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Book Review & Giveaway: Christmas in Paradise by Deborah Brown

30 Nov

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My name is Madison Westin. Unless it’s Christmas, in which case my official title is “Holiday Cheermistress.” Nothing stops me from getting my ho-ho-ho on, not even my friends’ Grinch-worthy attitude toward sparkling tinsel, twinkling lights, and tinkling bells.

Hey, if Creole, Fab, and Didier wind up with coal in their stockings, it won’t be my fault.

When some bah-humbug bandit makes the rounds of Tarpon Cove, Fab and I are on the case. It’s the least we can do for our loyal friends. Seasonal crime-victim disorder seems to be on the rise.

Some guy in a Santa suit—well, the top half of one anyway—is robbing local banks. The cops are fingering the wrong guy. And you can bet your light-up Rudolph boxers that if we can’t track the real thief down, one of my merry band of miscreants could be spending the holidays behind bars.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read several of the Paradise books and I’ve enjoyed them all. Madison and Fab and their boyfriends Creole and Didier make a great foursome. Madison and Fab seem to get themselves into trouble and they’re often able to get out of it. If they can’t do it, Creole and Didier will show up to save the day.

Christmas in Paradise isn’t quite the same as the other books in this series. It’s mostly about the Christmas season celebration by the Westin family with a little humor and crime thrown in for good measure. And there’s a surprise ending!

The Paradise books stand on their own but I wouldn’t recommend reading this one first since it’s more about spending Christmas with your favorite characters rather than a mystery and there’s not the usual character and relationship development.

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“South Florida author Deborah Brown books are infectious.”

“My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

“This fabulous duo exudes so much sassiness and strong willed characteristics that I absolutely cannot get enough of.”

Above reviews from Amazon

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Book Excerpt

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About the Author

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner

27 Nov

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The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist’s mysterious way of working small miracles in people’s everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read a few Deborah Garner books and enjoyed them so I was looking forward to reading Gingerbread at Moonglow, although this is the first book I’ve read about the Timberton Hotel in Montana. It is a stand alone novella but I can see how reading all of them would be like reading about old friends.

There isn’t really a plot to Gingerbread at Moonglow. It’s more like reading about Christmas preparation and celebration with old and new friends. Interesting tidbit to me: it’s the first time I’ve seen pepperkaker  (a Swedish cookie) mentioned in a book. My grandma was Swedish and made it every year. It’s my son’s favorite Christmas cookie so I’ve made it for many years also.

At the end of the book are several recipes. I always enjoy trying at least one new cookie recipe during the holidays so I plan on trying one of these.

 

Also available in The Moonglow Series

Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

 

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn’t been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people’s lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter’s grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

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Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there’s more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door’s wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

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About the author

Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Her Christmas Chance by Rachel Ayala

24 Nov

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Will her cat ruin her Christmas chance for love?

Bella Tallahan has always hidden behind her twin sister, Tally. She was born with cerebral palsy and even though she has finished college, she lives vicariously through her sister’s adventures.

It worked, until her sister married writer Lucky Lenigan, and Bella developed a crush on Lucky’s brother—a bad boy with a shady past.

Chance Martin made one mistake growing up—one that landed him in prison. After his release, he spends his days restoring antique furniture and his nights alone.

When Mr. Klutz, Bella’s fat tabby cat, wreaks havoc in the furniture workshop, Chance confronts Bella and finds himself with a dilemma. He’s not the right kind of guy for a woman with disabilities, but at the same time, he can’t get her out of his mind.

Will the trail of destruction left by one naughty cat bring Bella her Christmas chance for love? Can Chance rise above his past and convince Bella that she is truly worth loving? Or will the secret he is keeping horrify Bella enough to send her back into hiding?

Author’s Note: Although part of the Christmas Creek Romance Series, Her Christmas Chance is a complete and standalone story. Bella Tallahan appears in a previous story, Lucky in Laguna, where her sister Tally Tallahan meets and falls in love with Lucky Lenigan.

A Christmas Creek Romance Series

Book 1:
Holly & Gordon, Deck the Hearts

Book 2:
Bella & Chance, Her Christmas Chance

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Her Christmas Chance is a sweet romance about two people who each think they’ll never be in a relationship. Chance is an ex-convict and Bella has Cerebral Palsy. They met each other when his brother and her sister got married and they enjoyed each other’s company. Unfortunately, now that they live next door to each other, her cat keeps ruining Chance’s work. It’s causing a major rift between the two of them. Can they overcome the cat problem and become friends again? Maybe even more than friends?

I like how Chance treats Bella like any other person. Everyone else feels the need to protect Bella and treat her with kid gloves but Chance sees her for what she is: an independent woman.

The narrator did a good job. Her timing was good and I was able to distinguish between all of the characters’ voices.

I definitely recommend Her Christmas Chance if you like sweet romances.

