Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Best Book of the Year..Hands Down Anywhere Everywhere. Nobody Said It'd Be Easy

Last week I was so blessed to be able to read an advanced copy of a book by the author Patty Blount titled Nobody Said It'd Be Easy. It was the first time I have read any books by this author and let me say she simply blew me away. I saw the cover  and it grabbed my attention.

And then teasers from the book. OH MY...they wet my appetite for more.

But the book itself.. From Cover to Cover is it is the #1 Best Book that I have read this year, from any author, any publisher, any genre'. This is this the book to beat. And i look forward to more books from Author Patty Blount!

Nobody Said It'd Be EasyNobody Said It'd Be Easy by Patty Blount
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh My Giddy Aunt this book had me from the cover alone! Then I cracked it open and started reading and I was spellbound by Super Gabe, his 4 precious girls and Lia the Lovely Lady. This is the first book I have read by author Patty Blount and I am hoping she will write more books along this line in the future. Life is not all sunshine and roses and yes bad things do happen to good people. Death sadly comes a knocking when people least expect it. It is what the people who are left behind do with themselves that really show their character and their true spirit. A widowed father of 4 Gabe quits his higher paying job, becomes a super of a set of apartments away from where he used to live with his wife after she passes unexpectedly. He does this so he can be home to raise those young children while working from home. WoW. Look at the cover and that is so much the book.
Then we have Lia or Amelia a divorced self employed woman who moves into the complex and she turns his work upside down and inside out. BUT truth be told he does the same thing to her. Life is not smooth sailing once she moves in and feels the sparks from day one. OH no not at all. Just because the cute main can walk around with hair clips and painted nails carrying a baby on his hip it doesn't mean a single thing now does it. No it doesn't. One has to fight pre-teens, children with illnesses , self destruction and so much more. I invite you to meet the Iver family and see for yourself why Nobody Said I'd Be Easy.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Their Famous Dominant by Nicole Edwards ...We finally get the True Master Ramsey

Seems like I have been waiting for this book since I met Trent Ramsey way back in Devotion. Every time his name has come up in one of our Author's books it has only wet my appetite for what was to come when Trent's book would finally hit release day. When that day or rather night, arrived this reader could not have been  happier. i stayed up all night reading. Yes I awoke to my kindle flat on my face....kindle face as we call it in my house was the morning face I had.  Actually still have the soreness as that wonderful reminder of reading the first half of this book. Just a little bit of pain to go with the pleasure ya know. And oh what a pleasure this book is. It was so worth the wait to for Master Ramsey to finally wake up to Troy and Clarissa. What makes this book so extra special in my eyes is that fact that one of the secondary characters Zeke, who has his own book Their Ruthless Sadist is featured in this book too. Not only that but the cover model for this book we have come to know as a friend in Nicole's Nation. So it made the book come alive so much more...felt real in a whole other sense.

Their Famous Dominant (Office Intrigue #4)Their Famous Dominant by Nicole Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always just knew in my heart of readers heart that Master Ramsey would be the one for Classia but oh my stars, our Author always finds a way to get to heart of each of her characters and make them so real, so honest...so true. I did not see that she was going to where she was with Troy and I am so happy it went there.
Life can lead you in unexpected places you just need to open yourself up and follow. Even if it unconventional...who cares. If you are happy that is all that matters. Look at Master Trent, Troy and Rissa...it took time and lots of communication and love and yes well you really need to read this book to find out how they get from Actor and Assistant to .... well you know. Can not wait for The Ruthless Sadist, Zeke's story is next. Hang on we are going for a whip of a story I can already tell.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

I Invite you to Explore the Land Down Under and the OutBack Brides with Me

I decided to take a vacation this summer to the land down under. I picked up the 4 set of books by these Tule Publishers' authors settled in a comfy spot on my bed and  disappeared for a while each day. My husband and daughter left me alone long enough to enjoy the wonders of a land far away and learn about places I wished I could explore in person. The books are written by 4 different authors but  their characters co-mingle between each other,  appearing in each other's books. I hope that this series doesn't stop with these 4 women and these books as there are so many more stories that need to be told and of course I need more vacation time to escape from Texas to Australia.

Maggie's Run (Outback Brides Book 1)Maggie's Run by Kelly Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off let me say WOW the book cover is stunning! I was drawn to this book and in fact this 4 book series because i wanted to read about a place I would love to visit but knew i would never be able to go to. This book took me there and more. I was amazed at how vivid the descriptions were in the book and i felt like I was actually on the Wirra Station with Maggie and Max. I could see the change in Maggie and the relationship with her and Max. As I read this book it touched my heart as it was so close to how my life was with my mom (her great Aunt Carmel was cold like my mom). This book has it all friendships, romance and yes even a bit of mystery.
I loved the story and look forward to more in this series.

