Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I will be sharing the books of all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review in the last six months. I will be selecting authors at random so that there is something for everyone in the post.
And the first author today certainly knows how to raise the temperature in our Northern climates with her bestselling romance novels. Reviews are in for Jacquie Biggar’s most recent release, a box set – Gambling Hearts with a bonus story Married to the Texan.
About Gambling Hearts
Captivating chance encounters, sizzling second chances, unforgettable attraction
3 full-length heartwarming romances plus one bonus short story from USA Today Bestselling Author Jacquie Biggar
All your favorite alpha heroes and independant heroines!
Sweet, sexy romance. The perfect reading deal for your Kindle! Grab a cool drink and curl up for an unforgettable boxed set of romance best sellers. Each book is a standalone contemporary story of love, honor, duty, and family dilemmas.
In the set;Hold ‘Em
In the game of love all bets are off
When professional poker player Matthew Shaughnessy wins the pot of a lifetime, he didn’t expect to land himself a fiancée.
Cassandra Gardener is left with little choice but to play the part of a Texan’s fiancée for a week if she wants to clear her father’s gambling debt.
Can two people with so much to lose win the biggest bet of all- love?
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Tony Morrison had been in love with the youngest Shaughnessy for almost as long as he’d been employed at her family’s ranch. Trouble was, he had secrets. Things he couldn’t tell anyone, especially the beautiful Sophia. So, he’d let her go.
But now she’d returned, bringing the winds of change to the Texas ranch, and Tony wasn’t sure he could protect her from the fallout.
Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family’s guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents–and a fiancé.
And that isn’t the only surprise.
A Magical Christmas
When a little girl goes missing, it takes faith, love, and the help of a Christmas angel to guide her to safety.
A delightful mixture of women’s fiction, chick-lit, romantic comedy, and mystery, Married to The Texan has something for every reader!
A recent review for the boxset Gambling Hearts
I enjoyed reading the four delightful stories in this set. There was romance, a bit of mystery, and even a dash of the paranormal in the end.
“Hold ‘Em” was about gambling on love. It started with a gamble, and it got really complicated from there. Matthew needed a fiancé to placate his dying grandmother, but he didn’t plan on falling in love. After all, his fake fiancé was engaged. Can it get more complicated?
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was about secrets and second chances. Sophia and Tony love each other, but they let pride get in the way. Sophia felt she had something to prove. Tony had secrets he felt he must keep. Did Sophia really have to leave love and home to prove herself? Were Tony’s secrets really so dire that they had to be hidden? You must read this sweet, heartwarming story and judge for yourself.
“My Girl” is about deceptions and misunderstandings. Why did Trish leave Aaron, and now, why is she back with her family? There is a story, and there are secrets. Someone is playing games, and none of them are good. Will Aaron and Trish have a second chance? If you like your romance with secrets and a dash of mystery, you might enjoy this story.
In A Magical Christmas, a little girl is lost, and an angel, or perhaps a ghost, comes to the rescue. Is this possible? If you believe in guardian angels, this story will touch your heart.
A selection of of other books by Jacquie Biggar
Read all the reviews and buy the books : Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Jacquie : Goodreads
Connect to Jacquie via her website: Jacquie Biggar
If you like to have a book to hand to dip into and enjoy short stories and poetry then I am sure you wold enjoy Short & Not Always Sweet by Dorinda Duclos
About Short and not always Sweet
Imagine yourself being lost in a faraway land, or sailing on a pirate ship. Perhaps you’ll find yourself in a predicament, or a romantic rendezvous. From passages to longer, more detailed stories, these are writings that are sure to capture your imagination and evoke emotions, from sadness, to madness, to happiness and beyond.
One of the recent reviews for the collection
Short & Not Always Sweet is an unexpected treat of a book which is a bit liking dipping into a box of delicious chocolates. It comprises of a variety of stories, some a couple of hundred words and others a couple of pages, all of which are different and interesting.
The author touches on numerous different aspects of life and human experience and delves deeply into emotions and feelings which she expresses in words that stay with you and make you think. A few examples of these descriptions are as follows;
“I remembered your eyes, those deep, brooding greys, the ones that sparkled, even though no light touches them.” from Those Eyes.
Some of the stories cut deeply into the worst of human nature:
“When the red roses arrived at her desk on Valentine’s Day, she purposely pricked her finger, watching the blood ooze. She licked the red liquid, savoring the flavor.” from Desperate Obligations.
“How hideous, she thought, that they should bring a child to my death. Here she was, about to meet her demise, in a way not even suited for a pig.”
