Wednesday, 31 May 2017


I am so excited to share the cover of Full Count by Lynn Stevens!
Westland University #1
Lynn Stevens
June 19, 2017
Entangled, Embrace
Anyone who says they're having the worst day hasn't met me. My girlfriend cheated, I blew out my knee, and probably trashed my chance of going pro. All in one day. Then my jerk professor tells I'm almost on academic probation. Awesome. Now I get to find a tutor. Enter Mallory Fine, quiet, a little intense, and my kind of gorgeous. Who also happens to hate baseball and any guy who plays it. Hello, curiosity. I tell myself this will be nothing more than a tutoring relationship. I'm a liar. I want this girl. How hard can her secrets be to unravel? It might be a challenge, but so is getting back on the ball field and I'm determined to make that happen—no matter the cost.
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Lynn Stevens flunked out of college writing her first novel. Yes, she still has it and no, you can't read it. Surprisingly, she graduated with honors at her third school. A former farm girl turned city slicker, Lynn lives in the Midwest where she drinks coffee she can't pronounce and sips tea when she's out of coffee. When she's out of both, just stay away.

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Their story would make one heck of a country song. 
Country Blues #2
Rachel Harris
Releasing May 22, 2017
Entangled Bliss

In The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2) by Rachel Harris, Hannah Fisher is a woman on a mission; a mission she's even named 'Operation Find My Happy'. Luckily, she has a few things in her favor that will help her to win her best friend's heart such as the forced proximity of the band's tour bus. Will Hannah be able to make Deacon realize she's the right woman for him, or will their chance at happy ever after be smashed by a moment of altruism?
Ms. Harris has delivered a wonderfully-crafted, sweet and extremely engaging read in this second book of her Country Blues series where the characters were well-developed, the dialogue was entertaining, and the ending had me crying happy tears. Because Ms. Harris definitely gave me -- as a reader -- the feeling that Deacon and Hannah are a meant to be couple, no matter how badly they mess up on their journey to happy ever after. The way this story started was an absolute delight, as it gave me great insight into Hannah and Deacon's friendship from the moment they met years ago. Even back then, there was something about Deacon that turned the usually shy Hannah into someone that would do anything to make a friend, no matter how terrified speaking to the hero may be for her.   
As for the dialogue, the main and secondary characters bring life to this story with their close friendships, their teasing banter and their willingness to help each other, especially the other women Hannah befriends that are touring with the band. They see how good Hannah and Deacon are together as friends and realize they can be so much more, and I liked how they helped the heroine with her mission to win Deacon's heart. Certainly, they aren't afraid to push Deacon to make him realize that there's no one better for him than Hannah, which is proven when they go out for a girl's night. Furthermore, the heroine is resilient, a tad sassy, knows what she wants and I liked how far she's come since the shy girl she was when she first met Deacon. I also liked the bond the heroine shares with Deacon's son, as it illustrates how loyal Hannah is and how she would do anything for the little boy.
While the hero, I absolutely loved him. I could understand why he was hesitant to get involved with Hannah, because he has serious abandonment issues due to his ex and others that have deserted him. Yet, Hannah has always been there for him, and I liked how he realized that she was different. That she would never do anything to hurt those she cared about. I also liked how selfless Deacon was and that he was willing to do anything for Hannah, even if it meant sacrificing his own happiness. Yet, what I liked most about the hero was the bond he shared with Max, his son. It was adorably sweet, just like Max.      
Overall, this was a superb read that entertained me from start to finish, where the romance was on the sweet side, but the chemistry was fervent and present in spades. The way this story ended had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. What Deacon did to win Hannah back was completely gratifying, and certainly shows how much he loves her. Luckily, Hannah wasn't about to give up on Deacon either, despite what he did to break them apart. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because it's palpable nothing and no-one will ever separate Hannah and Deacon again. I would recommend The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, or books by authors Victoria James, Jody Holford, Amanda Ashby or Sonya Weiss.

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…
With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. 

An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!


