Review: Snowflakes on the Sea by Linda Lael Miller

Snowflakes on the Sea

Snowflakes on the Sea by Linda Lael Miller

Published: October 28th 2014

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Synopsis:

Christmas 2014:

Nathan and Mallory McKendrick remember the troubles and triumphs they faced in the early days of their marriage. But their love story is far from over! It’s a story they tell each other often…especially at Christmas.

Winter 1984:

International singing sensation Nathan McKendrick had it all—the looks, the talent, the charisma. It’s not surprising that half the world was infatuated with him! No one more so than his wife, Mallory. The success of their marriage had always defied the odds—and the rumors. Then, suddenly, the bond between them was damaged, and Nathan and Mallory had to choose—fight for the love they still shared or let circumstances destroy it.

In the end, there was only one choice. They had to save their marriage.
And now, every year that goes by, every Christmas they spend together, reminds them that their love is everlasting….

Review:

I actually wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book when I realized it was a reprint. I am not a huge fan of reprinted books. I used to see a book with a bright, shiny and pretty cover that I didn’t recognize and of course I would buy it and bring it home only to be frustrated when I found a copy of it already on my shelf. Thankfully I have the Goodreads app so I could check and see if I already have the book before I buy it.

Now I had not previously read Snowflakes on the Sea. It was first published when I was about six years old so I actually didn’t hear about it until recently when it was reprinted. In this case, I am glad this book was reprinted.

The author actually wrote a new prologue to help introduce the story. It is a wonderful idea because that way the reader isn’t grumbling “why wasn’t this book updated!” throughout the story. You know up front that the story is going to take place in the 1980’s because the couple, Nathan and Mallory McKendrick, is reminiscing about how their life was before they had their children.

I do recommend Snowflakes on the Sea because I just liked it. At times I thought the couple was acting silly and I just wished they would sit down and talk things out. But overall this was a good romance that kept me entertained.

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

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Review: Christmas at Twilight by Lori Wilde

Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas, #5)

Christmas at Twilight (Twilight, Texas #6) by Lori Wilde

Published: October 28th 2014

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Synopsis:

It’s Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator “Hutch” Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who’s taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn’t easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she’s really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he’d do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

Review:

As a fan of Ms. Wilde’s books I knew I would love her latest book Christmas at Twilight. A small town romance that happens over Christmas is a book that you couldn’t keep me away from! Then when I started reading… wow it was heavy.

We have two damaged character that have personal issues galore and yet must hold things together for two young children. Add in a bit of suspense and you have a book that brings you to tears as it holds your heart strings.

This story was a little to heart wrenching for me especially since it happens over the Christmas holidays. Now I know that in real life bad stuff does happen over what should be a happy time of year. I just don’t want to read about it during my relaxing time. It ends up stressing me out and I don’t enjoy my escape to Twilight, Texas as much as I wanted to.

Christmas at Twilight is the sixth book in the wonderful Twilight, Texas series. This series is one of the ones you could read out of order but I wouldn’t recommend it. I think that you would get the most enjoyment when you read it in the order it as published in. I know I have!

(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee

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NOT QUITE FOREVER

The Not Quite Series, Book Four

Montlake Romance, Contemporary

November 04, 2014, First Edition

Paperback & Kindle

The touching and heartwarming fourth novel in the wildly popular Not Quite series from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

PRAISE FOR NOT QUITE FOREVER

“Bybee’s magnetic fourth Not Quite contemporary proves that romance can happen in the most unlikely places… The love scenes are sizzling and the multi-dimensional characters make this a page-turner. Readers will look for earlier installments and eagerly anticipate new ones.”

–Publishers Weekly

“Not Quite Forever is Catherine Bybee at her finest: true-to-life characters on a wild and wonderful path toward their happily ever after.”

–Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Tracy Brogan

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Excerpt:

“You find this amusing Miss…”

Her eyes met his and she leaned over the table, planting both hands firmly in place. “Laurens. And yeah, I do.”

The blonde rapped her knuckles on her friends arm. “Dakota!”

Dakota…snazzy, a landmark more than a name…a beautiful woman full of life. Yeah, the name suited her.

“What?”

“Maybe we should move to another room.” The blonde was in a much more agreeable state than Miss Laurens.

