Thursday, May 23, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Hers to Protect by Catherine Lanigan


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Hers to Protect
(Shores of Indian Lake #11)
By Catherine Lanigan
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
April 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s sworn to protect…

But does that include a speeding celebrity?

Violet Hawks is a by-the-books police officer—so when she catches a man speeding, she arrests him. Only, the man is famous race car driver Josh Stevens. To make amends, Josh launches a charm campaign, and it works on the small town…and on Violet. But when Josh is connected to an investigation, Violet begins to wonder—can she trust her instincts when her heart is involved?


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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, RESCUED BY THE FIREFIGHTER and HER TO PROTECT (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com.

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My Review: 

Hers to Protect is the eleventh installment from Catherine Lanigan’s series, Shores of Indian Lake. I thought this story was great. Violet and Josh were such total opposites, making their chemistry fun and delightful. The mystery and suspense to the plot, also, makes for good reading. 

I give Hers to Protect a well deserved five plus stars. I hope to catch up on the Shores of Indian Lake in the near future to find out what has happened prior to this one. I recommend this one for readers who enjoy good, clean, and heartwarming romances.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Review Tour and Giveaway: Empty Handed by Jo A Hiestand

Empty Handed
by Jo A Hiestand

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GENRE:   British mystery

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BLURB:

One dark night artist Craig Saxton went missing from his village.  His body was found thirty-two hours later in the river, floating like a bobber on a fishing line. Rumors swell like tidal waves: did his ex-wife or his fiancée’s father kill this likeable young man? Or was it simply a case of jealousy by the village’s other artist? Now, two years later, Craig’s fiancée hopes ex-police detective Michael McLaren can find out. From speaking to villagers, McLaren quickly realizes that what appears to be a straightforward investigation is fast becoming as tangled as fishing lines. Are the fish poaching incidents, the reappearance of the local ghost, and assaults on him merely to muddy the investigative waters, or are they connected to Craig’s death? McLaren has his hands full. They become even fuller when a nemesis from his past appears one night, bent on revenge. And the inevitable struggle opens a new future for one man…and leaves the other empty handed.


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EXCERPT

They settled at a table they considered theirs. It was in a corner, diagonal to the pub’s front door. Sitting with the wall behind them and their faces to the door was a habit McLaren kept from his days as a working detective. And it was one habit he was in no rush to break.

Jamie set his glass mug on a cardboard beer mat and leaned forward slightly. The reddish streaks in his otherwise brown hair shone under the overhead light. “Congrats on solving the murder of your uncle’s first fiancée, by the way. Do you like his new bride? What’s her name?”

“Karen. And yes, I like her. I wasn’t too sure when I first met her, but she has a lot of inner strength. She’s good for him.”

“And where are you off to now?”

“Linnden.”

“That’s not far. Near Hartington, isn’t it? On the River Dove?”

“Yeah. Small place. And it sounds like an odd case. The woman, Victoria Childs, doesn’t know who else to turn to for help.”

“So, she turns to you.” Jamie smiled, his eyebrow raised. “She’s made a brilliant choice.”

McLaren let the comment pass unanswered. “She wants me to find the killer of her fiancé. His name’s Craig Saxton. He was an artist, quite prominent in the local area, though you couldn’t swear it by me.”

“You frequent art galleries only when your sister has something to exhibit.”

McLaren nodded, his fingers sliding down the sides of his glass. “Anyway, this Craig Saxton had been missing for one and a half days. His body was found against the sluice gate in the river.”

“Not good.”

McLaren snorted at the understatement. “He was also missing his right hand.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British.  Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folk singing stint.  This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Peak District mysteries and the McLaren cold case mystery series.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy, from police methods and location layout to the general feel of the area, has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research.  These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.

In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English.  She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

Her cat Tennyson shares her St. Louis home.

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My Review

Empty Handed is the tenth installment from Jo A Hiestand's series, The McLaren Mysteries. i have only read one other book of this series and feel each one can be read as a stand alone. Though, I would love to catch up and see what had happened in the other books. 
Empty Handed is a pretty good and enjoyable read. It was a quick story that I had read in nor time. There were twists and turns I did not expect. 

I give Empty Handed four and a half stars. I recommend it. I am looking forward to more by this author in the future. 


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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Exposed Jean-Philippe Blondel

Jean-Philippe Blondel

on Tour May 15-28 with Exposed  

Exposed

(fiction) Release date: June 4, 2019 at New Vessel Press 157 pages ISBN: 978-1939931672 Website | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS

A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a celebrated painter. This unexpected encounter leads to the older man posing for his portrait. Possibly in the nude. Such personal exposure at close range entails a strange and troubling pact between artist and sitter that prompts both to reevaluate their lives. Blondel, author of the hugely popular novel The 6:41 to Paris, evokes an intimacy of dangerous intensity in a tale marked by profound nostalgia and a reckoning with the past that allows its two characters to move ahead into the future. [provided by the publisher] NB: this is NOT erotica!Exposed deals with the joys and uncertainties of youth, as well as aging and regret, thwarted friendships and loves, and nostalgia and searching for renewal. It’s beautifully written and sensitively translated from French, highly engaging and accessible to a wide array of readers. It contains no explicit sex or anything that would put off a reader open to the experience of good literature.”

