Its June and that means one thing…Wedding Season ! I have something very special to share with you on the blog today. For the past week I have spending time with The Once Upon A Wedding Anthology from the award winning authors from the Fiction From the Heart collaborative. Oh my. I am not shy that I love the second chances trope.
This anthology is magic, and brilliantly done. Full disclosure, it was my intention that I was going to read a few of these fantastic novellas and write my review. Nope. Didn’t happen. I. READ. THEM. ALL. Did I mention your getting over 800 pages of second chance love stories? Swooooooon!
About the Book: You are getting ELEVEN stories!
Say I do…
Eleven best-selling and award-winning authors request your presence as they share all-new novellas that will have you humming the wedding march and dreaming of champagne toasts. It’s easy to tie the knot with these heartwarming, second chance love stories.
I Do, Again by Jamie Beck
A makeup artist who is forced to become her bridezilla client’s eleventh-hour bridesmaid is dumbstruck to discover her ex-husband is a groomsman and he wants a second chance.
Weather or Knot by Tracy Brogan
Two meteorologists with a turbulent romantic history join a team of storm chasers and discover that love, like lightning, sometimes strikes twice.
The Runaway Bride by Sonali Dev
A groom has one night to convince his runaway bride that her fears that he’s settling for her are anything but true.
Starboard Vow by K.M. Jackson
A cruise director is taken off course when the country’s hottest bachelor – and her secret husband – arrives aboard her ship for a whirlwind cruise.
A Wedding in Swan Harbor by Donna Kauffman
A widowed blueberry farmer is reunited with her late husband’s best friend when he returns to escort her daughter down the aisle.
Snowbound in Vegas by Sally Kilpatrick
A Best Man and Maid of Honor loathe each other…until they’re stuck in a cabin meant for a honeymoon.
Star Struck: Take Two by Falguni Kothari
Embroiled in a Bollywood stunt wedding, an A-list manager is torn between doing what is right for her celebrity client or seizing a second chance with the bad boy groom herself.
Always Yours by Priscilla Oliveras
With love in the air at a familia wedding, two high school sweethearts separated by their misguided mistakes just might find their second chance for a happily ever after together.
Home Sweet Home by Hope Ramsay
Family secrets tore them apart as teens but a wedding in Sweet Home, Virginia, may give star-crossed lovers a second chance at forgiveness and love.
Inseparable by Barbara Samuel
Thwarted high school sweethearts meet again in the gorgeous Colorado mountains for a wedding…of their children.
A Morning Glory Wedding by Liz Talley
A florist responsible for the break-up of the bride’s first marriage gets a chance for forgiveness and a new love with a hunky pastor.
Miss W’s Review:
If you love weddings (who DOESN’T) and second chance stories, then this anthology is what summer was made for! Ahhhh the second chance trope. All the stories centers around couples that are getting that ever elusive second chance at finding love.
I have read books from all of these author’s and it was no surprise that every story in the collection is 5 STARS from Miss W !
It was fun revisiting some familiar characters and meeting some new ones as well.
The stories are well written with characters that you will instantly fall in love with, I know that I did. The stories are romantic, heartwarming, heartbreaking and joyous. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I felt it all and LOVED every minute. Kudos to these authors for the ability to craft such wonderful complex stories in a novella. I am in LOVE!
You guys know I like a deal, well I have a deal for you, I can’t even believe it.
If you preorder this anthology your only paying $.99 for all eleven stories.
Seriously I can’t even get a half cup of coffee for that much.
Go pre order your copy on Amazon , this price won’t last long.
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
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Let me know what stories in this anthology your swooning over!
Happy Wedding Season!
Until the next chapter,
An Unsettled Grave is the Second book in the Santero and Rein crime thriller series by Bernard Schaffer.
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
About the Book (Synopsis):
In this brilliantly chilling follow-up to The Thief of All Light, veteran police officer Bernard Schaffer digs deep into the past–and the haunted psyches of the detectives who search for truth . . . at any cost.
“There’s a thousand scavengers in these woods.”
Before being promoted to detective, Carrie Santero was given a rare glimpse into the mind of a killer. Through her mentor, Jacob Rein–a seasoned manhunter whose gift for plumbing the depths of madness nearly drove him over the brink–she was able to help capture one of the most depraved serial killers in the country. Now, the discovery of a small human foot buried in the Pennsylvania woods will lead her to a decades-old cold case–and the darkest secrets of her mentor’s youth.
