Tuesday, March 31, 2020

5 STARS for Kissed By Winter from Darlene Fredette

      It’s snowing in Redford Falls and nothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.

Darlene Fridette's Kissed by Winter has humor, heartbreak, a few harrowing experiences, and a sweet satisfying romance. 

My first introduction to Redford Falls was in a previous story by Darlene called His Candy Christmas. Having truly enjoyed the first book I was excited to get updates on the previous characters, as I returned to this enchanting resort town in Kissed by Winter.

Danielle Lerato is a strong heroine with a mind of her own. Work is a big part of her life and she seems to love the fast-paced lifestyle, the fashions, the ritzy food, and being warm in Victoria British Columbia. None of these things are abundant in Redford Falls, but being a loyal friend and employee, Danielle heads there and ends up stranded inn a blizzard. 
  (Darlene's spot-on description of this deadly situation had me chilled to the bone and reaching for a comforter and a hot toddy.) 

The hero Andrew, enjoys the rugged out-of-doors, has a down-home philosophy, and owns the best restaurant in town. He seems destined to try and save Danielle in more ways than one. 

 There are some well thought out twists to keep the plot points believable, and the writing style, of which I am a big fan, keeps the story moving quickly. 

Change seems the underlying force. The town is changing as it grows, the locals are caught between the old and the new, and Danielle undergoes a change as to what might be important in her life.

Challenges are also abundant for Andrew and his sister Chloe, as just like Danielle, prior tragedies effect all their lives. 

There are well written supporting characters making the reader feel right at home as they stroll down the snow laden streets of Redford Falls. I'm guessing some of these interesting characters will take center stage in books to follow, and that's good news for all of us. 

         Favorite line: His smile spoke to her heart. 
                        The cover is beautiful too.
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Back Cover Blurb:
A woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs.

She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm—and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.

Andrew Bailey’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, nine months later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.

The door suddenly opened, pushing him backward and blowing the hood off his head.
“You!” she said.
Wearing no hat or scarf to offer warmth from the cold, she glared a stare frostier than the freezing rain falling from the sky.
“You’re from that restaurant. The one who spilled tomato sauce on my designer suit.”
Andrew dropped the shovel. Blondie? He never thought he’d see the sassy blonde again. Nine months ago, unsatisfied with the restaurant and its menu, she barrelled toward the door, knocking into his arm and causing him to drop a plate of chicken parmesan. She called him a country redneck and poured a glass of water from a nearby table over his head. The thunderous blonde swore she wouldn’t set foot in Redford Falls again. So what was she doing here in the middle of a blizzard?

About Darlene Fredette:
Darlene resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short and the winters are too long. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to
develop the many stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with happy-ever-afters. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador. Darlene favourite pastime is taking summer day-trips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.

Blog: http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com
Web Site: http://darlenefredette.blogspot.com/
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Fredette/e/B005NAF660/

Book 1 – His Candy Christmas


Friday, March 13, 2020

Bliss: Fae Warriors Book Two receives 5+ STARS

                                      Read Review Here

     Fae Warrior, Bliss Goodeve, fires up her empath skills to help Mother Nature battle the Reptiles invading Earth. But when it comes to her new human partner, Nathaniel Winston Calhoun, Bliss would rather make love than wage war. A man of mystery, he even makes horn-rimmed glasses and a white lab coat look sexy. 
    Nate admits to being a brainiac, at least that’s the persona he shows the outside world. If his boss discovered his checkered past, life could get complicated. The bad boy in Nate wants Bliss in the worst way. The scientist in him calculates high odds of being left brokenhearted.    
   After one Reptile goes rogue, it’s up to Bliss, Nate, and an alien critter named Noodge to bring him down. But time is running out, and things are heating up—especially romantically. Bliss is all for living in the moment. But will that be enough for Nate? 

       Noodge, such a sweet otherwordly protector...

     Until someone threatens the Fae sisters.  
Then even the Reptile invaders run for their lives
     He wasn’t a muscled-bound jock who looked like he lived at the gym, but rather he was tall and lanky, with the broad shoulders and narrow hips of a Soccer Pro. Or on her planet, a three dimensional air jockey. She could watch those bad boys for hours.   
   “Does this mean you’ve come to terms regarding where I come from.” 
   “I’m not sure what you mean by terms. And I really don’t know where you come from other than out there.” He waved his hand around in the air. “I’ve had sufficient time to digest the concept, of course, but there’s still too much undiscovered data to come to a conclusion. But then we all have secrets.”
   “Do we now.” Her favorite superhero, Bruce Wayne, he had secrets. Did Dr. Calhoun have an alter ego? Was there a bat-cave nearby, and someone equivalent to Alfred waiting for him?   “Have you been briefed on why I’m here, and what we’re up against.” 
   “Again yes. And again, still working on it. I try to keep an open mind. After all, I’m a big supporter of SETI. Did a “tour of duty” at the Lick Observatory for my postgraduate work.”  
   Lick, such a nice four letter word. And in her mind, one that did not conjure telescopes and long boring hours of record keeping with hopes of alien contact. 

   “So you see,” he continued, leaning against the doorjamb, arms crossed over his chest. “I certainly believe in the potential for you to exist.”


Monday, March 9, 2020

Trapper's Moon Best Historical/Western Reader's Choice Award

                    Thank you Still Moment Magazine 

    As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe. 
     While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer's past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations. 
     But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man's life—or a woman's.
Where was Blind Deer? The water bucket and rifle were missing. Probably gone down to the stream. 

She had been at his side since the accident. He remembered hearing her voice and the stories she had told. He remembered fighting to come back to her. She had been his warmth and light. Her spirit his only sanctuary in the fearful world he’d roamed alone. 

