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Sunday, June 27, 2021

New Release - ACCIDENTAL HOMECOMING by Sabrina York


Accidental Homecoming

The Stirling Ranch, Book 1


Sabrina York

New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York kicks off her brand-new Stirling Ranch miniseries by asking does blood make you family?

Danny Diem’s life is upended when he inherits a small-town ranch. But learning he has a daughter in need of lifesaving surgery is his biggest shock yet. He’d never gotten over telling his ex Lizzie Michaels that he wasn’t the marrying kind. But her loving strength for their little girl tugs at his heartstrings—and makes him wonder if he’s ready to embrace the role he’s always run from: father.

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He broke the silence with four sharp words. “Why are you here?”

“Why don’t you sit down?” She did so herself, sliding into the banquette of his booth—her knees were about to give in, anyway.

He ignored her request. “Why are you here?”

“Danny, this is hard enough, and you’re not making it any easier for me—”

“Oh, I’m not making it easier for you? You’re the one who left me. No warning. Nothing. Just…gone. Poof.”

Irritation bubbled, and though she’d told herself she wouldn’t allow her anger to surface, she couldn’t help snapping, “There was plenty of warning. You weren’t paying attention.”

“Really? I was sure paying attention during our last fight. I remember that pretty clearly.”

“Do you? Do you remember what we fought about?”

His face went blank and he dropped into his seat, where he could face her, but not come too close. As though he were protecting himself from her.

What a laugh. She was the one who needed protecting. He was far too addictive for her own good.

“Why don’t you tell me what you remember?” he suggested.

She sighed. “We’d been talking about the future.”

“Ah, yes.” He settled back into his seat, his expression still mutinous.

“And you freaked out.”

He frowned. “I did not freak out.”

“You made it pretty clear we had no future together.”

“I didn’t say that. I just said I didn’t want marriage.”

“Or kids.”

“And can you blame me? With parents like mine? What kind of father would I be?”

That comment hit her like a blow. Stole her breath. Made her question her own sanity for coming here.

Nothing had changed. Nothing had changed at all.

“And my mother?” he continued harshly. “Did Darla tell you what my mother has done now?”

“She said she skipped bail.”

He barked a bitter laugh. “Skipped bail, then skipped town. But before she disappeared, she cleaned out my bank accounts, and my apartment. She hocked everything I own. Everything I’ve worked for.”

Anger raged in Lizzie’s heart. The woman truly had no moral compass.

“You’re not like your mother.” She’d told him that a thousand times, but too many years raised by that horrible woman had clouded his self-image.

“And then, there’s the father. The man who wanted nothing to do with me. The man who wouldn’t even acknowledge my existence. He certainly didn’t support us.”

“You’re not like him, either.” She hoped…

He shook his head and scrubbed his face with his palms. “It doesn’t matter. None of that matters. Not anymore.” She hated his expression, the resignation and the pain. “So, why are you here?” The question again, this time, whispered.

She might as well just dive in. “I…need your help.”

He frowned again. “What do you want?”

Her heart stuttered. Oh, Lord. Now that the time was here, she didn’t know what to say. Or how to say it. Or anything.

Danny waited, silently, watching her. Then his lips tweaked into a hint of a sad smile. “You’re procrastinating, Lizzie. You never procrastinate unless it’s something bad.”

Her expression must have given something away because he paled.

“Are you okay? Are you sick?”

She shook her head. “I’m fine. And no. It’s not bad. Not bad at all. Well, not all bad. There is some bad, I suppose. But it’s…” She trailed off. She was babbling—she knew she was. It was yet another way she avoided unpleasant topics.

Danny pinned her with a sharp look. “What is it you want to tell me?”

She wrinkled her nose. “About that last fight had—””

“What about it?” His tone was tight, as though the words were bitter on his tongue.

Right. “The one where you told me you didn’t want marriage or children.” She tried not to sound bitter as well, but failed.

“For good reason,” he snapped.

“Right,” she snapped right back. Then she met his gaze as bravely as she could. “Well, I was pregnant.”

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Veronica Reviews - THE FIRST BULLET by Rachel Rivers


The First Bullet

(West Echo #1)


Rachel Rivers



Romantic Suspense

“I understand you’re feeling alone in that hole, but you don’t have to be there alone.  I’ll sit with you in the dark until you can pull yourself out…I’m willing to fight for you until you can fight for yourself.”

