Giveaway, Blog Tour and Review! Cowgirl up and begin this sizzling series in small-town Texas with characters bigger than life! KISS MY BOOTS by Harper Sloan

32861737Title: Kiss My Boots The Coming Home Series, Book 2
Author: Harper Sloan
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Pages: 368
Published by: Pocket Books
Published Date: July 18, 2017
ISBN-10: 1501155210
ISBN-13: 978-1501155215

Giveaway: One review copy of Book 1, Lost Rider! Be sure to check out all participating sites on the blog tour for more Giveaways.

Please note, you can only win one giveaway and must have a U.S. address

Comment below why you like western romance for a chance to win.

Praise for Lost Rider, Book 1:  “Sloan hits it out of the park with her first Coming Home contemporary western romance…Maverick is a perfect hero: multilayered, complicated, deeply damaged, yet blooming with the new promise of love. Leighton is appealing and real, as are a strong supporting cast of characters whom readers will be glad to follow into sequels. Sloan enhances the gripping story with country songs that open each chapter. This absolutely spectacular effort catapults Sloan to the top of her genre.” —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

“Sloan begins a new Western series with engaging characters and an appealing small-town setting; her second-chance-at-love romance resonates emotionally…Sloan knows her way around sexual tension and emotional intensity.”—Kirkus


Publisher’s Summary:
Hang on to your Stetsons this summer, because you’re in for one wild ride! Get lost in the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, KISS MY BOOTS. In the second installment, the wildest Davis of them all is looking for love…maybe.

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always looked out for her. Of course, it doesn’t help that her heart has already been hardened when it comes to devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding back into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

Growing up, the one time Tate ever truly felt at home was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his gram and paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the Wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend turned young love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past, but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty, who he did his best to forget, for him to realize just how much he’s been missing…

Can two people who have stopped believing in love take a chance to find it in each other again? Or will the pain of the past prove too great a hurdle to conquer?

Sensual Rating: Hot, sizzling with heat

My Thoughts: Whew!  This book isn’t what I expected at all.  Those Texan (at least in the book) have a very colorful vernacular, using four-letter words like raspberries on cereal!  So ladies, do not read this book with the mindset of a Regency read or any historical romance.  I wouldn’t even go for a contemporary romance.  This one borders on the edge of erotica.  It sizzles in its intensity. I did what any reader does who wants to experience another world—I cowgirled up and read it!

The story is written in first person in two points of view.  Some scenes are seen through Quinn’s, others through Tate’s.  In both cases, these two have been hurt from the past.  Quinn’s hurt lies in after years of friendship with Tate as young children, she gives herself to him.  She was 18.  Tate, too, gave himself to her, the first for both, with promises of a future together.  He was off to medical school. She never heard from him again. What do you think that did to her over-protective brothers Clay and Maverick, let alone Quinn? Take that and think Texan!

Tate loved Quinn from afar.  He had no choice but to break the relationship.  His reasons are heroic and I’ll leave that for the read. For Quinn it was simple.

“He taught me trust. He showed me love. Then he gave me pain.”

Quinn speaking to herself.

“I don’t deny I have issues, but I would be hard-pressed to find a single soul in the whole big-ass world who doesn’t. I’ve come a long damn way in working past those dang issues, too; then all it takes is one gusty blast from the past to kick up dust as a harsh reminder that you can polish the past until the wood shines, but the grime always settles back in.”


When Quinn finds out Tate is coming back to Pine Oak:

“It’s out of my system, thankfully before Tate returned, because the last thing I plan on showing him is how deeply I still feel the emptiness his departure left behind. Nope. He won’t get that. Quinn, the hell-raisin’ badass is back, and Tate Montgomery can kiss my boots.”

After nine long years, Tate has his chance to return to Pine Oak, to continue in his grandfather’s medical clinic.  He knows he’ll have to eat dirt with Quinn. He’ll grovel if he needs to.  He’s hurt Quinn badly.  How can a love be rekindled after that?

The plot is a good one, damaged people learning to trust again.  Texas drawls off the pages.  Characters are straight talkers, with dear Quinn and her friend Leighton talking straighter than most.  They shock me, at the same time get a giggle.  They both share in a wicked, twisted sense of humor.  Quinn takes on a challenge as if her life depends on winning. Leighton is the kind of forever friend who’ll support you whatever you decide.  She is the support Quinn needs so badly to weather the past, which also includes her mother walking away from the family when she was young.

The characters, in essence, begin mattering to you. Quinn’s attraction to Tate, Quinn’s relationship with her beloved brothers, Leighton’s supportive role getting Quinn to cowgirl up and show her stuff. (Don’t use stuff, change it to sh*t)  The story is littered with it. LOL!

I enjoyed the small-town feel, meeting some employees from the clinic, and the hysterically older Jana who works at the PieHole with Leighton, saying things one doesn’t even think!


Sloan_author photoAbout the author:

Harper Sloan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Corps Security and Hope Town series. She started writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night. Harper lives in Georgia with her family. Visit her at or




Kiss My Boots blog tour: 

