Thursday, February 28, 2019

COVER REVEAL and SPOTLIGHT of Gold Digger by Rebecca Rosenberg

All information in this post is courtesy of Rebecca Rosenberg.
Celebrating The Cover Reveal
Rebecca Rosenberg
On Sale May 28, 2019

I love this story which I have known since I was 5, growing up in Colorado.

Praise for GOLD DIGGER: 

Rosenberg’s rollicking Western adventure strikes gold with a gutsy, good-hearted spitfire of a heroine and action aplenty.”
—THELMA ADAMS, bestselling author of Bittersweet Brooklyn and The Last Woman Standing

Gold Digger tells the true story of Lizzie “Baby Doe” Tabor, a beautiful young woman who in 1878 marries the son of a wealthy miner in order to save her family from penury. Shrewd and stubborn, Lizzie fights back-biting Victorian society, wins and loses vast fortunes, and bests conniving politicians in her larger-than-life story. A twisting tale worthy of Mark Twain, with a big-hearted heroine at the center.
—MARTHA CONWAY, author of The Underground River
About The Book:

1878, Colorado. When Lizzie Doe’s family loses everything in a fire, the twenty-year-old is forced to marry and go west to prospect a gold mine in Colorado, to send money home to her parents. Miners, unaccustomed to such delicate beauty, nickname her Baby Doe, after a newborn deer.

But Baby Doe proves herself tougher than they imagine when she finds herself abandoned, pregnant and running the mine alone. Her pluck gains the admiration of Silver King Horace Tabor, married and twice her age. In Horace Tabor, Baby Doe finds devotion and true passion. When scandal and economic ruin threatens Tabor’s life, Lizzie makes a painful choice.

Baby Doe Tabor was a real-life, deeply complex heroine, rising and falling and rising again with beguiling grit.
About the Author:

Rebecca grew up in Colorado exploring old mines, ghost towns and honky-tonks with her family, sparking her life-long love of the Rocky Mountains and obsession with the Tabors. Now, Rebecca lives and writes on a lavender farm in Sonoma, California.

Rebecca is also the author of:


Rebecca Rosenberg

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dreams of Falling by Karen White

Dreams of Falling by Karen White (one of my favorite authors!) is releasing in paperback April 16!

I loved this book and definitely recommend grabbing yourself a copy!

Here’s a sneak peek:

Here is my review:

Sunday, February 24, 2019

This Week - 2/24 - 3/1

What books did you read in February?  Stop by on Wednesday to see what I read.

Stop by Thursday to see the cover of GOLD DIGGERS by Rebecca Rosenberg.

I can't believe Friday will be March 1.

Don't miss stopping by, though, because you will definitely want to hear about WOMAN 99.

Have a wonderful Sunday, and a terrific week.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Do you do this?

Are your shelves like this?
I have them like this on only one bookshelf.
This is a small bookshelf in an upstairs room.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Books by Beth Hoffman

LOVE Beth Hoffman's books.
Did you read either or both of them?

Flying dishes, prom gowns, red high-heeled shoes, embarrassing school days....what more could a child take.
We all have dreams...some are fulfilled, some are not.  Teddi Overman knew she had a talent for refinishing antique furniture even though her mother told her there was no future in it.  Her mother wanted her to be a secretary.

Both are reviewed on my blog.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Books, Books, and More Books

Let me know if you have read any of these books.

I actually have read all of them, and they are reviewed on my blog.

Many wonderful authors on these two shelves.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Books With The Word LIES in the Title

Which of these books have you read?

No LIES allowed.  :)

All are reviewed on my blog.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway of MOLOKA'I and DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA'I

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All information in this post is courtesy of Rebecca Lang of St. Martin's.
Brennert’s debut novel, Moloka’i was a book club sensation and national bestseller. His readers have long asked for a follow-up and he has finally answered the call.  

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I returns to the world of his first book, revisiting the characters and locations that made Moloka’i such a success and introducing a host of new characters that readers will fall in love with.
St. Martin's is Celebrating The Release With Giveaways Of Both Books for ONE lucky reader:


Praise for MOLOKA′I: 

“A dazzling historical novel.” The Washington Post

Moloka'i is a haunting story of tragedy in a Pacific paradise.” Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek

“Alan Brennert draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa and weaves in traditional Hawaiian stories and customs.... Moloka'i is the story of people who had much taken from them but also gained an unexpected new family and community in the process.” Chicago Tribune

“[An] absorbing novel...Brennert evokes the evolution of--and hardships on--Moloka'i in engaging prose that conveys a strong sense of place.” National Geographic Traveler

“Moving and elegiac.” Honolulu Star-Bulletin

“Compellingly original...Brennert's compassion makes Rachel a memorable character, and his smooth storytelling vividly brings early twentieth-century Hawai'i to life.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A stunning story of hope...captivating." Woman's World
About MOLOKA′I: 

This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that "few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel's story" (

“Emotional, gripping...[a] deeply moving novel. In Brennert’s skilled hands, Ruth’s story is powerful and urgent.” 
—Publishers Weekly
“Compellingly told and strikes all the right emotional notes... A historically solid, ultimately hopeful novel about injustice, survival, and unbreakable family bonds.”—Booklist

