<![CDATA[Sandy Wolters - Sandy\'s Spotlight]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:52:27 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Review - Bailey Devlin Series - Book 1 By Rebecca Forster]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:27:37 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/review-bailey-devlin-series-book-1-by-rebecca-forsterSandy's Spotlight
Review
The Day Bailey Devlin’s Horoscope Came True
By
Rebecca Forster
NOTE: At the time of this post, The Day Bailey Devlin's Horoscope Came True by Rebecca Forster is FREE on Amazon.  You can pick your Kindle copy up by clicking on the book cover.
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5 Stars
 
Book:  The Day Bailey Devlin’s Horoscope Came True
Series: Bailey Devlin – Book 1
Author: Rebecca Forster
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 191 Pages

 
Bailey Devlin has led a difficult life.  She’s grown up in a single-parent home with a mother who dreams of her long-gone husband.  When Bailey’s old enough to be on her own, her mother takes off to look for the man that had walked out all those years ago.
 
Bailey works hard to fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer.  Through it all, she’s alone with her dreams of some day having it all.  She faithfully reads her horoscope each day hoping for some good news.  One day, it talks of opening her door to a man that will change her life.  When the knock on the door finally comes, it’s not quite what she’s expecting.
 
THE DAY BAILEY DEVLIN’S HOROSCOPE CAME TRUE by REBECCA FORSTER is written in first person.  It’s really well done and allows the reader to get a good insight into the main character.  I have to say, my heart went out to her.  She’s worked so very hard her entire life to make something of herself and when she gets a surprise visitor, her world is turned upside down.
 
Much of this book was funny.  Parts were so funny that I had to put the book down because I was laughing so hard I cried.  Always in the background, though, was the reality of heartache.
 
I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by Ms. Forster and this book was no exception.  This is a fast, fun read and I highly recommend it.

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<![CDATA[Sandy's Spotlight - A Highland Ruby By Brenda B. Taylor]]>Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:41:14 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/sandys-spotlight-a-highland-ruby-by-brenda-b-taylorSandy's Spotlight
A Highland Ruby: Highland Treasures Book 2
By
Brenda B. Taylor
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A Highland Ruby: Highland Treasures Book 2
 
She must choose between a life of adventure with the man she loves or a settled, secure life with her betrothed. Flora Vass put Gavin Munro out of her heart and mind until he returned to Scotland after an adventurous five years in the New World. Gavin left no doubt he returned to make the bonnie Flora his own and intended to fight for her. Flora’s betrothed, Iain MacKay, and Gavin’s brother, Chief Andrew Munro, had other plans. Andrew needed her to marry the MacKay to bring peace between the two clans. Iain MacKay wanted an heir. War with England looms on the horizon, forcing Flora to choose between her heart’s desire and her logical choice.
 
Available for Pre-Order

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Excerpt
 
He dozed and dreamed of Flora in the emerald gown again. Now her waist-length hair matched the deep red color of the large ruby hanging from a gold chain. The ruby and gold glinted in shards of green light flashing around her and in her eyes. How lovely she appeared, with flawless white skin, ruby red hair, and eyes to match the emerald gown. Gavin’s heart near burst with her beauty. While he watched, Flora removed the ruby from her neck, dipped the stone three times in a crystal goblet of clear water. The water turned red as the ruby.
She held the goblet out to him. “Take this and drink. The ruby’s water will drive the evil away and make you weel.”
“Aye. I desire to be well.” Gavin reached for the beautiful crystal chalice now filled with red water.
Just as his hand touched the chalice, a large boot kicked his foot. Flora disappeared with the red, healing water. Gavin’s eyes popped open. He remained still, grabbing the sgian dubh from his boot with one hand and the pistol from his belt with the other.


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About Brenda B. Taylor
 
The desire to write historical fiction has long been a passion with Brenda B. Taylor. Since elementary school, she has written stories in her spare time. Brenda earned three degrees: a BSE from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; a MEd from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas; and an EdD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; then worked as a teacher and administrator in the Texas Public School system. Only after retirement could she fulfill the dream of publication.
 
Brenda and her husband make their home in beautiful East Texas where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working in Bethabara Faith Ministry, Inc. She crafts stories about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people in her favorite place overlooking bird feeders, bird houses, and a variety of blooming trees and flowers. She sincerely thanks all who purchase and read her books. Her desire is that the message in each book will touch the heart of the reader as it did hers in the writing.
 
