Archive | November 18, 2013

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Review – Stolen Hearts – Christy Newton

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Twenty-two year old, Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure – life isn’t fair. She’s still an emotional wreck from the tragic loss of her parents seven years ago. Right after she gets her PI license she is not only robbed, but abducted, only to find her life was all a lie. When she finds her mother’s diary, she discovers she was only a pawn in her mother’s dangerous game. Now she must get back what is rightfully hers from the man that murdered her mother.

Hot and mysterious, Simon Fisher has really only loved one thing – jewels. This ex-jewel thief, now bodyguard, doesn’t even know what hits him when he rescues Cammie as a favor to her father. Simon must protect her, but soon finds out where there’s trouble Cammie isn’t far behind. She will not only steal his prized jewel, but his heart.

Allyson’s Review

Stolen Hearts was a touching, funny romance story that had action as well as suspense. Cammie had thought her parents were killed in a plane accident when she was 15. Cammie was left by her aunt at an upscale hotel and apartment complex, the Lipton Hotel with her inheritance but she felt abandoned and lost. Her housekeeper, Nora, became her stand in mother, and met her two close friends Dinah and Miles. After Cammie’ s house was robbed, she received a strange letter from her aunt and kidnapped she finds her parents were jewel thieves and the whole thing was a set-up to keep her safe. Cammie was strong, caring, forgiving, understanding, considerate and kind.

Her rescuer was Simon, whom was charming, sexy, kind, understanding, considerate, supportive, protective, brave and skilled. Simon also happened to be her Father’s close friend and bodyguard. The chemistry between them was sizzling but both had their own issues to deal with, not to mention the stolen ruby that puts everyone in danger.

This was a hot, steamy read that also tugged at your heartstrings. I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more by Christy Newton. I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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SSLY recommended read

Book Spotlight – Sweetwater Springs Christmas

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Christmas in Sweetwater Springs: A Montana Sky Short Story Collection

 E. AYERS – CHRISTMAS FAR FROM HOME

Far from home, a young Wyoming rancher and the daughter of a Montana railroad man learn the true joy of Christmas is in giving.

www.ayersbooks.com

LINDA CARROLL-BRADD – WISHES ON A STAR

Will a wish on a star foretell the future of a young suffragette and a visiting rancher?  

www.lindacarroll-bradd.com

MJ FREDRICK – ABIGAIL’S CHRISTMAS ANGEL

A lonely widow and a lonelier marshal make peace with their past.

www.Mjfredrick.com

DEBRA HOLLAND – THE GIFT OF MUSIC

Can two reserved people overcome their limitations and find love?

drdebraholland.com

DEBRA HOLLAND – A FAMILY FOR IKE

A newly-orphaned boy finds and unexpected family.

drdebraholland.com

DEBRA HOLLAND – THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS

The town banker learns that perhaps some things are more important than money.

drdebraholland.com

PATY JAGER – A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER

Ida doesn’t remember the last two years, but her husband is determined to find her and reignite their love.

JILL MARIE LANDIS – UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

A spinster discovers it’s never too late to embrace love and the surprises life has in store. 

www.jillmarielandis.com

 

TRISH MILBURN – A NEW HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

A woman scarred in face and heart finds love with a cowboy.

www.trishmilburn.com

 

LINDA MCLAUGHLIN –  THE BEST PRESENT

A grieving ten-year-old girl anticipating a sad Christmas receives some holiday surprises.

 

www.lindamclaughlin.com

BEV PETTERSEN – THE CHRISTMAS CROSSING

 

With a little Christmas magic, two searching hearts discover they can bridge much more than a raging river.

 www.BevPettersen.com

TORI SCOTT – A PROMISE FOR CHRISTMAS

Faced with her first Montana winter without her husband, Rachel Tanner and her young son need a miracle.

 

http://toriscott.blogspot.com

 

CYNTHIA WOOLF – SUGARPLUM DREAMS

Julia Bosworth travels west to fulfill a special dream and finds her heart’s desire.

