Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review 'A True Cowboy Christmas' by Caitlin Crews


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37638281-a-true-cowboy-christmas
From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land--and work together toward a common cause—Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?

The Facts: 


Publication Date:
October 30th, 2018
Series:
Cold River Ranch #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


I just love Cowboy and Christmas stories. So when I saw an email in my inbox about this book I just knew I wanted to read it. It just sounded like the perfect combination of a great read. And I loved the fact that this book was the first in a series.

In ‘A True Cowboy Christmas’ we meet Gray Everett and Abby Douglas. Gray is the oldest Everett brother and has always worked hard to keep the cattle ranch his family has owned for years going. Now his father has died and he is even more determined to work hard and to keep things going. Not only for himself, but also for his daughter. So when Gray looks at Abby, a farm girl who he has known all her life he sees the perfect chance to make his life work even better. Abby has been secretly in love with Gray for years. But he has never even looked at her. So when Gray show’s up at her house with a proposition, she is definitely wondering if the death of his father made him unstable and even a little crazy.

When I just started this book I had a lot of high expectations, and in the first view chapters I was definitely wondering if I didn’t set my expectations to high. This book just didn’t seem as romantic as I thought and hoped it would be. But I was definitely intrigued by this book and I kept going. Thankfully for me this book only got better and better. And I slowly came to love Gary and Abby.

In the beginning I didn’t really like Abby’s character all that much. She just didn’t seem all that interesting and I thought she was wallowing in self-pity way too much. But the more I read about her, the more I became to love her and in the end she was way stronger than I thought she was.
Gray’s character was from the very beginning of this read mysterious and definitely a cowboy you’d like to read about. But there was a lot of hurt and anger in him and I loved reading how he slowly became this ‘better’ person.

Although the Christmas part isn’t really all that present in this book, I definitely loved it. And in the end this book was definitely a perfect Christmas read, with a nice Christmas thought.

‘A True Cowboy Christmas’ is a great first book in a new series. It definitely made me want to keep on reading and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 

My Rating:

About the Author:


Caitlin Crews discovered her first romance novel at the age of twelve, in a bargain bin at the local five and dime. It involved swashbuckling pirates, grand adventures, a heroine with rustling skirts and a mind of her own, and a seriously mouthwatering and masterful hero. The book (the title of which remains lost in the mists of time) made a serious impression. Caitlin was immediately smitten with romances and romance heroes, to the detriment of her middle school social life. And so began her life-long love affair with romance novels, many of which she insists on keeping near her at all times, thus creating a fire hazard of love wherever she lives.

Caitlin has made her home in places as far-flung as York, England and Atlanta, Georgia. She was raised near New York City, and fell in love with London on her first visit when she was a teenager. She has backpacked in Zimbabwe, been on safari in Botswana, and visited tiny villages in Namibia. She has, while visiting the place in question, declared her intention to live in Prague, Dublin, Paris, Athens, Nice, the Greek Islands, Rome, Venice, and/or any of the Hawaiian islands. Writing about exotic places seems like the next best thing to actually moving there.

She currently lives in Oregon with her animator/comic book artist husband and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

For more information about Caitlin please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I received this book from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review. 





Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday Post #93: Date Time



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  

See rules here: Sunday Post Meme


This week I got a lot of reading done. At least, more reading than I did in the previous weeks. I had some pretty fun books to read, and they were all amazing and totally met my expectations. Some even exceeded my expectations. I love when that happens!

On Tuesday a girlfriend who I hadn’t seen in a while visited us. We had some serious catching up to do and obviously we talked a lot about Rosanne and babies. Funny how the subjects we talk about change so much over the years. On Wednesday my grandma visited. It’s so fun to see her with Rosanne, her great-granddaughter. 
On Thursday Rosanne had to get her second shot. The doctor checked everything again, and Rosanne is doing very well. The doctor gave us a referral to a physiotherapist who will help us do some exercises to make sure her positional preference to the right doesn’t get worse. So far so good. 

Friday I wasn’t feeling all too well. My throat felt terrible and had this bad stomach ache. So baby girl and me stayed home. Rosanne seemed to feel it was necessary to take it slow, because she slept a lot while I did some reading under a blanket on the couch. It was a perfect day, and today (Saturday) the husband and I are going on our first date since baby girl was born. Rosanne is going to my mom and we are going shopping and having a drink etc. It’s the first time I’m leaving Rosanne and although I know it’s good for her and me, and I will have to leave her much longer when I go back to work, it’s still hard. But she turned 3 months old yesterday, so I definitely need to get some time alone with the husband.  

