Goode Over Evil

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a debut novel by new author Leslie Marshman, Goode Over Evil.

  • Genre: Crime/Romance
  • Heat Level:❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Texas Ranger Samantha Goode is no stranger to the dark sides of life. Drug busts and danger are just part of her job, and she knows she can handle anything…except going back to her small hometown where the ghosts from her past are much more dangerous than the criminals she meets at work. When her grandmother dies, she has no choice but to go back to Crystal Creek and face her demons, and the man she left behind.

Clay Barnett wants a simple life on the ranch, where he can take care of his little brother and be free from his father’s control. But his life is nothing but simple and things only get worse when the woman who walked out on him more than a decade ago comes back to town and a body is found floating in the water.

For a debut novel, this book was beautifully done. Marshman created a realistic world where relatable characters struggle to solve a murder while figuring out their feelings. Everything was fleshed out really well without taking away from the fast paced storyline.

Sam was a killer leading lady. Sarcastic, strong, and focused, she gives us a fantastic heroine to root for. And although this book has romance and steam, Sam doesn’t need a man to save her, or propel the book. She’s enough all by herself.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Goode Over Evil and look forward to seeing what’s next for my new favorite crime fighter.

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Cupid Claus

We’ve been waiting to share our cover for Cupid Claus for quite a while, and since it’s nearly release day, and it’s now available for preorder, we’d love to show you the face of our latest sweet, Christmas romance.

When mistletoe is not enough…

With her only son still single, Mrs. Claus is rolling up her red sleeves and playing matchmaker. With a little advice from Cupid and a list of potential brides, she’s convinced a dash of magic will get the snowball rolling. There’s just one problem, Nick isn’t looking for love. All he wants to do is fill his father’s boots as he prepares to take over as Santa Claus.

While Mrs. Claus is scheming away, Nick meets Heather, a charming artist with a giving heart and a loving smile. Preparing for her first Christmas alone, Heather is looking for adventure. Nick becomes a kindred spirit as they both remember what it’s like to live in the moment. Just as they think they found a fairytale romance, Nick discovers his mother’s magical meddling.

With Christmas Eve quickly approaching, Nick must decide if his love for Heather was the real magic all along or if it was just the work of Cupid Claus?

Cupid Claus will be released on November 13, 2019 and the ebook is available for preorder now HERE! We’ll let you know when the paperbacks are available too.

Until then, remember, a book is better when you have someone to share it with.

Tule Birthday Bash

Tule Publishing is celebrating their 6th birthday! That means party favors for you! From Friday September 6th until Sunday the 8th, all ebooks are 50% off with the code TULE6 at checkout in their online bookstore HERE.

You can snag books about sweet cowboys, mobsters on the run, romantic pirates, and holiday escapades. We’ve reviewed several Tule books on this blog and haven’t read one we didn’t love. Sweet or steamy, it’s all there in the bookstore. Cick HERE to start shopping.

BTW if you haven’t read Kelsey’s contemporary romance series set in Scotland, the first two books are in the Tule book shop, ready to be read! Catch up with all the hot Scots before book 3 comes out this winter.

Match made in heaven or maid of dishonor?

Tight-laced Rose Henselarrives in Scotland for her best friend’s wedding with a plan—to be the greatest maid of honor ever, let loose for the first time in years, and find out what Scottish guys really wear under their kilts. After meeting the best man, she thinks she found the man who checks all the boxes for a no-strings-attached romp among the heather.

Lachlan Calder-Mackinnon knows how to show a girl a good time. Gourmet dinners in castle ruins, picnics among rolling hills, and a seaside escape create some unforgettable dates. But as the fling begins to morph into something more, an unexpected wedding guest threatens to ruin Rose and Lachlan’s new romance.

With a plane ticket in one hand and her broken heart in the other, Rose prepares to head home to reality. However, she’s about to learn that what happens in the Highlands don’t always stay there.

Order your copy in the Tule store HERE

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 whisky fortune. But when inspiration suddenly flies out the window, she’s left with an empty whisky 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.

Order your copy from the Tule store HERE

Back to School Booklist

Ring, ring, ring…school’s back in session and that calls for more books on your reading list. Today’s theme is teachers in love and at least one is featured in each of the fantastic novels below.

Blind Date Bet by Nicole Flockton

Fifth grade teacher Isabella isn’t interested in getting mixed up with a military man again. She’s been down that road before and isn’t keen on getting her heart broken. Air Force K9 trainer Ethan isn’t opposed to love, but isn’t too worried about settling down right away. But could a blind date change both of their minds?

