Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Illusion by Stephanie Elmas

Illusion
Author: Stephanie Elmas

Genre: Historical fiction, Victorian fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance

London, 1873. Returning home from his travels Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck.

Finding his friend Tom Winter’s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East. Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter’s mother. Walter is intrigued, for he has never known his family or even his own name – he christened himself upon leaving the workhouse. Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after party performer. During one of Walter’s parties, Tom is approached by Tamara Huntington, who reveals she is being forced to marry a man she does not love. Will he and Walter come to her rescue?

Try as they might, sometimes all the best intentions in the world can’t put a stop to a bad thing, and she is soon married off to the cruel Cecil Hearst. Drama and tragedy ensue, and Walter keeps his distance from Tamara. That is until her stricken brother-in-law Daniel requires his magical healing, and he is forced back into her life. With secrets beginning to emerge, Walter finds his mother may be a lot closer to home than he realised… Filled with mystery, magic and larger than life characters, Illusion will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Praise for Stephanie Elmas:
‘Magical, masterful and mesmerising’ - Lucy Walton Lange, Female First ‘Captivating and delectable.’ - Liz Wilkins '...a modern day ghost story and a Victorian chiller.' - The Huffington Post 'Elmas is a first-rate storyteller.' - The Surrey Post



Blurb
London, 1873. Returning home from his travels with a stowaway named Kayan, Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck. Finding his friend Tom Winter’s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East. Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter’s mother.

Walter is intrigued, for he has never known his family or even his own name – he christened himself upon leaving the workhouse. Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after party performer.

During one of Walter’s parties, Tom is approached by Tamara Huntington, who reveals she is being forced to marry a man she does not love. Will he and Walter come to her rescue? Try as they might, sometimes all the best intentions in the world can’t put a stop to a bad thing, and she is soon married off to the cruel Cecil Hearst.

Drama and tragedy ensue, and Walter keeps his distance from Tamara. That is until her stricken brother-in-law Daniel requires his magical healing, and he is forced back into her life. With secrets beginning to emerge, Walter finds his mother may be a lot closer to home than he realised…

Filled with mystery, magic and larger than life characters, Illusion will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

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Author Bio
Stephanie Elmas was born in Hong Kong but spent most of her childhood in Bristol. Having worked as a head hunter, she taught English in Japan before returning to University to complete an MA in Victorian fiction. It was here that she developed her interest in the dark dangerous world of Victorian sensation writing. 
After the success of her first novel, The Room Beyond, Elmas has returned to write the tale of the early life of East End mystic and illusionist Walter Balanchine. 
When she is not writing, Elmas teaches secondary school English and juggles a chaotic household in Surrey.
Visit her at http://www.stephanieelmas.com/



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Gingerbread at Moonglow by Deborah Garner


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The small town of Timberton, Montana, boasts an ambiance of near-magical proportions during the Christmas season, due in no small part to resident artist and chef Mist's mysterious way of working small miracles in people's everyday lives. Each year, return guests and new arrivals mingle with local townsfolk to enjoy companionship, exquisite decor, and exceptional cuisine at The Timberton Hotel.

As the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses mix with heartfelt camaraderie and sweet romance, guests share reflections on family, friendship, and life. Although decorating the outside of a gingerbread house may prove easier than deciding what goes inside, no one leaves Timberton without renewed hope for the future.

The Moonglow Series...
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Mistletoe at Moonglow, Book 1
Silver Bells at Moonglow, Book 2
Gingerbread at Moonglow, Book 3

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A true sign of a favorite series is that it only takes a few words to make the reader relax and feel as if she has come home. Like the holiday residents of the Timberton Hotel, you feel surrounded by loving family. Everything is warm and safe. 
Mixed in with the scents and special happenings of Christmas are lessons about life and relationships, how things happen for a reason and in their proper time.

Also available in The Moonglow Series
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

Mistletoe at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 1 

The Timberton Hotel has always provided a perfect Christmas retreat for regular guests, as well as newcomers. But the small town of Timberton, Montana, hasn't been the same since resident chef and artist, Mist, arrived, bringing a unique new age flavor to the old western town.

When guests check in for the holidays, they bring along worries, fears and broken hearts, unaware that Mist has a way of working magic in people's lives. Old-fashioned time spent together, exquisite food, conversation and a snowball or two offer guests a chance to trade sadness for hope. One thing is certain: no matter how cold winter's grip is on each guest, no one leaves Timberton without a warmer heart.

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A charming and sweet novella about the true reason for the holiday season.  This is a story of friendship and sorrow, of hope and healing. A story about a town that pulls together and makes the community a home for those needing it most. I doubt anyone reading this book will come away without feeling a little better



Silver Bells at Moonglow by [Garner, Deborah]
Silver Bells at Moonglow, The Moonglow Series, Book 2 

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there's more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.

Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door's wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

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You will find the Christmas spirit captured in these pages. This is the perfect book to curl up with in a fleecy blanket or in front of a fire. Some would call it light romance, there is a touch of magic about it. 