“I’m guessing there are more women out there here to listen to me than professionals here to listen to the good doctor.”

Walt envisioned the women standing in line, knew without a doubt Dakota was right.

In any other situation, Walt would have simply smiled and left the room, but something about Dakota Laurens sparked inside and made him want to get under her skin. Something made him want her to stop laughing and to take notice…of him.

Robert turned away from them when the phone in his hand buzzed and he talked in hushed tones.

“You’re part of the romance convention?” Walt asked, already knowing she was.

Dakota removed a stack of papers from her bag and tapped the edges together to align them. “You say romance convention as if it’s a disease, Dr…Eddy is it?”

“Walt. And I didn’t know they had conventions based on bodice-ripping novels.”

The blonde’s agreeable grin slid and Dakota blew out a sigh. Her lips kept her snarky grin, but Walt knew his words dug deep. His own mother wore that look whenever his father said something just to piss Mom off.

“What are you presenting today, Dr. Eddy?” Dakota stood tall, her shoulders back with a chin out in defiance.

“I’m sharing the art of improvising medical tools and equipment when all you have is dental floss and a toothpick. What about you?”

Her eyes would be classified as brown, but damn they looked nearly black when she was ticked. And although Walt didn’t know her well… he knew enough to know she didn’t look happy. In a second, those eyes took on a softer shade, almost liquid chocolate mixed with honey. A wicked smile tilted one side of her lips.

Walt had to remind himself not to lick his own in response.

“The art of crafting a gratifying sexual love scene.”

Walt did lick his lips…blinked twice, and drew his brows together. “Excuse me?” He pulled on his collar, knew the room wasn’t warm.

Dakota leaned a hip against the table that separated them and leaned in just enough for him to see the depth of her cleavage.

“I write bodice rippers as you so eloquently labeled them, Dr. Eddy. Safe to say there are a couple of satisfying ripping of bodices in them…don’t you think?”

BIO:

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California. 

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catherinebybee@yahoo.com

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Giveaway: Eleventh Elementum (The Primortus Chronicles, #1) by J.L. Bond and Val Richards

Eleventh Elementum
(The Primortus Chronicles, #1)
Release Date: 12/14/14
Get Over It Publishing
 
Summary from Goodreads:
It has begun! Fourteen years after a catastrophic disaster, the world has regained its balance with the help of the Primortus. They have secretly walked amongst us since the beginning of time, protecting the earth with the power of the elements. When a fourteen-year-old girl is given two mysterious gifts from a father she never knew, she is drawn into their dangerous world of magic.
 
She must learn to wield the power of the Eleventh Elementum to survive. With the help of Will (her best friend), his cousin and her new stepsister, she seeks out the evil that threatens New Zealand. But a black-eyed stranger is watching their every move. Now, two powerful beings will battle one another and the outcome will determine our way of life.

 
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J.L. Bond and Val Richards met in college in Clarksville Tennessee, where Val excelled in Math and J.L excelled in creative ways to talk Val out of going to class. A few years later…okay, more than a few, they found themselves living about an hour away from one another in Florida and joined forces to write the Primortus Chronicles, YA fantasy- adventure series.  Nowadays, J.L. likes to remind Val that Math isn’t necessary for writing.
 
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Spotlight: Pride and Prejudice: The Women of Longbourn by Gianna Thomas

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Pride and Prejudice: The Women of Longbourn (Darcy and Elizabeth Book 6)

Book name: Pride and Prejudice: The Women of Longbourn

Series Title: Darcy and Elizabeth

Volume: 6

Author: Gianna Thomas

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Synopsis

What were the aspirations of The Women of Longbourn?

“Marriage…the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune.” (Pride and Prejudice)

In the early 1800’s, young women were expected to be accomplished, marry well, obey their husbands, and bear their children, especially the heir whether to the peerage or the gentry.

But was that true of all The Women of Longbourn?

A short story, The Women of Longbourn, takes a closer look at the Bennet family women and what their dreams may have included. And don’t be surprised when you learn that even the female servants had dreams as well.

Come along with Elizabeth Bennet as she records the aspirations of the Bennet women— and the female servants who care for their needs—during the fortnight prior to the Meryton Assembly. And enjoy Lizzy’s comments that are interspersed in her journal with the family’s interactions and how they may have differed with most families in the early 1800’s in Regency England.

