Monday, January 23, 2023

Leather & Lace

by Lauren Sevier & A. Smith




GENRE:   Dystopian/Western Romance






Three years wandering the desert is enough to drive anyone insane, and the limits of Bonnie and Jesse’s minds and hearts will be put to the ultimate test.

A deadly showdown with a murderous outlaw ripped Bonnie away from the relative peace and ragtag family she’d built at the end of Guns & Smoke. In the thrilling next chapter in The Fool’s Adventure series, we finally get the answer to the biggest question: What happened to Bonnie?

After three years of fighting to get her back, literally, Jesse James finds her in the most unlikely of places-- New Orleans high society. With the help of his rival-turned-friend Will Ellis, and a sassy staff member, Jesse’s tasked with infiltrating the house of the man he believes was responsible for killing his parents in order to get her back. Jesse’s biggest challenge yet will be learning to fight for Bonnie in a way he never expected before: by fitting in.

Mired in high society politics and scheming, Bonnie is at the epicenter of one of the most ruthless gangs in the world. Years trapped in a gilded cage of wealth and lies has irrevocably changed her from a crass outlaw into a southern debutante. Gone is the dangerous glint in her eyes, replaced with suspicion when the devilishly handsome street fighter named Montana suddenly joins her father’s staff.

Can Jesse remind Bonnie of who she really is in time to keep her from giving her heart and hand away or will he discover that the wild, beautiful outlaw he fell in love with is truly gone?



“Stop staring at me like that.” I shut the stall door and retrieved my cigarette case to still my twitching fingers. It was smeared with blood, my hands sticky as it dried in thick streaks over my knuckles and palms. If it weren’t for Jesse, I’d have gone back to my apartment. Taken a cold shower. Cold enough to make me feel something again.

I couldn’t stop staring at my hands. The crimson faded into dark rust, settled into the lines of my skin, like a system of rivers. Everything brought me back to the fucking river and the bridge across it.

“Let’s get you cleaned up.” His voice was gruff. I shook my head as he started toward the back house. Seb would be waiting up for me, with dark circles under his disappointment-laced eyes. Just the thought of him seeing me like this, the things he would say . . . my chest tightened uncomfortably. Until I couldn't breathe.

“I can’t—” I said, the words strangled from between my lips, tortured. Jesse seemed to understand, and he changed direction, leading me toward the kitchen instead. My feet were clumsier than they’d been earlier tonight, my exhaustion catching up with me all at once. Jesse glanced at me from the corner of his eye, brows furrowed in concern.

Not that I deserved it

REVIEWWell where do I start. This story starts where Guns & Smoke left off.  In the first book I just fell in love with the characters and they brought so much to the story. In this one you get more, more of them and more budding romaces that are to come. The story also brought mystery, excitement and so very much more. Two amazing authors created yet another outstanding story. I can't wait for more!You definitely want to read both stories. I highly recommend this one! Loved it!

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Lauren Sevier and A. Smith are longtime friends and co-authors from southern Louisiana. Guns and Smoke, their first joint publication, began as a “short” story after having too much wine on girl’s night. Nine years later it is now the first novel in a Dystopian/Western Romance series. The duo has plans to publish several series together in the future. A. Smith spends her time with her two rescue dogs and rescue cat surrounding herself with books and Labyrinth paraphernalia. Lauren Sevier collects antique tea cups and tries to stay sane, though as the mother of a toddler she fails brilliantly most days. She also has a growing collection of crowns and tiaras and likes to act silly on Tiktok. Look for more thrilling novels from The Fools Adventure series in the future!



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Saturday, January 7, 2023


Only One Lie

by Audrey J. Cole




GENRE:   Historical Mystery






From the author of The Pilot's Daughter and The Final Hunt comes a thrilling, suspense-driven mystery set in World War II-era Seattle.

Seattle, 1942. News of the war is interrupted by the kidnapping of young Max Ellis, heir to the wealthiest banking family on the west coast. When the boy's parents comply with the ransom demands, the kidnapper is found dead and their son remains missing. For newlywed Vera Chandler, the story hits close to home-her husband Hugh is just six months into his job as the Ellis's private pilot.