Coming Home by Audrey Wick

When a cyber attack forces college professor Mallory to her hometown in Texas for some much deserved rest, she’s looking forward to letting things back at work die down. Professional mover Alec specializes in helping people get their lives back on track. But when the line between work and something more begin to blur, are they both in store for heartbreak?

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Wedding photographer Mac is sick of bridezillas. She’s looking for something to take her mind off work, and English teacher Carter fits the bill. But as the casual fling begins to morph into something more, Mac isn’t so sure she’s ready for her own happily ever after.

Crazy for You by Jennifer Cruisie

Highschool art teacher Quinn’s life is in a rut. Her relationship is a wreck, she’s bored to tears, and her future seems bleak. But a stray dog and a local mechanic threaten to shake up her world…if she’ll only let them.

The Temporary Wife by Jeanine Moon

Kindergarten teacher Megan never expected to becoming the guardian of her best friend’s daughter, Molly, or to have the grieving grandparents suing her for custody. Billionaire Jason hates how his parents are treating Megan and will do anything to keep her and Molly happy…even faking a marriage.

Playing at Love by Ophelia London

Choir teacher Tess is struggling to get funding for her students. The school budget only has room for choir or football, so she’s up against her one time love, football coach Jack, to keep her class. Will old feelings get in the way of her big plans or will she be able to keep the choir running?

Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

Garret was the king of his small town when he was the high school football star and still is, years later, as the favorite teacher. Callie thought she’d left her past far behind her when she started a new life across the country. But when she’s forced to come home and work as a substitute teacher, she’s back in close quarters with the one man she can’t stop thinking about.

Take a Chance by Shelley Shepard Gray

Kurt moves his little brother Sam to a new town, hoping for a fresh start. But when Sam gets in a fight, he begins to wonder if he made the right choice. Teacher Emily thinks Sam just needs a little TLC. As she works in close quarters with Kurt to make things better, she begins to question her rule about never getting too involved.

First Semester by Sarah Fischer

College freshman Violet is looking forward to her first year at Elton Hall U. A chance encounter with a handsome stranger gets complicated when she learns he’s not a grad student, but a visiting professor. Will she ignore her feelings for the sake of following the rules, or give in to temptation?

(Not only is this book by the co-founder of this blog, it’s also free!)


What’s on your back to school reading list? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for a good book.

The Condemned

Whew, I always need a minute to recover every time I come into contact with a book from the Echoes from the Past series by Irina Shapiro. Beautifully written and emotionally jarring, each installment leaves me wanting more, even though I know not everyone gets a happy ending. Introducing The Condemned.

As always, I’ll try to keep far away from spoilers. But this is book six, and if you’re not already invested in this series, you’re missing out!

  • Genre: Historical/Contemporary Romance/Drama
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

In 1620, England is trying to stabilize their new colony in Virginia and women are asked to go to the New World to marry men they’ve never met and start families. Mary is terrified to leave the only home she’s ever known, but it’s the only way to escape her abusive uncle. She bonds with her fellow wives during the voyage, but her intended is less than she hoped. A chance meeting in the forest with a stranger gives her hope her life could be something more. But in a time of unrest in Virginia, a step in the wrong direction could be deadly.

In 2015, Quinn is called to a seaside cave, where a skeleton is found, evidence of a crude medical procedure and a birth evident. But she can’t focus on the body when she receives news that her twin sister is missing. Through war-torn Afghanistan, Germany, and colonial Virginia, Quinn isn’t just reconstructing the life of a long-dead woman, but her own reality as the puzzle pieces of her past fall into place.

The historical work Shapiro puts into her writing is always fantastic. People have the idea of colonists who went to the New World as happy families who grew corn alongside the indigenous people and loved in cozy cabins. The truth is messier with colonial aggression, “main order brides,” and a history that paints the settlers in a less than flattering light. Then there’s this bit about the lost colony of Roanoke that had me going down a research wormhole, something I always enjoy.

On the question of the Native Americans (Side note, I use this term as this is what my husband and his family describe themselves as. Others may dislike this term and we should take individual wishes into consideration.) described in this book, I always hold my breath when someone is introduced. Since going to college and marring my husband, I’ve learned more about tribal culture and the backstories of forced relocations and “re-education.” So I’m always a bit annoyed with how some books “fetishize” the Native experience. But Shapiro didn’t do that. The ones seen in the book were written as actual people with real struggles. The added conversations surrounding the differing religions and social hierarchies was also true to form, and I really appreciate the added depth.

