Tour Stop, Excerpt & Giveaway: Miracle on Mistletoe Lane by Derrick Knight

miracle mistletoeTitle: Miracle on Mistletoe Lane by Derrick Knight
Publisher: Derrick Knight
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
Length: 251 pages

Summary:

Joe Koehler and his six-year old son, Joey, are down on their luck. Currently, Joe is unemployed due to a bad economy and taking care of a medically complex son. Recently father and son became homeless due to their apartment catching on fire and Joe being without any insurance. They are forced to live in Joe’s old red pick-up truck. Eventually father and son take refuge at Hope House, a local homeless shelter, which is run by a kindly, yet mysterious, elderly woman named Emily.

Sidney Maier recently inherited his grandparents home but the house is in desperate need of repair. Skills Sidney greatly lacks. He befriends a fellow church member Emily who is the Interim Director at Hope House. Sidney tells Emily that he needs help with remodeling his new home. Also, he confides in her, that he is lonely and wishes he could meet someone special.

Emily and her assistants orchestrate for Joe and Sidney to meet where an instant attraction forms between both men. Joe and Sidney embark on a journey of courtship, but soon a negative force learns of their budding romance and wants to stop it at any cost. Emily and her assistants must all use their special talents if Joe and Sidney are meant to live happily ever after.

Purchase Links: Amazon


Excerpt

When Joe lifted his head, he saw the man he had been fantasizing about since Joey was discharged from the hospital. He quickly stood up then nervously swayed back and forth. Partly because he was nervous seeing the man whom he secretly desired, but also because he did not want Sidney to know that he was living here at a homeless shelter. He did not want Sidney’s pity.

“Oh, I…” Joe struggled to find the right words.

“The church hired Mr. Koehler to finish remodeling our library,” Emily said smoothly. “We needed someone right away and by the Lord’s work Mr. Koehler was available.   My assistants and I think he is a Godsend.” Emily’s cell phone began to ring. “I need to take this call. It’s my husband.” She looked at Joe. “Would you be willing to give Mr. Maier a tour of Hope House while I take this call?”

Before Joe could respond, Sidney interjected.

“I would like that very much.”

The excitement in Sidney’s voice did not go unnoticed by either Joe or Emily.

“Good,” Emily said, taking her husband’s call as she walked away.

For a few moments Joe and Sidney just stared at each other, both men wanting to say something but too afraid. Finally, Joe mustered up the courage to start the conversation.


Author Bio

Derrick Knight was born and grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. For the last seventeen years, Derrick has been employed as a neonatal nutritionist in a neonatal intensive care unit at the largest teaching hospital in Illinois outside of Chicago.

Growing up Derrick was an avid reader of mystery novels. Agatha Christie was his favorite author. Ever since childhood Derrick dreamed of becoming a writer. He planned on writing mystery novels until a couple of years ago he read his first gay romance novel and he became hooked on the genre.

When Derrick is not writing, he is working on restoring his Arts & Crafts home, tending to his garden, and being an advocate for improving infant nutrition. Currently. Derrick resides in Peoria, Illinois with his two cats Iris and Madison Grace.

Author Links: Facebook * Twitter


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Winter Wonderland Giveaway: Secrets and Charms by Lou Harper

To help celebrate the upcoming holidays and keep you curled up inside with a good book where it’s nice and warm, I am giving an eBook a day away from December 1-December 24. Today’s eBook is:

secret charmsTitle: Secrets and Charms by Lou Harper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance, Mystery
Length: Category

Summary:

One hot ginger. One cool blond. The result is anything but lukewarm.

Out and proud from a tender age, Olly Blackwood is content with life in LA, working at a Hollywood gourmet grocery. There’s only one thing missing—romance. He’s had his fill of casual hook-ups. He wants a man for keeps, and he wants sparks.

He certainly gets them when he meets Rich Willson, who has the stormy temper to go with his fiery hair. But is he keeper material? He might be…if only he’d come out of the closet.

After losing his disapproving father, his job, his girlfriend, and pretty much all his money, Rich packed up his secrets and moved to his actress sister’s house to regroup and help her renovate. He doesn’t like the curmudgeon he’s become, but something about the perpetually cheerful Olly rubs him in a way that should be wrong, yet feels pretty damned right.

Over paint buckets and sanding tools, Rich finds Olly getting deeper under his skin. But when an altercation with a paparazzo comes back to haunt him, he finds that sordid Hollywood secrets can be murder…maybe his own.

Product Warnings: Contains a hot-tempered ginger, a cool-headed blond, redecorating shenanigans, and sordid Hollywood secrets. Happy ending guaranteed or your ticket price refunded.


