Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Release and Book Review: Staying Grounded by Marianne Rice

A Rocky Harbor Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Release Date: January 17, 2017

Graham Riley enjoys the laid-back freedom of a pilot’s life—until one choice puts his career in jeopardy…

Graham loves his job—it allows him to escape his troubled past and the stigma of being a murderer’s son. But after an altercation with a drunk passenger is posted on social media, he's forced to go on administrative leave until his name can be cleared. To get his wings back, he must attend anger management classes, and to avoid the media frenzy near his home base in Texas, he heads to Rocky Harbor, Maine.

Responsible therapist Maggie O’Fallon wants a stable relationship with a man who’s not going anywhere…

Maggie grew up with parents who were never around, physically or emotionally. Needing steadiness in her life and in a relationship, she only dates men with normal jobs. But when Graham walks into her office and flashes his charming steel-blue eyes at her, she's at a loss for words. Torn between her ethics and her heart, Maggie asks Graham to see a different therapist so they can explore the chemistry between them.

He has everything she’s been looking for—except stability…

Maggie touches something deep within Graham and he panics, pushing her away, too scared to face his feelings. But when a private investigator threatens to discredit not only Graham, but Maggie’s practice as well, he is faced with two choices. Fight…or take flight.

Battling a lawsuit and his heart, Graham must decide what’s more important—the life he thought he wanted…or Maggie. Maggie might be the only thing that will ever help Graham
Stay Grounded.


MEET THE AUTHOR: Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, cuddling with her husband, a drink in one hand, a romance book in the other.



I was given an ARC by the author and I'm glad she did. Graham Riley is an interesting hero, a pilot who defends those weaker than himself, but who also masks his empathy with jokes and sex because of his abusive childhood. Maggie O'Fallon is a therapist in the small town of Rocky Harbor assigned to treat Graham by the airlines after an incident with a drunken passenger.
There is an instant attraction and Maggie refers Graham almost immediately to another therapist. She has her own issues from her childhood and is looking for someone who wants to settle down, which isn't Graham - or is it?
I really enjoyed this story. It goes into a lot of depth with the backgrounds of the main characters which made them all the more real. Of course, it's set right outside where I live now so it's fun to read about the Old Port, Fort Williams, and other local attractions that are interwoven into the story. I can't wait to read the stories of the other Riley siblings.

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Release: The Dragon in the Garden by author Erika Gardner

Contemporary Fantasy 

Date Published: Eformats- 2/19/16, Print 10/21/16

Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. 
No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she 
could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s 
wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, 
her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.

It’s time to find out why she has this power.

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an 
ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and 
Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a
 choice that will decide humanity’s future.

Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis
and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a
scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing
full-time in 2011.

Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their
chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations,
or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World),
you can find her online at www.erikagardner.com.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Some new Irish music - Connla

Connla was named the best new Irish group of 2016. A big thanks to Charles de Lint for bringing them to my notice

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Promo Blitz - Tavish by Jane Stain

Time Travel Romance
Date Published: January 1, 2017

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Tavish was the best boyfriend Kelsey ever had, but seven years ago he disappeared. She coped with her heartbreak by finishing her doctorate in Celtic Artwork, and now her career is taking off. Except Tavish is back, but not in a good way. He keeps showing up at her job sites and butting into her business - all the while wearing that stupid sexy kilt.

But she's here to see the ruins, not Tavish. So she'll just have to show him who's boss at this site. Because rumor has it that under these cliffs at Dunskey Castle lies the ancient palace of the kings of Alba. Gggrr. Why does he seem to know more about it than she does?


“Are you sure you can’t come by, Sasha? This necklace is odd. The patterns aren’t matching up with any in the computer. It’s still searching, but it’s going slower and slower.”

Sasha’s redheaded face appeared in the corner of Kelsey’s screen.

“No, I have to lecture this afternoon, sorry. But tomorrow’s the weekend, maybe then. I just logged in so I could see. Fascinating. Maybe you’ll catalogue an entire newfound strain of Celtic expression.”

“Wouldn’t that be something?”

Kelsey wanted to say more.

But bare chested Tavish MacGregor came bustling into her tent from the tower house, where a bunch of other construction workers were busy. Bronze haired and brown eyed like Kelsey, he had been a nosy construction worker at every last one of her Scottish clients’ places so far, and always stubbornly wearing that red and green plaid great kilt that made him so darn sexy she could just...

Oh no.

Kelsey sat up straight and smiled at her client, who seemed to be getting dragged in on the hem of Tavish’s kilt.

“I’ve got to go, Sasha.”


“Yeah, call you back tonight.”

Typical. Tavish had wandered away from his own work and was looking at hers.

“‘Tis not ‘Celtic jewelry,’” he said to Mr. Blair. “Nay, it be not auld warld.”

And he said this in his sexy accent that had drawn her to him in the first place. Not to mention those twinkling brown eyes that could see into her soul whenever they wanted. And those strong arms that had made her feel so loved and cherished, all those years ago. And his fighting prowess that had protected her a time or two…

Kelsey blinked herself back into the present and turned to her client, to gauge his reaction to what Tavish had told him.

Mr. Blair looked skeptical, but patient.

“Hold on, nae. Let the doctor finish her appraisal, lad.”

