Friday, December 2, 2016

The Montana Mavericks The Baby Bonanza series

The Maverick's Holiday Surprise (Montana Mavericks: The Baby Bonanza #5)Rust Creek Ramblings

A WEDDING IN THE WORKS?

We here at the Gazette are amazed to report that trust-fund cowboy Hudson Jones may soon be off the market. The boyish billionaire has been spending more time than ever with Bella Stockton, who manages his day-care center. It seems impossible that quiet, reserved Bella would have captured the fancy of such an alluring specimen of manhood.

Bella finds it hard to believe herself, and she keeps pushing Hudson away. What are the odds the footloose cowboy will stick around once he finds out she can't have kids? Don't tell Bella, but our sources report Hudson has his heart set on a Christmas proposal. When he finds out the truth, will it still be a holiday to remember? 

Published October 18th 2016
 by Harlequin 


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Karen Rose Smith
Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.

She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing relationship novels. Now she writes romances as well as mysteries full time. Her first book was published in 1992; her 80th novel will be published in 2013. A winner of New Jersey's Golden Leaf Award in Short Contemporary Romance, Colorado Romance Writers Award Of Excellence for short contemporary, as well as the Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter's Golden Quill for Traditional Romance, she has also been honored with Cataromance.com's award for Best Special Edition and Washington Romance Writers Career Achievement Award. Her romances have made both the USA TODAY list and the Amazon Romance and Contemporary Romance Bestseller lists. 

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My Thoughts:


Karen Rose Smith is a favorite author of mine.  Ironically enough I started reading her cozy mysteries before I ever realized she also wrote romance.  I learned so much about Karen by following her on Facebook and the more I learned the more I liked her not only as an author, but also as a person.  
This story is set in Rust Creek Falls, Montana and centers around bachelor Hudson Jones who has arrived in town to help his brother, Walker, out.  Bella Stockton is a beautiful, young woman who has not had what any would say is an easy life considering her parents were killed when she was young.  She went through her period of rebellion, but after getting her life back on track she headed off to college only quit and return to help her brother with his triplets when his wife died.  She is the director at Just Us Kids Day Care Center and resents Hudson and what she sees as his interference in her job.  Hudson is a trust fund cowboy and loves to travel.  He's not been very close with his family, but would like to change that.  When he meets Bella there's an instant attraction, but she shoots him down readily so he has to figure out a way to get her to trust him.  
I really enjoyed this story.  I fell in love with the small town immediately The plot is sweet and interlaced with a lot of romantic tension.  It flows effortlessly and pulled me in immediately.  This is an endearing story of trust, faith, forgiveness and romance.  This entertaining story is one I would recommend to anyone who loves romance.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Defenders of Justice

Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice #1)Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.
When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.
Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?


Published November 1st 2016
 by Bethany House Publishers  


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Nancy Mehl  Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award. Nancys main writing interests lie in mystery although her new Harmony Series leans more toward the romantic suspense genre. Nancy runs a HUD program for the city of Wichita and is president of a volunteer organization, Wichita Homebound Outreach. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Kansas Authors Club. 

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My Thoughts:

I have not read many of Nancy Mehl's books, but each one that I have read has taken me on an adventure that I loved.  This book is no different.  I love suspense novels and this is book has spine tingling suspense that I couldn't put down.  
From the first page I was immediately drawn into the story which takes place in Missouri. This story centers around US Marshal Mercy Brennan.  Mercy is shot during an undercover sting and saved by the one person she trusts, her childhood friend Tally who is currently with the St Louis PD.  When her estranged father is murdered she suddenly becomes a target and her superiors want her out of the city.  Under the guise of investigating a man in witness protection she and fellow US Marshal Mark St. Lourent  along with Tally head out to a small town about 130 miles away.  Unfortunately someone is set on them not making the drive and with the weather conditions they may not.  
Mercy is a complex character, but one I grew to really love.  She has trust issues do to her father's abandonment and doesn't let anyone close, expect for Tally.  She and Mark have a history and not one she wants to revisit.  Mark has always loved Mercy and he will protect her even if that means putting his own life in danger.  
This is a spine tingling, suspense that is filled with many twists and turns.  The characters are engaging.  The setting is detailed and perceptive.  This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves  suspense.  
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.   