Brock Doughty has taken an oath to protect and serve the citizens of Knoxville.  Since a young boy, his dream has always been to be a police officer in order to help protect his community.  Now that very community is being plagued by a crime spree of robberies, and Officer Doughty is determined to bring them to justice.  Following up on a call, he pulls over a vehicle matching the description of the robbers…except it’s not the suspects, it’s a beautiful woman, Maria Moretti, who’s developed a prickly attitude towards the Thin Blue Line.  Brock is both intrigued and attracted by Maria’s demeanor, and is determined to discover what put that chip on her shoulder…and offer his to comfort and support this woman who has stolen his heart…

Maria Moretti has not had a good experience with the boys in blue.  While she knows that there are good and bad people in all walks of life, she’s struggled with overcoming a darkness in her past…one that threatens to devour what is left of her soul.  That is until the night she’s pulled over by Officer Doughty, and she takes a chance on a man she knows is all wrong for her…but in all the ways that matter, he’s perfect.  When Brock has his own encounter with the darkness she knows all too well, Maria has to make a decision that could change both of their futures…forever…

The First Bullet is an amazing story of how quickly life can break you…but also reminds there is always light leading you out of that darkness if you only know where to look.  This smexxy romantic kick ass book is a must read!  Wish I could give it more than 5 stars!  Highly recommend and can’t wait for the next installment to the West Echo series!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

 Five generations of witches isn't an easy occupation to retain.  It begins in England in the early 1800's.  Five sisters live in secret of their magic.  Former witches, family or not, have been murdered in torturous ways.  The rouse of a trial amounted in supposition and circumstance.

Nannette knew to be careful, but of all the sisters she had to continue the lineage.  They lived in near recluse, except for the farm market days, and a few necessary visitors.  If nothing else, magic can bring a man to her doorstep and a babe in her womb.  There's a price to pay when using magic.

Daughter after daughter is born to relive the line of witches and use magic when no other options present themselves.  

Veronica, in the more modern twentieth century wants the same, a daughter.  She also wants love.  

Vale'ry is deep in the midst of WWII.  He is on the frontline until he's wounded.  

Veronica tends his wounds, tends his mind, tends to his emotional need. 

Will this be the first kindling out of love, not necessity?  Can love and a daughter be the simple magic Veronica finds?  And a man to love who loves her in return?

Well written and deeply emotional.  The lives of a witch is not as magical as our fantasies would like to create.  It's real life of struggles and pain.  The idea of turning everything perfect with a few magical spells is far from the life the Orchie'res' family of witches will tell you.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

New Release - HER SCOTTISH SCOUNDREL by Sophie Barnes


Her Scottish Scoundrel

Diamonds in the Rough, Book 7


Sophie Barnes

Destined for the hangman's noose, love is a dream he cannot afford...


When Blayne MacNeil agrees to be Miss Charlotte Russell's bodyguard, he doesn't expect her to expand the job description to fake fiancé. After twenty years in hiding, announcing his engagement to a viscount's daughter could prove fatal. For if anyone were to recognize him, he'd be charged with murder.

Determined to keep her independence in order to safeguard her writing career, Charlotte must avoid marriage. After all, no respectable gentleman would ever permit his wife to pen outrageous adventure novels. But when her most recent manuscript disappears, the roguish Scotsman posing as her fiancĂ© becomes her closest ally – and the greatest threat to her freedom.

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USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian with varying degrees of fluency. 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.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021


         Hello, gentle readers! Hope you are all well and staying safe!
Well, I did it. Took me a long time to decide (I’ve been mulling this over for the past two months), but yeah, I finally bit the bullet and bought…a swing for my patio. I know this is not as momentous as say purchasing a new house or a new car, but for me, it was pretty big.
Why did it take so long? Two reasons.
Number One: I’m not one of those who feels comfortable spending money on things that are not necessary and really, a porch swing is not necessary, but in many ways, it kinda is. The DH and I spend a lot of time outside on the patio (even in this blistering heat).
And Number Two: I couldn’t decide between a swing or a glider. I kept going back and forth, back and forth, looking at the pictures, reading the reviews, reading the descriptions and I just…couldn’t decide (though I did promise myself—and the DH—that I would make my decision by Saturday, which was yesterday). There were advantages (and disadvantages, not to mention fond memories) to both. What finally made me decide on the swing as opposed to the glider?
It was on sale and if you know me at all, you know I love a good sale. Plus the swing had “cushier” cushions, whereas the glider did not. These old bones need cushion!
I loved swings as a kid…loved that feeling of almost flying, pumping my feet, trying to get ever higher, making the pole come up out of the ground on the swing set in my yard (the swings at the park were bigger, so you could go higher). It was freeing.

I never lost that love over the years, but I will tell you, as a responsible adult, I will no longer be trying to go that high. No, a nice gentle rocking is more my style now (I’m no daredevil and as I mentioned many times before, I’m not as young as I used to be).
Hmmm, I think I might have to write a swing into my current work in progress. I can already picture the scene in my head. Best get to it.
Stay well! Stay safe! And remember to spread kindness wherever you go!


Sunday, June 13, 2021

New Release - WYATT by Nyssa Kathryn



Project Arma, Book 5


Nyssa Kathryn

A story that could cost her everything…

Investigative journalist Quinn Ross isn’t a woman who can just let major news pass her by. So, when she stumbles across a story like no other, she makes it her mission to report it to the masses.

She doesn’t count on the lengths to which some may go to keep her story from seeing the light of day. When Quinn suddenly finds herself in need of escape, she heads straight for tiny Marble Falls and her brother, Mason.

