Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September Giveaway has begun!

 

Start your challenge to read a book a month 
by entering N.N. Light's contest. 
                    You could win a copy of my 
                          Victorian Love Story 
                                Lady Gallant 

   Disowned by her father and still mourning the death of her fiancĂ©, Josephine Posey joins Florence Nightingale’s brigade of nurses bound for the Black Sea. Thousands of British soldiers desperately await these angels of mercy and a new life awaits Josie. Amidst the chaos of death and despair, she finds a spark of hope, lighting the flame once more inside her soul.

    In search of the truth, Garrick Allen, one of Britain’s first war correspondents also journeys to the Crimean Peninsula. To him the soldiers seem all but abandoned by Queen and country, and as he smokes his cheroots and makes friends with a bottle, he writes his bold but honest dispatches for The Times.  Not wanting anything more than to finish his job and go home, Garrick is blind-sided by a nurse with attitude who offers him a new slant on life and a reason to love.

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Praise Lady Gallant from Long and Short Reviews

    Garrick is the perfect hero for Josie. He is the classic tough guy with a soft heart. I loved watching his tough exterior slowly melt away to reveal the caring man underneath. Josie is not only strong, but resourceful. With even the most basic necessities in short supply, Josie manages to procure food, firewood, and even medical supplies in order to care for her patients. The characters are relatable and the romance is touching. I highly recommend it to any fan of historical romance.

 Praise for Lady Gallant from Still Moments Magazine

Set during the Crimean War, Lady Gallant provides an interesting look into history during the time of Florence Nightingale and the war itself. The setting is gripping as each scene shows the sadness and horrific side of battle and loss. The characters are sweet, compelling and caring. Their relationship shines through the story. If you want to get lost in history with a good romance, this is the book for you!

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Cherry Red new from Darlene Fredette

 
5 stars for this fun and tasty read.

Blurb: This summer, ice cream entrepreneur Carly Redd's only focus is expanding her business—until she's coerced into attending her ex's engagement party. Showing up without a date is unthinkable. She reluctantly agrees to be escorted by her brother's co-worker, although doing so breaks her rule of not dating firefighters.

The daughter of the town's fire chief should wear a Do Not Touch sign, but firefighter Noah Harding's interest blazed the moment he saw Carly. Agreeing to be her fake boyfriend is a no-brainer, but convincing Carly to trust him with her heart is harder than extinguishing a fire.

Overstepping the platonic-only rule is as dangerous as fire and ice swirling into a tempting combustion.

A great addition to the Wild Rose Press--One Scoop or Two series

First of all, what a fun cover. This is a perfect little read to cuddle up with during the approaching Fall days. And it features ice cream and firemen…what more could you want?

The story brings together Carly Redd, who runs a local ice cream parlor, and Noah “Blaze” Harding, a fireman who runs her heart rate up. 

Her father is a fireman, her brother is a fireman, and the guy who broke her heart was a fireman. Three strikes against Noah before he can even say “Hi”.  But fate brings them together when Carly is roped into attending an engagement party for an Ex, and Noah is volunteered as her date. 

Carly has sworn off personal involvement with firemen, but how can she say no to handsome, thoughtful, and fun to be around Noah?  With the fire chief and Carly’s brother warning him off as far as dating her, maybe she won’t have to worry.  

But Noah is persistent, just what we expect in our heroes. And although Carly has a few doubts about herself and her future, she also finds the courage to take a chance personally and professionally. 

 How they both overcome the obstacles, self-made and otherwise, offers a good story with ice cream experimentation and a motor cycle thrown in for good measure.

 I always enjoy Darlene Fredette’s writing, and although a quick read, the characters were well developed and showed growth. A happy little escape 

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  Author Darlene Fredette, 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.



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

NetGalley readers FATAL RECALL available for review.

                 

   Hudson Kincaid prefers the wide-open spaces. But tracking down a serial killer means hanging out in Denver as he investigates neuroscientist Dr. Marilyn Monrose. So far, he can’t figure out if she’s city kitty in high heels, or a country kitten in cowgirl boots?

   Marilyn’s experiments using ramped up virtual reality, captures the final moments of each murder victim’s life, a chilling discovery she’s trying to keep secret. The last thing she needs is a determined private detective barging into her lab—no matter how sexy he looks in his Stetson hat.

   When word of her research is leaked to the press, Marilyn becomes the killer’s next target.   

  Now the woman Hudson races to save, is the one who has stolen his heart.    

                                At NetGalley here

 She never dreamed her experiments 
               could help the police.

 
   She never dreamed her experiments 
        would lead the killer to her door. 




Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Free now on NetGalley * IRON HEART

         Iron Heart available now for your review.

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    England: circa. 879 A.D.

    With the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet, Faran Kilbraun travels far from home in search of the sword and shield of his ancestors. Protecting the ancient relics was his responsibility. Now, to regain his honor, he must recover the stolen artifacts and battle a life-long enemy. 

     Following the accidental death of her cruel husband, Leanora Wrenn is wrongly accused of his murder. Forced into exile, a small north shore island becomes her lonely refuge—exoneration her only hope.

      When Faran discovers Leanora's remote sanctuary, both their lives are changed forever. Comrades-in-arms, they fight side by side for their chance at redemption and love. 