Tasty Q&A with Rachel Harris
  1. Describe yourself in five words or less.
Silly, hopeful, romantic, and loyal.
  1. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m a homeschool mom (my main job and passion in life), so you can usually find me with a book in hand and cuddled with my children. Or in my SUV driving the streets of Houston to one of their extracurriculars and hoping like heck Google Maps knows where it’s going ;) Family time is very important to me and our days are hectic and full. If I’m not doing any of the above, I’ll be in drinking wine with my husband or in the bathtub reading a good romance (a yummy candle is a must!).
  1. A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
Love hides in the most surprising places: right under your nose, and sometimes, in the nanny's tour bus bunk #FallingForYourBestFriend #Oops
  1. What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE writing scenes where the heroine is slightly tipsy lol. It’s so much fun to see how my characters act, what they think, and definitely the things they say, where their guards are down and their confidence is high. Hilarious settings and situations are a definite plus!
  1. How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
In some ways, I’ve always been a writer, but I never finished a story or ever considered it a potential career until about seven years ago. My husband bought me the Twilight books and I fell back in love with reading—and I read so much and talked my husband’s ear off so much that he suggested I try writing a book, too. It was summer break for our home school and my girls were very young, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I threw myself into research, studied my favorite books and read every blog post on writing from my favorite authors, and by August of 2010, I started what would later become The Fine Art of Pretending, one of my YA contemporary romances. I finished that by Thanksgiving, started My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by January, and that book released the following year. In 2012, my fabulous editor at Entangled suggested I try writing an adult romance for a new imprint that she was launching, and I’ve been having a blast writing both ever since.
  1. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Every book I write has some borrowed real life experience, and every character I create has a piece of me. Hannah’s love of silly made-up songs is totally me (I even put in one of my children’s favorites about muffins in the book, ha!), and I used my own memories with my kids for all things nanny. But the biggest experience that I borrowed for the book is probably a particularly epic moment that happens after Deacon and Hannah’s first kiss! I won’t spoil anything by giving it away, but let’s just say what happens after that is a hodge-podge of TWO epic/embarrassing moments that happened in my own life. Hey, what good is it being an author if you can’t write-in your most mortifying moments to share with the world, right?? LOL


Down Home Cowboy
Copper Ridge #8
By: Maisey Yates
Releasing June 27th, 2017
Harlequin Books
In Down Home Cowboy (Copper #8) by Maisey Yates, Cain Donnelly has moved back to Copper Ridge with his daughter for a fresh start after his wife left them. However, he's finding it very hard to get along with his daughter when she resents him for making the move away from her friends and everything familiar. Determined to re-connect with Violet, he asks her new boss, Alison Davis for help. Will they together uncover what's going on with his daughter and hopefully have their own chance at a happy ending?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Yates, even though I've had book friends recommend this author's books to me time and time again. Right from the beginning, this story was entertaining, fast-paced and I liked how this story began. Cain and his brothers were estranged before he moved to Oregon, and yet, it seems they're determined to stick together through the good times and the bad and I liked how Cain's brothers tease him and are determined to get him back to the dating world or at least to find a woman to have a good time with. Will he listen to his brothers and go for it?

The dialogue was compelling, and I was captivated by the main characters back stories. Alison had it tough during her marriage, and it's understandable why she fights so hard for her independence and doesn't want to give another man a chance. However, in saying that, I liked how Cain won her over by showing her how different he is to her ex. I also liked how determined she was in the moment where she asked Cain for what she wanted, because she hasn't been intimate with a man in years and Cain seems like the perfect man since neither want more than the other is willing to give. Meaning, neither have to worry if the other wants more out of their relationship. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is how Alison has made a difference in so many women's lives, because no one should have to endure what she did during her marriage.

While the hero, I liked that he wasn't afraid to ask for help when it came to helping his daughter with everything she's going through. Her mother's abandonment has done a real number on the teen, and it's understandable why she's acting the way she does. What if she loses someone else she loves? I also liked how kind, caring and determined Cain was to gain Alison's trust. Because it's palpable that talking about her past is painful, and yet, opening up to Cain is good for her. Then there's the growing bond between Cain and his brothers, which shows they will do anything for each other, and is proven when Cain goes through a worrisome time for any parent.

Overall, Ms. Yates has delivered a wonderful read in this book, where the chemistry was intense, the romance was hot, and which tugged at my heart-strings due to what both the hero and heroine have been through in the past that has made them wary of getting involved with someone else. Luckily though, Alison is willing to take a chance on Cain. The way this story ended had me a tad concerned that this couple might not achieve their happy ever after, as Alison is scared after what she went through in her marriage. Will Cain be able to win her over? Will her friends be able to make her realize that love is worth fighting for? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up brilliantly, as it's told from a secondary character's point-of-view and reveals how good life is, despite everything they've been through and that makes this person realize that family is important. I would recommend Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Jennifer Ryan, RaeAnne Thayne, Carolyn Brown or Linda Lael Miller.

