Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Heart-Lightening Literary Fiction from Catherine Ryan Hyde. Review and #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments
Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde made me feel better about our world. I am delighted to have an ARC to give away. (paperback. US Only)

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.
Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez?
Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.
Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.

I loved it. 15-year-old Raymond and the 92-year-old Mildred drew me into their hearts. I didn't want the book to end.

This is a "growing into a possibility of better things" novel. It acknowledges the terrible divisions fears and prejudices have created in our society and leads the reader to the realization that every good act performed is a blow to these divisions. In spite of everything the news clamors us to believe, there is so much good in the world and I love Catherine Ryan Hyde because she spotlights it in her beautifully written books. 

So, my friend, if I have interested you, please enter below.

Plus, FREE
Sally Brandle's book The Hitman's Mistake is free on Amazon May 15-19th. 
Sally will be on my blog June 4th, but that will be too late for this promotion and I didn't want you to miss it.

Now it’s her life or his.
After Miranda Whitley stops crooked cops from assassinating a prominent Seattle judge, she’s next on the hit list, and her survival depends on the buff FBI Agent she’s had one awkward encounter with. But can she find him in time?

The last person Grant Morley expects to discover on his annual supply run to a Montana mountain hermit is alluring Miranda Whitley, nearly dead from a bullet wound in her side. An accidental witness or the cold-blooded accomplice to would-be assassins?

Miranda must convince Grant of her innocence, evade the killers intent on preventing her testimony, and fight her unwanted attraction for the agent…an attraction which seems to be mutual. If you love sizzling chemistry, Montana’s mountain landscape, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Sally Brandle’s galloping thriller, The Hitman’s Mistake.

Book 2, Torn by Vengeance, releases May 22nd. “Look over your shoulder. He’s watching.”
Happy Reading.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Robyn Carr's The View From Alameda Island Explores Divorce after 24 years of Marriage

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 4 comments
Robyn Carr's latest release/best seller is Women's fiction and is available on all platforms. I have an ARC copy of The View From Alameda Island to give away.

A poignant and powerful story about how one woman’s best intentions lead to the worst of situations, and how love helps her to heal and ultimately triumph.

From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy—a successful career, a solid marriage to a prominent surgeon and two beautiful daughters who are off to good colleges. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary, Lauren makes a decision that will change everything.

Lauren won’t pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit—a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage.

But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves.

My review:
I didn't want to stop reading and I always love Robyn Carr, It is possible in middle age to decide you deserve a better life. And it is possible to find someone perfect with whom to share it. All of that happens in this book. And I am all for romance with a mature couple which Robyn always does well. There is often a mature couple in her stories. 
But I have a personal problem with evil spouses. So this was not my favorite book. Robyn's evil spouses were extremely convincing. Both Brad and Lauren were definitely married to awful people. So if you are ok with evil spouses then I am sure you will like this book, because Robyn is a wonderful writer.
I have an ARC to give away. Enter below. Happy reading.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Meet Pamela Dumond and her 21st Century Courtesan Series #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 12 comments

I'm a 21st CENTURY COURTESAN. I'm down to my last four clients. One wants to play me. One wants to buy me. One wants to marry me. And one wants to murder me. Will I get out in time...
Please welcome Pamela DuMond and her latest brilliant creation. And she has a little something for one lucky reader
21st CENTURY COURTESAN is a sexy, dark, addictive series filled with love, lust, family loyalty, deceit, revenge, and all the sweet little things in life worth killing for... 

