Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New Release: A WICKED AND BEAUTIFUL GARDEN by Katie McGarry

I'm excited to celebrate the release of the new Adult Fantasy Romance A WICKED AND BEAUTIFUL GARDEN by Katie McGarry. I'm currently reading it and let me tell you that the first line will have you hooked. That's what happened to me! 


A WICKED AND BEAUTIFUL GARDEN
by Katie McGarry 
Available Today!!!

Book Summary:
 
Twenty-eight year-old Cassie Strega can’t escape fate.

All she wants is to live a normal, quiet life delivering the babies in her small town. But when she discovers she comes from a lineage of witches, her life becomes extraordinary—in the gravely dangerous type of way.

Then, she’s reunited with her first love.

Orion, the sultry Fae warrior who broke her heart years before, is searching for a baby. Not just any baby, but the queen of the Fae who will one day lead them in their final battle against the demons determined to rule the world. The same baby who has been calling to Cassie for help in her dreams.

Fighting the intense attraction of their former blood bond, Cassie and Orion work together to find the child. But when the heartbreak that nearly destroyed Cassie nine years before looms once more, she’ll have to decide whether getting involved in the supernatural war is worth losing everything, including her life.

 
Katie McGarry Website: 
 
Follow Katie McGarry  
TikTok: @katiemcgarryauthor


๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Doesn't this just make you want to read it??!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Links to purchase:  
B&N Print Book: https://bit.ly/3s2rar4
Apple Books, Kobo, and other international etailers:  https://books2read.com/u/3JRpNg
 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Blog Tour: HURRICANE SUMMER by Asha Bromfield - Read an Excerpt

 




HURRICANE SUMMER 
by Asha Bromfield
Available: May 4th, 2021

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.

When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.

In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise―all in the midst of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic―and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.


Connect with Asha Bromfield
Twitter: @ashabrom
Instagram: @ashabrom

Purchase Link:

 


Author bio:
Asha Bromfield is an actress, singer, and writer of Afro-Jamaican descent. She is known for her role as Melody Jones, drummer of Josie and the Pussycats in CW’s Riverdale. She also stars as Zadie Wells in Netflix’s hit show, Locke and Key. Asha is a proud ambassador for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and she currently lives in Toronto where she is pursuing a degree in Communications. In her spare time, she loves studying astrology, wearing crystals, burning sage, and baking vegan desserts. Hurricane Summer is her debut novel.

READ AN EXCERPT


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We touch down at 1:46 p.m. local time.


Warm air floods the plane as the doors open, and the sweet aroma of fruit wafts in the air. Passengers race to grab their bags as the thick accent comes over the PA once again:

“Ladiez and gentle-mon, welcome to Kingston, Jamaica. It iz a beautiful day here on the island, and we wish you nothing but irie on your travels. It has been our pleasure to have you on board. As always, thank you for flying Air Jamaica.”

I gently shake Mia awake as Patois begins to pour out all around us. I grab our backpacks from the cabin, and we throw them over our shoulders before trudging off the plane.

As we make our way through the busy airport, we are sur- rounded by a sea of rich, dark skin. I feel courageous as we navigate through the brown and black bodies, and I can’t help but wonder if the feeling of belonging is why Dad loves it so much here.

Once we clear at customs, we continue our trek through the massive airport. All around us, people smile and laugh, and there is a mellowness to their pace. Most of the women wear bright colors and intricate braids in their hair, Afros, or long locks down their backs. An array of sandals and flip-flops

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highlight all the bright painted toenails as Mia and I weave through the crowd.

“Stay close!” I yell, grabbing on to her hand. When we find the exit, I grow nervous knowing what awaits us on the other side. I look to Mia. “You have everything?”

She nods.

“Okay,” I whisper to myself. “Let’s do this.”

