Sapphire Sea

If you’ve been traveling through Victorian Scotland and London with Clan MacLeod, then it’s time you know that the series is coming to an end. Sapphire Sea, book four in The Scottish Stone Series is now available for preorder.

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Scottish lady Gwendolyn MacLeod prides herself on being the practical sort. So when an arranged marriage to a Spanish prince is presented, Gwendolyn accepts without hesitation.

The prince has status, his letters speak of duty and honor, and her years of proper education will be useful in the running of his home. However, she speaks no Spanish–the only flaw in her sensible match. But the Portuguese captain whose ship is docked below the castle does, and he offers to instruct her in the language of love.

When the late nights of studying begin to tear her from her chosen path to Spain, will she follow her heart out to the wide, sapphire sea? Or will she allow her one great adventure to become her biggest regret?

ss2.jpgSapphire Sea is available for preorder HERE on Amazon in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

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Mistress of Rome

Here’s an old one that I like to reread every so often when I come upon it in my book shelf. Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn is a historical fiction based in Rome that is a great, dramatic, read for fall. And did I mention that Outlander author Diana Gabaldon loves it? Because that’s a good enough reason to give it a shot.

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Heat Level: ♥♥

Genre: Ancient Historical Romance

Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Lepida is young, beautiful, bratty, and on the marriage market as one of Rome’s eligible brides. She’s looking for a man with power and money, but will also have some fun on the side if someone catches her eye. She owns a slave named Thea, a Jewish girl with a beautiful singing voice. Lepida treats Thea terribly, something that gets even worse when Thea catches the eye of famed gladiator Arius, whom Lepida wants for herself. When Thea and Arius begin a torrid love affair, Lepida sells her, ripping them apart forever.

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As time goes on, so do their lives. Thea becomes a famous singer, Lepida finally marries, and Arius continues his rise in the spotlight. But just as they all had once been sent on different paths. Rome isn’t all that small and soon they all come into contact again. And when the Emperor of Rome gets involved, more than just their reputations in society might be at stake.

If not for the sometimes confusing multiple POV issues, I would have given this book a five. The setting of this novel and the problems faced by the cast were great and the descriptions are really well done. The author really knows how to make you hate, love, and root for the characters, getting you to really feel for the story lines. It’s also a great romance without being overly erotic, so if you’re not looking for detailed descriptions of the acts, this book is one for you.

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Author’s Day

Today is National Author’s Day, a day in which we celebrate authors, books, and all things literary. And as many of you know, Sarah and I are both published authors. So this is a nice excuse for both of us to talk a little about the books we’ve released and the books we’re we’re working on!

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img_2823-1Always the avid reader, Sarah Fischer found it frustrating that there were so few books following the struggles and joys that a typical college student faces. While recovering from surgery, she decided to write one. Elton Hall Chronicles, a new adult series, is based on true events that happened to Sarah and her group of friends. When she isn’t unveiling long held secrets or working as a government drone, Sarah likes to go to the movies with her husband and spend time with her two furbabies.

First Semester: Elton Hall Chronicles (1)

Book one in the Elton Hall Chronicles follows freshman student Violet as she begins her education, falls in love, and battles those who wish to destroy everything she’s worked for. Although it’s against the rules, she’s drawn to the British, visiting Professor Berneli who teaches her literature class. They know it’s wrong, and when a simple fling begins to build into something more, they’re left to decide what truly matters in regards to their dirty, little secret. But someone is already in on the secret and threatens to do more than just ruin both their reputations.

As a side note, Sarah’s been using this book as a tool to teach college students about the importance of reporting harassment, how to detect and recognize assault, and the ways to help yourself or a friend in regards to being a victim.

First Semester is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free on kindle unlimited.

Second Snowfall: Elton Hall Chronicles (2)

In the second installment, Violet’s best friend Annabelle is the star here, and comes into her own as an adult woman when she meets a handsome firefighter named King who knows how to turn up the heat. But even though her new man is rich, strong, and seems to really know how to treat a lady, there’s something off about the trust fund kid turned college hero. Annabelle knows it, even if she can’t quite piece it together. And when one of her friends comes a little too close, both might end up getting burned.