This Texas cowboy has come home to Copper Ridge to put down roots…but will he risk his heart again?

Asked where he'd be at this point in life, Cain Donnelly would have said anywhere but Copper Ridge, Oregon, living with his estranged brothers. But since his wife abandoned them, both he and his daughter, Violet, are in need of a fresh start, so he's back to claim his share of the family ranch. Local baker Alison Davis is a delicious temptation, but she's also his daughter's mentor and new boss. That makes her off-limits…until she offers a no-strings deal that no red-blooded cowboy could resist.

Alison has worked tirelessly to rebuild her life, and she won't jeopardize her hard-won independence. Especially if it also complicates Cain's relationship with Violet. But with Cain offering a love she never thought was possible, Alison has to find the courage to let her past go…or watch her future ride away for good.
BUY LINK:  Amazon


Race Against Time
By: Sharon Sala
Releasing June 27th, 2017
Harlequin MIRA
In Race Against Time by Sharon Sala, Quinn O'Meara finds it hard to trust people after experiencing tough times while growing up in the foster system. However, the moment she comes upon a fiery car crash, and finds a crying baby, she's determined to get the baby to safety. Except she never imagined she'd find herself hunted by a bad man involved in human trafficking. Luckily, her long-lost friend, Detective Nick Saldano, is determined to protect her at all costs. Will Nick be able to win Quinn over, so they can have a second chance at happy ever after?

What a wild ride Ms. Sala takes readers on this story, which encompasses several characters points-of-view in both the good guys and the bad guys, the second chance romance trope, plot twists that will leave readers determined to discover what else happens and a prologue that will have readers hooked from the very beginning. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the victims of the human trafficking ring, as the treatment was rough and horrible. How can people be so cruel?

As for the dialogue, it was powerful, emotional and takes readers on a thrilling journey into the devastation human trafficking rings create for loved ones of kidnapped victims, the hope that a family will be reunited with said loved ones, how far the bad guys are willing to go to escape capture and what the cops are willing to do to protect witnesses and take down the bad guys. Moreover, the dialogue was also intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine. She had it rough growing up, and I could understand why she finds it hard to trust people. Although, Nick is completely different, because of the tight bond they shared years ago. I also liked how strong and brave she was, as it shows she's a fighter who has managed to survive all she's suffered during her time in the foster system.

While Nick, I loved him. He's strong, smart, protective and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over to make her realize that she doesn't have to keep running from her past. I also liked the tight bond he shared with his relatives, as it showed he had a good life; a life filled with love and laughter after he and the heroine were separated when they were younger. Luckily, there's a lot of love to go around and that Nick's family was so accepting of Quinn.

Overall, Ms. Sala has penned a really good read in this romantic suspense where the chemistry was strong and palpable and revealed how right these two are for each other. The way this story ended had me on the edge-of-my-seat due to the danger the main characters face. Will they get the head bad guy that is determined to rob Quinn of her life? Will Nick be able to protect Quinn? Moreover, I liked how Quinn handles herself, as it proves she's determined to see justice served. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped everything up nicely, as we discover how far Nick and Quinn have come in their relationship and what happened to the bad guy. I would recommend Race Against Time by Sharon Sala, if you enjoy romantic suspense, second chance romances, the sexy protector trope or books by authors Alison Brennan, Karen Rose, Melinda Leigh or Pamela Clare.

Sometimes fate brings you together...only to tear you apart
Growing up in the foster system, Quinn O'Meara made a point of never getting involved. But when she discovers a crying baby amid a fiery crime scene, she knows she has no choice. Suddenly in way over her head, Quinn turns to the police, unintentionally positioning herself in the crosshairs of a deadly human-trafficking ring.

The last time homicide detective Nick Saldano saw Quinn, she was still the young girl he'd shared a foster home with. The girl who'd loved and cared for him when no one else had. Now here she was, gorgeously all grown-up--and in terrible danger.

Unwilling to lose her again, Nick insists on keeping Quinn close, especially when the bond they once shared heatedly slides into desire. Quinn finally has someone worth holding on to, but what kind of future can they have when she might not live to see tomorrow?
BUY LINK:  Amazon

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Fans of Jill Shalvis should prepare to swoon over Jack and Lola's HEA.