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA'I is a richly emotional story about personal discovery and the bonds of family.
It is also an unfortunately timely story. The anti-immigrant sentiment growing in certain sectors of U.S. society today mirrors unfounded fears about Japanese immigrants in the early 20th century.
There are sobering parallels between the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans during WWII and the children and families who are now being detained and separated at the southern U.S. border.
Through Brennert’s deeply realized characters and vivid prose, readers will feel the injustice and prejudice that still runs rampant in contemporary society. They will also be swept up by a powerful, and ultimately, triumphant story.
About the Author:

Alan Brennert.Author Photo.Credit David Wells
ALAN BRENNERT is the author of Honolulu and Moloka′i, which was a 2006-2007 BookSense Reading Group Pick and won the 2006 Bookies Award for the Book Club Book of the Year. 

He won an Emmy Award and a People’s Choice Award for his work as a writer-producer on the television series L.A. Law, and he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and for the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Teleplay of the Year. 

His story “Ma Qui” won a Nebula Award. He lives in Southern California, but his heart is in Hawai′i.

I am partnering with Rebecca Lang of St. Martin's for this giveaway.
February 19 - 26
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Books by Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford’s books are always a welcome read!! 

His first book HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET is a nostalgic, historical read.

SONGS OF WILLOW FROST is haunting, heartbreaking, and hard to believe yet mesmerizing.

LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES is another marvelous, stunning, beautifully told story with  characters that will steal your heart.

Which ones have you read?  Which ones have you loved?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey

Leaving Boston and their jobs to become Red Cross Clubmobile Girls is where we meet Viv, Dottie, and Fiona.

They all had different reasons for joining the Red Cross, but besides being a volunteer, Fiona's other reason was to find her missing fiance, Danny.

When they arrive in London, a buzz bomb greets them and scares them to death.

WE FOLLOW THE three friends through their seven-day training in all areas and share their fears and their fun during the training and in their jobs as Red Cross Clubmobile Girls as they moved from one place to the other.

The women seemed like a lot of fun and made the best of their time even though they were in dangerous war zones and some of the men weren’t too happy to have women to worry about along with everyone else.  But....the men were also happy to have some pretty women to remind them of home and their mothers, sisters, daughters, or girlfriends.

Ms. Healey brought you into the story with her light-hearted writing and wonderful research.

Her descriptions of the dresses the characters wore was swoon worthy, and the landscape descriptions were equally as good.

I enjoyed learning about these women and this program and how these women helped during the war. 

You will laugh and cry along with them and laugh and cry at their bravery and sweet demeanor.

Despite the main story line about war, THE BEANTOWN GIRLS was an enjoyable read
filled with friendship, caring, love, and of course tears and sadness.  

Historical fiction fans and women's fiction fans will love this book.

You will definitely need tissues, and we all should be thankful for the men and women who suffered and died so we could have our freedom.

A beautiful tribute and history lesson...thanks for sharing and for your marvelous research, Ms. Healey.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

An annual reunion of friends at a new location with the added beauty and terror of a huge snowstorm that cuts everyone off from the rest of the world is where THE HUNTING PARTY begins and where we meet the characters.

The reunion starts off with a long ride from the train station to the remote lodge with a scary gamekeeper as the driver, the juggling of who gets what cabin, the first-night dinner together, and finding out there is another couple in residence as well as the group of friends.

The group has been friends for a long time, but do they really know each other?  Are they jealous of each other? Why do they do this reunion every year?  They all seem to have secrets and pasts that the others don’t know about.

The first-night dinner brings many feelings about each other and frightening feelings about the couple from Iceland.  They are poorly dressed and seem most interested in the hunting party that has been arranged.

Along with the Lodge guests, we meet mysterious Heather. She seems all organized and put together on the outside, but she has her secrets and something in her past that she wants to forget.

THE HUNTING PARTY lets us get to know the guests very well. Actually a little too well...going into all the detail about their lives past and present got a bit too much, but I guess it was necessary for the reader to get the full impact of the reunion and events. 

We are taken from the festivities to Doug, the gamekeeper, finding a body and  showing Heather where he found it.  When Heather sees the body, she knows it wasn't an accident.

Waiting to find out which one of the friends was the victim and who the killer was kept the tension high.  The identity was not made known until the very end. The mystery was a well-kept secret.

Ms. Foley's writing is very descriptive and beautiful.  I could see every detail of the landscape and feel the emotions of each character.  

If you can describe writing as lush, that is how beautiful the sentences flowed and created a picture.

If you enjoy a mystery, antics of characters, learning that the characters really didn't show their true colors, and waiting for the “ball to drop,” THE HUNTING PARTY will be a book you will want to read.  