Last Week On The Blog:


This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘A True Cowboy Christmas’ by Caitlin Crews
  • Review ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ by Reese Witherspoon
  • Promo Post ‘Camouflage’ by Ivy Keating & Scott Spotson

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Happy Sunday! How was your week?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Interview With Author Darren Beyer


Today I’m excited to share my interview with Author Darren Beyer. Darren Beyer’s latest book ‘Pathogen Protocol’, the second book in the Science Fiction Anghazi series has just been published on October 10th and has had some raving reviews. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book "fast-paced, action-packed, stellar storyline. A riveting intergalactic adventure filled with space battles, mystery, and even a hint of romance." Find out more about this book and the author here today!


About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41453484-pathogen-protocol?ac=1&from_search=true
Humanity's greatest secret is uncovered. An insidious plot threatens its future.

A corporate and government conspiracy, led by CEO-turned-politician Gregory Andrews, has succeeded in taking over the Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), and its stockpile of hyperium, the element that enables interstellar travel. But Andrews didn't get everything. AIC's leader, Jans Mikel, escaped to a hidden base on the alien moon of Helios, where he harbors the company's greatest secrets, the most profound of which is that humans are not alone in the galaxy.

Now, as Andrews seeks to finish off AIC, Mandi Nkosi sets off to help Jans and AIC forge new alliances that could provide a path to their salvation. Their journey takes them beyond the realms of known space and uncovers revelations about humanity's future that will shake the foundations of science. On Eridani, AIC soldier Grae Raymus commands a fledgling resistance aimed at buying Mandi and Jans the time they need. But Grae uncovers that Andrews is little more than a pawn in a larger game, one that threatens more than just AIC, while Mandi discovers an even deeper, more insidious evil at play. With humanity's future hanging in the balance, Mandi and Grae fight to save the people they love, and along with them, all of mankind.

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 10th, 2018
Series:
Anghazi #2
Genre:
Science Fiction
Pages:
338
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

The Interview:

  • Why did you start writing Science Fiction?

I've been a sci-fi fan my entire life, and I essentially lived it for 10 years during my time as a Space Shuttle Engineer for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. When I decided to write a novel, they say to write what you know, and I know science and space, so sci-fi was a natural fit. I'm also a stickler for realism and accuracy, and through writing I have an opportunity to enable readers to learn about space and science without knowing they are learning. 

  • What do you love most about Science Fiction? 
Sci-fi and fantasy are interesting genres because they give authors a blank canvas to define their universes, and readers the latitude to interpret authors' words against their own creativity to visualize these new worlds. No other genres enable this to the same extent. 

  • You worked for NASA. Does this help with writing Science Fiction? 
Working for NASA has been instrumental in bringing realism to my writing. Not only does it enable me to weave detailed technical descriptions into the story line, which adds tremendously to the believability, but also craft solutions to problems the characters face based on this knowledge. 

  • Tell us about Pathogen Protocol?
Pathogen Protocol is the second book in the Anghazi Series. It picks up right where book one, Casimir Bridge, left off, and jumps straight into the action. While book one was more about corporate greed and corruption, Pathogen Protocol carries a much more sinister undertone that has implications for humanity as a whole. The first book had very limited references to any sort of extraterrestrial involvement. I dropped some clues that something was amiss, like a brief discussion on a news channel about how the element hyperium, which enables interstellar travel, could only be found in one location. I also drop hints about how humanity could have progressed so far technologically so quickly. But I don't directly indicate any sort of help from "out there" until the very last chapter. In Pathogen Protocol, I reveal much more in this regard. I'm not really giving anything away by saying so--the cover depicts the main character, Mandi, emerging from a crashed life boat, looking up at some ruins. In the background, two moons are visible in the red sky, giving a clue that this is an alien world. A lot of back story comes out in Pathogen Protocol, but it pales in comparison to the amount that I took out and moved into book three. I just didn't have enough pages to write it all in. The next book will be a challenge in this regard. 

  • Publisher’s Weekly called your book a riveting intergalactic adventure. Is this what you set out your book to be or did it develop this way while writing? 
"Intergalactic" isn't exactly a proper description, as everything takes place squarely in our galaxy within galactic spitting distance of Earth. But the story does span multiple star systems, and reveals some interesting information about humanity's origins. From the beginning I knew I needed the entire series to take place across multiple systems, not only because it opens up your canvas to depict new worlds, but also because it was necessary to support the underlying story. It is core to a number of key elements. 

  • In your books people live on another planet. Is this something you would want?
It would depend on the planet... The only planet we'd likely be able to live on within our lifetimes is Mars, and even that will present significant challenges. For the first colonists, it would be a one-way trip. Would I want to do that? The notion is tempting, but I think that never again being able to see Earth, or even go outside without a pressure suit, would put me in the "no" column. If somehow we were to conquer interstellar travel and also find an Earth 2.0 somewhere out there, the prospect would be tempting. 