Second Snowfall is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Third Wheel: Elton Hall Chronicles (3)

In the heart pounding finale, college student Christie is tired of living her picture perfect life and longs to be her own person and make her own decisions. One of the first decisions she makes is to have a passionate fling with Shane, a Korean street racer, who is just as charming as he is dangerous. He’s a far cry from the military man her family and friends want her to be with, but Christie wouldn’t have it any other way. Her new guy helps her walk on the wild side and is always there to catch her if she falls.

Third Wheel is available HERE in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Kelsey McKnight

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From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in. Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, The Scottish Stone Series. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled The Non-Disclosure Agreement, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.

Queen of Emeralds: The Scottish Stone Series (1)

British lady Charlotte was born into a proper Victorian society that expects her to marry well, bear children, and be grateful for the chance to do it. But she is far from the ideal woman of her age and when her father tries to force her to marry a bitter man old enough to be her grandfather, she rebells. A Scottish laird named Conner offers her sanctuary in his Highland castle, an more than just the heather blooms upon the hills. But when a shadowed figure comes to call, Charlotte may have to fight for more than just her right to love.

Queen of Emeralds is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Amethyst Bride: The Scottish Stone Series (2)

Charlotte’s best friend Penelope is her opposite, completely enamored with the prospect of staying in her perfect, high society position with the held of a carefully selected husband. But when she begins a musical project with a Scottish warrior named Drummond, the gentle giant’s voice isn’t the first thing on her mind. He can’t offer her money, a title, or a grand home in the heart of town, only his love. She’s left to decide between a rich man who can give her the world and a poor man who puts her in the center of his.

The Amethyst Bride is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

His Tarnished Ruby: The Scottish Stone Series (3) 

Conner’s little sister Flora has her eye on a certain man she’s been flirting with for years. Jasper’s older, a fierce man with a reputation to match, and everyone in her life tells her to give up her dream of marrying him. But Flora thinks she knows best and makes one decision that ruins everything. She flees Scotland to heal her wounded heart in London where she meets a man named Andrew from her past. He’s the calm to her storm and vows to love her just the way she is. But Flora can’t believe anyone would else care for her again, a feeling that it only heightened when her past comes calling.

His Tarnished Ruby is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement

Holly comes to the big city with even bigger dreams, and works as a personal assistant while waiting for her big break. But that big break comes in an unexpected way when her boss, Jackson, tells her he needs a fiancée in order to woo the voters of New York City. On paper it sounds fantastic, she gets all the perks the rich and famous of NYC enjoy while Jackson gets to look like a family man. But mixing business with pleasure is a dangerous game.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Craving Bad: An Anthology

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In The Thief’s Partner by Sarah Fischer, Lucy is accidentally drawn into a fast-paced chase after her twin brother’s dangerous friend goes on the run with some stolen diamonds. And while her brain screams out for justice for her dead brother, her heart longs for something more. Will she choose to live life on the edge, or will she go back to her normal, safe existence?

In Ironside Sinners by Kelsey McKnight, Vera stayed behind in her small, mining town to while her high school sweetheart left to escape the cycle of their parents. But years later when he rolls through with his motorcycle club, they find they’ve grown into different people, but the feelings they once shared are the same. Vera is forced to choose between her small town world and the dangerous life where nothing will ever go according to plan.

Craving Bad is available HERE in paperback, ebook, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

In the Future

We’re both working on separate books, Kelsey focusing on romantic comedies and Sarah diving into the world of young adult novels. But together they’re writing a traditional romance that they hope will be perfect for the cold winter months to come.

 

The Survivalist Series

It’s almost Halloween and I’m super pumped, since it’s my favorite holiday. But you know what’s scarier than ghosts, zombies, and witches? EMPs and a hostile takeover that leaves the US crippled. So Spooky. Anyways, I recently found The Survivalist Series by A. American and I have a lot to say.