Overall, I thought this book was amazing. Between the narrative talent of Wendy Wolfson, the sweeping storyline, and the twist near the end that left me reeling, this installment was another hit.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sarah and I are super excited to share a very special review. The wonderful team at Tule Publishing submitted Royally Abandoned to Publishers Weekly for review and they accepted it! Here’s their thoughts on our sweet, holiday, royal romance:

Fischer (the Elton Hall Chronicles) and McKnight (What Happens in the Highlands) team up for this lighthearted royal romance with a twist: the royal would rather not be royal. Determined to abdicate the throne of Aldora, Prince Greyson Montgomery travels from Aldora, an island kingdom off the coast of England, to Savannah, Ga., where he finds a job as a construction worker and meets Savannah socialite Scarlett Calhoun. As Scarlett falls for Greyson and his appealing, caring nature, he is impressed by her easygoing, charitable attitude. Ironically, Greyson’s omission of his royal status makes him less appealing to Scarlett’s mother, who seems to believe that a construction worker is not good enough for her daughter, adding a possible impediment to their relationship. When Scarlett decides to spend Christmas with Greyson in Aldora and he finally tells her about his royal heritage, they both must decide whether the revelation of his princely status will affect the possibility of their future together. Fans of prince and commoner romances will enjoy this variation on the theme. (Oct.)

Isn’t that exciting? We hope all your royal romance lovers out there love it just as much!

Preorder your copy HERE!

The Second Time Around

Summer is still in full swing, so when I see a beachy cover and a blurb about small town second chances, how can I refuse a read? So, let’s chat about The Second Time Around by Angie Daniels, The Beaumont Series Book 1.

  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Heat Level:❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Jabarie Beaumont had been left at the alter five years before. He thought he was over his ex for good, but when she comes back to the small town of Sheraton Beach, he’s faced with decades worth of feelings he can’t quite sort through. He still has so many unanswered questions about missing money and a broken heart.

Brenna Gathers only planned on being back in town long enough to see her aunt through a broken ankle. Sheraton Beach has too many ghosts and it’s hard to feel at home. The last time she’d been there, she’d been made to feel like the gold digger she never wanted to be and left without a second glance.

It seems like almost everyone who knew them wants the pair to pick up where they left off. They want to childhood sweethearts to have the happily ever after. But for Jabarie and Brenna, it’ll take more than good wishes and their undeniable attraction to fix what was broken.

I do love a good second chance romance and Daniels delivered. For a good chunk of the book, I wanted to shake Jabarie and Brenna. Knowing they were still so into each other but fighting their feelings was the perfect blend of adorable and infuriating.

As Brenna’s fears were explained and more of her past was revealed, it really made a lot of the book make sense. Although, a simple conversation or a text could have fixed the couples problems from the beginning! Still, it was great to see the pair come together after years apart and a silence that stretched out too long.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it to be a fabulous poolside read.

Royally Abandoned

It’s finally time for us to reveal the cover for our first joint romance novel, Royally Abandoned. Now available for preorder, this sweet, holiday romance will go live on October 1st, just in time for Christmas.

A seat on the throne or a place in her heart?

Greyson Montgomery dreams of a simple life, but as the crown prince of Aldora, simple is not in his future. Before ascending the throne on Christmas Eve, Greyson is given one month to explore how the other half lives. Armed with a few hundred dollars and a fake backstory, Greyson flies to Savannah, Georgia, to see if he has what it takes to chase the American Dream.

Scarlett Calhoun is a Southern Belle with a heart as big as a Georgia peach. When she meets the charming construction worker, Greyson, it isn’t long before she is embracing the holiday cheer. Soon, she’s teaching him how to cook, falling for his exotic accent and soulful eyes, and joining him on picnic lunches where they talk for hours.

With Christmas Eve nearing, Greyson must fly back to Aldora and either abdicate the throne, or take his rightful place as king. Will he ignore his birthright to remain with Scarlett or will she be royally abandoned?

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Gingerly

Today, I want to chat about Gingerly by debut author Rachel Hodges. But by reading this book, you’d have no idea it was Hodges’ first work.

  • Genre: Women’s Fiction
  • Heat Level: ❤️
  • Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Caitlyn never thought her life would end up like this. At twenty-seven, she’s divorced, broke, expecting an exchange student she can’t afford, and still can’t find the right styling products to tame her wild, red hair. Unemployed and in serious need of something to pour her heart into, she becomes the nanny to an autistic boy named Aiden. Her background as an assistant to a special needs child makes the job a breeze, but there’s one issue…Aiden’s dad.

Nick isn’t a bad man, but he is devilishly handsome and not shy when it comes to the ladies. At first, it’s easy for the pair to keep a professional distance. But as time goes on and the line between business and something more begin to blur, and their attraction becomes nearly impossible to ignore.