July 18
The Librarian Talks

Bookaholics Romance Book Club

Collector of Book Boyfriends

Dirty Girl Romance

Four Chicks Flipping Pages

Always Reviewing

Reviews by Crystal


Abigail Books Addiction

A Midlife Wife

 July 19
Margie’s Must Reads

Lovely Reads

Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance


Positively Book Crazy

Book Lovers for Life

Romance Junkies

Dirty & Thirty

KT Book Reviews

FMR BookGrind

 July 20
Passionate Encounters

Reading Frenzy

Book Bitches

Reads By Rose

Nose Stuck in a Book

The Reading Cafe

Dew on the Kudzu

An Asian Chick and Her Cat Walk into a Book Blog

Good Family Reads

 July 21
Once Upon a Twilight

Booktalk with Eileen

SOS Aloha

Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It

Tigris Eden

Literati Literature Lovers

Celticlady’s Reviews

Little Black Book Reviews

 July 22
From the TBR Pile

 July 24
The Lovely Books

Simply Angela

Toot’s Book Reviews

Crossroad Reviews

 July 25
Two Book Pushers

Ever After Book Blog

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Jathan & Heather

Coffee, Books & My Kindle

 July 26
Babbling About Books, and More

Everyday Gyaan

 July 28
The Reading Addict

Reading Between the Wines

 July 29

Lori’s Reading Corner

 July 31

JoJo the Bookaholic

August 1

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Sexy Book Reviews





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Releases tomorrow, beginning of a new series, Heart of the Corsairs by Elizabeth Ellen Carter. Book one, CAPTIVE OF THE CORSAIRS

35432549Title: Captive of the Corsairs Heart of the Corsairs, Book 1
Author: Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: 1814-1815
Pages: 335
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: July 21, 2017


Publisher’s Summary:

Bluestocking Sophia Green’s future is uncertain. Orphaned as a child and raised by the wealthy Cappleman family, she has become the companion to her attractive younger cousin, Laura, while harboring to her breast an unrequited love for Laura’s diffident brother.

Sea captain Kit Hardacre’s past is a mystery – even to him. Kidnapped by Barbary Coast pirates at the age of 10, he does not remember his parents or even his real name. All he recalls are things he would rather forget.

When Laura’s reputation is threatened by a scandal, Sophia suggests weathering the storm in Sicily with their elderly uncle, a prominent archaeologist.

Their passage to Palermo is aboard Hardacre’s ship, but the Calliope, like its captain, is not all it seems. Both have only one mission – to rid the world of the evil pirate slaver Kaddouri or die in the attempt.

Initially disdainful of the captain’s devil-may-care attitude, Sophia can’t deny a growing attraction. And Kit begins to see in her a woman who could help him forget the horrors of his past.

Sophia allows herself to be drawn into the shallows of Kit’s world, but when the naive misjudgment of her cousins sees Laura abducted, Sophia is dragged into dangerous depths that could cost her life or her sanity in a living hell.

Rating: Five-Stars

My Thoughts:  Look closely at the book cover.  That is, look behind the couple.  The backdrop takes the reader into the wiles of the Mediterranean, discovering the Barbary Coast with its exotic mosques, and its perils of the time for the unsuspecting. A beautiful, enticing cover for an equally riveting read!

I’ve read one other book by this author, Dark Heart, about two months ago.  The cover also drew me in.  The story dealt with the injustices in the hands of the greedy.  It has a much darker tone than this one, but no less emotionally compelling.

The storyteller drops us into a scene which happens 18 months after meeting Sophia. So we know somewhat bad things happen, but we don’t know when or how or why.  So this scene acts as a teaser, always pushing me along to find how it all fits together.

Sophia Green is a bit shy, has put herself on the shelf and has accepted her spinsterhood.  She fell in love with her cousin, Samuel, years ago, or so she thinks.  In Sophia’s mind the man is obtuse.  He can’t see what a lovely wife she would make.

Taken as a young girl from a convent by her cousin, she is companion to Laura, Samuel’s sister.  Sophia is the one who looks out for herself and Laura.  Laura loves to live life, reads novels which spurs her eagerness to find her one true love.  Ah, romance!  Laura’s nature and willingness to trust what she perceives finds her in some rather type spots.  Luckily, Sophia is there to pick up the pieces.  After one encounter, Sophia urges Samuel to let her accompany Sophia, who is going abroad, with their uncle.  Hopefully, enough time to let the rumor mill cool.

The fact Laura was beautiful and an heiress turned Sophia’s role of companion into a full-time chaperone, swatting away men who buzzed about like pesky flies.

Sophia is excited to join her elderly Uncle Jonas Fenton, historian and antiquarian as well as archaeologist, travelling to Palermo*, and Laura will be accompanying her.  Samuel, taking his continent tour, will be joining them at a later date.

Sophia is a bit of a bluestocking.  She wears spectacles, but with or without she is a stunning woman. She is not aware of it.  She pays no mind to fashion, wears drab colors, none that suit her coloring.  Her world lies in books, and unearthing, cataloguing and illustrating her uncle’s and her finds.  She has a keen intelligence and most determined in manner, that is, when she isn’t a fish out of water.

Kit, once he sees the lovely Sophia, listening to her rapturing on about ancient Greece, his mind wanders to the lovely lady before him.

While she spoke to him of ancient Greece, he imagined dressing her in the style of a Spanish maja. Image result for S Painting of Francisco De Goya Maja

One painting, La maja vestida by Francisco de Goya, came to mind—Sophia had the same coloring. That thought was immediately followed by the recollection of the painting’s companion—La maja desnuda.

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Kit mentally shook his head. What the hell was he doing? Sophia Green wasn’t his type.

Ah, they all say that, don’t they?  It’s apparent, men really don’t know their type. It’s up to us readers and writers to show them the way!

Kit struggles with a past addiction with opiates.  Kit’s past hasn’t been kind.  There is a reason he focuses all his attention on killing Kaddouri, a pirate and slaver.  Kit isn’t waiting for a government to put him down.  You see, Kit was once a slave, enslaved by Kaddouri, and made to do things no child should be obliged to do.  His saving grace happens when a man takes him under his wing for six years, educating him, while Kit continues his ‘other’ duties.

Luckily, Kit escapes and turns his rage to aid those which find themselves enslaved.  He has saved many.  His well-trained men, ship and keen intelligence leaving nothing to chance are his strengths. This story shows us these attributes time after time.  But, Kaddouri wants him dead, too.  Kit has sabotaged many of Kaddouri’s campaigns. Who will be the keener, the stronger, the more determined?