“Nobody trusts an animal that tries to eat its own kind.”
Thirty years ago, a young girl went missing. A police officer was murdered. Another committed suicide. The lives of everyone involved would never be the same. For three agonizing decades, Jacob Rein has yearned for the truth. But when Detective Carrie Santero begins digging up new evidence, she discovers some answers come with shattering consequences
Miss W’s Review:
5 Thrilling Stars!
I have not read the first book in the series, but that was not a problem at all. This is a stand alone and let me tell you it STANDS ALONE, in the best possible way ever.
The story is told in alternating timelines between the present and the past, with multiple character perspectives which I really enjoyed. The past story from some 30 years ago was so engaging I couldn’t put this book down. If your looking for a short read, this isn’t it. The plot is well developed with intricate multi layered story lines.
The characters are well developed, complicated and some are likeable and some are not, which fits perfect into this genre.
I really enjoyed An Unsettled Grave. Pre-order your copy on Amazon.
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I am happy to bring you my stop on the Blog Tour for Ashes in A Coconut by Bo Kearns in Partnership with Suzy Approved Book Tours!
About The Book:
Publication Date: May 15, 2019
Moonshine Cove Publishing
To save her marriage, Laura Harrison accompanies her husband Jack to Indonesia where he is to take over as president of troubled bank; but when her premonitions become reality, events spin out of control. Laura expects their new home in Jakarta to be a romantic hideaway like something out of a classic Bogart movie. Instead she walks into a house of horrors. White sheets cover Gothic furnishings, and black garments hang in the closets. It’s as if the former occupants had fled from some danger. Despite feelings of doom, Laura is determined to make things work. At the local market she’s appalled to see a baby orangutan for sale, its mother having been killer by loggers. She resolves to save the endangered primates and their rainforest habitat. As Laura attempts to grow closer to her husband, they become at odds over his shady business dealings. And when his secrets and life of lies are revealed, Laura finds herself alone and responsible for her own destiny.
Miss W’s Review:
4 Stars from Miss W!
This Book is different than what I was expected and I really enjoyed this debut authors novel. I enjoyed that it took place in Indonesia . I embraced the characters, especially the protagonist Laura.
In Ashes in a Coconut Laura’s husband Jacks takes a new job , which is located in Indonesia and Laura must leave her very different life in NYC which sends them to Indonesia and Laura must leave her New York Home, job, and lifestyle.
This book has elements of superstition, rituals, marriage trials, and self discovery.
The plot was great and there is an element of corruption which takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride.
At its core, this is a romance, but much more than that.
I think readers of all genres will enjoy this story.
About The Author:
BO KEARNS, journalist and writer of fiction, is the author of Ashes in a Coconut, a novel set in Indonesia, where he lived for three years. He is a feature writer with Northbay biz magazine and the Sonoma Index-Tribune newspaper. His short stories have won awards—First Prize, Napa Valley College writing contest, Honorable Mention-Glimmer Train Fiction Open competition, and Finalist- Redwood Writers On the Edge genre competition. Other works have been published in the annual California Writers Club Literary Review, Napa Valley Writers First Press, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine and Sonoma: Stories of a Region and Its People. He is a UC Naturalist, beekeeper, avid hiker and active supporter of conservation causes. He lives in the wine country of Sonoma with his wife. Learn more at http://bokearns.com/.
Ashes in A Coconut is available now. Let me know what you think.
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Have y’all read The Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series yet? I am pretty sure people from New England don’t say y’all but I cannot help myself. I am excited to bring you my review of Book 7 in this series, Hitches, Hideouts & Homicides by Tonya Kappes.
But first, we need to gossip a little! That’s what they do in Kentucky (where the series takes place) and let me tell you I have lots to share!
First, I went to Book Lovers Con in New Orleans last week (BLOG post coming soon) and guess who I met? Yep. My girl Tonya Kappes! It was so much fun , I was fangirling a little bit. I mean its not like I signed up for ALL of her events, oh yeah I did.
Are y’all ready for the really good gossip?????? Hold on to your britches, as Tonya would say! A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series has been ….wait for it…
OPTIONED FOR FILM!!!!!!!
To Celebrate , Book 1 is on sale for a limited time for $1.99 ! What a Steal!!!!
So let’s move on to Book 7, Hitches, Hideouts & Homicide. I so loved this book!
