Aug 032015
 

Karen Rose SmithJen:  Today we kick a new week at Romancing the Book with a visit from Karen Rose Smith.  Karen, will you share a short bio with us?
Karen:  An only child, Karen Rose Smith delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew, and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there.  Maybe that’s why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances.

Readers often ask her about her past times. She has herb, flower and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn’t all about work, awards and Bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers.  Her website is the portal to her latest news, releases and social media feeds at http://www.karenrosesmith.com. It’s like a treasure map with new surprises to reveal at each click. For day to day chatting, search on Facebook for KarenRoseSmithBooks.  Tweet withKaren on Twitter @karenrosesmith.  Her blog, Cats, Roses…and Books! discusses whatever is uppermost in her mind at http://karenrosesmith.blogspot.com/. She hopes each and every one of her books brings you reading pleasure and warm feelings to surround your heart.

 

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Aug 032015
 

The Cowboy’s Secret Baby by Karen Rose Smith
Series: The Mommy Club (# 3)
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 224
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

It takes two to make a baby…

When an injury forces bull rider Ty Conroy home to his family ranch, he comes face-to-face with a big secret. A tiny version of himself. His son. Ty never anticipated being a daddy, but there’s no denying the adorable boy. Nor the one amazing night he had with the baby’s mom, Marissa Lopez. A night Ty can’t forget…

…but three to make a family.

Moving to Ty’s ranch was supposed to be just a temporary move for Marissa and the baby. Instead it’s proving to be a temptation for her, and if appearances are to be believed, for Ty as well. But Marissa has to resist, for their son’s sake. Because nothing—and no one—can keep a rodeo cowboy in one place. And when he leaves this time, she’ll be damned if he takes her heart with him…again.

 

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Aug 032015
 

Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith
Series: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery Series (# 4)
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

Caprice De Luca’s former client and now friend Ace Richland–an 80’s rock star–asks her for a favor. Can she quickly stage his girlfriend’s house to sell? Widow Alanna Goodwin, a transplanted Southern beauty, will be moving in with him! Immediately Caprice realizes Alanna’s southern charm can be turned on and off at will. Caprice agrees to stage Alanna’s Kismet antebellum-styled mansion for Ace’s sake. But she soon learns Alanna doesn’t have a genuine love for her cat Mirabelle and also uncovers a plot her new client is hatching to sabotage Ace’s comeback. However, before she can tell Ace, Alanna is murdered and Ace is the prime suspect.

As Caprice investigates, she learns Alanna had more secrets than pie safes. With her Cocker Spaniel Lady by her side, she tracks down clues and adopts Alanna’s cat. In the midst of some of her own family upheaval–her uncle has moved in with her parents–she finds herself with a dilemma. Grant Weatherford, her brother’s law partner, advises Ace and reveals more of his past to her. Seth Randolph, the doctor she dates, wants her to meet his family. She must choose between them.

Danger stalks Caprice. Will her refresher self-defense course save her life? Only if she keeps her wits about her and Lady by her side.

 

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Aug 012015
 

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans (# 4)
Release Date:  April 21, 2015
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 349
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear.

Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal.

Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband, Quince Randolph, is growing more powerful, and her best friend, Eugenie, has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back. And that’s before the French pirate, Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest “death,” returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ’s assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that.

Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature.

War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won’t be that easy.

 

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Aug 012015
 

Melt for Him by Lauren Blakely
Series: Fighting Fire (# 2)
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Pages: 193
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he discovers the woman he wants back in his bed is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Megan Jansen has one rule–no firemen. Just out of a toxic relationship, she’s only in Hidden Oaks long enough to visit her brother and photograph the local calendar before she slips off on another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend…and a fireman. She knows she’s going to get burned, but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.

 

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Aug 012015
 

Romantic Road by Blair McDowell
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Pages: 290
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

This novel is a mix of hair raising suspense, romance and a sprinkling of humor.

When Lacy Telchev buries her husband she finds herself in treacherous waters. Igor, much older than Lacy, had secrets. Suddenly Lacy is being chased across Europe by men who believe she can lead them to those secrets. Evading her pursuers with the aid of a chance acquaintance, the handsome and mysterious Max Petersen, Lacy travels across Germany, Austria and Hungary, to a shattering discovery in Budapest.

Along the way, she meets three women from Igor’s past. As Igor’s story unfolds through them, Lacy is less and less certain who her husband really was. Who can Lacy trust? Will she survive to find out?

 

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Jul 312015
 

GCNichols_AuthorPicJen:  Today we welcome G.C. Nichols to Romancing the Book.  G.C., will you share a short bio with us?
G.C.:  Author Bio: G.C. Nichols is a Creative Director by day, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and writer by night. Other than getting lost in the imaginary worlds her mind creates, G.C. enjoys riding, hunting, and fishing, with her husband, family and friends. She is happiest on the wooded acres of serenity they call home in upstate New York, surrounded by a wild array of entertaining pets.

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Jul 312015
 

Colors by G.C. Nichols
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: self published
Pages:  200
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Gypsies bestowed the curse. A sadistic man unleashed its power.

Gioia Vita, at thirty-four, is not living the joyous life her cultural name might suggest. Haunted by an abusive past and tormented by the harsh illustrations of a cynical world she struggles to bury her secrets and find serenity in her life. Plagued by a glitch in her vision, she perceives colors and mystical imagery surrounding people that warn her of their intrinsic nature. With a fear of old world superstitions implanted into her from an early age, Gioia finds herself believing in these enchantments. Especially now, that she is seeing these… colors.

The desire for adventure in her sheltered life prevails when an acquaintance invites her back into the subculture of her rebellious youth. Her vision helps her navigate this tumultuous world few get to experience, the world of 1%ers. An enclave of brothers, bearing colors that reject normal society. She unexpectedly finds the warm colors of family, friends and a new love. Braden Davies restores passion in her heart, but can an outlaw from a chaotic underground culture heal her wounds? First, they must conquer the manipulative adversary that haunts them, unearth long buried family secrets, and learn that sometimes a curse can really be a gift.

 

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Jul 312015
 

Heart of the Home by Neve Cottrell
Series: Mangrove Island (# 4)
Release Date:  March 30, 2015
Publisher: Tropic Turtle Press
Pages: 165
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Two hot friends under one smoldering roof…

Shelby Keeler hasn’t had the best luck lately. Despite the influx of happy couples on Mangrove Island, true love for Shelby remains as mythological as a unicorn. When her landlord decides not to renew her lease, Shelby agrees to move in with her best friend, Donovan, until she finds another place to live.

Donovan Reed is the handsome island doctor with an undeniable soft spot for Shelby. They’ve grown so close over the years that they’re practically family. Once they start showering and sleeping under the same roof, however, Donovan quickly realizes that his feelings for her might extend beyond brotherly affection.

When the sparks begin to fly, are these two willing to risk their friendship for a chance at love?

 

 

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Jul 302015
 

Today we welcome Anna Clifton to Romancing the Book.  She has a wonderful top 5 list for us, but let’s get to know her first.

Anna Clifton is a lawyer by trade and a mother to several children and a couple of cats. Her passion is writing warm contemporary romance novels about families and friendship with a special focus on legal eagles. Making Ends Meet is her fourth novel.

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