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“I loved this story! Rachelle Ayala is a powerful writer” – Francis Cristina

“WOW!!!! I absolutely fell in love with this story. This book is emotionally heartfelt.” – Bookworm K

“A perfect heart warming Christmas story to read & cherish. I recommend reading this sweet Christmas story as you will not be disappointed.” – Sophie Koufes

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Book Review: Christmas Recipes From Five of Your Favorite Authors

19 Nov

What’s better than sharing some favorite recipes for the holiday season? It brings together family traditions and love.

There is a recipe for everyone. Including: vegetarian, vegan, main courses, side dishes, drinks, and of course luscious desserts.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

There are quite a few recipes in this book that I plan on trying out over this holiday season. It’s been a while since I’ve found a recipe book that had more than 1 or 2 recipes that I wanted to try. I’m excited to try them and I’ve already printed out several.

Christmas Recipes From Five of Your Favorite Authors has a variety of recipes from main dishes to desserts. If you’re looking for new recipes for the holidays, this book would be a good one to check out.

 

About the Authors

Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband. Sharon is a multi-published author of contemporary romance.

Twitter: sharonkleve
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Jennifer Conner is a best-selling Northwest author who has sixty full length, novellas and short stories in ebook, print and audiobook. She writes in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, and Erotica. 
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Angela Ford originates from Nova Scotia…Canada’s Ocean Playground! Her love of the ocean and sunsets are always in her heart and give her inspiration. Her love for words keeps her turning the page. She is never without a book, whether she’s reading or writing. Her dedication and involvement with cyber safety seminars gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book Closure. You can follow her at www.bookstogonow.com or visit her website at www.angelafordauthor.com
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One More Book Christmas Tree

24 Dec

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Tree of Knowledge

23 Dec

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18 Classic Christmas Books

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Miracles

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Happy Jólabókaflóð

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Book Review: Home and Away by Dean Hughes

24 Dec

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A historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a son fighting on the battlefields of Europe during World War II and his mother, struggling with worry and uncertainty about her soldier son while she tries to keep a semblance of a normal, happy Christmas holiday back on the homefront. Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but 1944 will make that more difficult with money being tight and wartime rationing making everything hard to come by. Aware of his mother’s hardships and the worry from having her eldest son at war, second son, Dennis, is determined to buy his mother a special gift this Christmas, a lavender blue dress he hopes will bring her comfort as a symbol of special times gone by and the hope of a brighter future with the family reunited at war’s end. Meantime, on the long campaign to free Europe, her soldier son carries on as best he can, the horrors of war taking its heavy toll on armies and civilians alike. On a battlefield far from home in Holland with his 101st Airborne battalion, he catches a familiar scent of lavender which briefly transports him back to the homefront to the perfume scent his mother wore, giving him a short respite and reuniting the family once again if only in his imagination. This historical fiction novel is a nostalgic and tender story about the power of love, the reality of war, and the hope we all have that things will turn out all right.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is the story of 16-year-old Dennis who is at home during World War II and his older brother, Glen, who is on the front lines. Dennis is so proud of his soldier brother and can’t wait until he’s 17 so he can join and help fight the Nazis and/or the Japanese. He worries about his mom, though, and how she’ll handle things with both of her sons off to war. 

The characters in Home and Away are well developed. Dennis is a typical teen in some ways, such as his naiveté when it comes to participating in a war. At home, however, he’s learning how to deal with his father who keeps all of his emotions bottled up and his mother who has so much to worry about but tries to make Christmas happy for everyone. I can’t imagine sending a son off to war back then when there wasn’t the communication we have now…to have sit and wait to hear from your loved one for days or weeks. How horrific!

I like Dean Hughes’ writing style. It flows well and is to the point. He did a great job of showing the difficulties faced during the war by both the soldiers and their families back at home. I definitely recommend this book. It’s a wonderful Christmas story.

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Excerpt

It was 1944 and Glen, Dennis’s big brother, was with the army’s 101st Airborne Division, fighting in Europe. When the last letter had come from Glen-almost two weeks ago-he had been at the battlefront in Holland. Newspapers were reporting heavy casualties among the Allied forces there. Linda and Sharon didn’t entirely understand the danger, but Dennis did, and he feared every day that bad news might come. The kitchen was warmer than it really needed to be, but it was cozy, and Dennis loved the smell of turkey and the pies-and baked bread. He had eaten too much, of course, but he wasn’t going to stop until he had a slice of each pie. Over on the kitchen cabinet, the radio was softly playing. A big band was performing “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” The local station in Ogden, Utah, had begun to play Christmas music that day. When Linda began to sing the words to the song, Dad finally seemed to notice, and he groaned. “They start earlier every year,” he said. “The stores must pay the radio station to play that stuff. That’s all Christmas is now-a chance to boost sales.” It was what Dad said every year. But Mom loved Christmas, and she did all she could to make the holidays nice.

 

About the Author 

Dean Hughes is a bestselling and prolific writer who published his hundredth book in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State College and master’s degree and PhD from the University of Washington. He has attended post-doctoral seminars at Stanford and Yale Universities and taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University.

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