Here’s how to enter the Winter Wonderland Giveaway:

You must do 2 of the Following:

1. Sign up for e-mail updates(one email daily with the day’s posts).

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2. Be or become a fan of Book Reviews & More by Kathy Facebook page.

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3. Follow me on Twitter (@BookReviewsMore)

Make sure you have filled out the contest entry form:

5. To be eligible to enter contests on Book Reviews and More by Kathy you MUST fill out the contest entry form (found HERE). This form only needs to be filled out ONCE. Your privacy is important to me, and I will not share your information.

And don’t forget to:

6. Fill out the form below by by 5 PM Mountain Time the next day.

It’s that easy! The winner will be selected using random.org. I will e-mail one lucky winner the eBook of their choice in their preferred format. Winners will be posted daily. Please check back HERE for a complete and ongoing list of daily winners.

The list of books to be given away during the upcoming week will be posted in Sunday’s “The Week Ahead” post.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the Grand Prize $10 gift certificate giveaway on December 25? One Grand Prize winner will be selected from the Winter Wonderland Giveaway contest entries for a $10 gift certificate from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Twenty-four books will be given away so say, for example, you enter all twenty-four daily contests, you will have twenty-four entries into the $10 gift certificate contest.

Stay inside where it’s warm, enter the daily Winter Wonderland Giveaway, curl up with a good book and enjoy the holiday season!

***All of the eBooks in the Winter Wonderland Giveaway have been purchased by Book Reviews & More by Kathy.***

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Review: Saving Grace by Jane Green

saving graceTitle: Saving Grace by Jane Green
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
Length: 353 pages
Book Rating: B+

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley

Summary:

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue. To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity. With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

Powerful and riveting, Jane Green’s Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.

The Review:

Saving Grace by Jane Green is a thoroughly compelling novel that touches on a few relevant social issues. While not exactly a mystery, there are definitely suspense elements to storyline. Overall, I found it to be an intriguing psychological drama that is poignant and thought-provoking.

Grace and Ted Chapman have been married for twenty-five years and from the outside, their life looks perfect. Ted is a long time best-selling author while Grace is a successful chef and board member of a charity. However, behind closed doors, Grace walks on eggshells around her volatile and egotistical husband. When Ted’s personal assistant resigns, Grace finds it impossible to juggle the household chores with her career and the full-time job of placating her demanding husband. Needing a new assistant as soon as possible, Grace hurriedly hires Beth for the position and the Chapman household is running smoother than ever. Although Beth is soon indispensable to both Grace and Ted, something about Beth feels a little off to Grace. But before she can figure out what is bothering her about Beth, Grace’s life begins to spiral out of control.

At first, Grace is an exasperating and somewhat unsympathetic heroine. She is a bit of a doormat and the way she lets Ted treat her is very frustrating. Her kneejerk reaction to his mood swings has its roots in her childhood and she has never broken out of this dysfunctional pattern. While it seems implausible that she would grant Beth such easy access into every facet of their lives, Grace is so unorganized and overwhelmed that it is easy to believe she would be so trusting. And when Grace’s worst fears seem to be coming true, her insecurities and unresolved issues cause her to doubt herself and her instincts.

Ted is a completely unlikable character and despite Grace’s efforts to justify his behavior, there really is no excuse for how he treats everyone around him. He is very egocentric and this makes him an easy target for manipulation. Ted thoroughly falls under Beth’s spell, and he blindly follows wherever she leads him.

Beth’s plan is insidious and she exploits every weakness she can. It is unclear exactly what she hopes to gain for much of the story, but she seamlessly works her way into Grace’s life and then slowly and methodically undermines her self confidence. Once Grace is at her weakest, Beth plants seeds of doubt that quickly take root, leaving Grace vulnerable and at the mercy of the medical profession.

Saving Grace is written mostly in first person from Grace’s point of view. Her past is revealed through flashbacks and the shifts from past to present are easy to follow. The situation with Beth eventually makes Grace a somewhat unreliable narrator but this is an effective means of conveying her confusion and increasing desperation. There is also a bit of contradiction in her recounting of events yet this also lends credibility to her worsening mental state.

While Saving Grace is a little bit of a slow starter, it does not take long to become fully invested in the unfolding story. Grace turns into a likable character that is easy to root for and she does emerge from her ordeal a much stronger person. Jane Green does an excellent job portraying the very real danger of how easy it is to misdiagnose and overmedicate patients. All in all, it is a very fascinating story that has a realistic and mostly satisfying conclusion.