Within days, Hugh is deployed to the Pacific as a navy pilot, while Vera's flying instructor and best friend joins the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. Left alone, her parents' words haunt her: If you really wanted to serve your country, you wouldn't have dropped out of nursing school.

In an exchange for a favor Vera can't refuse, she is pulled into the Ellis family affairs by the desperate mother of the missing child. The Ellis family, Vera learns firsthand, is as dangerous as they are rich. Soon, she is in a race to save the child's life, and it could be the only way she can save her own.





Priscilla put her hand on the wool trousers covering the limp legs of the man she had tripped over. She shook the pants leg, but there was no movement. She heard Vincent’s footsteps flying up the path.


“Max!” she yelled out again.


Her cry was met with nothing but silence. The light from Vincent’s flashlight illuminated the body next to her when he reached her side. Priscilla shrieked and jumped to her feet. She impulsively took her husband’s arm and stared down at the man.


“Oh, no! Oh, dear God! This can’t be happening!”


A bullet hole marked the middle of the blond man’s forehead. Blood and brain matter speckled with gunpowder seeped into his hairline. Another bullet had pierced his chest just below his neck. A deep red stain flowed beneath the collar of his shirt. His blank eyes stared at her.




Vincent aimed his flashlight around the surrounding park as Priscilla continued to call out for their son. But there was no movement and no response.




“I know this man!” Vincent pointed to the bloodied corpse. “It’s Howard Mills—the man Rex fired for stealing! The guy we called the police on!”


Only three weeks ago, this same man had appeared at their home like a raging maniac, banging on their front door and complaining that Rex had unfairly fired him.


“I remember—but Vincent!” She gripped the sleeves of his overcoat and spun him toward her.


“Where’s our son?”



I just adored this book. The story is set in historical times and I loved that the author really did her research and provided background for this era. Then I loved learning about the mechanics of aircrafts.

Hugh is a pilot and Vera wants nothing more than to be one as well. Hugh works as a private pilot for a wealthy family, however his is deployed to the navy. Vera steps into his job providing she can prove herself. Neither of them ever could have predicted that she would be sucked into so much drama and danger.

This was one intense story with some amazing characters. It has everything in this one. Great characters, drama, and well written. This is a must read. Definitely check it out!


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Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a USA Today bestselling author of thrillers set in Seattle. Audrey J. Cole is a USA TODAY bestselling thriller author. Before writing full time, she worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse for eleven years. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.


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Wednesday, December 14, 2022


The Christmas Bride

by Christy McKee




GENRE: Second chance holiday romance






She’s ruled by her emotions. He’s determined to prove his feelings are real. Is snow-covered Vermont a perfect place for a second chance at forever?


Emma Kimball is struggling to keep tradition alive. Drowning in debt from her late mother’s medical bills, she escapes to spend December in her childhood’s beloved small-town inn. And the last complication she needs is for her handsome ex to crash her wintery wonderland.


Dr. Jake Cutter almost has it all. Nine years after their painful breakup, he’s bent on chasing a Yuletide miracle to win back the woman he loves. So even knowing that she’s skittish to reconnect, he's willing to do the work to thaw her heart.


Scared she'll wreck her future and end up with someone just like her overly controlling father, a wary Emma resists the allure of her old flame’s attempts to reconcile. But as Jake worries about once again messing up the best thing ever, he refuses to stop hoping he's been good enough to earn a kiss underneath the mistletoe.


Can an unexpected holiday reunion turn out to be the greatest gift of all?


The Christmas Bride is a heartwarming contemporary romance. If you like complex characters, idyllic seasonal settings, and jingle-bell charm, then you’ll adore Christy McKee’s tale of forgiveness and fate.


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It seemed odd he would abandon his dream so easily. “You dreamed of going to California and being a surgeon since you were ten. Did you stay long enough to give it a chance?”


