Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Denim Blue Sea

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

The Denim Blue SeaDuring two August weeks, denim designer Maris Carrington and coastal architect Jason Barlow prepare for their much-anticipated wedding. Guests arrive early, turning keys in charming cottage doors to begin their New England summer escape. The wedding is a reason for old friends to gather again; to meet in their shabby beach hangout and get the jukebox cranking; to walk that weathered boardwalk beneath a starry sky; to breathe the sweet salt air. "Cures what ails you," one of the friends, Neil, always said long before his life was sadly claimed. But his legacy was not.

When Maris discovers Neil's long-lost journal, its passages reveal a heartbreaking secret. Can truths be found within its timeworn pages? Can this leather-bound journal unite the friends as their lives begin to fray? A bittersweet family reunion, a surprising encounter from a devastating accident, a shocking confession leaving one marriage shattered--all will test the once close-knit circle. Suddenly this safe haven on the tranquil Connecticut shoreline churns with emotional turmoil, threatening even the beach wedding just days before it is to happen.

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Joanne DeMaio is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine.  I discovered her writing a few months back and have been trying to read everything she's written.  Originally I saw one of her book covers and there was something about it that just spoke to my heart, but that was nothing compared to how it touched me.  She writes stories about friendship, community, love, romance and sweet memories. 

Meet Joanne:

Joanne DeMaio
Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea.

Joanne's novels include the New York Times Bestseller Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans; Whole Latte Life, a Kirkus Reviews Critics' Pick; Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes, a USA Today Bestseller; True Blend; The Denim Blue Sea; and Snow Deer and Cocoa Cheer. Her latest books are Beach Blues and Wishing on Snowflakes, a wintry keepsake collection.

Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut and is currently at work on her next novel, due out in 2017.

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Life's momentarily pauses in their brief seaward gazes, as though this forms the core of it. All else springs from this connection.
Stony Point, Connecticut

My Thoughts:

I loved this story!!
The author sweeps us back to the fictional town of Stony Point, CT. where once  again I could feel the breeze, the warm sunshine on my face, smell the sweet salt air,  feel the sand and ocean on my feet.  I felt like I was reunited with old friends at the beach. 
Maris, Jason, Eva, Matt, Lauren and Kyle are beach friends from their younger days.  At present Maris has returned from being away for 14 years.  It was almost like they has never parted.  Maris and Jason have recently gotten engaged and are planning their upcoming wedding. Kyle bought a local dinner and keeps busy with running it. Lauren is still dabbling in producing art pieces while being a full time mom and homemaker.  Eva is still selling real estate and her husband Matt works as a state policeman. 
As the story opens we find Maris beyond stressed at trying to keep tract of everything that's going on, her upcoming wedding and the design of her new line of denim.  Jason is trying to help with the wedding preparations while looking for new inspiration for his designs. Suddenly life hits them in the face.  Maris is upset with a new project Jason is taking on, Jason is still plagued with memories of the accident that took his brother Neil from him.  Kyle thinks his marriage is on the right tract with Lauren until he overhears her telling a secret she has been keeping from him.  
The author's ability to weave words together is amazing.  I was immediately drawn into this drama and couldn't put the book down.  The characters and setting immediately come to life.  The characters are easy to love. These engaging characters are complex and have real issues.  The emotions displayed are both real and raw.  I could feel both their fear and joy. There are twists and turns that no one expects. This story has elements of betrayal, love, forgiveness, sweet memories, romantic tension, and friendship. 
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good romance or drama.  I have to admit these stories of Stony Point are addicting to read.  Every time I read one I want another. 
**I received this book from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts or opinions are entirely my own.

Coming Soon.....

Beach BreezeAfter a heartbreaking summer on the Connecticut shore, a group of beach friends is as adrift as an unmoored rowboat. When a dismayed Jason Barlow drives as far away from the sea as he can, leaving behind his wife, Maris, as well as their stately cottage on the bluff, that news hits like a sudden wave. Gathering over an intimate meal in a coastal diner, the friends make a solemn pact to lean on each other and not make any more rash decisions.

