Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Samantha by Andrea Kane

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Samantha
by Andrea Kane
on Tour October 2016

Samantha by Andrea Kane

Book Details
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Number of Pages: ~418
Series: Book 2 in “Barrett Family Series” (You won’t want to miss Book 1, My Heart’s Desire, either!)

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Read Samantha! You can purchase your own copy at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, AND add it to your reading list on Goodreads!

Synopsis:

Lady Samantha Barrett wondered if her imaginary hero would ever become real. Of course, he must be devastatingly handsome and just a bit dangerous. Now, her coach is filled with a collection of Gothic novels and her head with romantic notions as she eagerly leaves her brother’s country estate for her first London season. Still unsophisticated and too innocent by far, Samantha is ill-prepared for the hypocrisy of the ton or for the formidable stranger who crosses her path—a stranger she is sure must be the man of her dreams…

Remington Worth, the Earl of Gresham, is reputed to be anything but a hero. He is, however, intrigued by the fresh, young Lady Samantha. At sea, Remington had been a brilliant captain. To help save his country, he has accepted the Crown’s commission to become the most deadly and loyal covert agent, posing as a notorious womanizer and blackmailer. His latest mission is to investigate the mysterious disappearances of England’s prized merchant vessels. With an iron will, he will allow no one to get in his way or touch his heart—until Samantha.

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Review: The Saint Louisans by Steven Clark | #BookReview





The Saint Louisans : A Novel by [Clark, Steven]

Print Length: 300 pages

Publisher: Walrus Publishing (August 30, 2016)

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B016ZNAAAK

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

FictionZeal’s Review:

Meet Lee Bridger, a hospice nurse, who has just been specifically requested by Margo Desouche, the matriarch of one of the founding families of Saint Louis.  Margo has cancer and is facing life’s end.  Lee does wonder why she is chosen to sit at the bedside of this lady who could have only the best of everything.  The two do become drawn to each other.  And then, as it happens in rich families, Margo’s children are positioning themselves for what will surely be a windfall inheritance.  However, they stand allied with a group vowing to demolish the historic mansion for the good of the community – a new affordable housing project.

Have you ever seen one of those street signs telling you the way to go and they literally point all over the place?  In some respects, this story does the same thing.  I think it would have been better to take the story in one amazing direction instead of pulling in a lot of detail that ultimately had nothing to do with the story.  The story itself is incredible although somewhat predictable.  I fell in love with the personality and character of Lee Bridger almost immediately.  She’s so in tune with others, though, that she tends to lose sight of herself.  As a hospice nurse, this serves her well, but in her personal life, it doesn’t.  Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: My Heart’s Desire (Barrett Family Series #1) by Andrea Kane

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Book Details Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Number of Pages: ~ 402
Series: Book 1 in “Barrett Family Series”

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

Synopsis:

Lady Alexandria Cassel scorned London’s frivolous social whirl, seeking adventure as a stowaway aboard a merchant ship. Drake Barrett was the vessel’s powerful captain—and a cynical duke who disdained a noble’s shallow life. At sea he revealed neither his origins nor his wealth, and to Alexandria he was simply a man who made her cool reserve fly with the winds… whose desire for her was as wild as the ocean they sailed.

Caught in the crossfire of war, they were shipwrecked on an idyllic island, where they tasted perfect passion… and tenderness. But Drake dreaded the day of their rescue—when his love would discover that the virile man she adored was at the pinnacle of the aristocracy she despised. Hardly did they suspect the base treachery that would soon threaten them… and the dangers each would brave to join forever their hearts and lives!