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Fatal Recall 5 Stars from Reader's Favorite

               Thank you Lesley at Reader's Favorite. 

                https://books2read.com/u/mdD0Pw

  Fatal Recall by Gini Rifkin tells the tale of Private Investigator Hudson Kincaid as he tracks down an elusive serial killer in Denver, Colorado. So far, the killer has left no clue about his identity and always seems one step ahead of the police. Kincaid must use all his experience to find the killer before he strikes again. His one lead is Dr. Marilyn Monrose: a neuroscientist whose virtual reality headgear enables her to relive the final moments of each victim.

Although Marilyn is drawn to Kincaid, she is far from impressed when he descends into her laboratory and begins to intrude on her research. She is determined to keep any details of her experiments confidential and makes Kincaid aware of the danger she would face if any of her research was leaked. As Kincaid's investigation deepens, Marilyn's work is disclosed to the media, and Kincaid’s journalist ex-girlfriend appears. The betrayal leaves Marilyn as the new focus for the killer, and it's up to Kincaid to save her.

Fatal Recall by Gini Rifkin has a gripping plot that will keep your attention throughout. The descriptive narrative is of an excellent standard, portraying a really dark and sinister atmosphere suited to the best crime novels. I loved the characters of Kincaid and Marilyn; the chemistry between them was excellent and their relationship developed perfectly. The scenes where Marilyn used the virtual reality headset added a very interesting layer to the plot. I also thought the backstory for Kincaid was superb as it gave us a clear insight into his thought processes.

There were so many moments of tension and I thought the scenes where we gained an insight into the cold and detached emotions of the killer were absolutely gripping. His disturbed, psychotic mind and his love for his cat, Princess, gave me goosebumps. The introduction of Kincaid’s ex-girlfriend, brought another layer of intrigue to the plot too. With its many twists and turns, I would highly recommend Fatal Recall.

Hudson Kincaid prefers the wide-open spaces. But tracking down a serial killer means hanging out in Denver as he investigates neuroscientist Dr. Marilyn Monrose. So far, he can’t figure out if she’s city kitty in high heels, or a country kitten in cowgirl boots?

Marilyn’s experiments using ramped up virtual reality, captures the final moments of each murder victim’s life, a chilling discovery she’s trying to keep secret. The last thing she needs is a determined private detective barging into her lab—no matter how sexy he looks in his Stetson hat.

When word of her research is leaked to the press, Marilyn becomes the killer’s next target.  

Now the woman Hudson races to save, is the one who has stolen his heart.   

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August Giveaway romance novels and gift card.

 Yes it's August and the dog days of summer are made for relaxing in the shade and reading your cares away. 

    While enjoying the dwindling days of summer, enter the N.N. Light book and gift card giveaway.
                                   
          ENTER CONTEST HERE 
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  Win a copy of my book Victorian Dream
                               1851 England & America.

Trelayne St.Christopher, a cosseted young English woman, dreams of falling madly in love, just like the daring women in her purloined novels. Now faced with adult responsibilities for the first time in her life, she leaps at the opportunity to manage her father’s shipping business. But when she ignores her prophetic nightmares in favor of passionate daydreams, her best laid plans go terribly awry.

      Emotionally scarred following the death of his wife, Yankee sea captain Walker Garrison bans romance from his personal manifest--shipbuilding is his only passion. The transatlantic partnership between Walker and Trelayne’s father seems a grand idea until her parents are critically injured and one of Walker’s crew turns up dead. On the trail of the man responsible, Walker sets sail for England. After meeting his new partner's daughter, protecting Trelayne and not falling in love with her may prove impossible.

        Will he find the murderer, but lose his heart?    

                      
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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Author of historical westerns gets hands on research

 Writing historical romance means tons of research, which I do enjoy. But there is nothing like a real life experience. 

Yesterday two friends afforded me the opportunity to not only go for a carriage ride, but to help rig up the horses for the outing. 






Wow these guys are REALLY big. I'm accustomed to donkeys with big ears and little feet, not animals with little ears and feet the size of dinner plates!

The two beautiful Belgian horses, Flicka and Pete, were so well behaved and patient as I struggled with the surprisingly heavy trappings which had to be lifted quite high up and over their heads and backs. 

The process has a specific order to follow, and there are LOTS of straps and buckles that not only go on each horse but were also used to connect the two horses together. 

  Just think what your hero or heroine goes through every time he or she heads to town for supplies. 
   Ninety degrees in the shade, ten below zero, in wind and rain...they did this first if they wanted to go anywhere by carriage or wagon. 

           
        Look at their gorgeous manes and tails. 
      Steve told me when driving a carriage, the reins are called lines. 

     
  The next challenge was getting onboard the carriage, no easy feat either, but I managed to clamber up on top without incident. 
                            
  
Brought along some "fancy hats" so we were in high style as we headed down the road. Barb grabbed a selfie.
                          Best view around. 
Loved hearing their hooves clip clopping along. 
Can you imagine doing this for hours and hours, the sound of their hooves became mesmerizing after a while. 

When we went faster, we had to hold onto our hats, Victorian headgear doesn't come with a stampede strap. 






                      Home again, home again. 

Now all the track must be properly removed and cared for, quite another undertaking. Thank you Barb and Steve for having me out, and for treating me to this unique experience. 

Other sweet faces at the farm. 
                                                          
 

What a wonderful day.

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