Dear Readers of the talented, sweet, lovely Sue Berger aka Susan B James:
I used to write light and sweet with a side of snarky. Then I wrote angsty and sweet with a side of snarky. Welcome to Writing Version 3.0 -- bruised and battered with a side of heartbreak.
21st Century Courtesan is a story about a girl who survives a tough childhood where (NO SPOILERS) the people she loved were broken. Evie is empathic – she can feel in her own body what others feel in theirs. She suppresses her natural ability for years until she takes a job as a high-end escort. She uses her empathic ability to heal the bruised and battered souls of billionaires who lost their mojo, lost the spark that made them great.
Evie helps each man track down the bitter belief they bought into, the lie that made them second guess themselves and lose their power. Once the ugliness is revealed these men are smart enough to get back up and running. Return to ruling their worlds. Word spreads in small, elite circles, and suddenly Evie’s the ‘it girl. But success comes with a price -- one being the anonymous stalker who grows more resentful and violent with each passing day.
21st Century Courtesan series is Evie’s journey through broken hearts, broken bodies, and broken minds. The series consists of a prologue and four books named after the primary men in Evie’s life: TYCOON. PLAYER #1. MOVIE STAR #2. BELOVED #3 and HUSBAND #4.
Yes, there are cliff-hangers. Evie’s monogamous when she’s in a relationship so there is no cheating.  Yes, there’s a HEA at the end of book #4.  21st Century Courtesan is a bit of a wild ride, but IMHO, the journey’s worth it.

You can grab TYCOON – 21st Century Courtesan Prologue for FREE on all ebook platforms. Here’s the link on Amazon. TYCOON:21st Century Courtesan
Note from Sue. if you like the prologue, please leave a few words as a review on Amazon. Every review is a boon to an author. 
 Thanks for having me on the blog Sue! One of your lucky readers who comments and spreads the word can win a $5 Amazon Gift Certificate.
 Pamela (Writes a Dirty Book) DuMond
         You heard the lady. $5.00 Amazon Gift certificate. On behalf of my readers and me, thank you for being here.
Beautiful, broken billionaires pay Ma Maison Agency ungodly sums of money to be with me so I can help them heal. 
The work is brutal enough but now someone's stalking me. I’ve made enough money to support my family and I'm getting the hell out. I’m down to my last four clients.
One wants to play me. One wants to buy me. One wants to marry me. And one wants to murder me. Will I get out in time...

"If Sierra Simone and Skye Warren had a book baby it would be PLAYER." USA TODAY Bestselling author Samanthe Beck

“…breath-taking, beautiful, and brilliant. A must-read…” USA Today bestselling author Maggie Marr 

“…original, suspenseful, mysterious, sexy, and dramatic… a captivating read.” Angela Hayes

“An addicting read… I was hooked pretty much instantly.” E. Walsh

“I am ADDICTED! If I could give this book more than five stars I would. I devoured it in less than 4 hours… I can't wait for the next installment.” Liz Vrchota

“…was completely enthralled and blown away by this book!” Vegas Daisy

“…she was a strong independent woman… she was covering up for things that had happened in her past.” Katie83

“…loved this novel and could not put it down… addictive.” M. Ratclif

“... These two were hot, hot, hot! Like, keep a tall glass of water, and a fan nearby, hot.” Liz Vrchota

“Player is the first book in the 21st Century Courtesan series and what an amazing story it is.” Erica Wojdyla

“This book grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let go until the last...” Ashleigh

Tycoon: 21st Century Courtesan Prologue Copyright © 2018 Pamela DuMond ~ All rights reserved.  Player: 21st Century Courtesan Book One Copyright © 2018 Pamela DuMond ~ All rights reserved.
And here's the promised giveaway. Happy reading, my friends.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Innocent Wife A Spicy Western Historical Romance Meet The Authors Plus Giveaway. ARC

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 3 comments
I invited Cici Cordelia over because The Innocent Wife, the latest romance in their Brides of Little Creede series released this month.
They sent me an ARC  This is the first book I've read in the Little Creede series. Generally, Western Romance isn't my thing, but I loved The Innocent Wife for the well-done plot, the cast of characters, and the historical accuracy, (I really love correct historical detail.) They have created a loveable, liveable world in Little Creede. Now I have to go back and read the first two. Five Stars. 

