Author: Marsha

Falling Stars by Fern Michaels

Posted October 1, 2023 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Kensington Books, NetGalley, Previously Published, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, Standalone / 0 Comments

Emily Ammerman has always felt at home amid the ski runs and slopes of Snowdrift Summit; the Colorado resort her family has operated for decades. Snow is her element, and she doesn’t hesitate when a new client asks her to train him to ski The Plunge, one of Colorado’s most treacherous runs.
 
But Zach Ryder is no regular client. On screen, he’s famous for starring as a daring CIA officer who always saves the day. In real life, he’s just as handsome and charming as his alter ego, though not everyone is impressed. Some are concerned about what kind of impact these slick showbiz types will have on their town.
 
As for Emily—she’s got a secret, and it’s one she can’t reveal to anyone, especially not to Zach: she’s his biggest fan. But she’s also a professional. She’ll train him till he’s ready to tackle any slope, but she won’t fall in love with him the way so many others have.
 
Still, not everything in life can be planned, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t help but fall . . .

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Catching Up & A New Direction

Posted October 1, 2023 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  There are many reasons for that —most of those reasons are private, but health, time, and energy have a lot to do with it.  Also, my reading interests have taken a turn into more eclectic wide-range genres: a bit of this, a touch of that, a whole lot of something else.  I’ve also been building another website, one that seems to have my heart wrapped up in it far more than I’d expected when I started it.  As I said, there are a lot of reasons for my absence here.

I can say that I’m shifting direction here, that I’m going back to the meaning behind the title of “Keeper Bookshelf” in the coming months.  Many viewers/visitors haven’t really “gotten” the meaning of Keeper Bookshelf, and perhaps it’s a saying, a trend of a different generation.  Back before ebooks were so plentiful, when the only books there were fit on a bookshelf, many readers had what they’d call a keeper shelf – that one space dedicated to those books they knew they would read again and again.  To me, those were always certain authors or even series that grabbed my heart and never let go.  But the meaning, to me, was, ‘This is a book I loved and would happily read again.’  To this day, there are still books, newer books, that I feel that way about.  So, I’ll go back to the beginning.  Less posting here, but talking about the books that I loved enough to read more than once.

My love of romance has never faltered, which is why Happily Ever After Romance has become my main website in recent years.  If you love romance in most genres, then I hope you’d consider visiting there and give it a look over.  Perhaps we have some authors in common.

I’ve loved my years with Keeper Bookshelf, and they are not ending; simply slowing a bit, going back to the root of what I started over a decade ago.  Just talking about books I love.  For the next few posts, though, I’ve got some reviews that really need to be written as they were caught up in those “reasons” above.  Life happens, some good, some not so great, but… life also goes on.

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Potions and Peril by Mara Webb

Posted July 7, 2023 by Marsha in Booksprout ARC, Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Life can take a wicked turn in the blink of an eye!

On a single fateful day, Sage Rivers loses her job, her deadbeat boyfriend, and her apartment.

Talk about a run of bad luck.

Sage’s life is turned upside down, however, when a sassy little calico cat informs her that she’s a witch and has inherited a bookshop in Spellcaster Creek.

There’s just one tiny hitch—Sage learns that she is a book witch, and since her magic awakens, she sees a spirit every time she touches a book. It’s a bit much, and when a local businessman strolls in and offers a generous sum for the shop, Sage considers leaving her newfound magic life behind.

Sage’s plans hit a snag, however, when she soon stumbles over a dead body, becoming one of the prime suspects in the case.

With no other choice, Sage finds herself thrust into a spellbinding mystery, working with an arrogant and cocky local guardian named Hunter. She just has to dodge danger, unravel secrets, and win the trust of her new town before she becomes the next victim of the mystery murderer.

Can she conquer her fears and embrace a new life of magic before she becomes the latest victim?

Titles in the Wicked Witches of Spellcaster Creek series include — Potions and Peril —♦—

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Bookshop Cinderella by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted June 21, 2023 by Marsha in Forever (Grand Central Publishing), Historical Romance, NetGalley, Regency Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Victorian Romance / 0 Comments

Evie Harlow runs a quaint little bookshop in London, which is the biggest adventure an unmarried woman with no prospects could hope for. Until Maximillian Shaw, Duke of Westbourne, saunters into her shop with a proposition: to win a bet with his friends, he’ll turn her into the diamond of the season. The duke might be devilishly attractive, but Evie has no intention of accepting his ludicrous offer. When disaster strikes her shop, however, she’s left with little choice but to let herself be whisked into his high-society world.

