New Books!

So the past week I won these books from Source Books  from retweeting online for the contest to win these beautiful books below!  It was through their romance twitter account sourcebookscasa

I am excited to read these books!

Which one stands out for you?
Which one should I start with?

Authors that are mentioned:
Regina Cole
Shana Galen
Stefanie London
Sharon Sala
Margaret Brownley
Samantha Chase



Two Book Reviews by Samantha Chase

Samantha Chase
Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date:  February 7, 2017

What the book is about:
…from his fans
…from his past
…from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.

…to her friends and family
…to her online food blog
…to the man she loves

Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway…

My Review:
Since I read “One More Promise” by Samantha Chase, I decided to check out her other books.  This one was the next one that I picked out.   To be honest the cover caught my eye! I then decided to read the summary of the book as I took the book home from the library!

While reading this book, I managed to read it in about three to four days since my time was broken up doing mom stuff and all that!   I enjoyed how both charcters Matt and Vivienne.   Matt comes across as a regular person who is trying to cope with his failed concert.  Rejection is a tough thing to deal with and since he is in the spotlight, it probably feels like everyone is out to get him.   He ends up talking with his manager as he decides to get away from the media circus.  So then he goes off to his friend’s house and does not tell anyone where he is.   He begins to be so hard on himself but that changes when Vivienne comes into the picture.

Vivienne is just a ray of happiness and wants the best for Matt.  She does her best trying to get him to see the brighter side of things. It takes Matt some time to realize this.   Of course, she introduces him to food since she is a food blogger.  I love this interaction between Matt and Vivienne and food!  It is so awesome.  I love how Vivienne is a blogger and does her photography and cooks!  I wish I could cook that well. ( I think my meals are okay.  They aren’t fancy meals or anything like that….)   Anyways sparks fly between the two!  It is so cute, sweet and may want to see these two last forever.

They do have have their hot and cold moments through the book which is gives you a great story.  In the end they both realize something about themselves and each other. This book left a smile on my face as I enjoyed it quite a bit.   Go check it out.



Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers (Book 6)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: October 3, 2017

What the book is about:
Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding – and deliciously handsome – artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.

There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.

With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?

My review:
This is the next book I picked out to read.   It took me a bit longer to get into it for some reason.

Darcy ends up going to Ben’s place in the snow and mountains to help him out with his work.  In the beginning Ben and Darcy butted heads but in the long run they really were attracted to each other.  It takes them a little while to realize this in the book.  It was interesting to see how they play off of each other and how they sometimes both jump to conclusions on things.

Darcy is very family oriented where Ben is not.  They are both stubborn and set in their ways too.  They both have inner demons to deal with and somehow end up telling each other that they needed to deal with it.  Neither one of them did not want to deal with it!  They kept pushing their issues aside.  Slowly but surely they do deal with their issues towards the end of the book.  My reaction to this part was like “Yes they finally realize it!!!  Now hurry up and try to get back together?”

I loved how Darcy reacts to Ben’s house.  Ben is quite a handy man and also has an appreciation for fixing up the home he has.  He has a gift for woodcrafting which is pretty amazing.  I can picture the whole thing going down but I am a little nervous about those power tools!   (I did take a woodworking class back in the day of junior high school and it freaked me out but I did it!)  When you get to the part in the book about the mantle, I hope you will giggle like I did.   That part was awesome!

I hope you like this book as much as I did!   Samantha does a great job with stories including romance, drama, family and problems.



These Books Caught My Attention

All these books seem to have something that we can all relate to: choices.  Put yourself in the main character’s journey and see where it takes you.


The Life Lucy Knew
By Karma Brown
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Row
Date: June 12, 2018

After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she’s known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven’t even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail—right down to the dress she wore to their wedding—is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy’s mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma.

Her psychologist explains the condition as honest lying, because while Lucy’s memories are false, they still feel incredibly real. Now she has no idea which memories she can trust—a devastating experience not only for Lucy, but also for her family, friends and especially her devoted boyfriend, Matt, whom Lucy remembers merely as a work colleague.

When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she’s been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is.



The Bookshop of Yesterday
By Amy Meyerson
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Park Row
Date: June 12, 2018

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy—and one final scavenger hunt.

When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books—now as its owner—she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store’s shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy’s last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy’s past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda’s mother has kept hidden—and the terrible secret that tore her family apart.



They Come In All Colors
By Malcom Hansen
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Atria Books
Date:  May 29, 2018

It’s 1968 when fourteen-year-old Huey Fairchild begins high school at Claremont Prep, one of New York City’s most prestigious boys’ schools. His mother had uprooted her family from their small hometown of Akersburg, Georgia, a few years earlier, leaving behind Huey’s white father and the racial unrest that ran deeper than the Chattahoochee River.

