Tuesday, June 20, 2017

One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten ~ My Thoughts and a Giveaway!

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One Wrong Turn

One Wrong Turn: A Novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten
Paperback and e-book, 204 pages
Published: June 20th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Author Deanna Lynn Sletten returns with an unforgettable novel about one man’s crisis of self and his greatest act of love.

The words “I'm her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma—and no assurance that she’ll awaken—he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspended between life and death. Now Clay is reunited with the family he hasn’t seen for two years, including the daughters he left behind.

Clay should have been there for his family. He never should have stayed away so long. The alcohol that took over his life destroyed everything but a shred of his self-preservation. Sober and haunted, Clay revisits the memory of love, marriage, and how his life unraveled. He hopes that by trying to reconnect with the daughter who blames him and the daughter who barely knew him, he can find a light of hope in this darkest hour. As his family faces its most grueling, emotional test yet, Clay must summon the courage to make right what was wrong—and find forgiveness from his harshest judge: himself.


My thoughts about One Wrong Turn ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Jessica Conners gripped the steering wheel as she maneuvered the twists and turns on Highway 1 along the Northern California coastline."

I love Deanna's stories and I get lost in them as soon as I start reading the first lines. One Wrong Turn grabbed my heart from the start and I loved my roller-coaster journey through the lives of Jess and Clay and their two wonderful daughters, Maddie, the spunky teenager, and Jilly-bear, the seven-year-old, who is wise beyond her years.

This story was such an emotional read that tugged at my heartstrings. It broke my heart watching this family struggle as they tried to deal with the reality of their beloved wife and mother lying in a coma in the hospital. They all need Jessica so much and if the power of love can heal, they should be able heal their broken family. But can they find it in their hearts to forgive? And is their love going to be strong enough to pull Jess back and fix what is broken? 

One Wrong Turn is an amazing love story; a story of strength, perseverance, and forgiveness that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

About the author


Deanna Lynn Sletten writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. She began her writing career self-publishing in 2012 and has since published several novels. Her next novel will be published in June 2017 by Lake Union Publishing. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Connect with Deanna

Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter


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Thank you, Deanna!


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Release Day!! One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten and a Giveaway!

Happy Release Day!

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One Wrong Turn

One Wrong Turn: A Novel by Deanna Lynn Sletten
Paperback and e-book, 204 pages
Published: June 20th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Author Deanna Lynn Sletten returns with an unforgettable novel about one man’s crisis of self and his greatest act of love.

The words “I’m her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma—and no assurance that she’ll awaken—he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspended between life and death. Now Clay is reunited with the family he hasn’t seen for two years, including the daughters he left behind.

Clay should have been there for his family. He never should have stayed away so long. The alcohol that took over his life destroyed everything but a shred of his self-preservation. Sober and haunted, Clay revisits the memory of love, marriage, and how his life unraveled. He hopes that by trying to reconnect with the daughter who blames him and the daughter who barely knew him, he can find a light of hope in this darkest hour. As his family faces its most grueling, emotional test yet, Clay must summon the courage to make right what was wrong—and find forgiveness from his harshest judge: himself.


Congrats Deanna on the release today of 
One Wrong Turn

I have been a huge fan of Deanna's since the very first book of her's that I read. I met her virtually on a blog tour when I read Memories in 2012. I have read everything she has written since then and she is one of my 'drop everything and read' authors. As soon as I get one of her books in my hands—look out—nothing else will get done until I finish it!

After years of being a virtual friend of Deanna's, I finally was able to meet her in person two years ago. We met for lunch and the time just flew, I felt like I had known her forever! 

Deanna and me ~ September 2015

I am so excited for One Wrong Turn to get out into the world. Not only is the cover stunning, the beautiful story inside is one you won't soon forget.  

About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. She began her writing career self-publishing in 2012 and has since published several novels. Her next novel will be published in June 2017 by Lake Union Publishing. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing in the boat on the lake in the summer.

Connect with Deanna

Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter


Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you, Deanna!


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Spotlight: Finally Home by Tammy L. Grace, a Launch Party, and a Giveaway!


Finally Home

Finally Home by Tammy L. Grace
Hometown Harbor Series - Book 5
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Expected publication: June 20th 2017 by Lone Mountain Press

Sometimes you have to go back to move forward 

In the tradition of the beloved novels of Debbie Macomber and Kristin Hannah, award-winning author Tammy L. Grace returns readers to the fifth book in her Hometown Harbor Series and another unforgettable journey of friendship, family, and loss. 

Twenty years later, the death of Kate’s daughter remains fresh in her mind. Looking at Kate no one would guess the grief, self-doubt, and anguish that plague her. In a quest to move forward, she and Spence are building a new life on the island and the happiness that has eluded her for decades is within reach. 

