The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae (Review)

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae (Review)

by Stephanie Butland

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Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback: 416 Pages


For fans of Josie Silver’s One Day in December, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a wholly original, charismatic, and uplifting novel that no reader will soon forget.

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that—just in time—saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon.

But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there’s Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again?

Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive. How do we learn to be brave, to accept defeat, to dare to dream?

From Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost for Words BookshopThe Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae will warm you from the inside out.

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Stephanie Butland’s novel is one of those books that left me better than I was before reading it.

Her new novel is such a heartwarming and sweet story. I hadn’t read any book about a woman who got a heart transplant until Ailsa’s story and, throughout the narration, it was nice to observe how Ailsa faces her new life and its possibilities and challenges. Continue reading “The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae (Review)”

RARE19London – Giveaway

RARE19London – Giveaway

Welcome to my Rare Experience!

Hello my lovelies,

I’ve come back from a few days in London which also included attending the Romance Author Reader Events (aka RARE), and it was such a great time. That’s my second Rare and it already seems like a family to me. It’s not just a signing event, but a place where you can actually connect with authors and readers all over the world, and you never feel uncomfortable despite how huge these events usually are.

I was there assisting Catherine Bybee who is one of my unicorns and not only as a writer. She’s such a strong woman, a fighter and her books are definitely as beautiful and vivacious as she is.

The Rare family is surrounded by people who not only loved reading but are respectful and open to the different shades of romance. I should admit there are many authors I probably would not feel comfortable to read or I do not prefer, but I will always give a chance to this event, because not only authors published by traditional and well-known publishers are there, but also talented indie authors, and I’m always excited to have one of them added to my already infinite TBR.

Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard in organizing the event and make it a huge, welcoming and fun place where sharing our love for books and authors.

You guys, rock it!


I’m also grateful to the authors who every time choose to support us offering copies to give away.


Giveaway

 

To celebrate this event, I will host a giveaway for:

 

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📚 𝔾𝕀𝕍𝔼𝔸𝕎𝔸𝕐 ℂ𝕃𝕆𝕊𝔼𝔻 📚⁠ Hello my lovelies,⁠ I've come back from a few days in London which also included attending one of the Romance Author Reader Events (aka RARE), and it was such a great time. That's my second Rare and it already seems like a family to me. It's not just a signing event, but a place where you can actually connect with authors and readers all over the world, and you never feel uncomfortable despite how huge these events usually are.⁠ ⁠ To celebrate this Rare, I will host an international giveaway and 2 winners will have a chance to win 3 of these books⁠: • 1 signed copy of Say It Again by Catherine Bybee (JUST RELEASED);⁠ • 1 signed copy of Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee;⁠ • 1 signed copy of Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee;⁠ • 1 signed copy of Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot;⁠ • 1 copy of All We Knew by Jamie Beck;⁠ • 1 copy of When You Knew by Jamie Beck.⁠ ⁠ 𝐓𝐎 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑⁠ ⁠ • Follow @cometreadings⁠ and @cometreadingsbooktours • Tag 3 friends⁠ • Tell me if you're going to attend the Rare in Rome or which has been your favorite signing event this year so far 𝐀𝐍𝐃 if you have any preferences for the prizes.⁠ ⁠ 𝙵𝙾𝚁 𝙴𝚇𝚃𝚁𝙰 𝙴𝙽𝚃𝚁𝙸𝙴𝚂⁠ • Tag another friend in the comments⁠ • Share to your stories and tag me⁠ ⁠ That’s it!⁠ ⁠ ***⁠ Giveaway ends on September 27 at 9pm EST and winners will be DMed. Open internationally. Must be 18+, no giveaway accounts, not affiliated with Instagram.⁠ Winners have been DMed. ⁠ 🌍GOOD LUCK! 🌍⁠ ⁠

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On The Market – Blog Tour & Giveaway

On The Market – Blog Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the Blog Tour for On The Market by Audrey Wick, hosted by Comet Readings Book Tours!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Series: The Texas BBQ Brothers (Book 1)
Publication date: June 14, 2019
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group


Will she be the secret ingredient to his happiness?

Valerie Perry has just inherited her grandmother’s home in Last Stand, Texas, a far cry in the country from her city life as an organic grocery buyer in San Antonio. Her methodical daily routine suits her just fine, so she aims to freshen up the property, sell it, and take her funds back to the city. She’s only got two weeks during her vacation to make this happen. Now is the time to cash in and get out.
The oldest Hutchinson son, who people around town know as “Hutch,” is a third generation local who is poised to take over the family business with his brother, Cole. The barbeque brothers have very different ideas about the future of their restaurant, “The Hut.” Just when he thought his biggest headache was his job, Hutch meets Valerie and both their worlds are upended. He’s drawn to this fish out of water, but Valerie’s time in Last Stand has an expiration date.
Their sweet and saucy styles don’t mix, but can they both find the recipe to a happy future?

