Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 69: Arechenemies, by Marissa Meyer

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Here's my choice for this week!

(Renegades, Book 2)
Marissa Meyer
Hardcover, 560 pages pages
     November 6, 2018        
Fantasy, Science Fiction, 
Young Adult Fiction

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other's worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it.

 Why I can't wait for this one!

OMG.....I can't believe it! I own the first book in this projected trilogy -- Renegades -- and STILL haven't read it! Yeah, that's the story of my bookish life, lol. I see a great-looking book, either at Paradise (my nickname for my local B&N store, lol), or on Amazon, and it's INSTA-LOVE!! So I pick it up, and then, doesn't get read  for a while.....Sound familiar, guys? I guess all of us bookworms belong to this club, huh? Lol. Yeah, well, I REALLY gotta read these two books (see below), so I'm gonna give it my best shot!! Because I KNOW they're AWESOME!! 
(Ditto for The Lunar Chronicles!!)

Here's the first book in 
this best-selling trilogy!!

Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg.

Marissa writes books for teens, including the NYT bestselling series: The Lunar Chronicles.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Tour Book Review: Honeysuckle Dreams, by Denise Hunter

Honeysuckle Dreams
(Blue Ridge Romance, Book 2)
Denise Hunter
Trade Paperback,320 pages
Thomas Nelson
May 1, 2018
Christian Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, 

Brady Collins is juggling full-time fatherhood with the booming auto repair business he runs out of his barn. His ex-wife's sudden death has shaken him, but the devastating news that follows leaves him reeling: Sam is not his biological son.

When Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents decide they want custody of the child, Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: the stability of an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiancée.
But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.

Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and she’s finally been offered her dream job--in Atlanta. Unfortunately, her arrangement with Brady requires her presence in Copper Creek, and she is faced with missing the chance of a lifetime or standing in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

Both Hope and Brady would give their lives for beautiful Sam. But can they give their trust to one another? With this new novel in the Blue Ridge Romance series, Honeysuckle Dreams shines light on the complicated and beautiful angles of love.

TLC Book Tours provided me with an ARC of this novel, in return for an honest review. 
And I'm honestly enthused about it! 
All opinions are my own.

This novel was one of the sweetest, most totally endearing romance novels I've ever read! These characters became people I felt I had known my whole life, even though I was never brought up in a small town, such as the one depicted in the book. However, Denise Hunter succeeded in totally immersing me in the daily lives of the inhabitants of her fictional  Copper Creek, so much so that I felt their joys and sorrows right along with them. (I even looked up the town on Google, and found that there actually is such a place, in Arizona, but it's a ghost town. The town in this novel is, of course, very much a thriving community.)

The marriage of convenience which, as time goes by, becomes one of true love, has long been a romance novel trope. Yet, I never grow tired of it, because I've found that each author manages to give it new life, inventing new and delightful reasons for the characters to enter into such an arrangement. Hunter has certainly done so here! I followed the progress of the courtship-within-a-marriage of the two main characters, Brady Collins and Hope Daniels, with a smile on my face throughout. And, of course, a happy ending was automatically guaranteed! That's the whole reason for indulging in the reading of romance novels, after all, isn't it? What's a good romance novel without that HEA waiting at the end of the book? 

Both Hope and Brady have gone through tragedy and pain in previous relationships, as well as in life in general. They have been friends for years, but have never seen themselves as romantic partners. Their marriage is born out of Brady's desperate attempt to keep Sam, the son he's grown to love as his. So he puts forth the idea to Hope, who agrees to go along with the charade.

Except that the charade ends up in deep, lasting, true love..... Okay, so it might sound cheesy, even for a romance novel. But in Hunter's skillful hands, this becomes a truly wonderful romantic experience. Brady and Hope gradually come to accept each other as more than just friends, growing closer in the process.

These are characters that I would love to have as next-door neighbors! They are each great people who are mature and sure of themselves, and yet, are vulnerable, and, paradoxically, open to loving and being loved.

One of the aspects of this novel that I found most rewarding was the depiction of the personalities of these two characters.