There are others that describe the best that nature has to offer us:
“She awakens me with the soft colours of the dawn. Pastel shades that paint the skies, then fade away, giving life to a more vibrant palette.” from The Cry of the Mourning Dove.
Others illustrate the best of human nature:
”Thank you for showing such compassion. We dropped our young one into the water when we saw you in the field. We have heard so much negativity, we wanted to test it for ourselves.”
A selection of other books by Dorinda Duclos
All the books including signed copies can be purchased through Dorinda’s website: Book Page
Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US
And: Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Dorinda : Goodreads
Connect to Dorinda on her blog: Dorinda Duclos
And now something for family sagas as we step back in time to the 1920’s and American Vaudeville courtesy of Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau.
About Telling Sonny
Forty-six-year-old FABY GAUTHIER keeps an abandoned family photograph album in her bottom bureau drawer. Also abandoned is a composition book of vaudeville show reviews, which she wrote when she was nineteen and Slim White, America’s self-proclaimed Favorite Hoofer (given name, LOUIS KITTELL), decided to take her along when he played the Small Time before thinking better of it four months later and sending her back home to Vermont on the train.
Two weeks before the son she had with Louis is to be married, Faby learns that Louis has been killed in a single-car accident, an apparent suicide. Her first thought is that here is one more broken promise: Louis accepted SONNY’s invitation to the wedding readily, even enthusiastically, giving every assurance that he would be there, and now he wouldn’t be coming. An even greater indignity than the broken promise is that Louis’s family did not bother to notify Faby of his death until a week after the funeral took place. She doesn’t know how she can bring herself to tell Sonny he mattered so little in his father’s life he wasn’t even asked to his funeral…
One of the recent reviews for the book
While I was reading “Telling Sonny” I felt like a time traveler. The year is 1925 and Faby is a sheltered young woman who has recently graduated from high school. She has lived her entire life in a small town in Vermont, surrounded by her protective family: a younger sister, a French-Canadian grandmother and her parents. Her world is small but full of love. Then she meets Slim White, a dancer with a traveling vaudeville show. He’s older and much more worldly than she is. Soon Faby takes a journey with Slim, and ends up far from home and everything she knows and holds dear.
“Telling Sonny” takes the reader on the road to vaudeville theaters in towns and cities throughout the northeast and in the south. Along the way we discover an America that is now long gone. Elizabeth Gauffreau describes the journey in rich detail. We get to know Faby very well, and as we travel with her we experience her joys and sorrows.
I was completely immersed in Faby’s story and was sad when I finished the book. As a reader, this is the best compliment I can give to an author!
Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US
And : Amazon UK
Read the reviews and follow Elizabeth: Goodreads
Connect to Elizabeth via her blog: Liz Gauffreau
Now for a combined mystery/ghost story to enjoy on cold and dark winter nights from author Teagan Riordain Geneviene – A Ghost in the Kitchen (Three Ingredients Book 2) –
Teagan has lowered the price just for a short while to enable you to buy the book for $1.00…. take advantage whilst you can.
About the book
A Ghost in the Kitchen, Three Ingredients-2 continues the flapper adventures of Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip. It’s a 1920s “pantser” story and a culinary mystery. This time Pip’s pal Andy (from The Three Things Serial Story) returns. Granny Phanny is there too. She’s still trying to teach Pip to cook. Granny is in a lather because of the supernatural goings-on in her kitchen. There’s also one pos-i-lutely potent poltergeist! New adventures abound as Pip and Andy unravel an old mystery. It’s all spontaneously driven by “ingredients” sent by readers of the blog, Teagan’s Books. Jump into the jalopy and enjoy the ride. There’s no telling where we’ll go, but it will be the cat’s pajamas!
One of the recent reviews for the book
The author’s excellent talent for storytelling and kept me enthralled with the characters in this novel. She has a knack for vivid description that it makes it seem like all things are possible — like you are there with her characters experiencing their adventures. The 1920s setting came to life.
I enjoyed Pip and Andy’s friendship. It reminded me of Agatha Christie’s “Tommy and Tuppence” series.
This is a culinary mystery, so food is prominent, because of the “ingredients” provided by the author’s blog readers. She let those random things (ingredients) drive the plot of the story, writing it spontaneously as the ingredients were provided. It was a “recipe” for a fun book.
Also by Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Read the reviews, buy the books : Amazon US
and : Amazon UK
Read more reviews and follow Teagan : Goodreads
Connect to Teagan via her blog: Teagan’s Books
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will be leaving with some books under your arm… it would be great if you would share.. thanks Sally.