Elias Nash, Kit’s first officer, knows Kit well, knows the demons which plague him, worries over him, protects him with his life.  You’ll come to love this character.  As things stand, it’s apparent he will have a story of his own, most likely, book two of the series.

I love the history woven into the story.  So many places highlighted on my Kindle, I went back to look at them more closely on Google.  I love the use of Turkish and Arabic words and intrigue of the moving parts of this exciting and dangerous story.  At one point, Kit said a very back word in Arabic, and I wasn’t expecting it.  I laughed hard.  You see, I’ve lived in the Middle East for 18 years and the bad, nasty words are some of the first you learn!  The author leaves the reader needing to know what is said.  Later, Kit explains it to the ever-curious Sophia.  A wondrous, entertaining scene!

Between the sea battles, the harems, the slavers, and the storm, this story just pumps my blood.  I, must say, even as a Regency, Carter brings ancient civilization into her stories.  I love it!

Image result for map of Sicily

*Palermo is located on the island of Sicily at the southern tip of Italy.  Before reading the book, take a look at its proximity to Tunis.  Syracuse is on the other side of the island, also an ancient city.  Civilization spans back 2,700 years, well before the Romans built their Temple to Apollo on Syacuse.

Image result for Temple of Apollo Siracusa



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Andy Peloquin is back with book 2 in Queen of the Thieves series scaring the bejeebers out of me. Yep, once again! Review: THIEF OF THE NIGHT GUILD, releases July 18, 2017

35281158Title: Thief of the Night Guild Queen of the Thieves, Book 2
Author: Andy Peloquin
Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy
Pages: 413
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition
Published Date: July 18, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC


Queen of the Thieves Series e-copy purchase link:
Child of the Night
Thief of the Night Guild
Queen of the Night Guild
coming in January, 2018


Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves #1)

Publisher’s Summary:
“I am Ilanna, Journeyman of House Hawk. I do the impossible.”

A cunning thief of unrivaled ingenuity, Ilanna is determined to secure her freedom. Nothing will prevent her escape from the Night Guild’s callous cruelty, not even the most powerful man in Praamis, Duke Phonnis.

Commanding a crew of pickpockets, bounty hunters, poisoners, and assassins, Ilanna schemes to disgrace the Duke. She must survive blackmail, a bloodthirsty rival syndicate, and enemies within her own House to claim her spoils: vengeance for the deaths of her friends and gold to buy independence.

But all Ilanna’s skill may not suffice to protect the one person who matters most: her son.
My Thoughts:  Author Andy Peloquin does an amazing job in just a couple of chapters, bringing his readers up-to-date if they haven’t read book one for a while.  With vivid, realistic scenes of human cruelty countered by the buoyant human spirit, the story unfolds and, as in book one scares the bejeebers out of me.

This book is much more than about the cruelty and greed of power.  It’s about children surviving abusive lives, left with nothing, and beaten out of them anything they previously were. They became one of the hundreds of children taught to be thieves using whatever potential they have.  They belong to the Night Guild. From this dark beginning the human spirit re-emerges. We are privy to its growth and its hope.

Ilanna is a complex, damaged girl, who has made the best of her circumstances.  Even with her ability to destroy people in her path to succeed in her thievery, I like her character.  She is not all hard, her heart isn’t completely dead.  There is something alluring about the person she is and who she is becoming.

Her fifteen years enslaved in the Night Guild have not all been entirely bad.  She has met kind, caring, intelligent people who have suffered much as she has. However, she values above all her freedom, and so has wrangled her price for freedom from Master Gold –one million imperials. A huge amount to obtain, but Ilanna is anything but resourceful, particularly in a tight spot.

She has revenge on her mind.  Her few Guild friends have been made examples of by the governing powers.  She comes up with a plan, one accepted by the Masters of all the Houses and the Gold Master himself.  She is planning on taking down their kingpin and gain her freedom.  She stages the biggest heist the Guild has ever tried.

Ilanna is brazen, bold, and determined with every fiber of her being to pull herself from the death trap she is now in.  Her quick mind and persistence to not give up, saves her time after time.  The overall arc of the story is superb.  I begin on edge, the reins would slacken and then the author was back tightening the rope, adding more pitfalls and escapes until I was a mess.  My gut coiled. My heart pumped.  It’s a thriller, readers.

Ilanna is so good at what she does, she is admired by those of her House, the Hawks.  They are the unfortunates who were trained to thieve by moving from rooftop to rooftop, fly with hanging invisible rope where needed.  Ilanna is very clever.  Cleverer than most.  She’s been pirating away small amounts of her thievery through the years she’s been in service/slavery.  If caught, it would be her death. This is a girl with grit!

She wants to have a life.  Her son, product of a rape, is the only person she loves and she doesn’t want him to have the ending she has—to be in servitude to the Guild. She trusts Ria, a woman she took away from a life battering experience.  She relies on her to care for Kodyn, but in so doing has helped Ria heal from her trauma. There is a budding friendship between the two, a special bond by those who have suffered greatly.

Kodyn had given her something to fight for, but Ria gave her something to hope for.

The story highlights the power of greed, the lure of gold, whether you hold a legitimate respected position within the government or provide some service to protect the hoard you now possess.  Who will hold the best hand and win this game of thrones?

Just when you think the plot is straight forward, you once again are confronted with more challenges, more decisions.  It is glorious!

When evil exists, is one evil less so than the other? Ratcheting up the alternatives only creates more drama and tension.  Will one part of the city ruled by Bloody Hand get their way with the Guild?  Does the means justify the ends?  How many people must one climb over to reach one’s goal?

Hope and a new life touches Ilanna.  We almost have our happily ever after.  This story ends on a cliffhanger of such huge proportions, I must continue the sequel!