Ha, Lad. Good thing someone was around who could put Tavish in his place. She didn’t trust herself to try—and besides, she was a professional woman now, not the teen she’d been when she and Tavish knew each other.

She gave her client a patient conspiratorial smile, which he returned. This made her feel warm inside. He respected her expertise, unlike some people.

With the young virile man and the grey stooped man both watching, she finished her complicated high-tech tests on the necklace. Unwilling to believe what she saw and trying not to scowl, she tested a silver goblet next, and then an ornate bronze breastplate.

Finally, she had to admit that Tavish was right. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Julia Quinn recommended this book, and I pay attention to her recommendations. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman work together. Both are assistants to co-CEOs at their book publishing company, the result of a recent merger. Lucy is nice to everyone at work, Joshua terrifies everyone else, and the two 'hate' each other. They spend most of their time playing games like The Staring Game and pulling pranks on each other. There's also a difference in height in that Lucy is about 5 feet tall, and Josh is well over six feet which result in a lot of name-calling and teasing. Finally, they're both up for a promotion which only one will get.
The author takes the time to build the relationship here and it's well worth it. Written in first person in Lucy's POV, the reader gets to know both characters very well, both their flaws and good sides. Their banter is hysterical (the threats to go to the long-suffering HR woman are one example):
-‘Shortcake, if we were flirting you’d know about it.’
-‘Because I’d be traumatized?’
-‘Because you’d be thinking about it later on, lying in bed.’
-‘Been imagining my bed, have you?’
-‘I bet it’s a very small bed.’
One reviewer mentions that if this were The Office and Jim and Pam hated each other at first sight instead of Dwight, it would be this book and I have to agree. It's very funny and sweet, the perfect romcom. It really needs to be made into a movie. This is Sally Thorne's first book and it's a very impressive debut.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Book Review: In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson

In Another Life tells the story of Lia Carrer, a young widow who lost her husband in a biking accident two years earlier. She returns to the country she loves best, Languedoc in the south of France to work on her dissertation about the Cathars. From her first day, she encounters strange happenings and meets people who seem familiar in ways that they should not. There's Lucas, the enigmatic photographer, with whom Lia is collaborating on a book. There's Raoul, the quiet vintner who lost his own wife and children. And there's devious Father Jordi Bonafe who leaves clues for Lia regarding the Cathars and the murder of Archdeacon Pierre de Castelnau, the event which precipitated the massacre of the Cathar people in 1208.
The Cathars believed in reincarnation for souls that were killed without a chance at redemption. Lia is forced to confront this belief as events unfold and she becomes the instrument for atonement of these lost souls. This is a finely written book, truly descriptive of the beauty of the Languedoc region. I've been to some of the locations in the book and the author absolutely nails the mystical allure of the ruins, countryside, and towns. The story moves along at a good pace, and the two timelines are skillfully woven in to make a cohesive and interesting story. This is a lovely story with themes I will ponder in days to come. I want to thank Netgalley for letting me read this wonderful book.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Silk by Chris Karlsen

Historical / Victorian Suspense

Silk on the skin—luxurious, luscious..lethal.

London-Fall, 1888
The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum's beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.
Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence  points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they'd better be right and have proof.
As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case.


Events of the day and the potential satisfaction of giving Napier a bloody nose dwindled. Questions about the murder crept back into Ruddy's thoughts. Morris joined him at his table in the rear of the pub with a Guinness, the popular beer of choice in hand. “You’ve got the look of a man whose thoughts are a long distance from London.”
“No, sadly my thoughts are fixed here in the city. I’m trying to figure out a clue. Ellis’s roommate said she’d sometimes meet with a well-dressed man, a man of means the victim indicated. They’d meet up at the fountain by the British Museum.”
“Don’t know the spot but then the museum isn’t my cup of tea.”
“Not the point. I’m saying it’s odd. What member of the upper class chooses to stroll through a public garden other than Hyde or Regents, where they can see and be seen by one of their own?”
“I agree the wealthy prefer the parks filled with others of their kind but it doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy someplace different.”
“We interviewed the guard again. The one that discovered the body walks that half of the building. He told us the majority of their male patrons are natty dressers, but he never saw a man like that loitering by the fountain.”
“My guess is: the man is married and can’t afford to run the risk of being seen by a friend of his wife’s. Or, he might live or work in the area and the spot is convenient.”
“Or, he’s a murderer who’s noticed the victim walking through the park on a regular basis, saw it as an opportunity and cozied up to her.”
Ruddy took another swallow of his ale, mentally debating the merit of each theory. “I don’t think he lives in the area. If so, he’d have cut through the park more and been seen by the guards. Not sure about the married man having a tryst idea."
To Ruddy's way of thinking, if the man was married and looking for a tumble, he’d have met her someplace other than the gardens and at a better hour.
Instinct drew him back to his original sense of the culprit and crime. “I feel like this was a crime of opportunity. I’ve thought it all along and can’t shake the sense.”
“If he was just seeking a victim, then why haven’t you had more murders like this?” Morris asked.
Ruddy downed the rest of his beer and put his tankard on the edge of the table where June would refill it. “Everyone has to start somewhere. She might be number one.”

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I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.  
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and four wild and crazy rescue dogs.  

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