  • Why should we read the Anghazi series? 
The Anghazi series is more than just another sci-fi read. I've woven in currently relevant topics like corporate overreach and government corruption, as well as a number of historically accurate topics ranging from the British East India Company to nuclear forensics, to the Denisovans, an ancient humanoid species related to homo sapiens. As with all my technical descriptions, I do my research and strive for accuracy in my story telling. SPOILER ALERT: On top of that, I will be presenting in the third book an interesting fictional account of how humanity, Earth, and other habitable planets came to be. I'm very excited to get the concepts behind this put into words.

About 'Casimir Bridge (Anghazi #1):


A manned, interstellar survey ship has gone missing. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29549844-casimir-bridge
A nuclear terror plot is thwarted just outside Washington, D.C. And it’s an election year. Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi is a young reporter who, while on a trip to Johannesburg to connect with her roots, is contacted by an anonymous source with evidence that material seized from a nuclear terror plot will point squarely at one of humanity’s most important companies as the supplier. The source also unveils that the “evidence” against the company - Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), a science and technology behemoth with more corporate and political foes than can be counted - is a setup, and part of a plot to destroy AIC and gain control of its technological secrets. The deeper Mandi digs, the more of a target she becomes. What follows is a heart-pounding, unforgettable ride through the hallowed halls of big government, far-flung star systems, and the revelation of a conspiracy that runs so deep, Mandi’s life, and the future of humanity, are put at stake.

About the Author:


Darren Beyer was born in Washington, D.C., but quickly became a child of the world. His family moved overseas when he was age two and together they traveled extensively throughout his childhood. Darren draws on these experiences to add an element of realism and depth to his writing. At the age of six, he was awakened in the middle of the night by his mother to watch live pictures being broadcast from the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. At that moment, even at so young an age, he decided to pursue a career related to the space program. In high school, he took classes in math and science. In college at Virginia Tech, he enrolled in the engineering school and received a degree in aerospace engineering in 1989. Following graduation, he was hired by NASA at Kennedy Space Center, where for nearly ten years he worked as a Space Shuttle experiment engineer. While there, he worked on the Hubble launch, as well as numerous Space Lab and other scientific missions. Experiments he was responsible for ranged from telescopes to frog life support. He conducted astronaut training, performed installations onboard the Shuttle just prior to launch, and was part of the recovery crew following landing. Darren has had the honor of working onboard every Space Shuttle orbiter except Challenger. In late 1998, Darren left NASA to become an entrepreneur, and, after more than seventeen years, an author. He is a student of science and technology and is an instrument-rated private pilot. Darren lives in California near San Francisco with his wife, dogs, cats and fish.

For more information about Darren please visit his website. Or visit him on Twitter and Facebook.

This interview was made possible by Smith Publicity 


http://www.smithpublicity.com/

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review 'Fight or Flight' by Samantha Young


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36579299-fight-or-flight
A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn't hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava's ever had. And that's all it was--until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb's orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he's stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart's in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she's made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn't quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her....

The Facts:


Publication Date:
October 9th, 2018
Series:
-
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
288
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


Lately I’ve been addicted to reading Contemporary Romance novels. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! And I love Samantha Young! I read her Hart’s Boardwalk series, and a view of her other books and I just loved them all. So when ‘Fight or Flight’ came up on my Kindle as a buy suggestion I knew I just had to have a copy. And don’t you just love that cover?

In ‘Fight or Flight’ we meet Ava Breevort. Ava is trying to get away from her old hometown as fast as she cans after burying her childhood friend. Unfortunately a cloud of volcanic ash in Europe has made problems for all flights and Ava’s flight is delayed. This wouldn’t be the worst thing ever, but Ava is forced to sit next to a very rude Scotsman Caleb Scott. Ava and Caleb bump heads in everything. But there is a physical attraction between the two of them they both can’t deny. And when fate seems to force them together they find themselves in a passionate affair.. but it’s sex only. They still can’t stand each other.. Obviously!

From the moment I started reading ‘Fight and Flight’ I was hooked. I never have a lot problems with ‘seeing’ the book in my mind while reading, but with this one it was like I was watching a movie from the very start. I just was hooked to these pages and didn’t want to stop reading. (Baby girls nap time definitely came in handy!) Not only was this book romantic, sexy and filled with great characters I also found myself smiling a lot. There was definitely humor but also some heartbreak. Yep, this book was an emotional rollercoaster!