About the Book:
Everyone in Normal is excited for the Hoe Down to celebrate the opening of the new Old Train Station motel grand opening.
The evening comes to an abrupt end when a lightning storm knocks out all the power. At least, that’s what appears to have knocked out the electricity. But things aren’t always as they appear.
Mae West has a way of sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong and finds herself in a dangerous situation when she finds a treasure map that leads to more than just treasure. . . a dead body!
Miss W’s Review:
|5 FANTASTIC Stars!
I am so happy to be back in Normal , Kentucky and visiting Happy Trails Campground. Honestly, reading this series makes this New Englander want to travel to Kentucky!
The last owner of the Old Train station is found murdered and let me tell you the suspects are piling up!!!! Some are even linked to a 40 year old bank robbery, but I won’t give away too much except did the robbery really happen?
Mae West (yes that’s her real name) is back and so is the Laundry Club. These characters are so full of life and entertaining and smart!
The story had me flipping pages with those wonderful twists that the author has such a talent at intertwining into the mystery. This is an action packed edge of your seat mystery.
I enjoyed every minute of it , and I thought I knew who the culprit was , and I was TOTALLY wrong.
Highly recommend this book and the entire series.
You can preorder Hideouts, Hitches & Homicides NOW on Amazon!
Tell me how excited you are for this new release ! I am so excited!!!!!
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I am pleased to be partnering with St. Martin Press and delighted to be on tour for The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister.
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
About the Book:
Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.
Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.
Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.
About the Author:
Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
Miss W’s Review:
First and foremost, I have to say that using scent as the main theme in a novel is unique and not easy to pull off. Not only does the author pull it off, but she does it brilliantly.
This book fascinated me and was packed with lyrical imagery. The author’s ability to describe scents so vividly the reader felt as if they could actually smell them. What I loved were the flawed characters and the secrets that unfolded during the course of the story.
This book is an extremely powerful book about love, family, trust, and our relationship with not only each other but the scents that surrounded the main character.
The Scent Keeper is thought provoking. Have you ever walked into a room and a scent enveloped you and instantly you were taken back to a different time and place? I have. That association between a scent and a memory or memories is prevalent and poignant and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment reading this novel.
Chapter 1 Sneak Peak:
Back before there was time, I lived with my father on an island, tucked away in an endless archipelago that reached up out of the cold salt water, hungry for air. Growing up in the midst of the rain and moss and ancient thick-barked trees, it was easy to forget that the vast majority of our island was underwater—descending down two, three, five hundred bone-chilling feet. Forever really, for you could never hold your breath long enough to get to the bottom.
Those islands were a place to run away, although I didn’t understand that at the time. I had nothing to run from and every reason to stay. My father was everything. I’ve heard people say that someone is their “whole world,” their eyes filled with stars. But my father was my world, in a way so literal it can still grab my thoughts, pick them up, and toss them around like driftwood in a storm.
Our cabin was set in a clearing at the center of the island. We were not the first to live there—those islands have a long history of runaways. Almost a century ago there were French fur trappers, with accents that lilted and danced. Loggers with mountainous shoulders, and fishermen who chased silver-backed salmon. Later came the draft dodgers, hiding from war. Hippies, dodging rules. The islands took them all in—the storms and the long, dark winters spat most out again. The beauty there was raw; it could kill as easily as it could astonish.
Our cabin had been built by the truest of runaways. He set up in a place where no one could find him and built his home from trees he felled himself. He spent forty years on the island, clearing space for a garden and planting an orchard. One autumn, however, he simply disappeared. Drowned, it was said. After that the cabin was empty for years until we arrived and found the apple trees, opened the door. Raised the population of the island to two.
I don’t remember arriving on the island myself; I was too young. I only remember living there. I remember the paths that wandered through those watchful trees, the odor of the dirt beneath our feet, as dark and complicated as fairy tales. I remember our one-room cabin, the big chair by the woodstove, and our collection of stories and science books. I remember the smell of wood smoke and pine pitch in my father’s beard as he read to me at night, and the ghostly aroma of the runaway’s pipe tobacco, an olfactory reminder that had sunk into the walls and never quite disappeared. I remember the way the rain seemed to talk to the roof as I fell asleep, and how the fire would snap and tell it to be quiet.
Most of all, I remember the drawers.