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Book Tour & Excerpt: A Black Sail (Coleridge Taylor Mystery #3) by Rich Zahradnik

A Black Sail by Rich Zahradnik

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Published by: Camel Press
Publication Date: Oct 2016
Number of Pages: 264
ISBN: 1603812113 (ISBN13: 9781603812115)
Series: Coleridge Taylor Mystery, 3rd (Stand Alone Novel)

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

Book Synopsis:

On the eve of the U.S. Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, not fluff, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a housewife is fished out of the harbor wearing bricks of heroin, inferior stuff users have been rejecting for China White, peddled by the Chinatown gangs. Convinced he’s stumbled upon a drug war between the Italian Mafia and a Chinese tong, Taylor is on fire once more. But as he blazes forward, flanked by his new girlfriend, ex-cop Samantha Callahan, his precious story grows ever more twisted and deadly. In his reckless search for the truth, he rattles New York’s major drug cartels. If he solves the mystery, he may end up like his victim–in a watery grave. Book 3 of the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series.

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Book Tour & Review: The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda | #BookReview

The Goodbye Year by [Rouda, Kaira]

Print Length: 309 pages

Publisher: SparkPress (May 3, 2016)

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B0197ZE3FG

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

FictionZeal’s Review:

This story begins by examining Melanie’s feelings about her son, Dane’s, last year in high school before heading off to college.  However, this is not just her story.  Indeed it is the feelings, thoughts, and fears of the members of five different families all of which are facing their child’s last year before leaving home.  While this story takes place in Crystal Beach, California, a more affluent neighborhood, these are issues that are relatable no matter where you live.  But, there’s much more going on in this community than just the kid’s senior year of high school.  It’s a common story yet it is not at all predictable.

I love that Kaira Rouda tells this story through several perspectives.  It is a humorous look at this period in their lives, but it is also emotional and heartbreaking as well.  The character depth is great, and it is no small task for this author with the large cast of characters.  If you have trouble initially keeping up with who is who, you will soon be able to keep them separated in your mind as each has their own distinct personality.  Rating: 4 out of 5.

4 spectacles

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Release Day Launch & Excerpt: I’ll Get You by Sam Rule & Kelli Peters

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PTA president Kelli Peters had a normal, happy life in Orange County, California, where she volunteered at her daughter’s school, carpooled, and took care of her family. When a school parent angrily accused Kelli of keeping her son waiting during the afterschool pick-up, it appeared to be a simple confrontation with an overprotective mother. Kelli soon learned, however, that she was the target of a twisted plot against her that involved drugs, lies, schemes, and a campaign to ruin her life. The vendetta led to reputations tarnished, careers lost, secret lives uncovered, two parents in jail, families destroyed, and a $5.7 million dollar civil judgment.

“I’ll Get You!” Drugs, Lies, and the Terrorizing of a PTA Mom is the true story of an ordinary American woman who survived an evil conspiracy that turned her life upside down and shook her hometown to its core.

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Book Tour & Review: The Buried Book by D.M. Pulley | #BookReview

The Buried Book by [Pulley, D. M.]

Print Length: 410 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (August 23, 2016)

Publication Date: August 23, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B01AFZTHCQ

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

FictionZeal’s Review:

Abandoned.  That’s how nine-year-old Jasper Leary felt when his mother, Althea, woke him up early one morning and took him to his Uncle Leo’s farm … then left him there.  As she pulled away, we’re told, “Jasper didn’t know what he’d done, but it must have been something awful.  She wouldn’t even look at him.  A sob swelled up, choking the air out of his throat until he couldn’t breathe.”  She said she’d be back soon but soon didn’t come.  Jasper had to learn the hard and sometimes gory work associated with his uncle’s farm.  His cousin Wayne, a couple of years older, seemed to be well-adjusted to the hard life.

Then, there are the secrets associated with the farm – the adjacent house that was not only in disrepair but had apparently been caught in a fire.  Wayne caught him snooping around inside and told him if ‘Pop’ ever caught him in there, he’d “skin ya for sure.”  What Wayne didn’t know is that Jasper had found something – a diary his mom had written when she was younger.  When Jasper had enough of the farm, and it didn’t take long, he determined he’d find what happened to his mom.