EXCERPT

Excerpt from EXPOSED by Jean-Philippe Blondel (New Vessel Press), translated by Alison Anderson.


I didn’t belong there. I wandered through the succession
of rooms, with a glass of overly acidic champagne in
my hand. I looked at the other guests. Their self-confidence,
the way they held their heads. Their facial expressions. They
formed familiar little clusters, burst out laughing, glanced
over at rival groups, occasionally glanced at the canvases,
gushed noisily, turned away, murmured a spicy anecdote or
scathing commentary into the ear of an acolyte, demolishing
the opus they had just praised in the blink of an eye. The men
wore jackets that were self-consciously casual. The women
in little black dresses shrieked with laughter, and regularly
reached up to touch their male partner’s arm or shoulder.
A gallery opening, with all its decorum. In fact, it pretty
much lived up to the stereotypical image I had of such events.
I did not attend this kind of gathering on any regular basis.
In my fifty-eight years on this planet I have not, in the end,
spent much time in the world of visual arts. This was only
the second time I had ever been invited to this sort of occasion.
The first time was over a quarter of a century ago. Back
then I had gone with a friend who was feverishly exhibiting
his work with other local artists. We had hung his paintings
ourselves.

Whereas this evening, of course, was different. The
painter was local, yes, but his fame had spread all the way
to Paris and even abroad. Alexandre Laudin: living proof
that art has no regard for either geographical or social origins—
he was born and grew up in this provincial town, in
a housing development where his parents still lived. But I
imagined him comfortably ensconced in the tenth or eleventh
arrondissement. Bastille, République. Where the pulse
of life beats faster.

Laudin has done the town and its inhabitants proud.
He is our cultural guarantor, the reference we like to slip
into a conversation, just to show that it is not only in Paris
that, etc. His name began to pop up ten years or so ago,
if I remember correctly. Ever more frequent articles in the
local, then regional and national papers. A discreet but steady
ascension. Last week his photograph was on the front page.
To announce this exceptional exhibition, a sort of miniretrospective
of five years of pictorial research. The paintings
would be on display in this gallery for only two weeks before
flying off to Rome, London, or Amsterdam, where admirers
were beginning to grow impatient. But before going global,
Laudin had insisted on this exhibition in his stronghold. The
journalist had emphatically praised his loyalty to his place of
birth. The message was clear: Alexandre Laudin, at least, did
not think he was God’s gift. The opening was on a Friday
evening. A private party. By invitation only. I remember
smiling as I studied Alexandre Laudin’s portrait in the paper.
I hardly recognized him. He didn’t look like the student I
had taught English to, twenty years earlier. I must have had
him in première, but he made no impression on me. I smiled,
the way I did every time I used the verb “to have” to describe
the relation between student and teacher. Monsieur Bichat?
I had him in cinquième. You’re lucky you didn’t have that old
bag Aumont. This is how we define ourselves, us and them.
We belong to each other for a few months. Then we set one
another free again. We forget one another.

Nowadays, of course, I would notice Alexandre Laudin.
On the photographs that appeared in the papers he was staring
at the lens with a hard, almost insolent gaze. He exuded
money and self-regard. Physically, he seemed to have filled
out considerably, whereas I recalled a skinny boy, a scrawny
cat in the corridors of the lycée. He must have become an
ardent member of gyms and spas. With his shoulder-length
hair and three-day stubble he could have been the face of
some advertising campaign for men’s cologne.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

portrait de Jean-philippe Blondel Jean-Philippe Blondel was born in 1964 in Troyes, France where he lives as an author and English teacher. His novel The 6:41 to Paris has been acclaimed in both the United States and Europe.

ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Alison Anderson is a novelist and translator of literature from French. Among the authors she has translated are JMG Le Clézio, Christian Bobin, Muriel Barbery and Amélie Nothomb. She has lived in Northern California and currently lives in a village in Switzerland.
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MY REVIEW

Exposed is the second book I have read by Jean Philippe Blondel. I have found the writing to be quite different than what I am used to. Though it did take me a bit to get used to, it is quite refreshing and unique to go outside of my comfort zone.

Exposed tells the story of an old English teacher and one of his famous students, who has since become a famous artist. The former student asks the teacher to model for him for a series of some upcoming works. This begins the two reexamine their past, present and future. I enjoyed that part of the story where they both learn how to grow.

I give Exposed four and a half stars. I would recommend this quick read for readers who enjoy reading books involving art culture where they can too learn something about themselves.
Exposed is most definitely worth a read.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.