Connect with Brenda
 
Website: http://www.historicalheartbeats.com/
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<![CDATA[Sandy's Spotlight - When She Knows (Franconia Notch Trilogy - Book 1) By Jessie Clever]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:44:10 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/sandys-spotlight-when-she-knows-franconia-notch-trilogy-book-1-by-jessie-cleverSandy's Spotlight
When She Knows
Book 1
Franconia Notch Trilogy
By
Jessie Clever Picture
When She Knows: Franconia Notch Trilogy Book One by Jessie Clever
 
Blurb:
His latest problem is her newest assignment.

Shannon Wynter has it all figured it. Abandoned by her mother and left to care for her agoraphobic father, Shannon focuses on building her career as a journalist to the detriment of all else including her love life.

Ian Darke has his own problems. Battling past failures, Ian sets his eyes on launching a new factory for his father’s defense firm. But it’s the very father he failed that will do anything to sabotage Ian’s progress.

And when Shannon follows an anonymous tip that leads her to Ian’s factory door, the last thing she expects to discover is what she already knows.

Excerpt:
"But fraud for a defense contractor is serious.  You don't want to defend your reputation as a provider to our armed forces?"
 
It took him a minute to realize that clicking noise was her following him over the pavement.  He spun around, his arms coming up once more to gesture his acquiescence, only she was standing too close, and instead of gesturing with authority, he ran into her, his arms striking her shoulders and knocking her against him.
 
He froze, feeling the length of her body collide with his, the scent of her shampoo invade his senses, her breath fall across the exposed skin above his shirt collar.  He felt her hesitation, the hitch in her breath, before she shoved against him, pushing herself away.
 
"I'm very sorry," he said, his hands moving uselessly in front of him as if to help her regain her balance.
 
She stood with her pad held against her chest like some sort of shield, and he felt his anger drain into annoyance.
 
"I'm sorry," he repeated, much more carefully, "I don't have a comment, and I need to get back to work.  Please excuse me."
 
He turned slowly this time, resuming his walk to the loading dock door.
 
"What is it that you're using this factory for, Mr. Darke?"
 
He didn't answer.  No matter how much he wanted to turn around and rail about his stupid brother's stupid decisions, he did not.  He kept walking.
 
"Fraud, I mean, come on, that's-"
 
And then he did turn.
 
"If you want a comment, you can call our PR department."
 
"Great!" she said, and he almost smiled at her enthusiasm as she pulled up a clean page of her notebook.  "What's the phone number?"
 
He shook his head at her and let his feet carry him back to where she stood on the pavement, notebook poised for the phone number.
 
"Shannon, was it?" he said when he was close.
 
He had felt her breath hitch when she had bumped into him, and now he dared to step a little closer than politeness would have dictated.  He saw it again, the slight hitch in her chest, and he felt a smile spread over his face.  He leaned in, dropping his voice to a soft, rich level.
 
"Have you heard of the Internet, Shannon?"
 
"Yes," she whispered softly, her eyes locked on his.
 
"Use it," he said and walked away, leaving her standing in the parking lot, her pen completely still.

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About the Author:
In the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring.  Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found.  And Jessie has been writing ever since.
 
Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.
 
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.  For more, visit her website at jessieclever.com.
 
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<![CDATA[BLOG TOUR - Sweet Christmas Kisses 2]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:52:52 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/blog-tour-sweet-christmas-kisses-2Sandy's Spotlight
BLOG TOUR
Sweet Christmas Kisses 2
SXK2 Blog tour graphicWelcome in the holiday season with 19 heartwarming and wholesome novellas from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 takes you from the Smoky Mountains to Florida’s sun-drenched beaches, from the Italian Alps to Paris, France, and even to a quirky little town in Arizona. The Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 collection features all-new, stand-alone stories that are sure to make you laugh, sometimes bring tears to your eyes, but always put you in the Christmas spirit. Foreword by New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne.