Always happy to help a lady in distress, Max thinks he’s saving Evie from her dull spinster’s life. He’ll help her find a husband and congratulate himself on a job well done. But as shy Evie becomes the shining star he always knew she could be, she somehow steals his heart. And when her reputation is threatened, can Max convince her to choose a glittering, aristocratic life with him over the cozy comfort of her bookshop?

Titles in the Scandal at the Savoy series include — Bookshop Cinderella —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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A Love Catastrophe by Helena Hunting

Posted June 13, 2023 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), NetGalley, Romantic Comedy (Rom-Com), Standalone / 0 Comments

The fur is about to fly between a cheerful cat sitter and a grumpy hockey nerd…

Kitty Hart has become internet famous as the Kitty Whisperer for her expertise on all things feline, and as a result, her cat-sitting business is booming. But lately, she has a terrible feeling that maybe her life isn’t quite going where it’s supposed to—especially after falling face-first into her newest client. Not exactly the best first impression.

Fortunately, Miles Thorn is just as bad at first impressions. Strike one: he doesn’t like cats, especially Prince Francis, the haughty and mischievous Sphynx his mom left in his care. Strike two: tackling Kitty to the floor in a misguided attempt to save the pet he continually calls “the gremlin.”

As awkwardness slides into attraction and things start to turn purr-sonal, will these two complete opposites ever be able to find their furry-tail ending?

Standalone (at this time)

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Possible Trigger Warning: Mention of dementia and grief

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Star Trek Memories

Posted June 9, 2023 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 0 Comments

I’m just going to leave this here.  Some will remember the first time they encountered the crew of the Enterprise.  Others know them from reruns.  I was there for Classic Trek… and all the rest.

Live Long and Prosper, old friends.  Memories linger long after loved ones are gone.

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Treasure Coast Homecoming by Leigh Duncan

Posted June 8, 2023 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Women's Fiction / 0 Comments

She has one final wish before she puts a For Sale sign in front of the only home she’s ever known, but can her family make her dream come true?

Margaret Dane Clayton has spent her entire life at the Dane Crown Inn, the beautiful resort located in the quiet beachside town of Emerald Bay. But the inn once hailed as the “gem of Florida’s Treasure Coast” is showing its age, much like its fiercely independent owner. Margaret swears she’ll keep the doors of the inn open forever … until an accident forces her to accept the fact that she can no longer cater to guests on her own. After reaching the most difficult decision of her life, Margaret asks her daughter and nieces to grant her one final wish before she places the property on the market. But will these five women put their busy lives on hold to grant it?

One by one, each of the cousins arrives in Emerald Bay with armloads of excuses and far too much baggage. But when the town’s grumpy—yet oh, so handsome—mayor threatens to close the inn for good, the women agree to give the resort the overhaul it desperately needs. Working with a bank account that’s far too small and facing one crisis after another, Margaret’s daughter and her nieces race to fulfill her final wish. Only one question remains: Can this fractured family set aside their differences long enough to restore the inn … and rebuild the closeness they once treasured?

Titles in the Emerald Bay series include — Treasure Coast Homecoming —♦— Treasure Coast Promise —♦— Treasure Coast Christmas —♦— Treasure Coast Revival —♦— Treasure Coast Discovery —♦— Treasure Coast Legacy —♦—

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The Heiress Bride by Madeline Hunter

Posted May 24, 2023 by Marsha in Historical Romance, Kensington Books, NetGalley, Regency Romance, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

Now the new Duke of Hollinburgh, Nicholas Radnor has two duties to fulfill: locate the mysterious woman mentioned in his late uncle’s will and acquire a suitable bride. When bedazzling, unconventional Iris Barrington shows up at the estate, Nicholas believes he may have found the missing beneficiary—unless she is a charlatan or worse.  But as for his second duty—he is finding it difficult to think of any other woman while tantalizing thoughts of Iris occupy his mind. He agrees to fulfill the late duke’s promise to her, even as he grows suspicious of both her motives and the danger that seems to surround her. All of which keeps her temptingly close at hand…
 
Iris will do anything to restore honor to her beloved grandfather’s name. Even tangle with the likes of Nicholas, a man whose formidable intellect and good looks lure her like no other. But all her years on the continent have not prepared her for the sensual onslaught she discovers in his embrace—or the devastation of almost losing him to malicious intentions. Now Iris’s desire to unearth the scandal behind the dukedom burns ever brighter: for doing so might also protect the man who has stolen her heart . . .