With our suitcases lugging behind us, we spill out of the doors and into the hot sun. The heat immediately consumes me, and it is amplified by the chaos and noise that surrounds us. The streets are packed. Loud horns blare, and people yell back and forth in thick, heavy Patois accents. Men argue on the side of the road, their dialect harsh as they negotiate the rates for local shuttle buses. Along the roads, merchants sell colorful beaded jewelry and fruit so ripe that I can taste it in the air. Women wear beautiful head wraps and sell plantains and provisions, bartering back and forth with eager travelers. People spew out of overcrowded taxis, desperate to catch their flights as others hop in, desperate to get home. The sun pierces my skin as the humidity and gas fumes fill my lungs. The ac- tion is overwhelming, and I feel like a fish out of water. As we wait by the curb, there is no sight of our father.

“What if he forgot?” Mia asks.

“He wouldn’t,” I reply. “Mom just talked to him.” “What if he got the time mixed up?”

“He’ll be here.”

But the truth is, when it comes to our father, I can never be sure.

I fight with this idea as five minutes turn into ten, and ten into twenty.

The heat blazes, and sweat drips down my stomach. I check my watch: forty-two minutes.

I pull my pink hoodie over my head to reveal a white tank

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top, tying the hoodie around my waist to better manage the heat. Without my phone, I have no way of contacting him to see where he is.

But he said he’d be here. He gave us his word.

Fifty-six minutes later, our father is nowhere to be found. My eyes frantically search the crowd as I ponder how much his word is truly worth. Time and time again, he has proven that the answer is not much. I turn to Mia, ready to tell her to head back inside. Worry graces her face for the first time since we left. Her carefree attitude fades as the concern of a nine-year-old takes over. I can’t stand to see her like this, and I’ll do whatever it takes to escape the feeling that is bubbling inside of me.

We’ll take the first plane out.

“Mi, Dad’s not coming. Let’s go back insid—”

“Yow! Tilla!” A deep voice interrupts me mid-sentence. I whip my head around to find my father standing a few

feet away with two freshly sliced pineapple drinks in hand. “Daddy!” Mia screams. She drops her things on the curb

and sprints toward him. My heart does somersaults.

One glimpse of my father and I am a child again.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Release: WANTED WED OR ALIVE

 New Release from Author Duo Willow Aster and Laura Pavlov

   

⭐โ„•๐”ผ๐•Ž โ„๐”ผ๐•ƒ๐”ผ๐”ธ๐•Š๐”ผ⭐

๐–๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐–๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐€๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ฒ ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐€๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‹๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š ๐๐š๐ฏ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‹๐ˆ๐•๐„ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Š๐ข๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐”๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐!

๐บ๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐บ.๐ท. ๐‘‡๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ !

#๐Ÿ™โ„‚๐•๐•š๐•”๐•œ: http://mybook.to/WantedWedOrAlive

๐ด ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘š. ๐ด ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘‡๐‘œ๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘›-๐‘–๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘˜ ๐‘œ๐‘“.

Mya...

I came to New York for a fresh start.

A new job. A new apartment. A new life.

The last thing I’m looking for is a man.

Been there.

Done that.

Jesse…

I flee for my life when I leave Chicago.

Escaping a lifetime of misery.

But from the moment my eyes land on Mya Whitfield—I’m done for.

And don’t even get me started on watching her play the cello.

I’ve never envied anything the way I envy that enormous piece of wood between her legs.

Move over, cello…

There’s a new man in town.

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/WantedWedOrAlive-GR

๐”ฝ๐• ๐•๐•๐• ๐•จ ๐•ฅ๐•™๐•– ๐•’๐•ฆ๐•ฅ๐•™๐• ๐•ฃ๐•ค!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Mini-Reviews: LAYLA, AFTER ALL, and GOOD AS GONE

A collection of mini-reviews, quick thoughts, and books worth mentioning. Check them out!


LAYLA by Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Pages: 301
Source: Purchased
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love that Colleen Hoover is taking her writing beyond contemporary romance into these new and unexpected places especially with this paranormal romance.

This book scared me and freaked me out way too many times. There were moments when I could feel the change in my breathing and my raised shoulders from fear and anticipation.