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Mona Risk Christmas PapaChristmas Papa by Mona Risk Living for three years in her stepmother’s respected house helps Monica forget the horror of her youth and reform her wild streak, and even dream of a normal life, similar to her stepsisters’, with a loving husband and children. Geez, she’s pretty enough to attract any man she wants, but to keep him is a different ballgame. The moment they learn of her past or meet her adorable twins, they feel the urge to move two-thousand miles away. Until Michael kisses her…
Cover_Gingerbread_Kisses_by_Beate_BoekerGingerbread Kisses by Beate Boeker Carol spends Christmas at the luxurious Hotel & Spa “Dolomitissimo” in the snowy Alps of Italy where she’s busy creating gingerbread men as name cards for her younger sister’s wedding. When things start to go wrong, she finds help in the form of Tom, the attractive hotel manager, but then, her sister manages to create havoc and Carol has to fight for her happiness.
Boycotting+Chirstmas_Melinda+CurtisBoycotting Christmas by Melinda Curtis Bachelor Nick Santolli needs someone to help him give his niece a Christmas to remember. Back in the day, no one did Christmas better than Joy Encastle. But times have changed and Joy would prefer to boycott the festivities this year.
Devine Christmas Remember FRONTA Christmas to Remember by Denise Devine Katie McGowan is returning home from a business trip when a blizzard forces her to take refuge at Lakewood Resort and miss celebrating Christmas with her family. The resort is overflowing with people, including Ryan Scott, an avid snowmobiler who’d come to Lakewood to escape the holidays. Ryan and Katie join forces to help others in need and learn the true meaning of Christmas.
AnAngelforChristmascoverRaineEnglishAn Angel for Christmas by Raine English Alexa Stevens needs a job, or she and her daughter might wind up living out of the car. Blake Collins needs a nanny to help with his spoiled ten-year-old. What seems like the perfect match turns out to be anything but when the two girls and a rambunctious mutt create havoc at Christmas.
The Cowboy’s Christmas Bride by Aileen Fish When veterinary student Tara seeks shelter in a snowstorm with handsome rancher Dylan, she quickly writes him off as boyfriend material since he’s more temperamental than an unbroken horse. Thanks to a job lined up half a state away, she’s not even tempted by a friend’s request that she move to White Oak, until she learns what has damaged Dylan’s spirit. Will a sickly calf and the magic of Christmas help her heal Dylan’s heart?
LuckyBreakChristmasSecondHoneymoonLucky Break Christmas: Second Honeymoon by Patricia Forsythe Lily is convinced that her new marriage to Marc is cursed because of a string of fiascoes. Marc knows she’s wrong. It takes the intervention of three body-building wedding planners and most of Lucky Break to change her mind.
Beach Walk by Grace Greene - Cover for IndieWritesBeach Walk by Grace Greene Twelve years earlier, Kelli, a teenage runaway, was taken in by a kind woman named Margie who gave her a home, and safety and security. When Margie dies, her long lost nephew and only blood relative, arrives with plans of his own. Kelli loves her life at Emerald Isle, but how far will she go to keep it, or will Christmas bring a change of heart?
An Irish Christmas Blessing_COVER RustandAn Irish Christmas Blessing by Roxanne Rustand When Eve travels to Ireland to run an old friend’s quaint village bookshop over the Christmas holidays, the trip is a dream come true—all the more because of the beautiful Irish countryside and the quirky locals in the village. And then there’s the charming, enigmatic stranger who just might steal her heart…
ChristmasWedding-MScott-Ebook-LGChristmas Wedding by Magdalena Scott Jim Standish is ready—right this minute—to marry the love of his life, but Melissa Singer wants the day to be one they’ll look back on forever. Planning and execution time: 25days. Will it be possible to create the perfect Christmas Wedding?
finding+you+at+christmas+500x750Finding You at Christmas by Kristin Wallace After years of looking out for everyone else, preacher’s daughter Janie Worthy is ready to get a life of her own. A stalled car and a stranger on a motorcycle puts that plan in a tailspin…and leads to the best Christmas present she could ever find.
ChristmasLaurel-Amazon (1)Christmas Laurel by Christine Bush. Female army veteran Laurel Covington and her retired bomb dog have retreated to a cabin in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains. She’s dealing with PTSD and a mind full of ugly war memories, and wants nothing more than solitude, quiet, and an escape from the clamor of Christmas. But then she meets the tall handsome mountain man who shares the mountain, and who has his own ghosts from the past to put to rest. Sometimes, the true meaning of Christmas can bring both healing and love when you least expect it.
Lois Germain CoverCountry Christmas by Lois Greiman Emily Kane was tossed into the deep end of the foster care system years before, making her cautious of love and commitment. Securing her dream job at the Lazy Windmill, a working farm turned guest ranch, has begun the healing process. But the past can’t be shut out forever. Will familial reunions cause her to bolt back into hiding or will the magic of Christmas heal her heart and allow her to find her happily ever after?
The Christmas Crusade S. HatfieldThe Christmas Crusade by Shanna Hatfield Levi Clarke is on a crusade to create a merry Christmas for the patrons of Center for Hope community center. He’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen, even if it means seeking a sponsorship from Kat Kingsley, the woman too stubborn to realize she’s still in love with him.
Christmas Charm.inddThe Christmas Charm by Susan R. Hughes Gemma and Chris were childhood best friends until their lives took separate paths, both leading to heartache. Fifteen years later, a surprise reunion at Christmastime offers them a second chance at happiness.
Jarnagin Cover Evergreen RomanceEvergreen Romance by Julie Jarnagin. After giving up her plans for college to care for her ailing grandmother, Jillian Rogers has a shot at being promoted to project manager at the local nursery, but the owner’s son comes back into town and tries to take the job. Monty Nelson spent the last five years playing triple-A baseball after college but never made it into the major leagues. Now, he has returned to Lakota, Oklahoma, driven to show his parents he can succeed, but they stick him with running the Christmas tree lot with smarty-pants Jillian Rogers. When old sparks reignite, Jillian and Monty must determine whether their romance will wither or if they’ve found everlasting love.
ChristmasCupcakeMy Christmas Cupcake by Shaleen Kapil. Clare thinks she is doomed to spend the holiday alone managing her new cupcake bakery until a handsome stranger appears just as she is closing up on Christmas Eve. Despite an instant attraction, Starfish Beach is a tourist town, and Clare has learned to be wary. How can she tempt Garrett, a university professor, to move to her small town when all she can offer are cupcakes?
Christmas+SparkA Christmas Spark by Ciara Knight Sara Foster blames herself for her failed marriage. On Christmas Eve, she hides away in the family cabin, the same place her father abandoned her twenty years ago. Dalton Scot is unable to face the family holiday after his divorce and discovering he can never have children of his own, so he chooses Christmas Eve to fix his buddy’s cabin. Both search for a secluded spot to mourn their Christmas pasts, but instead are snowed in at the cabin for the holiday where they discover the power of the Christmas spark.
Cookies decorated with pink and blue snowflakesSweet Blizzard by Milou Koenings. He’s an ex-con, she’s a socialite. He saves her life when a blizzard strands them together, but she could make or break his. Will love make it all right in time for Christmas?