I was provided an advanced review copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.

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Just released: THE WICKED BARON by Mary Lancaster ~ be prepared to laugh your way through this one!

35669140Title: The Wicked Baron Blackhaven Brides, Book 1
Author: Mary Lancaster
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Pages: 208
Published by: Dragonbalde Publishing, Inc., 1 edition
Published Date: July 12, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B073X8RN48



Publisher’s Summary:

The Wicked Baron is the first in the Blackhaven Brides series, set in a newly fashionable spa town on the beautiful Cumbrian coast, where the great and the bad of visiting Regency society turn local life upside down.

Orphan Gillie Muir makes ends meet by holding genteel card parties for friends and visitors to the newly fashionable spa town of Blackhaven. But when Lord Wickenden, known as the Wicked Baron, makes her a shocking proposal, her world is turned upside down.

Jaded and bored, Lord Wickenden has his own reasons for joining the house party at Braithwaite Castle. One of them is to oblige an ex-mistress by detaching her son from the local gaming den hussy who has ensnared him. But, confronted by Gillie’s unexpected charm and innocence, Wickenden abandons his original plan of simply taking her for himself.

Instead, he becomes embroiled in her bizarre problems, which include saving her reputation and her life, keeping the Watch away from her card parties, and hiding an injured smuggler who was once kind to her.

The infuriating and devastating Wickenden soon has Gillie’s heart in a spin. But when she discovers he means to fight a duel over her – and everyone knows the wicked baron never misses – she’ll go to any length to save his life and his soul. Even elope with another man.

5-Star Review

My Thoughts: I hope you enjoy this light-hearted Regency as much as I did.  At times, the chaos around me felt so real and funnily ludicrous.  Author Mary Lancaster writes scenes with a deft hand and sense of humor, fast-pacing dialogue snapping off the page in scenes not contrived even with all its hilarious action. More than once I thought you have got to be kidding and found myself laughing!

As with most Regency house parties, this is the place so much can happen.  The house party at Braithwaite Castle is located in a relatively new spa town close to Scotland, the town of Blackhaven. Those who are looking for some quiet time from London would attend one of these parties.  In fact, the reason Lord Wickenden came he knew not.  He was already bored with his life in London.

He certainly wasn’t prepared to get involved with a young innocent who broke rules, simply because she didn’t know they were rules to be followed.

Gillie Muir, (her real name is Gillyflower Muir!) has her hands full with the comings and goings at her home. She tends a card party every Friday for the locals, mostly friends she’s known all her life and friends of her recently deceased father.  Her staff and old aunt thought it most improper to do this, but she and her brother have to live, so they could keep the house they live in.  Their father left them penniless. The attendees would donate something for the time spent at her parties.  Not only the camaraderie of those attendees lure the folk, but the best of brandy flows freely, grace to the local smugglers, conveniently brought into the house through a tunnel leading to their cellar.

One Friday night, a smuggler had been shot by the magistrate. The magistrate has tried to curtail smuggling for some time.  Not knowing what else to do with the man, the other smugglers haul him into her cellar, along with the brandy.  Stuck with a body, she knew not would live, she requested the good Doctor Morton, who happened to be at her card party, to attend to the man.

Lord Wickenden had decided to join his friend, Earl of Braithwaite, at the party.  Not knowing the sort of establishment it is, he assumes it is a place where the enjoyment of the fairer sex could be had.  When he spies Gillie, he is intrigued.  He notices all the fluttering around, in and out of the party room, so decides to follow Gillie and investigate–his curiosity peaked.

The manner in which he sets himself upon Gillie, excites her.  Does he actually think her alluring, a country girl?  A man of the London set? After thoroughly being kissed, shortly after meeting him at the card party, he breaks the spell.

Her mouth yielded helplessly, letting him explore and plunder. Her free hand clutched at his coat for support and, without really knowing how, she was returning his kiss…

“Take me to your chamber.”

Gillie blinked at him, uncertain that she’d heard him properly. “I beg your pardon?”

“Your bedchamber. I want you very badly.”

By then, they stood so close together that she finally understood the hardness pressing against her stomach. With a gasp of outrage, she tore herself free.

“How dare you? Do you take me for a—a…” She struggled to find the word. “…a camp follower?”

“Not exactly He sounded more amused than contrite. “I understood you were free, but if you’re not interested, just say so.”

For some reason, her eyes stung. I wasn’t so much the insult to her honor. It was…hurt, because she’d liked him. She’d actually believed he liked her. She’d naively, stupidly, mistaken his sordid interest for romance.

Gillie does what any good, decent girl would do, she kicks him out of the party.  When her brother finds out who she kicked out, he bemoans their plight.  He, as a titled gentleman, could ruin them.

As the baron learns the following day what he had done, he is embarrassed and wishes to ask for forgiveness.  Gillie, also feeling bad about her reaction, with her brother’s remarks ringing in her ears, she, too, wants to ask for forgiveness.  Unfortunately, Lord Wickenden, misconstrues why she is apologizing and once again they are at odds.

Gillie has other problems.  Someone is watching her. Is she safe from these men? Someone else is trying to take her house away from her.  No one would be bored around this gal.  The internal dialogue she has with herself speaks well the person she is.

Lancaster has created some interesting characters, one of them Aunt Margaret, hard of hearing, but a dear old thing. She answers a question posed by Gillie.

“Why are men such idiots?  Gillie demanded.

I suppose they are born that way, Aunt Margaret said comfortably.

Kit Grantham wishes to rescue Gillie from ruining her reputation by opening her home to men and still in mourning for her father, by offering for her. His mother has come to town and offers to pay her off!

As Lord Wickenden gets pulled further into Gillie’s world, he realizes something.