When he’s not running his company’s IT department, Wyatt Gray—former SEAL and co-owner of Marble Protection—spends every spare minute searching for those who betrayed him. The ones who turned him and his teammates into something beyond mere mortals. He doesn’t have time for distractions—but that’s exactly what he gets, in the form of his best friend’s sassy, spunky, sexy sister…who’s moved in right across the hall.

From the moment they meet, Quinn and Wyatt’s chemistry is combustible. But they both have big secrets. Then there’s Mason, who may consider Wyatt a brother, but he might still kill him for lusting after his baby sister.

But soon, none of that matters. When a killer sets his sights on Quinn, any chance at happiness with Wyatt may end before it’s had a chance to begin.

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Quinn flicked her gaze from the TV to Wyatt, then back again.  

The man wasn’t touching her. Not even close. In fact, an entire person could fit between them on the couch.

She’d sat down first, expecting him to sit close. He hadn’t. He’d sat down on the other end. At least a shoulder-to-shoulder touch would be better than the ridiculous distance between them.

Was it possible she smelled bad? She’d jumped in the shower as soon as she’d gotten home, but it had been quick. Plus, she probably hadn’t spent as much time washing as usual because she’d spent the entire time thinking of different ways to maim Darren if he ever got close to her again.

“Did I choose the wrong movie?”

No. You chose the wrong seat.

Quinn drew her attention back to Wyatt. If she was honest, she had no idea what was going on with the movie. Not a single clue. “Sorry, I’m a bit distracted.”

“A bit” was one big fat understatement.

“What’s got you distracted?”

The story. Her old boss. Why the heck Wyatt was still so damn far away from her. “It’s nothing.”

Wyatt’s expression didn’t change. He just sat there looking perfect, waiting for her to spill her guts. Wasn’t going to happen.


When his attention flicked back to the screen, a moment of irritation swirled through her. The man didn’t even attempt to scoot closer. There was no sneaky arm around the back of the couch. No subtle shuffle. Nothing.

“So, tell me, why no romance movies?” he asked.

Quinn scoffed. “They fill women’s heads with lies, giving them unrealistic expectations of dating in the real world.”

Wyatt chuckled. “That’s a bold statement. Give me an example.”

Had the man never watched a romance movie?

“Okay, how about the grand gestures of love, which are painted as normal. Flying the woman to Europe at a moment’s notice, organizing flash mobs, filling rooms with a thousand roses. That’s not real. Men don’t do that.”

His attention remained on the TV. “Some guys probably do that. Maybe you haven’t been spending time with the right men.”

Well, that was a given. “Come on, do you know anyone who’s done any of those things?”

Wyatt’s silence gave her the answer she was looking for.

“Romance today is a card and a kiss on Valentine’s Day. A bouquet of flowers on an anniversary. And that’s if you’re lucky.”

Wyatt lifted his shoulder. “Women could always go the extra mile for the man.”

“Oh, I’m sure they do. However, when the reciprocation stops, so do the gestures.”

His brows pulled together. “I didn’t know you were such a pessimist.”

“I prefer the term realist.” She gave Wyatt an innocent smile. It did kind of sound like she hated men. And romance. And love. Which wasn’t true at all. She just preferred the real and the raw. It saved her from disappointment. “Take us, for example,” Quinn continued. “In any romance movie, the guy would not be sitting so far from the girl.”

And close proximity on a movie night wasn’t even a large expectation. Not in Quinn’s mind, at least.

“You’d like me to sit closer?”

“Yes.” She’d prefer the man to be a lot closer. “I’d also like to know if I smell bad.”

Wyatt wrinkled his nose in confusion. “You don’t smell bad. You smell good. Really good. It’s actually a large reason for the distance.”

Smelling good didn’t sound like a reason for distance to her. “Why would me smelling good make you want to sit over there?”

“Because the closer I am, the more I want to touch you. And if I start touching you, I probably won’t be able to stop.”

A warmth heated in Quinn’s chest. “And why is that a bad thing?” It only sounded good to Quinn. Really good.

Wyatt ran a hand through his hair. It was the first time she’d seen him look uncomfortable. Like he didn’t want to tell her the reason.

Then it hit Quinn. “It’s because of my brother, isn’t it?”

When Wyatt’s silence continued, Quinn knew she’d hit the nail on the head.

Blowing out a frustrated breath, she began to stand, but stopped at Wyatt’s hand on hers.

“I like you. A lot. But your brother is like family to me. I feel like I should speak to him first, preferably in person, before anything happens between us.”

Quinn loved her brother. But he had no place in this relationship. He had no place in this room. “If you like me, kiss me.”

About Nyssa ~

Nyssa Kathryn is a romantic suspense author. She lives in South Australia with her daughter and hubby and takes every chance she can to be plotting and writing. Always an avid reader of romance novels, she considers alpha males and happily-ever-afters to be her jam. 

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