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All 19 authors in this boxed set write sweet/wholesome romances and are members of Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors whose books contain no sex, violence, or strong language. While the emotional stakes are high as the characters’ relationships grow, lovemaking is not described in these stories. Think movies rated G or PG. Therefore, Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 can be enjoyed by romance readers of any age. Pull up a chair by a cozy fire, pour a cup of hot chocolate and allow these bestselling and award-winning authors to bring the holiday season alive as they warm your heart. Purchase the book at your favorite online retailer: Amazon: http://indi.uno/1i9UeJv B&N: http://indi.uno/1JsnLXM Kobo: http://indi.uno/1ErAkUy iTunes: http://indi.uno/1NFPAA5 Google: http://indi.uno/1Ep9cp2 Connect with the Authors at Sweet Romance Reads: Website/Blog: http://SweetRomanceReads.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/SweetRomanceReads Twitter: http://twitter.com/SweetRomanceRds Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/donnafaz/sweet-romance-reads/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/123223-sweet-romance-reads Or connect with each of the Sweet Romance Reads Authors individually: A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mona Risk, writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion, sprinkled with a good dose of humor and set in the fascinating places she visited— or in Florida, her paradise on Earth. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter

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Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. She writes sweet sophisticated romantic fiction and mysteries, many of them set in beautiful Italy. While ‘Boeker’ means ‘books’ in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else could she do but write novels with happy endings? Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter

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Melinda Curtis is an award winning, USA Today bestselling author. She writes the Harmony Valley series of sweet, light-hearted romances for the Harlequin Heartwarming line. Brenda Novak says: “Season of Change has found a place on my keeper shelf”. Melinda also writes the sweet romantic comedy Bridesmaid series, and fun, traditional romances. Jayne Ann Krentz says of Blue Rules: “...Wonderfully entertaining.”
Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter

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Denise Devine is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and she also writes inspirational fiction. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at thirteen and has been writing ever since. She writes about true love, happy endings and stories that touch your heart.
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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romances, as well as hotter paranormal and Gothic romantic suspense. She lives in New England with her family and her French bulldog, Bailey. Website | Newsletter |Facebook | Twitter

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USA Today bestselling author Aileen Fish is an avid quilter and auto racing fan who finds there aren’t enough hours in a day/week/lifetime to stay up with her “to do” list. There is always another quilt or story begging to steal away attention from the others. Her books include The Bridgethorpe Brides series and the Small Town Sweethearts series. Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Patricia Forsythe grew up in a small copper mining town in Arizona where she had the opportunity to observe a great many interesting people who have since turned up in her books. She has written many romances for Harlequin books (as Patricia Knoll), as well as indie-published books and enjoys creating the kinds of stories she hopes people want to read. Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Grace Greene writes novels of romance, mystery and suspense. A Virginia native, Grace has family ties to North Carolina. She writes books set in both locations. The Emerald Isle, NC Stories series is set in North Carolina where “It’s always a good time for a love story and a trip to the beach.” Or travel down Virginia Country Roads and “Take a trip to love, mystery and suspense.” Website | Facebook | Twitter