And even though I picked up on the paranormal reasoning fairly early on, not because it was easy to figure it out, but I HAD TO figure it out, it still had the intended effect of messing with my mind.

I loved it!



AFTER ALL by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: March 24, 2020
Pages: 334
Source: Author Gift | Purchased Copy
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I was more than ready to get swept away in the first book of Heidi McLaughlin's new Cape Harbor series. I really enjoyed this contemporary romance that has it all - forced proximity, enemies to lovers, and second chances. And the small town setting is always a favorite - especially when it's set at the beach!

I loved this story filled with secrets and regrets and family and friendship. It was great to meet all of the people of Cape Harbor and discovering the importance of their relationships and how their lives are intertwined. I'm excited to read the next book, Until Then, and hope that there's more to come.



GOOD AS GONE by Amy Gentry
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Pages: 273
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Synopsis (link to Goodreads)

My Thoughts

About a year ago, I learned about GOOD AS GONE from another reader on Instagram (I can't remember which one) and I added it to my TBR list. I decided to listening to the audiobook and once I started, I didn't want to stop. I immediate was caught up in this mystery and loved that when I thought I knew what was going on I realized I didn't. The constant switching of perspectives enhanced the telling of this story of a young woman who returns home years after being abducted.

I enjoyed reading the family dynamics but was heartbroken for Julie in all that she suffered in the years that she was missing. In the midst of reading, I shared this title with my book club becasue I know that it was something that they would really want to read. Readers who like mystery and suspence and family drama will want to read GOOD AS GONE.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Review: SANDCASTLE BEACH by Jenny Holiday

 


SANDCASTLE BEACH
by Jenny Holiday
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 409
Source: Publisher

Synopsis

From the USA Today bestselling "master of witty banter" (Entertainment Weekly) comes a hilarious and heartwarming romance about two enemies whose feud turns red-hot.
Maya Mehta will do anything to save her tiny, beloved community theater. Put on musicals she hates? Check. Hire an arrogant former-pop-star-turned-actor? Done. But what Maya really needs to save her theater is Matchmaker Bay's new business grant. She's got some serious competition, though: Benjamin "Law" Lawson, local bar owner, Jerk Extraordinaire, and Maya's annoyingly hot arch nemesis. Let the games begin.

Law loves nothing more than getting under Maya's skin, and making those gorgeous eyes dance with irritation. But when he discovers the ex-pop star has a thing for Maya, too, Law decides he's done waiting in the wings-starting with a scorching-hot kiss. Turns out there's a thin line between hate and irresistible desire, and Maya and Law are really good at crossing it. But when things heat up, will they allow their long-standing feud to get in the way of their growing feelings?

Includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Bride!

MY THOUGHTS

"Hooboy!!!"

Reading this book made me so happy. It was fun spending time with Law and Maya as they fussed with each other and antagonized each other because "Everyone needs hobbies." I loved this enemies-to-lovers story without the angst, but with all the heat. 


When Sandlecastle Beach began with the meddling matchmakers, just one of the town's charming trademarks, I knew that I was going to be in for a real treat. Just as in the other books of this series, I looked forward to their antics. There were several the town's elders brought Maya and Law together, but it was the Dunk Tank Debacle (as I call it) that was my favorite. When Pearl says, "Oh shoot," . . . "I think I double-scheduled this shift," I cackled with glee.  ๐Ÿ˜„ 


And I LOVED that Maya kept track of the See Benjamin's Chest Days. 


Law and Maya didn't always need the matchmaking meddlers. They did quite well all on their own.  ❤ And to quote Maya "Hooboy" oh how the tension made it all that more exciting. 


There is so much joy and laughter in this book that I wouldn't have objected to another hundred pages. I loved catching up with Eve and Sawyer and Jake and Nora and spending moments in the Pink Room of the Mermaid Inn. 


A Favorite Quote:

"So is this a 'friends with benefits'thing? Nora made the air quotes with her fingers."Because I think it's well established by now that those don't work in this town."


