The Christmas Fix Up by Barbara Ankrum

Posted December 26, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

Heaven made a mistake. Can one clumsy, rebellious angel right a wrong by Christmas Eve without losing her heart?

Angel Elspeth Aloysious is hidden in celestial clerical work to avoid painful memories when her mentor sends her on her first earthly mingle. Her task—open the closed heart of the handsome and busy Sam Wynter so his daughter can have a new mother before she drifts too far from her destiny. Elle has one week and one rule—don’t fall for Sam.

Sam Wynter has no intention of remarrying. Instead, he’s focused on raising his daughter Molly and building his career. But when he meets a captivating and beautiful stranger in town for the holidays, he rediscovers joy and a sense of fun with Elle through donating his time and skills to those in need. Both Sam and Molly quickly bond with the sparkling Elle, and Sam starts to dream of a different future.

The clock is ticking down on Elle’s time on Earth. Can these two mismatched soulmates, who are worlds apart, find their happy ever after?

Titles in The Guardian Angel Chronicles series include — Every Time a Bell RingsThe Christmas Fix Up

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The Christmas Wish by Sharon Sala

Posted December 18, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Contemporary Romance, NetGalley, Series, Small Town Romance, Sourcebooks Casablanca / 1 Comment

 

It’s been years since Wade Montgomery stepped foot in Blessings, Georgia, but the Blessings Christmas spirit is just like he remembers it. The whole town has come together to help his uncle after a disaster nearly destroyed the family business. Being back in Blessings reminds Wade of everything he’s been missing, especially when he runs into his old flame, Birdie Knox.

Bridgette “Birdie” Knox isn’t so eager to jump into the holiday season. Every year, she’s reminded of the secrets that tore her family apart. But with Wade Montgomery back in town, Birdie is starting to believe in Christmas magic. There’s no guarantee Wade will stick around, but if Birdie had her wish, she’d never have to say goodbye to him again.

Titles in the Blessings, Georgia series include –  You and Only You – I’ll Stand by You – Saving Jake – A Piece of My Heart –The Color of Love – Come Back To Me – Forever My Hero – A Rainbow Above Us – The Way Back to You – Once in a Blue Moon – Somebody to LoveThe Christmas Wish – The Best of Me –

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A Texas Christmas Miracle by Justine Davis

Posted December 18, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Christmas Romance, Connection to another series, Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

Two people who don’t believe in Christmas or miracles…

Retired from special forces and back on his family’s Texas ranch, Chance Rafferty’s finally found some peace through creating a foundation to rescue and retrain military K-9s thought to be beyond redemption. He prefers to be left alone with his dogs and his work, but when a woman arrives shortly before Christmas looking for the dog that saved her husband’s life, Chance is astonished at the dog’s—and his own—response to her.

Though it’s been years, Ariel Larson still dreads the Christmas season because it marks the anniversary of her deployed husband’s death. When she learns her husband’s K-9 partner survived combat, Ariel feels she’s been given a lifeline to escape her grief. She suddenly has a sense of purpose she’s been desperately missing. But she never expected the man determined to rehabilitate the traumatized animal would have such a stunning impact on her own life.

Can these two wounded hearts come together to create their own Christmas miracle?

Titles in The Raffertys of Last Stand include — Nothing But Cowboy – A Texas Christmas Miracle – Once A Cowboy –

This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series.  (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of series set in a fictional town).  For a look at the other series in the Last Stand connecting series please visit our Last Stand, Texas page.

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Must Love Christmas by Kelly Hunter

Posted December 15, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

She wants to create the perfect family Christmas…

Heiress Madeline Love has one last chance to impress her father and organize the perfect Christmas—their last one as a family before her father weds a younger woman and forgets about his only daughter.

Madeline wants to create some much-needed family memories in their historic Montana ranch that she’s always loved. All she needs is the help of one man, Seth Casey, ranch builder to the rich and famous, to give the neglected ranch a quick holiday facelift.

Contractor and architect Seth Casey has dreamed about buying the dilapidated Love property and restoring it to its former glory since he was old enough to swing a hammer. But when he finally gets the long-awaited call, it’s not what he hoped for. The ranch is not for sale and the design the pampered, poor little rich girl requests is all wrong for the historic property.

Can they put their differences aside in order to make this a Christmas to remember?