But God help him, it was more than lust. He wanted to protect her, laugh with her, walk with her…Sensing the ultimate danger in such thoughts, he veered away, mentally and physically.

But he can’t stay away!

I say musical chairs, my fair readers, come to mind in this deliciously comical story, the beginning of a series sure to tickle your funnybone.

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Spotlight continues on Jerri Hines. She also writes as Colleen Connally–historical mystery/thriller and romantic contemporary suspense genre. Partial interview follows…

Before we get into the meat of things, I want to let you know Jerri would love to give away one of her books to someone who wants to read her work. Seductive Lies, book three of her Secret Lives Series is free as an ecopy for the next few days.  Her giveaway is Broken Legacy.  So get the first free now and win the second of the series!  How?  Just comment below expressing your desire to win.

Secret Lives Series: can be purchased as a set here.
Seductive Secrets
Broken Legacy
Seductive Lies   this is free on July 12 & 13




Let’s get back to the interview.

Jerri HinesAre you methodical in your writing, certain hours of the day, certain rituals you may perform before you sit down? Or are you one of those writers who binge write when the mood is upon you?

The best time for me to write is either early morning or late at night. I have to write when I can submerge myself into the story. I can’t have any distracts, except for my music. I like to have my dog at my feet and water to sip while I think.

I’m on a time schedule, I will be honest, I do get much more done in a shorter amount of time.


Are you comfortable weaving any of your personal experiences into a story? Is there one story you’ve written which is emotionally closer to your heart than others?

I believe a part of me is in each book. I think it’s natural to convey personal experiences in one way or another when you write. There is one book I wrote with a specific purpose, Southern Legacy. I’m Southern and grew up feeling defensive about the Civil War. I always said that the war was about State’s Rights. It was easier than admitting that it was about slavery. But there came a time for me, when my children were small, to admit there was another side to the war.

Southern Legacy is my attempt to show the different sides of the war: Southern, Northern, and slaves. The heroine has grown up with the Southern view (acceptance) of slavery. By the end, she comes to understand how wrong the practice was. The book shows the Underground Railroad and heroes of Underground Railroad that I had never studied about in school, such as William Still. Also, I focused on some of the Southerners that fought for the Union.

Southern Legacy is my most personal book, but each of my books holds a part of me. Winds of Betrayal is my Patriotic side.

I don’t always write the traditional romances, but I love writing romances because I believe in the power of love.

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Below is another side of this author if you enjoy suspense, you’ll sure to enjoy these.

Boston Crimes of Passion:  can be purchased as a set here.
Fragmented: A Serial Killer Thriller free at time of posting
Framed: A Psychological Thriller




What is important to you when creating characters?  Is your story more plot driven or character driven?

It is important for me to make believable characters. In some of my historicals, like Set Fire to the Rain, a few of the secondary characters are based on real people. General Daniel Morgan and General Nathanael Greene are two real characters I wanted to highlight.

Plot, though, drives most of my stories. With Winds of Betrayal series, there was so much ground to cover to get to the ultimate climax, but I wanted to show the struggle for the colonists to win the war against the most powerful army in the world.

The last question for you, Jerri.  What are you currently work on?

I’m currently working on a contemporary suspense, Scream For the Camera, under my penname, Colleen Connally.

Thank you for joining us today.  Best of writing, always.



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Let’s talk JERRI HINES–historical romance author whose expertise centers around the conflicts which led to the declaration of independence and the civil war of the United States. Passionate writing and a must-read for American history buffs who like their history viewed three-dimensionally. Also included is part of an interview with Jerri.

I’d like to spend a couple of days talking about Jerri Hines, an author whose works have been entertaining as well as enlightening.  Take a look at the lovely covers for these series. I haven’t read all her books here, but what I’ve read are wonderful and I keep on coming back for more. It is my plan to spotlight this author over several posts.  Jerri Hines


She has written three different series penned as Jerri Hines. They all center around the birthpains of a new nation, these United States of America.


Southern Legacy Series  (link to ecopy set) is a serial setting during the U.S. Civil War.  It is a series you should begin by reading book one.  There are possible cliffhangers. The books are presently offered as a set.



Winds of Betrayal Series (link to ecopy set) is a serial setting during the American Revolution. It can be purchased as a set, too.





Winds of Change  (link to ecopy set)

The Governor's Daughter (Winds of Change, #1)30826106


I leave you with a couple of questions I asked Jerri Hines which she graciously answered.

What is your preferred genre to write in?  What sparks that interest?

I have a deep love of history, which is the reason I write historicals. The past inspires me, especially the sacrifices of brave men and women to make the world a better world. I have a special place in my heart for the American Revolution. With Winds of Betrayal, the Culper Spy Ring sparked my interest and I have used them as my inspiration for this series. In the midst of the enemy, these people willingly risked their lives on a daily basis for their cause. They didn’t do it for accolades, but because they felt it was right.


Do you ever think of writing in another genre?

As a matter of fact with the end of Winds of Betrayal, my attention is turning back to my penname, Colleen Connally, and romantic contemporary suspense. I do have two contemporary books in my Boston’s Crimes of Passion series. Writing contemporary is different for me. You have to think to have a completely different mindset, but I’m enjoying the challenge.


Until next time, fellow readers, continue discovering! I shall be posting more about Jerri Hines, aka Colleen Connally and Carrie James Haynes.

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Recently released: SET FIRE TO RAIN by Jerri Hines. Share the author’s probing into this difficult time in history as these United States transition from colonies to a country. Six long years of struggle…

Memorable quote Set Fire to Rain : Love is not bounded by the barrier death causes. A person’s life is not defined by wealth or power. Life is defined by those we touch.

