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April 9, Week Blitz of Helen Conrad's Saved by You

April 11, Release Day Blast of Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

April 14, Promo Spotlight on Fran Clark's Holding Paradise

April 18, Book Blast of Sarah Dosher's A Blue Tale

April 22, Promo Blitz of Kellie Wallace's Darkness Before Dawn

April 26, Promo Spotlight on Samantha Johns' Finding Jayda

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Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
As usual, Spoiler Alert applies!!

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Claiming the Duchess by Sherry Thomas

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Claiming the Duchess (novella)
Fitzhugh Trilogy #0.5

Sherry Thomas
Historical Romance
Published in 2014

H/h - James Kingston/Clarissa, the Duchess of Lexington
Setting: Derbyshire, England, 1882.

Read in April, 2014.
My rating:

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When I saw this freebie by Sherry Thomas, I knew instantly what my next read was going to be. After all, I needed to find out whose story this was. The characters didn’t ring any bell just that moment (I read Fitzhugh Trilogy back in 2012, don’t remember every detail now).

It turns out, Claiming the Duchess is a very, very short novella dedicated to Clarissa, the adoring step-mother to our H of Beguiling the Beauty (book 1), Christian. She appeared briefly there in a couple of scenes and we learned that she and Christian shared a very strong bond unlike that of a step-mother and son. Christian has been the Duke for quite a while at that time and Clarissa had re-married, living happily with her second husband. Needless to say, neither was fond of the late Duke, who was vain, presumptuous and a randy womanizer, always berating Christian for his interest in science.

Promo Spotlight: Holding Paradise by Fran Clark

Monday, April 14, 2014

Now this is odd. I never received any tour info for this one, except for the confirmation of the hosting date about a month or so ago. Originally, I wanted to feature a promo+excerpt. Since I don't have any excerpt to share, I feel I can at the least host a promo spotlight on Holding Paradise, a contemporary woman's fiction by Fran Clark.

PS: Please visit Fran's website/blog or facebook page for an excerpt, links are given below. :)

Holding Paradise
Fran Clark


On a grey and miserable morning in 2008, London businesswoman, Angelica Ford boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean. Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage and win back her daughter. A web of lies has torn a hole into her seemingly perfect world and she is convinced that only her mother, Josephine Dennis, can help her turn her life around.

Josephine Dennis arrived in England by ship on a cold winter’s morning as a young mother joining her husband. She weathers a lifetime of secrets and betrayal, as she raises her family in 1960s London. A matriarch with strong family values, she told her children colourful stories to guide them through life. It is the wisdom of one of these stories that Angelica seeks. Josephine has one last story to tell – the story that could change both of their lives.

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About the Author:

Fran Clark was born and currently lives in West London. Her first novel, Holding Paradise, is published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Fran is studying for a Creative Writing MA at Brunel University. A professional-singer songwriter and vocal coach, she recently released her second album of original songs.

She is now working towards the completion of her second novel.
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The Highlander's Desire by Margo Maguire

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Highlander's Desire
The Highlander Brothers #2

Margo Maguire
Historical Romance
Published in 2013

H/h - Lachann MacMillan/Anna McIver
Setting: Scotland, 1720.

Read in March/April 2014.
My rating:

                                          [spoiler alert]

So, I finally finished Margo Maguire’s The Highlander’s Desire, book 2 of the Highlander Brothers series. Sadly, it was a sore disappointment for me. By the last few chapters, I was willing this to end just because I’m still stubborn enough to not DNF-ing a book. I wouldn’t say the author’s writing is bad but this was nothing exceptional either. The storytelling was way too full of clichés to hold my attentions for a longer period, hence at about half-way through, I found myself drifting towards other books.

I liked book 1, The Warrior Laird. It was rather good, with some nice paranormal twist to go with it. We meet the McMillan siblings and learn of their tragic past. I don’t remember much, but their father, the Laird of their clan and one of the brothers died very young on an attack one night, treachery of a guest staying with them at that time. Their mother, too, died that winter, alone and cold, while trying to move her remaining offspring to her father’s clan, the MacMillan. They finally did arrive and their grandfather took them in (3 boys and a girl). Hence Dugan and his brothers and sister are known to be MacMillans today. Dugan has become the Laird after their grandfather’s death. One of their brothers is already married. In Dugan’s story, we find him owing a huge amount of money, something that is looming over his head. This becomes a cause for concern to the well-fare of the clan and a headache for him. Then, he hears of this treasure somewhere and a desperate Dugan decides to go on a hunt for it. On the way he meets Maura, a noblewoman. Maura was a bit of a TSTL who thought she can traipse through the Highlands all by herself in search of her mentally challenged younger sister. With Dugan’s help, she flees from her guards and tags along with him and his men. In here, we also meet Lachann, Dugan’s younger brother. He was said to have ‘the auld eyes’ or someone having very sharp sense and instinct. He intrigued me a lot, when, at the end, after Dugan and Maura marry, he’s sent on a mission of his own that would secure his own future. But would you believe that I read none of the mysterious ‘auld eye’ in the Lachann I saw here? Total nada. Let me tell you why...

Release Day Blast and Giveaway: Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

Friday, April 11, 2014

The release day blast of J.L. Mac's Vital Sign is taking place today. In the following, find the book and the author info, also an excerpt. You can enter the giveaway of signed paperbacks, GCs and swag via rafflecopter below.

Vital Sign
J.L. Mac
Release date: April 11, 2014

I used to have a great life. My little world was bright. I had no complaints. My perfectly simple life made the fall from grace that much more devastating. I plummeted from the heavenly little bubble that I shared with Jake. I fell fast and hard straight into the fiery pits of hell. The knowledge of how things used to be is a bittersweet torture that refuses me even one moment of respite. I live in a painful reverie that I can’t escape.

I had it good once.

That’s gone now.

All of it disappeared like vapor into the ether. I’m a lost woman, wandering through grief and struggling to come to terms with my new title: widow. My family says I need understanding and closure. I say a cigarette and a bottle of wine is a much better option for instant gratification.

I’m the awkward, depressed one standing in the corner making everyone around me miserably uncomfortable. I’m the one with vacant eyes that society strives to help but can’t. I’m the one who hands out tight smiles and derisive snorts. I’m the widow adrift in this world with no direction. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.
Sadie sets out on a journey to healing without knowing that things will get far worse before they get better. Despite her general indifference to organ donation, she finds herself on a journey to seek out the only people who benefited from her husband’s tragic death.

Resentment runs rampant as she meets the thriving organ recipients. Anger and jealousy spiral, sending the delicate structure of Sadie’s emotions into a tailspin.

Alexander McBride got a second chance—one that he didn’t necessarily want. Alexander is a game changer for Sadie. She hates him for his health but can’t help feeling at home in his presence. He soothes her grief in a way that is intoxicating, addictive even.

The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest. It’s a circumstance that forces her to wage an internal war fueled by grief, anger, guilt, love, lust, and loyalty.

Sadie must discover the things that are vital to going on with her life if she has any hope of finding her way through the all-consuming grief that dominates every waking moment.

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