I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Dark Deception, which is set to be released in May 2017.
 

Cover ArtKate O'Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial
killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker--along with some last-minute evidence--that convicted the suspect.

She's been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn't the murderer and she's been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she'll only agree if the same marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in
Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

 

Coffey & Hill #2

The Raven (Coffey & Hill #2) 

 As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.




Published September 6th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  

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Mike NappaMike Nappa is an
entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

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Here I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there and nothing more. 
~Edgar Allan Poe,
in "The Raven"
 

My Thoughts:

Wow!!!
I am a big fan of Poe so when I saw the title of Mike Nappa's first book Annabel Lee I was intrigued to say the least.  Of course when I read it I was immediately hooked on this series.  
This book is the second installment in the Coffey &Hill series, but this is a stand alone story.  
I was immediately swept to Atlanta, Georgia where I immediately was swept into this intriguing thriller.  The Raven is a street performer who considers himself somewhat of a magician which generally acts as a cover for pick pocketing from his audience.  Unfortunately the latest pocket he picked was non other that a local councilman with aspirations of a political run for mayor who has ties to the seedy underground of gangs, violence and drugs.  Trudi Coffey, private investigator, is hired to find The Raven and some expensive jewels that he recently obtained during a show.  What she finds is The Raven being roughed by some unknown enforcers, but when The Raven shows up unexpectedly at her office she finds herself intrigued by him.  Roomers on the street is that "Nevermore" is happening soon and Samuel Hill is determined to uncover it's exact meaning. Suddenly Trudi and Samuel are chasing clues and  finding things more complicated than they ever imagined.
This is a fast paced thriller.  We find complex characters that are engaging and well integrated into the story.  There are unexpected twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages until I turned the last one.    This story took me on a spine tingling adventure laced with lots of suspense and mystery. 
This is a good book for anyone who loves suspense. 
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Beach Blues

Okay, with today being the first of December and waking up to temperatures in the 20's we know that winter weather is right around the corner.  Most of us, not all though, have been enjoying warmer temperatures this fall so the sudden dip in temperatures can make us wish summer weather back. 
I don't know about most readers but I love getting lost in a good book that will literally take me to the setting and hold me there until I turn the last page.  Here is a wonderful summer book I just finished from Joanne DeMaio.  Yes, it was released in May,2016, but I just found this author and I absolutely love her writing.  


A Connecticut beach forever promising summer,
a place where I find endless stories in the sand and in the sweet salt water.  


Beach BluesCelia Gray finds herself house-sitting a silver-shingled cottage at Stony Point. She arrives with her guitar, a few staging jobs ... and a bit of summertime sadness. That is, until an unforgettable group of beach friends draws her in like a breath of salt air.

Sal DeLuca heard the words in a dream: Take me to the sea. So after a decade of demanding work, he takes his first vacation in years. Trading in his suit and tie for blue jeans and boat shoes, Sal unexpectedly arrives at his mother's shabby inn on the Connecticut shore, winding his way into the lives and hearts of the close-knit beach community.

When Stony Point's two wash-ashores, Sal and Celia, meet, some say it's a match made in beach-heaven. And so begins a sweet seaside summer ... forging friendships, adventures and new love. But all is not at ease in the gentle sea breeze as a dark secret turns the tide for the Stony Point crew.



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Joanne DeMaio Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel.


