Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Review: A Daughter's Courage by Renita D'Silva

How much would you sacrifice to save your family?

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee plantation owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past behind her.

Everything in India is new to Lucy, from the jewel-coloured fabrics to the exotic spices. When her path crosses that of Gowri, a young woman who tends the temple on the plantation’s edge, Lucy is curious to find out more about her, and the events that lead her to live in isolation from her family…

Now. With her career in shatters and her heart broken by the man she thought was her future, Kayva flees from bustling Mumbai to her hometown. A crumbling temple has been discovered in a village nearby, along with letters detailing its tragic history – desperate pleas from a young woman called Gowri.

As Kavya learns of Gowri and Lucy’s painful story, she begins to understand the terrible sacrifices that were made and the decision the two women took that changed their lives forever. Can the secrets of the past help Kavya to rebuild her life?

Kindle Edition, 447 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2017 by Bookouture 
Genre: Fiction

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Every now and again a book comes along that I can't stop thinking about long after I've turned the last page. A Daughter's Courage was one of those books for me. It was an absolutely beautiful story of four different women from different times and places who's lives were intermingled in a breathtaking and tragic story. Weaving back and forth from 1929 to present and told from each woman's perspective, a connection so profound was uncovered that linked each and every one of them.

Whenever a story weaves between past and present I always find myself drawn to the events of the past. This was definitely the case in A Daughter's Courage. Gowri captivated me and I was gutted by her story. Having read a few books that are set in India and having a sister (my co-blogger) that lived there briefly, I was aware of some of the cultural differences of past and present. However, it did nothing to lessen the shock and disbelief of what happened to her. As a mother I wanted to reach into the pages and give her the love, comfort and friendship that she craved and deserved. My heart ached for her. Lucy got to me as well and even though I was unsure of her initially she won me over in the end.

I would say that this book was simply written and I'm glad for that. Renita D'Silva let the story do the talking instead of burying it in overly elegant words. Her description of the setting made me feel like I was there. I could feel the heat and taste the spices. She made 447 pages feel more like 200, that's how fast I finished it.

I really can't say anything that will adequately describe how much I enjoyed this book so I will just say that I highly recommend it. It was most definitely a story of love, courage and resilience unlike anything I could possibly imagine. I loved every minute of it.

About the Author
I love nothing better than to lose myself in a good book. The only thing that comes close to the feeling I get when I read is when I am writing. I am the author of 'Monsoon Memories','The Forgotten Daughter','The Stolen Girl', 'A Sister's Promise', 'A Mother's Secret' and 'A Daughter's Courage'. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I loved writing them.

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Cover Reveal: Lip Locks & Blocked Shots by Heather C. Myers

Lip Locks & Blocked Shots
By Heather C. Myers

He's the last person she should fall in love with and the only one that ever stood a chance.

Seraphina Hanson is busy. As manager and owner of the Newport Beach Seagulls on their way to making the playoffs for the first time in their history, dating doesn't even cross her mind.

Unless it involves star goalie and Seagulls goalie, Brandon Thorpe.

Brandon Thorpe is tall, strong, and brooding. She's drawn to him like a moth to a flame but dating him isn't allowed - no matter how badly her sister, Katella, tells her otherwise. Seraphina has been in love with him for a year and that isn't going to change and time soon.

Until they get to Las Vegas. The new expansion team is hosting their first game with the Seagulls, and general manager Phil Bambridge invites Seraphina out to dinner.

Strictly business.

But Brandon has a bad feeling. It also doesn't help that Seraphina looks flawless in her dress.

So he kisses her. In public. And Bambridge sees.

Phil Bambridge doesn't like rejection. And he'll do whatever it takes to win. Even blackmail Seraphina into trading Thorpe to his team before the trade deadline.

Seraphina is now forced to confront her feelings for Brandon while trying to stay as professional as possible. She won't lose him to Bambridge but she also refuses to give him up, not when she finally has him. But something has to give, and soon.

The trade deadline is almost here.

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Full disclosure: I am an acquired taste. I'm a typical blonde Orange County suburbanite who says 'like' more than necessary, laughs loud and probably obnoxiously, and loves to dance in the rain. I'm a 27-year-old college graduate with more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and I also happen to be a pretty big Ducks fan. Oh, and I'm a writer. Like, for real.

