Tuesday, November 12, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Now Live: It's in his Christmas Wish by Author Shelly Alexander

Now Live, It's in his Christmas Wish by Author Shelly Alexander

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For one last time visit, Red River Valley in this wonderful holiday romance that has as much heart as it does heat.


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Return to Red River--a beautiful mountain town in the southern Rockies, where the nights are cool and the romance is hot--one last time in this wonderful holiday romance that has as much heart as it does heat.


Maybe some wishes aren’t meant to come true.


Christmas is a hot button for Kimberly Perez, and not in a good way. Having grown up in the foster system, she's as frugal as she is smart and can't abide the materialism of the holidays. In an effort to use precious funds to help children in need instead of wasting money on meaningless commercialism, she pitches a new city ordinance to Red River's town council that would cut all holiday decorations and festivities from the budget.


Ross Armstrong is determined to honor his late sister’s memory by continuing her love of all things Christmas in Red River. But to do so, he's got to block the passing of a silly new law—and the person behind it—which would essentially ban Christmas altogether.


When their disagreement pits them against each other at a public town council meeting and splits Red River in half, the council chairperson forces them to work together on a new Red River holiday tradition—the Wishing Tree. Can they work together in the true spirit of the holidays, not only to reunite the town they love but to also cultivate the burgeoning feelings they have for each other. Or will their differences turn them into enemies and divide Red River forever?

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Red River Valley series wraps up with a Christmas romance. This one is a friends to lovers romance for Ross and Kimberly. Well, kind of. These two are a bit at odds over how to spend the town's Christmas budget. At the same time, Ross is firmly in the friendzone and really wants to find a way out. Of course, it wouldn't be a small town romance without some meddling townsfolk, and this time, it's the town council. It's in his Christmas Wish encompasses everything the Red River Valley series is and brings the series to a close with a heartwarming holiday romance with all the feels. It's sweet, it's emotional, and if this book doesn't have you ready to decorate the Christmas tree and string the lights, nothing will.


A SPECIAL NOTE TO SHELLY'S READERS


Hello, my lovelies. As this--my first published series--comes to a close, I'm both excited to start new books set in a different location and sad that the wonderfully quirky characters who make up the heart of Red River will no longer be my focus when I sit down to write every day. Thank you for following this series from start to finish. It's been a fantastic journey, and just like the characters in the books, there has been ups and there has been downs. But you all have stayed with me every step of the way, and for that I am eternally grateful. So, enjoy Ross and Kimberly's heartwarming holiday story.



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Shelly Alexander’s first published novel was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author in numerous categories, including contemporary romance, contemporary women’s fiction, and romantic comedy.


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Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in business for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels…and has been hooked ever since. Now, Shelly spends her days writing novels that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She lives in the beautiful Southwest with her husband and toy poodle named Mozart. Visit her at www.shellyalexander.net


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Monday, November 11, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Echo by Janie Crouch


Echo
A Linear Tactical Romantic Suspense Standalone
by Janie Crouch 


Sometimes the deepest scars are the ones that can't be seen.

Single mom Peyton Ward works three jobs to make ends meet. At Linear Tactical she’s surrounded by heroes on a regular basis…but none of them are hers. She thought she'd found one in Linear’s silent partner, and country music superstar, Cade Conner.

She was wrong.

Unintended wounds still cut as deep.

Cade may not work day to day operations at Linear, but he takes the mission of the company he helped create—teaching survival intelligence and self-defense skills to the people who need them most—seriously. And finding out he’s wounded Peyton in the worst way possible weighs on him.

So when danger on two separate fronts closes in on her, he will damn well be by her side. Making sure they survive so he can right his personal wrongs.

He might not have been a Special Forces soldier, but Cade Conner knows how to fight. And Peyton is a woman worth fighting for.






Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Every time I think I have a favorite couple in this series, Janie Crouch gives me another to rival the last. So, I'm just going to say that I love all the couples in the Linear Tactical series, this one included. Cade and Peyton have history, maybe even more history than Cade's aware of. As I read Cade and Peyton's story, one phrase kept coming to mind - star crossed lovers. Of course, I won't go into how far the whole star crossed thing may have gone (no spoilers here). As for the romance, Cade and Peyton are good together, and they both tug at the heartstrings, together and separately. Cade is an absolute sweetheart, and Peyton is such a strong character even when she doesn't seem so. And when you find out her whole story, she only earns that much more respect. Then we have the scene-stealer! Little Jess is a hoot. She's full of spunk and vinegar, and she's larger than life with her impromptu conversations. As much as I love all the characters in this series, Jess is hands down, the one who stands out, the one you can never get enough of.
Then we come to the suspense part of this romantic suspense, and the author gives us a double whammy, so this couple is hit from both sides. We have a fair amount of red herrings, each one pretty equal as far as plausibility, and I did guess at least part of it. However, there's an excellent twist thrown in that I did not see coming.
When you put it all together, what it all boils down to is another thoroughly engaging romance with terrific characters, suspense, edge of your seat danger, and we even get to catch up with past favorites in the series while Echo still stands on its own. We do get a little bit of a hint about what's next in the series, so I'll be anxiously waiting to see where the next addition to the series takes us.





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The Dark Awakening 
The Chosen Coven Book 1 
by D.L. Blade 
Genre: Paranormal Thriller, Romance


He was there, in the shadows again, watching me. 
Now I wait for him to strike. But I’ll be ready. 

Just as Mercy pieces her life back together after a vicious attack, she notices a stranger lingering in the shadows, and watching her every move. 

Mercy isn't certain if what she's seeing is real, but when Mercy crashes her car on the side of the road, she's rescued by a handsome and mysterious man named Caleb, who she finds herself both drawn to, and afraid of. 