Hope is no demure, shrinking violet, but a career woman who is after her dream job at a well-known radio station. She knows what she wants, and she works hard to achieve it. Yet, she has the kindness and compassion necessary to help out her lifelong friend, never thinking for a minute that he would turn into her loving husband.

As for Brady, he's a gentle, sweet man, although he's also a very masculine one. The way Hunter describes him, he's every woman's dream in the flesh! Aside from his good looks, he also has a good heart. Furthermore, he wants what's best for Hope, even as she wants the same for him. When she tells him about the interview to get that job she's been working toward for so long, he fully supports her. Not once does he come across as bossy or condescending toward her. Not once does he imperiously demand that she choose either her job or her new family.

The marriage roles of these two characters are well-balanced, too; they have an equal relationship, with neither ever attempng to control or manipulate the other. In short, theirs is an ideal marriage, although Hunter realistically depicts the ups and downs of their adjustment to their new life together.

i also appreciated the fact that there were no graphic sex scenes in this novel. Since one of its categories is Christian Fiction, this is hardly surprising, but I was still happy about that!

The secondary characters (the good ones, that is) are wonderful, as well! I loved them all! First, there's Heather, Brady's former sister-in-law, who turns out to be very supportive toward him, even to the point of going against her parents' wishes and intentions when she feels it to be necessary.

Then there's Cruz and Zoe, whose own relationship is totally endearing. They have a four-year-old daughter, Gracie, born out of wedlock. Having become Christians, they are now planning their wedding. They are both very supportive of Brady and Hope as well. Zoe and Hope have been best friends since childhood.

Then there's Pastor Jack, whose charisma and easy-on-the-eyes presence have somehow not been enough for him to have found a good woman to settle down with.... I really felt for him, and enjoyed his down-to-earth style. In fact, I'd LOVE it if Hunter gave him his own book! 

There are a few other, but unsavory, secondary characters in the book, such as Ned and Patricia Parker, Sam's (the baby's) maternal grandparents. They fought for custody of Sam just because he was their deceased daughter's child, with no consideration of what would have been best for the baby. 

Another character I thoroughly disliked was April, Brady's mother, who never really loved or cared about her son. She causes some trouble in Paradise, and I heartily wished she would disappear as soon as possible. 

I greatly enjoyed reading Honeysuckle Dreams! The people in this novel -- good and not so good -- the setting, the way the story developed, everything flowed together smoothly to make a very satisfying, heartwarming read! I also loved that there were no loose ends left untied by the end of the story, either. This author, previously unknown to me, has now become a new favorite! I will certainly be checking out her other books!

For a perfectly delightful, perfectly endearing, summer read, I recommend picking up this novel! All readers of sweet, clean romance will be thoroughly satisfied! And the cover is perfectly summery eye candy, as well! 


Purchase Links

Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels, including The Convenient Groom and A December Bride, which have been made into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently enjoying an empty nest. In 1996, Denise began her first novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018


Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

*Late Edition*

This week, I am announcing the
winner of my
"Surprise Beautiful Cover Giveaway"!!

And the winner is....
 Barb @ Booker T's Farm!!

She has already claimed her prize!!

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entered this giveaway!
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blog hops and/or blog tours!!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 68: Two Dark Reigns, by Kendare Blake

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!

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Here's my choice for this week!

 Two Dark Reigns
(Three Dark Crowns, Book 3)
Kendare Blake
Hardcover, 464 pages
     Sept. 4, 2018        
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

About The Book

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! And while Arsinoe, Mirabella, and Katharine all have their own scores to settle, they aren’t the only queens stirring things up on Fennbirn Island. 

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne.

Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  

Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep.

This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

Why I can't wait (I think) for this one!

Well, I actually have mixed feelings about this one, because this is the author of books like Anna Dressed In Blood....and I do NOT do horror! Lol. However.... this book looks like it's just fantasy. Blake does have a tendency to write violent scenes, as mentioned in her bio below. But, heck, I'm willing to give this series a try, since I LOVE fantasy! I might try to get a free copy of the first book in the series, either from a library, the publisher, or NetGalley. The Kindle edition is an UNBELIEVABLE $9.99! I am SO not paying for simple download! LOL. 