My father had begun building them when we moved into the cabin, and when he was done they lined our walls from floor to ceiling. The drawers were small things, their polished wooden fronts no bigger than my child-sized hands. They surrounded us like the forest and islands outside our door.
Each drawer contained a single small bottle, and inside each bottle was a piece of paper, rolled around itself like a secret. The glass stoppers of the bottles were sealed with different colored waxes—red in the top rows, green for those below. My father almost never opened the bottles.
“We need to keep them safe,” he said.
But I could hear the papers whispering inside the drawers.
Come find me.
“Please?” I’d ask, again and again.
Finally, he agreed. He took out a leather book filled with numbers and carefully added one to the list. Then he turned to the wall of drawers, pondering his choice.
“Up there,” I said, pointing up high to where the red-wax bottles lived. Stories always begin at the top of a page.
My father had built a ladder that slid along the wall, and I watched him climb it almost to the ceiling, reaching into a drawer and drawing out its bottle. When he was back on the ground, he carefully broke the seal. I could hear glass scritching against glass as he pulled out the stopper, then the rustle of the paper as he unrolled it into a plain, white square. He leaned in close, inhaling, then wrote another number in the book.
I meant to stay still, but I leaned forward, too. My father looked up and smiled, holding out the paper.
“Here,” he said. “Breathe in, but not too much. Let the smell introduce itself.”
I did as he said. I kept my chest tight and my breath shallow. I could feel the tendrils of a fragrance tickling the inside of my nose, slipping into the curls of my black hair. I could smell campfires made from a wood I didn’t recognize; dirt more parched than any I had ever known; moisture, ready to burst from clouds in a sky I’d never seen. It smelled like waiting.
“Now, breathe in deeply,” my father said.
I inhaled, and fell into the fragrance like Alice down the rabbit hole.
– – –
Later, after the bottle had been stoppered and sealed and put back in its drawer, I turned to my father. I could still smell the last of the fragrance lingering in the air.
“Tell me its story,” I asked him. “Please.”
“All right, little lark,” he said. He sat in the big chair and I nestled in next to him. The fire crackled in the woodstove; the world outside was still.
“Once upon a time, Emmeline . . .” he began, and his voice rolled around the rhyme of it as if the words were made of chocolate.
Once upon a time, Emmeline, there was a beautiful queen who was trapped in a great white castle. None of the big, bold knights could save her. “Bring me a smell that will break the walls,” she asked a brave young boy named Jack . . .
I listened, while the scents found their hiding places in the cracks in the floorboards, and the words of the story, and the rest of my life.
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I am so excited to bring you a review for a book I am honestly giddy over!
Pride, Prejudice & Other Flavors by Sonali Dev is by far one of my favorite Fiction books of 2019. Published 5/7/2019 by William Morrow Publishers.
About the Book:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
· Never trust an outsider
· Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
· And never, ever, defy your family
Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.
Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.
As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.
Miss W’s review:
|Pride and Prejudice and Other Flavors is a modern retelling of the classic.
This gender flipping version is brilliantly crafted. I loved the authors spinning of traditional gender norms. The difference is in social classes is sharply emphasized. The culture is beautifully described, well written and descriptive.
I fell in love with the characters and their diverseness. They were complex in nature but relatable and beloved.
The descriptive nature of the food literally left my mouth watering.
I was engrossed from the first page. The author took a popular story and made it her own. I really enjoy that the book was only loosely based on the original classic.
I very much enjoy learning about the Indian culture and traditions.
I have read MANY retellings of Pride & Prejudice and this was my absolute FAVORITE.
5 FANTASTIC stars!
I cannot possibly recommend this book enough!
About the author:
I am thrilled to bring you a Book Review for Emily Gone by Bette Lee Crosby.
Before we get to the Book, here is a little bit of information about this award winning author:
A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course in this powerful and compelling novel by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.
When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.
Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.
When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?
Miss W’s Review :
This book gave me “all the feels” as they say! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Southern Fiction and this story hits all the boxes for me. I was taken away from page 1. Lets talk about these characters. I felt so attached to them from page one, I truly felt like I knew them.
This book is so uplifting and the author is a master of her craft in developing a story line that is complex and compelling. Though there is loss and and sad elements in the story, the reader feels a deep sense of empathy for them. For me, this is story telling at its finest.
Miss W gives Emily Gone 5 beautiful stars. I highly recommend this great read.
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Until the next chapter,