Now since this is a new release, Cici is giving away ARC's of the book to readers willing to leave a review. Why? More reviews equal better sales. The first book in the series, The Substitute Wife, has 122 reviews with an average 4.5-star rating. So this a wonderful deal for you. Cici, (Cheryl-Char) thank you for being here.
Hi, Susan. Thank you for having CiCi—alias Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko—over today to discuss her new release, The Innocent Wife, Book 3 in the Brides of Little Creede Series.

Some Backstory:
First, a little bit about the series and how it came about. Cheryl’s mother and aunt were talking about how her great-grandparents met, from way back. This sparked the idea for The Substitute Wife, Book 1 in the series. Now, she knew the hero was named Harrison, but her mother and aunt couldn’t remember the wife’s name and would get that to her later.
Char and Cheryl brainstormed and began the book, coming up with Retta for the heroine’s name. They were well into the plot when Cheryl’s aunt Crystal got back to her with the great-grandmother’s name. And yes, it was Retta, with even the same spelling.
Obviously this was a story that was meant to be told.
Unfortunately, even though Cheryl’s mother read the entire book as it was written, and loved it, she passed away a week before it was published. The Substitute Wife is dedicated to Cheryl’s mother, and will always hold a special place in her heart.
Then came Book 2, The Dance Hall Wife. Cheryl and Char had so much fun writing these two characters. Frank is bigger than life, and Cat is a woman who can more than take care of herself and doesn’t let Frank get away with being an ass. Though some of their readers found him a bit rough around the edges, he continues to be one of their favorite characters. Big and gruff, poor Frank can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth, though he has a heart of gold. He’s a true match for the strong-willed Catherine Purdue, who would never be satisfied with a weak man.
Book 3 in the series, The Innocent Wife, is a heartwarming tale of love, redemption, and family, with a good dose of danger and suspense. The heroine, Vivian, is the younger sister of Harrison and Frank, and has been sheltered and protected all her life. Joshua Lang is the sheriff with a dark past, who doesn’t believe he’s good enough for the innocent beauty. Vivian has other ideas on the matter and sets out to prove she’s more than the shy Miss her family perceives her to be.
The entire series is doing very well, and CiCi’s readers have asked Char and Cheryl to continue with the stories. So, even though originally envisioned as a trilogy, CiCi now has at least four more books planned, including a 2019 Christmas novella.

Research, Research, and More Research:
Probably the most Char and Cheryl has ever done regarding researching a book!
With historical fiction it’s a necessary thing. Even historical experts have to go dig up facts, and CiCi’s no expert on the past. The Internet, historical sites, Urban slang and Etymology dictionaries, sites on silver mining, 19th century food, clothing, tools, medical issues, sexual terminology . . . they’ve used it all. Char would find herself suspicious of clothing description and had to go dig. If Cheryl questioned a term, she’d start downloading sites. On and on it went, until the series was finished. They learned a lot, most of it very useful, some of it kind of odd . . . and all of it fun.
Reader enthusiasm for the series and its townsfolk has led to a clamoring for more of Little Creede. Char and Cheryl find they have plenty more stories to tell, and can’t wait to get started.
CiCi hopes everyone continues to read and enjoy The Brides of Little Creede Series.

In the Meantime:
 CiCi would love to share the gorgeous cover and link for The Innocent Wife, plus the blurb and an excerpt from Chapter One!

JOSHUA . . .
As the Sheriff of Little Creede, Joshua Lang has had his hands full more than once. Protecting his town from a criminal bent on destructive revenge. Keeping the peace when Little Creede grows too fast for its own good during the height of the silver mining boom. Trying to remember a certain beautiful, shy, and sheltered young woman is off-limits because she’s the baby sister of his two best friends.
VIVIAN . . .
For Vivian Carter, it’s not easy being the younger sister of the Carter brothers, two of the strongest, most honorable men she has ever known. But she’s a grown woman now, ready for a life—and love—of her own. In trying to assert her independence and claim her womanhood, she finds herself stymied by not only her brothers’ overbearing opinions, but the maddening habit Joshua Lang has, of pushing her away just as things between them start to get “interesting.”