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Genre: Thriller/Suspense/War Fiction

Overall Rating: 6 Glass Slippers

Morgan Carter is just a regular, American guy who loves his family, his freedoms, and a good glass of sweet tea. He’s on his way home from a short work trip when everything stops. Cars, electronics, planes, laptops, phones…everything with any form of computer in it just dies, all at once. Morgan is that left to go on a long hike through Florida to get home. Luckily for him, and his family, Morgan likes to be prepared. He has guns, solar systems, food, and enough skills to possibly get his family through this crisis. But the fight doesn’t end after book one in this series. Getting home was only a small part of surviving the the destruction of modern society.

Imagine an America where clean water and soap are luxuries and bullets and beans are the new currency. What if gangs roamed free and things like police forces and prisons were no longer in use? Could you survive? Would you have the guns, the food, the power to keep you and yours safe? When Morgan gets home, he needs to both try and keep his family alive as well as fight off all those who weren’t so prepared. There’s a new, rising power who aims to take it all from him, but luckily, he’s got a few good friends in high places to have his back. But when the real enemy might be your own government, is there really any safe place?

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I’m still reading this eight part series, but I think it’s so good, I wanted to bring some more attention to it. A. American writes simply, but powerfully about what might happen if the power grid in the US is destroyed. So much so, that I’ve given thought to my own ability to keep things together if something like that were to happen in the future. While I may be more prepared than some, it might never be enough. In truth, books like this, that are grounded in facts and military experience, are far scarier than anything else you could read.

I think this book is great for anyone who likes heart pounding danger and learning a few things along the way. It’s available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook if you’re looking for something to keep you wildly entertained during your long commute.

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Elton Hall Chronicles Series

You’ve gone to class with Violet, explored your options with Annabelle, and rode off into the sunset with Christie, but are you ready for all three of their stories in one amazing box set? The Elton Chronicles box set is available now on Amazon for only $.99 and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

Book One: First Semester

Violet is just a freshman, off on her first adventure, when she meets a man she dubs her “hipster Hercules”. He’s tall, dark, handsome, British…and her professor. But the heart wants what it wants and her heart sure as hell wants Professor Bernelli. However, someone isn’t too keen on keeping the two secret lovers hidden from the watchful eye of the dean and before she knows it, Violet is forced to fight for her relationship…and her life.

Book Two: Second Snowfall

Annabelle is a relationship virgin. True love has been her dream all her life and when red hot firefighter Kingsley drops into her lap, she thinks she might have found the one. But her heart really longs for another man, one that she can never have. And when her picture perfect romance begins to crack, Annabelle is left to pick up the pieces…before it’s too late.

Book Three: Third Wheel

Christ has her life all planned out. First she’ll graduate college, then marry her childhood sweetheart, and live happily ever after in the traditional American Dream….the traditional, boring American Dream. Christie breaks all the rules and even meets a boy who sets her soul on fire. But life with street racer Shane has its dangers and she’s about to learn first hand that living on the edge isn’t easy.

  • Order First Semester in ebook or paperback HERE
  • Order Second Snowfall in ebook or paperback HERE
  • Order Third Wheel in ebook or paperback HERE

Or if you want to get the whole series in a neat, little package, you can preorder the boxset HERE now!

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WeeBox

You’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting, the world‘s been waiting, for the latest WeeBox. That’s right, they’ve finally released the exclusive and limited edition Outlander themed box. It’s a little purple package filled with all sorts of Outlandish fun, straight from Scotland.

