Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Release - Counting on a Cowboy - Debra Clopton

Dear Readers,

Labor day weekend is rapidly approaching.  It is time to get that last summer weekend in.  I know it isn't really the end of summer, but it begins to feel like it.  I know I am looking forward to an extra day to rest and not get up early.

One of the best things to do on Labor day weekend is hit the beach.  I get asked for a good beach read all the time and to be honest is there ever a bad beach read?  You are at the beach and you are not at work, with a book, what is bad about that?  Anyways, I do actually understand what the reader wants.  They want an enjoyable book to stretch out in the sun and get away from everyday life.

Counting on Cowboy by Debra Clopton is the perfect book for just such an occasion.  It will fit very nicely in the beach bag and is a light romance with cowboys and horses.  *Sigh*  :-)

Bo Monahan is not excited that his little town has become a romantic destination.  Mostly because it has brought women who are looking for romance and he seems to be a target for them all.  He is trying to take care of his Pops and his stirrup business that is just getting busier and busier.   But when a son he never knew about lands on his front step, he knows he is going to need help.

Abby is running away after losing everything.  She is hoping that the small town of Wishing Springs, TX will be the perfect place to hide away and never love again.  She can see that Bo needs help, but plans on keeping her distance even though they are really cute together.

As you can see, cowboys, horses, a baby and a bit of romance, the perfect book for that last minute end of summer get away.

Happy Reading,

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Releases - August 24 - 29

Dear Readers,

August 31st!!  Yikes!  I am not ready!  Fall is a wonderful time of year, but I am just not ready for those cooler days and cold nights.  And because it is Michigan there is that chance that we are only 2 months away from our first, I hardly dare say it, snowfall.  (Yuck!!)

Happy Reading,

Counting on Cowboys - Debra Clopton - #2 of A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance - One is running from a past that still haunts her.  The other is a new father of a son he never knew about. Together can they find romance and hope?

The Lost Heiress - Roseanna M. White - #1 Ladies of the Manor - Is Brook the Missing Heiress?  Her father thinks so but the servants are more reluctant to accept her.  Will they move to protect be to late too save her from the same fate as her mother?

Where Treasure Hides - Johnnie Alexander - Drawn to Ian during their chance meeting at Waterloo train station, Alison Schuyler begins to question her fear of love.  As WWII starts they are separated, Alison to fight with the Dutch resistance and Ian to the battlefields.  Will they both survive to love each again or will their story end the way so many did in WWII?

Mind of her Own - Diana Lesire Brandmeyer - After a bump on the head leaves Louisa with amnesia, she has to figure out who this man who claims to be her husband is?  Also what's with these kids?  They almost always need something.  They all think she is Louisa when she knows she is Jazz Sweet a romance writer.  She just needs to figure out who is right.

Secrets She Kept - Cathy Gohlke - Hannah Sterling never understood why her mother was the way she was.  That is until she started following a trail her mother left her and Hannah discovered stuff that no one would ever believe her mother went through in her teenage years.

The Sea Keeper's Daughter  - Lisa Wingate - Whitney is trying to keep her restaurant from a hostile takeover.  When she hears her step-father is having health issues, she thinks this might be the answer to her prayers.  Sell the old building and put the money into the legal battle and win.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lisa Wingate

Dear Readers,

I fell in love with Lisa Wingate's writing years ago when she was writing for the ABA market.  So when she started writing for the CBA (Christian Market) I was so excited to start carrying her books here at the store, but also to start reading them. 

The Sea Keeper's Daughter is her newest release and once again Lisa takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride.  One that may even have you packing your bags to head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to find the Excelsor Hotel and help Whitney find her past. 

Whitney and her business partner Denise are struggling.  They have one restaurant that is doing well and another that is not.  They are fighting the "good old boy system" where their second restaurant is located.  It is actually driving them to bankruptcy and Whitney just doesn't know where else to turn. 

She receives a message from a stranger in North Carolina telling her that her step-father is not doing well and she needs to come and take care of him.  She sees it as a way to maybe get some quick money from the sale of the Hotel she inherited from her mother.  The only problem is that Clyde lives there and gets to, according to the will, as long as he wants. 

