#BookReview – Summer Nights With A Cowboy @_CaitlinCrews #NetGalley

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

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When I picked up this book, I didn’t realize it was book #3 in a series. However, it reads well as a standalone, and nothing was lost.
Janie Atwood is a nurse and a good one. She lost her mother in childbirth and has lived her entire life with her grandparents. It was a good life and she was happy. It wasn’t until after the grandparents’ deaths, that she receives a letter from her grandmother with some shocking revelations.
When a job opening comes up to care for Damaris Gardiner in Cold River, Colorado, she jumps at the chance to find the answers to all the questions the letter raised, while making a living doing what she loves, caring for the elderly.
History is written by the people with the most to hide. Cold River is like any small town with a group of founding families and a hierarchy or pecking order. The author did a fabulous job of portraying the small-town image with lots of firmly rooted imagery.

Zack Kittredge is the sheriff of the small town and he prides himself in keeping order. He’s well-known for his stern grumpiness and devastatingly good looks. Everything in Zack’s world is black or white, right or wrong. There is no in-between and no flexibility with anything outside those rigid guidelines.
Janie’s introduction to Zack is to trip over her own two feet and send a spray of snowy mocha java all down the front of his pristine lawman shirt. She’s always been clumsy. She’s always been the good-natured friend or big sister in relationships with the opposite sex. That is until Zack.

I loved all of the complex family dynamics displayed in this story. Not just Janie’s estranged family, but Zack’s and Damaris Gardiner’s, the Halls, the Everetts, and everyone in between. Each family has issues and baggage. And just like in real life, they skirt around the issues, ignoring the elephants in the room and pretending everything is the way it should be.

It takes Janie’s honesty and bravery to set in motion a chain of events that will change everyone’s lives forever.

I loved this excerpt: Families were a collection of sweetness piled on top of sorrow, stories told and corrected and retold and misheard by every member, all interlaced together over the years.
After all, they are just people.

The story unfolds in entertaining and delicious layers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to anyone who loves complex romance stories set in small towns.

I gave this book an easy 5-Stars!

Win Place Show – #NewRelease @LizCroweAuthor #Romcom #ContemporaryRomance

I am happy to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, Liz Crowe, to my blog for the first time! She has a new, fun, and exciting book to tell you about.

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Thank you, Jan, for inviting me to share my new book with your blog followers today! I’m thrilled to be here.

The First Saturday of May

If you grew up in Kentucky like I did, you know that the First Saturday of May is kind of a holiday. Even if you aren’t a horsey person (I’m not), or rich (definitely not me), Derby Day is still a tradition that brings people together and kicks off spring and summer like no other event.

When I attended the University of Louisville, I went to my first Derby, in the infield which means you’re there for the party. I went again as a student and still didn’t get anywhere near a horse, but I had a ton of fun with my friends. As a grown-up, post-student, I went to the infield yet again, bringing some friends from Michigan. I’m lucky to have attended in my later, even more grown-up years in the grandstand and once, on Oaks Day, in a private box.

All of this background to let you know that I know this event pretty well, including most of the hoopla that surrounds it. Back in the day, “Derby Week” meant each day featured a different event: a parade, a balloon race, a paddleboat race (big boats, mind you, on the Ohio River), and more. Every day you could eat burgoo (a sort of catch-all stew not unlike Irish Mulligan stew) at a temporary outdoor food stand set up in parking lots of malls and car dealerships—very much like modern-day food trucks. These days, it’s more like Derby Month that culminates with Thunder Over Louisville, a fancy, and super loud fireworks and air show. But you can’t blame a city for doing all it can to celebrate such a fun tradition.

I wrote Win Place Show as a bit of a homage to Louisville, my husband’s hometown, the location of our alma mater and where we met, and where many of my friends still live. As a matter of fact, we’re invited this year and may take our friends up on their offer of space in their private box. This means I’d better get started with hat and dress shopping now!

Excerpt:

Lucy dropped the phone to her side, wishing she could sleep another three hours to skip the whole still-a-tad-drunk part of the hangover. She had, indeed, made some poor choices the night before. Beginning with thinking she could slide back into an easy, sexy time with Nate. She’d already more or less decided against it before he’d gotten there. But, of course, he’d shown up looking so flipping edible in a pair of dark jeans and a form-fitting purple polo with the Trifecta logo stitched where the little polo guy usually sat. Damn the man. He had no right to go around being so…hot.

He’d always been vain about his hair, something he’d discovered was a featured benefit about the same time he decided she no longer deserved his friendship. It was a wavy strawberry blond, cut just short enough so he didn’t have to use any products while it was full and tempting to female fingers. His eyes were so green, people accused him of wearing contacts to make them that way. Someone had obviously told him the trick about green eyes, that wearing purple made them even more striking.

“Some woman, I’m sure,” she said, lying flat on her back a few more seconds before hauling herself up and limping toward the shower.