35029404Title: Set Fire to Rain Winds of Betrayal, Book 4
Author: Jerri Hines
Genre: Historical Fiction, United States; mystery, thriller, suspense
Pages: 260
Published by: Jerri Hines
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC



A 5-Star Review


Winds of Betrayal ecopy purchase link with
Winds of Betrayal
The Darkness of Deception
The Heavens Shall Fall
Set Fire to the Rain

All four books can be purchased in a set:
Winds of Betrayal

Publisher’s Summary: “I say set fire to the rain. Ignite the flames with what is true and just. Torch the blaze with our courage and resolve so when we are done, all men will be free!” ~ General Daniel Morgan, Set Fire to the Rain, Bk 4 Winds of Betrayal Six long years, the war has raged. Six long years, the Corbett siblings have clung to the belief in their cause. Moreover, the war is far from over! The Southern Army is in tatters with the devastating defeat at Camden. But all is not lost. General Washington sends his most trusted general, Nathanael Greene, to lead what is left of the army. In the darkest hour, Greene, in turn, draws upon the Old Wagoner, General Daniel Morgan. At his northern headquarters, Washington faces his toughest decisions. Once more, he turns to his most trusted spy ring. Once more, he seeks the information needed to turn the war. This time, though, he needs more. He needs to feed the British misleading intelligence. He needs the British to believe he is eyeing New York…at least, until it is too late for them to act. Spies and traitors! Love and Betrayal! Winds of Betrayal is coming to a dramatic conclusion! Follow Jonathan and Hannah Corbett on their final path of their fight for freedom!

My Thoughts: This book is so appropriate to read at this time, just now celebrating the United States Independence.  In fact, the whole series is.  These United States of America had a beginning, the pulling away from a mother who held onto its young.  With Jerri Hine’s saga in these four books, in Winds of Betrayal, the reader experiences the angst, fear, passionate patriotism, and love which does not discriminate between nations in time of war.  I loved the whole series and pray, dear reader, you will look at her work.  Her writing has left an impressionable stamp upon my heart.

Jerri Hine’s writing has always absorbed me. I’ve read many of her books with great satisfaction. Her writing exposes her great passion of American history and her detail in putting a story on paper following the chronological events of history.

She laces her stories with love of family, between husbands and wives, and their children.  We feel the anxiety of families fighting for what they deem precious – loyalty of nation and family. She balances well the opposing sides, providing stories which elicit the reader’s own anxiety and emotion for simply the human experience of family.

This is a story of love which does not take into account which side of the battle one is on.  It is about the wrenching of normal life as we see it, for those who are willing to reach beyond and wish a better life for those we love, for a person who is able to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  A wish we aspire to.

“It is moments like these that the character of man shines forth, Morgan stated firmly. “I say set fire to rain. Ignite the flames what is true and just. Torch the blaze with our courage and resolve so when we are done, all men will be free!”

Men who are good, innately so, find themselves doing what they wish not to.  Marcus, one of the characters in the story wonders how much of the good is left in the man he had become?  Fighting too long, a man will no longer remember the man he once had been.

In the upcoming days I will be spotlighting Hine’s work and interview her.  She’s written several saga close to this time period, tugging at the inner revolutionary of us all and desire to be free who decide how our lives should be ordered..


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Audiobook Review: ROXTON LETTERS, ETERNALLY YOURS by Lucinda Brant ~ absolutely brilliantly done!

Eternally Yours: Roxton Letters Volume One AudiobookTitle: Eternally Yours: Roxton Letters Volume One, A Companion to the Roxton Family Saga, Books 1-3A
Author: Lucinda Brant
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Pages: 170
Published by: Sprigleaf
Published Date: June 5, 2015


Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
Length: 3 hours, 14 minutes
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Published by: Sprigleaf Pty Ltd


Publisher’s Summary:
These are letters from the private correspondence of the Roxton family, spanning 1743-1777, with extracts from the diaries of Antonia, fifth duchess of Roxton and seventh duchess of Kinross. They include Roxton’s last letter to Antonia. This volume complements the first three books of the award-winning Roxton Family Saga: Noble Satyr, Midnight Marriage, and Autumn Duchess, with a foreword by a late-Victorian descendant, Alice-Victoria, 10th duchess of Roxton.

©2015 Lucinda Brant (P)2015 Lucinda Brant


My Thoughts:  I’m so happy I listened to this companion of books one through three before continuing the Roxton Family saga in book four. Not only did it refresh my memory of the stories, but added an additional layer of understanding behind the events.  It also allowed me to remember with fondness their stories:

I didn’t think listening to narrated letters would elicit such emotion from me.  Many a time, while listening, the feelings of deep emotion would set the tears to falling, not small tears, mind you, but bit tears which certainly would have stopped me reading if I had been reading, not listening.  Narrator is superb in his craft, there is no doubt.

Then there were the times when Antoine as a young girl wrote to the Duke, hoping to have a letter in return.  These were quite silly and would have captured any hardened duke-ish heart, bringing smiles to my own. Narrator Alex Wyndham heightened the experience with narration par excellence, as he has done throughout the series.

These letters were so realistically, I had to pose a question to the author.  The book mentions the foreword written by a late-Victorian descendant, Alice-Victoria, 10th.   I then Googled this person and found none.  With this unanswered question, I asked author Lucinda Brant if the Roxton family is in any way tied to specific persons in history.

The many letters within this book of 170 pages were mentioned in the first three books of the saga.  As you know, during that time letters were very important to people.  Travelling was difficult, so they resorted to lots of letter writing. The author decided, and I must say it’s brilliant, to write these said letters, allowing the reader to gain better understanding of the deeper emotions and frame of mind of the characters.

The descendant, the 10th Duchess of the Roxton’s, also from the imagination of the author add even more to these letters.  Brant made her so realistic I had to find out if she were real.  Brant also states she may write a book set around the time of this Duchess, living during the 1890s.  Whatever time period this author writes in, her eloquent style, and descriptive scenes captivate and enthrall the reader or listener.

