krissy helps Officer Paul solve the mystery. The roads are now closed, so he is in charge of the crime scene.
     The downside of the story is Krissy. She lacks confidence and is always belittling herself. She owns a bookstore/cafe and acted like she was destitute when she needed to put a costume together. Head-scratching here. 
     Another personal peeve here, this sweet yet confidence lacking woman has two love interests. Paul, the cop with whom she had one date that didn't end well and Will, a good-looking guy and seems like a nice guy. When she's with one, she think he's all that and then when she's with the other, she adores him too. I guess since I am a romance reader, I want the heroine to have tension with the "one" guy. I hate how in some mystery series there is the standard where the heroine is doing the eenie meenie between two guys and twenty books later, she is still single and wondering which one to choose while spending the rest of her life tripping over dead bodies. 
     To be fair, this is only the third book in the series. I did enjoy it for the most part. I would just hope that Krissy changes and becomes a stronger character. The romantic choices didn't interest me as much as watching Krissy's crime solving abilities. She has a knack.

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Thanks for joining us this week. We love hearing from you and we hope that you will stop by next week, October 20th, when we will be Catching Up with author Sharon Sala. Until then, Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DOG TAGS FOR CHRISTMAS-New Holiday Anthology Blog Tour With Excerpt & Giveaway!

Three heartwarming military homecoming stories. 

Holiday Anthology
Lindsay McKenna, J.M. Madden 
& KaLyn Cooper
Released Oct 6th, 2016

Men and women in the armed forces are often away from home, family and their beloved pets for the holidays. But this year, three service members will be home for Christmas in heartwarming military homecoming stories by New York Times Bestselling Authors Lindsay McKenna, KaLyn Cooper and J.M. Madden.

Snowflake’s Gift by Lindsay McKenna

Two veterans—one human, one canine—have returned to Montana to recover from the traumas of war. Former Army Ranger Nick Conway depended on his WMD dog Snowflake to help him navigate IEDs on the battlefield. Now he needs his best friend to help him cope with his PTSD and acclimate to civilian life. When he meets Holly McGuire and agrees to help her deliver meals to the elderly, her inner light calls to him, but his demons hold him back from giving in to his attraction. But Snowflake takes an immediate shine to the kindhearted Holly—and he has never led Nick down the wrong path.  

SEAL's Christmas Dream by J.M. Madden

When Veterinarian Willow James' office is broken into, it's natural that she turn to her soul mate, former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn, to track down the culprits. The trail leads to a notorious Pit-Bull fighting ring. It may take a Christmas miracle and a helpful nudge from an old partner to get everyone home safely.

Noel's Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper

Tanner Hill is better at communicating with animals than women. That might be why he hasn’t had a second date in over two years. He’s also been extremely busy with his kennel that has become the premier training facility, specializing in supplying dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Then again, there is this psychologist he can’t get out of his head, or his heart.

Dr. Bailey Conrad would never allow the loss of half her right leg to an IED in Iraq to stop her. Every day at the VA hospital, she sees patients who have lost so much more to the war effort. It’s her goal in life to help as many vets as possible to find a 'new normal', because she knows firsthand, it’s the internal scars that can be the most difficult to heal. 

Excerpt from Noel's Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper

Hoping Bailey wouldn’t be grossed out, or worse yet, faint, Tanner warned, “Chrys is having her puppies—”
Oh my gosh,” Bailey interrupted. “Are they all okay? How many did she have? When did she have them? This is such great news for your breeding program. I’ll bet you’re excited.”
Whoa.” Tanner stopped the rapid fire of questions. “Take a breath. She was having them when you drove in so I have to warn you, the tree skirt is ruined. Giving birth isn’t pretty.”
Ahhh, she had them under the Christmas tree?” Bailey hurried her steps. “I want to see.”
She’d obviously missed his point. “It’s going to be messy in there.”
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a woman.” She took a step and her boot slid an inch, but balanced herself and kept on moving. “I know all about messes.”
Oh, he’d noticed all right. He’d seen her curvaceous little body in spandex-hugging running gear as she practiced for the regional qualifications for the Paralympics last year. 


Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.

Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!

Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.

Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between ‘combat modified’ military men and the women who love them. J.M. (the J stands for Jennifer, not Jim as she’s been asked MANY times!) loves any and all good love stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she’s at the computer, reading and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has several projects in the works. She also dearly loves to hear from readers! 

KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense.

Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination.

She, her husband, and bird dog live in Eastern Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.

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Blog Tour-CHARGE by E. L. Todd Excerpt & Giveaway!

White-hot, blinding, and dangerous.

That's exactly what Volt is.

He's electric.

Electric Series #1
E.L. Todd
Releasing Oct 11th, 2016

White-hot, blinding, and dangerous.

That's exactly what Volt is.

He's electric.

The first time I met him, my body reacted. It coiled, sizzled, and sparked. I knew I wanted him because he was the first man to make me feel dead and alive at the exact same time.

But within a short conversation, I knew he was unattainable.


Now we're just friends.

But will we stay friends?

Somehow, without even realizing it, Taylor became my friend.
When I first met her, I thought she was some awkward woman, and then I got to know her better and I wanted to have a one-night stand. But then she told me off and demanded the respect I didn’t give her.
And boom! We were friends.
I’d never had a friend that was a girl. There was always sex involved, and if sex couldn’t be had, there were some decent hand jobs. Natalie and I were friends, in a way. But I viewed her as Derek’s sister most of the time.
After I got off work, I was walking to my apartment when Taylor texted me.
The Muffin Girl.
She usually sent me these cryptic text messages, and it was my job to figure out what she was trying to say. Now?
She sent an emoji of a blueberry muffin.
That wasn’t too complicated to decipher. On the way.
She sent me a picture she took of herself. She was shoving the entire muffin into her mouth like a snake that was swallowing a mouse whole.
I chuckled and typed a reply. Damn, that’s sexy.
Then she sent me an emoji of a hand flipping me off.
I laughed then shoved my phone into my pocket. I walked to the bakery and spotted her sitting outside at one of the picnic tables. She wore a long pink dress with a purple cardigan over it, her usual classroom attire. She looked like a stereotypical schoolteacher, classy but also a little nerdy. Her long brown hair was in curls and she wore a large sun hat to keep the sun out of her eyes. She looked like she belonged at the beach—minus the cardigan. “When you start a dating profile, you should make that picture as your profile picture.”
“So no one will be interested in me?”
“No one is going to be interested in you anyway.”
She gave me a playful kick under the table.
“What’s this?” I spotted the coffee and muffin on my side of the table.
I figured you didn’t want to wait in line.”
“But how did you know I would come?”
She shrugged. “You don’t have any friends besides me so what else would you be doing?”
She made me smile bigger when I didn’t think it was possible. “TouchĂ©.”

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USA Today Bestselling Author, E. L. Todd is one of the most prolific authors of her genre, having published over a hundred novels. With over one million copies sold, she writes romance stories ranging from contemporary romance, new adult romance, and fantasy romance. She’s best known for her Forever and Always Series as well as her Timeless Series.

She loves coffee, ice cream, and anything with sugar.

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