As before, I was really impressed with what came inside this box. Everything was cute, usable, and worth the money. And what’s also nice about it is that it’s not just full of cluttery knickknacks you’ll never use or appreciate. Here’s an itemized list of everything that came in my special purple box:

  • A delightful Outlander bag by WeeBox, filled with words and quotes we all recognize
  • A cute little bag of heart-shaped tablets by Sixpenny Blue that would satisfy any sweet tooth!
  • A whisky barrel candle holder by Whisky Wood Scotland, in which the tea light can be replaced, so this little holder can have a long life
  • An official Outlander mortal and pestle set with a book of quotes, so you can pretend to be a witch every time you muddle up some mint leaves for a strong brew
  • A print of Scottish standing stones by artist Kevin Hunter that will look perfectly in place on your mantle

Everything I got was just so much fun and even my daughter got into the action, “sharing” the candy with me and taking the Outlander bag to use for all her ballet gear! I say she’s chosen a lovely little, durable, machine washable bag to take back and forth. My child has wonderful taste!

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While the WeeBox is fun and a nice gift to give and receive, the company also tries to give back when they can. Their most recent philanthropic endeavor is participating with The Yard, a disabled children’s charity. I found this particularly heartwarming since my own younger brother is mentally handicapped and was helped in his youth by many similar organizations.

Each month has a different, fantastic theme that celebrates some aspect of Scottish culture or history. For example, in the past they’ve had a Highland Games box while the next on deck is one that gives a wee nod to the St. Andrew’s celebrations!

Learn more about the WeeBox by visiting them on any of their pages!

  • Visit their website HERE
  • Follow them on Twitter HERE
  • Like them on Facebook HERE
  • Check out their Instagram HERE

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Check out our past WeeBox review and all our other Outlander posts HERE! And if you enjoy my posts, you might like my books. The first three installments of The Scottish Stone Series is available HERE on Amazon.

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Vice

This morning I told you where to get Vice by Rosanna Leo, but now I’m going to tell you what I thought about it. It’s ten pounds of sexy in a five pound bag.

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

On the surface, Liam has it all. He’s handsome, rich, smart, and oozes all the personality that make other men jealous. But when it comes to real connections, he’s a total failure. One night stands and flings only get you so far and he’s been married to his work far longer than is really healthy. His obsession with having it all may leave him with nothing, or turn him to an early grave. Then Kate walks into the picture and may have the power to change everything.

Kate is wounded, feeling a bit damaged by how a gambling addiction ruined her father. She makes it her life’s mission to help those who can’t say no toy a deck of cards of the thrilling ping of a slot machine. But taking down the newest casino is going to be harder than she thought when the undeniable attraction to it’s owner, Liam, makes it difficult to stay true to her convictions, and her heart.

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First off, this cover is amazing. The color combinations are eye-catching and I can feel the heat radiating off the page, and that feeling continues as you begin to read. While the story is dark and gritty, a true-to-life representation of addiction in several forms. But the desire felt between Kate and Liam has you begging them to fight through the tough times to be able to really enjoy the passion felt between them. If you like stories that could really happen, check out Vice now!

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This morning I’m turning up the heat by introducing the first book of the

Vegas Sin Series, Vice, by Rosanna Leo.

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Casinos, gambling, money, and women, these are all the things Las Vegas has to offer. For a handsome business entrepreneur it’s paradise.

Wearing success like a well-tailored suit, Liam Doyle knows exactly how to lure customers into his grand casino hotels. Every night it’s business as usual while he runs his multi-million dollar empire…until a pesky protester catches his attention.

Staging a one-woman protest, Kate Callender has the potential to be a huge pain in his ass. If he doesn’t take care of her soon, there will be bad publicity slapped all over Vice, the newest addition to his chain of casinos.

But there’s just one tiny little problem Liam didn’t count on—the feisty red-head isn’t about to go down easily. She’s fighting him every step of the way…and he’s starting to like it.

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Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited)

You can also add this gem to Goodreads HERE!

Author Bio

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Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.

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Giveaway: 1 print copy of Vice (North American giveaway only)

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Want to win a paperback copy of this spicy read? Click HERE and enter now!

