Friday, September 28, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

COWBOY CHARM SCHOOL
 HAYWIRE BRIDES, #1
by
MARGARET BROWNLEY
  Sub-genre: Western / Clean Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: September 4, 2018
Number of Pages: 384

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When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!
Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom—notorious criminal Frank Foster—is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man.

STOP THAT WEDDING!
Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancΓ©'s over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding—for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way.

"Light and airy as cotton candy, this tale charms." 
-- Publishers Weekly


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Interview with Author Margaret Brownley

Tell us how you come up with characters.  
With me, it’s all about voice.  Speech says a lot about a person. I try to imagine how a character would greet me should we meet for the first time.  Would he say, “Howdy, ma’am?”  Or the more formal “Please to make your acquaintance?”  When I first met the heroine of Cowboy Charm School, she looked me square in the eyes and said, “Chocolate, right?”  I figured anyone who greeted me by guessing my favorite vice had to own a candy store, and I was right! 

What kind of planning do you do before writing a novel?
Plan? What’s that?   I don’t even like to map out a trip or plan a meal. I’m a pantser, which means I sit down and write by the seat of mine.  Give me a setup or opening scene and I’m off and running.  

What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
The best advice I ever received was to give readers something to “see” in every paragraph. The black mustang lifted his tail and galloped away, hooves barely touching the ground.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I would invite Louisa May Alcott, so I could thank her for the hours of enjoyment she gave me as a child. (I pretended I was Jo the writer).  I would want to include Mark Twain because he traveled all over the west and I could use his eye for details.   I had the pleasure of having lunch with Louis L ’Amour years ago and the stories he told still resonate.  He and Mark Twain would sure keep things lively.  Finally, I would want to invite Jane Austen, because she really set the standard for women’s fiction. 

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I came out of the womb demanding pen and pencil.  I spent my allowances on notebooks and wrote my first “novel” in fifth grade.  However, none of my teachers were impressed.  I flunked 8th grade English.  Truly!   To this day, I can’t diagram a sentence.  Predicates?  Nouns?  Who cares?  Give me a sentence and I’ll fix it, but don’t ask me to diagram it. 

How do you deal with writer’s block?
I believe that writer’s block is the subconscious telling you that you made a wrong turn somewhere in the story. Something’s not right.  This is a clue to go back and find that wrong turn and fix it.

When I was teaching creative writing, I noticed that a number of my students bogged down around page fifty.  That’s when I discovered a little trick that seems to work nine out of ten times:  Simply change the protagonist’s name.  By page fifty, you start to know your characters and it’s possible that the name you chose in the beginning no longer fits.  Perhaps you gave your heroine a feminine name that doesn’t do her justice.  Or your hero’s name no longer fits his character or background.  Try changing the names.  You’ll know if you’re on the right track if your story starts to flow again. 


New York Times bestselling author MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned more than forty-five novels and novellas. She's a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is also a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award.  
Her story, A Pony Express Christmas, will appear this fall in the Old West Christmas Brides collection, and book two of her Haywire Brides series will be published May 2019.  Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English.  Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas ***ENTER GIVEAWAY***

MISTLETOE MIRACLES
Ransom Canyon
by
JODI THOMAS
  Sub-genre: Holiday Romance / Western
Publisher: HQN
Date of Publication: September 25, 2018
Number of Pages: 354

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A small-town Texas Christmas story, where hearts are lost, love is found, and family always brings you back home.
Griffin Holloway is desperate: the Maverick Ranch has been in his family for generations, but lately, it’s a money pit. He’d sooner marry one of his horses than sell the ranch. Marriage, though, could be a solution. If he can woo a wealthy bride, he might save the ranch—just in time for Christmas. Jaxon O’Grady likes his solitude just fine, thank you very much. But when a car accident brings the unexpected to his door, he realizes just how much one person can need another. Crossroads is the perfect place for Jamie Johnson: avoiding nosy questions about why she’s single, she’s happy to keep to her lakeside home. So she’s baffled when she gets the strangest Christmas present of all, in the form of a Mr. Johnson, asleep on her sofa. Who is he, and why does everyone think he’s her husband?
In this uplifting novel, three unlikely couples discover just what Crossroads, Texas, can offer: romance, belonging, and plenty of Christmas spirit. 
”Deeply poignant moments and artfully rendered characters create a rich story that transports readers to an idyllic place.” Publishers Weekly