Maintaining her anger at Nate was easy. She’d been ready to outright reject him. But when he’d shown up looking like some kind of a male model, turning every damn female head in the place, she’d stumbled. He was such a good dancer, not to mention a top-notch kisser. So she’d gone with it, fueled by too much booze, ready to leap back into bed with him as if no time had passed since they last hooked up.

Thankfully, he’d given her an out by going all talkative. That was the last thing she wanted from him. So she’d walked away. And subsequently had a lot more to drink, hence her current condition, ergo she planned to lay blame for her pounding head and queasy stomach at his feet, too.

So there, Mr. Perfect.

The shower transformed her from being a woman with a hangover into a clean woman with a hangover and many regrets. She glared at her bloodshot eyes in the foggy mirror, hating herself for being here, in her stupid bathroom where she’d spent so many hours as a little girl and later a teenager, second-guessing herself and her relationship with Nate.

She slapped on some rudimentary makeup, dried and styled her hair enough to pass her mother’s scrutiny, then stood in front of the dresses hanging in her closet. A line of matching shoes was on the floor beneath them. Several hatboxes stacked on the shelves to one side. The floral-patterned one made her headache worse, so she chose a light blue option, with a halter neckline, tight-fitting bodice, and skirt. It was a beautiful choice, as they all were. One thing she could never accuse her mother of was shopping poorly.

She slid her feet into a pair of cream-colored high heels, then pondered the hats with a sigh. When they were little, she and Mimi loved this weekend more than any other. The opportunity to put on a pretty new dress, hat, and shoes had been the highlight of their year. The hours spent at the track over the course of Derby weekends were some of her best memories.


BOOK BLURB:

Start with a perfect spring weekend full of pretty dresses, high heels, fancy hats, horse races, and bourbon.

Combine with a friends-from-childhood couple whose ongoing misunderstandings have led Lucy Granger to swear she’ll never move back home.

Mix in a splash of combined family pressure for Lucy and Nate Hawthorne to be The Golden Couple.

Pour over crushed ice and garnish with plenty of hot, secret hookups.

Win. Place. Show.

A funny sort of romance chock full of dressing up, mint juleps, an axe-throwing bar, and a huge winning bet at the big race.

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About the Author:

Author, Liz Crowe

Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville living in South Carolina. She’s spent her time as a three-continent ex-pat trailing spouse, mom of three, real estate agent, brewery owner, and bar manager, and is currently a digital marketing and fundraising consultant, in addition to being an award-winning author. With stories set in breweries, on the soccer pitch, inside fictional television stations and successful real estate offices, and even in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are compelling and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

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Blog Tour Day 24- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @YvetteMCalleiro

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

We are going to end this blog tour in sunny Florida. I think I’ll stay awhile and lay on the beach.

Yvette Calleiro is a wonderful human being, period. She is an educator, a mom, and a daughter, devoted to her family. I’ve known her for many years and admire her beautiful spirit and writing talent. Her most recent book release, Hype, is a great example. In my review, I stated that every teenager should read this book, and I said that because I believe it.

Here’s the BLURB:

Cici’s junior year in high school is going to be the best year ever. Popular co-captain of the varsity cheerleading team, she’s dating the starting quarterback. Even her jealous co-captain’s attempts to steal her boyfriend can’t curb her enthusiasm.

When her mom moves in with her fiancé, a handsome, wealthy man, only one small detail threatens Cici’s perfect life. The school’s social pariah is about to become her stepsister, and Cici wants nothing to do with her.

Everything changes when someone Cici cares about throws her life into a tailspin, and the one person Cici couldn’t stand becomes her only ally.

Warning: This story contains scenes of sexual assault.

Link to my review.

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So grab your sunscreen and hop on the jet for our final destination. And, I sincerely thank you for riding along on this tour. There have been folks who have shown up at every blog. You know who you are.

Day 1 – Staci Troilo

Day 2 – Harmony Kent

Day 3 – Linnea Tanner

Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 23- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @fredsdiary1981

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

We are getting close to the end of the blog tour, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little jetlag. However, we’ve still got a few more stops including one more to the UK.

I met Robert L. Fear (aka Fred) many years ago when we were members of the same book club. His area of expertise lies in writing memoirs and biographies. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing his memoir of a wild summer in Izba when he was but twenty-one. My review says it all.

I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir from Robert (aka Fred) Fear! As he took me along with him on the many adventures he had in Ibiza during the summer of 1977, I never lost interest or got bored. That summer changed the author’s life. It was not all roses. He had to work hard at different jobs to make ends meet. He slept in a tiny room and shared a bathroom with other tenants. But the magic of the island outweighed the discomforts. Mr. Fear gave me an inside view of moving to a foreign place and becoming a local. He immersed himself in the culture, the people, and the jobs he had to work in order to stay the entire summer. It became apparent throughout the story, that he grew through the experience. His confidence increased and his determination to have more adventures grew. This is a well-written memoir. The author made me feel as if I was there with him. I found it to be highly interesting and entertaining. Anyone who loves to read true stories will surely enjoy this one!

