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Saturday, December 9, 2017

12 Days of Clean Romance-Day 6: Jennifer Griffith

 

 
My Fair Aussie by Jennifer Griffith  

There's more to this Aussie cowboy than meets the eye. Former grad student Eliza works as a nanny for a self-absorbed trophy wife looking to trade up for a new husband and ditch her child. Eliza will do anything to protect the little girl and open her boss’s eyes. Even if it requires an elaborate hoax. Then fate hits Eliza with Henry, a bewildered, dirty guy at the bus station. He’s got amazing teeth, cowboy swagger, and an accent to swoon for. Everything is falling into place for a rags-to-riches-style bait and switch. But will it deliver a slice of humble pie to Eliza’s boss—or get Eliza fired? Worse, refining him might mean losing her heart.   

 

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Praise for My Fair Aussie

My Fair Aussie is the perfect retelling of a classic tale with a delicious twist—and an Australian cowboy to boot. It's the ideal combination of humor and romance. Totally swoon-worthy. Highly recommended! – CJ Anaya, USA Today bestselling author

“How does she do it? Griffith once again makes me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy a good book. Love her cute characters.” Amazon Reviewer 'grimm

  

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“So you’re saying we find our very own Eliza Doolittle, but a guy, ‘deliciously dirty,’ as you say—”

“He has to be deliciously dirty.”

“Right. We do a quick ritzy makeover on him and try to pass him off as one of the type of guys Monique-Noelle and her army of vacuous gold-diggers are looking for.”

“Even better, we set things up so Mo-No could actually totally fall for him. And when she does, we whisk him away and then let her find out the truth.” Polly wasn’t the type to get giddy, but she did have a light in her eye.

And maybe, with that, Mo-No realizes she should appreciate the man who was the father of her beautiful daughter and quit trying to trade up. Or down. Or sideways. Or for more hair.

“And where do we get someone deliciously dirty who also isn’t a drug dealer or user or, you know, dangerous?”

“I didn’t say this plan was without risks. But we’ll be careful.” Polly’s eyes danced. “I’m a good judge of character.”

Yeah. Everyone thought that about themselves. Skepticism crept up in me. There was no way we could pull off something of this magnitude. We shouldn’t even be considering it.

 
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Author Jennifer Griffith:

Jennifer Griffith writes light, sweet romances she calls Cotton Candy for the Soul. Her Legally in Love Collection stems from the fact she fell in love with a handsome law school student who now serves as a judge—as well as her muse. She also writes the Billionaire Makeover Romances, billionaires and makeovers being some things with which she has less experience. Jennifer loves old cars, landscape paintings, fresh bread with raspberry jam, and reading. She lived in Japan during college, where she once ate a cricket on a dare. She also traveled through Europe, where she slept a night in a castle on the Rhine. Jennifer worked summers in a cookie factory, and she spent a few years working for the U.S. Congress before becoming a wife, a mom and an author.

 

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Giveaway Details

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Blog Tour: The Gentleman's Deception by Karen Tuft

Reviews * Giveaway
A Gentleman's Deception by Karen Tuft

Book Description:

Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, she embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition.

Lucas Jennings is shocked to find the stunning redhead in his arms, but something moves him to play along with her ruse when she calls him her husband. This charade marks the start of an unpredictable journey as he escorts the lovely Lavinia and her traveling companions to Primrose Farm, far from the glaring lights of London. Soon, the tables are turned when Lucas introduces Lavinia to his family—as his fiancĂ©e. Before long, their mutual deception begins to feel all too real. But when the truth of her past is revealed, will Lavinia’s dream of a happy ending slip through her fingers?


Andrea's Review:

A Gentleman's Deception is a very enjoyable piece of mind candy. Sometimes I enjoy a story with some more serious issues and depth, but often I just want an engaging, easy read, and that's just what I found with this novel. I read it fairly quickly, and I liked the characters. The actors added a fun new aspect to a Regency Romance. Their eccentricities kept you on your toes.

I couldn't help but wonder after the fact what would have happened if Lucas decided not to play along. Of course, the story probably wouldn't have been nearly as interesting.

The story has a happy ending (one of my requirements), and I’d probably read it again.

Rorie's Review:

I enjoyed this story for the most part. The lifestyle that Lavinia had been living as an actress was very different than the main characters of most Regency romance books I've read. I had no idea that in those times, actors and actresses were considered so far beneath those of the ton. (Not really surprising though. They were kind of a snooty lot, weren't they.) The deception that Lavinia and Lucas were involved in was intriguing and it was interesting to see just how far they would keep it going.
 
The romance part of the story just...wasn't romantic for me. I liked both Lavinia and Lucas, and they seemed to have a good rapport, but when it came time for the romance to happen, it just kind of seemed forced to me. I was disappointed in the story because of that. Other than that, (and yes, it's kind of an important part) I did enjoy the story.

Tarah's Review:

This was a fun quick read. My favorite thing about this story is that it was about an actress. Normally in the regency I read they might be mentioned, but it's never a good thing when they are. It was fun to follow Lavinia around and see her choices and her personality. And let's face it, her companions are really awesome and fun to read about.

When we first meet Lucas I kept trying to remember him in Tuft's other novel The Earl's Betrothal. Actually, I was trying to remember that story period. I think I need to go back and reread it to refresh my mind on it's story and plot and figure out Lucas in that story. He was very enjoyable in this story. Kind, but flawed (just like good characters should be).

The ending was a little disappointing to me. I didn't really feel like the threats that were made were really incentive enough. Which, if you haven't read the book yet that won't make sense, but I don't want to spoil anything.