Once book six is written, she will write volume II of another set of letters.  I have just finished listening to Proud Mary, book four of the saga. I continue to be mesmerized with the saga.


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Review: PENELOPE THE LOST PELICAN, a children’s book by Penny Beevor

Title: Penelope the Lost Pelican34929338
Author: Penny Beevor
Genre: Children’s Books
Published by: Story Institute, LLC
Published Date: May 1, 2017
Book Dimensions: 8” x 0.1” x 10”
ISBN-13: 978-0979445163


Publisher’s Summary:
Join Penelope and Dolly in their adventure to find Penelope’s parents before they migrate. Together, they search for clues across the Florida coast and meet some other fun animals along the way. Penelope the Lost Pelican is a tale of friendship, cooperation, and family enjoyed by parents and children across the world.


4-Pelican Review


My Thoughts:  This is a story about a young Pelican named Penelope who has learned to fly, almost ready to migrate.  Thinking to impress her parents she flies ahead of them and misses their nest, along the shore.  She needs to double back to find them and can’t locate them.  Worried, she asks for help to find her parents from a dolphin named Dolly.

Personally, I like the illustrations where the ocean, and sand are real photography, while the animals in the story are caricatures.  By illustrating the book in this manner, it made me reach out to touch the pelicans and dolphin. They seemed to pop from the page!

I also like the size of the book and print allowing a child to see each illustration clearly investigating all the detail.

I enjoyed the relation between the dolphin and pelicans – respecting and helping others who are different from they are, yet share the same environment. I didn’t like the idea that the fishermen may harm the pelicans.  It wasn’t said in the story, but I felt that’s what Penelope thought.

There are several talking points to the story—being kind, being helpful, staying close to parents when learning something new, helping parents when needed, and thanking someone who has helped.

There appears some incongruities in the story. Or at the least non-continuity.  Penelope’s parents fly to the nest, without Penelope, who has flown ahead of her parents.  Then we find Penelope looking for her parents only to find them snagged in a fishing net.  We were told they flew to the nest, not out looking for food.

It’s noted there are many rhyming sentences in the story, some with a delightful proper rhythm.  Others are not as melodic.  The rhyming could be beneficial for beginning readers, however, so I don’t mind the beat so much. 

Words which may need explanation:
triple back twist jump
wiggle and waggle

Since this book needs to excite the mind of the young, I put it to the test.  I had two parents and four children’s input to the review as well as my own.

One child reviewer said he liked the sounds of Penelope flying – SWOOSH!  The sound of Dolly the dolphin as it dives into the water – KERPLUNK!  The sounds of the pelicans eating—GOBBLE!

Another child reviewer liked the little pink ribbon on Penelope’s head.

One set of children who had the book read to them usually asks to have a book reread if they particularly like it.  They did not. It may have been the reader.  Narration of a story is an art in itself. Parents would help instill the excitement of the printed word by narrating with enthusiasm.

The other set discussed the animals and what they thought, of being kind and helping others, of staying close to parents and what to do when lost and lastly what animals do to live in their environment. These conversations were with a parent who teaches first and third grade.

My final remark: It would be lovely to add a list of talking points to help parents get the most out of this type of story.  There is so much to talk about.  Perhaps with each read they could touch upon a point.

Penny BeevorAbout the Author:
Penny Beevor is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She has been an E.C.E. teacher for eighteen years. Penny teaches preschool at St. Ann Catholic School.

She has several story ideas. She enjoys writing stories that interest young children.

Penny loves creating her own characters. Penny’s second book in the Penelope series will be released in Spring of 2018. Penny enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and camping.


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Winner of Liliana Hart’s THE DARKEST CORNER book 1 of the Gravediggers series.

Annoucement!  Winner of the coveted copy of The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart is……..


Please message me at Booktalk with Eileen on Facebook.  Congratulations!

Giveaway The Darkest Corner – first book of an exciting, funny and not to be missed read!  Just comment you want it and anything else you’d like to say for a chance to win! Compliments of the publisher.


Praise for The Darkest Corner, Book 1:

“A cool blend of entertaining antics and suspenseful moments, with a slightly morbid sense of humor thrown in for good measure. (Our heroine was a mortician, after all!) I had a blast getting to know this cast of characters and can’t wait to see what exciting things Liliana Hart has in store for us next.” —Harlequin Junkie

“Gritty, deadly, and peppered with unexpected humor, this supersexy, adrenaline-charged story will keep readers on edge and breathless until the last page.”—Library Journal

“Liliana Hart sets up a fascinating and intriguing premise of individual men forced into taking extreme steps. Her heroine’s reluctant immersion into this world allows readers to discover the treachery and danger looming all around…a thrilling series!”—RT

Book 2 review below.  I’m loving the series.  Plenty of romance, lots of suspense and totally snarky female characters.  There is nothing you won’t like!

32620316Title: Gone to Dust The Gravediggers Series Book 2
Author: Liliana Hart
Genre:  Contemporary Romance Suspense/Mystery
Published by: Pocket Books
Published Date: June 20, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1501150050
The Gravediggers Series ecopy purchase link at
The Darkest Corner
Gone to Dust
Say No More coming July 2017



Publisher’s Summary:

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s second book in her sexy, suspenseful Gravediggers series, GONE TO DUST, features an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families. Sometimes the dead do rise…

Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.

Elias Cole lived and breathed the live of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.

When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.

5-Star Review

My Thoughts:  If you were dead, could you deal with it?  Okay, these super-trained men are not really dead, however they died in the eyes of the world, and there cross-over was brutal, that is, the leaving and returning to the living.  They are now employees at Last Stop Mortuary, a cover for what their purpose really is. They are men who are top, or were, in their chosen careers, now using some really super technology to oust the men bent on destroying the world.  The gravediggers operate as an elite team, working to fight terrorism. 