Between being a nanny, ignoring her feelings, trying to fit in in a snooty neighborhood, and fending off a creep, Caitlyn’s in over her head.

I normally don’t read a lot of women’s fiction, but I really enjoyed Gingerly. It was funny from page one, sort of reminding me of The Nanny Diaries or the Shopaholic series. The comedy wasn’t forced, but the natural, dry humor is something I really appreciate reading. Caitlyn as the main narrator was really a perfect choice.

Aiden as a character helped to give a refreshing take on being a special needs caregiver, especially when working in an affluent neighborhood. My brother has hydrocephalus and autism and we grew up in an affluent town with private clubs and golf as a high school team. I saw a lot of parallels between how Aiden and Caitlyn were treated and my own experiences with my brother and family. People can be cruel and judgmental, and sometimes education is just not enough. I appreciated how Hodges used this work as a tool without taking away the joy.

For a first novel, I was pleasantly surprised. Hodges clearly out a lot of work into this book from the editing to the lovely cover. Sometimes the narration felt stilted and the chapters would end suddenly, but if those are the only things I found wrong with a debut book, I declare that an absolute win!

Overall, I really enjoyed Gingerly. It was sweet and funny while not skimping on the drama and heart.

Burnout

Once again, a big thank you to Kelsey for allowing the Calhouns to take over her blog 😊.

Kees with Roger Penske, owner of Penske Racing

Hello readers,

I hope you’re enjoying the Calhoun Custom Garage series so far. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please do leave a review on Amazon, Kobo or Goodreads if you’ve read Overdrive and Fast Lane. All reviews are welcome.

Today I’m going to tell you about Mason Calhoun, the hero of book 3, Burnout. He’s a complex character. Moody, deeply troubled, and a whole lot guilty as he comes to terms with the accident that killed his little brother. He’s spent the last six years in self-imposed exile, trying to find his way back to hisfamily. But he is struggling to forgive himself for what happened that day, even though he has come a long way since we met him in book 1, Overdrive.

Cue the arrival of Paige Drew in town. She’s the girl he’s always loved, also carrying some of the guilt over Mitch Calhoun’s accident. But Paige has even bigger problems as her arrival in town sets off a sequence of events that uncovers a scandal within her own family ranks. These two souls work very hard to reach their happy-ever-after with many speed bumps along the way.

I would recommend that the books are read in order of release as you will meet Mason throughout the series in the lead up to his story in book 3. Burnout is due for release a little later in 2019. Happy reading!

Excerpt:

Pain, guilt and punishment had etched hard lines into his face. The eyes that looked at her—through her—were equally as hard. Hazel eyes, a shade of greenish brown, like the volcanic rock pebbles that edged the shore around the lake. Beautiful eyes a girl could lose herself in that changed color with his mood.

A neatly trimmed beard edged his jaw. It suited him, added to that broody look he owned so well. Aged him a little in the nicest way. Made her want to reach out and hold his face in her hands when she couldn’t.

The last time she’d seen him, he’d been clean-shaven. The Mason she’d left behind had been little more than a young adult, testing the boundaries of life, dealing with the consequences. The broken man behind the wheel of his father’s truck still wore the scars.

His lips tilted. In a smile or a sneer, the movement had been too fleeting for her to decide. Her feet took an involuntary step forward, her heart lodged in her throat. And in that small window in time, his gaze locked on hers, his eyes softened, and her world rocked like a leaky boat.

With love comes a little overhauling …

Ex NASCAR race king, Marty Calhoun, has built a legacy for his family, and now it’s time to round them up and bring them home to claim it. Each of his five children have hearts in need of overhauling. They all have hard lessons to learn. The one thing Marty wants most is to see his children find happiness and love at Calhoun Customs Garage.

BURNOUT

When Paige Drew loses her job at the track, she takes it as a sign to come home to Bigfork and make peace with the past before she takes the next step in her life. She’s been on Trinity Calhoun’s pit crew ever since that fatal night that changed her life forever. She’s hidden behind the scenes at the racetrack for too long, ignored by her family for causing a scandal in their otherwise perfect lives. But coming home means she has to confront Mason Calhoun, the reason she ran in the first place.

Mason Calhoun is still trying to shrug off the label of bad boy, even though he’s proved his worth to the town. But his penchant for fast cars and Harleys makes it difficult for the town to forget the accident that killed his youngest brother, Mitch. It’s hard for him to forget when the girl responsible for him losing his head is back in town, hotter than ever, swinging spanners at his father’s garage, Calhoun Customs.

Release Date: TBA 2019

Finding love and hope in small towns with dark secrets …

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romance novels with elements of suspense, Fantasy Paranormal and small-town stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three grown boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

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