Can she stop her past from ruining her future?

Sorcha Mackinnon isn’t your typical tortured artist. She is also a party girl, a vintage shopper, and the heiress to a whiskey fortune. But when inspiration suddenly flies out the window, she’s left with an empty whiskey glass and a blank canvas…until a childhood friend waltzes back into her life.

She’s known Danny Gordon since birth, but they lost touch as their careers took them in different directions. He offers to show her the parts of Scotland he swears will spark life back into her brushes. And as they tour the sights on the back of his motorcycle, Sorcha realizes that under the tattoos and smart mouth, Danny may inspire more in her than just a new painting.

But as a good time begins to morph into an ever after, Sorcha is reminded of old wounds that just won’t heal. Danny tries to open her heart, but her self-imposed isolation makes things harder than ever. Now she must decide what to do because what happens in the ruins doesn’t always stay there.

Titles in the What Happens series include — What Happens In The HighlandsWhat Happens In The Ruins

Julian Worth isn’t a man with time to spare. Ruling his billion-dollar empire with an iron fist, work is the true love of his life. Which is why when it comes to marriage, a strategic alliance matters more than love. Julian is more than ready to sign on for a little superficial dating and a marriage of convenience if it allows him to take his company to the next level. What he wasn’t ready for was the woman who shows up as his prospective bride.

Holly Abbott has spent her whole life coming in second. Being born four minutes behind her twin sister has defined her life. But when her headstrong sister refuses to go along with their father’s plan to marry her off into a cold business arrangement, Holly has to step up. Knowing the infamous Julian Worth will only entertain marrying the Abbott heir, Holly sets her identity aside to transform into her sister. It’s an easy enough plan. A few dates with a man who isn’t hers won’t hurt anyone. 

Except Julian is nothing like the ruthless tycoon she expected. Soon she’s left to wonder, what will happen when her sister comes back and worse, how will she ever be able to give up a man who doesn’t even know her real name?

Titles in The Abbott Sisters series include – Betraying the Billionaire

Amid disaster, a rancher is her only hope…

Introducing Colton 911

When Magnolia “Maggie” Reeves receives a puzzling map from her former father-in-law, she can’t resist searching for clues—even in a hurricane! Fortunately, search-and-rescue cowboy Jonah Colton is there to save the day. But when the duo finds a mummified body, they’re plunged straight into an abyss of danger. And even as they stumble headlong into a dazzling attraction, they’re also fighting for their lives.

Cowboy’s Rescue is the 1st title in the multi-author series Colton 911.  For a listing, and links to reviews done here at Keeper Bookshelf please check out our Colton 911 page.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  If you’d like to take part simply click on those links or the graphic to discover what this fun event is all about.

My Crazy Life This Week

Gah!  I can’t believe it’s been this long since I did a “Stacking the Shelves” – how did that even happen?!?  Aw well, time to catch up then.  🙂

2019 has been a crazy year.  Some fantastic, some the deepest pit of Hell.  But, that’s life, right?  When the bad stuff happens all I can do is stay positive, find something good that came out of it and move on.  “No regrets, over and done.” is my new mantra when life gets hard or the memories of the bad try to take over.

The one constant is reading, my books are my escape, my chance to trade in my world for another even if it’s only for a little while.  Maybe “escape” is the wrong word, gives off a negative vibe – perhaps my chance to travel to new destinations, meet new people and have some exciting adventures along the way sounds a lot better.  🙂

Books Added to My Shelves This Week

I may have gone a bit crazy on Amazon this past week.  For some reason, I’m on a Harlequin style reading kick – and absolutely nothing wrong with that!  I just didn’t realize that so many of what I bought were actually Harlequin titles.  I seem to be in the mood for their Intrigue™, Romantic Suspense™, and Heartwarming™ stories right now.

Let’s move the rest of this post to the “Read More” tab so it’s not too long on the front page.

Bay Winchester and Landon Michaels are looking for a romantic outing, revisiting the past now that they know they met as children. That trip leads them to the camp they visited back in the day … and to a new adventure.

 It’s a happy excursion down memory lane until they happen upon the old pool and discover a hand poking out of an ancient cover. That means their day off becomes an official investigation.

Once identification comes through, Bay starts digging … and hard … to find out why a young woman writing a book would go missing in Hemlock Cove. The information she finds is disturbing … and the answers to the present case may come from the past, and a long-forgotten missing person’s case.

There’s a lot going on. Mrs. Little is trying to buy the property and wants the crime kept a secret, which means Aunt Tillie is on a rampage to make sure her mortal enemy doesn’t win … even if the prize is something she doesn’t really want.