Excerpt from The Innocent Wife:
Little Creede, Colorado

Heat shimmered off the tin roof of the new jailhouse. With no breeze to speak of, the closer Sheriff Joshua Lang got to the front of the building and its overhanging portico, the more he sweated. He whipped off his hat and blotted his damp forehead. Time to open all three windows and pray for wind.
Fishing out the key from his pocket, he unlocked the heavy wooden door and stepped inside, placing the battered Stetson on a side table. Unclipping his double holster, he hung it on a nail embedded in the wall behind his desk and opened all the windows before he dropped into the lumpy old chair he swore he’d replace one of these days. Wasn’t going to be today, for certain. Or next week or even next month, judging by how busy he’d found himself lately.
His town was growing, and not always in a good way. Joshua had dreaded the day Little Creede started behaving like a boom town, and that day had most definitely arrived. As he scraped his damp hair off the back of his neck to help the cooling process along, he peered out the side window, eyeing the fancy new building across from Doc Sheaton’s office. From here, he could see the scrolled frontage and a corner of the sign with the lettering, ‘Gleason’s Gambling Galleria’ painted in bold red.
The structure had gone up pretty fast, with a grand opening occurring later in the month. According to the local rumor mill, its owner had come in on the mid-week stage from Silver Cache, stood seven feet tall, boasted orange hair, and had been seen only once outside the newly-painted Galleria. Joshua figured that wild of a physical description must’ve been exaggerated somewhat. He had to admit, though, he was damned curious.
Townsfolk saw welcome revenue coming from such a sprawling gamblers’ establishment, as well as trouble. It was Joshua’s job to see that the revenue outweighed the trouble.
His all-encompassing sweep of the main thoroughfare took in Loman’s Mercantile and Millie’s Milliners, nestled side by side and newly whitewashed, though Silas Loman would have to reapply the lime mixture within the year. For now, in the sun the buildings shone. A thrilled Betsey Loman had given her red-faced husband a big, smacking kiss of thanks right on the sidewalk in front of several folks who’d make sure to tease poor Silas for weeks. Probably months.
The Miner Stage House flanked the corner, its wide porch and polished rockers inviting a person to sit a spell and enjoy the day. From an upper open window Joshua caught a rich, womanly laugh that could only belong to Lucinda Carter, his best friends’ mother and the Stage House’s hostess-manager. An answering murmur, deep and rough, blended briefly and abruptly cut Lucinda off in mid-chuckle. Grinning widely, Joshua kicked back in his chair, clasping his hands behind his head.
Sounds like Dub’s getting himself a bit of afternoon delight. We should all be so lucky—
Then Joshua glanced beyond the Stage House, to the opposite corner where a short trail led to Little Creede’s schoolhouse. As if conjured out of his wishful thinking, the door swung open and Vivian Carter stepped out onto the stoop, dark hair shimmering in the late-afternoon sun, carrying a straw broom.
Speaking of trouble . . .
Petite and dainty, dressed in something yellow, the sight of Harrison and Frank Carter’s little sister always clutched deep within Joshua’s heart. As far as he was concerned, the girl was forever beyond his reach.
Too innocent. Too lovely. Too . . . endearingly virtuous. And young, by God. So young. In years as well as in life experiences. Sometimes Joshua felt a hundred years old instead of a birthday shy of thirty.
He swung his chair away from the window, determined to put thoughts of Vivian out of his mind. Easiest way to do that was to vacate his office, turn in the opposite direction, and go looking for some kind of rabble to squash.

The Brides of Little Creede Series Can Be Found On Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/BOLCSeries

You can find CiCi Here:
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/HeartfeltRomance

Cheryl Yeko:
Website: https://cherylyeko.blogspot.com/ ‘Where Love Always Wins’

Char Chaffin:
Website:  https://charbchaffin.wordpress.com/ ‘Falling In Love is Only the Beginning’
Thank you for being here, CiCi. 
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