Which is all well and good, until each friend wavers--testing relationships, commitments, and especially love in the little beach community of Stony Point. But can the magic of the weathered boardwalk, whispering lagoon grasses, and sweet salt air cure what ails them?

Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Joanne DeMaio

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Elite Guardians #3

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.
When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy have vanished. And it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman who exacts revenge through games--hunting games. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives and outwit their killer when their game begins.

Because if they don't win this game . . . they die.

Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3)

Published January 31st 2017
      by Fleming H. Revell Company   

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Meet the Author:

Lynette EasonLynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching and Without Warning in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina.

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Elite Guardians

Three, young women involved in different forms of law enforcement meet each other in Athens, Greece while attending bodyguard school. After graduation they formed their own company, Elite Guardians, and as the business grew other agents have been hired.  The Elite Guardians is a group of strong women who put their lives in danger to protect others.  Their clientele ranges from someone famous, like a musical star or politician, to just someone feeling they need protection, but also they are contracted through the mayor of Greenville, South Carolina to assist the police when needed.  As a result of this they carry law enforcement powers where they can investigate or arrest should the need arise.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense.
From the very first page I was pulled into this thrilling adventure as the characters are literally running for their lives.  
Maddy McKay is a strong character, but her one weakness appears to be Quinn Holcombe. She has deep feelings for him despite his grumpy attitude.  Maddy is a former FBI agent, but left years ago under a black cloud that caused a division from her and her family.  She hides her turmoil over this situation, but secretly wants it resolved.  Quinn is a character with a tough exterior, yet has a softer side.  Quinn is on the police force and is stumped with the latest case of 8 missing people that they've been unable to find dead or alive. He's in hopes Maddy will help him investigate. As the plot explodes with twists and turns Maddy and Quinn are faced with pulling out everything life has taught them just to survive.  Maddy and Quinn are complex characters that I couldn't help but love.
This is a spine tingling plot that will took me from South Carolina to Key West.  The imagery brings to life both the setting and the characters. The Chosen one is a deep and darkly twisted character that plots a revenge no one sees coming.
This is the third book in the Elite Guardians series, but it's a stand alone story. I will add that this is an addicting series.  This story is one that pulled me in immediately and kept me turning the pages until the end. 

**I received this book from the author via the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Coming Soon.....

Available Aug. 2017

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Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.


Monday, February 20, 2017

A Memphis Cold Case #1

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In one week, the wrong man will be executed for murder.
Let the chase for the real killer begin.

It's been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn't actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week--including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

Published January 31st 2017
        by Fleming H. Revell Company

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Meet the Author:

Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley is the author of Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, Gone without a Trace, and Silence in the Dark. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a Touched by Love Award. Bradley is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book!
This story is a romantic suspense and one I would recommend to anyone who likes this genre.
This is an intriguing plot as Andi Hollister is racing against time to find evidence to prove her sister's killer may actually be innocent.
 Justice Delayed revolves around Andi Hollister a TV crime reporter in Memphis.  She is currently working on a documentary focusing on unsolved cold cases and girls on the street in hopes of getting a break into the large network news arena.  Andi is known to take risks to get the story and is presently recovering from a ruptured disc in her back.
Will Kincade has been apart of Andi's life since he was childhood best friends with her brother Brad.  I like how their friendship is conveyed in a very genuine way, but suddenly it develops into something more.  Andi's character is very likeable, but she is a little reckless in her behavior. Will's character shows genuine turmoil over finding himself in the situation of looking for evidence that will free the killer of Andi and Brad's sister.  He knows the hurt it will cause the family.  When Andi is attacked in her apartment Will's protective instincts kick in, but the further they investigate the more it appears that his cold case and the attacks on Andi could be related. 
This book has elements of a spine tingling suspense, mystery, turmoil, romantic tension, forgiveness, and faith.  It quickly pulled me in and kept me turning the pages. 
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.