Oct 102015

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages: 385
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review



A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.

Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace’s renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses—a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep.

An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she’d long ago fled.


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Oct 102015

A Wedding in Truhart by Cynthia Tennent
Series:  Truhart (# 1)
Release Date:  September 29, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Pages: 242
Source: book provided by the author for review



Welcome to Truhart . . .

Welcome to Truhart, Michigan, population 1300 and dropping. Where everyone knows everyone else and garage sales are front page news. Not exactly where you’d expect to find the celebrity wedding of the year.  As Maid of Honor, and the famous bride’s big sister, Annie has to plan a wedding suitable for America’s newest sweetheart reporter on The Morning Show. But what she didn’t plan on was seeing Nick Conrad again. Her older brother’s best friend who left Truhart for the big city, Nick just happens to be Annie’s embarrassing childhood crush. He’s also the Best Man.

As Atlanta’s High Society descends on the tiny Midwest town, Annie has the impossible task of controlling her eccentric family and nutty neighbors, while hosting a wedding fit for a princess at her family’s rundown Amble Inn. But what she can’t control is the spark reigniting between her and Nick. Between snowstorms, an A.W.O.L. gown, and the broadcast of the wedding on The Morning Show, Annie is just hoping to survive the big day without losing her mind. And to survive being around Nick again without losing her heart.


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Oct 092015

sohn cynthia 9518 (2)Jen: Today we welcome Cynthia Tennent to Romancing the Book. Cynthia, will you share a short bio with us?
Cynthia: Cynthia Tennent was the original book thief, stealing romance novels from underneath her mother’s bed when she was just twelve. As an adult, she grew serious and studied international relations, education, and other weighty matters while living all over the world. Always in search of happy endings, she rediscovered love stories and wrote her own when her daughters were napping. She lives in Michigan with her husband, three daughters, and her collie dog, Jack. Her first novel in the Truhart Series, A Wedding in Truhart,  was published September 29, 2015. It has been selected as a “Notable Romance” by Publisher’s Weekly for Fall 2015. Her next novel in the Truhart Series is Skinny Dipping Season (April 2016).

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Oct 092015

His Flower Queen by Lena Hart
Series: Queen Quartette (# 1)
Release Date: June 21, 2014
Publisher: Maroon Ash Publishing
Pages: 170
Source: book provided by the author for review



the wildflower…

Gullible and trusting, Regina “Nina” Conners can’t get enough of Gabriel Alexander. He’s smart, sexy and lights a fire in her she never knew she had. Unbeknownst to her, however, he arranges to have her work as the new publicist for his young, upscale resort and casino, Royal Courts. Yet when Nina heads out to the City of Sin, she discovers her Gabe has been keeping secrets—and another kind of fire in her ignites…

Gabe is a shrewd businessman who knows what he wants and he wants Nina. There’s only one person keeping him from the woman he’s determined to have—his soon-to-be ex-wife. Caught in a bitter divorce, Gabe finds it hard to put his trust in anyone. Until Nina. Except their relationship is ensnared by lies, which he must quickly untangle them from or risk losing the woman he loves…

As Gabe works to restore her trust in him, Nina suddenly finds herself at the mercy of his manipulative wife. Caught in a dangerous web of jealousy and obsession, Nina soon learns that loving Gabe may just cost them more than they bargained for.


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Oct 082015


The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 355
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punchline. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?


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Oct 082015

When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Series: The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy (# 3)
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Suzanne was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen, by the Old Order Mennonite community and returns twenty years later to take care of her mother.  She and her adopted daughter Alexa have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.  Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to find her birth parents.  Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?

Will doubt and lingering regrets destroy a 2nd time chance at love?  They have been single parents with painful pasts.  Can they find the strength in God to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy?


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Oct 072015

Hope White’s Writer’s Space

I create fiction in my pale pink office, with a golden retriever at my feet and a gray cat squeezed between my laptop and the arm of my chair.   It can be a little crowded, but it’s warm for sure.

My writing chair and pets

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Oct 072015

Dark PursuitToday we welcome the authors of the upcoming anthology Dark Pursuit.  Each author has told us a little about their inspiration for their story in this anthology.


Tempted to Death by Jessica Jarman

Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters and feared their growing feelings for her. But what truly terrified her was the possibility that they’d discover what she really is. That she’s the very thing they hunted.

Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and their lives are spent running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing without a word gutted them.

But, she’s back, desperate for their help in hunting a vicious para creature. Despite the risks—to their lives and their hearts—reigniting the love they’d had is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals her true nature.

Now that Luca and Oliver know the truth, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that their love is strong enough to look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see.



I don’t know if you’d call it inspiration or not, but the idea of falling in love with a person who is something you’ve spent your life hunting has always been intriguing to me. Tara is a paranormal human, and Luca and Oliver have dedicated their lives to hunting paras. They’ve never had to question whether paras could be good or just not evil that needs to be eliminated.

So for them to fall for a woman who is both hunter and a para… Can they change, can they grow from the shoot-first-maybe-ask-questions-later mode they’ve always been in? That was the idea that sparked this whole story for me.


Bio: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she’s a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Jessica’s not working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over my favorite shows or curling up with a good book.

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Oct 072015

Undercover Christmas by Hope White
Series: Echo Mountain (# 4)
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 223
Source: book provided by BookTrib for review




FBI agent Sara Vaughn believes a group of pharmaceutical businessmen are engineering drugs with deadly results. Her boss won’t approve a sting operation, so she goes rogue—following the suspects on a hike in the Cascade Mountains to record evidence. But when Sara witnesses them murder one of their own, they target her. Saved by a handsome volunteer mountain rescue worker, Sara at first suspects Will Rankin is another bad guy hunting her. But when the widowed father of two risks everything to save her, she knows that Will is all that’s standing between her and seeing Christmas morning.

Echo Mountain: Saving lives and finding love in the mountains of Washington State


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Oct 062015

IMG_0958 a-1Jen:  Today we welcome Tammy L. Grace to Romancing the Book.  Tammy will you share a short bio with us?
Tammy:  Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing.  She’s the author of the Hometown Harbor Series and the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels.

When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

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