Curious over the turn his life had taken, she took a swallow of her cabernet and wondered what brought about the change of heart. “All those beautiful California girls…did one of them break your heart?”


“No. Heart’s still intact. Why?” He pinned her with a hot, slow smile. “Want it back?”


“Of course not.” She tamped on the involuntary sizzle zinging through her body. His sexy smile never failed to get her stirred up. “We’re different people now.” She took a healthy gulp of her soda,  hoping it would calm the mad churning in her stomach.


“All grown up, aren’t we? So, tell me.” He gave her a questioning look. “Did you stay in social work?”


“Yes.”  I’m at Fordham Hospital in Manhattan, and I love my job.” Come on, Emma. Wasn’t that tone in your voice a tad defensive? Just because Jake is a  medical doctor doesn’t mean your job is any less important than his. It’s not a competition. But, she wasn’t about to admit her job was only part-time, paid a meager salary, and could no longer afford to keep it.


Emma & Jake

What an amazing story. A great romantic story at the Inn. The romance was slow but I enjoyed that it wasn't rushed. Emma & Jake were perfection together. I loved the interaction between them. A well written and developed christmas love story. The cover was also amazing and beautiful. All around a hit for me. Look forward to more!

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People always ask me why I became a writer. I think a writer was always inside me. When I was ten, I started a neighborhood newspaper with a kid's printing press my parents got for my birthday. It was my first gig as a news reporter. After college, as a broadcast major, I was primed and ready for TV news, which satisfied me for a few years, but it wasn't enough.


Sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you, but you're so busy trying to find yourself you walk right past it. Growing up, I devoured historicals, but contemporary romance became my sweet spot when I started writing. Second chance romances and enemies to lovers are my favorite tropes.


I  live with my husband and black Lab, Brody, in coastal North Carolina. We love to go to the beach in all seasons. Brody delights in chasing waves, and our three little grandchildren enjoy shell collecting. I love movies, reading, and exploring seaside villages and am always up for a travel adventure.


Several years later, during a summer break from Stephens College, I was hired as an intern at The Associated Press–a real prize for a broadcast major. Yes, I was in the big leagues now and though I warned myself to keep my "creativity" under wraps– some things you just can't control. This time I got into really hot water by mis-quoting a source. What I'd done was simply re-arrange a few words in a direct quote to make it flow better. Evidently my "re-arranging" altered the source's meaning and he was furious and out for blood; someone's head had to roll. The red-faced bureau chief fired me on the spot, muttering something about me trying my hand at fiction. Lesson finally learned: don't screw with the facts!


After working in TV news for a few years, I moved into commercial production, then freelance writing. Fewer and fewer facts and more creativity. Finally, I was on to something; working my way towards fiction where I could whip up my own batch of facts and no one could call me out.


Four years ticked by and I finally landed—where I should have started, years ago—on the green square clearly marked "fiction writer." What was I thinking all those years? Now, with my feet firmly planted—we are NOT moving again—I'm a full time writer of contemporary romance. With the support of my family and my two office assistants—Gracie, a black Lab and Lambeau, a yellow Lab named after Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers—I spend my days in a world of my own creation where the only facts that matter are the ones I invent. Hopefully, my readers will enjoy my stories as much as I love writing them!


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Kingdom of Acatalec

by S.M. McCoy




GENRE:   Sci-fi Fantasy Adventure Romance






I work with aliens, my best friends is held hostage, and everyone wants to murder me before the Lord Prince can magically bond to share my power? If I had known an illegal drone race would lead to murder, kidnapping, and lies, then I might have thought better about the giant prize of credits, and the dream of walking again. I never met my best friend in person until a drone race gone wrong had both of us vying for our lives against a secret alien society. To make matters worse… my boss was one of them, and I couldn’t decide if he was trying to save my life, or the reason I was in trouble to begin with.



“I can protect myself,” I growled. “You said I could win, was that a lie?”


He ran his hand through his hair haphazardly. “Not a lie.”


“Then what then? Does the duel involve legs?”