So how does Miller Darling, a romance novelist, always on deadline (sound familiar, you writers?) hook up with these characters?  The whole town is ogling the men who have been hired at the Last Stop Mortuary.  Even the name of the town, coupled with the word, mortuary, gets me laughing and I managed to laugh all the way through except when I was on pins and needles–plenty of action and suspense!

There are scenes full of deep mirth and some very outrageous dialogue.  One particular one has UPS ring Miller’s doorbell.  She’s got a sign on her front door ‘Do Not Disturb’.  Unfortunately, the deliverer needs a signature.  Miller has been writing non-stop for three days, looks and probably smells like hell. She is right in the middle of writing an exquisite love scene, in tune with the total experience. Her novel’s characters are King Solomon and Queen Sheba.  Here’s a small excerpt that just cracked me up!

She took his hand and kissed it softly, and then she joined him on the bed, sliding the sheet from his body and moving over him, so she was poised to take him into her. Their hands clasped and their gazes met, and he knew this would be a spiritual experience, that they would truly meld—mind, body, and soul—with their union.

His jaw clenched and sweat beaded on his skin as her heat enveloped him. And then her head fell back with a moan as she sank down on him. The world spun away as pleasure unlike he’d ever known surrounded him.

His vision dimmed and the incessant chime of a doorbell rang in his ears.

“A doorbell?” Miller Darling said, shaking herself out of the scene she’d been writing. “What the hell?”

She snarled and her head snapped up at the interruption. She was going to kill someone. No jury would convict her. The sign on the front door clearly said, “Do Not Disturb.”

Her ensuing temper lashed at the poor UPS man.  Hysterical reading—a bit more excerpt:

“I don’t care if you’re delivering gold bullion or the electric pencil sharpener I ordered three months ago and never received. The sign says ‘Do Not Disturb.’ Do you know how long it’s going to take me to get back in the mood?”

His eyebrows raised and his mouth opened and closed a couple of times. “No?” he said, phrasing it like a question. He was starting to look scared. Good.

“That’s right. You don’t know, she said. “Lovemaking like that can’t just be performed on a whim. It takes preparation and the right frame of mind. I had the candles lit and the music playing, and she was about to ride him like a stallion. You’ve set me back hours at least. How would you lie it is someone kept ringing the doorbell right before you were about to have an orgasm?”

Hysterical, right?  This type of book can either be offensive or just a riot to read, depending on the sensibilities of the reader. The whole town is a little bit off kilter, but charming and endearing.

Elias Cole, one of the men working for the mortuary is not only ogled by the town women, but he’s ogling Miller.  As outrageous as she is, she’s just the sort of woman he needs.  Elias has denied himself any permanent relationship, since his life is nothing he can offer a woman. The chemistry between the two of them is explosive.  Elias has the control of just walking away, driving the hot-tempered, spit-fire writer crazy!  She’s tempted to write him into a story and knock him off!

Justin, Miller’s brother, considerably older than she is has been out of her life for a long time.  She receives a couple of letters a year from him.  But things heat up when she receives his finger and ring in the package delivered by that UPS man.  Who better to talk this over with, is her friend Tess, who she tells everything.  In book one, Tess married one of the ‘dead’ men, so she has connections to aid Miller to find her brother, but Miller doesn’t know about Tess’s secret new life.

One thing Miller believes in, is family.  She’s ready to go find her brother, with or without help.

You’ll want to indulge in this series, the whole thing, because the plot is unique, the humor is snarky, Tess and Miller, friends since childhood, will entertain and warm your heart.  The men are brave with brawn and do what’s right, not necessarily what they’re told to do!

Book three, here I come!

Liliana HartAbout the author:
Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty titles, including the Addison Holmes Whiskey and J.J. Graves Mystery series.

Since self-publishing in June 2011, Liliana has sold more than four million ebooks. She’s hit the #1 spot on lists all over the world, and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.

Liliana is a sought-after speaker who’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from CA to NYC to London.



Gravedigger Giveaway:

For the Gravedigger Giveaway, we are giving away one review copy of Book 1, The Darkest Corner! Be sure to check out all participating sites on the blog tour for more Gravedigger Giveaways. And note that RT will giveaway three bundles of Book 1 and Book 2, with the drawing to be held Monday, July 10th. Please note, you can only win one giveaway and must have a U.S. address.


Gone to Dust blog tour: 


June 20
Moohnshine’s Corner
RT Book Reviews – Gravedigger Giveaway Bundle (Book 1 and 2) drawing opens
For the Love of Books and Alcohol
Dirty and Thirty
The Reading Cafe
Red Carpet Crash
Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Booktalk with Eileen

June 21
Book Sniffers Anonymous
Abigail Books Addiction
Fandemonium Network
Little Black Book Review
Blonde Bookworm
Eye on Romance

June 22
Read Your Writes
Three Boys and an Old Lady
Rock Stars of Romance
A Midlife Wife
Tigris Eden
Under the Covers
Positively Book Crazy

June 23
Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
Once Upon An Alpha
Reading Diaries
WTF Are You Reading
Thoughts in Progress
The Lovely Books
The Sassy Bookster

June 24
Romance Junkies

June 26
Reviews by Crystal
Blogging by Liza

June 27
Pick of the Literate
The Reader’s Den

June 28
Dew on the Kudzu
Read for Your Future

June 29
Bea’s Book Nook
JoJo the Bookaholic

June 30
The Book Avenue

July 5
Caffeinated Book Reviewer

July 7
Romance Reviews Today

July 9
RT Book Reviews – Gravedigger Giveaway Bundle (Book 1 and 2) drawing date

September 25
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – Gravediggers Series interview




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