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USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.
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USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings. She invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots you can barely see on the map—mystery, romance, and the occasional unexplained occurrence.
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Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales.
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Christine Bush is an award winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.
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Lois Greiman is an award winning author who has penned more than 50 heart-warming, laugh out loud novels. She currently lives on a small farm in Minnesota with her best friends, some of whom are human. Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her bestselling sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with characters that seem incredibly real. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter

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Susan R Hughes writes contemporary and historical romance novels set in Canada. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Twitter

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Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of sweet and inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched, but these days she lives in a not-so-big city with her husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Website | Newsletter |Facebook | Twitter

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Shaleen Kapil is new and upcoming author. Her first book, None But You, debuted in 2014. Her latest stories are built around the Emerald Coast of Florida, a favorite vacation spot. She created the Starfish Beach series to allow readers to enjoy a taste of romance in a laid-back beach setting. Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Ciara Knight writes ‘a little bit of edge and a lot of heart’ with her bestselling sweet romance and young adult stories that have topped the Amazon charts. When not writing, Ciara enjoys her own happily ever after with her husband and three sons living in suburbia, GA.
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Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because she believes sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all.
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<![CDATA[Book Review - A Housefly In Autumn By Scott Nagele]]>Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:16:21 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/book-review-a-housefly-in-autumn-by-scott-nageleSandy's Spotlight
book review
a housefly in autumn
by
scott nagele
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5*****Stars

Book:  A Housefly in Autumn
Author:  Scott Nagele
Genre:  YA/Historical Fiction
Length:  Approximately 198 Pages


A HOUSEFLY IN AUTUMN by SCOTT NAGELE is listed as a YA, but this book is for the young, the old and everyone in between.  The setting is 19th century Europe and starts out with a gifted young writer with endless possibilities for the future.  In one brief heroic moment, his dreams are shattered and the future no longer holds the endless possibilities he was once afforded. The message in this book is so important, everyone should be able to relate to it.

I must admit that I read a lot of books.  I enjoy many different genres, styles of writing and author’s imaginations.  I’m lucky because when I read a book, no matter when or where it takes place, the author’s words transport me into their world.  Sometimes this is a good thing.  Sometimes it’s not so good. In A HOUSEFLY IN AUTUMN, the character of Anders Christiansen reached out of the pages, grabbed me by the throat and made me fall in love with him, care about him and feel his humble pain. 

When I first picked this book up, I didn’t stop reading until I was 22% into the book.  I only stopped there, because my vision is bad and my eyes couldn’t see the words on the page any longer.  My first update on Goodreads was, “What a beautifully sad start.”  Mr. Nagele made me feel the glory in achievement, as well as the pain and grief of losing something so very important to the main character, Anders.  Mr. Nagele’s writing throughout the book was flawless and took me back to that simpler time in history and helped me become a part of the time and life of the main character.

You’re going to need two things readily available when you get to the end of this book; a box of tissues and a quiet place to read where people won’t look at you weird because you are crying so hard and making faces trying to keep your eyes clear enough to read. When you get to that point in the book, it will not cross your mind to put the book down long enough to wipe your face, blow your nose and dry your tears. You just won’t want to take the time away from the book to do any of that.

A HOUSEFLY IN AUTUMN by SCOTT NAGELE made it deep into the selection process of the 2012 ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award) process and rightly so.  This book is an amazing read.

Like most readers, I have my favorites in genres, those books that are my go-to books that I read and re-read many times.  I also gift those books to friends and family members.  In that vein, I’d like to say that A HOUSEFLY IN AUTUMN is a book that everyone would enjoy.  To go farther, I think that if you only purchased one book this year, this should be the one.

A HOUSEFLY IN AUTUMN by SCOTT NAGELE is a book I won’t soon forget and one that I can promise you, I will be reading again.  This book surpassed any expectations I had when I opened the first page and quickly soared to my favorite Historical Fiction novel I’ve ever read.  The writing was impeccable and I fell head over heels in love with the characters. As a reader, I’m thrilled this gem of a book crossed my Kindle.

This book reached out and touched my heart and more importantly, made me feel.

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At 17, Anders Christiansen was a young man overflowing with potential. All his teachers believed he was destined to blossom into a leading man of letters, enjoying a life of rich rewards.

That was before the accident.

Now, Anders's great talent lies fallow. He can't produce the complex ideas he once did. His thoughts are slow and his words simple. The world holds little promise for him anymore.