View all my reviews Belle's Secret (Outback Brides Book 2)Belle's Secret by Victoria Purman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Sometimes it ends up on the other side of the world in the Outback of Australia. Izzy or Isabella is the marriage celebrant (wedding minister) at the wedding venue, Wirra Station that was created by Maggie and Max. If you have read Maggie's Way you will have met her in that book. If not no worry you will quickly get to know her in this book and all her ins and outs. Izzy went to Vegas to a convention on wedding things and met a guy named Harry Harrison. One thing led to another and soon they were in front of Elvis and then in a bedroom. She wakes up panics and leaves soon for home. Thinks she can do what they saying says "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." BUT we know weddings are not like that right. Harry searches for Belle (which is the name she gives ) for a year and only once he gives up does the universe decide it will help him out. This is another well written book that takes us on a trip to Australia with words beyond belief. I love this series and can't wait to jump into the next book to explore more of this beautiful country with these lovely authors.

View all my reviews Elsa's Stand (Outback Brides Book 3)Elsa's Stand by Cathryn Hein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Outback Brides series. If you have read the first two books you will know that Elsa is the hairdresser that Maggie and Izzy are friends with. If you have not read the other books, no biggie, as each book is easily read as a stand alone book. BUT might I highly suggest reading all the books. You will really enjoy this series of friends and enjoy the series so much more too. Now on to Elsa and her story. Elsa is the stronger of all the "Brides". She knows what she wants and she doesn't let anyone stand in her way. When the book opens we meet Jack Hargreaves and really get to know about the true Outback. Jack is an opal miner and he is back in town for his mother's funeral. She lived in town and was a sapphire miner herself. Oh yes one could say the need to hunt for stones runs deep with this family. He was left a voicemail on the day she passed away saying she finally found the sapphires and hide them again on the family farm. The one he inherited upon hr death. So does he stay and become a gentleman farmer or sell and go back to being an opal miner?
But see Jake is not the only person left behind, he has a brother Jesse and their father as well. Jesse and their father live in Melbourne and lets just say they are different as night and day to Jake and his mom. And because of the fact that his father is known as a gangland person many of the people in the town look down on Jake. He thinks he is not worthy of Elsa and this is the theme we see in the book. So far this is my favorite of the three i have read. It has shown me so of how strong Elsa is both in character and mental strength. Jake had me in tears so many times reading his story and the backstory. I loved how well written this book is. I can see the outback in all the dirt and dust. The caves and all the places that the miners hunker down at night. Then we move into town and we get to meet the townsfolk some are nice,some not so much. But all true to a small town all up in each others business. What a I really loved this book and I especially loved the ending.

View all my reviews Holly's Heart (Outback Brides Book 4)Holly's Heart by Fiona McArthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the fourth and the most beautiful book in the Outback Brides series. When i mean beautiful it starts from the cover of the book and moves inside. The storyline is so moving. I had wondered about the old town busy body. She was the ex-mayor's wife and in this book we get the answers. Ha ha its Ben's grandma. And no i am not going to tell you, you have to read the book to find out why she is the way she is but Dr Ben Brierly has moved back to town to be the local GP and also be close to his grandma and help out on the Brierly Park (their farm).

Across the street is Holly Peterson and her twin nephews. Holly grew up in Wirralong and recently came back after the death of her sister to raise her sister's boys there and run her coffee shop. Holly is a doctor as well as Ben but is not practicing medicine. Those reasons you will have to read the book to find our why and see if things change on that front as well. Holly is a new friend of Elsa, Maggie and Izzy the other 3 brides in the Outback Brides series. This book has so many wonderful and touching moments in it and yes it does answer some of the questions I think many of us readers have wondered about Miranda Brierly.
I hope that we will see many more Outback Brides in the future and that this series doesn't stop at four.

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I came all the way to Australia to see how to really run a wedding venue the right way. Or maybe i really want to know how to look for opals and sapphires or camp out in the wide open spaces. Honestly, I went all the way to the bush country for some of the best written books I have read in a few long time.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Reading Challenge Christmas In July Montana Born Books Join Me

It's July and the perfect time of the year when it is hotter than a witch's ... to pull out all of my favorite Christmas books from my favorite town and Challenge myself to get my read on. So for the Month of July I have challenged myself and those in the Main St Marietta Facebook group (and you if you would like to join in) to Read Montana Born Christmas in July.
Stop by tomorrow to see how you can win one of these reads

Here is the Book List are reading from this month.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What Makes a Dad?

Today on what in America we celebrate as Father's Day it is the perfect day to think about what we all consider makes a Dad. Is it someone who actually IS the person who created the child? If so there are a lot of dads out there who are sure leaving their children alone. No, that is not what makes a Dad in my book. In my book it is what is in the heart and soul that makes a dad. It could be a man or even a women for that matter. It is the thoughts and actions that make a Dad. 

