May 242015
 

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson (# 8)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages:  293
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review

 

 

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

 

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May 232015
 

The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London
Series: The Cabot Sisters (# 3)
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 346
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

The dust of the Cabot sisters’ shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she’s tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can’t deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson’s family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he’s out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart’s obligations and its forbidden desires.

 

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May 222015
 

The Joy of the Transcendent Novel

There are limits to what one brain can handle—trust me on this. I’ve just had the most insane quarter of my career: two book releases in May (CROSSED in the Sweet Dreams boxed set, and WHAT LIES BEHIND, the 4th Samantha Owens book), an anthology release in June, two other book deadlines and a short story revision, and a renovation project on my house. Not surprisingly, my CPU hit maximum density a few weeks ago. I couldn’t think, couldn’t focus. I was a zombie.

So I did the only rational thing possible. I shut down my world, headed for a beach, and retreated into a stack of books. And boy, did I pick some winners.

I started with THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir, a smart sci-fi thriller with a deep sense of humor. I loved this book, and it’s going to be a movie later this year, with Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring. Not bad.

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May 222015
 

What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison
Series: Dr. Samantha Owens (# 4)
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: MIRA
Pages:  400
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

Waking to sirens in the night is hardly unusual for Samantha Owens. No longer a medical examiner, she doesn’t lose sleep over them, but a routine police investigation in her neighborhood has her curious. When her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. What seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide—a crime of passion—is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials indicates that something much more sinister is at play…

As Fletch and Sam try to understand what and who they are dealing with, they are summoned to a meeting at the State Department. High-level officials are interested in what they know and seem to be keeping secrets of their own. It’s up to Sam and Fletch to uncover what lies behind the deception as the threat of bioterrorism is exposed, and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.

Unsure who to trust, Sam and Fletch find themselves up against very powerful people at every stage in the investigation. No one is who they appear to be and with every minute that passes, the danger escalates. It’s Sam’s most complex case yet and the terrifying reality is beyond anything she could have imagined.

 

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May 212015
 

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Sophie BarnesJen: Today we welcome Sophie Barnes as her blog tour makes a stop at Romancing the Book.  Sophie, will you share a short bio with us?
Sophie:  Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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May 212015
 

Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes
Series:  Secrets at Thorncliff Manor (# 1)
Release Date:  April 28, 2015
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by Edelweiss for review

 

 

There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff’s conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?

Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she’s hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher’s kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?

 

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May 212015
 

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Baby Love by Catherine Anderson
Series: Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan (# 1)
Release Date: November 28, 2006
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 420
Source: book purchased by the reviewer

 

 

Desperate and determined, Maggie Stanley grabs her small baby and runs into the snowy Idaho night. In her loneliest, blackest hour, she unexpectedly finds a warmth and comfort she has never known in the tender compassion of a handsome, down-and-out stranger. In Rafe Kendrick, Maggie recognizes a soul wounded like her own—though she knows she must never trust any man ever again.

Rafe is more than he seems—an enigmatic man of secrets who could give Maggie the moon, had he not vowed to spend his life alone. But sometimes love’s flames can transform a cold world into paradise—and a man who’s lost nearly everything, a woman who’s forgotten how to dream, and the helpless child who needs them both can become that most wondrous creation: a family.

 

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May 202015
 

johnpicJen: Today we welcome John Forelli to Romancing the Book. John, will you share a short bio with us?
John: John is 24 and lives in Philadelphia. In his free time he enjoys overdrinking with friends and complaining about the Phillies.

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May 202015
 

The Simulations by John Forelli
Release Date: April 20, 2015
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 196
Source: book provided by the author for review
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When Ray Ality arrives for a job interview at Simulations Inc. he’s immediately drawn to Delilah, the cute receptionist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Ray soon concocts a plan to win Delilah over, as he and his new, eccentric coworker Bob use the company’s software in an attempt to simulate the process of courting her. Ray soon discovers that the simulations aren’t exactly what he expected, and as he sinks deeper into virtual reality it becomes harder to distinguish real life from the imaginary.This novel is Office Space meets The Matrix–an existential discourse told among keyboards and cubicles.

 

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May 202015
 

Down the Rabbit Hole by Monica Corwin
Series: Wonderland Tales
Release Date: July 31, 2014
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 17
Source: book provided by publisher for review
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Elsa feels safe when her favorite hot cop comes into her coffee shop, especially with a serial killer on the loose.

Elsa Waters works long hours running The Rabbit Hole, a coffee shop in the center of town. Her only dreams consist of keeping the business afloat and the sexy police officer who doesn’t even notice her on his daily coffee run.

Officer Harris March tried everything in the book to get Elsa to show some sort of interest in him. With a serial killer on the loose, a dangerous idea takes root in his mind, and he decides to risk it all for the chance to have the woman of his dreams.

 

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