I don't speak in third person (normally) nor do I wear glasses (except when I'm feeling particularly mischievous). I'm lucky to have found my soul mate at the ripe old age of 22, even though he frustrates me on purpose to get a reaction out of me. We live near Disneyland, have two rambunctious female puppies, and have a beautiful baby girl. He has two amazing boys, and has gotten me hooked on Smallville, watching soccer (okay, okay FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona, baby!), and Cancun Juice.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Royal Treatment by MJ Summers

A Crown Jewels Romance, Book 1
By MJ Summers
Enough laughs to satisfy fans of Bridget Jones. Enough sparkly shoes and breathtaking ball gowns for fans of Cinderella…
Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle in an attempt to boost his family’s dismal public approval ratings, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first site, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends.
Ultra-private, ultra-hot Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the royal family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart…
Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?
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Prince Arthur:
When we reach the vault room, there are two guards standing at the door. Normally there is just one, sitting on the inside; but for nights like tonight, there are a total of six. I nod, and one of them opens the door.
“Good evening, fellows,” I say.
“Good evening, Your Highness.”
Once inside the room, we go through the same routine with the other four men. I go to the keypad and press the code, then hold my face in front of the camera for a retina scan. When I look down at Tessa, she actually looks impressed.
“A little Bond-esque, no?” I ask.
“Come on, Moneypenny, let’s get you something for that beautiful neck of yours.” I tug her hand and pull her in with me before she can say no.
She’s already shaking her head, but I hold up one finger. “I can see those Sharpe family brains of yours going to work on ten different reasons why you won’t borrow a necklace, but I have already prepared counterarguments, and since we are now twelve minutes behind schedule, please allow me. One, they’re already paid for, some of them hundreds of years ago, so it’s not coming out of anyone’s taxes. Two, like the books in the library, they’re going to waste in here. Three, for the first time in my life, I want to share something with someone else—someone who deserves to feel like a queen, even if she’ll only allow herself that for one measly little evening. Four, I have this fantasy of seeing you in only the jewels. Maybe the heels could stay.”
Tessa laughs and her cheeks go pink. “All right. One necklace, but make it a cheap one.”
I raise one eyebrow. “Define cheap.”
“Less than a kitchen stool.”
“How about less than a car?”
“I said ‘queen.’ Would a queen really wear a sofa around her neck?” I reach up and run my fingertips along the base of her neck.
“Would she wear a car?”
“Good point.” I lean down and kiss the crook of her neck. “How about this? You choose whichever one you like the best, and I won’t tell you how much it’s worth.”
I continue to brush my lips along her skin, then move up to her earlobe. The other night, I discovered a little spot at the base of her ear that turns her to putty. After a moment of some careful work, I get what I want. A breathy, little ‘okay’ escapes her lips.

Excerpt #2:
“I don’t find you attractive at all, really,” I say.
He stops his hand and raises one eyebrow in response.
I hide my smile with everything in me. “I only slept with you because I felt sorry for you.”
“Oh, so that was a—”
“A pity fuck, I’m afraid.” I try my best to look apologetic, but he’s clearly not buying it.
“Three times?”
“I felt really, really, really sorry for you.”

Excerpt #3:
Text Conversation between Prince Arthur and Tessa:
Arthur: Any chance you want a plus one for this mysterious family obligation?
Tessa: You would hate it. It’s a horridly loud birthday party for my very wild but adorable twin nephews, who are turning six.
Arthur: Will there be strippers?
Tessa: Not if you don’t count their three-year-old brother who hates to wear clothes.
Arthur: He definitely does not count.
Tessa: All I can promise is that there will be cheap store-bought cake with sickeningly sweet icing and beer.
Arthur: You had me at sickeningly sweet icing.
Tessa: Meet me at the front doors in fifteen?
Arthur: I’ll be there in ten.
Author Bio:
MJ Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she's not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off.
MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women's Writing Guild.
MJ would love to hear from you! She does her best to respond to all inquiries and emails personally. If you would like her to attend a book club meeting via Skype please contact her to book a date.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Songbird Novel Collection by Melissa Pearl

The Songbird Novel Collection
By Melissa Pearl
Melt your heart romance and sizzling chemistry infused with soul inspiring music. Follow three best friends in this set of coming of age novels that will make you fall in love.