Struggling to build a meaningful life out of the wreckage of his dreams, Anders learns the value of simple treasures. Loyalty, devotion, and even sacrifice hold rewards of their own to renew hope after tragedy. Love can cause hurt, but he who gives love when he hurts the most will reap a joy outweighing the pain.

Anders gives meaning to his life in the way he spends it. He will face grave danger to spare those he loves, and though his gifts be diminished, he will share them freely with even the humblest of children. Though never sought, Anders's reward is immense and enduring, showing the millions of reasons to go on sharing even the simplest of gifts.
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<![CDATA[Book Review - Predator's Trinity by Rosanna Leo]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:45:34 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/book-review-predators-trinity-by-rosanna-leosandy's spotlight
book review
predator's trinity
book 6 in the Gemini island shifters series
by
rosanna leo
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5*****Stars

Book: Predator’s Trinity
Series:  Gemini Island Shifters – Book 6
Author:  Rosanna Leo
Genre: PNR – Shifter (M/M/F)
Length: Approximately 205 Pages


PREDATOR’S TRINITY by Rosanna Leo is Percy, Byron and Suzan’s story.  This is Book 6 in the Gemini Island Shifters Series, but it is stand alone so if you haven’t had a chance to read the rest of the books in the series, you won’t have a problem following this story.  This happens to be my favorite shifter series though, so I highly recommend all of the books.

August Crane, a psychopathic wolf shifter, is obsessed with Suzan, an empath who has had to distance herself from people due to the overwhelming emotions that flow through her.  Percy and Byron, twin Jaguar shifters, have a sordid history with Crane, so when he abducts Suzan, they know they must do everything in their power to save her.

The Gemini Island Shifter Series is my go-to shifter books.  I recommend this series to anyone looking for a new set of shifter books.  It’s that good.  It’s the shifter series that I wait on pins and needles for new books to come out and read them as soon as they are released.  It’s also a series that I’ve re-read a few times as I wait for my fix for a new book in the series to come out. Ms. Leo has also written another shifter series that I can’t get enough of, The Orkney Silkies.

All of her shifters are beautiful, damaged in some way and needing the hand of a good, strong woman to straighten them out.   As I read Ms. Leo’s books, I’m taken on a journey to different places with interesting people that I learn to either love or hate.  I feel their emotions, their pain and their joy. 

If you like romance, you need to pick these books up.  If you like shifters, you need to pick these books up.  If you like big, strong, HOT alpha males, you’ll find yourself flipping through the pages of Ms. Leo’s books so fast that before you know it, you’ve been drawn into their story and have been swept away from anything pressing such as laundry, dirty dishes or even preparing supper and you won’t even feel the slightest bit guilty.  I promise. 


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Librarian Suzan Marsh is an empath and has always felt assaulted by the feelings of others. She has had to distance herself from the people in her life, raising a mental barrier to ward off unwanted emotions. When wolf shifter August Crane abducts her, he breaks through the walls she constructed, forcing her to accept a frightening new truth.

Jaguar shifter twins Percy and Byron Moon are familiar with the evil ways of August Crane. Because of him, their childhood was destroyed. Because of him, their way of life at the peaceful Ursa Fishing Lodge and Resort is threatened. And they won’t rest until he is dead.

When Crane drags Suzan into his cult and decides to make her his “concubine,” Percy and Byron know they must save the human woman. Their connection to her is strong and they cannot deny the dream they always held close. That they could share a woman and make her their mate.

But even after rescuing Suzan, none of them are free from Crane’s clutches. The wolf shifter has plans, ones that involve the demise of every shape shifter at the Ursa Resort. Not only must Percy and Byron keep Suzan safe, they must convince her to accept them both. In order to stop Crane from hurting everyone they love, they must learn to fight together.
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<![CDATA[Review - Murmansk, A Thriller by J.T. Lewis]]>Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:19:01 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/review-murmansk-a-thriller-by-jt-lewissandy's spotlight
book review
murmansk
a thriller by j.t. lewis
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5*****Stars

Book:  Murmansk
Series:  The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic – Book 5
Author:  J.T. Lewis
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Length:  Approximately 446 Pages


Make sure you have the time to spend reading Murmansk by J.T. Lewis before you pick it up because you won’t want to put it down. 

Mr. Lewis has done it again with this thrill ride of a book.  My heart was pounding as I read it.  There were absolutely no dull moments.  Just when you think the book might slow down, it picks up speed again and takes you for another thrilling twist.

This is a stand alone, so don’t worry if you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, you won’t be lost.