 

 www.cynthiawoolf.com

Excerpt: A Gift of Music by Debra Holland

Peter Rockwell stood behind the front desk counter of The Livingston, the newly opened hotel in Sweetwater Springs, Montana. With apprehension tightening his stomach, he watched a snow-and-mud-covered cowboy–their first guest–stagger through the doorway of his pristine lobby. This is it–the time to come out from behind the scenes of running a hotel and put myself in front of the public.

Next to him, Isaac Lawson, the young desk clerk, stiffened at the sight of the “guest.” Even though Isaac had worked for a year at the prestigious Rockwell Hotel in downtown Boston, serving everyone from middle-class people scraping together the funds to celebrate a special occasion to the crème de la crème of society occupying a lavish guest suite, neither of them, Peter felt, was prepared for dirty drunken cowboys.

The cowboy loosened the front of his coat, exposing his double-holstered gunbelt.

Make that, prepared for armed dirty drunken cowboys.

We should have been. We’re in a ranching town, after all.

The cowboy doffed his hat. His mouth gapping, he studied the large evergreen in the front corner of the lobby as if he’d never seen one before. And perhaps he hadn’t. At least not one that rose twenty feet into the air, gleaming with glass ornaments imported from Germany, gold bows, and unlit candles. The man probably wouldn’t notice the tree lacked silvery tinsel. Peter still hadn’t tracked down the box he’d ordered weeks ago, which the merchant claimed to have sent.

The cowboy glanced at the grand piano opposite the Christmas tree, then eyed one of the tapestry-covered wing chairs as if he were about to collapse into it.

More concerned with the risk to the new furniture than his safety, Peter called upon the managerial dignity he’d so often seen his father and uncles assume and strode over to the man. “Welcome to The Livingston. How may I be of service?” The words came out stiffer than he would have liked. His shyness often made him sound pompous, and he couldn’t seem to overcome his natural reserve.

The cowboy’s eyes were red-rimmed, his shoulders sprinkled with the snow that had sifted down over the town for the last half hour or so. “I heard you have rooms?”

Relieved not to smell alcohol on the man’s breath, although the rest of him was ripe enough to make Peter’s nose twitch, he gave a small bow. “Indeed, we do. You’re in luck because we’re offering grand opening specials. You’ll find all our rooms have comfortable beds.” To his relief, the speech he’d practice to himself rolled off his tongue. “And we have bathtubs with hot and cold running water.” He hoped the cowboy took the hint. “The bathrooms are on each floor on either side of the hall. We offer laundry service for a small additional fee.”

The man gave him a tired smile. “A bath and food and sleep, in that order. I’ve been riding for days.” He patted his shirt pocket. “Shipped a special stud East on the train. I have the funds.”

“Congratulations.” Peter mentioned the costs of the various rooms.

The man chose an inexpensive one and shuffled over to the front desk to sign the, as yet, empty register.

Crisis averted, job accomplished. With a sigh, Peter glanced down at the mud tracked on the polished wooden floor and across the corner of the blue Persian carpet.

Our first guest.

On the morrow would come two famous performers, one the exquisite Songbird of St. Louis and the other a world-class harpist.

How well will I handle elegant women who aren’t exhausted cowboys?

COME CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF SWEETWATER SPRINGS CHRISTMAS

Monday, November 18th, I will be hosting my first ever Facebook launch party at: https://www.facebook.com/events/628356887207612/?ref=br_tf.
I will be joined by ten other authors who’ve contributed short stories to Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Anthology. Throughout the day, we’ll be “chatting” and doing playful question and answers. Each hour there will be plenty of giveaways, and at the end of the day, commenters will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.
The party starts at 9:00 am Pacific Time and ends at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. The two random drawings for the grand prizes will take place at 5:00 pm. I hope to see you there!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Debra Holland is a three-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and one time winner. She is the author of the Montana Sky Series, sweet, historical Western romances and The Gods’ Dream Trilogy, fantasy romance. In February, 2013, Amazon selected her book Starry Montana Sky as one of the top 50 Greaters Love Stories. Her latest book is Sweetwater Springs Christmas: A Montana Sky Short Story Collection.

Debra is giving away a copy of last years Christmas Anthology

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To one lucky commenter! Tell us your favorite thing about Christmas!