This is as much a story of Jasper’s coming of age as it is of Althea’s past.  I loved the subheadings before each chapter.  They are significant and a teaser of things to come.  Animal lovers will have a difficult time reading certain passages of this story and I dare say, the images will stay with them a long time.  This is a historical fiction of the early 1950’s giving us a credible picture of simpler times on the one hand, yet danger and corruption on the other.  It carries us from the farmland or heartland of Michigan to the streets of Detroit.  It is truly suspenseful; the author told it with a dark ‘take the gloves off’ approach.  The innocence of Jasper’s character was portrayed exceptionally well.  Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3.5 spectacles

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Book Tour & Review: The Branson Beauty (Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery #1) by Claire Booth | #BookReview

The Branson Beauty: A Mystery (Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries) by [Booth, Claire]

  • Series: Sheriff Hank Worth Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 19, 2016)
  • Purchase Link: Amazon

 

FictionZeal’s Review:

What an embarrassment.  The Branson Beauty had been sailing Table Rock Lake near the Ozark Mountains for more than thirty years.  Now it has run aground with over 100 passengers aboard and Sheriff Hank Worth needs to work through the logistics to get everyone, mostly seniors, off the boat safely.  When Hank is first going through the scene, he’s walking with ‘The Company Man’, who says, “Um, Sheriff?  We, uh, were hoping to keep this quiet.”  Hank hits him with the truth.  “Unless you think that the two of us alone are somehow going to either unstick that boat or swim all those people to shore, I don’t think this is going to stay quiet.”  But as it turned out, running aground wasn’t the worse part of this scene.  It was the dead girl, later identified as Mandy Bryson, who the sheriff found in the dining area.

Mandy was a high school track star.  Earlier that evening, she’d been distressed at seeing her boyfriend, Ryan, with a new girl.  Sheriff Worth was relatively new, having left his job as a police officer in Kansas City.  Now he has a murder to solve and there are many suspects to go through.

I’m so glad to have gotten in on the ground floor of this new mystery series.  The story was rich with fascinating characters and the dry humor that I love so much.  While character elements are especially important to me as a reader, Claire Booth didn’t stop with only giving us rich characters, she also gave us a well-structured plot and a fast-moving pace.  Oh, and did I mention, it is her debut novel.  My only complaint, quite honestly, is I want the next book in the series … now!  Rating: 5 out of 5.

5 spectacles

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Book Tour: The Black Thumb (Professor Molly Mysteries # 3) by Frankie Bow

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The Black Thumb: In Which Molly Takes On Tropical Gardening, A Toxic Frenemy, A Rocky Engagement, Her Albanian Heritage, and Murder (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 3) by [Bow, Frankie]

Print Length: 344 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943476187

Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 30, 2016)

Publication Date: April 30, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B01E3JRMC2

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

Synopsis:

When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness-the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.

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Review: Shattered by Death (A Jo Oliver Thriller #2) by Dr. Catherine Finger | #BookReview

Series: A Jo Oliver Thriller

Paperback: 270 pages

Publisher: HopeSprings Books (June 6, 2016)

ISBN-10: 1938708741

ISBN-13: 978-1938708749

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

FictionZeal’s Review:

The second book in the Josie Oliver mystery series proves to be a very challenging case for Jo who is also the Chief of Police in the town of Haversport, IL.  For one thing, she’s being framed for the murder of her estranged and abusive husband and his girlfriend.  For another, Josie is a Christian, and as such, is challenged to place herself by faith more solidly in the hands of God.  Those two deaths are just the beginning for the real serial killer and each death is designed to make Josie look more like the primary suspect.

There are several twists in this fast-paced thriller serving to keep the reader guessing.  Josie (Jo) is a very believable heroine who is compassionate.  Even though she’s represented as strong, she has weaknesses as we all do.  The cast of secondary characters’ personalities were also depicted well and I believe this series will show them growing closer together like a close-knit family.  The ending is dramatic, but with hangers … which is not my favorite style of ending.  This does have some romance as she reconnects with former boyfriend, Nick Vitallero, an FBI Special Agent.  She’s not entirely sure she can trust him as her ex had put her through the ringer.  The entire story is a clean read as Dr. Finger is a Christian author.  Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3.5 spectacles

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