It’s release day for my book, Kat’s Song. BUY LINK
Kat McKay’s heart is locked tight against further entanglements. Determined not to give it again, she’s abandoned all hope of love and holds herself apart from men. The last one did a number on her and she’s never going there again.
Paul Baker, world-renowned musician, keeps his deepest secret close to his heart. He’s as determined as Kat McKay not to let his heart get stomped on. The difference is, his isn’t personal. It’s public.
Out of necessity, the two of them join together. One with a motive to protect and the other reluctant to be protected. Their competing desires threaten to derail them both. Resolution can only be made at great risk.
Here it is!! I saw the draft a few weeks ago and wanted to share but wasn’t allowed to until now. I love it and it’s very evocative of the story. Thanks to Gwen Phifer for being such a great cover artist to work with! She captured my vision in a marvelous way. The book comes out in April, 2016.
Jillian Chantal has a free read available today from Desert Breeze Publishing- there are quite a few over there and I encourage you all to head over and download them- it will give you a chance to check out the writers’ styles and see if you like their work. I love that DBP gives their authors the option to do this each year (the free reads from prior years are available, too). This was Jillian’s first year to do it and I love this little story – it’s called Christmas on St. Charles Avenue and takes place in New Orleans- Here’s the blurb and cover: Isn’t the cover wonderful? The present means it’s a present to you- FREE! Merry Christmas from the Gambler and his family as well as the author.
BLURB: New Orleans, Christmas Eve, 1947: Brothers, Dirk and Beaumont McSwain are both about to become fathers. Dirk’s wife has had a number of miscarriages and at thirty-six years old, is afraid this is her last chance for a healthy baby. Bo’s wife is pregnant for the first time. Both are due to give birth soon. The brothers arrange a surprise ride for their women in Papa Noel’s sleigh which is actually a horse drawn carriage with fake reindeer. The evening starts out merry and bright but before the night is over, they will need a Christmas miracle. http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-394/The-Gambler%27s-Inheritance-cln–Christmas/Detail.bok
It’s release day for The Gambler’s Brother from Desert Breeze Publishing. This is a historical novel from 1946. It’s a war bride murder mystery novel. It’s book two of a series but it’s not necessary to have read the first novel since the plot is totally separate from the first book. The protagonists from the first book make appearances but there’s no confusion about who they are.
Good news! Jillian’s Irish Historical, Redemption for the Devil, is on sale at Amazon.com for the rest of the month. Only .99
Jillian has a new book out today called The Gambler. It’s book one of a trilogy and has mystery, murder and romance. Adventure at sea and even a bit of the Duke of Windsor and Cary Grant (fictionalized of course!). http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-286/Gambler’s-Inheritance-Book-One-cln-/Detail.bok
I had the privilege of reading an ARC of The Wolf’s Torment for my friend, the author, Stephanie Burkhart. This book has a wonderful love story between Mihai and his bride to be. This book also has a lot of tragic circumstances in it. I laughed and cried as I read this story. Mihai is a prince as well as a witch. He returns home from abroad to wed. With him is his friend, Viktor. Viktor is a very appealing character and is immediately attracted to Mihai’s sister.
The story progresses along and tragedy strikes Viktor. Over and over. He fights against the awful things that happen to him but he’s ultimately changed by his circumstances. My heart hurt for this character that I was so attracted to. The author does an excellent job of making the reader really care about this man. And then she masterfully makes the reader feel the angst of the character and I was surprised at how very much I wanted things to be different for Viktor.
Once I finished the story, I couldn’t get it out of my head. The title of the book is quite appropriate. Torment is the word to describe what the poor man goes through. Mihai’s bride has her share of torment as well. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series but I’m very afraid of what the future has in store for Mihai, his wife and family.
Stephanie Burkhart knows what she’s doing in writing dark scenes. I admire her skill in making the reader feel so strongly about her characters. I also wonder how she could stand to write some of the scenes that were so painful.
I recommend this book highly. Here’s some pictures: The cover and Viktor: I’ve also included where to buy this awesome story!
Last night, I finished reading Unwilling Accomplice by Melanie Atkins. This was book five in a series called New Orleans Detectives. I haven’t read any of the other four but I will be doing so now. You can read this one without knowing what happened in the other four. I’m sure some of the other detectives that are in this story as minor characters had their own story in the earlier books but it’s not necessary to have read them in order.
I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the setting. Living here in Pensacola, I love to drive the 2.5 hours to New Orleans. It’s the most European city we have here in the USA and I love it. The cover of this book is perfect- it shows some of the awesome architecture of the city.
Here is the blurb for this book:
Marcy Moretti believes that anyone can be redeemed, until she witnesses a murder at the hands of her ex-husband and is forced to go on the run with her young son in order to survive. The only person who can help her is Joe Riso, her former brother-in-law, a detective staggered by the loss of his wife and daughter. If he’s going to protect both Marcy and her boy, he must first find a way to unfreeze his icy heart — and along the way find his own redemption.
This story starts out fast paced and keeps the momentum going. I found myself, in several places, holding my breath to see what would happen next. I read this on my kindle app on my I-Pod and couldn’t slide the page fast enough on some of the action scenes. This. to me, is the sign of an excellent story. To want to race through to see how it turns out is the best kind of suspense book.
The love scenes were well done as well. I was glad the author explained how Joe could still have a great, hard body when he’d been drinking himself into oblivion for a while. Seems he worked out a lot to ease some of his stress. I liked the hero and the heroine in this story a lot. I don’t usually like a book with a kid in it but I enjoyed this one.
I recommend this book. It can be ordered at the publisher http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-143/Melanie-Atkins-New-Orleans/Detail.bok or Amazon among other places.
A bit over a week ago, I posted the trailer for this book and promised a review when I finished reading the story and closer to the day you can actually buy it (February 1, 2011) here: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok Stephanie Burkhart has written this second installment in her Hungarian series. The first book was called, fittingly enough, The Hungarian. This second installment is called The Count’s Lair. And lair is an appropriate word for his home.
I’m a huge history buff and have always been. I adore reading historical novels. I love the setting of this story. Budapest, Hungary is a beautiful city. Lots of old, gorgeous buildings and bridges. Ms. Burkhart does a great job in describing both sides of the city. On one side of the river is Buda and on the other is Pest and each has different characteristics. Ms. Burkhart also is quite good at descriptions of the foods and atmosphere of the city in 1901. I wanted to eat some goulash as I read this book and ride in a motor car complete with a driver (not at the same time).
The Count certainly comes across as a handsome, decent man, albeit a man with secrets and a past that makes him vulnerable. I truly liked this hero. He falls for the heroine, Amelia, a concert pianist. He’s afraid they can’t have a life together and offers her a series of clues to guess his secret.
The story moves along through the Christmas season and culminates in an interesting outdoor scene in the middle of winter. This hero truly has to work to win the day.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it. I’m now going to have to read the first one as my interest has been piqued to learn the history of The Hungarian. Pick both these up and enjoy!