The Winchester witches are in turmoil. The local police chief is officially dating Bay’s mother, one of their own is keeping a huge secret, and they have a wedding coming up so that means dress fittings and place setting decisions galore.

Bay is on deck and has to figure it all out. She’s going to need help to do it. Even then, with her team in place, she might not come out on the winning side.

There’s a killer hiding in the shadows and death is coming. It’s going to take everyone working together to uncover the truth.  Can they pull it off? 

Titles in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest Mystery series include – Any Witch Way You Can – Every Witch Way But Wicked – Witching You Were Here – Witching On A Star – Something To Witch About – Witch Me Luck – Life’s A Witch – Charms & Witchdemeanors – The Trouble With Witches – Murder Most Witchy – A Witch Before Dying – A Breath of Witchy Air – Witch, Interrupted – Flip The Witch Switch

I’m going to write a post that some may think should be kept to myself.  Perhaps.  Yet the way I get out my emotions is to write – whether I should or not is up to each individual’s interpretation of anger, grief, and sadness.  I can only do what is right for me… not for you.

No, I haven’t lost a loved one or a precious pet.

But I have had to purposefully delete (well, someone else did the work I just said yes) six of my smaller blogs last night – and I am slowly going beyond the intense anger at why I had to do that to that quieter place of grieving and sadness.  Grief, sad all because of a blog you might say!  And, YES, for the simple reason that I put six years worth of time, research, composing my thoughts and exposing my heart in many ways on those blogs.  So, I am indeed sad and grieving for that loss.

Greed is a vicious thing, living and breathing it makes faceless people do things without care to the consequences to others.  I lost thousands of hours of my work, my thoughts, my reactions, my emotions to someone out for a quick buck by taking what is not theirs to touch.

I’ve learned lessons, painful one, but learned nonetheless.  If you own a blog or website that is important to you, a place where you love to spend hours at a time then protect them in every way possible.  Research plugins, don’t mindlessly trust by adding any ole link to your site.  Google is your best friend in finding out what works best for what you do.  Protect what you’ve worked so hard at for so long.  For me, it’s too late for what I once had – but I learned that lesson well.  I won’t make the same mistakes again.

If you love what you do – protect it.  Keep an eye on it every day.  There are nasty people out there who don’t give a rat’s ass about you personally they just want what you’ve created.

** I can put a positive spin on the experience though – now I’ve protected myself as best I can for the moment (that’s ever-changing), I will be able to redirect my content to another website that will benefit from the additional reviews, and I spit in the eye of the bully.  Not a bad day’s work, really **

The Queen of Diamonds never loses …

Felicity Fox is a rarity for a woman living in the early 1800s. Not only does she frequent the ‘gambling hells’ where most ladies would not dare to tread, but she can also beat any man at his own game. It’s no wonder she’s gained notoriety as the ‘Queen of Diamonds’. 

Edward, Earl of Addington, despises gambling and is not exactly enamored of Felicity Fox either, especially after she tried to swindle his family. Except now the Earl requires assistance from the Queen of Diamonds – and there’s everything to play for. But with Edward will Felicity find she’s involved in a more dangerous game than she’s ever played before?

Even in your hometown, you can feel like an outsider 

In the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall, everyone knows everyone else’s business. Luke Carrack is only too aware of this. He’s been away for two years but nothing has changed – from the town gossips who can’t see past the scandal of his childhood, to the cold way he is treated by some of his so-called family.

The only person who seems to understand is local hotelier’s daughter, Cat Trevelyan, although even Luke’s new friendship with her could set tongues wagging.

But Carrenporth is about to experience far bigger scandals than the return of Luke Carrack – and the secrets unearthed in the process will shake the sleepy seaside town to its core.

At this time A CORNISH AFFAIR is a “stand on its own” title – but one can always hope for a sequel or a series – there are enough interesting people for that to happen, in my opinion.

This Colton cop falls for a ready-made family 

A serial killer is on the loose, and true-crime filmmaker Esmée da Costa is on the case.

K-9 cop Brayden Colton, the prime suspect’s half brother, works hard to stop her prying, but sparks fly as he falls for Esmée and her son.

When Esmée and Brayden’s little family comes under siege, can they save all they love?

Colton and the Single Mom by Jane Godman is the 4th story in the multi-author series, The Coltons of Red Ridge.  For a complete list of titles, authors and review links please visit the Coltons of Red Ridge page.

First rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it’s just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she’s never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek Café looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she’s built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn’t yet convinced she deserves…

While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph “Fishing Eagle” King still feels like an outsider, no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada’s biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it’s clear she’s not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she’ll have to decide whether to keep running or fight for what’s hers.

Includes the bonus novel Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown!

Titles in the Chestnut Creek series include –  The Last True CowboyHome at Chestnut Creek – 

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