About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blind Magic by Natalina Reis




Title: Blind Magic
Author: Natalina Reis
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2017



Blurb

Will her promise to heal the man who’s captured her heart put him in danger? In Natalina Reis’s whimsical novel of spells, desire, and unwavering determination, a hot detective with a painful past and an impulsive witch armed with potent tea are linked by an instant connection and the promise of possibility.

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after.







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Sweet, sexy and unexpected. When a very prim and proper couple step into Marcy's shop looking for a magical cure, she had no idea what to expect. Her response to the sexy man even more unexpected. Fortunately the model worthy beauty with him turned out to be his sister.
Marcy is able to work her magic and offer some relief to this hero detective. Even though she discovers later that he is blind, Oliver is extremely perceptive. 
It is also magical the friends they have in common.
Marcy grew up without family. After meeting Oliver's parents she almost feels blessed. That is not what family should be like. Plenty of surprises are sprinkled throughout this touching romance. 
No spells are required to make this love connection. That doesn't mean it will go forward easily.
Be prepared to worry.

Author Bio



Author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, and Loved You Always, Natalina wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she has taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas in The Sisters



Christmas in The Sisters
The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 6
by Becki Willis
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Latest book in the Award-Winning The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series! 
Madison Reynolds can’t wait for Christmas this year. Rebuilding her life as a single mom hasn’t been easy, but after a challenging twelve months, she’s excited about the holidays. She and her twins have settled quite nicely here in The Sisters, renovations on the house are complete, her business is slowly growing, and, best of all, Chief of Police Brash deCordova is in her life. Visions of the perfect Christmas dance in her head. 
The tinsel begins to tangle when someone targets the community for a series of ‘Christmas Crimes.’ Homes are broken into and wrapped gifts are stolen from beneath trees. Even vehicles loaded with presents aren’t safe, particularly on a lone stretch of highway. Things like this just don’t happen in Naomi and Juliet. Torn between solving the rash of burglaries and shutting down the gambling ring that’s active in the area again, Brash does the only thing he can: he hires In a Pinch to help with the investigation.
Finding the common link between cases is like finding the bad bulb on a string of lights. Every lead is a short circuit. The frustration mounts when Madison and the Angel Tree she’s involved with fall victim to the crimes. Only the worst kind of Grinch steals from needy children! 
Brash has plans of his own for the perfect Christmas. With the help of a new jewelry store, he thinks he’s found just the right gift for Madison, until the Grinch strikes again. This wasn’t the surprise he had in mind. 

Ready or not, Christmas is on its way, and time is running out to create the holiday of their dreams. As the house fills with unexpected guests, Madison and the twins honor favorite traditions from the past while creating a few new ones of their own. 

Who has time for being kidnapped by men in Santa suits and bad beards? 

This is one Christmas that no one in The Sisters will ever forget!



It has been several hectic months for Madison and her children. They are adjusting to moving back to the small town where Maddy was raised. New friends must be made and the very large house they now live in was decorated by a television home design show, which meant no privacy for this family.  It is almost Christmas, time of cheer and good will. Except that old rivalries and resentments rear their ugly head.  Someone would rather play Scrooge than Santa and has been stealing gifts and decorations.
If you have read previous books in this series you'll know that small towns may speedily pass along all the gossip about everyone else's business but secrets are still abundant.  If you missed the previous books, don't worry. This reads well (and excitingly) as a stand alone. You will fall in love with the twin towns and the warm people who live in them. Becki Willis even writes villains you love to hate.
Don't miss the other books in The Sisters, Texas series!

Chicken Scratch
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 1
The Sisters are a set of communities connected by family and divided by competition.   Each town, Juliet and Naomi, has her own personality reflecting that of the original sister who designed it.   This first book sets the stage and introduces people you'll find fascinating.

When The Stars Fall

The Sisters, Texas Series Book 2
Chock full of love of all kinds and crushes, the mystery goes from amateur sleuth cozy to some terrifying aspects worthy of a Stephen King horror novel.  Two small towns with all the "wrong side of the tracks" competition on top of the typical gossip and back-biting.  The characters are wonderful, each scene written to descriptive perfection. 

Stipulations and Complications
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 3
This series gets better and more intense with each book!  I enjoyed watching Maddy grow as a character in each successive novel.  A house with hidden niches and passages always adds interest to a storyline.
The Sisters have always had secrets but now someone is working overtime to convince Maddy that maybe she should never have moved home.

Home Again: Starting Over
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 4
Strange deaths, unusual fires, corrupt business people and an extreme home reveal all add to the intriguing activities happening around The Sisters. The series is heating up as Madison discovers a file and tries to understand the relevance of the contents.  The Sisters continues to slowly reveal their secrets.
Romance comes along for the ride as cold cases are solved and the future is becoming possible.

Genny's Ballad
The Sisters, Texas Series Book 5
Becki Willis writes wonderful characters and reveals the intriguing backstory with each additional novel.  Genny's story is one we have all been anxiously awaiting.  In true B.W. style, nothing good happens without a good read of danger and suspense first.
Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of '13, that dream became a reality. Since that time, she has published eleven books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction and Best Audio Book, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world. 



An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel, but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.




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