An unexpected visitor sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy the world Kate has carefully reconstructed. A tragedy strikes close to home. The revelation of a long-kept secret forces her to confront painful memories and reassess the bonds of friendship. Kate’s future and that of another she barely knows are dependent upon her ability to bend without breaking. 

Pour a cup of tea and return to Hometown Harbor where you’ll reconnect with old friends and discover Kate’s story of perseverance as she grapples with unbearable loss and the power of forgiveness. 



Tammy is having a Virtual Launch Party on Facebook today to celebrate her new release and would love for you to stop by and visit. 

She and a few author friends will be chatting about Summer Beach Reads and giving away some books. 


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Hometown Harbor Series:

Book Blurbs

Finding Home: A coming to life journey for a middle-aged woman, who flees to a small island expecting a change of scenery and discovers much more.
Shattered by her husband's infidelities after twenty-five years of marriage, Sam Collins is plagued by constant fear and loneliness, reliving the tragic death of her parents and the betrayal by the man she loved. She leaves Seattle seeking relief from the relentless darkness that has swallowed her. With only her dog for companionship, she sets out to live in her vacation home on San Juan Island.

In her search for a carpenter, she meets the handsome and very available, Jeff Cooper. Sam's not looking for romance, but can't deny the attraction to the retired firefighter, turned handyman. While working together and eating her pies, Jeff finds himself falling for her.

The past she wrestles to let go of comes hurtling back when she least expects it. In an effort to help a struggling young man, she is forced to confront the anguish she is desperate to escape. While torn between love and friendship, she must face her fears and choose between the life she's known and a chance for a family and home she's been longing for all her life.

Home Blooms: Return to the picturesque island community where you’ll check in with your old friends and meet a few new ones along the way.

Linda is knee deep in bouquets and boutonnieres, designing a beautiful ceremony for Sam and Jeff. The bride’s matchmaking plot takes shape as she volunteers her best friend, Max, to help Linda create the perfect wedding.

Linda and Max are thrown together when a tragedy threatens to destroy the honeymooners’ newfound happiness before they have the possibility of a life together. Compelled to make some changes in life, Linda uncovers a family secret that causes her to question her existence and leads her on a search for the truth.

As Max begins to penetrate the protective walls around Linda’s heart, a visit from her youth causes her to risk it all. While struggling between the past and the future, Linda has a chance to let more than her flowers bloom.

A Promise of Home: Spend Christmas in Friday Harbor this year surrounded by the friends you know and a couple of special deliveries from the Hometown Harbor Series.

In between holiday activities, friends of Linda and Max are helping plan their Valentine’s Day wedding. Regi is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her fortieth birthday and the fulfillment of the promise she and Cam made over twenty years ago.

As she anticipates the reunion with Cam, she’s oblivious to the signals the local delivery man, Nate, is giving her. She and Nate work together helping a newcomer open an art and antiques shop. While spending time together, she discovers she has feelings for Nate and bonds with the new shopkeeper over their past losses.

As Regi’s contemplating her choices, she’s dealt a blow that brings her to her knees and reconnects her with the past. In the pursuit of her youthful fairytale promise, she’ll risk the only chance she’s encountered for true happiness and a home.

Pieces of Home: A story of long ago secrets revealed and the strength of one woman’s journey to overcome the pain of her past.

Ellie hasn’t seen or spoken to her parents in twenty years—since she came to live on the island with her aunt and uncle. Ellie’s all grown up now and runs the popular family bakery, Sweet Treats.

An unforeseen plea for help forces Ellie to reveal a secret she’s kept hidden from even her closest friends. Her innate kindness and desire to help propel her on a turbulent journey. The pieces of her past she’s worked so hard to escape resurface and bring her face to face with heartache. In the midst of unearthing her long buried pain, she faces challenges that threaten her livelihood and those she holds most dear.

When newcomer Blake Griffin arrives, he frequents the bakery in the early morning hours and over fresh cinnamon rolls they develop a friendship. He renews a sense of hope and joy in Ellie, but she’s hesitant to trust him with her heart. Instead of letting her past define her future, Ellie must summon the courage to recognize an unexpected path may be a welcome gift.

Finally Home: Sometimes you have to go back to move forward

In the tradition of the beloved novels of Debbie Macomber and Kristin Hannah, award-winning author Tammy L. Grace returns readers to the fifth book in her Hometown Harbor Series and another unforgettable journey of friendship, family, and loss.

Twenty years later, the death of Kate’s daughter remains fresh in her mind. Looking at Kate no one would guess the grief, self-doubt, and anguish that plague her. In a quest to move forward, she and Spence are building a new life on the island and the happiness that has eluded her for decades is within reach.