What Whitney finds doesn't change her attitude about Clyde or the Hotel.  She just wants to clean it out and sell it to the highest bidder.  But as she starts sorting through her mother's and grandmother's stuff, she discovers a story that changes how she understands her family.  

If you have read The Story Keeper, then you will for sure want to read this one.  They are not really a series and yet I do recommend you read them in order if possible.  Once again Lisa writes a story that draws you in and makes you wish to join the journey of discovery.   It may even make you do a little research on your own, it did me. 

Happy Reading

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Release - The Bones will Speak - Carrie Stuart Parks

Dear Readers,

I love love love Carrie Stuart Parks books.  Okay the one I have read, A Cry from the Dust and I could hardly wait to read book #2.  Thankfully The Bones will Speak just released and I am already to get started.  A weekend away will be the perfect time to read it.  Of course a book with murder and mayhem may not be the best book to read while staying in a cabin in the woods...

"Bones" is book #2 in the Gwen Marcey novels.  This time Gwen is taking on a serial killer.  A killer who seems to have a thing for girls that look a lot like Gwen's daughter.  So Gwen is in a race to find the killer before he carries out his revenge on her and the only family she has left.

Edge of your seat, who done its that are interesting and fun to read are my favorite genre.  Starting with Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, I find mysteries one of the best reads out there.  When you work alongside the detective, PI or just amateur sleuth trying to find out who did it first, just makes the writing/reading so much more entertaining.

I look forward to enjoy many more titles by Carrie and hopefully in the very near future.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Release - The Memory Weaver - Jane Kirkpatrick

Dear Readers,

I fell in love with Jane Kirkpatrick's writing many years ago and always eagerly await any and all new books from her.  Jane's newest book to hit the market is Memory Weaver and as is most of her writing, based on a true story.

The+Memory+WeaverThis time we meet Eliza Spalding Warren who as a child is taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians.  She is still haunted by memories of that time and struggles with how to deal with trauma in any situation.  She wishes she could ask her mother, but all she has of hers is the diaries she kept.  As Eliza searches the diaries for answers, she realizes that her memories of the day she was taken is much different than what her mother writes.

Jane's writing style puts you right into the middle of the story and makes you wish they taught history in school the way she writes books.  I know I would have liked history class if we could have followed regular people across the plains instead of only those that made the "headlines" so to speak.

Stories like Eliza's make history come to life and I am so glad that Jane takes the time to find these stories and share them with the rest of us.  I can't wait to get started on Memory Weaver and learn more about America's history and the people that made her great.

Happy Reading,

Monday, August 24, 2015

New Releases - August 17 - 22

Dear Readers,

It is September next week.  Seriously does anyone have any idea where the summer wandered off to?  I have piles of books I had on my summer reading list and I feel like I hardly made a dent in it.  Well I guess I will have to move them to my fall reading list and add a few more...

Happy Reading,

The Bones will Speak - Carrie Stuart Parks - #2 Gwen Marcey Novel -Gwen Marcey is back.  This time there is a serial killer on the loose.  And he seems to have Gwen and her daughter in his sites.

The Mistress of Tall Acres - Laura Frantz - After the American Revolution, Sophie is longing for good news, but her neighbor only brings more tragedy.  Newly returned from war and a widower, he is looking for a mother for his young daughter.  Sophie sees it as an answer to her problems, that is until a woman returns who claims she is the rightful Mistress of Tall Acres.

A Noble Masquerade - Kristi Ann Hunter - #1 Hawthorne House - Lady Miranda is every inch a lady, at least on the outside.  On the inside she longs to be completely different.  She pours her heart out in letters to her brother's friend, never intending to mail them.  When the accidently get mailed, it sets off events that put more at risk that just her heart.

The Memory Weaver - Jane Kirkpatrick - Eliza Spalding Warren was a child when she was taken hostage by the Cayuse Indians.  Now her husband wants to return to the land of her captivity and she longs to ask advice from her mother.  But all she has is her mother's diaries and they tell a very different story of the past than Eliza remembers.  Based on a true story.