Excellent, fast-paced read!  If you like thrillers, you should pick this up.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Dan Brown meets James Rollins in this epic international thriller that pits Gabriel and his crew against an unnamed society that has been seeking control for a millennium!

When the enemy discovers who…or what Gabriel is, they steal something from him that is priceless!

Already exhausted from being captured and held until near death in the Russian Arctic; Gabriel and crew must now find the strength to forge ahead as they work to rescue their precious family member.

But there are two obstacles that seem insurmountable to overcome before they can find the secretive group. They don't know who they are…and they don't know where they are!

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<![CDATA[NEW RELEASE - PEACE, LOVE, & ROMANCE BOXED SET]]>Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:58:02 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/new-release-peace-love-romance-boxed-setSANDY'S SPOTLIGHT
NEW RELEASE
PEACE, LOVE, & ROMANCE BOXED SET
For a limited time, ten of today's hottest and bestselling authors bring you Peace, Love & Romance - a collection of full-length novels (some sweet, some sizzling!) all celebrating women who have loved, lost, and triumphed.

Out Of The Box, Regifted – Jennifer Theriot (Amazon Bestselling Author)

With a new beginning on the horizon for Olivia and Ash, what could possibly stop them from finding their happily-ever-after? In the midst of joy, this blended family finds they have to trust in love and family bonds to get them through what is coming next...or self-destruct. How long can Ash keep parts of his life hidden from those who love him?

Scary Modsters – Diane Rinella (Amazon International Bestselling Author, two category Amazon Hot 100 Author)

Rosalyn is ridiculed for her eclectic wardrobe and unconventional music collection. Niles’s offbeat character is her perfect complement. Sadly his flaws equate to relationship suicide. When Niles learns he can overcome his obstacles by helping the ghost of deceased rock deity Peter Lane avenge murder, how far will he go to secure Rosalyn’s heart?

Cheating To Survive – Christine Ardigo

Cheating to Survive weaves the story of three Norlyn Plains Hospital coworkers and their seemingly perfect lives. However, their marriages are anything but ideal. When they decide to cheat on their husbands, will they find happiness or be destroyed by the consequences? Christine Ardigo handles infidelity realistically and humorously. It will resonate in some way with every woman on the planet.

Chain of Title - Robyn Roze

Newly divorced Shayna wants adventure, and Sean wants her. But the revelation of her ex-husband’s dirty secret sets off a chain of events with deadly consequences that reveals who Sean really is and leaves Shayna to question how well she knew either man. Robyn Roze weaves a story of love, loss, betrayal, and ultimately forgiveness.

A Different Kind Of Forever - Dee Ernst (Amazon Bestselling Author)

Michael is a hot, young rock star. Diane is a single mom almost twenty years older. When they meet, the attraction is immediate. He knows she’s the real thing. She can’t ignore her feelings for Michael, but can’t see past their differences. A Different Kind of Forever is about two complicated people finding—and trying to hold on to— love.

Tahoe Blues – Aubree Lane (Amazon Bestselling Author)

When Cara finds the glitz and glitter of casino life isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, she divorces her husband, finds a new love, a new home, and new piece of jewelry around her ankle. Under house arrest for a crime she didn’t commit, Cara must rely on a zany group of misfits to help set her free.

Tropical Nightmares – Kelly Cozzone (Amazon International Bestselling Author)

The tranquil life David Murphy and Tiana Alexander built on St. Lucia is threatened by the dangerous and vengeful Robert Dubose. Can they survive his lust for revenge, or will his secret partner succeed where he failed? Can their love survive, or will it be the final casualty?

The Fizgig – Jill Cox Vogt (Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Competition Winner)

Daisy Young believes that when life hands you lemons, eat chocolate and get on with it, but no amount of candy gets her mind off her drowned fiancé—until she flees to East Tennessee’s mountains and meets a man with a dark, secret past.

Doubling Back To Love - Rebecca Warner (Great Southeast Book Festival Top 10, Honorable Mention)

Lexi Avery asks, "Why does it have to come down to choosing just one man, when no one man can give me everything I want?" Why indeed? Follow her tantalizing adventures as she explores love's options.

Sex and the Widow Miles - Nan Reinhardt (Amazon Bestselling Author)

Julie is anticipating an idyllic retirement with her husband, Charlie, when he dies suddenly. She meets a younger man, Will, and embraces life—and sex—again. But a dark secret reveals her perfect marriage may have been a lie. Jules goes in search of the truth and finds there’s always a second chance for love.