Caleb reveals to Mercy that she’s strongly linked to an ancient coven; the roots slowly dragging her back to Salem. He also claims to be in love with her, but can she trust him? 

This story takes you on a journey of magic, secrets, betrayal, and abduction, in a world filled with witches, vampires and werewolves, which Mercy and her friends never knew existed. 

Mercy must discover who she truly is, and find the powers within her to save mankind. 

The Dark Awakening has hit #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Vampire Thriller and Occult Horror, and is a top 10 finalists in the Author Academy Awards.

"Hands down, one of the best series ever I’ve read!” ★★★★★ 
"I really loved this book! I was constantly on the edge of my seat while reading, constantly wanting to know what's going to happen next." ★★★★★

“Are you looking for this?” A low voice asked from behind me. It startled me and I yelped, turning around and taking a few steps back. 
It was a guy. A really hot guy! 
Despite his good looks, his appearance didn’t settle my nerves one bit. He was a stranger that had come out of nowhere. His dark, wavy brown hair reached the center of his neck, messy but perfect at the same time. His five o’clock shadow was just the right amount of scruff to complement his perfectly high cheekbones and strong jawline. The feature that stood out the most were his amber eyes. They were breathtaking. I had never seen anyone with amber eyes before. For a brief moment, as his eyes looked into mine, a sense of familiarity hit me. 
Do I know him? No. I would have recognized that face. 
“Yes … thank you,” I answered with shaky breath. I looked around the park to see if anyone else was around. We were alone. 
“Here.” He held out my phone. I stretched out my hand and grabbed it, putting it in my back pocket. The stranger was wearing dark jeans and a brown T-shirt with a maroon hoodie zipped halfway
up. The hoodie was snug against his arms, and I imagined for a brief moment what he looked like under his shirt. I tried to clear my thoughts, so I could focus. 
He’s a stranger, Mercy, and you’re alone. Please don’t murder me. 
“Do you have a name?” he asked. Do not give him your real name. 
“Angie …” 
“Caleb Blackwell. Nice to meet you, Angie.” He stepped closer to me and held out his hand. 
I shook his hand. He held on, probably feeling the sweat of my palms and slight tremble that was picking up the longer he held it. 
Why is he not letting go? 
“You’re shaking,” he said with a sideways grin on his face. He finally let go of my hand. 
“I need to go. Thanks for finding my phone.” I stepped quickly to the side to walk by him, but he moved into my path, blocking me from going any further. 
“Mercy, relax. I’m not going to hurt you.” 
Everything around me froze in place and my heart stopped in its tracks. 
He knows me. How did he know my real name?





The Dark Underworld 
The Chosen Coven Book 2


"While the first book of this series introduced you to the characters and the fascinating world the author has created; this book brings the story to a whole new level." 

Mercy’s life changed forever when she discovered that not only is she a witch, but that she was born to rid the world of vampires once and for all. 

After a year of intense training to hone her powers, she and her coven are pulled into a murder case in her hometown of East Greenwich. The coven, with the help of a friend with direct ties to 

the investigation, discovers that a vampire attack claimed the victim’s life. Mercy suspects the killer belongs to a new clan in town, The Black Horse, and goes undercover in the vampire underworld. There, she’ll discover dark, long-hidden secrets and face her father from her previous life, who she learns is the leader of this ruthless undead. 

New relationships will develop, friendships will be tested, and lives will be lost. 

As Mercy draws closer to finding the killer, a villain from her past creeps out of the shadows. Maurice, centuries-old vampire, is thirsty for revenge after her coven took down his clan. 

The Chosen Coven will now have to combine the forces of the Universal Elements, to fight the darkness that falls on their city. 

★★★★★ 

“The plot of this book moves quickly. Complete with murder, intrigue, and romance. The story will appeal to a wide audience of readers--particularly to those who enjoy a blended genre of fantasy and mystery--and of course, a touch of romance.” 

Author Notes & Disclaimer: 

Violence, mild language, non-graphic intimacy scene and attempted rape scene. 

This is a three-book series. It is highly recommended to read book one, ‘The Dark Awakening,’ before reading book two. Their final battle will conclude in book three, ‘The Dark Deliverance,’ and will be released in the fall of 2019. 




The Dark Deliverance 
The Chosen Coven Book 3




**Contains spoilers from book two. Read once caught up in the series**

The upper world is ruled by the gods, the underworld by demons, and the center—our earth—holds the inhabitants which the Chosen Ones were sworn to protect. In the darkest hour, on the darkest night, these three worlds will collide, and the gates of Hell will open.


Mercy is barely holding on after losing her coven, who sacrificed themselves to save her life. But even in death, Caleb opens a path for Mercy to rediscover the ancient power that once revived her after she died the first time on Gallows Hill in 1692.

To find the magic she needs to bring back her coven, Mercy and Dorian journey to a desolate island off the coast of Barbados and uncover long-hidden secrets from a native shaman tribe. But their presence is unwelcome, and Mercy finds herself harnessing the universal elements to save the lives of her beloved coven.

Meanwhile, Maurice continues plotting to destroy the supernatural world until every last human on earth bows to him. Knowing he can’t kill Mercy, he conjures up sick and twisted games he can play with her in order to crown himself the Master of Hell.

Where there is pain and destruction, a new power emerges, and Mercy must hold on to faith that good will triumph over evil because, if not, Hell will consume them all. 





D.L. Blade grew up in southern California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014. 

She always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it. 

In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, and attending rock concerts. 

In the future, D.L. hopes that she can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination. 

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✱✱Book Review✱✱ Now Live: It's in his Christmas Wish by Author Shelly Alexander

Now Live, It's in his Christmas Wish by Author Shelly Alexander For one last time visit, Red River Valley in this wonderful ho...