My Review
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Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 22- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @AuthorErikaKind

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

We are getting close to the end of the blog tour, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little jetlag. However, we’ve still got a few more stops.

Today, we are visiting with a beautiful soul, an author, and blogger, Erika Kind. (Don’t you just love that name?) She was born in Vienna but grew up in another part of Austria and in the Principality of Liechtenstein (within the Swiss Alps) where she still lives.

Her blog posts are always inspiring and uplifting, and she seldom has guests. And, when she offered to host a day on this tour, I was quick to say yes! So, I hope you’ll all take a minute to visit Erika’s blog site and take a look around while you are there.

She has a new book available that sounds like the perfect way to jumpstart your life.

Grab your passports, buckle your seatbelts and let’s go!

Day 1 – Staci Troilo

Day 2 – Harmony Kent

Day 3 – Linnea Tanner

Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 21- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @DAntion

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

Remember “Cheers,” the TV show? Well, the bar Dan Antion sets his Saturday Stream of Consciousness posts inside, is a virtual replica of that. And guess what? We’re going for a visit. So belly up to the bar, order your favorite cocktail and prepare to be entertained by Dan, David, and Cheryl (who, by the way, are all real people, even though the bar is fictional.)

Dan’s blog posts are highly popular and also highly entertaining. He’s been blogging since 2011. If you aren’t following him, you are missing out! He is an avid photographer (his photos are amazing), husband, father, and woodworker. Plus he has a beautiful dog, Maddie, who shows up often in his photos. So, while you are over at his place for this SoCS, take a look around.

And if you read nothing else extra on his site, take a look at this: https://nofacilities.com/2014/09/02/the-jupiter-effect/

Buckle your seatbelts we’re taking off!

Day 1 – Staci Troilo

Day 2 – Harmony Kent

Day 3 – Linnea Tanner

Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 20- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @pat_garcia

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

Everyone find your passports. We are going to Germany!

Pat Garcia is Writer, Blogger, Singer, and Musician. She is an ExPat American living on the European Continent. She has some incredible Flash Fiction stories up on her blog that I know you would enjoy! It gives you a sample of her descriptive writing ability. Here’s one of her short stories that I read and enjoyed!

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Day 2 – Harmony Kent

Day 3 – Linnea Tanner

Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 19- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @MaeClair1

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

Our next stop takes us to one of my favorite author’s blog sites. Mae Clair is an uber-talented writer and fellow Story Empire compadre. By the way, if you aren’t following the Story Empire Blog, you’re missing out. But I digress.

Back to Mae. I discovered her books many years ago with her Point Pleasant Series. I quickly became a dyed-in-the-wool fan. Her most recent release is a collection of short stories that are the perfect way to showcase her writing style. I loved this book and highly recommend it!

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Day 2 – Harmony Kent

Day 3 – Linnea Tanner

Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 18- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @JacqBiggar

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

I think our tour jet is going to need a thorough overhaul once we finish jetting around the world in it. 🙂 Today we are up north in Canada for a visit with USA Today bestselling author Jacquie Biggar! She loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. Having read several of her books, I can attest to that!

Here is her latest and my REVIEW.

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Day 1 – Staci Troilo

Day 2 – Harmony Kent

Day 3 – Linnea Tanner

Day 4 – D.L. Finn

Day 5 – Gwen Plano

Day 6 – Marcia Meara

Day 7 – C.S. Boyack

Day 8 – Joan Hall

Day 9 – Darlene Foster

Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

Day 11 – Beem Weeks

Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

Day 18 – Jacquie Biggar

Day 19 – Mae Clair

Day 20 – Pat Garcia

Day 21 – Dan Antion

Day 22 – Erika Kind

Day 23 – Fred Fear

Day 24 – Yvette Calleiro

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Blog Tour Day 17- Jagged Feathers #RomanticSuspense @wildrosepress @AuroraJean_A

I am thrilled to continue on the global blog tour with Jagged Feathers!

Each day will be a different stop and I will post the links here. I’d be honored if you’d ride along with me and visit this group of kind and supportive bloggers who have graciously agreed to host.

Let’s go to Southern California for some sunshine and maybe a glass of wine.

Aurora Jean Alexander is a talented classical musician who won several music contests in her youth. She is an accomplished skier and loves to swim, amongst other sports. But wait!! She is also a USA Today Bestselling author who is known for writing short, steamy, over-the-top romances! Here’s her latest!

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Day 10 – Karen Ingalls

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Day 12 – Robbie Cheadle

Day 13 – John Howell

Day 14 – Mary Morgan

Day 15 – Rox Burkey

Day 16 – Brenda Whiteside

Day 17 – Aurora Jean

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