If you asked me which couple from Matchmaker Bay is my favorite? I couldn't answer and you can't make me choose. They're all my favorites! This series will be my go-to recommendation when friends are looking for a fun and entertaining summer read - at the beach, by the pool, or just a cozy stay-cation.


I loved it.



Disclaimer: I received this promotional copy from the publisher for review consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Cover Reveal: WANTED WED OR ALIVE by Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov


๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง'๐ญ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐†.๐ƒ. ๐“๐š๐ฒ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ!


๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐€๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‹๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š ๐๐š๐ฏ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ-๐œ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.


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๐ด ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘”๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘š. ๐ด ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘–๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘‡๐‘œ๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘ฅ๐‘ข๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘“๐‘ข๐‘’๐‘™๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘›-๐‘–๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘˜ ๐‘œ๐‘“.

 

Mya...

I came to New York for a fresh start.

A new job. A new apartment. A new life.

The last thing I’m looking for is a man. 

Been there.

Done that.


Jesse…

I flee for my life when I leave Chicago. 

Escaping a lifetime of misery.

But from the moment my eyes land on Mya Whitfield—I’m done for. 

And don’t even get me started on watching her play the cello. 

I’ve never envied anything the way I envy that enormous piece of wood between her legs. 

Move over, cello…

There’s a new man in town. 


Goodreads: http://bit.ly/WantedWedOrAlive-GR


Cover created by:

Jena Brignola, Bibliophile Productions


 Expected publication: April 22, 2021



Thursday, March 11, 2021

Review: FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller




FLOAT PLAN
by Trish Doller
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Publisher: St.Martin's Press
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher

Synopsis

Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancรฉ, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.

After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancรฉ, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn't mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

"The perfect escape. Fresh, funny, and romantic. I wish I could sail away with this book." - Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Little Bridge series

MY THOUGHTS

I’m beginning to believe there are no coincidences. Books come to us we need them and for me that has happened, yet again, with FLOAT PLAN. 


I often focus on the emotional and sad elements in romance books because that’s where I am and that’s what I connect with the most. So before I get into all of that, I need to emphasize that this book is not one big book of sadness. FLOAT PLAN is a story of adventure and love and friendship and community and loss. It’s about Anna finding herself and new beginnings. It is all of these things and more, and anyone who reads it will find exactly what they need from it. Even if that is simply to be entertained. 


I loved going on this adventure with Anna and meeting the people that she met and seeing the places she visited. I loved watching her become self-reliant and problem solve during the days she sailed solo. 


And I loved Keane and how he proved there are men like him out there. I know. I married one of them. 


And I loved watching Anna and Keane fall for each other and feeling the joy they felt together.


My heart ached time and time again for Anna for her loss of Ben. When the life you have, or the life you think you’re going to have, is ripped from you, nothing is familiar. Even yourself.


THIS DID ME IN:

“I cried until my eyelashes hurt, because there is no longer a we and I’ve forgotten how to be me without Ben.” Then I got out of bed and started packing.“


FLOAT PLAN cracked me open and set off a chain reaction that led to the realization that I’m ready for more. I’m ready to live and create new memories. There were many thoughts that led me to that point and they all circled around and were jumbled up, but ultimately I’m ready to take some chances and I NEED to do the LIVING that I’ve wanted to do.


JUST THIS:

“. . I’m starting to understand how sadness and happiness can live side by side within a heart. And how that heart can keep on beating.” 


I’ve said this many, many, many times. Love and grief can exist in the same space.They have to or we can never fully live because grief never goes away. 


Reading FLOAT PLAN was a therapy session (or a few) for me, and it’s definitely a book that will stay with me. I needed this book more that I can even put into words. The power that books can have truly amazes me as they continue to guide me through this life. 


I loved it.





Author bio:

TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women's fiction debut. When she's not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.


Buy link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/float-plan/


Social Links: @TrishDoller on Instagram and Twitter

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from the publisher for review consideration. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. I've also purchased a finish copy for my personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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