Titles in the Montana Bachelors & Babies series include — Must Love Babies – Must Love Cowboys – Must Love Christmas

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

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On Christmas Avenue by Ginny Baird

Posted December 15, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Christmas Romance, Contemporary Romance, Hallmark Publishing / 0 Comments

 

Everybody loves a parade!

Well, everybody except Evan…

Evan, the county sheriff, knows that businesses are struggling in the small town of Clark Creek. But unlike the mayor—who happens to be his mother—he doesn’t think that hiring a “Christmas Consultant,” whatever that is, will help. Especially when this Christmas Consultant proposes a holiday parade that seems likely to overwhelm his staff and leave the town in even more debt.

Mary is sure the parade is going to be a superb fundraiser. She’s going to make sure of it, overcoming every obstacle…including those put in place by the stubborn sheriff. But in the middle of her planning, the unexpected happens: she and Evan begin to see one another in a different light.

Could the parade bring about more than one Christmas miracle?

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Texas Christmas Dare by Katherine Garbera

Posted December 7, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

There’s no place like Whiskey River for the holidays…

Nico Rossi isn’t someone that people usually say no to—especially at Christmas time. Women have always been easy come, easy go for the branding expert, but he’s been off his game lately—especially when a beautiful small business owner turns his offer down. Coming home for his brother’s wedding offers him a chance to prove that he still has his legendary charm and business mojo.

Cressida Cormac avoids Christmas. Ten years ago, she lost everything during the holiday season and now copes by focusing on her business. But when Nico arrives at her door wearing a Santa hat and a sexy smile, daring her to give both him and Christmas a chance, she can’t say no.

As the Christmas season and Nico work their magic on her wounded heart, Cressida starts to wonder if this Texan can deliver lasting love or if it will all end in heartbreak?

Titles in The Rossis of Whiskey River series include — Texas Christmas Dare — Smooth Talking Texan —

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

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A Magical New York Christmas by Anita Hughes

Posted December 7, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Contemporary Romance, NetGalley, St. Martin's Press / 0 Comments

A magical holiday love story set at the glamorous Plaza Hotel in New York City.

It’s Christmas week when 26-year-old Sabrina Post knocks on the door of the Vanderbilt suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, ready to accept the ghostwriting position for the memoir of Grayson Westcott—a famous art dealer.

A struggling journalist, Sabrina can’t believe her luck: a paycheck and six nights in her own suite at the Plaza. She feels like Eloise, the heroine from her favorite children’s books. To make the job even more exciting, Grayson recounts how he worked as a butler at the Plaza sixty years ago for none other than the author of the Eloise books, Kay Thompson.

What promises to be a perfect week is complicated when Sabrina meets Ian Wentworth, a handsome British visitor, at the hotel bar. When Ian assumes Sabrina is another wealthy guest at the hotel, she doesn’t correct him —a decision she doesn’t regret after learning that Ian is a member of the British aristocracy. But, things are not what they seem. The truth is: Ian is not a wealthy lord; he’s actually the personal secretary of Lord Spencer Braxton.

As the week unfolds, will Sabrina and Ian learn the truth about one another?

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A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

Posted December 7, 2021 by Marsha in Author ARC, Historical Romance, NetGalley, Series, Sexual Content, St. Martin's Press / 0 Comments

Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.

Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?

With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.

Titles in The Widow Rules series include — A Duke in Time – Rules for Engaging the Earl – 

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

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Wild Cowboy Wolf by Kait Ballenger

Posted December 6, 2021 by Marsha in NetGalley, Paranormal Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Sourcebooks Casablanca / 0 Comments

Even with her help, this wolf shifter can’t outrun his past…

Dakota Nguyen has everything she ever wanted–an appointment as one of the Grey Wolf pack’s first female elite warriors, a vibrant career as the ranch veterinarian, and a chaotic, endearing family. When the daily grind gets lonely, her best friend Blaze always knows how to cheer her up. But lately, she has a feeling that there might be something more between them.
 
One of the pack’s elite warriors, security technologist Blaze Carter is as smart as a whip, quick to joke, and fast on the draw. But underneath his witty exterior, Blaze harbors a dark secret and fears the day when his demons catch up with him. Unwilling to put his pack at risk, Blaze keeps his secrets to himself and his pack at arm’s length–except for Dakota, who has managed to sneak into his heart.
 