Zoe ( my 6 year old granddaughter) and I were talking about Dads this week with Father's Day around the corner and her Father out of the picture for good. She lives with us along with her mom. She wanted to know if it was "allowed", her words to me, to celebrate Father's Day with her Grandpa. 
This is what got me thinking about What makes a Dad. My husband is wonderful father to my two daughters and both are now married, each with one daughter.  Alex I have to say is a great Dad to Darla Rae...Kassy SCORED in that Department!!  

Having my oldest daughter Keelee live with us and Zoe too makes us so much closer and gives him a chance to be both a Grandpa and a father figure to Zoe.

Both of my granddaughters think the sun shines and sets with their grandpa and rightly so. He knows how to make them laugh and loves them both beyond the moon and back. Even though one lives with him, BOTH are loved with the same amount of joy and no one would know from looking at them when you see them together. They are loved beyond measure. 

I want to thank my love for being such an amazing father and grandpa to our girls and granddaughters. He stepped in when many men would have said they already raised their kids and were ready for the "after time". Not you... You took on a second job to help make things work. Boy I was so lucky to meet Dolly at Sanger Harris back in 1983 and go on that blind date with you. Who would have thought back then it would lead to almost 30 years of marriage and these beautiful girls. I  never doubted our love was meant to be in spite of those who speak against us. Thank you for always being in my corner even if it quitely. As it is your nature. You will always stand by me and our girls...even if others do not agree with us our the way our lives are lived. You will always let them know they are loved, believed in and most of all respected. And if people can not follow that for your girls, well maybe then they are not supposed to be part of our family unit. You my love have helped us see what we need to be as a family to be happy, healthy and most of all whole. You have made our family perfect imperfect whole. You are a wonderful Father, husband and Grandfather.  I love You!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Jane Porter’s Take a Chance on Me earns a star review on Library Journal! And First Book in the Series IS FREE Right Now Take Me Cowboy.

I love knowing that others think highly of authors and books that I have fallen in love with and the Library Journal agrees with me and more. Here is part of what they had to say about Jane Porter's  Take A Chance On Me.

“The latest in Porter’s “Love on Chance Avenue” series (Miracle on Chance Avenue) is her best yet. She does an excellent job of making Marietta itself a strong character, while adding humor, charm, and swoons to great effect. Mandy and Ty are engaging romantic foils, with Bette’s meddling sweetness always there to stir the pot. This series continues to get better and better.” – Library Journal.

Read the rest of the article at Library Journal

The first book in the Love on Chance Avenue Series, Take Me Cowboy Is **Free** right now at this moment for you to grab and start your reading pleasure. This is the perfect way to explore not only an author that might be new to you but get to know Marietta, Montana. A community that will welcome you with open arms and a heart a large as cowboy country.
Find the books at the following places. Be sure to price check before buying.

Barnes& Nobles
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My Review of Take Me Cowboy by Jane Porter

Take Me, Cowboy (Love on Chance Avenue #1; 75th Copper Mountain Rodeo #4)Take Me, Cowboy by Jane Porter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books I can read several times and it never gets old. In fact i have read it now 4 times. One time when it was released, then before book 2 and 3 in the series came out as a refresher for my old mind and then just last night. Folks who know me in romanceland land know that I love Cowboys and I have a thing for Montana and Marietta in particular. This book is the beginning of the series and it just sets the tone. It just says something to me and hey it's got cowboys. WIN WIN.

This book had me from the moment I started reading it until the very end. We have a beautiful bride who not only is being stood for all intents and purposes but also is losing her livelihood as well. Snooty Charles was not worthy.. as the saying goes.That jerk of a fiance, well if only I could backhand the man through the computer he would end up in New Zealand that is for sure. BUT enter Colt the cowboy...the long hidden crush. Sizzle, crackle, pop there is chemistry even as she stands there in her wedding dress. That is when you know this is a book that you can not put down.
I like the fact that we get to see these two grow back together in friendship and watch it develop into more. The author shows us their past and how it leads into their future. I invite you take a Chance on Love with this couple.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday June 1 Today is World Outlander Day and You Can Get Your Copy of the Book for a SteaL!

I just got a text message and an email from my sister, the librarian alerting me that today is a very special day in the book world. It is World Outlander Day What does that mean? It means if  you are one of those like me who has put off buying the book, you are going to scream for joy because you can pick up the FIRST NOVEL in the series for $1.99. YES I am not joking. BE SURE TO CHECK PRICES BEFORE YOU BUY.

In addition to full text of the book, it also includes bonus work as well.
An interview with the author Diana Gabaldon
An Outlander's Reader's Guide
An Excerpt from the second novel in the series, 
A Dragonfly in Amber.

Places to buy are listed below: Remember to always check the price before buying as the price is subject to change.

Google Play 
Barnes & Nobles

Just a wee bit on Author Diana Gabaldon because well I love knowing about who I am reading what they are writing. For me this is so cool cause I had no idea she was from the USA!

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as a collection of Outlander fiction, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, Volumes 1 and 2; the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile; and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband. She writes and publishes under Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau.