Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Protective One by Cami Checketts and a Book for 99 Cents!

Today Cami Checketts stopped by to tell us all about her new book. I love Cami's writing and this series is everything you want in a book.

Here's what Cami had to say about her new release: "I'm thrilled to release the sixth Billionaire Bride Pact Romance, The Protective OneI had a great time researching this book in the beautiful valley of Crested Butte, Colorado with my mom, dad, and little sister. We also loved doing the cover.

The picture is my oldest son and his adorable prom date. They were such a fun and sweet couple. I had to include a picture of their faces for you too. I know I'm prejudiced, but aren't they adorable? We took picture after picture of their shoes and they patiently posed, even when we'd say, "Hold her closer." Great mom and aunt trying to get the teenagers to snuggle up!"

Blurb for The Protective One:
Betrayed by an FBI agent while in protective custody, MacKenzie Gunthrie escapes a crime lord and is left hiding from the authorities and her enemies. She finds solace in the peaceful mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado. With help from a longtime girl's camp friend and a new identity, she's starting to feel safe. The only problem is the overconfident and much too good-looking Isaac Turnbow. Protecting identity has become second nature, but Isaac poses a threat to her heart.
Isaac Turnbow has an undeniable need to convince MacKenzie he’s someone she can trust and kiss, but when well-armed men arrive to disturb their budding relationship, he must prove to her and himself that he can protect her.

Here's an excerpt from Cami's brand new book The Protective One:
The only way MacKenzie would be safe to go home again was when she heard that Solomon Squire had been booked into a maximum security prison where he belonged. She sighed, hoping that day would come soon, but forcing herself to acknowledge it might never come.
“You keep pulling that face and it’ll stick that way.” The slow drawl of Haley’s older brother, Isaac, from the open doorway made her stomach smolder, and that ticked her off almost as much as the insult, but at least she didn’t jump in fear at a man’s voice.
“Maybe I like my face this way.” She stood to face him and wished his looks were as off-putting as his sarcastic personality. But no, his face was perfect—olive skin, manly lines, and those green eyes that drew her in. Of course he had to have dark hair with just the right amount of curl and beefy muscles in all the right places.
Isaac reached up and touched the skin next to her mouth. She tingled and tried to back away, but ran into the shelf. His hand dropped to his side.
“You look stressed.”
“Thanks. Such a compliment.”
“I’m sorry.” He shoved a hand through his curls. “Haley would kick me in the pants if she knew you were unhappy. Take a break. I’ll watch the shop for a while.”
MacKenzie’s eyebrows rose. “When did you decide to play nice?”
Isaac scowled. “You still mad at me because I called you one of the gold diggers?”
“Oh, big surprise that I would take offense to that.” They’d met for the second time in over ten years when Haley had brought MacKenzie into the store to train her. The only downside of this escape plan was she’d been so excited to see Isaac again. He was her first—not to mention most amazing—kiss at the very mature age of fourteen. He hadn’t remembered her or the kiss and that alone had about taken her under. His first line to her was, “Oh, another one of Haley’s gold digger friends looking for a billionaire.” What a jerk. A heartbreaking, much-too-good-looking jerk.
“Hey, I’m sorry, all right?” He glanced at the display over her shoulder. “Don’t get all offended.”
“Don’t get all offended?” MacKenzie pushed around him, but unfortunately brushed against his muscular arm. She felt the connection all the way down to her toes and it frustrated her even more.

Find The Protective One Amazon * Goodreads
To celebrate the release, The Feisty One, will be on sale for only $.99 until September 10th. *I absolutely loved this story that has underpinnings in the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Double Take is a Thrilling Suspense Novella That Readers will Love

I'm very excited to introduce another story in the Silver Cascade Suspense series. I enjoy writing mystery/suspense with a dash of romance and this novella has all of those things plus a kidnapping! I first came up with this idea over ten years ago!! I jotted down a first chapter, later made it into a short story, and then let it simmer until the time was right. I need to especially thank my daughter for encouraging me to write this story. She found one of my old manuscript pages in the scrap paper drawer and started reading it and begged me for the rest of the story. And now you have the rest of the story too! I hope you enjoy this one.
Double Take is available on all e-reading platforms currently.

Here's what reviewers are saying:

“For a novella, this had so much story and so much action, it was a fast read with my heart on my sleeve.”
--Vicki Goodwin, Reviewer
“Good, quick read. The author always does a great job with character development and suspense for such short stories.”