I'll read this again...maybe after I go back and remember what the first one was about. Oh, that being said, it's a stand alone novel. You definitely don't have to read the other one to enjoy this one.

Tour Schedule:

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Title: A Gentleman's Deception
Author: Karen Tuft
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 1524404314
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon | Kindle | Deseret Book

12 Days of Clean Romance-Day 5: Janette Rallison

   

 
How I Met Your Brother by Janette Rallison 

The best day of his life, the worst day of hers. Back in college, Marco Dawson never thought of Belle as anything more than a friend. If she had crossed his mind on his wedding day, it was probably only to wonder why she hadn’t shown up to be a bridesmaid. After all, his new wife was her old roommate. Seven years have passed since then, and Belle just found out that Marco is divorced and vacationing with his family in an elegant Cancun resort. She’s not about to let the right man get away twice. She heads to the resort where she plans to casually bump into Marco and ignite some romantic flames. But Belle hadn’t planned on one thing: Flynn Dawson, Marco’s handsome, charming, and determined twin brother. He thinks Marco and his ex-wife can make amends and he’s not about to let Belle stand in the way. Part Sabrina, part While You Were Sleeping, romantic comedy readers will eat this book up!  

 

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Praise for How I Met Your Brother:

"This is a romantic comedy in one of it's finest hours."

"In true Janette Rallison form, this novel does not disappoint!"

"Love, love, love this book!"

 

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“Dawson,” she called in feigned surprise. “Is that you?”

He looked up from the map and his blue eyes wandered over her. “Yes.” He must have liked what he saw because a smile appeared on his lips. Not a smile of recognition, just a smile of approval.

She sauntered over, taking slow nonchalant steps. “Don’t tell me you don’t remember me. I haven’t changed that much, have I?”

“I’m not sure,” he said. “Tell me who you are, and I’ll tell you how much you’ve changed.”

His lack of recognition should have bothered her a little, but it felt like victory. Proof the mousy unnoticeable girl she’d been was gone. “Perhaps you recall a study group we were in at WSU? Or the fact that I proofread a lot of your papers? You obviously don’t remember telling me that you’d never forget me.”

“Ah,” he said, with understanding. At least now he knew she wasn’t a stranger with a creative pickup line. “Perhaps you remember me introducing you to Daisy?”

His eyes widened and his expression changed. She couldn’t quite read it. Was it astonishment? Disbelief? Regret? “Isabelle,” he uttered.

She smiled at the way her name sounded on his lips. “I go by Belle now.”

His gaze went over her a second time, stopping on her ring finger—absent of the symbols of marriage. “What a surprise. I don’t know what to say.”

“Most people say something along the lines of ‘It’s good to see you.’ But I’ll settle for a belated, ‘Thanks for all those papers you helped with.’”

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About the Author:

Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)


 
 
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 Also by Janette Rallison

 

 
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Giveaway: Celebrate Every Season with Six Sisters' Stuff

Time to be honest. I don't really like cooking. I like the idea of cooking. And I really like eating. I just don't like the actual mess that comes along with cooking. That being said, I do really like cookbooks. Go figure. Some of my favorite cookbooks come from Six Sisters' Stuff, and their newest one, "Celebrate Every Season" does not disappoint. This book gives you some fun traditions for each month of the year, and is packed full of yummy recipes. I'm happy to be able to give away a copy of this book to a lucky Literary Time Out follower.

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12 Days of Clean Romance-Day 4: Josi S. Kilpack

   
All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Josi S. Kilpack 

When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet’s sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do. 

Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed—being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman’s life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband’s heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned. 

Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations. 

Can their love endure, especially after “I do”? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage? 

 
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  Praise for All That Makes Life Bright:

"Passionate--and entertaining." Publisher's Weekly, Sept 2017

"Kilpack writes with great insight and superb sensitivity." Booklist, Starred Review Sept 2017

"All That Makes Life Bright is about making marriage work in the face of challenges like a desire for personal freedom. It is a romance with broad appeal." Foreword, November 2017

 
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Eliza. Thoughts of her dear friend and Calvin’s first wife brought an array of emotions. What would Eliza think of Hattie carrying Calvin’s child? A child Eliza had wanted so much and never had. Hattie usually told herself Eliza would be happy that she and Calvin found comfort together, but there were days when Hattie’s awareness that Calvin still held affection for Eliza rose like a specter. Prayer, studying the Bible, and remembering the assurance she’d felt of God’s approval would usually silence her guilt, but today the fears roiled inside her like the churning wheels of an undertaker’s carriage.

Had Eliza lived, Hattie would be teaching, writing—unmarried and unpregnant. Had Eliza lived, Calvin would only be the husband of Hattie’s friend, and he would enjoy dinner on the table every night, and pressed pants and clean shirts in the closet every morning. Perhaps Eliza would have given him a child by now. When headaches laid him low, Eliza would tend to him without a thought for herself.

Would Calvin be happier if Eliza had been the only Mrs. Calvin Stowe? Would Hattie? Was Catharine right? Had Hattie entered a phase that would lead to the demise of being her own person? Anxiety wrapped around her until she found herself sobbing at the splintery kitchen table.  

Eliza. Eliza. Eliza.  

Calvin. Calvin. Calvin.

Was she living the wrong woman’s life?

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About the Author:

Author Josi S. Kilpack Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children. When Kensington Press picked up her first national women's fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has been called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don't know her, it made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.  



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Coming in 2018

  • Miss Wilton's Waltz, Regency Romance, coming May 2018
  • As Wide As the Sky, Women's Fiction, coming June 2018
  • Promises & Primroses, Book One in the Mayfield Family Series, Regency Romance, coming fall 2018
 
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Giveaway Details

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Ends 12/20/17
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway