So, I’m super, super excited! Why, you ask? Because. I am not ashamed to admit that I shamelessly begged Ms. Cross for a review copy of her awesome sounding book, Miss Mabel’s School For Girls, the first in her Network Series. And, guess what? She agreed! *happy dancing* And, guess what else? She agreed to be featured here today with a post she wrote special for y’all. Oh, and the best part? She’s closer to me than you could imagine….I think that is just superbly awesomesauciness! *Big Grin* So, I’m turning the floor….err….page….over to Ms. Cross. Happy Reading! What Miss Mabel’s School For Girls….Isn’t By Katie Cross Like every other twelve-year-old girl, I used to count down the days until the latest romcom’s came out. Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes, Kate Winslet — love, love, love! Who doesn’t want to be swept away in the arms of love with her prince that happens to have an adorable Scottish burr and rippling pectorals? Raises hand. Me, actually. When it comes to books (and movies since now that I’m older than 13) I’ll pass on the goopy romance, thanks. I like stories with reality and meat. I like girls that have heart and… Read more »
The Highlander’s Reward (Book One) Publication Date: July 19, 2012 Paperback; 262p She belonged to another… Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she reaches Stirling where she is to wed, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Fighting for her life, she is whisked from her horse by a warrior fighting with William Wallace who escapes with her into the Highlands. But was destined to be his… The last thing Laird Magnus Sutherland wants is a wife…but that is exactly what he got when he saved the beautiful English lass. Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. When she is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to marry her. Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle. And that’s where the trouble begins… Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for the ultimate revenge.
The Boleyn Bride Brandy Purdy Kensington Publishing February 25, 2014 272 pages Amazon BN ADD TO GOODREADS From carefree young woman to disillusioned bride, the dazzling lady who would become mother and grandmother to two of history’s most infamous queens, has a fascinating story all her own… At sixteen, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne–while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne… When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances–and catches the lusty king’s eye. But those who enjoy Henry’s fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband’s machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one–and the Boleyn family’s fortune may be turning.
Magical Christmas Memories by Gina Ardito I grew up with a mother of Polish descent, so there were always lots of bad ethnic jokes and the perfect excuse for every screw-up (“My Polish is showing.”) in our household. But we also had some wonderful traditions—like at Christmas. For us, Christmas Eve was the most important holiday of the year. In my story, “The Gift of the Magic,” featured in the Christmas anthology, Mistletoe and Magic, I managed to cover a lot of the holiday traditions so important to my mother’s ancestral heritage. There were a lot, though, I didn’t get to include. So, come back the house on Long Island in the 1970s where I grew up, and share some traditional Polish Yuletide cheer. Don’t worry that you weren’t invited: according to Polish custom, surprise guests are considered good luck for Christmas. We’ll have to enter through the back door, though, because the dining room table has taken over the living room to accommodate all the guests, making opening the front door impossible. The pink-and-silver artificial tree is in one corner—decorated—but no presents sit beneath it yet. Dad’s already got the television set to Channel 11’s “Yule Log.” It’s a… Read more »
Blame It On Texas Christie Craig Hotter in Texas, #2 Forever/Grand Centeral Publishing/Forever August 28, 2012 464 pages Amazon|BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State’s richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez. Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ private lives. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe-even risk his heart.
So LA Bridget Hoida Lettered Press June 20, 2012 384 pages Amazon | BN RBM’s Disclaimer Magdalena de la Cruz breezed through Berkeley and built an empire selling designer water. She’d never felt awkward or unattractive… until she moved to Los Angeles. In L.A., where “everything smells like acetone and Errol Flynn,” Magdalena attempts to reinvent herself as a geographically appropriate bombshell—with rhinestones, silicone and gin—as she seeks an escape from her unraveling marriage and the traumatic death of her younger brother, Junah. Magdalena’s Los Angeles is glitzy and glamorous but also a landscape of the absurd. Her languidly lyrical voice provides a travel guide for a city of make-believe, where even Hollywood insiders feel left out. Like a lane change on the 405 freeway during rush hour, Bridget Hoida skillfully navigates the impossible. In So L.A.Hoida offers both a satirical and sympathetic portrait of contemporary Los Angeles through the penetrating prose of her female protagonist. Evoking a dynamic and materialist landscape, So L.A. introduces readers to the unforgettable voice of an extremely talented new writer.
John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty Mary-Elaine Swanson & Ben Gilmore Nordskog Publishing May 1, 2012 432 pages Amazon RBM’s Disclaimer Mary-Elaine Swanson has done an invaluable service for this and subsequent generations by resurrecting awareness and presenting an accurate knowledge of John Locke and his reasoning through an uncensored view of his life, writings, and incalculable influence on America. This book will help Americans understand the importance of Locke’s thinking for American constitutionalism today. You will learn the real meaning of the “law of nature” as it was embraced in Colonial America and the separation of church and state embraced in the Constitution. The founding fathers looked to Locke as the source of many of their ideas. Thomas Jefferson considered Locke as one of the three greatest men that ever lived. Locke advocated separation of the state from the church and extension of religious toleration. Locke’s political writings were an enormous influence on America’s founders in the preservation of liberty and the establishment of representative government. Locke’s contributions to American Liberty can clearly be seen interwoven in our colonial Declarations of Rights, paraphrased in our Declaration of Independence, and incorporated into our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Declaration… Read more »
Not Fit For A King Jane Porter Royalty Dup, #1 Harlequin; Reprint Edition May 22, 2012 192 pages Amazon|BN provided by Author Sound Relations RBM’s Disclaimer 4/5 Books The Impostor Princess… It’s the stuff of fairytales: Hannah agrees to help out a princess, and within hours finds herself engaged to a king! But this dangerous charade has to end fast — the electrifying chemistry between them feels far too real! …and the King! Zale’s royal bride-to-be looks like the pampered princess he’s being forced to wed — yet she transforms into a feisty woman who makes his blue blood run hot! But is she fit to be his queen? Zale will just have to tempt her out from beneath her tiara to find out!
Perla Carolina De Robertis Knopf March 27,2012 256 pages Amazon|BN provided by publisher RBM’s Disclaimer 5/5 Books Perla Correa grew up a privileged only child in Buenos Aires with a polished yet aloof mother and a straight-laced Naval officer father, whose profession she learned early not to disclose in a country still reeling from the abuses perpetrated by the deposed military dictatorship. Although Perla understands that her parents were on the wrong side of the conflict, her love for her Papá is unconditional. But when she is startled by an uninvited visitor, she begins a journey that will force her to confront the unease she has long suppressed, and make a wrenching decision about who she is, and will become.
Super Luke Faces His Bully Dr. Jackie C. Cogswell Giggleheart Adventures, #2 Divine Inspiration Publishing January 1, 2012 214 pages Amazon RBM’s Disclaimer Super Luke Faces His Bully is a fun loving adventure spoken straight from the heart of a super-sweet eight-year-old bully victim, Luke Giggleheart. The Word of God is used as a lens to examine some of the issues that can make a person act like either a bully or a victim. During this adventure, Luke, our tender-hearted bully victim, learns about fear, being courageous and getting adults to help, while praying for his enemies.