But even as friendship turns to passion, a hidden enemy threatens to destroy the pack and all that Blaze and Dakota fight so hard to protect. Now, to act on their desires could have deadly consequences…

Titles in the Seven Range Shifters series include – Cowboy Wolf Trouble – Cowboy in Wolf’s Clothing – Wicked Cowboy Wolf – Fierce Cowboy Wolf – Wild Cowboy Wolf – Cowboy Wolf Outlaw – 

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

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Final Month of 2021 Thoughts

Posted December 4, 2021 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 2 Comments

How did it get to be December 4th?  Wasn’t it just… June?  *sigh*  Well, despite my wishes it is indeed the final month of 2021 and time for some reflection and, perhaps even more importantly, some plans on how to approach 2022 a bit wiser, and more thoughtful of a rare commodity — time.

I could come up with all types of reasons as to why time got so badly away from me this year.  But, truthfully, why bother because time did get away, I didn’t accomplish half of what I’d hoped to not only online but in my home life as well.  No excuses, I simply let the upheaval that COVID has had on all of us, some major life changes, and frankly, the fact that I just put things off until later when I could deal with or had the time to deal with “whatever” I’d dropped the ball on have too much of an impact on my time, my emotions, my energy, and my confidence.  It’s really that simple.

The rest of December will be spent trying to get somewhat caught up on the blog(s) hoping for a clean slate to begin the new year.  I know that’s probably not completely possible but it is a goal that I can be working toward in the meantime.  At least, getting that huge “to-do” pile lowered just a bit to manageable would be a relief.

I believe in 2022 I’ll be requesting ARCs less frequently, keeping a stricter reading schedule will help with that and I can always add additional ARCs onto my schedule as time opens up.

I’m going to allow for more personal enjoyments that aren’t the least bit book-related.  I know, shocking isn’t it?  I want to tend to my collection of plants a bit better — to stop replacing plants that I’ve managed to kill and keep them healthy enough to last years (as I once upon a time was able to do).  I’d like to get back into gaming a bit more.  Oh, I’ve dipped back into my World of Warcraft addiction, but in 2022 I’d like to try some newer games that stretch my comfort zone a bit.

The truth is — I’m approaching a milestone birthday, and that’s reminded me more sharply of time passing than anything else.  After all, my own mother passed away at my soon-to-be age plus three months.  I’m very aware of that, and it’s playing a bit of havoc with my emotions, my brain won’t shut down about the upcoming timing.  Do I think that I have any chance of following in her footsteps?  Honestly, no.  But that doesn’t stop the “what ifs” from playing around with my emotions now does it?

So, I believe Keeper Bookshelf is going to be a gift that I give to myself in 2022 but on another level.  I’ll never walk away from this blog, I love reading far too much.  But I can (and will) stop agonizing over time as much as I’m doing right now.  I’ll still be giving you my thoughts on new releases, but they’ll be on books that I really want to read instead of ones that I feel I “should” read to make some other invisible entity happy.

There will probably be another year-ending post the last week of December to outline how the year went book-wise and will, hopefully, go into the new year.  But for now, I’m off to get some reviews up, do some reading, putter with my plants a bit, and maybe this afternoon spend some time in Azeroth.  Sounds like a plan to me.  🙂

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Dream Keeper by Kristen Ashley

Posted December 2, 2021 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Contemporary Romance, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), NetGalley, Owned, Romantic Suspense, Series, Sexual Content / 0 Comments

He’s perfect—but he can’t be hers.

Pepper Hannigan is determined to keep any romance off the table—and out of her bedroom—while her daughter Juno is still young. Sure, a certain handsome commando is thoughtful, funny, and undeniably hot, but Pepper’s had her heart broken before, and she won’t let it happen again. Not to her or her little girl, even if this hero could melt any woman’s resolve.

Augustus “Auggie” Hero can’t deny his attraction to beautiful, warm-hearted Pepper or how much he wants to make a home with her and her little girl, but Pepper’s mixed signals have kept him away. That is until Juno decides to play matchmaker. Her efforts finally bring Pepper into his arms, but they expose the danger Pepper is in. To protect Pepper and Juno, Auggie will have to live up to his last name and prove happy endings aren’t just for fairy tales. 

Titles in the Dream Team series include — Dream Maker – Dream Chaser – Dream Spinner Dream Keeper –

There is a connection to the Rock Chicks series and the Dream Man series in Dream Team – you’ll run into lots of old friends from both series.

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

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