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Tour Stop & Giveaway: The Last Cowboy in Texas by Katie Lane

last cowboyTitle: The Last Cowboy in Texas by Katie Lane
Deep in the Heart of Texas Series Book Seven
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 384 pages

Summary:

No Sad Songs Here, Darlin’

Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He’s a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.

Playing bodyguard to America’s sweetheart isn’t easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody’s backup. So now it’s up to Starlet to prove that she’s put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she’ll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who’s loved her even before her fame and fortune.

Read my review HERE.

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Purchase Links: Amazon * B&N * iTunes * Kobo


Author Bio

Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas and Hunk for the Holiday series. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn’t writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter


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The Week Ahead Dec. 22-27

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week at Book Reviews & More by Kathy:

This week’s book reviews:

December 22: Saving Grace by Jane Green (Upcoming Release 12/30/14)
December 23: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel (Upcoming Release 12/30/14)
December 25: Mastering a Sinner by Kate Pearce (Upcoming Release 12/30/14)

Blog Tours:

December 22: Derrick Knight
December 23: Lauren Gallagher
December 23: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov
December 24: Romancing the Holidays with Kensington
December 25: Holidays and Historicals with Kensington

The eBooks in this week’s Winter Wonderland Giveaway:

December 22: I’ll Show You Mine by Lauren Gallagher
December 23: Secrets and Charms by Lou Harper
December 24: Barracuda’s Heart by Jayne Rylon

The Winning Wednesday eBook Giveaway will resume December 31st.

Click here for more info on entering the eBook contests.

This week’s Friday’s Feature: Sharon Cullen.

Saturday Series Spotlight will resume Saturday January 3rd.

Have a great week!!

***All the eBooks in this week’s Winter Wonderland giveaway have been purchased by Book Reviews & More by Kathy.***

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Winter Wonderland Giveaway: I’ll Show You Mine by Lauren Gallagher

To help celebrate the upcoming holidays and keep you curled up inside with a good book where it’s nice and warm, I am giving an eBook a day away from December 1-December 24. Today’s eBook is:

show mineTitle: I’ll Show You Mine by Lauren Gallagher
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, BDSM
Length: Category

Summary:

They could be each other’s second chance…unless their mistakes are too big to overlook.

When Alyssa Warren meets Shane McNeill at a wedding, sparks fly. Despite a litany of mistakes no one will let her forget, she can’t resist indulging in one hot night…one that leaves her hungry for more.

Alyssa’s not ready to let her past scare Shane off, though, so she proposes a casual arrangement—live in the moment, no discussing ancient history.

Shane’s on board with that. No-strings, kinky sex with a beautiful woman who has no interest in his past—and with a libido that matches his own? Hell yeah. If she knew about the monster mistakes he’s made, she’d run for the hills, so he’s all for enjoying this wild ride for as long as it lasts.

As they delve deeper into each other’s kinks, though, it’s only a matter of time before trust and intimacy start entangling their hearts. But before a future can take shape, they’ll have to come clean…and hope their confessions don’t drive them apart.

Product Warnings: Contains a woman who knows what she wants in bed and isn’t afraid to demand it, and a man who’s more than happy to give—or take—anything her body desires. In between making deliciously dirty demands of his own, that is.


Here’s how to enter the Winter Wonderland Giveaway:

You must do 2 of the Following:

1. Sign up for e-mail updates(one email daily with the day’s posts).

OR:

2. Be or become a fan of Book Reviews & More by Kathy Facebook page.

OR:

3. Follow me on Twitter (@BookReviewsMore)

Make sure you have filled out the contest entry form:

5. To be eligible to enter contests on Book Reviews and More by Kathy you MUST fill out the contest entry form (found HERE). This form only needs to be filled out ONCE. Your privacy is important to me, and I will not share your information.

And don’t forget to:

6. Fill out the form below by by 5 PM Mountain Time the next day.

It’s that easy! The winner will be selected using random.org. I will e-mail one lucky winner the eBook of their choice in their preferred format. Winners will be posted daily. Please check back HERE for a complete and ongoing list of daily winners.

The list of books to be given away during the upcoming week will be posted in Sunday’s “The Week Ahead” post.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the Grand Prize $10 gift certificate giveaway on December 25? One Grand Prize winner will be selected from the Winter Wonderland Giveaway contest entries for a $10 gift certificate from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Twenty-four books will be given away so say, for example, you enter all twenty-four daily contests, you will have twenty-four entries into the $10 gift certificate contest.

Stay inside where it’s warm, enter the daily Winter Wonderland Giveaway, curl up with a good book and enjoy the holiday season!

***All of the eBooks in the Winter Wonderland Giveaway have been purchased by Book Reviews & More by Kathy.***

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