Titles in the Duke’s Heiress series include — Heiress for Hire —♥— Heiress in Red Silk —♥— The Heiress Bride —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Witch upon a Star by Angela M. Sanders

Posted May 24, 2023 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Kensington Books, Mystery, NetGalley, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Josie is eager to show off Wilfred’s delights to her visiting sister, Jean—even though Josie must conceal her magic from her. In any case, Jean is excited to attend Cookie Masterson’s trademark “Ready-Set-Go!” workshop on becoming a life coach. Then there’s the grand reopening of Darla’s Café, where the doors are thrown open to reveal . . . a dead man, stabbed in the back. That was definitely not on the revamped menu…
 
Even more worrisome, the sheriff receives a report of a fresh corpse at the retreat center. Maybe murder isn’t so uncommon in Wilfred anymore, but two unfamiliar bodies within an hour certainly is! Josie’s willing to let law enforcement take the lead—after all, she’s gotten into some trouble from the hints the library’s spellbound books keep feeding her about the patrons. But when her sister receives the killer’s chilling calling card, she’ll use everything within her otherworldly powers to divine just who in town has homicide as his new slogan . . .

Titles in the A Witch Way Librarian Mystery series include — Bait and Witch —♦— Seven-Year Witch —♦— Witch and Famous —♦— Witch Upon a Star —♦—

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Identity by Nora Roberts

Posted May 23, 2023 by Marsha in Author ARC, Contemporary Romance, Crime, NetGalley, Romantic Suspense, Sexual Content, St. Martin's Press, Thriller / 0 Comments

Former Army brat Morgan Albright has finally planted roots in a friendly neighborhood near Baltimore. Her friend and roommate Nina helps her make the mortgage payments, as does Morgan’s job as a bartender. But after she and Nina host their first dinner party—attended by Luke, the flirtatious IT guy who’d been chatting her up at the bar—her carefully built world is shattered. The back door glass is broken, cash and jewelry are missing, her car is gone, and Nina lies dead on the floor.

Soon, a horrific truth emerges: It was Morgan who let the monster in. “Luke” is actually a cold-hearted con artist named Gavin who targets a particular type of woman, steals her assets and identity, and then commits his ultimate goal: murder.

What the FBI tells Morgan is beyond chilling. Nina wasn’t his type. Morgan is. Nina was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Morgan’s nightmare is just beginning. Soon she has no choice but to flee to her mother’s home in Vermont. While she struggles to build something new, she meets another man, Miles Jameson. He isn’t flashy or flirtatious, and his family business has deep roots in town.

But Gavin is still out there hunting new victims, and he hasn’t forgotten the one who got away.

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane by Sarah Robinson

Posted May 22, 2023 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), NetGalley, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

As chaotic as it can be, Rosie Dean loves her unruly life. But between raising twins alone, running her struggling bookshop, and secretly writing a parenting advice column, the single mom can’t think about dating. At least that’s what she tells herself . . . until her high school crush (and his incredible blue eyes) returns to Heart Lake for the summer. Even though Evan has grown into a huge grump, he’s still a super sexy one, and soon sparks begin to fly.

Single dad and widower Evan Mills is used to hearing he’s too serious. But with a grieving tween daughter to raise on his own, the graphic designer is just trying to stay strong for her. He hopes a few weeks at the lake will be the fresh start they both need. Evan never anticipated reconnecting with Rosie, or that she could make him feel whole again—if he’d give her the chance. Will one steamy summer with Rosie be long enough to melt Evan’s heart?

Includes the bonus novella, Annie Rains’ Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs!

Titles in the Heart Lake series include — Dreaming of a Heart Lake Christmas —♥— The Little Bookstore on Heart Lake Lane —♥— A Heart Lake Summer —♥—

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