When Ella starts at her new college in Chicago, she never expects her morning shower song to be interrupted by a luscious male voice from over the wall. Her solo is turned into a duet that has her questioning everything about her current life and relationship. Can the voice of one mysterious man redefine her future or will she once again let fear win and remain in her secure bubble of safety?

Morgan's and Sean's passion for dance and music will bring them together, but will their relationship be able to withstand the forces determined to pull them apart? As Morgan comes face-to-face with her long-buried demons and Sean decides just how much he's willing to risk for love, these two songbirds discover something...they're not as bulletproof as they thought.

Jody and Leo both had big dreams, but life had other plans. Jody must kiss goodbye her chance at singing on a Broadway stage in order to raise her baby, while Leo is forced to wave goodbye to a marriage that had barely begun. As these two burned hearts wrestle to overcome their past struggles, Leo and Jody must decide which dreams are worth clinging to...because, sometimes, everything you want is not everything you need.

Stuck in small town America, Rachel jumps at the chance of fame when a Hollywood agent offers to make her dreams come true. Leaving behind her boyfriend, Josh, she turns her back on the only constant she's ever known. But Rachel quickly figures out that some sacrifices are not worth the risk. Is she too late? Will Josh forgive her, or has her desire for fame ruined the best thing she’s ever had?


When best friends sleep together their relationship is ripped apart, threatening the future of their band. Nessa's escape from Jimmy's “morning after” rejection ends in a tragic motorcycle accident. Trapped in a broken body, she must adjust to life without the one thing she relies on to survive - playing the drums. Meanwhile, Jimmy is on a mission to make up for his mistake and win Nessa back.

The prom queen reluctantly takes a job working for the geeky guy who crushed on her in high school. But five years has changed him. It doesn’t take long until she finds herself battling an overwhelming attraction and falling for the one man she swore she’d never date.

A few weeks into their marriage an unforeseen tragedy strikes Justin and Sarah, bringing their lives to a screeching halt. Justin is wracked with guilt while Sarah tries to deal with her own sadness. As the couple silently drift apart, they end up in a situation neither are sure they can recover from. Can they find their way back to the place they were before? Or is wedded bliss just a fairy tale?

Having lost the love of her life in a fatal accident, Jane’s on a mission of self-discovery. She leaves for England to return to the place it all ended, in the hopes of figuring out how to negotiate life on her own. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a hunky Brit who presents her with a surprising proposition.

When a nephew she never knew existed is dumped in her lap, Cassie ignores her doubts and takes him in. Feeling way out of her depth, she reluctantly enlists the help of her nephew’s assigned counselor…a man who seems impossible not to fall in love with. Can three strangers from completely different worlds create an unlikely family? Or are the hidden holes in their hearts too big to heal?

When estranged best friends bump into each other four years after their relationship fell apart, they must face the fact neither of them are where they want to be. Can one road trip change their lives all over again? And do they have the power to fight the odds that tore them apart in the first place?
If you like books that can make you laugh out loud, shed a few tears and finish with a dreamy smile on your face then The Songbird Novels are meant for you.

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Half-Broke Heart by Tarina Deaton

Half-Broke Heart
By Tarina Deaton


Denise Reynolds is used to putting up a good front to show the world a strong, capable woman, but keeps a lot of things buried deep.

Chris Nolton is everything she learned the hard way to avoid — a sexy alpha-male who could charm her out of her pants and work his way into her heart. If history has taught her anything, it’s a deadly combination, but he manages to dig up emotions and longing she’s tried to bury for years.

He says all the right things and pushes her boundaries in all the right ways. Letting her guard down is difficult, especially since believing all the right things in the past led to unimaginable consequences.

Being content with her life may no longer be an option, but risking her heart may bring her to her knees.

