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Blog Tour: Raising the Stakes + 2 GIVEAWAYS

6 Apr

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This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The Raising the Stakes blog tour runs April 1-7, and you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

Raising the Stakes CoverRaising the Stakes
by Karen Rock
Genre: Adult
Age category: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 1 April, 2015

Blurb:
Hiding from the world…

Tucking herself away in the Adirondack woods was supposed to keep Vivienne Harris safe. From dark memories of the Bronx, from danger, from entanglements. But when an orphaned bear cub raids her pantry and conservation officer Liam Walsh appears with news of poachers nearby, her private, peaceful world is turned upside down!

Suddenly two forces are drawing her out—Button, the cub who needs her help, and Liam, the man who’s dead set against her rehabilitating the bear. If she can just win Liam’s support, Vivie knows she can give Button a good life. And maybe find the courage to embrace a future with Liam…

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My thoughts:

Raising the Stakes is a sweet story that tugged at my heartstrings!    Vivienne Harris and Liam Walsh are strong, independent characters, yet they both struggle with emotional scars of the past.  Brought together by an orphaned bear cub, Vivie and Liam find themselves at odds with each other and the sparks begin to fly.

I really enjoyed this unique story and was captivated by the drama that unfolded.  I especially loved the emotional ending that had me laughing and crying.  Raising the Stakes is a delightful, heartwarming tale, and I look forward to reading more from Karen Rock! 

I received a complimentary copy of Raising the Stakes through Lola’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

 

Excerpt:

He lifted her chin with a gentle finger and gazed down at her. “You’re always safe with me.”

For some odd reason, her eyes welled and a tear clung to her lashes.

He brushed the wetness away with his thumb, his hands lingering and cupping her face.

“I’m never safe,” she whispered, her voice so low he had to bend closer to hear.

“I’ll protect you,” he found himself saying, a gallant and reckless offer considering his planned move. Still, a fierce urge to reassure her filled him. A need to kiss her full lips followed.

He captured them with his own, tasting berries, and something sweeter still. He buried his hands in her silky hair and brought her close, an insatiable hunger taking hold. The wildflower smell of her enveloped him and her mouth tantalized his. He nibbled on her lower lip, loving her soft exclamation of pleasure. Or was it surprise? She was early spring sunshine, a spring-fed pond, a mountain peak and everything that’d ever made him glad to be alive.

Without warning, she jerked away and sprang to her feet, backing away until her legs brushed the bushes.

“What’s wrong?”

Her face had lost all color and she looked as if she might faint. She shook her head, her hand rising to cover her mouth.

Regret snuffed out his elation. He shouldn’t have moved so fast. Or at all, darn it. “Did I offend you? I’m sorry. Blame it on a beautiful day. A lonely bachelor. A stupid one.”

Button appeared at Vivie’s feet. She stretched up on her hind legs, put her paws on Vivie’s sides and pressed her face against her caregiver’s stomach. If Button wasn’t a wild animal, he’d think the young bear sensed Vivie’s mood. Was trying to console her. He’d comfort Vivie, too, if she didn’t seem ready to bolt.

“I’m an idiot, Vivie.” He got to his feet, feeling like a consummate jerk for kissing her without any signs she’d welcome it. But for a moment, when she’d kissed him back, it’d seemed as though…

He shook his head. Women had the final say when it came to what they wanted. He should have been more sensitive. Not given in to impulses. “Please. It won’t happen again.” And he meant it. She was upset. Had a right to be. If he had any sense, he’d know kissing her was wrong for him, as well. Soon he’d be across the country. His attraction to Vivie was irrational.

“Vivie, talk to me.”

She stumbled away, Button stuck by her side, the cub’s turtle dangling from her mouth.

He ducked in front of her, unwilling to let the moment end badly. “What can I do?”

She wiped her nose and met his gaze. “Just stay away.” Without another word, she returned to the trail.

It took all of his willpower not to chase after her. He’d follow at a distance instead, staying far enough behind to ensure she got home safely. But it wasn’t enough. He wanted things back to normal again. If that was possible.

Strange that she’d said the same words he repeated to himself whenever Vivie came to mind—stay away.

Yet the more time he spent with her, the harder that became. His emotions for this complicated woman deepened every day. He could deny it all he wanted, but he cared about her.

The job in Yellowstone came to mind. He wouldn’t put off his decision any longer. As soon as he got home, he’d let them know. Escape before his feelings lashed him down forever.

Vivie was right.

Except when it came to Button, he’d stay away.

 

karen in gardenAbout the Author:
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.