His Tarnished Ruby

Today is the release day of His Tarnished Ruby, the third installment in The Scottish Stone Series. It follows Flora MacLeod, the fiery young woman who’s been dreaming of marriage…not just any marriage, but one filled with passion, one with the man of her dreams, a man she’s already handpicked to be hers.

The choices Flora make may ruin her, kill her reputation and her standing in the world she was raised in. It may just force her into situations she could never dream possible for a highborn lady. But when someone offers to face them with her, she must decide if she can bear the weight of true and innocent love.

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Order His Tarnished Ruby today and run away to London with Flora to escape her past in the Highlands.

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About Kelsey McKnight

From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in.

Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, “The Scottish Stone Series”. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled “The Non-Disclosure Agreement”, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit. Visit her Amazon page HERE to learn more about all her published works.

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There is also a giveaway at play, which has three of any of Kelsey McKnight’s ebooks up for grabs. Enter now by clicking HERE.

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Voyager Gift Guide

Season three is here and we’re seeing Voyager come to life! And how should you celebrate this amazing occasion? By getting yourself a little something nice. That’s right, keep the Outlander high going with a gift to yourself, from yourself.
So, here’s a lovely little list of goodies from shops we love, in a variety of prices, and with something from the brawest Scot to the sassiest sassenach.

Fangirl Pixie Jar

You probably saw the product review for this little shop HERE a few weeks ago, but the owner of Fangirl Pixie Jar is still letting you shop all her fandom goodies with 15% off until the 20th! These necklaces are already only $12 so 15% off is a major cut. Just use the code MIDNIGHT15 and grab these beauties, or even get a custom piece done! There are a variety of Voyager quotes to choose from, just reach out!

Petrey Cuts

The owner of this store is an actual Outlander fan, which you can see by some of her work. They do custom pieces as well as the classic monograms. So if your car is missing a little something or your reusable coffee mug for work needs some spice, check out their page HERE!

Outlandish Obsessions

Here’s a shop where you can buy quality Outlander goodies at a price that won’t hurt your pocket. Dealing in mostly keychains, which start at $5, there are also several charm bracelet and earring sets for you to peruse. Check out all the listings HERE!

Canterbury Candle Co.

I love candles and probably have at least one in every room in my house. Scents have the ability to transport us to new places, which is why it’s always great to light one up when you open Outlander and can literally smell the forget-me-note and highland hills. Grab this Outlander inspired candle set HERE or pick them up individually!

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Who here doesn’t like fun prints? This shop has this print on antique style paper that would look at home on any wall. They also vary book covers for others in the series and different books for all reading fans. Visit this shop HERE!

Coconut Garden

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I think there are many readers that identify with this mug. It has a delicate design and a witty little quote to put a smile on your face when you pour that first cup of coffee in the morning. Grab yours for $12 HERE!

Outlander Themed Charm Bracelets and Other ThingsThis store is a mouthful, and their charm bracelets a literal handful! They offer a small, but durable and carefully made, collection of Outlander inspired jewelry that is decently priced and beautiful. See their entire collection HERE!

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This shop is much larger than the others, but carries a huge collection of Outlander phone cases. There’s Jamie in a kilt, Claire and Jamie in steamy embraces, and tons of quotes. Check them all out HERE!

Outlander Scarves Art

This shop makes beautiful Outlander inspired scarves with permission for Diana Gabaldon herself! They start at $60, but if you’re a scarf lover like me, that’s a small investment to make for something you can enjoy for years to come. See more at the etsy shop HERE!

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This cape is perfect for fall and has the same feel of Claire’s cape that we’ll see in season three. You might think this coat will be super expensive, but it’s only $50! Really a steal, if you ask me. See if it’s something you might rock this year HERE!
And we see so many people going to check out this specific dress from a previous post that we wanted to add it once again to this list. Get the Claire inspired white dress below for $40 HERE!

We have many more gift guides, quizzes, and articles for you to read HERE!

And if you like my Outlander posts, you might enjoy my historical romance series that takes place in Victorian England and Scotland. Check them all out HERE!