Opening the cabin door, he stood in the sun, soaking up the healing rays as he awaited her return, a vision to fill his eyes and heart. Instead, an Indian brave materialized before him.

The solitary man stood several yards away, clothed only in leggings, a loin cloth, and moccasins. The man stared back, formidable and unafraid. The white talons of his bear claw necklace glinted in the sun, reminding Kade of another brave and the eagle claw that had ripped his leg open those many years ago. The man’s face was slashed with red and black paint, adding a terrifying bit of decoration to the already threatening spectacle.

Armed with a Missouri war axe, bow, and knife, the solitary figure stood stock still, a painted bag at his feet. The feeling he thought himself invincible radiated from his stance and demeanor, although he made no move to attack.

Holy mother of God, what a way to start his first day out of bed. Kade didn’t feel fit to take on a lame rabbit let alone an unexpected Indian. As nonchalantly as possible, he glanced around for Blind Deer. Had this man already found her? Did she lie injured or dead nearby? If she were unharmed, he hoped she had the sense to stay hidden.

“Easy, friend.” Kade straightened to his full height and tried not to weave about. “We weren’t expecting company.” He fought to keep the man in focus. “But you’re welcome. We’ve always lived in peace, wishing no harm to anyone, and expecting none to ourselves.”

The stranger’s reply came first in Indian, and then in French. Unfamiliar with either language, Kade didn’t understand the man’s intent. The silence hanging in the air became increasingly uncomfortable, and Kade’s strength began to dwindle.Just as passing out seemed a possibility, he sighted Blind Deer approaching from behind their uninvited guest.

Rifle at her shoulder, she moved silently through the grass. When she was a few paces behind the man, she cocked the gun, and call out. The intruder appeared to recognize the language she spoke. From his topknot to his beaded moccasins, the warrior tensed for action and slowly turned around.

Sweat broke out on Kade’s forehead. Blind Deer only had one shot, and he had none. If she missed, they would both be dead before either could make a second move. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Leap into Reading with N.N. Light Book Heaven Give Away

                                            Drawing on March 6th 
The lucky winner receives 22 e-books!
Including Trapper's Moon 

   To enter via Rafflecopter go here

Thursday, February 13, 2020

"Girl Power" 5 star review for Solace Fae Warriors Book 1

Thank you N.N. Light Book Heaven
 for the great review. 
    You walk into a (book) bar and order a fantasy romance and when you taste the shot you go WOW! That is what happens to the reader who takes a chance with Solace.  The fantasy world created is very approachable for every reader.  This author has the gift to make a fantasy very readable and the reader is never bogged down trying to figure out terms.

   The plot is well crafted, and the action is intense.      The romance? Muy Caliente!

   This book could be described as a sort of Charmed meets Andromeda meets Basic Instinct - The three sisters are incredible.  To quote Tanner, 'The Warrior woman I always dreamed of,”' is an apt description.

The romance of Solace and Tanner was touching and enjoyable to read.  Two totally different beings, drawn together and able to overcome A LOT.  The book was very well written and crafted and leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next.  A recommended book to any action or romance fan, especially those who worship girl power.
My Rating: 5 stars

Available paperback or e-book


Solace Goodeve, one of Mother Nature’s favorite Fae Warriors, is assigned to Earth to help save the planet.     Reptile invaders, disguising themselves as humans, are waging a takeover—and Mother is mad enough to eat asteroids. Solace is ready to prove herself as a warrior, but having a human for a partner is not in her battle plan—even if the man is rugged, ripped, and ready for action.
   Ex-Army Ranger, Tanner Jackson, has seen his share of black op missions. The last one took a toll on both body and soul. Tanner isn’t looking for love, even though his new partner is six-foot-tall and drop dead gorgeous. However, after Solace shows him a new meaning to working undercover, he may have to reconsider that possibility.
   As the Reps plan to sabotage NOAA, Tanner and Solace must learn to trust one another. But as they're trying to save the world, Solace and Tanner might just lose their hearts—and that takes the most courage of all.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

KHOW Denver podcast interview for Show Australia Some Love.

My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, just released the 
Australia Burns Anthology. This project of three volumes features 50 authors with all proceeds going to Australian charities and relief agencies. 

Here is a podcast interview with Ross Kaminsky of I-Hearts KHOW in Denver. 

The Wild Rose Press interview with Rhonda Penders.

Rochester publishing and printer interview

Australia Burns paperback and e-book

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Australia Burns. Help us help Australia

                  It's as easy as reading a book. 
         Fellow author, Stephen B. King (who lives in Australia) asked my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, about the possibility of creating an anthology of short stories to raise money to help his homeland. 

                 The idea took flight, and now there are 
                         Three Volumes!
  The stories were donated by 48 authors, and the editors, publisher, and behind the scenes folks at The Wild Rose Press volunteered their time to pull off this wonderful project. 
    All proceeds go to Australia Wild Fire charities.

More information here 

Paperbacks at The Wild Rose Press
Volume 2 Amazon Kindle

Volume 2 Amazon Paperback

     My short story "Waiting for Caleb" 
          can be found in the 208 page volume 2.
                           Waiting for Caleb                  
    Emmy’s beloved husband, Caleb, heads for the California goldfields, and she remains behind to care for their wheat field in Kansas—not to mention a menagerie of farm animals.  Staying strong is hard, but she would endure all the hardships in the world if Caleb would only come home.                  
Volume 2 Amazon Kindle

Volume 2 Amazon Paperback

Volume 2 paperback The Wild Rose Press

        Show Australia some love.                       
                            Please help, if you can.