Calling It #3
Jen Doyle
Releasing May 29, 2016
Carina Press

In Called Out (Calling It #3) by Jen Doyle, Jack "Ox" Oxford is looking to sign on with a new baseball team, but the only team willing to take him is the team his ex-best friend, Nate, plays for. So, to have a chance at saving his career, he needs to beg Nate for forgiveness or at least convince him to agree to allow the two of them to play on the same team. However, it seems Nate isn't the only one he needs to win over when he changes a flat tire for Lola Deacon McIntire. Can he convince Lola that he's a good guy, despite what he did to Nate in the past, so they can have a shot at happy ever after?

What a marvelously-written and captivating read Ms. Doyle has penned in this third book of her Calling It series, which continues to show she knows how to hit home runs with her incredible writing ability. Seriously, this story grabbed my attention from the very first word and didn't let go until the last, especially with the way it started. I couldn't help but sympathize with the hero, as he's been pegged as a bad guy for what he did to Nate in the past, and it's unlikely his ex-best friend will be receptive to his plight when it comes to his career. Will Jack be able to convince Nate to give him a chance after what he did? Will Nate be able to forgive Jack?

As for the dialogue, it was a wonderful combination of intense and playful banter, and I loved every moment the hero and heroine interact, because their interactions build some seriously strong sexual tension, which eventually spills over onto the pages in hot sex scenes that illustrates how fun sex can be since their intimacy isn't limited to the bedroom. Who knew doing laundry could be so pleasurable? Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave the way she's managed to continue on after her husband's death and be a good mom to her children, even though she's still grieving and feels guilt because of what happened to the man she loved. Was it her fault that he died? I also liked that the heroine was bold enough to ask Jack for what she wanted and that she wasn't about to allow her brother or anyone else to interfere when it came to getting involved with the hero. It was her decision and it was about time she finally found a man to be with again, and Jack is the right guy at the time.   

While Jack, he was a fantastic hero that deserves forgiveness, because Nate dodged a bullet because of what Jack did. Although, I could understand why Nate would be angry with him, as they were best friends and best friends shouldn't do what Jack did. Furthermore, I liked how Jack won Lola over with everything he does for her, especially when there's a moment where she's in desperate need of help. But what I liked most of all about the hero is that he finally realized that he will never be like his father, because he knows how to love. He's found it with Lola and her children and there's no way he's letting her get away.

Overall, Ms. Doyle has delivered a wondrous read in this book where the  secondary characters entertained me just as much as the main ones and where the ending wrapped this story up nicely with Jack realizing what he wanted when it came to love, family, happiness. I also enjoyed the bond the hero shared with Lola's children and how he involved them in his plans when it came to cementing his future with Lola. It was absolutely precious. I would recommend Called Out by Jen Doyle, if you enjoy sports romances, second chance romances or books by authors Jami Davenport, Kelly Jamieson or Brenda Rothert.

Jack "Ox" Oxford is used to being alone. Granted, when you screw over your friends, being alone isn't always a choice. Playing for the Chicago Watchmen is a last-ditch effort to save his career…and right some of his past wrongs. He's not expecting a warm reception, but he's also not expecting a flat tire to change everything.

Recovering control freak, single mom and semiprofessional chaos wrangler Lola Deacon McIntire doesn't need an arrogant ballplayer to swoop in and save her from anything, much less her flat tire. And she definitely doesn't need her body to betray her and decide this is the guy to wake up her rusty libido. She isn't about to upset her sons' lives for any man—much less one who so clearly doesn't think he's dad material.

Jack never thought he'd find someone who wanted to build a life with him, but the more time he spends with Lola and her boys, the more it starts to feel permanent. Even tough-as-nails Lola concedes there just might be a future here—the big, beautiful, messy future neither of them was looking for—but only if Jack will accept he deserves it.