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My Thoughts:

 Joanne DeMaio is an author who weaves words together that literally bring the story to life for me.  This story pulled me to Stony Point and I could feel the breeze, the warm sunshine on my face, smell the sweet salt air,  feel the sand and ocean on my feet.  
This novel centers around Celia Gray, but found myself immersed in the community as the secondary characters are well integrated in the story.  
As the story opens Celia Gray has arrived in Stony Point to stage some homes in the area, but more than anything get a break from her hometown and put her life in perspective after her divorce.  One of the first people she meets is the Elsa DeLuca who introduces her to a group of friends that play a pivotal role not only in her summer, but also her heart.  With the arrival of Sal DeLuca, Celia is knows her heart is in danger, but can't do anything to stop it from falling for Sal.  Sal works on Wall Street and is taking the first vacation in many years to help his mom establish her bed and breakfast business.  What he doesn't expect is to find the most fascinating woman he has met in years.  As the summer progresses both know the summer romance will fade away just as night fades into day, but will either be able say goodbye at the end of summer.  
This is a spectacular read!!
It's full of real life/emotions and will make you smile, but it will also bring a tear to your eye.  
This story brings you a sweet plot that flows effortlessly.  Quirky and complex characters kept me engaged until the very last page was turned.  One of the trademarks of the author is she writes about family, friends, choices and and love.  This book hits all these, but is so much more. 
This is a book I would recommend to anyone.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Caprice De Luca Mystery #6

Shades of Wrath (Caprice De Luca Mystery #6)SHADES OF WRATH is book 6 in Karen Rose Smith's Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozy mystery series.  Between her booming business, her family, and her work rescuing stray animals, home stager Caprice De Luca's life is packed. But when a murder unsettles peaceful Kismet, Pennsylvania, she adds amateur sleuth to her resume.

Thanks to a wealthy patron, Kismet's women's shelter, Sunshine Tomorrow, has inherited a run-down mansion. Now the shelter's director, Wendy Newcomb, wants Caprice's decorating expertise. Caprice is happy to help, but when she glimpses a few heated encounters between Wendy and some locals, she fears that Wendy may be in need of protection herself.

When Wendy is found dead inside the old house, Caprice is compelled to poke around in her affairs--and discovers she had her share of enemies. Now, with countless clients, a TV gig that could make her a household name, and rumors of a marriage proposal on its way, Caprice must find time to design an investigation that will lure a crafty killer into the wide open--before someone else winds up in a state of permanent disrepair...
 

Expected publication: November 29th 2016
 by Kensington  
 
 
 
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Meet the Author:
 
 
Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.

She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing relationship novels. Now she writes romances as well as mysteries full time. Her first book was published in 1992; her 80th novel will be published in 2013. A winner of New Jersey's Golden Leaf Award in Short Contemporary Romance, Colorado Romance Writers Award Of Excellence for short contemporary, as well as the Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter's Golden Quill for Traditional Romance, she has also been honored with Cataromance.com's award for Best Special Edition and Washington Romance Writers Career Achievement Award. Her romances have made both the USA TODAY list and the Amazon Romance and Contemporary Romance Bestseller lists.
 
 
 
My Thoughts:
 
 
I absolutely love these cozy mysteries starring Caprice DeLuca. She is a very strong, compelling woman who loves a good puzzle. She has reinvented herself with the decline in the economy and is loving her business of staging homes. She is quiet busy with her work, but also she has a love of animals and helps with rescues and finding them forever homes. In this mystery she touches on a very tough issue, domestic abuse, and gives the reader a realistic view of it.
 Wendy Newcomb had established a woman's shelter in Kismet and is planning to expand her foundation and invites Caprice to an old Tudor home being renovated as housing for transitional care with the possibility of her doing the decorating. After meeting with Wendy it's decided that Caprice with formulate a design and they would discuss putting the final touches on it. Unfortunately for Caprice before anything can be put into motion Wendy is found dead in the Tudor mansion.
 As the investigation heats up so does Caprice's business and love life. As the story unfolds Caprice takes the opportunity to be involved in a reality show which will showcase her talents and she starts taking a deeper look at her relationship with Grant. Of course there's a kitty rescue involved in the story so Caprice's love of animals comes shining through.
This is a wonderful mystery with lots of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages quickly. The secondary characters are engaging and well integrated into the story. The plot flows effortlessly and brings beautiful imagery. The author brings an artful touch to the book by including recipes at the end. Each recipe is taken from the story and I love them. I have tried several. If you like a good, clean mystery then this one is perfect for you. Even though this book is part of a series this is an easy stand alone story. I think this is my favorite book in the series so far, but then again I say that every time because each story keeps getting better and better. I look forward tot he next one in the series. I volunteered to read the advanced reader copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Promise of Rayne

The Promise of Rayne 
Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.

Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens—or the way she later rejected him. Despite his warring instincts, he can’t ignore her plea for help or the spark that’s ignited between them. But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.


Published November 1st 2016
 by Waterfall Press 


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Nicole Deese 

Nicole Deese is a lover of fiction and writes contemporary romance with an inspirational twist. She is the Kindle bestselling author of the Letting Go series and A Cliché Christmas, the first book in her new Love in Lenox series. She lives in northern Idaho with her husband and two sons...and their new goldendoodle, Warner.

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My Thoughts:


I absolutely loved this story!!!!
Some books you read you will like and some you will actually love, but this book was so much more for me.  It literally swallowed me heart and soul.  Even after finishing this book I found myself thinking about the characters and picking the book up to reread certain parts.  It is rich with characters that are engaging and complex, but the plot took me straight to the small town in Idaho.  The imagery literally brought the place alive in my mind and I settled in for the endearing story of a beautiful, young woman who's life is literally about to explode around her in the blink of an eye.  This story has elements of mystery, trust, grief, and love.  
Rayne's grandfather passed away when she was young, but she has a wealth of memories that she holds close to her heart.  The grief she holds is raw and real.  She has always tried to make her family proud of her and the work she does at the prestigious lodge her family owns.  Her father is governor of the state, but that has never affected who she really is.  When he arrives at the lodge to announce his plans to run again for office Rayne makes a mistake that involves their neighbor, Levi Harding, that puts everything she has worked so hard for out of her reach.  
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone.  
I received this book from Netgalley. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Serena Jones Mystery #2

Another Day, Another Dali (Serena Jones Mystery #2) 

When a valuable Salvador Dali painting belonging to her grandmother's friend is mysteriously replaced by a forgery, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is called in to investigate. Serena hopes finding the thief will also mean finally measuring up to Nana's expectations. But when the evidence points to members of the owner's own household, it becomes increasingly clear that Serena won't be winning any popularity contests.
The Dali isn't the only painting that's fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the specter of a sophisticated theft ring--one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena's grandfather.
With plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments, "Another Day, Another Dali" gives the plucky Serena Jones--and readers--a new high-stakes case to crack.



Published October 18th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 

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Sandra Orchard 
 Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.  Learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at www.SandraOrchard.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard
Sandra is represented by Steve Laube of the Steve Laube Agency.




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My Thoughts:


Sandra Orchard brings us the second installment in the Serena Jones Mysteries.  Even though this book is part of a series, I believe this is a stand alone story.  The story opens as Serena and her partner, Tanner Calhoun, has been called in to the scene of a drug investigation of a well known drug dealer who has a "Renoir" hanging in his den.  While on the scene she receives a request/demand from her grandmother to investigate a missing Dali owned by a close friend.  As the investigation heats up Serena finds there are could be links to her grandfather's death.  
I found the two men, Tanner Calhoun her partner and Nate Butler her building superintendent, in her life were enough to make your heart start pumping.  Both are available for help and want to keep her safe from harm.  One of my favorite characters in this series is Aunt Martha, and of course Harold.  Aunt Martha is always trying to solve mysteries and tends to get involved where she shouldn't.  Now Harold is the cat she inherited from Aunt Martha along with the apartment she now lives.  
This is a wonderful story that has elements of suspense, mystery, and humor that's interlaced with a hint of romance.  The characters are engaging and quickly pull the reader into the story.  The plot flows effortlessly and is somewhat fast paced.  The author brings this book to life with her vivid imagery.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogging program.  
All thoughts and opinions are my own.