--Plantain Hill, Reviewer

Here's more about this novella:
When Mandy’s car is stolen with her two young daughters inside, the police think it’s a car-jacking gone wrong, but she can’t forget the determined look in the man’s eyes as he drove away. Mandy and her husband, Nick, are on the verge of divorce and the kidnapping is a wake-up call. All of their differences and problems can’t stand in the way of a parent’s love. In order to find their children, they’ll have to forgive each other and learn to work together. But they don’t have years or even months to make this happen . . . according to the kidnapper, time is running out. 

The first novella in the Silver Cascade Suspense series, Silver Cascade Secrets, is available as a free eBook when you sign up for Rachelle's VIP news. If you're interested, click here: 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review of I Can Forgive with God by Ganel-Lyn Condie

Today's book is a little different than the usual light-hearted fiction, but it's one that I was eager to read. I Can Forgive with God is a collection of stories of healing from Mormon Women compiled by Ganel-Lyn Condie.
I used to think I understood forgiveness--it's something you give to a person when you do something wrong, right? Yes, it is, but it's so much more than that. What about when you are the person who is innocent? The person who has done absolutely nothing wrong? According to the Bible, we are all required to forgive. In my personal life, I've never had trouble offering and accepting forgiveness when the offense was a two-way street, but I've learned so much about another side of forgiveness that for me, has been a huge challenge. I Can Forgive with God may be a book that can help you find peace if you've struggled to forgive someone in a situation where you were an innocent party. This book encompasses all kinds of scenarios and needs of forgiveness, but this is what spoke to me because it's what I needed to hear right now. I needed to hear the reminder, that no matter what has happened to me, I Can Forgive with God.  Thank you, Ganel-Lyn Condie for producing a beautiful book that helps people draw closer to Christ and utilize the atonement and the amazing power of forgiveness.

Here's more about this book:
Are unresolved feelings of anger, resentment, and guilt keeping you from living your best life? It’s time to let go of the pain and make the life-changing decision to forgive. A stirring new work from best-selling author Ganel-Lyn Condie, I Can Forgive with God features the personal accounts of an incredible group of women who have harnessed the power of forgiveness after enduring the furnace of affliction. From divorce and death to addiction and abuse, these sisters’ experiences are linked by one common truth: the power of absolution is available to all through hard work and faithful reliance on our loving Heavenly Father.
The women spotlighted in these stories have come face-to-face with devastating tragedies and trials, ultimately learning to forgive those who have hurt them—including themselves. With the help of this book, you too can find strength in the Lord—the giver of grace—to see your mistakes and others’ through the lens of forgiveness.
I Can Forgive with God is a beautiful and inspirational book because we have all been there before, and we’re all looking for that grace for ourselves and others.”
—Richard Paul Evans
In I Can Forgive with God, Ganel-Lyn Condie shares a treasure trove of stories on forgiveness that will help you learn how to forgive others. The lessons within these pages will transform your life.”
—Seth Adam Smith, blogger/author/featured in the
Sitting on the Bench Mormon Channel video
“This book will bring healing to many as they learn that forgiveness is really a gift we give ourselves.”
—Janice Kapp Perry

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I've shared.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen, My Review

Today I'd like to share a new book in the Proper Romance line from Shadow Mountain books and this one is a Steampunk Proper Romance.

When I first started reading Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, it took me a minute to find my footing as I realized that maybe I didn't know steampunk very well. In essence, this book takes place in London, long ago but the steampunk part is that people have access to electricity in Tesla coils and many clockwork mechanisms that provide transportation, robots, and even airships (planes). Also, there are vampires and werewolves. Not what I was expecting at all from a typical proper romance and totally different from Nancy's earlier release, My Fair Gentleman, (which I reviewed here) but this book was just as good. Once I recognized what continent/age I was supposed to be in, then I burned through this book.

The book blurb:
When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.
Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?
Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?

My thoughts: This novel had everything I love in a great story. Lucy is an interesting character and a force to be reckoned with. I loved the interactions of her and Lord Miles Blackwell. I also loved the mystery throughout! It was fun to watch the romance unfold even as I paid attention to the clues that Allen left along the way. I liked the otherworldly connections and the drawback to one of my favorite fairy tales--Beauty and the Beast. Allen is an excellent writer and she's created another enchanting story that I highly recommend. If you haven't tried Steampunk before--don't let that scare you. This story has all the same classic underpinnings as a traditional proper romance novel.

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I've shared.


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