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Tour GIVEAWAY!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Raising the Stakes. These are the prizes you can win:
– a 100$ Amazon gift card (INT)
– a set of signed paperbacks of Wish Me Tomorrow, His Hometown Girl, Someone Like You and A League of Her Own (US only)

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Blog GIVEAWAY!

In addition to the tour-wide giveaway, one copy of Raising the Stakes is being given away to a lucky Buzzing About Books reader, winner’s choice of e-copy or paperback (US) or an e-copy (INT). 

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Review: How to Catch a Prince + Royal Giveaway

10 Mar

How to Catch a Prince

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BD8DVo

 

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.

But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.  When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?

Yet, true love has a destiny all its own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must choose to answer the call of love on their hearts.  Or let it be lost forever?

Thoughts:

How to Catch a Prince is the third book in Rachel Hauck’s Royal Wedding series.  I loved the first two books in the series and was eager to read Prince Stephen’s story.  While this book easily stands on its own, reading the other books in the series will certainly add to the enjoyment of this story.

How to Catch a Prince is a bit different from the first two books in the Royal Wedding series.  This storyline, while equally enchanting, delves deeper and explores several challenging topics.  Love, forgiveness, and redemption are just a few of the threads that are woven together to create this beautiful story.  “Love well” is another thought-provoking theme in the story and one I believe will resonate with many readers.

Corina Del Rey and Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom are endearing characters and their story, with its unique circumstances, is full of emotion, as secrets, regrets, and heartache plague their path.  I loved their spiritual journeys and delighted in their romance!

How to Catch a Prince is a magical tale and a wonderful addition to the Royal Wedding series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity.  All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

Landing page:

http://litfusegroup.com/author/rhauck

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck’s new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

Enter to win a “royal” prize pack! 

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel’s blog.

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Rachel HauckRachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Find Rachel online: website, Facebook, Twitter

Blog Tour: SABOTAGED Review + GIVEAWAY

16 Feb

Sabotaged

SABOTAGED by Dani Pettrey
(Alaskan Courage Series #5)

 

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.

Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.

Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

Book Info & Sample Chapter:
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Thoughts:

I had such mixed emotions as I began this book!  I was anxious to read Reef’s story, but I was also reluctant to let go of the McKenna family.  I am happy to say that Sabotaged is an exciting conclusion to an exciting series! 

The drama quickly unfolds in the icy tundra of Alaska.  As mushers race to the finish in the Iditarod, Reef McKenna and Kirra Jacobs find themselves in a race against time.  The danger continues to escalate in this page-turning suspense and the twists and turns will leave you breathless.  I loved the uniqueness of this storyline, the spiritual threads that run throughout, and the tender romance that developed.  Sabotaged is a compelling story that kept me guessing and I enjoyed every minute of the adventure!

Sabotaged is the fifth and final book in Dani Pettrey’s acclaimed Alaskan Courage series.  While each book in the series can stand on its own, I encourage you to read them in order to better understand the characters and their stories.  If you are a fan of romantic suspense, this is a series I think you will love!

Saying goodbye to the McKenna family also means saying hello to a whole new cast of characters.  I can’t wait to meet them in Dani’s Chesapeake Valor series, which releases next year!    

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

 

GIVEAWAY!

Dani Pettrey and Bethany House Publishers have generously offered a copy of Sabotaged to be given away to one lucky reader!  To enter, please leave a comment, including your email address.

SabotagedThis giveaway is open to US residents only and ends Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. CST.  The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, February 23.  Good luck!!

To earn additional entries, you may do the following:

◦Let me know you follow my blog
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Be sure and leave a comment letting me know what you have done to earn additional entries.

Contest Rules:
◦No purchase is necessary.
◦Odds of winning are based on number of entries.
◦US residents, 18 and older, are eligible to enter.

 

Dani Pettrey
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and her latest release, Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

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Wind in the Wires RECIPES

28 Jan

Wind in the Wires

Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly

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Click here to read the first chapter of Wind in the Wires.

A cowgirl searches for love and family. An old man seeks justice for two cold case murders. Their journey together exposes lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?

It’s 1991. Reba Cahill loves ranching with Grandma Pearl in north central Idaho. But there’s a lot of work and only two of them. Reba decides she needs a husband to help her run the ranch. But she finds few prospects in the small town of Road’s End. 

But Reba is also missing something else: her mother. Deserted by her at three-years-old and never knowing her dad, she feels a sense of longing and loss. And bitterness.

