Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cowboy, It's Cold Outside ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway!


COWBOY, 
IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
A Twilight, Texas Novel
by
LORI WILDE
  Genre:  Contemporary Holiday Romance
Date of Publication: October 27, 2017
Publisher: Avon 
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Number of Pages: 400


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde’s Twilight, TX Christmas novels are beloved for their emotional depth and ability to capture the sweetness of the holiday season. In her latest Twilight, Texas novel, COWBOY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, the holiday season is once again full of romance and surprises.

Everyone in town knows that Christmas in Twilight has a way of bringing lovers together . . . but will its magic bring this pair from “I won’t” to “I do?”
Wearing a too-tight “Santa Baby” costume held in by a double pair of Spanx, Paige MacGregor runs headlong into a gorgeous, grey-eyed hunk of a long, tall cowboy. And not just any cowboy, but country-western star Cash Colton, visiting Twilight to perform in a charity concert. Most women would melt at his feet, but Paige knows all-too-much about self-assured men with cocky attitudes, so she tells him to get lost.

Cash is in town, nursing his own broken heart, but Paige has knocked him off his feet. He’s convinced she’s perfect—someone to inspire his music and share his now-empty bed. True, he’s not marriage material, but he’s determined to convince her that they’re perfect together—at least for a while. But what he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the one woman who isn’t about to give him the time of day!

“When it comes to striking exactly the right balance between sweet and sexy, Wilde has the equivalent of perfect pitch.” -- Booklist 



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A fifth generation Texan, Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 82 works of fiction. She’s a three-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA award and has won numerous other awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University, and a certificate in forensics. She is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor, and runs a yoga/creativity retreat for artists at Epiphany Orchards in Weatherford, Texas, the Cutting Horse Capital of the World.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sea of Strangers ~ ~ Release Week Blitz, Excerpt, & Giveaway!





Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for
Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles #2)
by Erica Cameron
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Know your enemy if you want to survive…
The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.

Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow.


EXCERPT:
The sight of him against the stone sparks a memory that makes my hands still. I laugh. “You know, it’s several moon cycles late, but we’re finally exactly where the entire city thought we were when we kept sneaking off.”

“I’m glad they’re finally right.” He runs his free hand up my bare thigh, his touch and his voice shaky, but it’s the wide-eyed disbelief on his face that makes my heart skip a beat. “I hoped, but I wasn’t sure it’d ever happen.”

I sit up straighter, flattening my palm against the center of his chest and watching him. “The way you’re looking at me, it seems like you’re still not sure it’s happening.”


“The good moments have been rare recently.” His hand slides over my hip and presses against the center of my lower back, drawing me down until his lips brush against mine before he whispers, “And this is unbelievably good.”

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Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.


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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Up Near Dallas ~ ~ Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway!

UP NEAR DALLAS
Winds of Change -- Book III
by
GINA HOOTEN POPP
  Genre:  Texas Historical Fiction / Romance
Date of Publication: November 12, 2017
Number of Pages: 307


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The year is 1934. Economic turbulence rocks the country. And record drought dries up crops, along with the spirits of every farmer south of the Mason-Dixon. Yet for sixteen-year-old Mick McLaren, life is good as he takes to the open road to chase his dream of being a musician. Riding boxcars, hitchhiking, walking and driving his way across Depression Era Texas, he finds not only himself, but the love of a girl from Dallas named Margaret. Along the way, they befriend Cowboy Larson, a Delta Blues guitarist. Together the three teens, from three very different worlds, come-of-age as their life-changing journey carries them through killer dust storms, extreme poverty, and the unprecedented gangster activity of the Dirty Thirties. 

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: ✪✪✪✪ Up Near Dallas by Gina Hooten Popp is an excellent time machine ride back to 1934 Texas, where life is a dusty, drought-stricken struggle for most people. There is a deep division and disconnect between the very rich, who live relatively unscathed, and the very poor and pretty much everyone else in between. Popp makes her points (many applicable to modern times) clearly, and along with Mick McLaren and Margaret Morningstar, our sixteen-year-old main characters, readers grow and just might change how they view life on the other side of the tracks.

As I often do, I jumped right in on reading Up Near Dallas without knowing much about it or remembering that it is the third book in the Winds of Change series. And it worked just fine as a stand-alone book. HOWEVER,  though this is a little bass-ackwards, as we are prone to say in Texas, I recommend reading at least the summaries of books one and two before starting this book. Doing that would put book three in context (this is a family saga stretching from the late 1800s forward) and explain why Up Near Dallas is told the way it’s told. I think it would be better to read them in sequence, but the best part about not doing that is that those characters about whom I wanted to know more, more, more (Mick’s parents and grandparents) are the focus of those earlier books. Perfect!   (Ooh, and there’s even a free novella prequel, The Emigrant’s Song. I plan on going back and starting there.)

Up Near Dallas is told in very short chapters and from four different points-of-view. Those two elements and the fact that our main characters are teenagers – and there is insta-love -- made the book feel like it was suited for a young-adult audience. (Tie in the prior books, and it likely works for young adult, new adult, and adult readers, but I am not sure.)

Speaking of those fascinating characters…author Gina Hooten Popp knows how to write ‘em. There is a wide cast of players (again, it seems many are from prior books), and each is distinctly written and brings something interesting to the table. That is one of the over-reaching themes in the story – that life is about people and the bonds and relationships forged between them by shared experience or even random encounters. Up Near Dallas focuses on hope in a world full of despair.

"One thing good that has come out of all these hard times -- 
people coming together to help each other."

The experience our main characters Mick and Margaret share is the catalyst for both to grow, but each in a different way. I don’t want to spoil what this “experience” is (Popp ties-in an important historical event in each of her books, and in Up Near Dallas, it’s FAB), but readers will enjoy not just following the event itself, but how out of it, Mick begins to realize his privilege and learns true empathy, and Margaret becomes empowered and learns to scratch below the surface to understand someone’s character. I mentioned the insta-love that happens; I understand an event of this magnitude would bring two people together, but I don’t feel like I am shown enough, especially with Margaret, to merit what seems like a sudden pining, head-over-heels love she feels. 

The story is carried primarily by dialogue, which comes across naturally, like I’d expect to hear people of that time speak.  Popp’s descriptions are richly painted, so that readers feel the magnitude of a dust storm or the tranquility of an evening in the Texas countryside.  

"There's no sound in the world like the hum of 
the wind blowing through oak trees before a thunderstorm."

The writing is solid, but there are a few plot holes that need filling or fleshing-out to strengthen the story. Additionally, another round of editing would help take the book to the next level as those typos and errors are distracting to this reader. (I know, I know. THIS reader is considerably more persnickety than most.)

There are several directions the next book could take (and there MUST be a next book with that ending!), and there are opportunities abounding for tangent books following the lives of any of the fascinating characters. (Dr. Lyles, please.) Meanwhile, I look forward to going back to the beginning and reading book one, The Storm After, which tells of Mick’s grandpa surviving the Galveston Hurricane in 1900!), and Lucky’s Way, which tells of Mick’s dad as a WWI fighter pilot.

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for giving me a gorgeous print copy in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. 

A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Along with writing novels, Gina has enjoyed a long career as a professional writer in advertising. Her debut novel THE STORM AFTER was a finalist in the 2014 RONE Awards, and her just-released book CHICO BOY: A NOVEL was a 2016 Medalist Winner in the New Apple Annual Book Awards. Recently, her novel LUCKY'S WAY, about a young fighter pilot from Houston, was endorsed by the United States World War One Centennial Commission. 

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