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Granted Wishes by Tanya Vought- Giveaway, Spotlight & Excerpt

 

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Book Information

Title– Granted Wishes
Series– The Granted Series
Author– Tanya Vought
Genre– Contemporary Romance
Date Published
–  2/3/15
Pages– 234
Publisher– Booktrope
Cover Artist– Shari Ryan 

Synopsis

A decision that will change her life forever.
After the loss of her husband, Gracelynn Calhoun has struggled with her life and career. Forced to take a four week vacation or be fired from her job, she surprises everyone including herself and agrees to the vacation.
The owner of Antonetti Suites, Giovanni works hard and doesn’t have time for relationships or love. That is until he literally crashes into Gracelynn. She brings back all the feelings he thought he would never feel again.
With the odds stacked against them in every way possible, will they forge ahead together or will this be the end of the road for their new found love? Will the whispers from above bring them together or will misunderstandings ruin what could be an amazing second chance at love?

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Chapter 1- Excerpt

The dark, somber sky matches Gracelynn Calhoun’s disposition. Her heart beats rapidly in her chest as she grips the steering wheel of her Hyundai Accent. From her windshield, she notices the barren trees that once held her favorite fall foliage. Looking at them makes her feel just as empty as the trees in the Layton Hills Cemetery. She releases her right hand from the steering wheel, and clutches her angel necklace as tears pour down her cheeks. She closes her eyes, continuing to hold the necklace, remembering the day her beloved gave it to her. She lets go of her necklace, opens her green-grey eyes and wipes her cheeks


While walking to her beloved’s tomb, leaves crinkle under her favorite pair of black, high-heeled shoes. As she reaches the stone, tears trickle down her face and she drops to her knees. She immediately starts cleaning around his grave, removing all debris.
She stares at the gravestone, and drags her fingers over the intricately carved angel wings. She reads aloud, even though she doesn’t need to. “Angelo Grant Calhoun. 11/28/1980 – 11/30/2012. “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” 

More tears stream down her face. She reaches up and touches the top of the stone, resting her hand in the middle of the stone, like she’d be touching Angelo’s heart.  “I miss you so much, Angelo. How can I move on with my life…move on without you?” she cries to the gravestone. “I love you so much. I wore your favorite dress and shoes, hoping that you’d see me today. How crazy is that?” 

She laughs through tears, wipes her cheeks with her hand and grabs her necklace. “I still remember the day you gave me this,” she expresses to the gravestone. “How can I move on when you were my whole life? I’ll love you forever and always.” The wind picks up suddenly and all the leaves that she had just cleaned up go flying around her. She looks around now, with the leaves in her hair, and hears disembodied laughing. She tries to pick the leaves out of her hair, now full of dead foliage. She looks around the stones, but spots no one else. “I’m losing it. No one is here, Gracelynn. Get a grip,” she tells herself as she stands back up, and continues to clean herself off.

She bends down to wipe her beloved’s stone again, and her phone rings. Startled, she falls down and lands on her butt. “Good grief,” she shrieks. Her phone rings again, and she opens her small purse to take out the phone. It’s Ben calling.  She stands up and looks around, hoping there isn’t anyone around who witnessed the entire ordeal. “Hello, Ben. What can I do for you?” she asks as she brushes the back of her behind, wondering what he wants.


“Hello, Gracie,” he purrs into the phone. Oh boy. This must be a doozy for him to talk like this on the phone. “Cassie and I have some things we’d like to go over with you. When are you coming in?”  This time around, he sounds monotone, neutral. She glances at her watch, and realizes she’s late for work. “Oh man, Ben, I’m sorry I’m late. I didn’t realize the time. I’m at the cemetery and I’ll be there as soon as I can,” she tells him while wiping her right hand down her dress in a nervous gesture. 


“Oh, Gracelynn. I’m such an ass,” Ben says through the phone. “I forgot you were going there this morning. Take all the time you need and I’ll see you in say, a half hour?” he asks her and hangs up, leaving Gracelynn more confused than before.

Copyright © Tanya Vought. All rights reserved. 

About Tanya Vought

Tanya Vought is a hopeless romantic. She loves reading, writing, singing and doing crafts with her children. What started as a lifelong dream became reality. She’s overjoyed that readers will get to read her debut, Granted Wishes. She loves her characters sexy and sassy. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two amazing and imaginative children.

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How I Fly & How I Fall by Anne Elliot- Book Tour- Review & Giveaway




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How I Fall by Anne Eliot

Series:  Yes, Book 1
Published: 
June 14, 2014/ Butterfly Books, LLC
Pages: 
369
Format: 
Kindle Book
Source:  Author

WHAT IF YOU HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE CRUSH?


Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.


WHAT IF YOU COULDN’T RESIST?


But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.

WHAT IF YOU KISS?

What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, but… 

WHAT IF YOU HURT HER?

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How I Fall is the first book I have read by Anne Elliot, and it was a real treat.  Young Adult books are not my usual read, but I do enjoy some of them.  It all depends on the blurb on the back.

How I Fall is about a 16 year old girl, Ellen, who has Cerebral Palsy, and how she deals with all that goes along with that, high school, friends and first love.  Ellen, is not your typical teenager.  She tries to be, but sometime her CP gets in the way.  She is constantly tripping and falling down, thanks to one weak arm and one leg that sometimes does not cooperate with her brain.

I adored Ellen!  She was strong, brave and funny.  She had this constant dialog in her head about every situation she was put in.  Yes, she talked to herself, which to me made her character stronger.  I could just picture her in my head, and hear what her voice sounded like.  She has had a crush on Cam Campbell for as long as she could remember.  She thinks that he doesn’t notice her, after all he is a star football player, popular, and could have any girl he wanted.  What Ellen doesn’t realize is that he wants her!

Cam is a star football player, smart, over 6 foot tall, and is in love with Ellen Foster.  I liked Cam for many reasons.  The main reason being is that he genuinely cared for Ellen, and wanted to protect her.  He took up for her, when the kids at school teased and laughed at her constant falling.  He took up for when his parents were talking about her and calling her ‘the handicapped girl’.  

I did not like Cam’s parents.  I wanted to actually whack them a few times.  What grown person is constantly putting down another child, especially a partially handicapped child that they don’t really know.  It really irked me that his mother was constantly talking about Ellen like she wanted to have CP.  

I enjoyed how Ellen and Cam’s friendship blooms into love.  It was sweet.  I enjoyed the secondary characters of Patrick, Ellen’s best friend, and Laura the new girl at school.  Besides Ellen, Laura was a favorite of mine.  She is from Ireland, funny, friendly, and a little quirky.  I would have loved to have had a friend like that.  She was always looking at the bright side of things.  She brought Ellen out of her shell, even if that did involve a lot of glitter.

How I Fall is very well written.  The story held my interest right up to the very end.  You are left with a little cliffhanger at the very end, but then the book will pick back up in the next one, How I Fly, in the series.  I will defiantly be reading the next book in the series, and anything else that Anne Elliot writes.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sweet, teen romance.  

Kissing:  light kissing
Sexual Content:  None
Cursing:  A few, but nothing vulgar

How I Fly by Anne Elliot
 
Series:  How I Fly, Book 2
Published: 
January 2, 2015/ Butterfly Books, LLC
Pages: 
357
Format: 
Kindle Book
Source: 
Author

WHAT IF IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON…?

Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past.

WHAT IF IT ALL GOES PERFECTLY…?

Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly…
WHAT IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT…?

When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends?

WHAT IF…?
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I am not quit done with this one, but I will be soon, and will add my review here when finished.  I did not think it would be fair to write a review til then.  So far it is excellent! 

 

About Author Anne Eliot 

Anne Eliot is the author of the, How I Fall/How I Fly two book series, and bestselling, young adult teen issue romances, Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she’s devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves.

Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, two teens of her own whom she adores (an some teens near and far thanks to hosting many exchange students) who are all growing up too fast.

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Book Review: Heart of a Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney (Highland Warrior Series, Book 3)

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Title:  Heart of a Highland Warrior
Author:  Anita Clenney
Date Published:  June 3, 2014
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Pages:  339
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Series:  Highland Warrior (Connor Clan)
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Description

A bloodthirsty evil stalks the Connor Clan…

Brave, beautiful, and haunted by her past, demon hunter Anna MacKinley will do anything to help the Connors. Under divine orders, the headstrong warrior travels the world, slaying demons and vampires. When she stumbles upon a hidden stone fortress while searching for her clan’s lost Book of Battles, dark forces swiftly imprison her—and she discovers her cell mate is a gorgeous Scottish warrior who has no memories, but looks strikingly familiar.

And only a secret from the past can win the day…and her heart.

The warriors of the centuries-old Connor Clan search for their missing time-vault and the powerful relic within. What they find is a grave…and a kilt-clad body they fear is the long-lost Tavis Connor. But there may yet be more to the Highland warrior’s fate than a pile of bones. Desperate to save his brother and his clan’s Book of Battles from a demon hell-bent on destruction, Tavis begins a 150-year quest that will end in modern-day New York. But when he wakes, he discovers he’s the one in need of help. His only hope of rescue is a bonny lass who claims to be a warrior. A warrior waging war on demons…and his heart.