But for our sharp-tongued protagonist, forgetting the past is easier said than done. At Claremont, where the only other nonwhite person is the janitor, Huey quickly realizes that racism can lurk beneath even the nicest school uniform. After a momentary slip of his temper, Huey finds himself on academic probation and facing legal charges. With his promising school career in limbo, he begins examining his current predicament at Claremont through the lens of his childhood memories of growing up in Akersburg during the Civil Rights Movement—and the chilling moments leading up to his and his mother’s flight north.

One More Promise Review


One More Promise
Samantha Chase
Shaughnessy Brothers: Band on the Run (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date: February 6, 2018

Dylan Anders is making amends. After hitting rock bottom, he’s got something to prove and this time, there’s no looking back. Unfortunately, looking forward has him trying to volunteer for a literacy campaign where he has to win the approval of the one woman who seems unaffected by his charm. He never expected it to be easy, but he certainly never expected to have to work quite so hard to win one woman’s approval.

Ambitious Paige Walters is ecstatic when she’s hired to recruit musicians for a literacy campaign―it’s her chance to prove she’s got the chops to make it in the family business. When Dylan steps in, she immediately dislikes him and vows not to let the fallen idol screw it up. But as the work brings Paige and Dylan closer together, their attraction grows…and so do their challenges

My Review:
Okay I saw this gem at my local library while searching for another book.  I knew I had to read it……because the cover caught  my attention.  The model is stunning. Yes the tattoo and the cute model caught my eye.  Plus the graphics popped out so well too. I picked up the book and turned it over to read the story to see if it would capture my attention.  Yup it did!

I checked the book out along with another and then had to haul butt to go get my children from school.  I wanted to read it right away but sadly I had to deal with a thing called parenthood and all that jazz.

A day went by as I finally to start reading this book at night after the kids were asleep.  I read the first few chapters and I liked it quite a bit.  I even squealed at a few parts in the book.  Eventually I had to sleep because I knew my children would get me up early in the morning.  Sleep is important.

The next day arrived and I did the usual routine with kids.  Eventually I sat down and read the book.  I could not put it down.  I repeat I could not put it down.  I had coffee, the book and a blanket.


Cozy isn’t it? 

I wanted to know what was going to happen to Paige with her job and her personal dilemma with her family.  Of course Paige has this major cool idea for work but it does not go the way she expects.  She has her ups and downs.  Why does it not go her way?  It has to do something with her family.   Ariel, her sister seems a bit of wanting to take it all the credit for the work and her father, shall we say likes to play favorites?   Read it and tell me what you think.

Dylan comes into the picture as he is on a path to change his life.  He joins in on the event that is planned by Paige and Ariel.  Somehow Dylan sees things  and wishes Paige would stand up for herself.  Paige and Dylan click really well!  I love how they first meet, it so damn amazing.  I can kinda see myself a bit like Paige in this part or perhaps I would be more shy.   You’ll see how they both click throughout the book and that they end up thinking on things seriously.   The way Samantha writes the story and how real the characters are,  you can relate to it!

I could actually see a bit of myself in Paige.  After all I do have a thing for reading, books and stories.    I also could dream of having a guy like Dylan…(maybe one day..)   I think musicians rock. They are so creative in their own outlet with music.  I’m getting off the topic.

I have to say one word : Cake Pops! 

Read the book to find out what that is all about!

You bet I am going to get more of her books!


By the Book

Would you want to read this book?



By the Book
By Julia Sonneborn

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Date:  (February 6, 2018)

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past…and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

The Sea Before Us


The Sea Before Us
By Sarah Sundin

Series: Sunrise at Normandy (Book 1)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Revell
Date:  (February 6, 2018)

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

Okay I admit the cover caught my attention…the pretty blue!!  I love the color blue who doesn’t?   I admit the cover did remind me a bit of Wonder Woman.  Anyways the plot of this book sounds interesting.  I wonder how much research the author did when she wrote this or did she just write from her imagination.  I like how friendship turns to love from the summary plot but it makes me wonder will it last?    It is going in my to read pile.  I have too many to reads again!   Yikes!!    

A Country Escape


A Country Escape
Katie Fforde

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Century
Date: (March 27, 2018)

Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true.

She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers.

But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows.

She’s going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour – who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive.

Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself?

The art was whimsical when I saw it and I knew I had to post about this book.  I am so going to read this. Who wouldn’t want to read about this?  An adventure, life, love and friendship all combined together.  I bet this book will have some bits that will make you laugh.  So go check it out today.