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A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable. 
With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, “When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I’m still making the world a better place.”
When not working on a novel or inspiring students to pursue a writing career, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

26 Kisses by Anna Michels


26 Kisses
by Anna Michels
304 pages
Published by Simon Pulse

Plot: Getting dumped by her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.

From the top of the Ferris wheel at her hometown carnival to the sandy dunes of Lake Michigan, Veda takes every opportunity she can to add kisses (and boys) to her list, and soon the break-up doesn’t sting quite as much. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down. (2018, goodreads.com)

Review: Veda (Vee) is heartbroken after her boyfriend Mark breaks up with her before leaving to college.  Her best friend Mel thinks the best way for her to get over him is to spend the summer kissing boys.  26 boys to be exact- one for each letter of the alphabet.  The point is for Vee to just start thinking about other boys and to stop obsessing over how much she misses Mark.  Vee is reluctant to take on this challenge, but eventually gives in because she knows she needs to move on and maybe this will help her. During the summer, Vee also starts working for Mel’s dad at his business and meets Killian.  It’s obvious from the beginning that Mel wants Killian and Vee to hit it off, but Vee is not wanting to jump into a relationship anytime soon.

After getting started with the kissing challenge, Vee decides to take it more seriously.  And thus the shenanigans begins...  At first, I thought this challenge was a little too much, but luckily Vee doesn’t have to kiss every boy on the lips and most of her kisses end up on other places like hands and cheeks.  The romance between Vee and Killian was sweet, and it took Vee a while to start thinking of Killian as more than just a friend.  It almost made me wonder if they would actually start a real relationship by the end.  But, Killian was very patient with Vee even after he finds out about the challenge.  I think it made a lot of sense for Vee to not want to jump into a new relationship right away.  It was realistic that she didn't develop feelings for Killian until later on.  It shows that she is not so fickle with her feelings. Which is a good thing. Vee has to figure out if there is 'life after love' and if her heart is willing to start over.

Overall, it was a cute story about getting over your first love, trying something out of your comfort zone, self-reflection, and finding love again.  For ages 15 and up! 

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Rating: 4 Hearts!
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Pure Skin Care by Stephanie L. Tourles


Pure Skin Care
by Stephanie L. Tourles
256 pages
Published by Storey Publishing

Review:  If you are looking for a DIY skin care recipe book, than Pure Skin Care is for you!  It is packed with 78 recipes and lots of valuable information for every skin type.  From cleansers and toners to masks and lotions, there is something for everyone.  I have combination skin, and I like that Tourles tells you which types of products to use and to avoid with this type of skin.  I never realized that cream cleansers were the best for my skin type! She also covers normal, dry, sensitive, mature, and oily skin types as well.  Each recipe has detailed instructions on how to make these natural and pure beauty products right from home.  She details how to store these recipes and for how long.  She also covers all the materials and tools you will need to get started and provides beautiful pictures throughout.

The second part of the book has all the recipes for cleansers, toners, masks, steams, scrubs, and moisturizers.  There is also a whole chapter dedicated to hands and feet!  A great resource for the all-natural beauty lover!  I also really liked that there was a glossary, more resources, and recommended reading guides at the end of the book.  Definitely a great source of information for attaining that healthy, natural glow without the heavy price tag.  Recommended for DIY enthusiasts who enjoy making their own natural beauty products.   

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Rating: 4 Hearts!