My Review


Heart of a Highland Warrior is the third book in the Highland Warrior Series by Anita Clenney.  I waited patiently for this book, and when I finally got it on my Kindle, I read it in two nights.  Well, it was almost one, but I had to quit when the words started to blur.  If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, I would suggest you start with the first book, Awaken the Highland Warrior.  If you start with this one first, you may be a little lost.  Now on to my review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It has everything you could want in a book, sexy highlanders, strong women (mentally and physically), love, passion, suspense, and good against evil.  Anita has wrote another wonderful book, that held my interest right up to the very end!

The story starts with Bree finding an old dug up grave, and she just loves old graves (don’t we all… uh, no).  Inside the grave is a wooden coffin that contains an old skeleton.  Whoever the dead man was, he is wearing a kilt and light colored shirt, just like what Faelan was wearing when she discovered him in the Time Vault.  Bree & Faelan mistakenly come to conclusion that it’s Tavis, Faelans younger brother, and begin preparing his funeral.

Tavis has been watching over Faelan since they were children.  He has traveled 150 years in the future to protect Faelan and help him destroy his assigned demon.  Tavis is being held captive by an powerful, ancient demon.  He doesn’t know why he is being held captive, or how he got there.  He doesn’t remember his name, who he is or anything about himself.  It is up to Anna to help him find the answers.

Tavis s’ character is strong, handsome, protective, and loyal to his clan and those he loves.  Tavis has to learn how to live in this new time that he finds himself in.  It is humorous the way he reacts to music, cars, and the way the women dress and act now.  While getting used to a new time, he has to find the Book of Battles, fight demons, and protect Anna all at the same time. 

Anna is afraid to love anyone, she is a little stand offish, and carrying around a big chip on her shoulder.  She is afraid to get close to anyone, because the past has taught her that she is unlovable.  When she gets trapped in a fortress following a man that she believes may lead her to the Book of Battles, she knows that she made a bad mistake.  She must fight to stay alive, find a way to escape, and help a mysterious man in the cell beside her.

I love all of Anita’s books in the ‘Highland Warrior’ Series!  Heart of a Highland Warrior is my second favorite, after Faelan in Awaken the Highland Warrior.  This book was action, action, action from start to finish.  I didn’t want to put the book down.  In this book many questions were answered, but there were still a few that I had from Angus:  A Highland Warrior Brief (novella) that didn’t get answered in Heart of a Highland Warrior.  I am sure Anita will answer those in the next book.

If you are like me and you liked Shay’s aunt Nina and her cousin Matilda, have no fear you get more of them in this book.  I found myself laughing out loud at Matilda.  All of your favorite Connor Warriors are in this book.  I love that in each book in the series all of the warriors make an appearance, so we get to keep up with all of them.

In the front of the book there is a Character Index.  I am so glad that Mrs Clenney put that in this book.  Now we can keep up with who’s who.  If you enjoyed the other books in the series so far, you will enjoy this one even more.  I can’t wait until the next book in the series!  Write Anita, write!

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky

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Title:  Sweet Salt Air
Author:  Barbara Delinsky
Release Date:  June 10, 2014
Format:  Print/ Hard Cover

Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole’s coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.

But what both women don’t know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole’s friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.



My Review

Sweet Salt Air is the second book I have ever read by Barbara Delinsky.  I enjoyed this book for many reasons, but what made me want to read it to start with was the cover.  The cover of this book is simple, but beautiful and tranquil.  Then the blurb for the book grabbed me. 

Charlotte and Nicole had very different set of parents.  Their home lives growing up were very different.  Were Nicole had love and support growing up, Charlotte had the opposite.  Despite all their differences, they became best friends.  Charlotte spent every Summer of her childhood with Nicole and her family on Quinnipeague Island.

All grown up and living different lives, Charlotte and Nicole haven’t seen each other for 10 years (since Nicole’s wedding).  They have kept in touch through email, but haven’t been close in a while.  Nicole has her marriage, a home and a blog that is doing very well.  Charlotte is a journalist and travels the world, and goes and comes as she pleases.

Nicole invites Charlotte to come to Quinnipeague for the Summer to help her with a cookbook she is writing.  Charlotte accepts the invitation, because she misses her friend and the island on which she spent so many happy Summers.  Charlotte has been keeping a secret from Nicole for 10 long years, but Nicole is also keeping a secret from Charlotte.  

