Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Billionaire's Black Book

The Billionaire's Black Book

The Billionaire's Black Book (Newport Billionaires, Book 1) by [DeLuca, Amy]

About the Book:

Title: The Billionaire's Black Book | Author: Amy DeLuca | Publisher: Oxford South Press | Pages: 238 | Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance/Fairytale Retelling

Book Description:

She's been sent into the lair of the beast...
Newspaper writer Bonnie Hamelin has just been handed a dream assignment from her senior editor—an exclusive interview with billionaire author Jack R. R. Bestia, whose hugely popular fantasy series has been made into a hit cable show adored by millions of fans worldwide.

Correction—it should be a dream assignment, but for Bonnie, the prospect of interviewing this particular author seems more like a nightmare. It’s not just that he has a reputation for being reclusive and temperamental. And it’s not that she doesn’t like Jack’s books—in fact, she loves them—he's her favorite author of all-time. But the first (and last) time they met… well, let’s just say she didn’t make the best impression.

This beauty's brains terrify him...
Superstar author Jack Bestia does not have any interest in doing an interview. He does have:
-a huge deadline looming
-a strong preference for privacy
-some pretty nasty scars from his last relationship
-and a big, BIG secret.
He definitely doesn’t want a snooping reporter anywhere near his seaside Newport, Rhode Island mansion. Unfortunately, his publisher isn’t interested in his preferences, his schedule, or his excuses. The seventh and final book in his bestselling series is two years overdue, and Jack’s on thin ice, at risk of getting cut from the publishing house altogether. He has no choice but to welcome Bonnie into his private world.
But he doesn’t have to make it easy for her.
He’ll act every bit as beastly as the tabloids have claimed he does, and she won’t want to spend a minute longer in his presence than absolutely necessary. That plan—and an iron-clad non-disclosure agreement—will ensure that no one finds out the awful truth.

When Bonnie’s curiosity gets the better of her and she sees the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong place… Jack takes drastic measures, forcing her to stay in his secluded seaside castle until his new book comes out, a virtual prisoner. It’s the only way to protect his secret.

Unfortunately, he failed to anticipate the effect this clever and determined beauty might have on his household… and his heart.

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My Review:

This is a sweet contemporary romance that's also a retelling of my favorite fairytale, Beauty and the Beast! The story is well written and the pace is good. Although there isn't any magic, the author still manages to weave in generous amounts of iconic features from Beauty and the Beast. The characters are also likable. It's a standalone story, but the epilogue sets the scene for the next book in the series.

About the Author:
Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca

Amy DeLuca writes sweet contemporary romance and is the author of the Newport Billionaires series. She is a member of RWA, YARWA, The Golden Network, and has been honored numerous times with first place writing awards from different RWA chapters, including the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers and the Fire and Ice Award from Chicago North RWA. She's a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and has had her books featured in USA Today's Happily Ever After column as well as other prestigious publications.

She has been writing professionally since college graduation, working as a television news anchor and reporter for twelve years in four different states-- Mississippi, Tennessee, California, and Rhode Island. Then she retired from writing true stories and started making them up. Hers have way more kissing. Living now in New England with her husband and two children, Amy writes fiction full-time and also narrates audiobooks as well as doing voiceover work for radio and TV ads and corporate videos.

Amy loves to hear from her readers! Find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And be sure to join her mailing list to learn about new book releases and special sales as well as fun giveaways!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Flowers in Shades of Indigo and Violet with a Linky


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff

Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff

Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff by [Wilson, Sarah K. L.]

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Title: Dragon Tide: Dragon Staff | Author: Sarah K.L. Wilson | Pages: 92 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Baby dragons, adventure, and trouble – oh my!

A new series by USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson.

Seleska thought being chased by mercenaries was a problem, but with her baby dragon growing every day and her islander friends disapproving of him, she's in worse trouble than she thought. When she tries to embark on her own, things only get more heated.