When elderly, quirky Road’s End citizen Maidie Fortress dies, Uncle Seth presents Reba Cahill with an expensive piece of jewelry that turns Reba’s world upside down and leads her down unexpected paths and toward unsuspected admirers. Will the facts also ruin all hope for romance? 

 

 

Recipe Reba VeggieBeefSoup1

Reba Cahill’s Veggie Beef Crockpot Soup
Janet Chester Bly

Cowgirl Reba Mae Cahill of Wind in the Wires was so excited to learn about crockpots. She got her first one in 1989. Not one to like to fuss in the kitchen, she could start her soup or stew in the morning after chores and loved the feel of knowing it slow cooked all day. Off she went to fix fences and wrangle cows with her black horse, Johnny Poe. The veggie choices varied, but not the spices. She favored the mix of basil, dill and turmeric.

Basic Ingredients:
1-2 lb. ground beef
12 oz. mixed veggies–frozen, canned, or fresh
2 12 oz. cans tomatoes
2 medium potatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. basil or to taste
1 tsp. dill or to taste
1 pinch turmeric or to taste
Salt to taste
30 oz. beef broth
6 oz. ketchup
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 clove garlic minced
2 stalks celery, cut up
1 can corn
1 can green beans
add fresh or frozen (thawed) spinach last half hour

Crockpot or Stovetop Directions:
Add to large crockpot and cook on low for six hours or on high four hours. Or in large kettle on top stove and simmer several hours.

 

CornMuffin JalapenoCheddar

Pearl Cahill’s Jalapeno Cheesy Corn Muffins
Janet Chester Bly
Serving: 24 muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 cups all-purpose flour (see links below for gluten-free conversions)
4 tsp. baking powder
5 Tbsp. sugar or light brown sugar or 3 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
Add pinch each: chili pepper, black pepper, and paprika
2 tsp. minced onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 cups buttermilk
4 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
10 oz. shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
1/3 cup frozen corn kernels (thawed) or fresh or canned, well drained
4 jalapenos, minced (**) or 1 can jalapenos diced and drained

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Directions:

1 Preheat oven 400° F.
2 Grease muffin tins or insert paper liners.
3 Combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in bowl.
4 In another large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
5 Add shredded cheddar, jalapenos, garlic and onion, and corn kernels to dry ingredients.
6 Add wet ingredients and mix gently just until all is moist.
7 Divide batter evenly into 24 muffins, about 3/4 full.
8 Sprinkle with extra Parmesan and cheddar cheese.
9 Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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*Converting a recipe to gluten-free: http://huff.to/1KSxsjv … or use this online recipe and adapt to Grandma Pearl’s version: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/jalapeno-cheddar-corn-muffins
Or for the 2 cups of wheat flour, convert to 1 1/2 cups rice flour, 1/3 cup potato starch, 1/3 cup tapioca starch, and 1 tsp xantham gum.

**Slice jalapenos in half. Remove seeds and membrane for less hotness. Don’t touch face or eyes before washing hands thoroughly.

 

Recipe Pearl RhubarbApplePie1

Pearl Cahill’s Rhubarb Apple Pie
Janet Chester Bly
Servings: 8 from 9” pie

Ingredients:

4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 cup peeled and chopped sweet apples
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 2/3 cups sugar or packed brown sugar or 1/2 cup honey
3/4 tsp. orange zest
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 dash ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 pastry for double-crust 9” pie (from your own or your grandmother’s favorite recipe)

Directions:

1 Preheat oven 400° F.
2 For the filling: in large saucepan combine rhubarb, apple, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and nuts.
3 Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
4 Add butter. Cool.
5 Prepare pastry shell for double crust pie. On lightly floured surface, roll 1/2 dough from center out to form 12” circle. Place in 9” pie dish. Trim to 1/2” beyond pie dish edge.
6 Pile filling into shell.
7 Roll remaining dough and form into 12” circle. Lay over filling. Press ends into crust edge. Fold bottom over. Crimp edges together.
8 Egg wash on top: 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush top of crust. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
9 To prevent edges from burning, cover with 1” strips of foil.
10 Place on baking sheet.
11 Bake 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake additional 25 minutes until center is bubbly and crust golden.
12 Cool on rack.

 

About the Author:

Janet-w-leather-scarf-1-200x300Janet Chester Bly is a city girl with a country heart. She doesn’t corral horses or mow her own lawn. “I’m no womba woman,” she says. But she followed her husband award-winning western author Stephen Bly to the Idaho mountain top village of Winchester to write books and minister to a small church. When she lost him, she stayed. She manages the online Bly Books bookstore, rakes lots of Ponderosa pine needles and cones, and survives the long winter snows.

Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they authored and co-authored 120 fiction and nonfiction books. She and her three sons finished Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. The family’s story is told on her website blog: http://www.blybooks.com/. Wind in the Wires is Janet’s first solo adult novel, a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. It’s Cowgirl Lit. Reader’s Guide for Group Discussion included. 

Author Links:
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Blog Tour + Review: Wind in the Wires

26 Jan

Wind in the Wires

Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble

A cowgirl searches for love and family. An old man seeks justice for two cold case murders. Their journey together exposes lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?

It’s 1991. Reba Cahill loves ranching with Grandma Pearl in north central Idaho. But there’s a lot of work and only two of them. Reba decides she needs a husband to help her run the ranch. But she finds few prospects in the small town of Road’s End.  

But Reba is also missing something else: her mother. Deserted by her at three-years-old and never knowing her dad, she feels a sense of longing and loss. And bitterness.

When elderly, quirky Road’s End citizen Maidie Fortress dies, Uncle Seth presents Reba Cahill with an expensive piece of jewelry that turns Reba’s world upside down and leads her down unexpected paths and toward unsuspected admirers. Will the facts also ruin all hope for romance?  

Thoughts:

Wind in the Wires is the first book in a new series by Janet Chester Bly.  This Trails of Reba Cahill novel is Janet’s solo debut, as the books she has written in the past were co-authored with her late husband Stephen Bly.  Janet also co-authored with her three sons to finish Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot.

Wind in the Wires takes the reader back to 1991 in the small town of Road’s End, Idaho.  The author’s imagery is vivid and I easily envisioned the rural countryside.  While the characterization is strong, the cast of characters is vast and I found myself struggling to become invested in the characters.  The plot also presented a few challenges.  There were times when the story was engaging and other times when I felt a bit lost and my interest waned.  As the story progressed, I enjoyed the elements of suspense as family secrets were uncovered and surprises were revealed.  As the story concludes, questions linger and set the stage for the novel to follow. 

Despite my personal struggles, I have no doubt there are many who will enjoy this unique story! 

My sincere thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.  All thoughts expressed in this review are my own. 

Click here to read the first chapter of Wind in the Wires.

 

About the Author:

Janet-w-leather-scarf-1-200x300Janet Chester Bly is a city girl with a country heart. She doesn’t corral horses or mow her own lawn. “I’m no womba woman,” she says. But she followed her husband award-winning western author Stephen Bly to the Idaho mountain top village of Winchester to write books and minister to a small church. When she lost him, she stayed. She manages the online Bly Books bookstore, rakes lots of Ponderosa pine needles and cones, and survives the long winter snows.

Janet Chester Bly is the widow of award-winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they authored and co-authored 120 fiction and nonfiction books. She and her three sons finished Stephen’s last novel for him, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. The family’s story is told on her website blog: http://www.blybooks.com/. Wind in the Wires is Janet’s first solo adult novel, a contemporary western mystery, a road adventure with a touch of romance. It’s Cowgirl Lit. Reader’s Guide for Group Discussion included. 

Author Links:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

Blog Tour + Review: Colorado Hope

19 Jan

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About the Book:

1875 ~ Beset by a sudden spring storm on the Front Range, newlywed Grace Cunningham watches in horror as her husband, Monty, is swept downriver. Pregnant and despairing, she stumbles into Fort Collins and tries to make a life for herself, praying that one day the man she loves will walk into town and back into her life.Colorado Hope 2

A year after Grace’s tragic loss, Monty enters the dress shop where she works—with a beautiful woman on his arm. Shocked that he has no recollection of her, Grace is determined to win back his heart. Somehow she must help him regain his memories and his buried love for her—and not just for her sake but for the sake of their infant son, Ben.

Monty, miserable in his marriage to a woman he hardly knows, is inexplicably drawn to Grace. Every time he’s near her, memories surface, but they are hazy and troubling. He’s torn between his vows and the desires of his heart, for he cannot stay away from Grace.

Grace’s hope is sparked when Monty starts recalling glimpses of his past. But when murderous outlaws come to town, she is thrust into grave danger. Monty risks his life to rescue her, only to face even greater perils in the treacherous mountains. Can she truly hang on to hope when she is about to lose all she loves?

Thoughts:

Colorado Hope is another wonderful, historical romance by Charlene Whitman!  Adventures in the Colorado Territory continue in this second book in the Front Range series.  While readers of Book 1, Colorado Promise, will enjoy revisiting a few characters, Colorado Hope is easily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.    