And if you’ve ever wondered exactly what was expected of the female servants in a household such as the Bennets, wonder no more. The Women of Longbourn will give you a bird’s eye view of their duties and how they were carried out in the household of Fanny and Thomas Bennet.

Author Bio

Gianna

2013 was a very interesting year. It was the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s wonderful romance Pride and Prejudice publication. There are many Jane Austen fans worldwide, and Gianna Thomas is one of them.

In recent years, Gianna discovered the Pride and Prejudice variations, what ifs and fan fiction. She was totally fascinated by the variety of plots that eager authors had utilized. After reading several of these fascinating books, she realized why others loved them and Jane Austen’s books so well.

Gianna was aware of the story line of Pride and Prejudice after reading it many years ago and seeing the 1940’s movie as well as the 2005 movie with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. She loved the 2005 movie and the musical score. Yes, the movie wasn’t 100% accurate, but isn’t the goal to entertain and touch the heart? And this movie touched her heart and helped her to appreciate more the talent of Jane Austen. Rereading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has given her greater insight into Ms. Austen’s genius in depicting different personalities and situations and the society of her day. As a mature adult, Gianna sees much more in her books now than ever before.

After reading nearly 200 variations and fan fictions, Gianna now had P&P plots running through her head. She finally decided that they needed to be put to paper (today, on the computer), to see how they would develop. She is having an absolute ball in writing about Darcy and Elizabeth and is pleased with how things are developing. Her goal is to entertain and touch hearts. Hopefully, with her first rendering, Pride and Prejudice: Darcy Chooses, she will achieve that goal and touch your heart also.

There are five more plots in the works that should be available over the next year. Some are fan fiction, what ifs, variations, whatever. Gianna doesn’t believe in copying huge chunks of Jane Austen’s powerful work. She does feel that many fans will appreciate the changes in story line and scenes and will enjoy the different looks at a marvelous work that really cannot be equaled. Authors can only try.

Gianna Thomas is a ghostwriter of poetry and e-books who became a widow after twenty-two years with her very own Mr. Darcy, who was her second husband. She lives a quiet life in a small Texas town with her five cats and loves to read clean regency romance, Jane Austen’s works and the many variations done by other lovers of Pride and Prejudice.

Learn more about Gianna and her Pride and Prejudice Variations on her website at www.giannathomaspandp.com, and on her page at Amazon Author Central at https://www.amazon.com/author/giannathomas.

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Giveaway: Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry

 
Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
Release Date: 12/08/14
Harlequin Teen
 
Summary from Goodreads:
A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.

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About the Author
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
 
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


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Giveaway: Because You Exist (Light in the Dark Series, #1) by Tiffany Truitt

 
Because You Exist (Light in the Dark Series, #1)
Release Date: 11/11/14
Limitless Publishing
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Life is good for LOGAN MIDDLETON. He’s quarterback of the Shepherd High football team, nephew of the town’s most successful lawyer, and boyfriend of Jenna Maples, a girl who has finally agreed to take their relationship to the next level. But nothing good lasts forever.

With only a few minutes of last period English left between him and a weekend alone with Jenna, Logan blacks out. When he awakens, he finds himself in a future where Shepherd High lies in ruins, nothing is what it seems, and everyone he loves is dead. Logan is a shifter. Chosen to travel through time, it’s up to him to figure out how to stop the terrible events that claimed his once perfect life.

Of course, all of this might be easier if he wasn’t paired with the one girl who’d rather see him dead than help him, JOSEPHINE. A girl he tormented during childhood. Strong-willed with biting wit, who lives in the shadows. Tough and dark, Jo is Shepherd High’s most notorious outcast and Logan’s opposite in every way. Together the two must overcome their many differences to figure out why they’ve been selected for such an overwhelming task, and who selected them in the first place.

Before it’s too late…

 
About the Author
Tiffany Truitt received her MA in literature from Old Dominion University. Her debut Chosen Ones, first in the Lost Souls trilogy, is a searing look at what it means to be other and how we define humanity, as well as a celebration of the dangerously wonderful feeling of falling in love.
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