Can Seleska keep her baby dragon safe ... especially now that she knows his secret?

Perfect for dragon lovers everywhere, DRAGON TIDE: DRAGON STAFF is episode two of DRAGONTIDE. Expect a new episode every eighteen days. Always free in Kindle Unlimited.

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My Review:

Dragon Staff is the second episode of a brand new series by USA Today bestselling author Sarah K.L. Wilson. Princess Seleska finds herself in a lot of danger and discovers new allies. Her little water dragon, Nasataa, is always by her side and growing quickly. We learn a bit about Seleska's and Nasataa's destinies. It's not what you would expect. We get to see more of her love interest, the blacksmith apprentice named Heron, too. Just when the story gets intense, it ends! At least the author is releasing a new episode every eighteen days, so I won't have to wait long. The Dragon Tide series is written with a younger voice, so I recommend it for middle grade readers and young adults.

I received an ARC. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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About the Author:
Sarah K. L. Wilson

Sarah K L Wilson

USA Today bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson, hails from the rocky Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband and two small boys. Her interests include the outdoors, history, and philosophy. Her books are always about fantastical adventures in other worlds.



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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Wild Flowers and a Linky


It's Spring in South Africa! I took these photos of the wild flowers this morning. There's such a wide variety. It's always neat to discover one that I haven't seen before and, on this particular walk, there were several!

We have the sweetest dogs! Both of them were adopted from shelters. Biscuit is our newest addition and she's the one in the photo above with Hubby. We're not sure what combination of breeds she is, but we suspect that she's part Border Collie, even though her coloring is something else. Koda is a our German Shepherd mix.






















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Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Vexatious Widow

The Vexatious Widow

The Vexatious Widow (Regency House Party: Havencrest Book 2) by [Pennington, Michelle]

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Title: The Vexatious Widow (Regency House Party: Havencrest Book 2) | Author: Michelle Pennington | Genre: Regency Romance | Pages: 130

Book Description:

A most unlikely temptation.

Mrs. Joanna Thorne infinitely prefers being a wealthy widow to being a miserable wife, but she is constantly swarmed by suitors with eager, insincere compliments. Fortunately, she has become quite adept at handling fortune hunters. When she meets Lord Tyndale at her friends’ house party, she knows she can help him thwart the charming rascal pursuing his niece. But why does it annoy him so? And why does she care for his good opinion anyway?

The last thing Lord Tyndale wants to do is accompany his beautiful, headstrong niece to a house party in Brighton. However, it is the only way to protect her from a disastrous marriage to the wastrel pursuing her. He should appreciate the help of a rather plain and meddlesome but capable young widow, but he finds himself increasingly annoyed as Joanna skillfully captures the fortune hunter’s attention.

She throws his life into disarray, won’t give him a moment’s peace, and drives him mad. So why does he find her so tempting? And why is he dreading the end of this very irregular house party?

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My Review:

Michelle Pennington is one of my favorite genre hopping authors. Every book of hers that I've read, I've enjoyed; from fantasy to contemporary romance, she does them all so well. This time it's a Regency romance and this one has all the feels! There are wonderful characters, a beautiful location, a little bit of suspense, and lots of witty banter. It's a fun clean read. There were some elements that could have been fleshed out further. For example, I thought Lord Tyndale would need to put his fencing skills to good use, but it only gets mentioned and nothing more. I wished the book could have been longer!

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About the Author:
Michelle Pennington


Michelle Pennington spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She loves to make magic by stringing words together, but she also creates designer sugar cookies, sings loud in church, and kills too many house plants.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Rescuing a Young Tortoise and a Linky


My husband gets the spotlight today! He's a conscientious South African. He rescued this young tortoise on a tricky stretch of road in the picturesque Nuy Valley. It has vineyards and olive groves surrounded by mountains. I have more pics of the Nuy Valley on 1camera1mom. And, the tortoise got over that barbed wire like a pro!






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