The two main characters Ava and Caleb were really fun to get to know. They both have had their share of grieve over the years and they both have lost faith in love. And I just loved the way these characters where with each other. Especially in the beginning they didn’t like each other at all and they both make assumptions based on each other’s looks. Assumptions you can imagine having yourself too. The chemistry between Ava and Caleb just flew from the pages and I just couldn’t get enough of them. This book definitely gave me all the feels and not only because of the romance, but because this book just had it all.

Not only the two main characters where great, the other characters in the book were also very fun to read about and it makes me hope for new books about them. Ava’s best friend Harper definitely deserves her own book. And Caleb’s brother Jamie.. Well, let me tell you I have their story all figured out in my head!! LOL.

If you didn’t already love Samantha Young, ‘Fight and Flight’ will definitely make you love her. I’m already looking for my next Samantha Young read!

My Rating:

About the Author:


Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Fight or Flight, a new standalone to be published by Berkley Romance, is out October 9th 2018. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha's YA contemporary novels The Impossible Vastness of Us and The Fragile Ordinary are published by Harlequin Teen.

Samantha is from a small town in Central Scotland and is known for her romantic stories set in her beloved home country. She is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she's not writing books, she's buying shoes she doesn't really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection.

For more information about Samantha please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Review 'Recovery' by J.C. Harroway


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30828989-recovery
She can’t help but want him. But neither can his millions of fans.

With fame, fortune, looks and charisma, Nathan Banks may have it all. But Dr Sophia King wants nothing to do with him beyond treating him as any other patient.

A family scandal and a childhood of media intrusion have left the reserved doctor fiercely protective of her vulnerable family. But when a photo of Sophia and Nathan together strips away her anonymity and exposes past secrets, she must step into the limelight to protect her loved ones.

Intrigued by the man behind his famous persona, Sophia glimpses a life of fame and glamour she’s never coveted. But Nathan comes with baggage, and the screaming fans, the beautiful leading ladies and ruthless paparazzi are all part of the deal.

How much is Sophia willing to endure to be with the man she loves, and how much is Nathan willing to give up for the woman who has stolen his heart?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 15th, 2016
Series:
Recovery #1
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
280
Formats:
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:


This book has been on my TBR list for a long time now. Since I’m trying to shorten my TBR list and reading more Netgalley books I decided it was time to start reading this one. Although that cover doesn’t work for me at all, I was definitely interested when I read the book description.

In ‘Recovery’ we meet Dr. Sophia King. Sophia is in New Zealand for a work/fun trip before she’ll start her ‘real’ job in a hospital in London. When her boss sends her to check up some celebrity she doesn’t know this celebrity is the famous sexy Hollywood actor Nathan Banks. Nathan is everything Sophia doesn’t need in her life. At least that is what she thinks. Nathan has paparazzi and beautiful woman surrounding him all the time and Sophia just wants to work and be as ‘invisible’ as she can possible be. But even though there lives couldn’t be more different if they tried, the chemistry between them can’t be denied.

When I started reading ‘Recovery’ I thought I would be reading an easy, simple and predictable romance story. I honestly didn’t expect a lot. And although this book is definitely easy to follow, predictable in most parts and really romantic and sexy I loved the book way more than I thought I would. I found myself rushing to get back to reading until I finished the last page.

Sophia is definitely a character I can relate too. She spends her life taking care of other people, working hard and trying to not stand out to much. I enjoyed reading about her. After she met Nathan I got frustrated with her a little at times. I mean, I don’t know how I would react if the guy I was dating was surrounded by beautiful woman and having to touch them for photoshoots and movie scenes, but I wished she’d trust Nathan a little more. Thankfully she did this more and more near the end of the book. And Nathan’s character.. well he is just so good to read about. He is mysterious, sexy, charming and who doesn’t love a story about a Hollywood star falling for a ‘normal’ person?! It’s the whole Nothing Hill charm.. and since that is one of my favorite movies I love these kinds of stories.

The romance between Sophia and Nathan was really enjoyable. Yes, it was predictable but that didn’t make me love it less. There were lots of ‘sexy’ scenes through out the book too, and they didn’t bore at all.

Yes, ‘Recovery’ was definitely a book I enjoyed reading. I don’t think the cover does the book justice though. But after reading it.. I’ll definitely want to read more books in this series.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Writing is a far cry from the medical career she once had, but it provides an endless source of inspiration to J.C. Harroway. From her home in New Zealand, and inspired by her travels and Welsh roots, she creates stories with strong, independent heroines and the compelling, three-dimensional heroes worthy of them.

For more information about J.C. Harroway please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.



I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/
 
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