With excellent characterization and superb imagery, Charlene Whitman brings this story to life!  I loved the dramatic storyline and its pulse-pounding danger and tender romance.  Monty and Grace Cunningham are such endearing characters!  My heart ached for them and all they endured.  Their story is one of loss and despair, but is also one of abiding love and hope.  I loved this captivating journey and look forward to more adventures on the Front Range! 

For fans of historical and western romance, I highly recommend both books in Charlene Whitman’s Front Range series, Colorado Promise and Colorado Hope.   

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Charlene WhitmanCharlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado’s Front Range.  She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains.  She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major.  She has two daughters and is married to George “Dix” Whitman, her love of thirty years.  Colorado Hope is the second sweet Historical Western Romance novel in her Front Range series.

Connect with Charlene on Facebook and Twitter.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  All thoughts expressed in this review are my own and no monetary compensation was received. 

Blog Tour: How a Star Falls- Review + Interview + GIVEAWAY

21 Nov

How a Star Falls bannerHow a Star Falls by Amber Stokes

Sweet NA Contemporary Romance Novella

How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment and planning for the day he’ll break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for a while, but it’s far from the goal he had in mind when he got his college degree. Not to mention the fact that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.

Then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.

Thoughts:

How-a-Star-Falls-ebook-cover2How a Star Falls is a delightful, contemporary romance! I am such a fan of Amber Stokes’ historicals, and was excited about her new story and new genre, New Adult. I don’t normally read New Adult stories, but was so glad for the opportunity to read this one.

I enjoyed the charm and whimsy of Derrick and Brielle’s story. Their struggles, emotions, and vulnerabilities were wonderfully portrayed! I also enjoyed the vividness of the seaside setting of Humboldt County. How a Star Falls is certainly “heartfelt and fanciful”; a story of the power of believing in yourself and believing in others!

My thanks to Amber Stokes for the complimentary copy of How a Star Falls. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Purchase your copy of How a Star Falls on Amazon.

 

Amber has graciously answered a few of my questions.  Enjoy the interview below!

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Amber Stokes works as a content writer (marketing services) for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction depicting the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and to run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this new chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home. Learn more about Amber’s books at www.SeasonsofaStory.blogspot.com.

 

Your previous publications have all been historicals. What prompted this journey into a new genre?

About a year ago, this vague sort of story idea about dancing stars hit me, and then it became “official” when my designer made me that beautiful cover. This came about before I’d published Forget Me Not and the companion short stories, so I guess it was just one of those times where a story inkling intrigued me and made me want to explore it. The genre that seemed to fit best was contemporary—a mixture of contemporary and fantasy, I suppose.

I’ve been reading more and more contemporary and fantasy stories lately, including plenty in the young-adult range, so I think the genre switch bloomed naturally from my growing reading preferences, as well as my desire to have something different to work on after “The Heart’s Spring.” That was the plan—to publish How a Star Falls after I completed my historical series. But Morning Glory (Book 3) wasn’t ready (or perhaps I should say I wasn’t ready for that story?), so my novella pushed its way to the front of my mind and heart. With all the transitions in my life this year (moving out on my own for the first time, starting a new full-time job, etc.), the final version of How a Star Falls flowed from more recent emotions and experiences.

How do you balance all of your writing responsibilities?

With a full-time job in marketing, this indie-author thing has become somewhat of a different animal! It probably helps that I write shorter pieces of fiction and not super long, epic novels. 🙂 So far, I guess I’m just learning how to prioritize tasks. While working on the first draft of How a Star Falls, I wrote some scenes in my journal, which allowed me to get some writing done during lunch at work. And since finishing the novella, I’ve just been focusing on one step at a time. Edits. Final proofing. Pre-order promotion. Release-time marketing. Etc.

I had hoped to start on a new story already, but I guess that will come soon enough. Baby steps, right? Of course, between work and my writing/book-blogging, I confess I do spend a ton of time in front of the computer…

Do you plan to revisit Derrick and Brielle in future stories?

I had planned for How a Star Falls to be a stand-alone. I’ve had some ideas about other new-adult novellas, and for a while I was thinking they’d be about different characters. But it always seems like reader feedback makes me want to write more about the characters I fall in love with. 🙂 Now I’m contemplating writing stories for Derrick’s sisters…which would, of course, include updates on Derrick and Brielle. But we’ll see how it goes! I find that my writing plans change and grow quite a bit over time. Maybe it’s that “pantser” part of me that likes to go with the creative flow!

Thank you so much, Amber!  I wish you much success with the release of How a Star Falls!

 

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