Here are the two previous books in 
this best-selling series!!

About the Author

Kendare Blake is the author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July (for those of you doing book reports) in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She enjoys the work of Milan Kundera, Caitlin R Kiernan, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Linklater, and the late, great Michael Jackson, I mean, come on, he gave us Thriller.

She lives and writes in Kent, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt/Giveaway!! Victorian Town, by Nancy Thorne

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Victorian Town
Nancy Thorne
Trade Paperback, 196 pages
Soul Mate Publishing
July 10, 2018
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
March 28, 2018
Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal Romance,
Science Fiction

Abby Parker planned out her whole life: complete her final year of high school, go to college, get a job, move away from her insane family, stay best friends with Jessica.
But, that was before she broke into the nearby tourist attraction and unwittingly answered a call from a centuries-old spirit who dragged her into the 19th century.
Now she must solve a Victorian mystery without getting herself killed, or worse, spend a lifetime trapped in the past, leaving behind everyone she loves and altering their lives forever.
When she meets gorgeous Benjamin, the future looks a lot like wreckage.


This is a review of the excerpt below, and not of the entire book. I am VERY interested in reading this book! All opinions are my own.

This is a very sweet, romantic excerpt. The author sets the scene beautifully, too, making it quite vivid to this reader! I am definitely interested in reading more!
 I am also very intrigued at the combination of elements in this book -- romance, mystery, time travel..... And how fascinating that the leaps into the past take place through a ring that contains some mysterious power! I've already bought the Kindle edition, and later, I'll get the paperback! 

I waited for him to make the next move, to tell me how inappropriate, how forward that was of me. As I struggled to think of how best to offer an explanation, he turned to me. Gently but deliberately, he moved his hand up my arm, stopping at the nape of my neck beneath the ribbon of the bonnet.
The moment he leaned in, I closed my eyes. His lips, soft and full, touched mine with the modest pressure of an indecisive act. A warm energy coursed through my body, but the strangest thing was that everything felt unbelievably familiar, like it had all been rehearsed before that moment. I held onto this profound feeling, not wanting it to leave, until Ben removed his lips from mine.
Even with the whistled melodies from a pair of cardinals outside the church's entrance, the following silence felt awkward. It persisted, and I assumed Ben was already regretting kissing me.
"Miss Abigail−"
I brought up a hand and covered his mouth. "It's okay."
We walked down the hill without saying another word. A lot of activity was happening on Main Street: coaches lined the front of the Royal Hotel as travelers zipped in and out of the main entrance; horse carts delivered goods in dashes of haste; store merchants hurried beyond their open doors; street sellers sold goods out of baskets; helpers swept the boardwalk; ladies could be seen purchasing last minute necessities behind the windows of each shop.
Ben accompanied me up the stairs of Town Hall's entrance and stopped on the landing before we reached the front door. I peered through the window. Martha arranged long-stemmed flowers in a vase on a table at the side of the ballroom. A young man placed a candelabra on a table and then another on top of a piano. Ben had already started back to the street when I turned. He waved. I waved back. Still a chance he'll change his mind.
The gloves were easier to remove now that one was missing its button. I placed them, and the button, on the ledge of the window and took off the ring.
Jess was still sitting on my bed when the haze cleared, but her tapping fingers had moved from her chin, which now rested on her knuckles. It was obvious it had taken longer for me to return this time. It made sense to me right then that the ring held within it a finite amount of energy with which to transport me to the past and back home, like a battery depleting its energy with each use. And, I had no idea how to recharge it.

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Nancy Thorne is an award-winning author of fiction inspired by the romance and courage of youth.
Born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, she fostered a passion for creating stories in grade school but hid it much too well. Five years ago she began her lifelong dream of telling them.
When she's not writing books or reading, she's going on road trips or creating unique meals for her family and friends.
Nancy lives outside of Toronto with her husband, two sons, and an energetic fox-red labrador.
She loves to hear from her readers.

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