The story line was perfectly carried out and nothing was revealed until the very end.  It was an interesting study of personalities.  4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Giveaway of The Chef's Secret by Crystal King

All information in this post is courtesy Megan Rudloff of Simon & Schuster.
Celebrating The Release Of:



Crystal King

with a USA Spotlight 
Advanced praise for THE CHEF'S SECRET:

“A veritable feast for the senses, The Chef's Secret is part mystery, part love story, and all sumptuous sixteenth century Italy. This tale of one of the world's first celebrity chefs—Bartolomeo Scappi, a DaVinci of Renaissance cuisine—sent me on a quest to know more, and to my kitchen to experiment—a sign of a great historical novel. Readers will delight in a plot as juicy as Scappi's braised beef!” —Heather Webb, author of Last Christmas in Paris

“Crystal King’s The Chef’s Secret is a fabulous immersion in the world of Renaissance Italy, full of passion, intrigue, secrets, danger, and of course food. Come hungry!” —Melodie Winawer, author of The Scribe of Siena
“In The Chef’s Secret, Crystal King serves up a delectable read stuffed with passion, danger, and a plot worthy of Dan Brown. This fast-paced, engrossing novel brings Renaissance Rome and the Vatican to life through the eyes of a famous papal chef. You won’t be able to put it down.” —Stephanie Storey, author of Oil and Marble
The Chef’s Secret is a sumptuous buffet, serving up a love story (two of them!); mystery and suspense so thick you could cut it with, well, a chef’s knife; and such a vibrant panorama of Ancient Rome you’ll feel you’ve walked its streets and inhabited its kitchens. Anyone who loves history, food, a great story—read this novel! Warning: it will make you hungry.” —Jenna Blum, New York Times and international bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family
About The Book:

The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King is a captivating novel of Renaissance Italy detailing the mysterious life of Bartolomeo Scappi, the legendary chef to several popes and author of one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, and the nephew who sets out to discover his late uncle’s secrets—including the identity of the noblewoman Bartolomeo loved until he died.

When Bartolomeo Scappi dies in 1577, he leaves his vast estate—properties, money, and his position—to his nephew and apprentice Giovanni. He also gives Giovanni the keys to two strongboxes and strict instructions to burn their contents. Despite Scappi’s dire warning that the information concealed in those boxes could put Giovanni’s life and others at risk, Giovanni is compelled to learn his uncle’s secrets. He undertakes the arduous task of decoding Scappi’s journals and uncovers a history of deception, betrayal, and murder—all to protect an illicit love affair.

As Giovanni pieces together the details of Scappi’s past, he must contend with two rivals who have joined forces—his brother Cesare and Scappi’s former protégé, Domenico Romoli, who will do anything to get his hands on the late chef’s recipes.

With luscious prose that captures the full scale of the sumptuous feasts for which Scappi was known, The Chef’s Secret serves up power, intrigue, and passion, bringing Renaissance Italy to life in a delectable fashion.
About the Author:

*Photo Credit*
Wayne Earl Chinnock
Crystal King is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. 

Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. 

She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University, as well as at GrubStreet, one of the leading creative writing centers in the US. 

A Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in critical and creative thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. 

She resides in Boston but considers Italy her next great love after her husband, Joe, and their two cats, Nero and Merlin. She is the author of Feast of Sorrow.
I am partnering with Megan Rudloff of Simon & Schuster for this giveaway.




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February 12 - February 19

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Have You Read Any?

I have read and reviewed each one on my blog.
Favorites out of these were:
The one hiding on the left is THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana De Rosnay
Do you see any you would like to read if you haven't read them?

Giveaway of THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Erina Bridget Ring

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All information in this post is courtesy of the author.
Celebrating With a Giveaway
of TWO copies of:
Events of interest: 

Erina Bridget Ring has had 196 book events since she started writing in May 2014.

She has been in newspapers, California Writers Club, Barnes and Noble book talks, has had many book signings at Copperfields and Napa Bookmine.

She has spoken on NPR radio, and local T.V. Promoting her books.  Rotary groups large and small have hosted her including the  Legatus Organization and even private book clubs in the Valley where she lives.

Her stories resonate with readers and they personally write letters and contact the author to talk about their own experiences.

It’s been quite eye-opening for this author.  She belongs to Napa Valley Writers and Historical Fiction Society in San Francisco.  
She is currently writing her 6th novel yet to be titled.

In her free time she is mentoring writers and encouraging them to follow their writing dreams by showing them her footsteps.

She will be having  a book talk at the Napa Copperfields Bookstore and talk about her journey of writing. 
About The Book:

Gretchen O’Malley thinks her new neighborhood is nice and quiet, as ordinary as any other neighborhood.  

But this soon changes.  

Every day a new dilemma arises, pulling her into the chaos, and as she gets to know her neighbors she discovers comedy, cruelty, and even tragedy.
About the Author:
Erina Bridget Ring was born in New York and has lived in California for over 40 years.

Happily married for 41 years, she has raised three children and has four grandchildren.

This is her fifth book. 

Other books by the author include Knit 2,Purl 2, Kill 2 A Caretakers Story of Survival; Breakfast with the FBI;  Diaper’s, Drama, and Deceit The Mothers of Easthaven; and. Writing ain’t for Sissies. 

You can contact this writer at






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February 7 - 14

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