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At precisely 9:00 a.m. the next morning Lola was sitting in her car outside the farmhouse.
At 9:04, she was still sitting there, a jumble of thoughts, none of them productive or good.
She finally got herself moving when Jack came around from the back and leaned against the side of the house, his arms folded in front of his chest as he watched her. “Glad to see you’re wearing a shirt,” she said, slamming the car door shut and walking toward him.
He smiled and a huge thrum went through her, proving just how bad an idea this arrangement was. “I’ll state for the record that if you ever choose to declare a no-shirts-while-working day,” he said, “I’m all for it.”
She didn’t for a second believe him. He’d been Nate’s best friend since his rookie season; Silas’s favorite player. She’d watched him on and off the field for years and even though she’d already succumbed to it twice she knew that low drawl and easy smile went along with the part he played. He used them on everyone from the grandmothers whose programs he signed to the reporters who interviewed him. Up until this last year, at least. 
She resisted rolling her eyes as she replied, “I’ll state for the record it’s unlikely to happen.”
“Well, then, I sure hope you weren’t spending all that time in the car thinking about the clothes I did or didn’t have on,” he answered.
Unfortunately, that was exactly what she’d been thinking about. Or, rather, him in various states of undress, her in the same, and how hot and hard he would feel against her. In danger of giving in, she went with the surefire way to shut that conversation down. “I was thinking about my husband, if you’d truly like to know.”
“About him not wearing a shirt?”
            “Do you really know how to do this kind of stuff?” He was a professional baseball player from Connecticut. Not exactly the guy she’d call to hang a picture, much less help renovate a house. Then again, Nate had put him here to work and Nate generally knew what he was doing.
Still, it didn’t help when Jack gave answers like, “I’ve got a great phone. I can look up how-to videos from pretty much anywhere.”
She frowned at his grin. “You’re really not worried about your hand?” Pissing his father off was one thing; ruining his career another entirely.
 “Don’t you worry,” he said, his smile turning wicked. “My hand works just fine when it needs to.”
Trying not to let on that his smile had hit her right below her belly, she threw her hands up in the air. “Does everything you say have to be some kind of sexual innuendo?”
“I was talking about pitching.” He cocked his head. “Wait, you were talking about sex?”
He wasn’t talking about pitching. She wasn’t that out of practice. But it had been long enough for her to be entirely off her game. The best reply she could come up with was a snorted, “You wish.” Except the second she said it, she snapped her mouth shut, because he looked at her in a way that made her wonder if maybe the whole flirty thing he had going on wasn’t just a way to get under her skin.
No. This was just a game to him; it had to be. He couldn’t seriously be interested.
Except then he swallowed hard and looked away.
Lola’s heart was racing and it felt harder than it should to breathe. But they were both adults here; they each knew exactly how bad an idea it would be to let this go further. And so at the same time they both turned to leave the room. The problem was that they bumped into each other in the process.
“Oh, shit,” he muttered as his hand came down to steady her yet again.
Her thoughts exactly. It was just that it had been so long since she’d touched a man—accidental stumbling excepted—and she wanted so badly to feel that again. He was the wrong person to be thinking this about. Yet she couldn’t stop herself from looking up at him.
Everything was suddenly clearer. Sharper. Even the way he stood, although he hadn’t moved so much as a muscle. His gaze bored into hers, then traveled past her jaw, between her breasts, right down the center of her before coming back up. She felt the heat rise through her, as she dropped her gaze to his lips. She’d done a lot of kissing in her life, but only with Dave. Would Jack taste different? Feel different?
“I’m not a good guy, Lola. You deserve a lot better than me,” he said, his voice gruff as he straightened up a little. But all that did was bring their bodies closer into alignment—close enough for her to feel exactly how aroused he was.
She wasn’t sure what she deserved. She’d been a good wife to her husband. She’d always thought she and Dave deserved to live a long and happy life together. That hadn’t been meant to be. Was it wrong to want so badly to feel a man’s touch, even if it wasn’t Dave’s? To want to touch a man so badly?
“Lola…” he said. Groaned, really. “This is a horrible idea.” But instead of moving away from her, he straightened up all the way, which meant they were now separated only by centimeters. She could feel his heat surrounding her.
“Horrible fucking idea.” This time he spoke more to himself.
But it didn’t stop him, either.
Instead, his hand came up and after a moment of just hanging there, he cupped her jaw, and just the touch of his hand to her skin had her nearly whimpering in longing. This was what it felt like to have a man touch her again. This was what it felt like to have her whole being reawaken. She put her hands on his chest. Everything inside her was humming. Throbbing in the most delicious and frightening of ways. She needed to be listening to what he said because he was absolutely right. And yet she brushed his lips with hers.
He stared down at her for a few seconds as she pulled slightly back. And then in one swift motion, he picked her up and spun them so her back was against the wall as his mouth took possession of hers.
He wasn’t a big fan of kissing women. Fucking them, yes. Being involved in everything else that led up to the fucking, absolutely. But kissing wasn’t his thing. Not like that, at least. Never like that.

A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).