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Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2ptoQw0

Excerpt #1:
She angled her chin down and tilted her head forward, breaking the seal of their mouths.
He rested his forehead against hers, his warm, harsh breath fanning across her face and drying the moisture on her lips.
Watching his chest rise and fall, she fought to gather her thoughts. She’d lied to Bree when she told her to do everything she would do because she wasn’t going to do it.
Not here. Not now.
Unclenching her fingers from the grip they had on Chris’s shoulders, she pulled her head back.
“I need to go,” she said.
“You sure?” He still hadn’t released her.
“Yeah. I—Sprocket’s still in the car.” Shit. She’d forgotten about her dog. She’d never forgotten about Sprocket or been in a situation where she failed to notice her absence. Not since she’d gotten her.
“We can bring her in.”
The possibility of where tonight could lead flitted through her mind. In seconds, she assessed the possible courses of action and discarded each one. No matter the outcome, sex led to emotions and emotions led to nothing but trouble. She wasn’t going to take that chance. Not again.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Are you worried about Jase and Bree?”
“No.” She shook her head. “It’s complicated.”
“Isn’t it always?”
She smiled. “I think it’s probably best if I go home tonight.”
His hands ran down her back and slid from her waist before he took a small step back. “This wasn’t the plan when I invited you in.” He grabbed his shirt from the floor and pulled it over his head.
“I kind of figured when you almost fell on your head.”
He smirked. “Probably not my finest moment.”
“It was definitely the most entertaining thing I’ve seen in a while.” She felt him close behind as she walked to the door. Her heart still pounded in her chest.
Reaching around her, he grabbed the door knob, surrounding her once again. “Denise.”
She looked over her shoulder, afraid if she turned the whole way around she’d lose her will power and climb him like a tree.
“Thanks for the ride.” He kissed her cheek, close to her lips, his bottom lip teasing the corner of her mouth.
She ignored the whoosh of sensation that traveled the length of her body. “You’re welcome.”
He opened the door for her and stood in the threshold while she walked to her SUV, doing her best to ignore the heavy weight of his gaze. She let Sprocket out of the cargo area and into the backseat.
Getting in, she finally looked at Chris. Wide-legged stance, shoulders relaxed, hands in his pockets. Even just standing perfectly still, a slight smirk on his face, he had a bad-ass aura.
Fuck, she was an idiot. The problem was, she didn’t know if it was because she should’ve stayed or because she never should have agreed to sit in that damn chair to begin with.
Sprocket pushed her muzzle against her neck. “I know.” She scratched her behind the ear and started the car. “Mommy’s making bad decisions again.”

Excerpt #2:

His other hand smoothed across her hip and around her back. “I missed you.”
Her scoff was immediate. “You haven’t known me long enough to miss me.”
“Yeah. Three weeks ago, I’d have said the same thing. Turns out I’d’ve been wrong, too.”
He kissed her.
No. That wasn’t right.
He consumed her. Branded her. Showed her with his lips and tongue how he had missed her. There was no space between their bodies. As soon as his mouth touched hers, he’d yanked her against him, pulling her off balance and forcing her arms around him.
He fisted her hair and tilted her head back. His mouth moved to the side of her chin and he nipped her jaw. “All I’ve been able to think about was that kiss. One. Perfect. Fucking. Kiss.” His teeth bit and his tongue licked between each word.
She needed him to stop talking. Stop invading her mind with what ifs and might bes. She pulled his mouth back to hers, sucking his bottom lip between her teeth.
He let out a groan and shuffled her back.
“Oomph.” Her back hit the trunk of a tree, the sharp bark digging in through her shirt. Not that she cared. All her senses were focused on Chris’s hand, having found its way under her fleece pull-over, plumping her breast through her bra.
“Touch me, Denise,” he ordered against her lips.


Tarina has spent her entire life in and around the military - first as a dependent and then as an enlisted Air Force member.

A life-long day-dreamer, she never imagined being a published author was a possibility. All that changed when a friend challenged her to complete NaNoWriMo. She dusted off one of the many stories she had started over the years, threw it in the trash, and started all over.

Her debut novel, Stitched Up Heart, released in September 2016. She draws heavily from her own military experience to create authentic characters and personal challenges.

Tarina is still active duty and a single mom of four-year-old twins. Her favorite hobby is sleep. She has delusions of retiring from the military and being a stay-at-home mom.

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