An unexpected visitor sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy the world Kate has carefully reconstructed. A tragedy strikes close to home. The revelation of a long-kept secret forces her to confront painful memories and reassess the bonds of friendship. Kate’s future and that of another she barely knows are dependent upon her ability to bend without breaking.

Pour a cup of tea and return to Hometown Harbor where you’ll reconnect with old friends and discover Kate’s story of perseverance as she grapples with unbearable loss and the power of forgiveness.

Cooper Harrington Detective Series:

Click on the links to purchase from Amazon!

Killer Music (Book 1)
Deadly Connection (Book 2)

Killer Music: Winner of 2016 Gold Medal from Global E-Book Awards

When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.

The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.

Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.

Deadly Connection: Coop's case takes an unexpected twist when he discovers the dead body of his latest client.

A newcomer to Nashville with a troublesome problem requests an emergency meeting with private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington. When she fails to keep her appointment, Coop and Annabelle, his faithful friend and assistant, become worried and go in search of their new client. Their hopes for a quiet Sunday are dashed when they discover her dead body.

Coop and Annabelle find themselves immersed in the investigation, uncovering tenuous links to a handful of suspects. With the help of his loyal golden retriever, Gus, and meddling but well-meaning Aunt Camille, Coop works to untangle the web of connections to expose the motive and identity of the killer before anyone else is murdered.

About the author


Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of The Hometown Harbor Series of women’s fiction set in the picturesque San Jan Islands in Washington and a mystery series set in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring Cooper Harrington, Private Detective.

Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. When Tammy isn't working on ideas for a novel, she's spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? June 19, 2017


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a great week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading/listening to

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Twisted Tree
by Kent Meyers
This is our book club pick for later this week.

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Say Goodbye for Now
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

What I recently finished

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Hometown Harbor: The Beginning: Prequel to Book 1 of the Hometown Harbor Series
by Tammy L. Grace
Book #5 in this series comes out today. Check out my spotlight post here and be sure to enter my giveaway for a copy, thanks to Tammy. This prequel is FREE on Amazon and it enticed me to want to read more.  

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The Good Widow
by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Read my thoughts here. ๐Ÿ’•

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One Wrong Turn: A Novel
by Deanna Lynn Sletten
My thoughts will be posted tomorrow. ๐Ÿ’“
Watch for a big giveaway then too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What I am going to read next

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The Child
by Fiona Barton

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke ~ My Thoughts

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The Good Widow

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Print and e-book, 302 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller.

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancรฉ. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…

  

My thoughts about The Good Widow ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"His fingers slithered like a snake to find hers. She opened her palm and accepted them. There was something about the commanding way her reached for her. It felt like a statement. You are mine."

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have created an intense, romantic, suspenseful, page turning thriller. How can it be all those things at once? Believe me, The Good Widow, is all that and more. I've read other books by this dynamic duo so I was expecting something similar. Boy, was I wrong! I loved it and I'm excited for this new dimension of their storytelling. 

Jacks finds herself on such a rollercoaster ride, as first she learns that her husband is dead and then as she finds out more about his accident, their marriage, and who to trust, or not trust. 

I can't even imagine what it takes to write a novel, let alone to write it with another person. And to be able to make it read so seamlessly that the reader doesn't have a clue where one writer starts and another one ends is amazing. 

I also have to throw this in. In the book, they mentioned Nebraska Cornhuskers, Omaha, and Sioux Falls—all of which are near and dear to my heart. Loved that!

"Some things are better left alone." This line really jumped out at me and could maybe be tagged as the moral of the story.

Great job with The Good Widow, Liz and Lisa! I hope you have more stories like this one in your imaginations.

About the authors


Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children.

Connect with Liz and Lisa


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! Vengeance by Ian St. James


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.

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The book I have this week is one that I have had for awhile. This is the cover for the paperback but the book you could win is the hardcover, which has a different cover. 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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Vengeance

Vengeance
by Ian St. James

Hardcover, 507 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers

Summoned to a private Greek island, businessman Tom Lambert is offered the challenge of a lifetime--to take the reins of billionaire Maurice Stanton's empire--a job that brings passion and intrigue.


About the author

Ian St. James

Ian St James, according to the press, was a millionaire at the age of thirty, when the merchant bank backing his enterprises collapsed and took his business with it. In the years afterwards he started a management consultancy and later turned it into a small investment house. In 1977 he retired to write full time and published eight best-selling novels; The Money Stones, The Balfour Conspiracy, Winner Harris, The Killing Anniversary, Final Resort, Justice, Vengeance and Cold New Dawn.

He also started the wildly successful Ian St James awards launching the careers of several published authors.

2012 sees the return of Ian St James as he brings his novels to the Kindle, introducing a new audience to his explosive mix of passion and adventure.



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