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Praise

“This is truly a feel good story.” ―Becky B., reviewer, NetGalley
On the Market is the first book I have read from Audrey Wick and it will not be the last. I loved her writing style!” ―Rachel P., reviewer, NetGalley
What a fun summer read! I really liked the whole Fixer Upper vibe from this book. Felt like I was watching Joanna Gaines at work . . .” ―Tamara C., reviewer, NetGalley
“This book is a Hallmark movie waiting to be adapted.” NetGalley reviewer

 


About the Author

Audrey Wick writes for Tule Publishing. In addition to writing, she has been a full-time professor of English at Blinn College in Texas since 2003 with articles published in such magazines as Writer’s Digest, Southern Writers, Texas Town & City, The Daily Yonder, and Motherly. Her work has also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Orlando SentinelThe Houston Chronicle, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Huntsville Item newspapers and various academic journals such as South Texas Studies,  Vending Machine PressThe Dead Mule School of Southern LiteratureBurnt Pine , and The International Journal of the Book. Her narrative essay “The Siren Call of the Bingo Hall” is part of Course Reader: Rhetorical Modes and The Norton Mix, two college freshman writing textbooks available, respectively, by Cengage Learning and W. W. Norton.

Audrey believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries–and sipped coffee at every one.

Finding True North, her debut novel was published by Tule Publishing on Apr 12, 2018. On Jul 26, 2018 was released Coming Home, the second book in the Texas Sisters series. The first book of the Texas BBQ Brothers series, On the Market, was released on Jul 11, 2019, by Tule Publishing, followed by Off The Market on Aug 13, 2019.

See Audrey’s photos at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.


Giveaway

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📚 𝔾𝕀𝕍𝔼𝔸𝕎𝔸𝕐 ℂ𝕃𝕆𝕊𝔼𝔻📚⁠ ⁠ Hello #bookishfriends ! Welcome to the book tour for On The Market by @wickwrites and @tulepublishing !⁠ ⁠ ***⁠ 𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐭 is the first installment in a duet series about brothers who own a BBQ market in Texas. Readers who like heartwarming stories of small-town romance will definitely enjoy ON THE MARKET and OFF THE MARKET, each with a charming happily-ever-after.⁠ ⁠ ***⁠ Thanks to the author, this tour comes with a $20 international giveaway.⁠ ⁠ 𝐓𝐎 𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑:⁠ ⁠ • Follow @cometreadingsbooktours and @wickwrites⁠ • Tag 3 friends⁠ ⁠ 𝙵𝙾𝚁 𝙴𝚇𝚃𝚁𝙰 𝙴𝙽𝚃𝚁𝙸𝙴𝚂:⁠ • Tag another friend in the comments⁠ • Follow @cometreadings and comment 📚❤⁠ • Share to your stories and tag me (you can do it every 24 hours)⁠ ⁠ That’s it!⁠ ⁠ ***⁠ Giveaway ends on October 6th and winner will be DMed. Open internationally. Must be 18+, no giveaway accounts, not affiliated with Instagram.⁠ The winner has been DMed. ⁠ ⁠ 🌍GOOD LUCK! 🌍

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Last Summer (Review)

Last Summer (Review)

by Kerry Lonsdale

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Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Paperback: 297 Pages


From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten. Continue reading “Last Summer (Review)”

Only Ever You (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)

Only Ever You (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)

by CD Reiss

Publication Date: July 9, 2019
Montlake Romance
Paperback: 316 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Rachel knew exactly what turning thirty would be like. She had a plan, after all. First college, then a climb up the professional ladder. Love, marriage, children. All of it was on the schedule.

The cheap Hollywood apartment wasn’t on the list. Neither was the string of heartbreaks. Or the effect her mother’s cancer had on her career.

It’s hard to stay practical and on point when everything takes a left turn.

Enter Sebastian, the nerd across the street. The boy she defended when he couldn’t defend himself. The best friend she promised she’d marry if life didn’t go according to plan.

Not only is he successful, confident, and gorgeous, but he also still has their handwritten marriage contract.

No one goes through with childhood wedding pacts.

That’s crazy.

But their families might just be crazy enough to rent a hall and set a date. All Rachel and Sebastian have to do is fall in love.

Continue reading “Only Ever You (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)”

The Southern Side of Paradise (Review)

The Southern Side of Paradise (Review)

by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Gallery Books
Paperback: 400 Pages


From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family. Continue reading “The Southern Side of Paradise (Review)”