Sweet Salt Air held my attention from beginning to end!  These two women have been best friends for a very long time, despite their different lives and not seeing each other for a long time.  I can relate to that.  Any woman who has a best friend, could relate to that. 

I liked both Charlotte and Nicole.  They are both very strong characters.  Where Charlotte is blunt and to the point, Nicole is more reserved and talks a lot before her point is made.  These two women over come something in the story that I am sure most friendships would not survive.  It is both encouraging and hopeful the way these two women come together to be there for one another when necessary.

While reading Sweet Salt Air, I could smell and hear the ocean and taste the food!  Mrs Delinsky did a beautiful job of showing, and not just telling.  I did a quick search for Quinnipeague Island, but I couldn’t find anything.  Whether it is a real place or not, Mrs Delinsky made me want to go there.  I would love to talk to the locals, and sample all of their wonderful food.   

I don’t want to give any of the story away, so I am not going to say much more.  This novel has it all!  There is friendship, romance, love, passion, food, community, secrets and the ocean.  If you enjoy all of those things, you will enjoy Charlotte & Nicole’s story all the more.


HAPPY READING!

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Immersed by Jennifer Griffith (Ripple Effect Romance Series) Tour,Review & Giveaway

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Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.
But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.
Until… Erik.
Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she’d never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her care

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My Thoughts

Immersed by Jennifer Griffith is the 6th novella in The Ripple Effect Romance Series.  This is the second book that I have read by Jennifer, and I am not at all disappointed.  Immersed did not have any of the characters in it from the previous novellas in the series, which was a little confusing at first.  Confusing, because I just ‘assumed’ that it would.  That’s what I get for assuming!

Never the less I was not disappointed at all.  At the start of the book we met Lissette.  She is graduating from college, and possibly getting a marriage proposal all in the same day.  The first few pages of the book, I was thinking that she was really shallow, and I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy her story at all.  That changed quickly as the story progressed.

Lissette starts her own business as a ‘Language Teacher’, where she teaches either French, Chinese or English to business men.  She goes along with them on meetings, and business diners to help translate between them and their prospective business clients.  Pretty soon it seems that all the men think she should be offering more than her language services. 

That’s when her aunt Corky steps in and recommends Lissette have a make-under, because she is just too beautiful.  Lissette’s make-under consist of a matted up wig, pale face makeup, dowdy clothes, and a mole!

Erik is tall, sweet, Greek god handsome, and wants to hire Lissette for 6 weeks to help him with his English.  Lissette’s make-under does not have a negative effect on Erik.  In fact it seems to have the opposite affect on him.  He seems to genuinely like Lissette, ugliness and all!  Too bad he is a client, because dating clients goes against her work policy.

I enjoyed reading Lissette and Erik’s story.  It was clean (only a few kisses), heartfelt, and fun!  There is even a little surprise toward the end.  I loved Lissette’s aunt Corky, and I bet if she had her own story, she would be a hoot.  Even though this novella didn’t have any of the characters from the other books in it, it was still a wonderful way to end the series.  Wonderful job, Jennifer! 

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Excerpt

This was it, the day she’d waited and worked for over the past years—her degree would be firmly in her hand. Lisette Pannebaker, Master of Business Administration. Her smile even made her eyes scrunch.

Dad’s dress shirt would’ve popped buttons, had he been here to see her.

But it wasn’t just the degree. Chances were that tonight she’d have something else in hand. Or, rather, on her hand. She’d seen the little navy velvet box on Justin’s coffee table—he’d left it in plain sight when she came by to drop off dinner for him last night—and she’d nearly fainted from heart palpitations last week when he’d dragged her past windows sparkling with diamonds and asked whether she thought round cut or brilliant cut had more fire.

Brilliant cut, of course.

Ah, Justin Fox. She sighed for his blond crew cut, his square jaw. Mrs. Justin Fox. It fit. Lisette Pannebaker, student, no more. Now she’d be Mrs. Justin Fox, Master of Business Administration.

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Author Jennifer Griffith

Jennifer Griffith studied French, German, Japanese, and a wee bit of Spanish in her school days. Her grandmother was Norwegian, and Jennifer grew up with lots of Scandinavian traditions floating around, including fabulous cardamom laced cookies called Krumkaker, made on a fancy waffle iron. However, she’d never dream of trying to teach someone any of those languages. And she might botch the cookies. Instead, she writes novels in English, drives her five kids a million places, and laughs with her husband, who came up with the plot for Immersed because he’s just a cool muse like that.

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