He smiled then, and my anger was more difficult to hang on to, and I wanted to hang on to it, because it was easier that way. “No, you don’t need those to win a duel.” The way he said you, had me wondering if others would have needed them, or if he meant the duel would be by drone and I could kick their asses in a race. He had a glimmer in those dark brown eyes.


“What’s so funny?” I tried to remain serious.


“For a second there, I thought you wanted to bond with Lord Wyndall, but if you’re prepared to duel then so am I.” The way he said that left me confused, and he took the empty wine flute from me before I could damage it any further, a noticeable crack split down the glass, crystal, or whatever these rich flapping voyeurists used for their expensive party.


“What does that mean?”


“It means, I’ll help you win.” Those eyes darkened into something sinister, and I didn’t know if I should be excited, or scared to join him on this hell ride.


This was a futuristic story. There are a lot of drones and drones races. I found the characters to be exciting and really bring so much to the story. Each page was thrilling and filled with some drama and plenty of excitment. I did not think I would enjoy this book this much but I truly did. This is a new author for me and I for one look forward to reading more. A hit for me!


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Stevie Marie is a paranormal fantasy author born within the apex of another universe, where magic flows like leaky faucets. Forged from the fires of the Underrealm she dug her way to Earth reluctantly participating in human society, secretly returning to her home world within her mind to relay the stories of her monsters, and the troubled love of her dark heroes. When she isn’t writing she’s crafting clothing in her sewing room, cuddling her tiny humans, or pretending to adult by narrating audiobooks in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington.

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Monday, November 28, 2022


The Peninsula

by Amy Craig




GENRE: Romantic Suspense






Hadley lost her sister to cancer. When an explosion puts her in the middle of a family squabble, Johann asks for a week of discretion to protect his brother. Torn between her research and the loneliness in his gaze, she agrees, but family dynamics upend her understanding of loyalty.





“What did you mean by the good nephew?” Hadley unfurled her napkin and placed the cloth in her lap. “How many nephews do you have?”


He swirled the ice in his water and smiled. “Two to be exact.”


“And the bad one?”


“He won’t trouble you.” His expression tightened. “To succeed with your research, you need Johann’s discipline and his deep pockets. He’s the right choice.”


His proclamation unnerved her. Dr. Stefan’s guidance usually came with hints of old-world aftershave, not ultimatums. Uncertainty raised gooseflesh on her skin, and she wondered if a family investor would be too close to home. She refused to start the meeting at a disadvantage. “What happened to peace, love, and horizontal organizational structures?”


Rubbing the condensation off his glass, he shook his head. “That’s not how life works in Germany.” He looked up. “Trust me, my dear, the view is much better from the top.”


His bittersweet smile struck a chord in her heart, but his hidden vulnerability intrigued her. Adjusting her seat, she acknowledged her impending graduation signaled the end of his guidance but hoped their relationship would mature to friendship. What tradeoffs have you made, Dr. Stefan?


The server walked into the courtyard and presented a bottle of cabernet.


Turning, Dr. Stefan scanned the label and nodded. “Very good.”


Wordlessly, the server filled their glasses and accepted two dishes from a busser. “Smoke-tinged artichokes and roasted eggplant skewers.” He placed the dishes on the table and backed away.


She caught his appraising stare, but she looked away and focused on the garlicky yogurt sauce and delicate olives edging the plate. The eggplant glistened with olive oil. Licking her lips, she raised her glass of wine and wondered if she could begin. “Your nephew is late.”


“By design, I’m sure,” Dr. Stefan said. “Johann doesn’t make mistakes.”



This was one exciting story that leaves you on edge. Every page was interesting with great characters. The storyline was filled with adventure and drama. This is a new author for me and I found her work to be truly thrilling and enjoyable. This was a hit for me!

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Amy Craig lives in Louisiana with her family and a small menagerie of pets. She writes contemporary romances featuring intelligent heroines. She can't always vouch for the men. In her spare time, she plays tennis and expands her husband’s honey-do list. Before pursuing writing, she worked as an oilfield engineer, project manager, and incompetent waitress. For more information and giveaways, visit



















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