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<![CDATA[Audio Book Review - Growl by Ashley Fontainne]]>Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:56:01 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/audio-book-review-growl-by-ashley-fontainneSANDY'S SPOTLIGHT
Audio book Review
Growl
By
Ashley Fontainne
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5 Stars

Book:  Growl (Audio version)
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
Author:  Ashley Fontainne
Genre:  Fantasy/Paranormal
Length:  7 Hours, 46 Minutes


Let me just start out by saying that GROWL is different than any book I’ve read by ASHLEY FONTAINNE.  I love it when authors take chances and let loose with something hidden in the far recesses of their imagination.  It’s what keeps me hooked.

As usual, the writing in GROWL is perfection.  The words came alive listening to the narrator.  It’s terrifying.  It’s exciting. It’s sad.  It’s good versus evil in the most black and white, in your face way.

I highly recommend this read! 

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<![CDATA[Available As Pre-Order - Hearts Akilter By Catherine E. McLean & Giveaway]]>Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:02:08 GMThttp://sandywolters.weebly.com/sandys-spotlight/available-as-pre-order-hearts-akilter-by-catherine-e-mclean-giveawaySandy's Spotlight
AVAILABLE AS PRE-ORDER
HEARTS AKILTER
BY
CATHERINE E. McLEAN
AND GIVEAWAY!
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Hearts Akilter
Applicable genres: fantasy/sci-fi romance, romance, humor (lighthearted)
Length: Novella
Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press

Visit her website (http://www.catherineemclean.com/) to enter to win a $50 as par of the book launch.

Love, vengeance, attempted murder, and a bomb...No reason to panic.

When a medical robot insists he's having a heart attack, Marlee Evans, a pragmatic maintenance technician, has every reason to panic. There's a bomb inside him.  Since Marlee can't risk the bomber discovering she's found the device, her only option is to kidnap Deacon Black, an unflappable bomb expert, and secretly convince him to disarm it.  Things go slightly awry when Deacon sets a trap for someone who is trying to kill him, and inadvertently captures Marlee instead.  Instantly intrigued by her refreshingly forthright and gutsy attitude, he's smitten.  Unfortunately for Deacon, Marlee recently hardened her heart and swore off men, especially handsome ones with boy-next-door grins.  But as Marlee and Deacon attempt to identify and prevent the bomber from detonating the device, they discover that love may be the most explosive force of all.

Excerpt
HEARTS AKILTER
By Catherine E. McLean @ 2015

The bomb. Right. Dismantle the bomb. In this lift? No, that was insane. “Marlene, if the bomb goes off accidentally—”

“It’ll blow the station to kingdom come?”

He nodded.

     “Not to worry.”

She said that with such nonchalance that he found himself speechless. He cleared his throat. “Why not? Did you snatch the portable Bomb Disposal Unit, too?”

“Better.”

 “What’s better than a BDU?”

“Garbage incinerators.”

“What?” He glanced out into the darkness beyond the lift.

Giant machinery stood silhouetted and veiled in shadows. “Where are we?”

“Deck forty-three, Ring D zero three. Relax. Don’t panic.  They once accidentally incinerated a torpedo in number four, over yonder.”

She pointed to the left. “Nobody heard or felt it explode, and there wasn’t even a drail’s worth of damage done to the incinerator, or anything else.”

            “I don’t believe you.”

            “It happened three years ago. I was there, a deck above.

Never mind.”

Henry manipulated his finger appendage, grabbing and briefly tugging the shirt sleeve of Deacon’s good arm. “Marlee would never lie about anything so important.”

“Does she lie about unimportant things?” He instantly regretted his caustic remark.

“I do not know.” Henry spun sideways, facing Marlee. “Do you lie about unimportant things, Marlee?”

“I have been known to tell a white lie now and then to spare someone’s feelings, but on the whole—” She looked away from Henry.

As her blacker than black eyes met his gaze, Deacon felt pinned to the wall.


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About Catherine E. McLean

Besides Catherine being a wife and mother, she has ridden and exhibited Morgan Sport Horses. She's an avid clothing and costume designer, an award-winning amateur photographer, a 4-H leader, and a Red Hatter who loves bling.

She lives on a farm nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. In the quiet of the countryside, she writes fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal stories where a reader can escape to other worlds for adventure and romance.

Her short stories have appeared in hard-copy and online anthologies and magazines. Besides having two novels published, soon to be released is her lighthearted fantasy/sci-fi romance HEARTS AKILTER. Catherine also gives writing workshops, both online and in-person. A schedule is posted at http://www.writerscheatsheets.com/workshops.html

Catherine's website for writers is  http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com and she blogs at http://writerscheatsheets.blogspot.com/

Hub Website: http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Connect with Catherine at: http://www.catherineemclean.com/contact-me.html


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